President changed law after passage

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: January 12 2014 | 2:23 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:59 am in

In reference to the letter that I am not a constitutional scholar (“Writer no scholar of Constitution,” Jan. 8 by Patrick Riley, regarding Tom Snyder’s Jan. 4 guest column, “Leaders ignore Constitution”), I agree. I never claimed to be one. I am like most people where I have to judge the source of my information as credible or not. Charles Krauthammer and George Will are two sources of information I see as trustworthy and knowledgeable on constitutional interpretation.

Riley is correct that the health care law was passed by Congress. The president changed things in the law after it was passed. This is one of my issues, as it should be yours, also. “To contend that the obligation imposed on the president to see the laws faithfully executed implies a power to forbid their execution is a novel construction of the Constitution, and is entirely inadmissible.” — U.S. Supreme Court, 1838.

My error seems to be the incorrect Roman numerals instead of Arabic. To clarify this, I should have said Section 3 of Article 2, specifically clause 4: The “taking care clause”. My use of 11 for 2 was accidental and not meant to confuse the issue of following the Constitution and rule of law.

Tom Snyder



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