Giving Obama the checkbook, bankrupting the check and balance system

From the Politico, you can read the full article here. I have pulled out the appropriate passage, emphasis mine.

A two-week stopgap spending bill cleared Congress Thursday night, averting a threatened shutdown Friday and buying time for the White House to try to salvage some year-end agreement after the collapse of the budget process.

The action came as the administration sent to the Capitol more than 50 funding adjustments it wants considered as part of what would be a stripped-down appropriations package for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
Many agencies would be left frozen at their current spending levels, but the documents indicate the White House is seeking more than $11.4 billion in new spending above 2010, chiefly for foreign aid and defense accounts as well as education initiatives and housing assistance for low-income tenants. The administration also wants a remarkably open-ended authority to transfer funds between accounts — a power that is sure to be resisted by the Appropriations Committee leadership.

The unbelievable thing to me is that the truly dangerous thing here was relegated to one sentence within the story. The Obama Administration wants the House to pass a budget, then Obama will approve it, and look like a great hero for working with the other side of the aisle by accepting their budget without putting up a fight. Then he will simply take the dollars from one department and grant them to another at his discretion. So, when the House defunds the EPA from regulating Carbon Dioxide as a harmful gas, making us all guilty of violating the Clean Air Act by simply breathing, Obama can simply take money away from the Defense Department, because that would be within his discretionary authority.

Now, I am certain my liberal friends will try to assure me that no politician would be that brazen as to abuse this new authority in such a reckless manner. To you I say two things. One, boloney. Two, If you trust our current POTUS because he has shown such wonderful maturity and restraint, and honesty, how do you know you will be able to trust every successor to the current POTUS for say, the next 80 years?

The Constitution gave the power of the purse strings to the House of Representatives for a really good reason. The House, originally was the people’s voice in the Federal Government. The money that the Federal Government spends can only come from the people. The people get to determine how they spend their own money. What Obama proposes is further erosion of the Checks and Balances system which has served us well for the previous 221 years. Now that the House has shifted to control of the Conservative Movement, and Harry Reid has lost a lot of seats, (also facing a full 40% of his own caucus feeling real pressure to vote with the other side of the aisle,) Legislative battles will be relegated to the status of sideshow over the next two years. President Obama will attempt to dismantle the country through executive fiat. If this one passes, he won’t need much else.

Here is the call to action my fellow lovers of freedom, call your Congressional Representatives and let them know that we will not stand for this. The lame duck session has about a week left, and we will all be worse off if this one sneaks through.

  1. It’s not as if Congress is a better shepherd of federal money. Maybe the Executive will start by defunding pork from congressional districts with congresscritters that just object to everything with no guidance from principles first, possibly transferring the money to congressional districts with congresscritters that do play ball

    1. While I appreciate and agree with your sentiments that Congress isn’t awe inspiring as far as fiscal sanity is concerned, there is a much deeper issue here. First let me say, the current POTUS has governed almost completely opposite of his campaign promises where transparency, earmarking, and fiscal restraint is concerned. The deal making he employed to get his legislation passed these last two years would make the political bosses in Tamminy Hall blush. That you believe President Obama would use his unlimited and unchecked power to stop reckless congressional spending during the next Congress is simply astounding. For the purposes of our discussion though, let’s assume you are correct in that assumption. What about the next President, or the one after him, do you trust them sight unseen as well? I believe in the checks and balances system for the exact reason you wish to neuter Congress. Instead of one individual having an increased and unchecked authority, we would at least have 435 people with oversight on the purse strings. While a lot of them may be dolts, the odds are still better. Our Nation has done well at surviving poor politicians and useless leaders. The system has proven better than the fools who have been elected. Some of the leaders have actually done a good job. The reason we have survived the fools, and thrived under the qualified is that there was always a check on the authority of the fools. We never allowed anyone the ability to become a king, I see no reason to start now. I would be even less inclined to make Obama a king than any President in history.

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