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Subject:  Re: Taibbi: The Pentagon’s Bottomless Mone Date:  3/21/2019  4:55 PM
Author:  warrl Number:  555278 of 636694

Also, the US Constitution Taxing and Spending Clause

There is no such clause.

There's a clause allowing Congress to tax, for the purpose of paying the government's legitimate bills including payment on debts previously incurred. That clause does not directly allow for spending.

There are a bunch of other clauses describing what sorts of things Congress can do that might generate those legitimate bills.

There is a legal presumption that every part of a law is intended by its drafters to have some effect. Reading "Congress can do whatever it wants" into any part of the Constitution renders most or all of Article 1 Section 8 - and several other scattered parts of the Constitution, some of which were debated at length in the Constitutional Convention so were obviously regarded by the drafters as being of great import - without effect, violating that presumption as well as the legislative history of the Constitution and quite a bit of court precedent regarding the limits of those grants of power, so must necessarily be regarded as a fatally flawed reading.
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