“I, John Calvin Fleming, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God” (5 U.S.C. §3331).
This is the oath of office duly elected representative Fleming swore when elected and reelected to congress. Yet, in threatening to drive the country over the fiscal cliff and to the brink of bankruptcy, Fleming is committing one of the most irresponsible acts possible.
Rationalizations and justifications aside, the business community is now at odds with this strategy. America stands for fiscal responsibility in the international business community, and when the threat of government default becomes a possibility there is a crisis of confidence. Fleming states, “Technically it’s not possible to default, because there’s always enough money to cover the interest.” This is irresponsible for a businessman to even threaten.
“If we defaulted, it’s because the president chose to default. It’s not because we ran out of money,” Fleming continued, “Nothing happens” if the debt ceiling is reached.
This is dangerous and borders on seditious conduct for a member of congress to work in concert with other members of congress to blackmail the business community in such a manner. Mr Fleming, your constituents, including many government support workers who rely on Barksdale Air Force Base to feed their families, are without pay checks. Everyone, even your precious Subway part-time employees are at risk.
It’s really quite simple. Congressman Fleming has conspired to harm those he has sworn to protect. He has violated his oath of office. The posturing and damages must cease before there is permanent damage.
And worst yet, this behavior is threatening our national security almost as a physical attack on our most vulnerable asset, our economy. Top officials believe that U.S. Cyber security is jeopardized by this perfect storm of a government shutdown, budget cuts under sequestration and a lack of political will.
Speaking in Washington yesterday, congressmen, agency leaders and cyber security experts expressed concern that adversaries could take advantage of the situation.
Washington heavyweights blasted all parties for the potentially disastrous effects on national security. Some openly worried about the failure of cyber security legislation and the future of the workforce, while others defended controversial information-sharing and National Security Agency surveillance programs.
“To think we would take a pause, a step back in cyber — the Russians and the Chinese are licking their chops at the thought of that,” said Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. “If you think about the cyber threat, in many ways it is an asymmetric threat on steroids.”
“It’s going to have a huge impact” Chambliss said. “We’ve got programs impacted, critical satellite programs and others that from an infrastructure standpoint face more scrutiny than ever as we go through the defense authorization bill. The people side of it is critically important; it’s pretty clear that if nothing changes in relation to sequestration, there are going to be major furloughs.” These furloughs will be Louisiana Mr Fleming, and it takes real money out of everyone’s pockets.