If you had asked me before what the craziest conservative talking point was, it had to be the czars. After all, this was a case of taking something around for decades and claiming it was some sort of new threat to the republic. Plus it came with fun side idiocy, such as the whole czars-as-socialists thing.
But that was then, and this is now, and we have a new champ: that Barack Obama is violating the Constitution by…Congress not passing a budget resolution.
This is, to put it mildly 100% full-on nuts.
I’d been hearing this one for a while now, so it’s out there for sure, but it wasn’t worth a post until the Sage of Wasilla took to Fox News to repeat it:
"And the number one thing, Greta, that he is responsible for is — he today violating Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution in not having a budget. Going on three years, over a thousand days with no budget, no blueprint to run our federal government!"
Yeah. Problem number one with this theory, as Seth sort of gets at, is that the president isn’t involved at all in budget resolutions. Budget resolutions aren’t law; they are, well, Congressional resolutions (technically, concurrent resolutions). No presidential signature needed. So while it might be unfair to blame Congress for a law not getting passed, it’s really silly season to blame him for the lack of a budget resolution. His job, under the law, is to present a budget to Congress. He’s done that.
But the main point here is that of course the Constitution doesn’t require a Congressional budget resolution, because those were only invented in the 1974 Budget Act. So it would be strange indeed if the Framers had mentioned it.
Well, leave it to Klondike Kardashian to aggressively defend the Constitution by completely misrepresenting it.
Here's my question, is ANYBODY even seriously listening to this lunatic anymore? Or has she finally devolved into the national joke that we all knew she was destined to become?
(P.S. You can read more at the link, including what Article I Section 9 Clause 7 ACTUALLY says.)