Arrogant Obama asks cabinet members to come up with even more “creative” ways to get around the Constitution

President Barack Obama is doubling down on his use of executive power. He met with his cabinet yesterday and asked them to come up with “creative” ways to get around Congress to enact the administration’s agenda:

“You’ve already seen the power of some of our executive actions making a real difference for ordinary families,” Obama said at a White House meting. “We’re going to have to be creative about how we can make real progress.”

The president is increasingly relying on executive orders and regulatory moves to move his agenda, despite opposition from House Republicans, who have threatened to sue him over his executive actions, and the Supreme Court, which ruled last week that Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional.
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He cast his actions as a response to voters who elected him in 2012.

“The people who sent us here, they just don’t feel as if anybody is fighting for them or working them,” he said. “We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress … but we sure as heck can make sure that the folks back home know that we are pushing their agenda and that we’re working hard on their behalf.”

And there it is. That last point. President Obama seems to believe that he was the only person on the ballot in 2012 and, because he beat Mitt Romney, deserves anything and everything he wants. Nevermind that voters also elected a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, thereby endorsing a divided government.

The approach Americans took in the last election is echoed by a new survey Rasmussen Report survey, which found that 55 percent of likely voters want President Obama to work with Congress.

Nevertheless, not only did President Obama ask his cabinet to find ways around Congress, he classlessly trolled Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republicans, who are openly floating the idea of lawsuit over the White House’s extraordinary expansion of executive power:

The president then noted his controversial spate of executive actions on immigration and gender-identity discrimination, saying, “They criticize me for this — Boehner sued me for this — and I told him I’d rather do things with you, pass some laws, make sure the Highway Trust Fund is funded so we don’t lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.”

Ultimately, he concluded, “It’s not that hard. Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me. As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.”

The Constitution is, basically, an afterthought to President Obama. He’s not considering both the legal and practical implications of persistently going around Congress. Not only is he consuming more power for himself — turning the executive into presidency-legislative hybrid, call it a monarchial branch, if you will — he’s leaving powers that will almost certainly be expanded upon by his predecessor, creating an incredibly dangerous precedent for Americans.


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