The View From 1776

Constitutional “Scholar’s” Ignorance Of The Constitution

President Obama misrepresents the plain words of the Constitution.  Read the New York Sun editorial: Taking Sides in the GOP

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/21 at 10:05 PM
  1. This piece takes the silly position that Congress does not have the responsibility to pay its bills. When congress authorizes expenditures, it is instructing the executive branch to spend that amount money to accomplish whatever task is specified in the law at hand. To come back later and say, "We didn't really mean it! We were just kidding! We don't intend to pay for what we ordered you to spend," is the height of dangerous anti constitutional nonsense. But astonishingly, it appears to make perfect sense to a fringe element in Congress.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/24  at  10:30 PM
  2. Mr. Jay, you've given me a good opportunity to use the word canard.

    Nobody is saying, "We don't intend to pay for what we ordered you to spend." What Republicans, Independents, and Tea Party Members are saying is, by all means, pay what is owed. But when the government, a business, or an individual is spending more than his income, the only proper course is to reduce current spending and refrain from adding new spending on borrowed money.
    Posted by Thomas E. Brewton  on  10/25  at  09:09 PM
  3. J. Jay also clearly does not understand (or doesn't give a fig for) the difference between 'authorizing' and "ordering". 'Authorizing' is both discretionary and conditional, while ordering is neither. Discretionary in that it leaves the executive free to spend or not spend (up to the stipulated limit) as they judge reasonable. Conditional in that they are not authorized to spend over said limit.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/26  at  08:32 AM
  4. J. Jay,

    Congress paying its bills was never in question, and if you'd ever bother to read a Congressional budget bill you'd know the difference. A budget is made up of many parts, with each part getting its own allocation. The most recent budget includes increased spending for debt servicing, but reduces 'new spending'. Congress refusing to yield on new spending has no bearing whatsoever on debt, whereas unrestricted spending (which is what Obama demands) can only increase debt. Therefore, it is you and your silly Democrats who drive up debt while arguing them most pernicious nonsense it is all the fault of cost-cutting Republicans.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/26  at  08:40 AM
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