14th Amendment Requires Debt Limit Hike Something Something
July 10, 2011 1 Comment
Some Democrats, apparently eager to find any contrivance that will let them avoid spending cuts, have seized upon a snippet of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution that they say allows–even requires–the federal government to borrow more if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by the Aug. 2 deadline.
Did I miss something in my readings of the Constitution?
Here’s what Section 4 of the 14th Amendment says in full:
“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.”
So where’s the part about the debt limit?
Oh, wait, that was it?
Democrat trial balloons are looking more and more like clay pigeons, lately.
Given the penchant of some Democrats to trivialize the Constitution as an archaic document whose relevance diminishes as the years roll by, it would be cheeky of them to edit out the very clear context of this passage in the 14th Amendment and treat it as the revered, everlasting wisdom of our forefathers.
Cheeky, yes. Atypical, not so much.
The White Queen called. She wants her pre-breakfast ritual back.