Skip to comments.Obama’s policy strategy: Ignore laws
Posted on 06/16/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT by mandaladon
President Obama returned Friday to a trusted tactic satisfying his political allies by not doing something.
Conservatives were angry when Janet Napolitano announced the administration would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants but they should have seen it coming. On issue after issue gay rights, drug enforcement, Internet gambling, school achievement standards the administration has chosen to achieve its goals by a method best described as passive-aggressive.
Rather than pushing new laws through a divided Congress to enact his agenda, Obama is relying on federal agencies to ignore, or at least not defend, laws that some of his important supporters like Hispanic voters and the gay community dont like.
If the president says were not going to enforce the law, theres really nothing anyone can do about it, University of Pennsylvania constitutional law professor Kermit Roosevelt said. Its clearly a political calculation.
A White House official said the strategy is the result of a stalemate in Washington.
We we work to achieve our policy goals in the most effective and appropriate way possible, the official said. Often times Congress has blocked efforts (ie [No Child Left Behind] and DREAM) and we look to pursue other appropriate means of achieving our policy goals. Sometimes this makes for less than ideal policy situations - such as the action we took on immigration - but the president isnt going to be stonewalled by politics, he will pursue whatever means available to do business on behalf of American people.
For Obama and future presidents should Washington remain polarized to the point of perpetual inaction it may be the only way to fulfill a range of campaign promises.
As of Friday, the federal government wont deport undocumented immigrants under age 30 who came to the United States as children.
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Come November this will be a wash. IMHO, there will be loads of TV ads in battleground states about the hundreds of Mexicans killed by firearms from Operation Fast and Furious.
I hope the RNC has the guts to do those ads.
I “hope” the RNC has the guts to do those ads.
Our Constitution provides a remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.
The Chairman of the RNC said he would make a stink about Fast and Furious. I don’t have doubts about the NRA or SuperPACs.
The Chairman of the RNC said he would make a stink about Fast and Furious. I dont have doubts about the NRA or SuperPACs.
The NRA will hold their feet to the fire.
Indeed, he is the messy president, the anarchic lawless homo of the household.
If the GOP-E were smart, they would get a conservative latino to run as Vice Prez since Obama has decided to be pushed away in guilt by the illegals. It would rid us of this black NAzi liberal gay preference.
However, knowing the GOP-E’s proclivity for preferential treatment amongst their own and homosexuals, they will not do it. And the latinos will be homo-nigg@rized to worshiping the man who yet pushed himself away for them to rule his a$$. But so it is...