[Guest post by DRJ]
Note to TV newscaster who wants Obama to hand out money to the workers who won’t be able to work:
Despite recent history, President Obama doesn’t get to hand out money to anyone he wants. I’m a bit hazy on this after the past 18 months, but my recollection is the Constitution vests Congress with the power to authorize spending and prohibits money being drawn from the Treasury “but in Consequence of Appropriations made by law.”
H/T the Instapundit.
UPDATE: President Obama’s trip today kicked off his “Recovery Summer” tour so it is considered an official rather than a political trip. CBS News reports the President spoke for only 10 minutes but he nevertheless managed to slip a few “attaboys to some of the Democratic politicians here including the Governor, who is up for re-election.” The trip cost taxpayers between $500,000 and $1,000,000 — or $50K to $100K per minute of speech.