Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Monday to accuse President Barack Obama of toying with "impeachable offenses" to address the looming debt ceiling deadline.
"Apparently the president thinks he can furlough reality when talking about the debt limit," Palin wrote.
Palin said Obama, who has repeatedly warned about the dangers of default if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling ahead of the October 17 deadline, is using the debt limit to scare the public.
"It’s also shameful to see him scaremongering the markets with his talk of default," she wrote. "There is no way we can default if we follow the Constitution."
Palin went on to cite the Constitution's 14th Amendment.
"The Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4, requires that we service our debt first," she wrote. "We currently collect more than enough tax revenue to service our debt if we do that first."
However, Palin suggested that Obama could face impeachment if he used the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval — an option endorsed in a Courier-Journal op-ed by constitutional lawyer Brianne Gorod. Former President Bill Clinton and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have also urged Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment if necessary.
Palin, on the other hand, said any such action would be a "betrayal" of future generations.
"It’s time for the president to be honest with the American people for a change. Defaulting on our national debt is an impeachable offense, and any attempt by President Obama to unilaterally raise the debt limit without Congress is also an impeachable offense," Palin wrote. "A default would also be a shameful lack of leadership, just as mindlessly increasing our debt without trying to rein in spending is a betrayal of our children and grandchildren who will be stuck with the bill."
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