U.S. Politics

Am I missing something?

It seems that some people are saying that Section 4 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution would give President Obama the authority ignore the debt ceiling..  Huh?  What it  said was that the public debt was legal and that the states of the former Confederate States of America could not argue that they did not have to help pay for the cost of the War of Northern Aggression, waged by  President Lincoln against the neighboring COUNTRY to the south.  It also disallows the U.S. Debt from repaying the debts of the C.S.A incurred in its defense.

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.

14th Amendment | LII / Legal Information Institute

I see nothing there that would allow him to ignore the debt ceiling..  The important part of it, as pertains to this discussion is where it says “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law”.  This is simple.

The debt ceiling does not dispute the debt but specifies an amount beyond which the country is not allowed to spend.  I should be seen as saying that this extra debt would not be authorized by Law…

Only a real twist of logic would say otherwise.