Abiding by the Constitution
To the Editor:
I find it interesting that left-wing Democrats like Mr. Chase get so upset with the Tea Party. What is so radical about a group whose principle purpose is to remind our governing parties to abide by the American Constitution? As I read it, the Constitution gives the House of Representatives the power of the purse, as the only body responsible for initiating money bills. The House was set up by our founding fathers to control money bills as a means of restraining a President intent on running roughshod over the country, making his own laws and spending the nation into bankruptcy, which our current President seems intent on doing.
The Tea Party, unlike the Democratic favorite “Occupy Wall Street” mobs, tends to be law abiding and relatively civil during their demonstrations. They call for the government to be responsible and to take steps to control spending and begin to get control of our national debt, which has nearly doubled during the five years of the Obama Presidency. Horrors! This is far from how Democrats characterize them terms like “Right Wing Terrorists,” “Hostage Takers,” and other similar derogative terms.
The President is charged by our Constitution with “executing” the laws passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. That means that the President enforces the laws as written; he has no Constitutional authority to pick and choose which laws he chooses to enforce or not to enforce. Constitutional scholars cringe when the President rules by executive order, thereby making up his own laws, which he has done repeatedly, particularly when it comes to immigration laws, environmental laws, civil rights laws, and most recently his own “Affordable Care Act.” He has sidestepped Congress and has unconstitutionally changed that law which was legally passed by both houses of Congress and signed by himself. He has changed that law by exempting or delaying his favorite groups from compliance, notably big labor unions and large businesses, but not individual citizens!
According to some research, the President has had the smallest percentage of experienced business people in positions of leadership in his administration dating back to at least 1900. It is therefore not surprising that so many departments in this administration are so poorly run (Take the HHS example of spending between 600 million and one billion dollars for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) computer program that is a dismal failure.) I have seen no estimates for how many more millions will be spent to correct the flaws in this computer program, which is said to be one of the easiest parts of the ACA to implement!