Obama’s Dangerous Claim to Executive Power

Family Security Matters

Negotiating with Republicans has never been in Obama’s playbook.

Three days after his inauguration in 2009, President Barack Obama silenced  Republican lawmakers who voiced concerned about the enormity of spending in his  stimulus bill by uttering two brash words, “I won.”

That was his governing philosophy, as he rammed through the American  Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

But in the fall of 2010, Republicans swept into control of the House of  Representatives, and since then, Obama’s agenda has been stalled.

With little prospect of gaining control of the House in 2014, Obama is  resorting to discrediting the Constitution’s limits on presidential power rather  than bargain with congressional Republicans.

Here are the president’s own words, explaining why he refuses to negotiate to  end the government shutdown and resolve the fast approaching debt ceiling  problem.

His views on presidential power ought to alarm all Americans.

“I will not pay ransom,” said Obama, for a stopgap-spending bill to open the  government.

Historically, presidents have had to make concessions to Congress to secure  funding. President Reagan endured eight shutdowns. Each time he negotiated with  the Democratic speaker of the house, Tip O’Neill, conceding on issues from  mid-range missile defense to support for Nicaraguan contras to quickly end the  shutdown.

Fast-forward to the current showdown. The House Republicans’ fourth (and  latest) offer asks for only two changes in ObamaCare: First, eliminate the  subsidy for members of Congress, which has outraged the public.

Second, delay for a year making insurance mandatory for individuals. Let  anyone enroll in ObamaCare who wants to. But don’t penalize individuals for  being uninsured in 2014 when the president has already postponed the penalty on  big companies for not insuring workers.

“The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House. It passed the  Senate; the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. … and it is settled,” said  Obama.


Not so. The health program the president is imposing on us is not the  Affordable Care Act. The president has dismembered and mangled it. Gone is the  employer mandate, the cap on out of pocket expenses, income verification and  over half the deadlines specified in the law. The president delayed or did away  with these features without asking Congress. Illegally.

Then, he added 1,472 waivers and connived a subsidy for members of Congress  that no one else in American earning $174,000 a year could get.

The Supreme Court has ruled twice that presidents cannot delay, amend and  repeal parts of laws.

“It has not been done in the past, and we’re not going to start doing it  now,” said Obama, explaining why he will not negotiate with House Republicans  over raising the debt ceiling.

The truth is presidents have often had to make concessions to get the debt  ceiling raised. In 1995, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich tried to extract  major spending reforms from President Bill Clinton.

The two sides sparred for more than a week past the “deadline” for a hike.  That is what the framers intended.

“That’s not how our constitutional system is designed,” the president said  disingenuously. The designer himself, James Madison, explained in Federalist 58  that the president must come to Congress as a supplicant to borrow, tax or  spend. That dependence on Congress is “the most effectual tool to remedy” any  grievance the people could have against their president.

That brings us to the nefarious proposal taking shape on Capitol Hill. Senate  Democrats reportedly will offer a bill shifting to the president the discretion  to raise the debt ceiling any time through 2014, except if two-thirds of each  house of Congress vote to disapprove. This device, first tried in the Budget  Control Act of 2011, weasels around the U. S. Constitution’s system of checks  and balances and substantially enlarges executive power.

Who is Obama, the 44th president, to demand more borrowing latitude than his  43 predecessors?

As Madison warned in Federalist 62, “an elective despot is not what we fought  for.”

Read more: Family Security Matters http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/obamas-dangerous-claim-to-executive-power?f=must_reads#ixzz2hgiUAgW8 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

One thought on “Obama’s Dangerous Claim to Executive Power

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s