Obama administration ignores Constitutional mandated spending

The Constitution clearly states that the role of Congress is to provide for the common defense of the United States. So therefore, the current administration has elected to ignore that requirement and stop all funding for the F-22 Raptor.

I’m not suggesting that we need – or do not need – the F-22 for defense of the country. I honestly do not know, but my interest involves the oath of office taken by Congress and the president, you know, that part about preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

So the F-22 gets cut, but $1.7 million goes to a honey bee factory in Weslaco, Texas? What other funding is the administration cutting out of the Pentagon’s budget?

On top of that, we have a government sponsored program to provide free cell phones – including air time – to those in need! Get this crap, with my emphasis in bold.

TracFone Wireless believes that cell phone ownership is a right and an important tool for individual success in today’s world.

Lifeline is a real FCC program. Here’s part of a news release. …

The SafeLink Wireless service will provide eligible low-income households a free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services and free 41 minutes of air time, monthly, for one year. The cell phone offers in-demand features: voicemail, text, call waiting, international calling to over 60 destinations and caller ID.

Back to the F-22… From Hugh Hewitt’s piece in The Washington Examiner, with a hat tip to Hot Air.

Did I mention that the F-22 is shovel ready? Remember all those jobs President Obama wanted to “create or save”? Evidently there is a category of jobs he doesn’t count among those worthy of retention –those on the national security shift.

The piece goes on …

Secretary Gates is providing a little cover for the Pentagon budget-cutters at OMB whose priorities are with increased NEA spending and a new fleet of hybrid cars for the government, but not much. Whether or not his heart is in it won’t and shouldn’t still the sharp criticism headed this budget’s way.

The Obama administration and the Democrat Congress will continue to route funding that is the federal government’s responsibility to programs for which they have no mandate.

We’re loosing our freedom to tyrany on a daily basis with liberals and socialists in control. What will you do?

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Brian Partridge on April 13, 2009 at 8:33 am

    <div>I think the most logical solution is to stage a mock revolution and throw some tea around.</div>



    <div>I'm sure you don't think President Bush was a case of tyranny, and there are those who think that Obama isn't tyranny.  But maybe now you'll understand why some thought it was appropriate to use the word to describe their anger, as misdirected as it might have been.




    <div>If the F22 was the only piece of spending that we have to defend our country, then the title of this post is accurate.  But, because it most obviously isn't, then Obama isn't ignoring any mandate, and you're just having some fun trying to rile everyone up.</div>

  2. SoundOffSister on April 13, 2009 at 10:44 am

    There are so many things to comment about here, but, I'll just deal with the "legal" stuff.  Ignoring "Constitutionally mandated" duties has become so engrained in this administration that, in their mind, it means "Constitutionally ignored", and, thus is perfectly legal.

    Cell phone ownership as a right?  That must be somewhere in that ever expanding 14th Amendment.  Although I "aced" Con Law in law school, I must have been asleep when that part was taught!


  3. Dimsdale on April 14, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Bush was a piker compared to Obama, and Obama has only been in office for just shy of 3 months!  The recently revealed DHS document on "rightwing extremism," is a perfect example.  Was there any such document produced by the Bush administration generally targeting leftwing extremism, which invariably results in much deliberate property damage?  How about nationalizing industries, and putting oneself in charge of same?

    That being said, we need to get back to strict interpretations of the Constitution, versus this feelgood interpretation and assignment of being a "right" to things never mentioned in the Constitution.

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