Here’s an interesting critique of the Obama Administration’s ongoing abuse of executive power – and from that notorious right-wing rag, the Los Angeles Times, no less. Read for yourselves: The President’s Power Grab. Excerpt:
Recently, a bizarre scene unfolded on the floor of the House of Representatives that would have shocked the framers of the Constitution. In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he had decided to go it alone in areas where Congress refused to act to his satisfaction. In a system of shared powers, one would expect an outcry or at least stony silence when a president promised to circumvent the legislative branch. Instead, many senators and representatives erupted in rapturous applause; they seemed delighted at the notion of a president assuming unprecedented and unchecked powers at their expense.
Last week, Obama underlined what this means for our system: The administration unilaterally increased the transition time for individuals to obtain the level of insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act. There is no statutory authority for the change — simply the raw assertion of executive power.
The United States is at a constitutional tipping point: The rise of an uber presidency unchecked by the other two branches.
Now, all Presidents have used executive orders. Some more than others. But what’s different this time is this: The Obama Administration is (ab)using that authority to circumvent legislation (the previously mentioned and badly misnamed Affordable Care Act) for no better reason than the fact that this poorly planned, poorly thought-out, disastrously incompetent piece of legislation would cost Democrats heavily in the fall elections if it were to take full effect.
That’s not how the system is supposed to work. As the Democrats in Congress are fond of pointing out, it’s the law now. It has to be enforced. The Democrats have made their Affordable Care Act bed, and the President is sheltering them from the consequences of having to lie in it.