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  • George F. Will: Stopping a lawless president

    06/21/2014 6:13:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2014 | George Will
    What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy’s abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics. It is now more urgent in the United States than at any time since the Founders, having rebelled against George III’s unfettered exercise of “royal prerogative,” stipulated that presidents “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Serious as are the policy disagreements roiling Washington, none is as important as the structural distortion threatening constitutional equilibrium. Institutional derangement driven by unchecked presidential aggrandizement did not begin with Barack Obama, but his...
  • Executive Power and Overreach

    05/27/2014 7:23:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 22, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Philip Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, gave some remarks at the Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center centered around the increase in executive power and the power of executive agencies under Republican and Democratic presidencies. This worrisome trend, which Hamburger called “administrative law,” was supposedly “developed to deal with the problems of modern society.” Yet, in his words, this increase in administrative power “could not have been anticipated by the Constitution.” Although administrative powers are “very old,” Hamburger warned that the checks and balances as well as the separation of powers were “exactly was...
  • CARSON: Cleaning skeletons out of the political closet

    04/30/2014 5:45:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    The Washington Times.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    With Europeans intrigued by America’s unexpected success, Alexis de Tocqueville carried out an in-depth study of the new nation in the 1830s. He was quite impressed by our divided government, which featured the separation of powers. This structure made it difficult for any one branch — executive, judicial or legislative — to acquire too much power and run roughshod over the other branches and the will of the American people. Unfortunately, today we are witnessing a largely unchecked executive branch issuing decrees that circumvent Congress while facing only tepid resistance. In civilian life, when a contract is entered into by...
  • Obama's Politicized, Lawless Executive Branch

    04/11/2014 5:59:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Under the administration of President Barack Obama, as never before in my lifetime, there is reason to be a bit afraid of the federal government. I have written two books documenting Obama's abuses of power, his assaults on the Constitution, his wars against business and energy, his abominably reckless spending, his divisiveness, his renegade Justice Department, his regulatory expansion, his executive orders, his overall lawlessness, and more. Obama's conduct concerning Obamacare alone would be enough to get the impeachment wheels rolling for any other president. His flagrant, deliberate lies regarding almost every aspect of that horrible law and his defiant...
  • Federal guidance on pot business leaves banks wary

    02/15/2014 1:48:31 PM PST · by steve86 · 18 replies
    Seattle PI / Associated Press ^ | 2/15/2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    SEATTLE (AP) — For marijuana dispensaries around the country, the days of doing business in cash — driving around with bill-stuffed envelopes to pay the rent, or showing up at a state revenue office with $20,000 in paper bags for the tax man — can't end soon enough.
  • Unions Get Big ObamaCare Christmas Present As Other Self-Insured Groups Get Scrooged

    12/23/2013 12:20:04 AM PST · by Innovative · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | Larry Bell
    As a presumed constitutional scholar, Barack Obama should know that ... he or she cannot legislate through executive fiat or pick which parts of the law to comply with or decline. Article 2, Section 3, Clause 5 of our Constitution requires that the president “…shall take care that the Laws be carefully executed.” It doesn’t limit those laws or encapsulated provisions to the particular ones that he or she likes. ... Obama’s latest constitutional violation will exempt unions from a fee the law imposes upon all large group health plans. ...
  • Obama's Curious Purge Of The Military Continues

    10/15/2013 5:21:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Defense: The firing of two nuclear commanders in a week adds to a body count that suggests we have either the most corrupt and incompetent general staff in history or our military is being reshaped for other purposes. The Obama administration, which has fired no one over scandals such as its Fast and Furious Mexican gun-running operation, its criminal negligence in the terrorist attack on our Benghazi diplomatic mission, or the use of the IRS to target and intimidate political foes, seems to have a curious obsession lately about ethics and competence in the U.S. military. Last week the Air...
  • Kasich Looks At Expanding Medicaid the Obama Way

    10/08/2013 2:03:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://www.ohiolibertycoalition.org ^ | October 7, 2013 | Staff
    Having failed to convince the body of the people, the state legislature, to approve his plan to expand Medicaid in Ohio, Governor Kasich is considering a new course, one less representative and more, shall we say, authoritarian. In fact, those who enjoy a little irony, will find the name of his expedient slightly amusing: the Controlling Board. Although, it sounds a bit like the stuff of a cold-war thriller, the Controlling Board is actually a function of the state legislature and the Office of Management and Budget. It is described on OMB’s website as, “..a mechanism for handling certain limited...
  • New position on Syria ground intervention!

    09/07/2013 6:30:23 AM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 7 replies
    Self ^ | 8-7-13 | Self
    After reading an article at the Onion, which I am not allowed to post on FR, I felt the need to change my position on the action in Syria... It is currently the third article on their front page: a "Poll" showing Americans are strongly in favor of sending CONGRESS to Syria and putting them on the ground. Very funny!! However, I would amend the action to include the Executive branch, all the czars, and the alphabet agencies. If they want to fight so badly, let them. There are very few I would actually keep here to monitor the progress...
  • Defunding: the Framers' remedy for presidential lawlessness

    07/31/2013 12:03:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/30/2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    Two weeks ago, the House Appropriations Committee stripped the scandal ridden Internal Revenue Service of nearly one quarter of its 2014 budget as punishment for its targeting of political groups and its costly boondoggles. Shockingly, Senate Democrats voted to increase the IRS’ budget.Last week, numerous Republicans in both chambers of Congress threatened to cut off all funding for the federal government as of Oct. 1, in response to President Obama’s unconstitutional stance that he can pick and choose which parts of ObamaCare he will implement.On July 3, the Obama administration disclosed that it would not implement ObamaCare’s employer mandate on...
  • Obama is Abrading the Social Fabric

    06/16/2013 10:30:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 16, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    I have always believed that regardless of the laws of a nation, the social fabric that binds it is woven of mutual trust between the people and their private and governmental institutions. Once that fabric is weakened, the dangers to an ordered society are extreme. This week, the holes in the U.S. social fabric are manifest, and they are caused by the administration's ever-expanding lawlessness.. The statements by the high-tech self-exile Snowden set off alarms even among those who are willing to repose their confidence in the general integrity of our intelligence services. In my case, not because I believe...
  • Let’s Get Skeptical: America Is In Need Of A James Madison Moment

    06/09/2013 5:02:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Americans voted twice for a big-government President, and now we’re beginning to experience the impact of big government. Are you shocked? It’s been four years of the President and Congress spending future generations into the oblivion of debt, the Executive Branch securing control over huge chunks of the private economy (two car companies, multiple banks and the health care industry are only part of it), and a dramatic expansion of both the defined role, and the powers of the IRS. At this point in the Obama presidency, we the people should not be surprised by a government that has purported...
  • DOJ 'peacemakers' helped Sanford stay cool amid rising tensions

    04/15/2012 9:36:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 15, 2012 | Arelis R. Hernández
    When racial tensions flared in Sanford, a league of secretive peacemakers reached out to the city's spiritual and civic leaders to help cool heated emotions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February. When civil-rights organizers wanted to demonstrate, these federal workers taught them how to peacefully manage crowds. They even arranged a police escort for college students to ensure safe passage for their 40-mile march from Daytona Beach to Sanford to demand justice. As national figures and sign-waving protesters grabbed the spotlight after Trayvon's death, federal workers from a little-known branch of the Department of Justice labored...
  • The Allure of Executive Power

    01/13/2012 1:34:15 PM PST · by gabriellah
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 01/13/2012 | Raj Kannappan
    Promises upon promises abound in elections. Senator Obama proved himself a masterful coaxer in 2008, feasting on the pining of an electorate disillusioned with the American political system. He was the unifier, the inspirational personage representing the solution to a failed decade marked by a rowdy Texan in the White House who squandered America’s capital in foreign lands. The next four years, and surely the next eight, were to be ones marked by a robust economic recovery, a dramatic decline in poverty, and, of course, resurgence of confidence in America’s position in the world. None of these have materialized. In...
  • Jay Carney: Obama Was Never Opposed To Signing Statements

    04/18/2011 3:59:41 PM PDT · by edpc · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 18 April 2011 | RCP
    Jay Carney says President Obama was never against signing statements, just when President Bush "abused" them. Watch what then-Senator Obama said in 2008 while running for president and decide for yourself. "His concern was with what he saw as an abuse of the signing statement by the previous administration. So that the positions he took in signing statements on the budget bill entirely consistent with that position, you need to retain the right to, as president, to be able to issue those signing statements, but obviously they should not be abused," White House press secretary Jay Carney told the press...
  • The Rise of Unchecked Presidential Power

    11/21/2010 11:50:48 PM PST · by Rashputin · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 22, 2010 | Robert Eugene Simmons Jr.
    The Rise of Unchecked Presidential Power By Robert Eugene Simmons Jr. In order to achieve a dictatorship in a country, you have to go one of two ways. Either you have to foment a violent revolution, using the power of the military to seize the government, or you have to be voted into the position and seize the power slowly. In the USA, it is all but impossible to achieve the takeover via violent overthrow, and the separation of powers makes it difficult to take over via slow seizure of power. However, the plans of the progressives have been working...
  • Getting It Backwards --- Obama misunderstands his constitutional role.

    02/09/2010 2:18:27 AM PST · by kingattax · 20 replies · 1,078+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 15, 2010 | John Yoo
    Democratic postmortems on Barack Obama’s disappointing first year in the Oval Office have emphasized, as the president himself did, difficulties inherited from “the last eight years.” Republicans, for their part, credit public opposition to Obama’s overreaching policies. But a full explanation goes much deeper. Obama is failing because he has turned the constitutional functions of the presidency upside down. The 2010 State of the Union address nicely summed up Obama’s topsy-turvy approach to the presidency. He pressed for a new jobs bill, more domestic spending, and health care nationalization. He attributed his political setbacks not to broad opposition to his...
  • President Obama's VIP healthcare

    08/04/2009 6:57:21 PM PDT · by Baladas · 21 replies · 942+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 5, 2009 | Mike Dorning
    Reporting from Washington -- When President Obama says he has the best healthcare in the world, he isn't kidding. The White House medical unit, with a staff of four doctors plus nurses and physicians' assistants, is steps from his office. Treatment is free for Obama and his family (as well as for the vice president and his family). During the president's travels, a doctor and nurse ride in a limousine in his motorcade. An emergency medical technician comes too, with an ambulance. Air Force One is stocked with equipment for an on-board operating room. On overseas trips, two medical teams...
  • Covert board called crucial to presidents

    06/16/2008 3:54:16 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 51+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2008 | Bill Gertz
    Covert board called crucial to presidents Report studies security role since Eisenhower by Bill Gertz Presidents need to rely on a little-known group of intelligence advisers that since the 1950s has helped guide policies and oversee the U.S. intelligence bureaucracy, according to a report by former intelligence officials. The book-length report to be released today is an exhaustive historical study of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB), which was created during the Eisenhower administration and has been used by presidents in different capacities ever since. "In some instances, the Board has played a central role in advising the president...
  • The Fun Of Waiting For The Barbarians To Leave Washington (Mother of All Barf Alerts!)

    08/04/2007 7:58:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 1,313+ views
    BC Magazine ^ | July 25, 2007 | Adam Ash
    What will Washington be like when the Barbarians leave town next year? Will this hapless burg feel the relief of an epic enema? Will this home of flagrant hypocrites and BS ejaculators, stuffed from snout to stern with an indigestible lumpen elite of corrupt souls, moral myopics, and wannabe-messiahs — will it actually change? We know what Washington has become since the Barbarians took over in 2000. Who back then, when Bush was campaigning as a "compassionate conservative," could have foreseen what his Cheney presidency would bring us? 1. The turning of our proud Army and CIA into low-life torturers....
  • A Better Way on Presidential Succession

    06/07/2007 11:32:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 966+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | March 5, 2007 | Norman J. Ornstein
    Since September 11, 2001, the speaker of the House has been required for security purposes to take government planes for official business. The White House rightly called "silly" recent criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desire to have a plane that could fly to her San Francisco district nonstop, which would be larger than the plane her predecessor used. But this flap raises a more serious issue--that of presidential succession. Pelosi takes a military plane because the speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the president, behind only the vice president. That's what drove the Department of...
  • Congress girds for clash with Bush - Hearing examines war powers granted by Constitution

    01/31/2007 12:32:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies · 967+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/31/7 | Edward Epstein
    Washington -- Like chess players planning several moves ahead, some Democrats in Congress are looking toward what they see as the inevitable clash with President Bush over who has the power to end the Iraq war. Such a confrontation could provoke a constitutional crisis between two co-equal branches of government -- a Democratic-led Congress bolstered by polls showing the war is deeply unpopular and a Republican president who so far won't budge from his position that he is the decision-maker who will control policy for Iraq. "Since the president is adamant about pursuing his failed policies in Iraq, Congress has...
  • The Broken Branch

    07/18/2006 1:48:48 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 5 replies · 266+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 18, 2006 | Katherine Duncan
    High school civics courses and even college-level political science classes on the separation of powers can sometimes differ radically from the actual practice. In a time when corruption runs rampant throughout Congress, and the legislative branch consistently succumbs to the executive branch’s agenda, change within the government is necessary, say Thomas Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, co-authors of The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track. Both Mann and Ornstein spoke about their book at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday, July 12 as part of a panel discussion with former Speakers...
  • Invitation to an FR Constitutional Debate: Is Hastert right re the FBI searching Jefferson's office?

    05/24/2006 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 237 replies · 2,392+ views
    This thread invites all FReepers to engage in a Constitutional debate on this question: Is House Speaker Dennis Hastert correct or incorrect in his interpretation of the relevant Constitutional clauses as they pertain to the FBI raid of Rep. William Jefferson's offices in the Capitol?PREMISE: As conservatives, the one thing we should most try to conserve is the United States Constitution. In order to do so, we need to understand it. The raid on Rep. William Jefferson's Capitol office by the FBI is a very rare case, and it raises extremely important separation of powers questions. Please try to debate...
  • Get Your Laws Off My Al Qaida

    01/06/2006 2:56:07 PM PST · by hundred_percent · 6 replies · 793+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 28, 2005 | Robert F. Turner
    In the continuing saga of the surveillance "scandal," with some congressional Democrats denouncing President Bush as a lawbreaker and even suggesting that impeachment hearings may be in order, it is important to step back and put things in historical context. First of all, the Founding Fathers knew from experience that Congress could not keep secrets. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin and his four colleagues on the Committee of Secret Correspondence unanimously concluded that they could not tell the Continental Congress about covert assistance being provided by France to the American Revolution, because "we find by fatal experience that Congress consists of...
  • Let's not forget: Terri is being executed by authority of Jeb Bush

    03/23/2005 5:04:24 AM PST · by Maurice Tift · 192 replies · 4,460+ views
    RenewAmerica.US ^ | March 22, 2005 | RenewAmerica Staff
    The shocking governmental homicide of Terri Schiavo has many dimensions, twists, and turns--all of which, upon analysis, converge on one inescapable reality: The life of Terri Schiavo is solely in the hands of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. While Terri lies dying by slow execution in a Pinellas Park hospice, Gov. Bush and others have looked mainly to the legislative process for relief--knowing full well that any special law intended to spare Terri's life will likely be overturned or disregarded by unsympathetic courts on the pretext of "separation of powers." Terri's protectors have also appealed repeatedly to the courts themselves to...
  • Capitol Police Wary of Sharing Information

    08/02/2004 7:31:07 PM PDT · by windchime · 6 replies · 304+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8-2-04 | Peter Brownfeld
    WASHINGTON — Bucking the trend to break down walls between law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Capitol Police (search) has asked to be able to decline information requests from the executive branch. The Capitol Police insist this power is important to protect sensitive information from Freedom of Information Act (search) requests. The executive branch is subject to FOIA requests, but the legislative branch, of which the Capitol Police is a part, is not.
  • The end of the gay marriage debate? (Jeff Jacoby)

    05/16/2004 7:55:53 AM PDT · by Snuffington · 162 replies · 1,198+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2004 | Jeff Jacoby
    JEFF JACOBYThe end of the gay marriage debate? By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist  |  May 16, 2004 THIS IS THE week that same-sex marriage comes to Massachusetts, and thus to the United States. The fundamental building block of civilization is about to undergo a radical change -- a change opposed by a majority of American adults. How did this happen? The joining of gay and lesbian couples in marriage may turn out to be the most consequential development of our lifetimes. How did we get here? The answer to that question has several parts. At the most obvious level, the...
  • Washington’s Biggest Crime Problem

    04/28/2004 12:09:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2004 | William L. Anderson and Candice E. Jackson
    April 2004 Washington’s Biggest Crime Problem The federal government’s ever-expanding criminal code is an affront to justice and the Constitution. William L. Anderson and Candice E. Jackson Michael Paul Mahoney was convicted of selling methamphetamine in 1980 and served 22 months in a Texas prison. Upon his release, he went straight, opening a pool hall in Jackson, Tennessee. After closing up each night, he would deposit the day’s receipts at the bank, carrying a small .22-caliber pistol for protection. In 1992, after the pistol was stolen, Mahoney bought a new one at a pawnshop, filling out the required paperwork....
  • War and the Supreme Court

    04/28/2004 5:55:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 91 replies · 249+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | April 28, 2004 | Editorial
    As the Supreme Court weighs the rights of the captured al Qaeda fighters whose cases will be heard today, we hope it won't forget the rights of the rest of us. Namely, Americans have the right to be protected against enemy attack. This appears to be a more open question than it should be with the current High Court, whose sense of its own importance is such that it just might think it can do a better job of running the war on terror than an elected chief executive. For more than 200 years, the Supreme Court has deferred to...
  • The Fundamentals of Laissez-Faire Meritocracy

    07/31/2003 8:05:59 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 8 replies · 571+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | July 31, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    The Betrayal of Checks and Balances The philosophy of Ayn Rand has taught me and numerous other thinkers of the new intellectual Renaissance the moral groundwork for laissez-faire capitalism as the sole economic system which fully and unequivocally recognizes the individual’s objective prerequisites to survival, his natural rights of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and property. With slight loopholes, this was the implicit philosophy behind the founding of America, and the principal force in its first one hundred fifty years of development. Yet, in the words of Aristotle, "The least initial deviation from the truth gets multiplied later a thousandfold.”...
  • Democrats favored in news coverage, Study shows...

    07/24/2003 12:25:32 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 196+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2003 | Joe Kovacs
    A new journalism study reveals news coverage about the federal government has plummeted in the last two decades, and the amount provided tends to favor Democrats over Republicans. The report, entitled "Government: In and Out of the News," is being issued by the Washington-based Council for Excellence in Government. The study examined more than 400 hours of airtime from the broadcast television networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) as well as some 13,000 front-page newspaper articles from national publications (the New York Times and Washington Post), and four regional papers: the Austin American-Statesman, Des Moines Register, San Jose Mercury News, and...
  • Good Boy, Don! Heel, Tommy! - Grading the Bush Cabinet(my title-Bring a Big Bag)

    06/03/2002 7:06:11 AM PDT · by TADSLOS · 185+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | June 2002 | By Owen Ullmann
    President Bush keeps his cabinet and other top people on a short leash--or tries to. Here's why some appointees succeed and others don't--plus, how the current Bushies have done so far. AFTER THE OVAL OFFICE, the most impressive chamber in the White House is the Cabinet Room. High-backed leather chairs, each engraved with the name of a Cabinet secretary, ring a massive oval mahogany table. The men and women who oversee the vast federal bureaucracy can sit there and gaze out at the Rose Garden. If appearances count, this should be the power center of the executive branch. But as...