The ongoing Public Debt crisis is a defining moment for the Obama Presidency. What is truly ironic is the simple solution of which Barack Obama is well aware, since it was proposed by his own Secretary of the Treasury. Instead of courting the leadership of both major parties, flirting with financial disaster for the American economy, and appearing, once again, indecisive and spineless, our President need merely live up to his Oath of Office, which requires him to follow and enforce the Constitution of the United States of America.
Why, then, this needless cliffhanger regarding raising the public debt limit? Why let the American economy and financial markets slide further into disarray and why let the American people fall further into dismay? Speaking as a community organizer during my years with the long-lost War Against Poverty, I see this typical indecisiveness by President Obama as one more symptom of the wish of a former community organizer to build consensus and satisfy everybody.
One would think that our President might have learned by now that this approach actually satisfies nobody, and indeed only strengthens his rabid opposition. In this present case, as in many others such as his capitulation to the continuation of unjustified tax breaks for the rich and super-rich, President Obama makes himself appear weak and indecisive -- unwilling or unable to resolve national problems even when the path to resolution, as in this vital instance, is very clear.
Carpe Diem, Barack Obama -- seize the day, seize the agenda, seize the opportunity, seize the high ground: enforce your own Oath of Office with its requirement to uphold the Constitution of the United States. The validity of the Public Debt shall not be questioned according to the Fourteenth Amendment. Raise the debt limit appropriately, and do it now.