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President-elect Clinton recently appointed Sen. Bentsen of Texas to be the new secretary of the treasury, but obviously didn't consult the Constitution prior to his decision.

According to Article I, Section 6, second paragraph: "No senator or representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time . . . "I have no doubt that Bentsen is a decent man, and I have nothing personally against him, but this is a direct violation of the Constitution. Because Bentsen, as a member of Congress, had a role in the Treasury secretary receiving a substantial pay increase, he may not now serve in that appointment.

What scares me even more than the break of the law is the fact that neither Bentsen nor Clinton seem aware of the law. They were either ignorant of the article set forth in the Constitution or didn't feel it was important and are trying to slide it past the people.

We have already lost much of our liberty guaranteed in our Constitution and it appears that as long as those we place in power are oblivious of its content or feel they may interpret it according to their will, we will suffer.

I felt that this issue, though seemingly unimportant to some, was a perfect example and indication of just how little seems to be known about the Constitution. It is important that we all understand it, abide by it and demand that our leaders do also.

Ronald Forstner