Obama Ignores U.S. History And Constitutional Principles

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At his press conference last Friday, President Obama said that when  Congress  won’t agree to what he wants, he will act alone. That  statement, which he has  made before, should send shivers through  freedom-loving Americans.

The president was asked where he gets the authority to delay the  Affordable  Care Act’s employer mandate, even though the law states that  the mandate  “shall” go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The Obama  administration announced the  delay on July 3, without seeking Congress’  help in changing the law.

In response, Obama said that “in a normal political environment, it  would  have been easier for me to simply call up the speaker and say,  ‘You know what,  this is a tweak that doesn’t go to the essence of the  law … so let’s make a  technical change to the law.’ That would be the  normal thing that I would  prefer to do.”

But Obama explained that he took a different route because  Republicans  control the House of Representatives and ardently oppose  ObamaCare.

Obama’s statement reveals how disconnected this president is from  this  nation’s history and constitutional principles. Divided government  is the norm  in the United States. Most modern presidents have had to  govern with an  uncooperative Congress or at least one house of Congress  controlled by the  other major party.

With the exception of Richard Nixon, these presidents – from  Eisenhower to  Reagan to Clinton and both Bushes – have not tried to  exempt themselves from  the Constitution.

Article II, Sec. 3 of the Constitution commands the president to  faithfully  execute the law. Courts have consistently ruled that  presidents have little  discretion about it. Obama can’t pick and choose  what parts of the Affordable  Care Act he enforces and when.

The framers duplicated the safeguards their English ancestors fought  hard to  win against tyrannical monarchs. Most important, the English  Bill of Rights of  1689 barred an executive from suspending the law.

The tug and pull between the president and an uncooperative Congress  is what  the framers intended. It’s checks and balances in action. Obama  has no patience  for this constitutional system.

In June 2012, he announced that he would stop enforcing parts of the   nation’s immigration laws, because “we can’t wait” for Congress to offer  relief  to young illegal immigrants brought into the country by their  parents.

Now the president is rewriting the Affordable Care Act. Delaying the employer  mandate is not a mere “tweak.”

Because individuals will be required to have insurance as of Jan. 1,  2014,  or pay a penalty,  some 10 million currently uninsured or  underinsured workers  who would have gotten coverage at work under the  employer mandate will now have  to pay the penalty or go to the  exchanges.

 

That means more people enrolling on the exchanges, more dependence on   government and a bigger bill for taxpayers. It’s not the law that  Congress  enacted.

Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, has urged Congress to vote against any  continuing  resolution to fund the federal government after Sept. 30, as  long as it funds  this distorted version of ObamaCare. “Laws are supposed  to be made by Congress,  not … (by) the president,” he explained.

If the administration is not prepared to fully enforce ObamaCare as  enacted,  including the employer mandate, it should agree to delay the  entire law and  remove its funding from the budget.

Sadly, most members of Congress are too busy looking out for  themselves to  stop the president from chipping away at the Constitution.

Last week, Republicans and Democrats conspired with the president to  weasel  out of Sec. 1312 of ObamaCare, which requires members of Congress  to get health  coverage on the newly created exchanges. Members were  happy to let the  president unconstitutionally give them a special  taxpayer-funded subsidy that  no one else in America earning $174,000  would get.

Such self-dealing brings to mind what Benjamin Franklin warned about,  as he  and his fellow framers finished writing the Constitution. It’s a  republic, he  said, “if you can keep it.”

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