Rep. Bachmann: Tax Bill Violates Article 1, Section 7 of U.S. Constitution
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
By Nicholas Ballasy
(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told CNSNews.com that the tax bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday violates the U.S. Constitution.
“Article 1, section 7 says that all revenue bills originate in the House and that is our province and, of course, this originated in the Senate,” she told CNSNews.com in an interview Wednesday on Capitol Hill. [...]
Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution states: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” [...]
The tax bill originated in the Senate. Is it not also a bill for generating revenue? Then that would make it - UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
Got your tinfoil ready? Good!
This could be a way for Senate Democrats to discredit House Republicans by getting them to vote for a bill that is unconstitutional. The vast majority of the Democrats in the House are already gone, so the ones that didn't get replaced are not "expendable" and will vote against it. The others will vote for this unconstitutional bill and get it passed - just enough to pass and make it law.
Later, it gets challenged and then subsequently repealed and taxes backdated. Everyone will have a major hit to the pocketbook they didn't plan on - another critical blow to the economy that the enemies (internal and external) of this country so desire. However, all the "stimulus" and other pork in the bill will have been spent by then and that cannot be recovered. The Democrats get their spending. The Republicans will get the blame for violating the Constitution (never mind the Senate Democrats) and screwing over people and increasing taxes. Summary: the Democrats get their tax hike and spending.
Obama will appear on TV and make speeches decrying how far the Republicans have drifted away from the rule of law. Health care individual mandate will not be mentioned.
Politics just got more vicious.