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Rather than calling for a civilian army to overthrow the government, perhaps my Congresswoman should spend a few moments perusing that document which she claims to defend?

From Minnesota Independent:

Rep. Michele Bachmann grilled Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday afternoon about the U.S. Constitution. Bachmann seemed unclear about Congress’ duties under the Constitution.

I get, Michele, that you want to be perceived as some sort of super Constitutional scholar who abides by the strict constructionist school of thought. However, you may want to try your strict constructionist shtick on something other than one of the first Executive Departments created within our government. Although I would love for you to offer a strict constructionist argument telling me that the framers, including Alexander Hamilton (1st Secretary of the Treasury and co-writer of the Federalist Papers explaining the Constitution), never intended for the Treasury Department to manage the money resources of the United States government.

While Andy Birkey aptly points out that your job, Michele, as defined by Article I Section I of the Constitution is to "legislate", I would like to offer some other Constitutional provisions that perhaps you and your position on the financial services committee should be better acquainted with:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States

To borrow money on the credit of the United States

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Just because you are a strict constructionist does NOT mean you have the ability to deconstruct and then reconstruct the Constitution to suit your strict constructionist delusion...
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1 Response to "A Constitutional Lesson For Bachmann"

  1. lloydletta On March 24, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    That performance was hysterical. Will you be using it as a teachable moment in your classes?