Today’s letters: Back pay, House failure, Killer cigarettes
Talk ‘free lunch,’ and people buy
I agree with Stratton Wayne St. Clair’s commentary “Members of Congress should act like adults” (Sept. 22), but I believe he is mistaken with his interpretation of the 14th Amendment, Section 4.
This section states only that if Congress has passed (“authorized”) a law that requires the government to spend money, that one cannot deny the existence or legitimacy of spending to fulfill the purpose stated in that specific law. Nowhere in the 14th Amendment is the executive empowered to borrow money.
The power to borrow money resides exclusively with Congress as stated in Article 1, Section 8. The fact that Congress regularly passes laws that spend more money than laws that collect money simply supports the idea that not only do the members of Congress not act like adults, but in fact the majority of the electorate do not act like adults.
We have become a nation that believes there is such a thing as “free lunch.”