The Sequester, the Constitution & President Obama

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During the State of the Union Address, we heard the President say how  much he disagreed with and abhorred the fast-approaching “sequester”; the  budget-hacking debt and deficit measure that an ad hoc committee from  both houses of Congress cobbled together so that the federal government could  say they did something – at least for then – on the generational problem facing  our country that is a spendthrift federal government. Of course, after all the  congratulatory back-slapping died down, thinking people understood that the  “agreement” to which Republicans in that ad hoc committee signed on to  was politically horrendous. Some of us, armed with an ability to read and  comprehend the Constitution, even understood the whole of the effort to be  unconstitutional.

Over the first term of Mr. Obama’s reign as President of the United   States,  I have – on many occasions, questioned just how it came to be that he can claim  the mantle of “constitutional scholar.” Truth be told, without a full vetting of  his college transcripts (to which we are denied access) all we know is from time  to time he lectured to a constitutional law class at the University of Chicago  under the title of “senior lecturer.” As he was not a seated professor at the  UofC, his position was little more than a trophy title and one that is routinely  bestowed upon political figures. Again, because we have no proof that Mr. Obama  took – or even passed – a constitutional law class in either undergraduate or  graduate school, his qualifications to teach – and his knowledge of the subject  – is unclear.

I provide the aforementioned thoughts because two aspects to the so-called  “sequester” have everything to do with constitutionality.

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