How to be a Dictator in One Easy Lesson: Invoke the 14th Amendment

Uh Oh, Can’t do that.

Will someone please explain the 14th Amendment to Rep. James Clyburn and Sen. Barbara Boxer, aka Ma’am.  It seems that they want the president to invoke it so that he can raise the debt ceiling on his own if congress can’t come to an agreement.  Read the quotes from  Boxer and Clyburn below.  Then follow the link to an earlier post here on Common Sense Post where Sen. Mike Lee explains the relevant portions of the 14th Amendment so clearly that even a liberal might understand them:

Sen. Boxer:  “But as far as the 14th Amendment is concerned, I urge everybody to get their little Constitution and read it.  It says “The debts of the United States shall not be questioned… If we now question the debts of the United States of America,  that the Republicans all voted for those debts when they voted for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires…  If they want to make this country a dead beat nation, this president shouldn’t allow it, none of us should allow it.  And I think he should seriously look at whatever options he has.

Rep. Clyburn:  “If that’s what lands on his desk, a short-term lifting of the ceiling, the debt ceiling, he should put it on his desk next to an executive order,” Clyburn said at a press conference. “He should sign an executive order invoking the 14th Amendment to this issue.”

Senator Mike Lee Explains Why the 14th Amendment Can’t be Used to Raise the Debt Ceiling.


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2 Responses to How to be a Dictator in One Easy Lesson: Invoke the 14th Amendment

  1. Legally, Lee is correct. But we’re talking about Washington here. They live by an entirely different set of rules…

  2. Marc Perkel says:

    Actually Boxer is correct. When congresses in the past voted to spend more than they took in they implicitly voted to raise the debt ceiling. Debt is a direct result of imbalanced budgets. Obama isn’t spending a dime that wasn’t already in the budget so Congress already raised the debt limit.

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