Saturday, April 23, 2011

I am always amused by the utter contempt for the Constitution typical of self proclaimed "constitutional conservatives."

"Remember that budgets are not law," - Rep. Charles F. Bass (R-N.H.)
"No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law;" US Constitution.

The odd thing is that this assault on the Constitution serves no purpose. It isn't like the constitutional conservatives enthusiasm for undeclared wars, the unitary executive, warrentless wiretaps, detention without trial, and torture.

update: correction corrected.

What Rep Bass would have said, were he able to speak Engish, is "remember that budget resolutions are not budget bills which are law." A budget resolution just budget resolutions are not law unless and until they are approved by a majority of Senators who are present and voting and signed into law by the President or approved by a majority of Senators present and voting, vetoed and the approved by two thirds of representatives present and voting and by two thirds of Senators present and voting". Oh hell he could just have said "bills approved by the House are not law -- there are a Senate and a President too." But no he had to equate a vote on a budget bill in the house with a budget (false) and say that budgets aren't law.
It's as if he went out of his way to spit on the Constitution.

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