On Jan. 14, President Obama told us he had a pen and a phone and he wouldn’t be waiting for legislation from Congress before he used them to influence the economy and affect employment. He’s been saying that for five years. Why should we believe him now?
Liberal use is made of executive orders as he revises the Affordable Care Act to suit his political purposes. When he wants to make a change, he just says so and he expects the deed to be done. His hubris has created chaos in our health care system and elsewhere in our constitutional framework.
Article Six of the Constitution may be the legal wall which can stop his abuse of power, if Congress will use it.
Article VI says: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
So, once a law is passed by Congress, is it legal for the President to change that law by executive decree? Apparently he thinks so.
Stage left, enter the United States Environmental Protection Agency. “Obama orders new efficiency for big trucks,” by Peter Baker and Coral Davenport (New York Times, Feb. 19): The regulations are the latest in a series of actions intended to cut back on greenhouse gases without the sort of legislation Mr. Obama failed to push through Congress in his first term.”
This article caught my eye because of the authoritative word “orders.” Then I started thinking about other of his policies which fit the modus operandi of a dictator.
For instance, the Affordable Care Act (a social justice fiscal travesty which has wrecked the health care industry and given government control of one-sixth of the gross domestic product).
Obama’s 32 agency “czars” who answer only to him.
The failed Fast and Furious arms smuggling program. A failure which cost one border patrolman his life. His brainchild?
The Internal Revenue Service plan to stop politically conservative organizations from obtaining non-profit tax status. His doing?
The deliberate blocking of military support for our besieged consulate at Benghazi, Libya. His responsibility?
Include the quantitative Easing monetary plot designed to bankrupt the nation. This gimmick follows Cloward-Pivin to the letter. The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political tactic devised in 1966 by Columbia University sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. It called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system to cause a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national “guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty” (Wikipedia). This is basic Marxist dogma.
Obama has expanded the strategy to include the entire U.S. economy, not just the welfare system. Definitely his scheme.
Do we have a feckless President or a dastardly dictator? Is Congress complicitous in this madness? Citizen, if the foregoing is true, you’d better head for the bunker, things are gonna get worse.
• Don Kennedy is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology. He has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2002.