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Who May Tax and Spend?

Larry155 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 2:04 PM
While everything Dr. Williams regarding tax origination responsibility is true, it's well known that the House has been on a spending binge for quite some time, and the ultimate responsibilty falls to the President who has veto power over tax bills passed by Congress.
MNTeacher Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 3:15 PM
Agreed. Every piece of legislation passes the president's desk before it becomes a law. The president may not be the origin of spending, but the spending does not happen without the president's say-so.

As Harry Truman said: "The buck stops here."
MNTeacher Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 3:17 PM
Should have added: with the one exception being a veto override.
Within the past decade, I've written columns titled "Deception 101," "Stubborn Ignorance" and "Exploiting Public Ignorance," all explaining which branch of the federal government has taxing and spending authority. So here it is again: The first clause of Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, generally known as the "origination clause," reads: "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." Constitutionally and by precedent, the House of Representatives has the exclusive prerogative to originate bills to appropriate money, as well as to raise...