Lurita Doan

The Obama Administration's FY2013 federal budget is inherently dishonest and is a reelection scheme that masquerades as a budget.  Take a close look, and you will see that the Obama Administration’s approach has veered far away from mere incompetence and political expediency. 

President Obama, it would seem, has crossed into new territory and his Administration, unhappy with the constitutional constraints on Executive authority to direct spending, is now openly violating the Constitution.  

The highest law of the land constricts Team Obama’s ability to spend taxpayer money on pet projects that have never been part of any appropriation bill.  However, the Obama Administration routinely spends money that has never been appropriated and routinely exceeds the spending limits set by even this spendthrift Congress.

A recent example can be found at Health and Human Services (HHS).  Auditors discovered that the agency has routinely spent taxpayer money on projects that were not appropriated by Congress.  Of course, the Obama’s Administration is violating the Constitution when it takes these actions. The Anti-Deficiency Act compels large fines and possible jail time for individuals within the Administration that are caught spending money that has never been appropriated.  

ADA is intended to ensure that Article One of the United States Constitution, Section 9, Clause 7 (the "power of the purse"), which provides that "No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law" is implemented and respected.  Our Founders, wisely, understood the dangers of giving a President the power to direct public spending in an unrestricted manner independent of any congressional review. 

When you peel back the curtain on the Obama Administration, it seems clear that constitutional restrictions were never seen as anything other than a speed bump as they blindly motored on directing taxpayer funds to pet projects, and exceeding overall congressional appropriations. 

Lurita Doan

Lurita Alexis Doan is an African American conservative commentator who writes about issues affecting the federal government.