Constitutionally, Speaker Boehner Should Not Be Making Pre-emptive Tax ConcessionsSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 15:26
Constitutionally, Speaker Boehner Should Not Be Making Pre-emptive Tax Concessions
Posted by Rob Natelson
From the standpoint of one familiar with our constitutional history, the spectacle of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives making pre-emptive tax concessions to the President is unnerving.
Over a period of centuries, the lower house of the English Parliament, the House of Commons, fought for and won the “power of the purse”—that is, the right to initiate, as well as approve, all revenue measures. Based on English success, we adopted the same system. Until now, apparently.
Fundamental to the rights of Englishman was (and is) the right not to be taxed without consent. That required approval by the House of Commons, as the best representative of the people in the English government.