Rep. Michelle Bachman: Obama Exceeding His Constitutional Authority

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Bachmann: Obama Exceeding Constitutional Authority in Ordering BP to Surrender Funds–‘It’s All About Extortion’
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By Chistopher Neefus

Washington ( – Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama is exceeding his legitimate constitutional authority in telling BP it must set up an independent fund, not controlled by the company, for compensating victims of the Gulf oil spill. She described the administration’s policy as an action “that’s all about extortion.”

“Private companies need to be held accountable but not necessarily to the executive branch,” said Bachmann. “It seems to me there’s a misreading of the Constitution and a misunderstanding of jurisdictional limits from this White House on what the extent of executive power is. They don’t seem to understand that and it—now it seems that it’s all about extortion–and that what they want to do is create a pot of money for themselves that they can control and that’s not what the Executive is supposed to do. There is a real misreading of jurisdictional limits, and they continue to stretch those limits beyond all bounds.”

Bachmann, who was speaking to a gathering of bloggers held at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., criticized the administration’s response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf.

The conservative from Minnesota said she was particularly bothered by the call President Obama made Monday–later reiterated in his Oval Office address Tuesday night–for BP to set aside money for reimbursements to victims of the Gulf oil spill that would be administered independently, taking control of the money away from the company.

“The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund, and now it appears we’re going to be looking at yet one more gateway for more government control, more money to government,” she said. “If there’s a disaster, why is it that government is the one who always seems to benefit after a disaster?”

The proposed fund that the administration wants BP to create would go to reimburse individuals and businesses along the Gulf Coast that make claims as a result of the oil spill. But the money, which belongs to BP stockholders, would be taken out BP’s control and the administration has not clearly stated what due process of law would be observed in distributing the money.

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified specifically to prevent the government from taking or redistributing private property without due process of law. The amendment says: “No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Bachmann said the press has not reported enough on the federal goverment’s expanded control of the economy over the past two years, which she described as a “stunner story.”

“The jurisdictional issue has been, I think, one of the most underreported issues that has gone on in the last 18 months, because this is a shocking story, what’s happened in the last 18 months,” she said.

Bachmann acknowledged the problem began under President George W. Bush with the creation of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).

“Now just because we don’t own an industry doesn’t mean that we don’t effectively control it, because we are in a lot of ways,” she said.

Bachmann said Obama’s “non-stop” castigation of BP, the administration’s consideration of the escrow fund, and Democrats’ use of the crisis to push cap-and-trade legislation are all distractions from the task at hand.

“When are we ever going to talk about actually capping this hole?” she asked quizzically.

“For over 50 days, that should be the only story that we write about and that we talk about: What is the next engineering genius that we could bring on board to actually cap the hole? That’s it. You know, we can talk about restitution, we can talk about all the rest, but right now, it is capping the hole.”

“What strikes me is that it seems that every response that’s come out of the White House–and it’s in excess of 50 days–has been about the White House. It’s been about them. It doesn’t seem like it’s really been about stopping the hole and dealing with the devastation that’s going on down there in the Gulf.”

CLICK HERE to read Michelle Bachmann’s interview with CNSNews.

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2 Comments on “Rep. Michelle Bachman: Obama Exceeding His Constitutional Authority”

  1. Big Frank Says:

    Welcome to Soviet America (God help us all) these gangster politicians and our ‘Dear leader’ have pulled off a bloodless coup d’etat. By means of numerous executive orders Mr. Obama along with his Czars or Commissars is ruling not governing by decree. No one save a few representatives and governors have enough raw courage or nerve even to stand up to this mob of brigands. Where is the outcry from the so-called conservatives or right wingers? And BP as guilty as they may be should be protesting the terms of the process ‘, and insisting a neutral party appointed by congress administer any funds on claims, thus eliminating any suspicion of another ‘slush fund’ with poor or no accounting. Something stinks BP was a huge campaign contributor to this administration. We’ll never know what really went or is going on. Numerous foreign entities offered vast quantities of aid and technical advice but was turned down by our ‘Dear Leader’s’ staff doesn’t want to ‘offend’ his union cronies by waiving the 1920s’ Jones Act, even in the face of this catastrophe.

    • tgusa Says:

      They’re screwing up so bad they are proposing shutting off the internet to cover it up. The wrecking crew.

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