Once, Presidents Were Honorable

SmidgenToday marks Presidents Day.  We celebrate those brave men (so far) who oversaw our country in good times and bad.  Presidents used to be honorable people who strived to put the good of the country first. None was perfect.  For the most part, however, we felt that our leaders had good intentions.  Not so today.  For the first time in  our history we have a President whose actions seem less than honorable and less than patriotic.  Yes, I’ll say that – unpatriotic. Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at The Constitution, the separation of powers, working with Congress and acting as a true leader.  After all, he told us he has a pen and a phone.  His entire administration follows his corrupt lead.  On Friday evening, Megyn Kelly’s show focused on the abuses of power Barack Obama has committed while in office.  Her guest, Judge Andrew Napolitano, stated that the only recourse at this point is impeachment.  I’m starting to agree with him.

Following is an article from The Heritage Foundation.  It should not only alarm you but have you thinking the “I” word as well.  7 Times Obama Ignored The Law To Impose His Executive Will

President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite.

The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America“.

That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced this week.

Proving the absurdity of this campaign promise, Heritage’s legal experts have put together a list of seven illegal actions the Obama Administration has taken in the President’s unilateral drive for executive power.

If it seems like there should be more than seven, you’re on to something. It’s more complicated than you think to tell what’s illegal or unconstitutional when it comes to presidential power. Heritage’s Elizabeth Slattery and Andrew Kloster explain:

While it might not be possible to define in all instances precisely when an action crosses the line and falls outside the scope of the President’s statutory or constitutional authority, what follows is a list of unilateral actions taken by the Obama Administration that we think do cross that line.

1. Delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate

The Administration announced that Obamacare won’t be implemented as it was passed, so employers with 50 or more employees don’t have to provide the mandated health coverage for at least another year (and longer if they play their cards right). Slattery and Kloster observe that “The law does not authorize the President to push back the employer mandate’s effective date.”

2. Giving Congress and their staffs special taxpayer-funded subsidies for Obamacare

It was uncomfortable for Members of Congress when they realized that, through Obamacare, they had kicked themselves and their staffs out of the taxpayer-funded subsidies they were enjoying for health coverage. But the Administration said no problem and gave them new subsidies. In this case, “the Administration opted to stretch the law to save Obamacare—at the taxpayers’ expense.”

3. Trying to fulfill the “If you like your plan, you can keep it” promise—after it was broken

When Americans started getting cancellation notices from their insurance companies because Obamacare’s new rules were kicking in, the President’s broken promise was exposed. He tried to fix things by telling insurance companies to go back to old plans that don’t comply with Obamacare—just for one year. Slattery and Kloster note that “The letter announcing this non-enforcement has no basis in law.”

4. Preventing layoff notices from going out just days before the 2012 election

There’s a law that says large employers have to give employees 60 days’ notice before mass layoffs. And layoffs were looming due to federal budget cuts in 2012. But the Obama Administration told employers to go against the law and not issue those notices—which would have hit mailboxes just days before the presidential election. The Administration “also offered to reimburse those employers at the taxpayers’ expense if challenged for failure to give that notice.”

5. Gutting the work requirement from welfare reform

The welfare reform that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996 required that welfare recipients in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program work or prepare for work to receive the aid. The Obama Administration essentially took out that requirement by offering waivers to states, even though the law expressly states that waivers of the work requirement are not allowed. “Despite [the law’s] unambiguous language, the Obama Administration continues to flout the law with its ‘revisionist’ interpretation,” write Slattery and Kloster.

6. Stonewalling an application for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain

This was another case where the Administration simply refused to do what was required by law. An application was submitted for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain, but “Despite the legal requirement, the Obama Administration refused to consider the application.”

7. Making “recess” appointments that were not really recess appointments

Slattery and Kloster explain that “In January 2012, President Obama made four ‘recess’ appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming that, since the Senate was conducting only periodic pro forma sessions, it was not available to confirm those appointees.” The catch: The Senate wasn’t in recess at the time. Courts have since struck down the appointments, but the illegitimate appointees already moved forward some harmful policies.

MORE: Slattery and Kloster list even more actions that, while they might not be illegal, are definitely abuses of executive power. That list includes imposing new immigration law by executive fiat and refusing to enforce more than one federal law.

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3 responses to “Once, Presidents Were Honorable”

  1. M. Rethman says :

    Clinton had two and a half achievements in office, namely welfare-to-work (a Republican parade he wisely ran out in front of), calming things in N. Ireland (a genuine achievement) and getting inches from an agreement between Israel and Yasser Arafat of the PLO. (It wasn’t Willy’s fault that terrorist Arafat (who also got a Nobel Peace Prize — telling about what that prize means) balked at the last moment.)

    Obama has undone welfare-to-work and is making a major mess of the Middle East. No telling what he has in store for Ireland, He’s allowed the Russians (defeated by Reagan) to renew their presence on the world stage. He’s allowing Iranians to get nukes, allowing Iraq to fall into chaos, Egypt into chaos, and the Taliban are aching to re-claim Afghanistan in the wake of Obama’s fecklessness in turning victories into defeats.

    Oh, and did I mention Obamacare? Etc.?

    As to Constitutional law, Obama no doubt came across the hole the forefathers knew that they had left in the Constitution, namely that the only really potent check on Presidential power is impeachment by the House and conviction (and removal) by the Senate. Obama knows impeachment is almost impossible these days (no matter how bad he is) in light of the Clinton impeachment and the media who love them both. The reason that this hole now gapes is because the founding fathers went with the assumption that Americans would not elect dishonorable indiciduals to the Presidency.

    But we elected Obama anyhow… at the behest of a mainstream media who loves what they think he is — but for no for good reason other than that they are beset with white guilt and because they favor the far-left.

    Shame enough to spread widely, I’m afraid. And we are left with a mess that gets messier every day.

  2. jan hollstein says :

    Did he really ‘teach’ Constitutional law for 10 years??? I’ve heard of substitute teachers b4,,, but that takes the cake!!!!

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