I’d ask where he finds the constitutional authority to do such a thing, but let’s be honest: Aside from use as a bathroom tissue substitute, that document has no place in Barack Obama’s Administration.
“I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something. I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing.,” Mr. Obama said Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House. “And in this situation the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for security, its bad for our economy, and its bad for our future.”
Funny story: “Serious problem” and “Congress chooses to do nothing” appear nowhere in the United States Constitution, nor does the idea that he only has to “prefer” the legislative branch act. The system doesn’t work on the principle that either you vote for Barack Obama’s agenda or he does it anyway.
To quote Allahpundit:
Exit question: Which article of the Constitution sets forth this principle? Quote: “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing.” I believe that’s the “I get to do sh*t if Congress doesn’t” clause, no?
In fact, liberal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Laurence Tribe are confused as to where he thinks he gets the power, too.
This has become a running issue. Even lawyers and judges who support Obama’s policy agenda are taken aback by his disregard for the Constitution. The Supreme Court just the other day unanimously rejected his unconstitutional appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Before that, the court had voted identically to terminate his actions on about a dozen occasions. That includes two justices Obama himself appointed.
The president is either incapable or unwilling to accept that there are in fact restrictions on his power. He is neither a dictator nor a monarch. Congress does not exist to rubber-stamp his policy agenda. If Congress chooses to not act on an issue, that’s Congress’s prerogative. He can lobby the legislative branch to act, he can convince the public to pressure the legislative branch to act, he can not pretend the legislative branch is non-existent and do whatever he wants.