The lawless presidency: There Obama goes again
Can the Obama administration become any more lawless? Consider it a rhetorical question.
On Sunday, we editorialized of the growing impeachable nature of Barack Obama's presidency. From immigration to ObamaCare (to countless things in between), Mr. Obama repeatedly acts in contravention of the Constitution. That is, he does not have unilateral power to strike or alter the implementation of laws without a congressional warrant.
But on Monday, Obama yet again thumbed his nose at the rule of law, doubling down on a previous constitutional slight. At about the same time Obama quipped that the good thing about being president is that “I can do whatever I want” (during a visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with French President Francois Hollande), his White House announced the second delay — this time for two years — in implementation of an ObamaCare provision requiring businesses of 50 or more to offer health insurance to their employees or pay a penalty.
The administration is learning, albeit late, that such a provision is a business and jobs killer that could wreck the U.S. economy. But instead of admitting its mistake and working with Congress to fix the mess, the ever vainglorious Obama chooses to attempt to cover his tracks by breaking the law. Again.
And not only are the president's actions illegal, they smack of politics — a clear effort to take the heat off Democrats facing angry voters in this fall's midterm elections.
The bill of particulars against this president grows longer by the day.
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