That’s odd, I don’t remember the CBC asking George W. Bush to turn the presidency into a dictatorship.

(The Hill) — The Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) urged President Obama on Saturday to sidestep Congress and hike the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit on his own.

In a letter to the president, the lawmakers argue that he has “both the authority and a moral obligation” to invoke the Constitution’s 14th Amendment “to avoid an economic catastrophe of historic proportions.”

“We must not allow a political deadlock to cause the United States to default for the first time in our history,” the CBC members wrote. “Now that Congress has borrowed money and incurred debt, we cannot — as a nation and under our Constitution — walk away.”

The lawmakers join a growing chorus of Democrats — including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) — who have called on Obama to invoke the Constitution as a last resort to prevent a government default.

Supporters argue that the 14th Amendment — which says “the validity of the public debt . . . shall not be questioned” — empowers the president to act unilaterally.