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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hey, Monkey Ears, Read the Constitution – YOU Have No Authority to Impose a Tariff!

In his latest defecation upon the Constitution he fraudulently swore an oath to uphold, President Monkey Ears has unilaterally decided to impose a 35% tariff on Chinese-made automobile tires, apparently as a sop to the labor unions that helped propel him to the imperial throne. I'm undecided as to whether or not this was a result of the African Imbecile's ignorance of the law, or merely an expression of his contempt for it. Either way, he has violated it.

So what exactly does the Constitution say about tariffs? Well, Article I, Section 8 specifically gives the Congress “[p]ower To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises”, which is the very definition of a tariff. Looking at the rest of Article I, Section 8, it becomes clear to the reader that the founders intended that Congress, as the branch of the federal government closest to and representing the people, have control of anything and everything having to do with taxation.

Next, let's look at Article II to see what powers it authorizes the president. In addition to serving as commander-in-chief of the armed services (NOT of the entire population, as the totalitarian fascialist executive branch worshipers like to imagine), the president has the “Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate [emphasis added], to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

“The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session”

Now unless I've overlooked something in those two paragraphs, I see absolutely NOTHING in that list of presidential responsibilities that even hints at the authority to impose tariffs, especially unilaterally. Now I'd be willing to give Monkey Ears a soupcon of benefit of the doubt if, and only if he had on record Congressional support for such a tariff in the form of actual legislation, approved by both houses of Congress, for imposing it. But I've heard and seen no indication whatsoever of anything hinting at even so much as discussion of such an act in Congress. Ergo, Monkey Ears is acting unilaterally and in violation of his oath of office.

I would like to say that if Monkey Ears were a Republican, both Houses of Congress would be screaming for his impeachment. However, I can't in good conscience make that accusation, given the fact that a Democratic Congress refused to impeach his predecessor for much more egregious crimes and violations of office.

This serves as yet another reminder of just how lawless this nation has become. Stand by; it's going to get much worse before it ever gets better.