Congress and the Constitution

Okay, this is just one of many many stories over the past several days that seriously are starting to tick me off!  http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/29/house-republicans-blame-pelosis-speech/

Of all  three branches of the U.S. government, only Congress has the power to determine federal spending. I’m just saying, how many of you have viewed the Constitution recently?  Pursuant to Article I, Section 9, of the U.S. Constitution, “No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.”

So riddle me this … if a President has the leadership responsibility, but must work with a Congress that is largely against his/her (“her” for future onlookers) policies how does out of control spending happen?  Doesn’t that mean the REAL responsibilities lay with the members of Congress?  If the House and Senate can overturn Presidental veto’s and they don’t approve of a budget what happens?  Ask some people who worked for the federal government during the mid ’90’s and we can tell you.  The federal government closes down, and even military members see shorted paychecks (to be “caught up” once the budget is approved) until law maker’s can come to an agreement or override the Presidential veto; right?

So the next time a Democrat tells you that it’s “ALL President Bush’s fault” for our economy ask them who approves the budget, spending, and why is it that while Congress has been controlled by Democrats the fewest laws in the past 20 years last session? (see here, here, and here) Before you read on I strongly suggest you read those links.  Perhaps more perspective will be found there.  By the way, how did those 1,900+ resolutions help you’re local economy, gas prices, regulation, taxes, and lending issues your family is facing on “Main Street America”??

Please when pointing fingers know a) your history and b) your U.S. Constitution.

So please remember, the next time a Democrat tells you it’s all the Republicans fault, don’t just see who was the President during that time, look at who controlled Congress in that time frame.  Oddly you may gain a new perspective on things. 

Please, once again, don’t take my word for it.  Go look it up!  Education is a wonderful thing … even after you’ve killed off more brain cells than you can remember.  Speaking of which … I have me some brain cells to kill off now!  🙂

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