Some claim that the 14th Amendment mandates the U.S. government pay its debts. They further claim that this gives the President the authority to ignore Congress (and their vote on the debt ceiling) and use the 14th amendment to raise the ceiling unilaterally. This, they say, comes from Section four of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution which reads: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law … shall not be questioned.” The latest to add his voice to the “Ignore Congress” chorus is Bill Clinton.
Bill Clinton claims he would invoke the 14th Amendment so the country does not default. Of course, this is deceitful since the U.S. is not facing default. We have enough money coming in each month to pay the interest on all debts.
Jay Carney said the President is not going to use the 14th Amendment and the President himself has iterated this, so why is Bill saying this? Bill is playing his usual role of speaking for Obama and possibly setting off a trial balloon so he (Obama) can escape any flak. It’s also a not-so-veiled threat.
…Bill Clinton told The National Memo’s Joe Conason that he would invoke the constitutional option and “force the courts to stop me” if “it came to that” and a deal could not be reached with Congress.
“I think the Constitution is clear and I think this idea that the Congress gets to vote twice on whether to pay for [expenditures] it has appropriated is crazy,” Clinton said…Read here: Ignore Congress and misuse the Constitution