Posted on The Heritage Foundation-On June 29, 2011:
“For all of candidate Barack Obama’s campaign rhetoric promising to respect Congress’s authority to draft the nation’s laws, President Obama has demonstrated a persistent pattern of circumventing the legislative branch via administrative fiat whenever his agenda stalls. And though one of the Obama campaign’s legal advisers cautioned against a President who would “take the law into his own hands and shred it when it’s convenient,” Obama has done just that time and time again.
The Obama Administration generally employs one of two strategies to legislate without—and often in spite of—congressional action: (1) administrative decree establishing a new federal rule, or (2) a refusal to enforce existing federal law. In five separate policy areas, the President and the federal agencies under his command have spurned congressional authority to achieve Obama’s objectives.
1. Environmental Regulation: President Obama has made it his mission to impose economy-killing environmental regulations on America in spite of clear congressional opposition. Take the White House–backed cap-and-trade bill, which would have created a market for “carbon credits” that businesses would have to trade in order to emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.
The measure passed the House in 2009 but was defeated in the Senate. Undeterred, the Obama Administration sought to ram its agenda into law without congressional approval. It managed to classify carbon dioxide as a “pollutant” under the Clean Air Act, thereby granting the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate its emission—despite warnings even from Members of Congress who wanted to regulate carbon emissions but recognized the problematic nature of doing so without congressional approval.
2. Labor Law: Expanding powerful labor unions is another Obama Administration objective. On June 21, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced plans to dramatically reduce the time to conduct unionization elections.
But in 2009, the Senate moved in the opposite direction. It removed the “card check” provision from the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act,” effectively sinking a measure that could have dramatically increased union membership by rescinding workers’ rights to a secret ballot election for union representation.
The NLRB’s new rule will reduce the length of elections from about six weeks to 10–21 days, thereby limiting employers’ abilities to present their own cases against unionization to workers—and making the formation of a union far more likely. Increased unionization was always card check’s purpose. The NLRB is now attempting to achieve the same goal without Congress’s approval.
3. Immigration Law: On immigration policy, the Obama Administration has not even waited for congressional action before charting its own legislative course. In May, Democrats reintroduced the DREAM Act—which would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States before they were 16—after the lame-duck Congress failed to pass it late last year.
But rather than waiting for Congress to act, officials at Obama’s Department of Homeland Security have instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and attorneys to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” for illegal immigrants who have attended school in the United States, meaning far fewer such illegal immigrants will be prosecuted and deported. The agency cited a shortage of resources, but the decision amounts to a de facto implementation of the DREAM Act.
4. Selective Enforcement of Federal Law: Rather than push Congress to repeal federal laws against marijuana use, Obama’s Justice Department decided in 2009 that it would simply stop enforcing those laws. Proposals to legalize marijuana at the federal level consistently fail to win congressional approval, but the Obama Administration decided to implement its agenda in spite of that lack of legislative support.
The Justice Department again employed this tactic in February when it announced that it would no longer enforce another federal law: the Defense of Marriage Act. The Administration did not agree with the law, so rather than attempting to repeal it via the standard legislative channels, it decided to ignore it.
5. Regulating the Internet: Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided late last year to assume authority over Internet regulation despite a ruling by a federal appeals court explicitly denying the commission that authority. In contradiction of the court’s ruling, the FCC voted 3–2 in December to pass the first-ever federal regulations on Internet traffic. The House has voted to block those regulations, but Obama has pledged to veto any such legislation.
More Bureaucratic Legislating Ahead: All of these examples demonstrate a striking lack of respect for the role of the legislative branch in American government. Despite paying lip service to Congress’s constitutional role as the sole source of the nation’s laws, the Obama Administration has ignored Congress wherever the people’s representatives have declined to codify his agenda.
Nor is there any sign of this trend abating. Even now, the President is considering a number of proposals that would advance his legislative agenda without congressional consideration or approval, including re-regulation of campaign finance laws to circumvent a Supreme Court decision and waivers of the No Child Left Behind law in the face of congressional inaction.
Following the November elections, when President Obama’s party lost control of the House, Obama told America that where he can’t legislate, he will regulate. And that seems to be this Administration’s modus operandi: If Congress refuses to abide by Obama’s agenda, the President’s bureaucratic machine will make its own laws.”
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I. Soros group maps out Obama strategy for next 2 years: ‘Urges president to use executive powers to push 'progressive agenda'’!-Posted on WND.com-By Aaron Klein-On November 18, 2010:
II. Soros group wants Obama to rule by executive order: ‘Organization cites mid-terms, claims progressives registered victory’!-Posted on WND.com-By Aaron Klein-On November 8, 2010:
III. Government By Executive Order: ‘A new Labor Department plan shows the president still has wide power to implement an anti-business agenda.’!-Posted on The Wall Street Journal-By JOHN FUND-On December 3, 2010:
IV. How the Obama administration is Using Executive Power to Support Un...!-Posted on Pajamas Media-By Ron Radosh-On April 25, 2011:
V. Never Mind Representational Government…Emotional Congressman Demands Obama Use Executive Power Or Latinos Won’t Vote For Him; Urges Use Of Homeland Security Memo As Cover To Decree Immigration Reform-Posted on The Blaze-By Naked Emperor News-On April 26, 2011:
VI. Obama May Use Executive Powers to Bring Gitmo Detainees to U.S.-Posted on Floyd Reports-By Ben Johnson-On January 4, 2011:
VII. Politico.com Encourages Obama to Rule by Executive Order-Posted on FloydReports-By Ben Johnson-On December 20, 2010:
VIII. Video: How the Left Rules by Crisis (and the DREAM Act Shamnesty)-Posted on Floyd Reports-By Ben Johnson-On December 16, 2010:
IX. Obama signature creates ‘continental perimeter’: ‘Move described as key step in advance of North American Union’-Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On February 8, 2011:
X. DREAM Act Implemented Through Executive ICE Memo!-Posted on Human Events-By Katie Pavlich-On June 26, 2011:
XI. Is Project Gunrunner Gun Control Chicago-Style?-Posted on Floyd Reports-By Guest Writer-On June 20, 2011:
XII. ALIPAC Calls for the Impeachment of President Barack Obama!-Posted on American’s For Legal Immigration-On June 28, 2011:
XIII. We’re Putting Unconstitutional ‘Concentration of Power in President,’ Says Constitutional Scholar!-Posted on CNSNews.com-By Terence P. Jeffrey-On June 24, 2011:
XIV. Impeach Now or Forever Hold Up Peace!-Posted on OpEdNews-By Philip C. Restino, Jr.-On June 25, 2011:
XV. Soros meddles in courts, attempts to buy Leftwing judges!-Posted on National Examiner-By Anthony Martin-On June 27, 2011:
XVI. New Soros Agenda: Stacking The Courts!-Posted on The Blaze-By Tiffany Gabbay-On June 27, 2011:
XVII. Liberals vs. the Constitution-Posted on FoxNews.com-By Robert Bluey-On January 6, 2011:
XVIII. George Soros assault on U.S. Constitution: ‘White House officials involved in rewriting nation’s founding document’!-Posted on WND.com-By Aaron Klein-On March 27, 2011:
XIX. George Soros Is Implementing A "One World" Socialist Government-Posted on CommieBlaster.com:
XX. The Judas Media-Posted on Floyd Reports-Guest Writer-On April 27, 2011:
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Progressive group maps out President Obama’s strategy for next 2 years!
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Is President Obama inciting riots across the US?
ICE Agents Vote ‘No Confidence’ in Leaders!
Did ATF provide weapons to Mexican drug cartels that were subsequently used to kill one of our own?
The FCC Should Not Interfere With The Internet!
Godfather of The Islamic Revolution!
New World Order By Executive Order!
Is it important to understand the Marxist assault on the foundations of our system?
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