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Purse Strings? WHAT Purse Strings?

Sebastian of Shall Not Be Questioned
quotes the President and differs in his interpretation of the law:
(as does Constitutional scholar David Hardy)
Obama is essentially saying he won’t be bound by the bill that prevents him from doing anti-gun studies on the taxpayer dime.

“I have advised the Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient,” Obama said in a statement as he signed the bill into law.

No. This is not how it works. Congress controls the purse strings. This is how the system works. Dave Hardy, who thankfully reads the same Constitution the rest of us do, notes:

I can’t find that clause in my own copy. I just find “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” Maybe I’ve got an outdated version. But I’m sure my copy of the anti deficiency act is up to date. So is the provision making violation a felony.

The President isn’t just skating on thin Constitutional ice here, he’s staking on water, and he’s going to sink of he follows his words with deeds.
The President is playing fast and loose.  But, hasn’t he always?
Go.  Read.

h/t Sebastian, David Hardy

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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2 thoughts on “Purse Strings? WHAT Purse Strings?

  1. This administration has made it clear that they don't feel bound by the law.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | December 28, 2011, 7:12 am
  2. 'Bound by law?' Isn't that a Firefly reference?

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | December 28, 2011, 8:20 am

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