Google+
Close

Bench Memos

NRO’s home for judicial news and analysis.

Debt-Limit Silliness



Text  



I confess that I have paid very little attention to the recent claims by some liberal academics (Jonathan Adler provides some links here) that section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment—“The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, … shall not be questioned”—somehow authorizes the president to ignore or override the debt limit that Congress has established, as I don’t see how the constitutional text provides any support for such claims. For those interested, law professors Michael McConnell (“The theory is bunk”) and John S. Baker offer their refutations.



Text  


Subscribe to National Review