Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Go Ahead and Do It

I like this idea from Eric A. Posner and Adrian Vermeule.

President Obama should announce that he will raise the debt ceiling unilaterally if he cannot reach a deal with Congress. Constitutionally, he would be on solid ground. Politically, he can’t lose. The public wants a deal. The threat to act unilaterally will only strengthen his bargaining power if Republicans don’t want to be frozen out; if they defy him, the public will throw their support to the president. Either way, Republicans look like the obstructionists and will pay a price.

At least one congressman has announced that if the president does this, he will be impeached. Fine, go ahead. After all, it worked out so well for the Republicans the last time.

HT to Steve M.