It was another busy week in the Lawless Fiefdom of President Barack Obama.
Just before the Independence Day four-day weekend–as President Obama and his White House
stenographer reporter pool were on a 20-hour flight back from Africa–We the Subjects were handed down:
Most of the Republican-conservative cognoscenti has limited their reaction to the (very important) point that this yet again demonstrates that the Affordable Care Act is a disaster.
House Republicans are investigating the Obama administration’s move to delay a key part of the health care overhaul, claiming the announcement was “completely at odds” with prior claims that ObamaCare was running on schedule and questioning what provisions might be delayed next.
But that’s not the most important aspect of the delay. Is ObamaCare written in a manner that in any way allows the administration to unilaterally delay this portion of the law? Absolutely not.
This is authoritarian Rule of Man, not Law. And yet another example of the administration finding all or part of a statute distasteful–and simply defying it.
Those laws remain on the books. They have not changed. Yet Obama last week suspended these very deportations–granting infinitely renewable “deferred action” with attendant work permits–thereby unilaterally rewriting the law. And doing precisely what he himself admits he is barred from doing.
“One of the major elements of a bankruptcy is that debtors similarly situated get treated the same,” (former American International Group Inc. chairman Harvey) Golub told Bloomberg Television’s Betty Liu on the “In the Loop” program today. “They changed the rules and bailed out the unions, not the companies.”
Not satisfied with just being a one-man-gang executive and legislative branch, President Obama has also decided to commandeer the judiciary.
And when the president can’t get Congress to pass laws he likes–he just starts making them up and imposing them.
“The truth is, we can no longer wait for Congress to do its job….So where Congress won’t act, I will.”
In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to update water quality guidelines for beaches and other recreational waters and deal with runoff from logging roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, meanwhile, has proposed long-delayed regulations requiring auto makers to include event data recorders _ better known as “black boxes” _ in all new cars and light trucks beginning in 2014.
The administration also has initiated several rules to implement its health care overhaul, including a new fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditi
President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete….
The president thinks he can also all by himself end that discussion. (Though someone needs to tell East Anglia University–the font of all the climate “science” on which the president relies. ClimateGate, anyone?)
Labor unions rolls decline and so, the Obama administration gives them a win they couldn’t get legislatively.
The government has forced changes in bank boards and pushed the head of GM out of his job. Former Treasury chief Paulson even forced the Merrill Lynch deal on Bank of America.
And perhaps nowhere has the Obama administration been more unilaterally, illegally over-active than in the tech sector. Possibly because there are very few laws regulating it (thus its phenomenal success). And thus the administration decided it had some serious catching-up to do.
Which gives the government access to every website on the planet. No biggie. And the administration was just as transparent with it as with everything else.
This was in December 2010–just after the Tea Party revolution ended President Obama’s one-party rule. So he decided on a new approach.
And he’s nothing if not thorough.
But wait–there’s oh so much more.
Is the administration finally finished? Ummm…no.
Because nothing says “light-touch” regulation like applying 1930s land-line telephone rules to the Internet.
How’s it look going forward?