I noted a letter in The Enterprise on Oct. 11, “Debt Limit? Read the Constitution.”
I referred to the Constitution of the United States to make sure that I remembered what it says and that what I am reading in a letter or article is a correct representation. I am not sure that the term “debt limit” is actually in the Constitution, but in Section 8, it states that Congress does have the power “to borrow money on the credit of the United States,” but it does not state that it has to. I have not found any reference in the Constitution that requires Congress to present a “clean bill” to increase the debt limit.
I would like to go back in history to when, then-Sen. Barack Obama voted against raising the debt limit. His reasoning was that having to raise the limit showed President Bush was not managing the country well and spending money that we did not have. At that time, the national debt was approximately $10 trillion and the annual budget (we actually had one at that time) had a much lower level of spending and deficit.
The USA has a major spending problem, and many representatives, senators and the president do not want to cut any spending. They also authorize spending money on programs that are not granted to the federal government by the Constitution.
Members of the House of Representatives are trying to reduce spending so the government can live within its means and this is why the House is trying to attach spending cuts to a bill that would allow an increase in the debt limit.
President Obama tries to tell us that increasing the debt limit will not increase the national debt … but what has happened to the national debt during his administration?
It is time for citizens to know the Constitution and realize that politicians work for us; that excessive government is the problem and piling on more debt will only exacerbate an already untenable situation.
Travie J. Westlund