LETTER: Shutdown was president’s fault
To the Editor:
Considering the U.S. government was shut down based on the premise that the U.S. Treasury had a funds deficiency, it seems reasonable to determine why there was a funds deficiency.
Per the Constitution, the House of Representatives appropriates all funds to be spent by the Treasury to fund various agencies and programs. Per the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, the U.S. must pay all debts authorized by law. The United States cannot default on its debts. Anyone who threatens that the United States will default is not being honest. In the shutdown matter, the House had appropriated funding for all the government except for Obamacare. President Obama refused to accept the funds so he could shut down the government to use the shutdown to coerce, bribe or force Congress to fund his unconstitutional Obamacare.
“We the people” have the right to be free of interference, coercion, discrimination and reprisal by the president in exercising our right through our elected officials to fund or not to fund the unconstitutional Obamacare. President Obama is the one responsible for the malicious, unconscionable act of coercive deficiency to shut down the government.
The president’s job is to provide energy and dispatch in administering the law; it is not his job to abuse his power to write legislation through coercion, bribes, fear or dastardly threats.