ALG's Daily Grind - Is 'mandatory' spending constitutional?

Dec. 12, 2012

Is 'mandatory' spending constitutional?

Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution states that "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law." Yet, every single year, more than $2 trillion - some three-fifths of the budget - is spent without any votes authorizing it. Is that legal?

Cartoon: Fiscal Cliff

Obama leads America toward the cliff.

IMF's Lagarde and the fiscal cliff

International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde: "The best way to go forward is to have a balanced approach that takes into account both increasing the revenue, which means raising tax or creating new sources of revenue, and cutting spending as well." Why not start by cutting the $100 billion credit line to the IMF?

The Pros and Cons of MinorityOutreach

Regardless of race, if you work hard and make positive choices, you, too, can enjoy success beyond your expectations.