Why Aren’t Congress and the Supreme Court Stopping Obama’s Unconstitutional Abuse of Power?


Why Aren’t Congress and the Supreme Court Stopping Obama’s
Unconstitutional Abuse of Power?

Please read the following article from PJ Media. It concerns the question that millions of
Americans have been asking; “Why isn’t Congress and the Supreme Court putting a stop
to Obama’s continuously ignoring the Constitution as is their duty under the System of
Checks and Balances? Two Branches of government are supposed to act in concert with
each other to stop actions by the other branch when it oversteps its power and/or
authority. Why, pray tell, are we allowing the Supreme Court to refuse to enter the
arguments about whether or not Obama is overstepping his authority and acting
unconstitutionally? It is their duty to get involved whether they like it or not. Our
highest court in the land is caving to the fear of political reverberations due to
deliberations they are required to make as part of their jobs as Justices? Whoa!

This article presents it as fact that Congress is virtually powerless stop him. I beg to differ,
but, if there is truly no way to stop him we need an constitutional amendment that gives
the People (us) the power to demand that anything the Administration and/or the Congress
does be stopped and/or changed to suit what the People want, not what those in government
want. Laws have to be in place that include penalties for those that fail to do their jobs
and the laws must include plain English examples of what constitutes failure to perform
so there is no doubt that wrong has been done.

Citizens elect people to REPRESENT THEM in the conduct of the business of governing the
People’s country. America does not belong to the government by and stretch of anyone’s
imaginations. The Framers plan was for our government to be very small with limited
powers. The Congress was to meet only when necessary, not all the time. The Constitution
provides for this by requiring that Congress meet once each year in January.

The mess we have in Washington, D.C. has been created by lazy, uninformed citizens that
have put self before country and ignore what those they elect are doing. Every citizen
should know how the Framers planned for our government to work and understand
that they are responsible for making sure that is the way it does work. Just because we have
elected someone to act and speak for us doesn’t mean we should acquiesce our control
over them and let them decide for us what is to be done instead of asking us and then
acting according to the direction we give them. We must constantly be watching
what our representatives in government are doing (Federal, State, County, and Local) and
letting them know in certain terms what we want them to do. It is our responsibility to
communicate with them else they do not know what we want done. If we do not talk
to them frequently and by any and all methods available to us, they will do what they
think should be done.

Not good! Because without our direction and with their doing what they think should
be done we have lost our voices in our government. What we have ended up with are
a Legislative Branch that actually makes whatever laws they want to make based on
what they think should be done. We have empowered them by our complacency and
failure to participate in our government. Freedom is in no way guaranteed us. We
must work to keep it and defend every encroachment upon it.

Ben Franklin said, “Those that will give up liberty for security, deserve neither liberty
or security.” Obama is successfully driving home his agenda to impoverish all
Americans but those in the ruling class, those endowed with the (assumed) right
to govern the common people that are too stupid to know what they and the country
need. WE are feeding their progressive ideas by our complacency and service to self
before country.

Remember John F. Kennedy’s words: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but
what you can do for your country.” We are rapidly sinking to the “Ask not” part of
that statement.

A massive return to civic responsibilities by all Americans has to take place and soon.
I think we should all go to our school board meetings and demand that every curriculum
contain courses requiring the practice of civic involvement in government and in the
community. Community projects in which children get hands on experience at all
levels of the community will build senses of pride and accomplishment in their having
served their fellow citizens in a positive way. Through personal contact with others
in their communities they will learn what those folks do and think as well as how
others live. The knowledge that life is not all sunshine and roses and/or not all
discomfort and doing without will help them to grow as individuals and as members
of the society of men.

What Options Do Republicans Have to Counter Obama’s Pen?

Emboldened by his “Year of Action” promise, the president is signing away.

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February 24, 2014 – 11:18 pm

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WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans, seething over what they view as President Obama’s continued rule by fiat, are continuing to search for a way to stem a perceived blizzard of executive orders that dilute their legislative powers.

There’s only one problem — lawmakers have few tools to curtail any White House overreach.

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What Options Do Republicans Have to Counter Obama’s Pen?

Emboldened by his “Year of Action” promise, the president is signing away.

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WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans, seething over what they view as President Obama’s continued rule by fiat, are continuing to search for a way to stem a perceived blizzard of executive orders that dilute their legislative powers.

There’s only one problem — lawmakers have few tools to curtail any White House overreach.

Stymied throughout much of his five-year term by Republicans bent on derailing his agenda, Obama declared 2014 to be “a year of action” and said he would “act on my own” to move his plans if the GOP continued to get in the way, noting that “I have got a pen and I have got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders.”

And he has, to a degree, carried through on that vow, especially when it comes to implementing the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, by unilaterally delaying some of the law’s dictates. He also has moved to basically institute the DREAM Act, a bill that failed to pass Congress that affords protections to undocumented aliens who entered the U.S. as children.

Obama also moved to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, from the current $7.25, without seeking congressional consideration. The action was intended to pressure lawmakers into approving an increase for all minimum-wage workers, something Congress has yet to do. And then there were administration decisions to refuse to prosecute many low-level marijuana users and rewrite the work requirement found in welfare reform.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and others maintain the president, by employing executive orders to circumvent Congress, is tiptoeing around the separation of powers as outlined in the Constitution.

Boehner said Republicans are “going to watch very closely because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him.”

“We have a Constitution,” Boehner said. “We abide by it. If he tries to ignore it, he’s going to run into a brick wall.”

Democrats generally dismiss GOP objections. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, insisted that the president’s actions are “not really that much out of the ordinary.”

“Unfortunately, it appears that some here view policy disagreements as constitutional crises and proof of possible wrongdoing,” he said.

But some constitutional scholars disagree. Jonathan Turley, a professor at the George Washington University School of Law – who admittedly shares much of the president’s politics – acknowledges that Obama has breached normal boundaries, asserting that “when a president claims the inherent power of both legislation and enforcement, he becomes a virtual government unto himself.”

“A president is not required to enforce all laws equally or dedicate the same resources to every federal program,” Turley said. “Even with this ample allowance, however, I believe that President Barack Obama has crossed the constitutional line between discretionary enforcement and defiance of federal law. Congress is given the defining function of creating and amending federal law. This is more than a turf fight between politicians. The division of governmental powers is designed to protect liberty by preventing the abusive concentration of power. All citizens – Democratic or Republican or independent — should consider the inherent danger presented by a president who can unilaterally suspend laws as a matter of presidential license.”

Tension between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government has existed since the founding of the republic. President Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory was accomplished with dubious constitutionality and without congressional support – although a House vote to reject the acquisition failed by two votes. President Andrew Jackson closed the Second Bank of the United States in the face of strong congressional opposition, leading to his censure for what lawmakers considered his abuse of presidential power during what was called “The Bank War.”

There exists a long history of presidents expanding their authority and, thus, circumventing Congress. Obama’s direct predecessor, President George W. Bush, pushed the envelope by signing legislation passed by Congress into law while simultaneously issuing a “signing statement” that immediately modified the intent of said legislation.

Bush used signing statements to challenge about 1,200 sections of bills during his eight years in office — about twice the number issued by all previous presidents combined, according to Christopher Kelley, a political science professor at Miami University in Ohio.

That practice drew stern objections from Democrats, but they faced the same barriers Republicans today confront in attempting to challenge Obama’s executive orders.

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The founders foresaw that a man like Obama would come along eventually. The seat of the presidency would eventually see a man in it determined to seize ever more power onto him and his cronies. The president is human and given enough time and history, we were bound to get a proto-dictator eventually.

So they built in checks and balances…

Unfortunately, the founders did not foresee a man like Harry Reid (and his caucus). A man who happily cedes power to the executive against his better interests or the better interests of the country…

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Congress in general and Republicans in particular have all the tools they need to make the President’s life a living hell – if they so choose. McConnell could bring all the business of the Senate to a screeching halt. Boehner, if he so choose has the power to defund all of the Executive’s operations by refusing to fund the federal government.

But, we all know that at a minimum half of the GOP lawmakers today are in general agreement with the goals of the Democrats – the House Speaking and Senate Minority Leader included. Additionally, there is absolutely no political will within the GOP to fight the President and his own party on the GOP terms. A good example of this is how little effort the Republicans are making to take political advantage of the implosion of ObamaCare. As a group they are mum, or worse still they are in silent agreement with the Democrats. Ditto for Benghazi, the IRS abuses, etc… Not one prominent Republican in a position of power is willing to take the fight to the President. Not one.

You know the game is fixed when the only issue that the Republican Party at the national level gets excited about is Amnesty.

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The House still controls the purse strings, which is a lot of power.
The problem is that it absolutely refuses to use that power, even when its own survival as a relevant body is at stake, let alone that of the country.

The threat of not being invited to DC cocktail parties trumps any worries about the ongoing shredding of the Constitution any day of the week, and twice during recess.

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Keep your powder dry and win the Senate. No excuses after that.

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You realize President Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any other president in the last 100 years. No of course you don’t, facts just get in the way.

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I’ve seen some counts, and seems like the kinyun has signed more EO’s than all previous presidents combined. The FACT remains, its not a matter of quantity but quality. The EO’s thus clown IS signing are far more damaging and abusive than has been seen previously. And his utter refusal to enforce laws the Congress have passed has also reached a new low……

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It is not the number signed, but the content of those signed.

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So what? What’s your point?

If I sign but one Executive Order abolishing Congress, does that make me the greatest president in history in your tiny little mind? Who cares how many Executive Orders he’s signed? The problem is the content of those orders.

Dolt.

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Cite?

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It doesn’t matter. It’s a non-sequitur.

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What can the GOP do? Grow a spine for a start. The House can cut off money to programs, but so far having a majority in the House has amounted to bupkus. They keep talking big, but when it comes to actually do something they roll over. They could have really made the shutdown painful for the president, but went down faster than the prom queen at homecoming.

We need to clean house.

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The House has already ceded it’s "power of the purse" to Obamism. Boehner has already proven he has no sack and like the rest of the GOPe are terrified to be called bad names in the State-Run media.

They’re not even willing to whisper the "I" word, and have already taken that off the table, essentially giving Obamism the green light to be America’s first Dictator for the next 2+ years.

And the GOPe getting a majority in the Senate, since a good portion of those in the Senate have proven they are no better than DimocRats, will mean nothing.

Any shiny new GOPe majority in the Senate will still be gridlocked by filibustering Dims (with some "R’s" mixed in) and the fact they will never get all the (R)’s to stand together on anything.

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The founders foresaw that a man like Obama would come along eventually. The seat of the presidency would eventually see a man in it determined to seize ever more power onto him and his cronies. The president is human and given enough time and history, we were bound to get a proto-dictator eventually.

So they built in checks and balances…

Unfortunately, the founders did not foresee a man like Harry Reid (and his caucus). A man who happily cedes power to the executive against his better interests or the better interests of the country…

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You realize President Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any other president in the last 100 years. No of course you don’t, facts just get in the way.

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Hi, Brian.

Your argument is a straw man argument. wintermute didn’t complain about the number of Executive Orders. In fact, he didn’t mention Executive Orders at all. You did.

To the point, it’s not the quantity of EOs that’s the problem, it’s the quality. If President Obama wants to sign an EO proclaiming a fallen firefighter an American Hero, that’s cool. Signing EOs that push back implementation dates established via congressional legislation is a serious frigging problem.

But facts just get in the way of your lies, don’t they?

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Excellent points, the founders also didn’t foresee an "opposition party" that refuses to use any of those checks and balances for fear of being called bad names in the State-Run media.

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Show him some Harold Ramis movies. That will make him question is own authority and stop signing things.

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I’ll take:

The pen is
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for 500, Alex.

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Congress in general and Republicans in particular have all the tools they need to make the President’s life a living hell – if they so choose. McConnell could bring all the business of the Senate to a screeching halt. Boehner, if he so choose has the power to defund all of the Executive’s operations by refusing to fund the federal government.

But, we all know that at a minimum half of the GOP lawmakers today are in general agreement with the goals of the Democrats – the House Speaking and Senate Minority Leader included. Additionally, there is absolutely no political will within the GOP to fight the President and his own party on the GOP terms. A good example of this is how little effort the Republicans are making to take political advantage of the implosion of ObamaCare. As a group they are mum, or worse still they are in silent agreement with the Democrats. Ditto for Benghazi, the IRS abuses, etc… Not one prominent Republican in a position of power is willing to take the fight to the President. Not one.

You know the game is fixed when the only issue that the Republican Party at the national level gets excited about is Amnesty.

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As long as the old heads in the GOP consider their biggest problem to be their conservative base (AKA: The Tea Party) then we’re in for a long, ugly ride on a very bad road.

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What Options Do Republicans Have to Counter Obama’s Pen?

Emboldened by his “Year of Action” promise, the president is signing away.

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WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans, seething over what they view as President Obama’s continued rule by fiat, are continuing to search for a way to stem a perceived blizzard of executive orders that dilute their legislative powers.

There’s only one problem — lawmakers have few tools to curtail any White House overreach.

Stymied throughout much of his five-year term by Republicans bent on derailing his agenda, Obama declared 2014 to be “a year of action” and said he would “act on my own” to move his plans if the GOP continued to get in the way, noting that “I have got a pen and I have got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders.”

And he has, to a degree, carried through on that vow, especially when it comes to implementing the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, by unilaterally delaying some of the law’s dictates. He also has moved to basically institute the DREAM Act, a bill that failed to pass Congress that affords protections to undocumented aliens who entered the U.S. as children.

Obama also moved to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, from the current $7.25, without seeking congressional consideration. The action was intended to pressure lawmakers into approving an increase for all minimum-wage workers, something Congress has yet to do. And then there were administration decisions to refuse to prosecute many low-level marijuana users and rewrite the work requirement found in welfare reform.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and others maintain the president, by employing executive orders to circumvent Congress, is tiptoeing around the separation of powers as outlined in the Constitution.

Boehner said Republicans are “going to watch very closely because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him.”

“We have a Constitution,” Boehner said. “We abide by it. If he tries to ignore it, he’s going to run into a brick wall.”

Democrats generally dismiss GOP objections. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, insisted that the president’s actions are “not really that much out of the ordinary.”

“Unfortunately, it appears that some here view policy disagreements as constitutional crises and proof of possible wrongdoing,” he said.

But some constitutional scholars disagree. Jonathan Turley, a professor at the George Washington University School of Law – who admittedly shares much of the president’s politics – acknowledges that Obama has breached normal boundaries, asserting that “when a president claims the inherent power of both legislation and enforcement, he becomes a virtual government unto himself.”

“A president is not required to enforce all laws equally or dedicate the same resources to every federal program,” Turley said. “Even with this ample allowance, however, I believe that President Barack Obama has crossed the constitutional line between discretionary enforcement and defiance of federal law. Congress is given the defining function of creating and amending federal law. This is more than a turf fight between politicians. The division of governmental powers is designed to protect liberty by preventing the abusive concentration of power. All citizens – Democratic or Republican or independent — should consider the inherent danger presented by a president who can unilaterally suspend laws as a matter of presidential license.”

Tension between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government has existed since the founding of the republic. President Thomas Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory was accomplished with dubious constitutionality and without congressional support – although a House vote to reject the acquisition failed by two votes. President Andrew Jackson closed the Second Bank of the United States in the face of strong congressional opposition, leading to his censure for what lawmakers considered his abuse of presidential power during what was called “The Bank War.”

There exists a long history of presidents expanding their authority and, thus, circumventing Congress. Obama’s direct predecessor, President George W. Bush, pushed the envelope by signing legislation passed by Congress into law while simultaneously issuing a “signing statement” that immediately modified the intent of said legislation.

Bush used signing statements to challenge about 1,200 sections of bills during his eight years in office — about twice the number issued by all previous presidents combined, according to Christopher Kelley, a political science professor at Miami University in Ohio.

That practice drew stern objections from Democrats, but they faced the same barriers Republicans today confront in attempting to challenge Obama’s executive orders.

Members of Congress generally have no standing to challenge a president’s constitutionally questionable actions in federal court. Writing for the Daily Caller, Elizabeth Price Foley, a law professor at Florida International University, said courts “cannot rule on these acts’ constitutionality because no individual has suffered the personal harm required for standing. Sure, the Constitution and its separation of powers are tremendously harmed. But the Supreme Court has made clear such generalized societal harms won’t suffice.”

If an individual lawmaker is wasting his time trying to sue the president, so is Congress as a whole. The Supreme Court over the decades has imposed restrictions on what has been termed “congressional standing,” rejecting efforts to file suit against the White House based on a claim that the president failed to faithfully execute the law as required by the Constitution.

With the courthouse doors closed, congressional options are severely limited. One possibility is legislation, a strategy that has worked before over the issue of impoundment.

Presidents, again dating back to Jefferson, have on occasion refused to spend funds appropriated by Congress, thus exercising a back-door line item veto, a practice held unconstitutional by the courts.

Jefferson refused to spend $50,000 in funds appropriated for the acquisition of gunboats for the U.S. Navy. In 1972, President Richard Nixon vetoed the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Congress overrode the veto but Nixon reacted by impounding funds intended to aid in the development of water quality management plans. A year later, Nixon impounded $13 million in traffic and highway safety funds.

By that time Congress had had enough. It passed the Impoundment Control Act of 1974, effectively eliminating the president’s impoundment powers and requiring him to obtain congressional approval to rescind specific appropriations. Nixon signed the bill. He had little choice — the administration was up to its eyeballs in the Watergate scandal by that time and it sought to avoid ruffling congressional feathers.

To that end, Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) has introduced the Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP) Act, which directs the House to institute legal action to require the president to comply with the law. This resolution does not require a vote in the Senate since its directive involves only the lower chamber. More than 100 House Republicans have co-sponsored the measure.

Rice said the nation’s founders “designed a system of government based on a separation of powers. The legislative branch makes the laws and the executive branch enforces our laws. They did this to protect our very, very fragile freedom and we cannot allow those separations to be eroded.”

Regardless, should the Rice bill successfully make its way through the Republican-controlled House, the lower chamber will still lack standing, meaning it will face a federal judiciary that has traditionally sought to avoid getting caught in the middle of legislative-executive spats.

What might be the lone avenue left to Republican lawmakers, if they determine the president’s actions warrant it, is impeachment. A number have voiced some degree of support for the effort — Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who is looking to replace the retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, being the latest.

Only two presidents have been impeached. Andrew Jackson avoided removal from office for firing his secretary of War in violation of the Tenure of Office Act by one vote in the Senate. President Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about an affair. He likewise was acquitted. Nixon had articles of impeachment imposed on him but he resigned before a Senate trial could be conducted.

Even in this case, the probability that a Democrat-controlled Senate would vote to convict a president of its own party is hard to imagine. The only hope Congress might have is a voluntary retreat by Obama.

Under the Constitution, Turley said, Congress was provided with the power to establish federal law and the executive branch was obliged to faithfully execute those laws.

“For decades, however, Congress has allowed its core authority to drain into a fourth branch of federal agencies with increasing insularity and independence,” he said. “It has left Congress intact but inconsequential in some disputes.”

Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.
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The founders foresaw that a man like Obama would come along eventually. The seat of the presidency would eventually see a man in it determined to seize ever more power onto him and his cronies. The president is human and given enough time and history, we were bound to get a proto-dictator eventually.

So they built in checks and balances…

Unfortunately, the founders did not foresee a man like Harry Reid (and his caucus). A man who happily cedes power to the executive against his better interests or the better interests of the country…

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Congress in general and Republicans in particular have all the tools they need to make the President’s life a living hell – if they so choose. McConnell could bring all the business of the Senate to a screeching halt. Boehner, if he so choose has the power to defund all of the Executive’s operations by refusing to fund the federal government.

But, we all know that at a minimum half of the GOP lawmakers today are in general agreement with the goals of the Democrats – the House Speaking and Senate Minority Leader included. Additionally, there is absolutely no political will within the GOP to fight the President and his own party on the GOP terms. A good example of this is how little effort the Republicans are making to take political advantage of the implosion of ObamaCare. As a group they are mum, or worse still they are in silent agreement with the Democrats. Ditto for Benghazi, the IRS abuses, etc… Not one prominent Republican in a position of power is willing to take the fight to the President. Not one.

You know the game is fixed when the only issue that the Republican Party at the national level gets excited about is Amnesty.

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The House still controls the purse strings, which is a lot of power.
The problem is that it absolutely refuses to use that power, even when its own survival as a relevant body is at stake, let alone that of the country.

The threat of not being invited to DC cocktail parties trumps any worries about the ongoing shredding of the Constitution any day of the week, and twice during recess.

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Keep your powder dry and win the Senate. No excuses after that.

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You realize President Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any other president in the last 100 years. No of course you don’t, facts just get in the way.

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I’ve seen some counts, and seems like the kinyun has signed more EO’s than all previous presidents combined. The FACT remains, its not a matter of quantity but quality. The EO’s thus clown IS signing are far more damaging and abusive than has been seen previously. And his utter refusal to enforce laws the Congress have passed has also reached a new low……

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It is not the number signed, but the content of those signed.

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So what? What’s your point?

If I sign but one Executive Order abolishing Congress, does that make me the greatest president in history in your tiny little mind? Who cares how many Executive Orders he’s signed? The problem is the content of those orders.

Dolt.

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Cite?

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It doesn’t matter. It’s a non-sequitur.

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What can the GOP do? Grow a spine for a start. The House can cut off money to programs, but so far having a majority in the House has amounted to bupkus. They keep talking big, but when it comes to actually do something they roll over. They could have really made the shutdown painful for the president, but went down faster than the prom queen at homecoming.

We need to clean house.

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The House has already ceded it’s "power of the purse" to Obamism. Boehner has already proven he has no sack and like the rest of the GOPe are terrified to be called bad names in the State-Run media.

They’re not even willing to whisper the "I" word, and have already taken that off the table, essentially giving Obamism the green light to be America’s first Dictator for the next 2+ years.

And the GOPe getting a majority in the Senate, since a good portion of those in the Senate have proven they are no better than DimocRats, will mean nothing.

Any shiny new GOPe majority in the Senate will still be gridlocked by filibustering Dims (with some "R’s" mixed in) and the fact they will never get all the (R)’s to stand together on anything.

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The founders foresaw that a man like Obama would come along eventually. The seat of the presidency would eventually see a man in it determined to seize ever more power onto him and his cronies. The president is human and given enough time and history, we were bound to get a proto-dictator eventually.

So they built in checks and balances…

Unfortunately, the founders did not foresee a man like Harry Reid (and his caucus). A man who happily cedes power to the executive against his better interests or the better interests of the country…

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You realize President Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any other president in the last 100 years. No of course you don’t, facts just get in the way.

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Hi, Brian.

Your argument is a straw man argument. wintermute didn’t complain about the number of Executive Orders. In fact, he didn’t mention Executive Orders at all. You did.

To the point, it’s not the quantity of EOs that’s the problem, it’s the quality. If President Obama wants to sign an EO proclaiming a fallen firefighter an American Hero, that’s cool. Signing EOs that push back implementation dates established via congressional legislation is a serious frigging problem.

But facts just get in the way of your lies, don’t they?

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Excellent points, the founders also didn’t foresee an "opposition party" that refuses to use any of those checks and balances for fear of being called bad names in the State-Run media.

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Show him some Harold Ramis movies. That will make him question is own authority and stop signing things.

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I’ll take:

The pen is
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for 500, Alex.

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Congress in general and Republicans in particular have all the tools they need to make the President’s life a living hell – if they so choose. McConnell could bring all the business of the Senate to a screeching halt. Boehner, if he so choose has the power to defund all of the Executive’s operations by refusing to fund the federal government.

But, we all know that at a minimum half of the GOP lawmakers today are in general agreement with the goals of the Democrats – the House Speaking and Senate Minority Leader included. Additionally, there is absolutely no political will within the GOP to fight the President and his own party on the GOP terms. A good example of this is how little effort the Republicans are making to take political advantage of the implosion of ObamaCare. As a group they are mum, or worse still they are in silent agreement with the Democrats. Ditto for Benghazi, the IRS abuses, etc… Not one prominent Republican in a position of power is willing to take the fight to the President. Not one.

You know the game is fixed when the only issue that the Republican Party at the national level gets excited about is Amnesty.

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As long as the old heads in the GOP consider their biggest problem to be their conservative base (AKA: The Tea Party) then we’re in for a long, ugly ride on a very bad road.

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