The Constitution specifically forbids the spending of any money from the Treasury of the United States unless the expenditure is authorized by a law passed by Congress. Congress has never authorized any Obamacare subsides, and a federal court has ruled them unconstitutional. President Trump has ordered that no further unconstitutional payments be made. The whining by the Democrats in Congress and with media bylines is interesting to watch.
The President sure is unpredictable. Why, the next thing you know, the President might do something like start acting as if treaties have to be ratified by the Senate.
I thought that the President had taught constitutional law. If he had, he would surely know that Article II, Section 3 says of the President that
… he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed …
Doesn’t that mean enforcing the laws that Congress has put on the books as they are rather than as he’d like them to be?
Mr. President, the DREAM Act isn’t the law, and blanket “prosecutorial discretion” is not faithful execution of the law as it stands. One would almost think you’re pandering for votes–votes from non-citizens who’ve taken jobs from the 23,000,000 American still out of work because of your “stimulating” economic recovery.
UPDATE—Victor Davis Hanson is given to clear thinking and clear writing. He begins a post titled Are We in Revolutionary Times? at The Corner with these words:
Legally, President Obama has reiterated the principle that he can pick and choose which U.S. laws he wishes to enforce (see his decision to reverse the order of the Chrysler creditors, his decision not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, and his administration’s contempt for national-security confidentiality and Senate and House subpoenas to the attorney general). If one individual can decide to exempt nearly a million residents from the law — when he most certainly could not get the law amended or repealed through proper legislative or judicial action — then what can he not do? Obama is turning out to be the most subversive chief executive in terms of eroding U.S. law since Richard Nixon.
He ends with these words:
Give the president credit. He has thrown down the gauntlet and essentially boasted: This is my vision of the way the new America should work — and if you don’t like it, try stopping me in November, if you dare.
Go read the words in between.
Is it November yet?
Nancy Pelosi wants to repeal part of the the Bill of Rights, specifically the portion of the First Amendment that protects corporate free speech on political matters.
OK, I believe that would be unwise, but it is much more honorable to want to repeal a pesky provision of the Constitution than it is to simply pass laws and make regulations in conflict with it.
After all, if the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments keep getting in the way of progress, the Progressives should try to convince the rest of us to scrap them. And after they fail, they should have the decency to shut up.