On Wednesday, President Obama delivered more evidence that he has no intention of letting congress get in the way of his path for “transforming” America. “Where I can act on my own, without Congress, I’m going to do so,” Obama told students Wednesday at North Carolina State University.
On Tuesday, Mark Levin, conservative radio broadcaster and constitutional scholar, criticized Obama for ignoring the legislature and using his “pen to write executive orders.” Levin told his listeners that we are witnessing a “quiet coup.”
“He’s [President Obama] just announced that he is going to assume lawmaking powers. He does not recognize the majority in the House of Representatives. I don’t know how much more clearly he can say it. You know what this is folks? This is a gradual, quiet coup. That’s what is taking place. It’s gradual. It’s quiet, in the sense that it’s non-violent. But it’s a coup!”
Obama was visiting the University to tout a new spending program that will unleash $70 million over five years from the Department of Energy “to help make Raleigh-Durham and America a magnet for the good high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge.” The President is calling for 2014 to be “year of action” to get the economy moving again.
Republicans have a different view of how resources should be utilized, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded: “He could announce construction of the Keystone pipeline, which would help create thousands of American jobs right away. And he could actually deliver on one of the brightest spots of his economic agenda: trade.”