Skip to comments.Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals
Posted on 04/23/2012 11:07:41 AM PDT by Whenifhow
One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.
Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obamas increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress.
The unilateralist strategy carries political risks. Mr. Obama cannot blame the Republicans when he adopts policies that liberals oppose, like when he overruled the Environmental Protection Agencys proposal to strengthen antismog rules or decided not to sign an order banning discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation.
The approach also exposes Mr. Obama to accusations that he is concentrating too much power in the White House. Earlier this year, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, delivered a series of floor speeches accusing Mr. Obama of acting more and more like a king that the Constitution was designed to replace and imploring colleagues of both parties to push back against his power grabs.
The bipartisan history of executive aggrandizement in recent decades complicates Republican criticism. In February, two conservative advocacy groups Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network sponsored a symposium to discuss what they called the unprecedented expansion of executive power during the past three years. It reached an awkward moment during a talk with a former attorney general, Edwin Meese III, and a former White House counsel, C. Boyden Gray.
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All enemies foreign & domestic....this is a textbook case, IMHO.
If this crap isn’t worthy of impeachment, I don’t know what is.
DEFUND his programs.
DEFUND his executive orders.
DEFUND his budgets.
And for God's sake, DEFUND HIS CZARS!
Quislings, the whole damnable bunch of them. We hear not one word of protest from Boehner or McConnell.
Need I remind this Pres.that the congress that he is by- passing is made up of those elected by WE THE PEOPLE?????
” - - - Congressional obstructionism - - - “ in America is called “Checks and Balances.”
BTW, your Dictatorness, just how long has it been since you applied for US Citizenship status?
Previously posted today so check out the thread here
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