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Ok, here's why it's unconstituional
. Article VI, US ConstitutionAll Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation
The formal name of the Articles of Conferation is "The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union." Since the States entered into a perpetual union with the Articles, that "Engagement" is still valid under the Constitution.
It wasn't an issue before that, so yes, nobody used the idea until they needed to. Because it wasn't necessary back then.