Albaby, with the utmost respect, I disagree.
Let me pick just one example.
In 1935, Congress passed the Social Security Act.
In 1939, Congress passed the Public Debt Acts, which created the debt ceiling (the “stop me before I kill again” act).
Come June 1, 2023 (approximately), the U.S. Treasury runs out cash.
The President has 2 options (let’s ignore the trillion dollar coin option because it’s a gimmick), does the president stop paying Social Security violating the SSA or does he keep borrowing to pay Social Security violating the PDA?
Now remember, I know there are thousands of different programs the president could select from, but they’ve all been legally authorized by Congress. That’s why I’ve chosen just one example.
And, if the president delays paying Social Security, isn’t the president, in reality, just creating more debt (even if it’s just an IOU), violating the PDA.
So Congress has put the president in the position where the president has to violate one law or the other.
Congress legally spends and creates tax laws and now they think someone else should be held accountable to clean up the mess.
I don’t think so.
The president should challenge the Constitutionality of the PDA and just keep paying out what Congress has authorized the Treasury to pay, per the 14th Amendment.