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.
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...