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March 13, 2014

L'Etat! C'est Moi!

It is good to be King:

The Obama administration has decided that the sequester's mandatory spending cuts no longer apply to part of Obamacare.

The health care law provides subsidies to help low-income people cover some of their out-of-pocket costs. Last year, the administration said those subsidies were taking a 7 percent cut because of the sequester, which imposed across-the-board reductions in federal spending.

But now, the White House has changed its mind. It removed the cost-sharing subsidies from its list of programs that are subject to the sequester, eliminating the 7 percent cut for 2015.

Zut alors! Je suis très confus.

Didn't we hire this guy to faithfully enforce the laws passed by Congress?

We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis with sweeping implications for our system of government. There has been a massive gravitational shift of authority to the Executive Branch that threatens the stability and functionality of our tripartite system. To be sure, this shift did not begin with President Obama. However, it has accelerated at an alarming rate under this Administration. These changes are occurring in a political environment with seemingly little oxygen for dialogue, let alone compromise. Indeed, the current
anaerobic conditions are breaking down the muscle of the constitutional system that protects us all. Of even greater concern is the fact that the other two branches appear passive, if not inert, as the Executive Branch has assumed such power.

As someone who voted for President Obama and agrees with many of his policies, it is often hard to separate the ends from the means of presidential action. Indeed, despite decades of thinking and writing about the separation of powers, I have had momentary lapses where I privately rejoiced in seeing actions on goals that I share, even though they were done in the circumvention of Congress. For example, when President Obama unilaterally acted on greenhouse gas pollutants, I was initially relieved. I agree entirely with the priority that he has given this issue. However, it takes an act of willful blindness to ignore that the greenhouse regulations were implemented only after Congress rejected such measures and that a new sweeping regulatory scheme is now being promulgated solely upon the authority of the President.2

We are often so committed to a course of action that we conveniently dismiss the means as a minor issue in light of the goals of the Administration. Many have embraced the notion that all is fair in love and politics. However, as I have said too many times before Congress, in our system it is often more important how we do something than what we do. Priorities and policies (and presidents)change.

What cannot change is the system upon which we all depend for our rights and representation.

Sacre bleu! Obama is a Uniter, after all.

Posted by Cassandra at March 13, 2014 08:36 AM

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Didn't we elect this guy to execute the laws faithfully?

Good Lord, no. Where did you get that idea?

Posted by: Texan99 at March 13, 2014 12:03 PM

Well, I *am* a Typical White Person...


Posted by: Cassandra at March 13, 2014 01:44 PM

No sweat guys, anything BHO does by Executive Order can be undone 20 JAN 2017 by President Rubio.

and well before that occurs, this POTUS is going to get spanked by SCOTUS over bogus NLRB 'recess' appointments.

Best Regards,

Posted by: CAPT Mike at March 13, 2014 07:52 PM