Richard M. Morrow (letter Oct. 8) opines that Article 4 in the 14th Amendment gives President Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling. Mr. Morrow should study the Constitution more thoroughly in his political science classes.
Article 4 deals with debts incurred during rebellion, such as debts incurred by the South during the Civil War. It reads: "neither the United States nor any states shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States. All such debts, or obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void. Those contracts involving Confederate bonds could not be enforced and a U.S. court must hesitate to give them recognition whatsoever." On the other hand, contracts involving "currency" were enforceable.
No! There is nothing on the 14th article 4, that give the president power to raise the debt ceiling. To be truthful, if the Constitution was followed to the letter of the law, the president would have very limited powers. It is a crying shame how this administration gets away with "constitutional murder," and we, the people, sit quietly doing nothing. "Liberty once lost is lost forever."