As background for this post, here is a passage from Senator Obama’s biography on the official Obama-Biden website.
He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
Many Obama supporters have, ad nauseum, labeled the Senator a “Constitutional scholar.”Â Â Obama himself repeatedly puffs out his chest with this part of his resume.
Well, something has been bothering me about the first Obama-McCain debate.Â That is Obama’s complete lack of understanding about the Consitution when it comes to the budget-making process.Â Â Here is the transcript of the debate that I’m referring to:
But let’s go back to the original point. John, nobody is denying that $18 billion is important. And, absolutely, we need earmark reform.Â Â And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
But the fact is that eliminating earmarks alone is not a recipe for how we’re going to get the middle class back on track.
As Seth and Amy would say on “Weekend Update”… REALLY?Â Â Really, Senator Obama?Â You’d go line-by-line in the US budget?Â How is that possible, Senator,Â when the President does NOT HAVE A LINE-ITEM VETO?Â
Not that Republicans haven’t tried.Â Reagan wanted a line-item veto.Â Â So did Newt Gingrich’s Congress.Â Â Bill Clinton had it, for a time.
But Obama, The Constitutional Scholar, thinks the US President HAS that powerÂ now.Â I’m completely dumbfounded by Obama’s ignorance given this is supposed to be his specific area of knowledge.Â Â It is outrageous that his understanding of the Constitution is not being explored by the media, since HEÂ and his supporters bring it up all the time as one of his mainÂ qualifications to be President.
â€œI’m not a Democrat that believes we should befriend every government program just because it’s there,â€ Obama said, pledging to go through the federal budget line by line as president to eliminate programs that do not work.
If he doesn’t know the facts of one of the most talked about Republican-Democrat policy disputes over the pastÂ 25 years (passage of a line-item veto), what else is he ignorant about while he campaigns to “uphold and protect” the Constitution?
I wonder… maybe Obama learned Rev. Wright’s version of the US Constitution?Â You know, the one that highlights slavery, white domination, Marxism and spreading the AIDS virus from government labs.