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Clinton Would Use 14th Amendment To Raise Debt Limit ‘Without Hesitation’

July 19, 2011 by  

Clinton Would Use 14th Amendment To Raise Debt Limit ‘Without Hesitation’

In a recent interview, former President Bill Clinton said he would use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling if he were in President Barack Obama’s place, and a deal with Congress could not be reached.

“Former President Bill Clinton says that he would invoke the so-called constitutional option to raise the nation’s debt ceiling ‘without hesitation, and force the courts to stop me’ in order to prevent a default,” according to an exclusive interview with The National Memo, published online today.

Raising the debt limit “is necessary to pay for appropriations already made,” Clinton reportedly said, “so you can’t say, ‘Well, we won the last election and we didn’t vote for some of that stuff, so we’re going to throw the whole country’s credit into arrears.’”

Clinton admitted in the interview that he never considered using the Amendment in his showdowns with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Republicans during his Administration.

Section 4 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution reads: “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.” There has been dispute among legal scholars as to whether the 14th Amendment could legally be used in the manner Clinton describes.

“The reason that raising the debt limit is so unpopular is that people think you’re voting to keep [increasing] deficit spending, instead of voting to honor obligations that were already incurred,” Clinton said. “I think [the Gingrich Republicans] figured I’d be smart enough to explain to the American people that they were refusing to pay for the expenses they had voted for when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were president. And that would make ‘em look bad.”

Clinton said he believed Obama would not have to resort to the unusual tactic, as he believes an agreement will be reached before the Aug. 2 deadline: “It looks to me like they’re going to make an agreement, and that’s smart.”

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  • s c

    If you give nation-destroyers enough time and rope, they’ll admit that taking care of America and properly discharging their constitutional oaths are ‘a means to an end.’ Preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution ARE LYING WORDS TO BE USED AS TOOLS AGAINST THE American PEOPLE.
    Such a mentality can defend, explain and justify ANYTHING. But, that does NOT mean they are leaders. It does NOT mean they are ‘taking care of America.’ All such people are NATION-DESTROYERS.
    In Clinton’s case, it is always a matter of what “is really IS.” It is the language of those will do ANYTHING to destroy America. It is the language of DOMESTIC ENEMIES.
    Bubba Clinton thinks he can walk on ice forever. Bubba Obama thinks he can do the same. BOTH are wrong. Both are posers and pretenders. Neither are fit to live in America.
    Let them go to their masters and let them be taken in by those whom they serve. Clinton, Obama and ALL like them are persona non grata. THAT is their true value to themselves and to America.
    America, our destruction will come at the hands of domestic enemies, and they have their hands on the throats of every man, woman and child. Open your eyes while you can.
    Test, sift and discern, America. Trust Clinton and Obama at your peril. The handwriting is not only on the wall, people. Our Founders are screaming at us from beyond the grave.

    • Debt and More Debt

      S C, I like your quote: “Trust Clinton and Obama at your peril. The handwriting is not only on the wall, people. Our Founders are screaming at us from beyond the grave.”

      Bill Clinton is 100% wrong, and he only speaks in HALF TRUTHS. Read the entire following section.

      AMENDMENT 14
      Passed by Congress June 13, 1866
      Ratified July 9, 1868

      Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

      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. 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.

      Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

      • People’s Rights

        No wonder I haven’t seen any more articles about Bill Clinton and his proposed 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling.

        Every politician is jumping on the bandwagon, and yelling “ TO PREVENT RAISING THE DEBT CEILING.” But they don’t tell the Americans:

        A. what programs should be cut
        B. How much should be cut
        C. What is their plan to prevent raising the debt ceiling.

        I am very sick of these OPPORTUNISTIC POLITICIANS, THEY WILL SAY AND DO ANYTHING TO GET VOTES. These crooked politicians will TAKE CREDIT for things they did not do, and want us to believe these things were their ideas; they are not.

        Stop raising the debt ceiling and closing the Fed are what the people want, not politicians’ ideas.

        Either tell us a plan to stop the debt ceiling, not just yak about it like bunch of lunatics.

  • http://lives RAYMOND HARBIN

    WELL, WE ALL KNOW THAT CLINTON HAS SHOWN US THAT HE IS NOT A MAN TO HESITATE.

    HE HAS SUPPLIED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF
    INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE:

    WHEN A YOUNG MAN IN COLLEGE, WITH HIS PEERS– HE DREW INTO HIS MOUTH A GREAT AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA SMOKE — AND WITH INSTANTANEOUS, BLINDING SWIFTNESS, HE DID NOT INHALE IT.

    HE REPEATED THE ACTION, FILLING HIS MOUTH EVEN MORE– BUT IN .00000000001% OF A NEW YORK SECOND, WITH ZERO DILLY-DALLYING, AND MINUS ZERO OF HESITATION, VACILLATION, WAVERING, OR IMMORAL DITHERING– HE DID NOT INHALE AGAIN.

    BOTH DEMONSTRATIONS OF HIS COMMITMENT, AND RESOLVE TO MAINTAIN HIS LOFTY PERCH ON A LIMB SNUGGLING TO THE SIDE OF THE BIRD OF PARADISE– WERE ABSOLUTE TESTIMONY OF HIS POWER TO ESCHEW ALL FORMS OF TARDINESS– BECAUSE ALL OF THE ABOVE WAS ACCOMPLISHED IN LESS THAN ONE-HUNDREDTH OF ONE ARKANSAS SECOND. NARRY AN ATOM OF INDECISION.

    AFTER HE WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR OF ARKANSAS, HE SOMETIMES FELT THE NEED OF FEMALE COMPANY. BUT THIS MAN WAS NEVER THE TYPE TO DITHER AROUND BARS, OR DALLY AROUND THE UNKEMPT AND UNTIDY LAIRS OF UNDISCIPLINED WOMEN.

    ON MANY, MANY SWIFT AND LIGHTNING-LIKE MICROSECONDS HE ABSOLUTELY REFUSED TO LOWER HIMSELF TO ENTER SUCH RAUNCHY ESTABLISHMENTS–BUT IN LESS THAN ONE NANOSECOND (THAT‘S THE SMALLEST MEASUREMENT OF TIME)– HE SENT HIS STATE POLICE AFTER THE ENTERTAINING LADIES– AND CALLED TO THE POLICE AS THEY WERE LEAVING THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION: “IF YALL DILLY-DALLY OR ASSLE AROUND ( THAT’S EAST TEXAS AND ARKANSAS FOR MOVING SLOWLY), I’LL FIRE THE BOTH YA–I’M AN HONORABLE MAN AND WILL NOT ABIDE IMMORAL DITHERING!!”

    AS PRESIDENT, HE MAINTAINED THAT HE WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF ENGAGING IN BEHAVIOR, UNBECOMING OF A MARRIED PRESIDENT AND A YOUNG LADY– WHITE HOUSE INTERN. A NANOSECOND HAD NOT ELAPSED BEFORE HE JUMPED STRAIGHT UP– AND WHILE SUSPENDED IN MIDAIR, HE SCREAMED: ***** I DID NOT HAVE XES WITH THAT WOMAN!!!!***** (SPELLED BACKWARD LESS THE KIDS SEE IT).

    BUT, AGAIN, WITHOUT HESITATING, HE CONVEYED TO THE WORLD,
    AND ESPECIALLY THE YOUNG CHILDREN– THAT WHILE THEIR PLAY TIME MAY HAVE BEEN A BIT UNHYGIENIC, FOR HER– IT MOST CERTAINLY WAS NOT XES.

    THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS OF AMERICA’ S IMPRESSIONABLE CHILDREN. HIS DATA GA

    VE THE KIDS HOURS AND HOURS TO DISCUSS HOW THEIR LEADER, WITHOUT A SINGLE MOLECULE OF DILLY OR SUBATOMIC PARTICLE OF DALLY, HE EXPLAINED XES WHEN THE PARENTS MERELY DITHERED OR DATHERED.

    SO HE WAS ABLE INSTANTLY, WITHOUT ANY HESITATION, TO ESTABLISH HIS INNOCENCE–AND PASS HIS WISDOM ON TO OBAMA.

    • Thinking About

      Buy the way Clinton admitted smoking pot but did W forget about his nose candy.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Thinking(?)About,
        Yeah, just like Nobummer did and does!!!!

  • Thinking About

    For all who believe we should get back to the Constitution, here is your answer. What oath did members of Congress declare they would uphold. All who are vying not to raise the debt should resign because they are not upholding their oath. How hard is this to do. If we are honestly trying to get our debt paid down will take all and put them on the table. Talk about fair and balanced we could make this phrase become true. If those holding up getting jobs back on track think we are going to forget 2 more years have passed and dumb ideas are taking up the valuable positions of getting jobs jobs jobs but we have time to spend on trying to repeal light bulb energy savers then we will not forget stupidity when we vote.

  • pete the simian

    What Barack really should do is Executive Order 11110 – and start printing up silver backed certificates to compete against the Fed Reserve Notes …

  • HeWhoKnowsAll

    America has defaulted on its debt; 1790, 1864 and 1933. It has also not kept its payment promises several times and has forced poor people deeper into debt by playing with the gold, printing money, adjusting interest rates, changing taxes and raising the debt limit 34 other times. If we keep paying what we need to we will make out payments. Raising the debt ceiling is simply to continue to pay for things that P.O.R has pre-spent. For those of you who don’t know P.O.R. is the acronym for Pelosi, Obama and Reid. We can adjust our payments to other countries the way you can refinance to a bank. Many countries will defer payments for a minimum payment and if we call out some of the countries, they still owe us. What about the 1.36 trillion China was lent during the Invasion of Manchuria up to the end of Japan’s involvement in the war. That isn’t even including the money they should pay us for Marshall Plan reconstruction. If they get pissy about our small or slow payments we just need to inform them that if that is their position than we will put tariffs on all corporations that went overseas when Clinton signed NAFTA and we would have the money. China doesn’t want to lose all that money and so they would acquiesce. Get of the liberal bandwagon and start voting for America and Americans, not political parties.

  • http://deleted Claire

    If I were president I would do what I had to do–for the American people and America. It is a damn shame these politicians-Republicans and Democrats–cannot get their act together and do what they should do instead of posturing for their party. They sicken me.

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