House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her own idea Sunday on how to avoid a government shutdown should the Republican House and President Barack Obama find themselves unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling: invoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Pelosi started the discussion on CBS’ “Face the Nation” by saying she didn’t believe raising the debt ceiling should be tied to spending cuts. “I don’t think these two things should be related,” Pelosi said. “I think that we should subject every dollar we spend, every taxpayer dollar, whether it’s defense or domestic
Comments: Anyone besides me think this is a pretty big deal? If Obama plays that card, it could be years before the Supreme Court rules on it and by then, who knows what kind of damage is done?
Plus even if SCOTUS rules on it, who´s to say they won´t rule on the side of Obama.
There´s a race to the top among liberals to see who the biggest nut job is. This is totally irresponsible for a high ranking member of congress to say.Do these people really take an oath to uphold the Constitution?
This other idea they´re working on to mint two platinum dollars and declare their value a trillion each is also absurd.
Maybe ´m just jealous because I can´t go to strip clubs,take free cash out of ATMs and stuff dollar bills down a strippers drawers.
The 14th Amd talks about public debt. Here´s the words:
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurrent for payment of penions 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 pinhead Nancy, how does this fit your messiah signing an E.O.?
Adding to #5, Nowhere in the 14th amendment is the President given the power to arbitrarily raise the debt limit. It does give him the authority to ensure debt service is made.
#11, you are correct. It was to assure those nations that had sided with the union in the "Late Unpleasantness" (aka the War of Northern Aggression) that their debts would be made good and at the same time telling those that backed the confederate states to, politely put, shove it.
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