White House spokesvermin Tony Snow yesterday just propelled us a little bit further down the path of either tyranny or impeachment:
“You know, Congress has the power of the purse,” Snow said, then added: “The President has the ability to exercise his own authority if he thinks Congress has voted the wrong way.”
No, he doesn’t. If Congress does not allocate funds for a troop increase, then the president is illegally using money appropriated for another purpose. It’s that simple, although Senator Kennedy laid it out far more eloquently. Snow also said that he doesn’t “want to play junior constitutional lawyer on this.” You don’t need to be a “junior constitutional lawyer”, you just need to have graduated from junior high school to know how foolish this is.