Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Republican Asked Scalia About Constitutionality of Earmarks

TPM reports Oops! Republican Asks Scalia About Constitutionality Of Earmarks "'The question of earmarks came up, whether or not the constitutionality of earmarks would be considered constitutional [sic],' Bachmann told reporters after the seminar."

"It's up to Congress how you want to appropriate, basically," Scalia told the members, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). "He pointed out historically, like when Jefferson was president, [Congress] said here's a big pot of money, you decide where it goes, and Jefferson ended up paying up a big hunk of it to the Barbary Pirates."

Have these people read the constitution? Were they in the room or listening when it was read to them?

1 comment:

DKB said...

Read != comprehend. If they were smart, they wouldn't believe that cutting taxes from already-low levels will magically increase government revenues.