Re: Graham: “We Have a President, Not a King”

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Sen. Lindsey Graham could not be more correct: The Constitution does not permit the president unilaterally to launch us into more astronomical levels of deficit spending. That would ignore Congress’s core constitutional powers. And, putting the Constitution aside, “the right policy decision to make, [and] the correct political decision as well,” is to demand congressional authorization.

Just think of how much more credibility Senator Graham would have in making these excellent points if he were not content to have a king, not a president, unilaterally taking the country to war in Libya — on which, notwithstanding Congress’s core constitutional powers, notwithstanding the obvious policy wisdom of having the people’s representatives vote on whether the nation should be at war, the senator says, “Congress should just sort of shut up.” 

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