A recent letter writer cited "The Caine Mutiny" in support of invocation of the 14th Amendment re: the debt ceiling.

If one is going to argue by analogy based on an old novel/movie, one may want to draw the appropriate parallels. President Biden is Capt. Queeg and Congress is the officer mutiny. More to the point, every analogy is inapt, inasmuch as two different situations are never identical. Analogies are lazy logic, at best.

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Jim: First, simile, metaphor and analogy have been used by the greatest writer for centuries. It is hardly lazy logic. Now, the president is cloaked with immense powers, not the least of which is the unilateral, exclusive power to declare a national emergency which I have recommended. That alone legitimizes extraordinary action in order to save the nation from dark forces such as those which now threaten us in order to abrogate the wishes of the majority and further destroy democracy.

It is true that some knowledgeable persons doubt the efficacy of the 14th in this matter; however, you have entrained your usual data mining to cite only those comments which support your opinion. The truth is that there is an even greater opinion supporting that use. Famed constitutional scholar Lawrence Tribe does so and the president himself said in Japan, “"I'm looking at the 14th Amendment," he told reporters. "As to whether or not we have the authority, I think we have the authority." Moreover, 88 members of congress have written their support.

In essence, the president is currently faced with violating either a century old anachronistic law or the Constitution. The primacy of the constitution prevails in such a matter. Nor need there be any delay due to litigation. First, I suggest that the administration simply issue the bonds right now without regard to any court action. Second, no one currently appears to have standing to bring such an action anyway. Remember, to have standing one must show harm to one’s self. It would be an insurmountable reach for someone to claim that paying our bills harmed them. Even if standing were found and the plaintiff prevailed, what would be the remedy? If we pay our bills now, would some future court order them to be unpaid? If the court ruled that the action was unconstitutional, so what? The national and global economies would have been saved.

“cable TV’s paid shills”? Is that your argument, simply to vilify those with whom you disag

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