Obama Must Follow District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray: Declare the Entire Federal Government Essential and Keep It Fully Funded at Current Levels While Citing Multiple States of Emergency; Obey Fourteenth Amendment Against Unconstitutional Debt Ceiling and Default
The District of Columbia government has decided not to permit the Republican fanatics of chaos and anarchy to shut down the nation’s capital. On Wednesday, DC Mayor Vincent Gray declared all 30,000-plus District employees essential. He did this by sending a one-sentence notice to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget. Gray wrote:
“I am writing to inform you that I have determined that all operations of the government of the District of Columbia are ‘excepted’ activities essential to the protection of public safety, health, and property and therefore will continue to be performed during a lapse in appropriations.”
Obama must now do for the entire federal government what Mayor Gray has done for the District, which is serving in this case as a true laboratory of democracy. Obama should declare the entire federal government essential, and fund it at current levels unless and until Congress passes a new funding law or Continuing Resolution.
It is high time to end the absurd practice of letting a small minority of GOP sociopaths and fanatics threaten the General Welfare. Obama should simultaneously invoke the XIV Amendment and direct Treasury Secretary Lew to keep the government fully funded while meeting all current debt payments and other obligations irrespective of supposed “debt ceilings” or “debt limits.” The debt ceiling is unconstitutional, and bankrupting the nation by defaulting on US commitments is patently illegal. Jefferson and Lincoln were right: the US Constitution is not a suicide pact.