By Robert Greenslade
© Nitwit Press
With a so-called financial cliff only weeks away, which pundits and politicians claim will be triggered when tax cuts expire at the end of the year, Obama and his sycophants are asserting that since he won the 2012 election, the majority has spoken and republicans are obligated to comprise and implement the Obama “agenda” because he is President of the United States.
Once again, democrats are counting on their willing accomplices in the main street media and the constitutional ignorance of the American people to pressure republicans into submission. Instead of cowering in a dark corner like scared school children, republicans need to stand tall, pull out their copies of the Constitution, and shove them up the butt of Obama and his legions of civics challenged drones.
Even though republican politicians are part of the plague that has ravaged the country, they have the power to do something constructive for a change and hinder or arrest Obama’s out of control monetary policies because they control the House of Representatives.
Republicans have 3 trump cards they can play simultaneously:
First, Article I, Section 1―
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
The power to legislate is vested exclusively in Congress. A president has absolutely no power to legislate and that includes so-called executive orders.
Second, Article I, Section 7―
“All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”
Every single piece of legislation that raises revenue MUST originate in the House of Representatives, not the White House or the Senate.
Third, Article II, Section 3―
“He [the President] shall…recommend to [Congress] for their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient…”
Constitutionally, there is no such thing as a President’s agenda. A President’s role in the initial legislative process is secondary because Congress has the sole power to legislate independently of a president. Congress is free to adopt, modify, reject or ignore any recommendation submitted by a president. A recommendation is just that―a suggestion that’s not binding. Congress is a separate co-equal branch of the federal government; it is not a president’s bitch as Obama and the democrats would have us believe when they hold the presidency.
Republicans in both Houses of Congress, as the lesser of two evils in my mind, need to craft a speech and stand up to Obama. This man continually slaps their faces and they say “thank you sir, may we have another.” If I were in charge of writing a speech for republicans on this issue, the civil version would say something like this:
“Elections have consequences. President Obama and the democrats would have you believe that a consequence of the recent presidential election is the obligation of republicans in Congress to capitulate to Mr. Obama’s wishes and demands because a majority of the American people elected him President. Under our constitutional system of government we do not elect a king, dictator or potentate. The Constitution established 3 co-equal branches of government. Each branch has separate and independent powers and duties. A president is the chief executive officer of one of those 3 branches and his powers and duties are defined and limited by the Constitution. By the same token, Congress has powers and duties that belong exclusive to that body.
The power to craft legislation is vested exclusively in Congress, not the president. Presidents do not have ANY power to legislate under our constitutional system of government. A majority of the American people may have elected Mr. Obama president but those same people gave us majority control of the House of Representatives and that body is vested with the exclusive power to originate ALL legislation that raises revenue.
President Obama is asserting that he is the one constitutionally charged with the power to craft and dictate tax policy to Congress. Mr. Obama needs to stop misleading the American people on this issue and consult his Constitution czar for a lesson on the separation of power between the legislative and executive branches of government. If he did, he would find that presidents only have the power to “recommend,” not mandate, legislation for Congress to consider. Thus, when in comes to raising revenue, President Obama is only empowered to give members of the House of Representatives “recommendations,” not orders and mandates. Once a revenue bill passes the House, it goes to the Senate for consideration. A president is constitutionally powerless to intervene in this process. If a revenue bill passes the House and Senate, then and only then is President Obama constitutionally empowered to enter the process and act on the legislation. He can either sign or veto the legislation but Congress has the power to over ride his veto and pass the legislation. The ability of Congress to pass legislation over a presidential veto shows the Framers intended Congress, not a president, to be the ultimate power in the legislative process.
Since republicans in the House of Representatives hold the majority and the constitutional duty to initiate ALL bills raising revenue is vested in the House, we will perform our constitutional duty of leading the House of Representatives in crafting revenue legislation. If President Obama wants to exercise his constitutional authority of recommendation, we will be happy to hear and consider his suggestions but we object to his constant attempts to mislead the American people concerning the branch of government charged with constitutional authority of initiating revenue legislation.
Since Mr. Obama is the most arrogant condescending president in my lifetime and a threat to the survival of what’s left of the republic, someone needs to educate the American people on constitutional issues and put this community agitator in his place. Unfortunately, in this case, we have to rely on the Republican Party and their members in the House of Representatives to do the right thing and put the good of the country ahead of politics. If John Boehner and his hand picked stooges in the House cave and fail to perform this simple function, which I predict they will, maybe then those who still view the Republican Party as the answer will wise-up and treat it with the same contempt as they have for the Democratic Party.