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Our Constitution, which President Biden swore to uphold, says that the President cannot spend taxpayers’ money. No money can be spent from the federal Treasury unless Congress votes on it, and passes a law. Our Founders, apparently, anticipated that we might have the occasional scoundrel in the office of President, who might consider using Treasury funds for political purposes. They were, unlike my leftist friends, familiar with human nature.
Thus, when President Biden decided to give tens of billions of dollars from the Treasury to young college graduates who might vote Democrat, he could have proposed legislation to that effect. As Presidents have always done. And it may very well have passed. But he didn’t do that. His lawyers just made up a legal excuse, and Mr. Biden pretended to pull out his own personal money, and start throwing around free cash like Oprah Winfrey. I don’t think that anyone, Democrat or Republican, thinks that this is legal. Imagine if President Trump had announced that he was going to give every American $500 so they could buy a gun. That would have gotten shut down quickly. As it should have. It’s blatantly unconstitutional.
I also don’t think that Mr. Biden cares if any college graduates actually get any money. I suspect that he hopes that, right before mid-terms, Republicans across the country publicly try to take money away from hard-working students of color. I even suspect that his lawyers made their rationalization intentionally weak to encourage legal challenges, giving Democrats even more opportunities to make Republicans look mean in public hearings. He sees this as a way to gain seats in the midterms, and nothing more. Otherwise, he would have just proposed a bill to Congress, as Presidents have always done. This is obviously about Congressional elections, not college loans.
Or perhaps I’m being too cynical.
But over the past couple years, that seems impossible…Published in