President Obama Needs a Lesson in Constitution 101

Written by David E. Smith

President Barack Obama, complaining about the Republicans who want to use their Constitutional power of the purse to stop or slow down Obamacare, said to the media during a press conference Monday afternoon:

“One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election.  You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like.”

Actually, yes they do Mr. President.  It is called CHECKS-and-BALANCES.

It is part of the system of government we have had and that has worked quite well for 226 years. The system of checks-and-balances is an important part of the U.S. Constitution. With checks-and-balances, each of the three branches of government can limit the powers of the other two. This way, one branch does not become too powerful. Each branch “checks” the power of the other branches to make sure that the power is balanced between them.

So much for Wikipedia’s crediting of Barack Obama with being a Constitutional law professor.  Maybe the president needs a Constitution 101 refresher?

It is also important to remember that it was one party in Congress that forced this unpopular socialized medical insurance mandate on “we the people,” and “we the people” have every right to use the Constitutional power of the purse to neuter the onerous affects of this bad law.