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Title: Blog by Novelist William S. Frankl, MD

HAPPY NEW YEAR????

Well, it’s New year’s eve and we continue toward the “fiscal cliff.” If anything stops this  event, one can be certain that the Republicans will cave in and taxes will be raised on the so-called wealthy. Obama’s next battle with Congress will come in late January or early February. It will be about the debt ceiling.

Congress must not surrender its power over setting the debt ceiling. That’s why H.Res. 826, was introduced. It’s a resolution that gives the House of Representatives the ability to reject any attempt by Obama to control the debt ceiling.

We’re in our fifth straight year of trillion dollar annual deficits, and the president believes that – despite the Constitution – the power of deciding how much more debt the government can accumulate belongs to him instead of Congress. The president is asking for a blank check, and he wants Congress to abdicate power to him so he can raise the debt ceiling as he pleases. H.Res. 826 affirms the value of our three-part government, and the checks and balances that keep the pendulum from sticking in the liberal position. Giving the president the ability to raise the debt ceiling– without congressional authority– would be giving him power far beyond anything the Constitution intended. H. Res. 826 must be passed to remind the president that Congress will not surrender its power.

So, more political drama will occur in 2013. HAPPY(???) NEW YEAR !!!!!

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