by Greg Krehbiel on 29 January 2014
There are different ways to spin President Obama’s decision to do what he can by executive order when he can’t get his way in Congress.
On the positive side, why not? If he has the power to do something as the chief executive — IOW, if it’s something he can legitimately do as president without Congress’ approval — then … sure, go ahead, and why are you even talking about it? Just do it.
However, I suspect he’s “talking about it” because it’s more of a threat. IOW, he will do things that presidents don’t typically do, and that he might not actually have the authority to do, because he can’t get his way with Congress. If that’s what he means, then whatever happened to being “a uniter and not a divider,” and “post-partisan” and all that?
“I can’t get my way so I’ll break the rules and do it anyway” is childish and it’s bad for the country, so I really hope that’s not what he intends to do.
I heard a quote from Paul Ryan the other day to the effect that there are lots of things Republicans and Democrats disagree on, and with divided government won’t get done, but there are some things that both sides do agree on and should get done. Why aren’t they?
I think it’s because the political parties are no longer thinking about governing. They’re only thinking about tactics to get an advantage in the election so they can take over and ram their own ideas through.
Update2: Have you seen this? Rand Paul’s response to Obama’s speech
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