Corker-Menendez Iran bill is a ‘constitutional perversion’

Corker-Menendez Iran bill is a ‘constitutional perversion’

Back in 2011, the Senate’s then-minority leader [Mitch McConnell] was flummoxed by the national debt…he wanted to help Obama raise the debt by many additional trillions of dollars; but…he wanted to appear as a staunch opponent of such profligacy. …

[But] the Constitution gives Congress, not the president, ultimate power over the debt.

This is inconsistent, of course, with a scheme to impose more crushing debt on the country without being held accountable for it.  Consequently, the Constitution was thrown overboard.

McConnell and other GOP leaders hatched a plan under which Obama would appear to raise the debt unilaterally. Congress could then respond with a “resolution of disapproval.” As McConnell knew, either Democrats would defeat the resolution or Obama would veto it. …

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Cravenly elevating their own political interest over the national interest, many on the GOP side of the political class calculate that it is more important to avoid blame for frustrating Obama — this time, on his delusional Iran deal — than to succeed in actually frustrating Obama. But alas, that annoying Constitution is again an obstacle to shirking accountability. …

The Corker bill is a ploy to circumvent this constitutional roadblock. That is why our post-sovereign, post-constitutional president has warmed to it.

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