Pay As You Go: Or the Unconstitutionality of the Nine Million Debt Bill Demonstrated (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Pay as You Go: Or the Unconstitutionality of the Nine Million Debt Bill Demonstrated
If the constitution is to be violated under the advice of counsel, Mr. Spencer has qualifications to be a leader in the case which none will dispute, and few can rival.
He has addressed himself to the work, with an enthusiasm worthy of that class of our Whig brethren, who, under the impulse of Mr. Secretary Webster, are just now manifesting so profound a sense of the sanctity of constitutional obligations where they merely require us to deliver an innocent, perhaps free, neighbor to bondage not to pay our just debts. He has invented a mode of borrowing nine millions of dollars without owing any thing, and has found authority for carrying through such a fair business transaction in behalf of the state, in the third sectlon of the seventh article of the constitution, which provides that.
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