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Power Gone Mad?

Has Obama gone “power mad”?

The U.S. Constitution contains the only official “job description” for the President of the United States. According to Article II, Sections 2 and 3, the President:

1.      Is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States, and of each state’s militia when the nation has need of it

2.      Has power to obtain information and opinions from heads of the executive departments

3.      May grant pardons and reprieves for crimes against the United States

4.      Makes treaties with other countries with the approval of the Senate

5.      Appoints ambassadors, federal judges and heads of executive departments – all subject to the approval of the Senate; the President also has power to fill any vacancies that may happen while the Senate is in recess

6.      Must report to Congress from time to time about the state of the union and recommend whatever measures he thinks are necessary

7.      May call members of Congress together on extraordinary occasions, as well as adjourn their meetings when they cannot agree on their own about when to do this

8.      Receives foreign ambassadors and other public officials

9.      Is responsible for enforcing the nation’s laws

10.    Issues commissions to all officers of the United States

Following is the “job description” for Congress according to Article 1, Sec.8 of the Constituion:

1)       The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
2)       To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
3)       To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
4)      To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
5)      To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
6)      To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
7)      To establish post offices and post roads;
8)      To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;
9)      To constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
10)     To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations;
11)     To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
12)     To raise and support Armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
13)     To provide and maintain a Navy;
14)     To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
15)     To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
16)     To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the Officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
17)     To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the rrection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings;–and
18)     To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
1.       The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.
2.       To borrow money on the credit of the United States.
3.       To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.
4.      To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States.
5.      To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures.
6.      To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States.
7.      To establish post offices and post roads.
8.      To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.
9.      To constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme Court.
10.     To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations.
11.     To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.
12.     To raise and support Armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years.
13.     To provide and maintain a Navy.
14.     To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
15.     To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.
16.     To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the Officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.
17.     To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the rrection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings.
18.     To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.

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