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Outsida 07/01/11 - 07:26 am
Don't buy into this

14th Amendment Section 4.
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.

The answer is no. Section 4 states clearly that public debt is validated by law then gives examples that would be a valid use of Congressional authority and then invalid use.

The fact is an Act of Congress established the debt ceiling, making it "authorized by law". Congress used their Constitutional powers to create a law that is being supported by the 14th Amendment. Congress is not violating the 14th amendment's section 4 by staying the course and not altering a standing piece of legislation.

There is another piece to this puzzle. By law, the appropriation for interest on the debt is an automatic function, it is permanent so Congress does not have to vote on the appropriation from year to year.

It is my feeling that this catastrophic non event is being used to play the public into yet another false chaos scenario. The hope is we break ranks and allow them to continue to spend money.

Vote No on raising the debt ceiling and no to legal speak saying the POTUS can end run the Congress.


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