The National Debt

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I don’t understand why the Congress talks about the “debt limit.” When they do something like start two wars, they also say the US will pay for them. Maybe they could read the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution:

“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.”

What I think needs to happen (short term) is for Mr. Obama to pay what the Congress has spent and ignore any debt limit. Isn’t that what he’s required to do by the Amendment?