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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama can't go it alone

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Obama can't go it alone

by Bucks County Courier Times Editorial BoardPosted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 6:53 am, Thu Jan 30, 2014.

The U.S. Constitution has been acknowledged around the world as a magnificent document. But it is hardly a perfect document. Besides the parts that have often been the subject of heated debate — witness the Second Amendment — and ambiguities that continuously require judicial interpretation, the Constitution is not specific on exactly what the chief executive, the president, can and cannot do.

In addition to the enumerated powers and duties mentioned in Article II — among them that the president is commander in chief of the armed forces, can make treaties (with Senate approval), can nominate federal judges and veto legislation (which can be overridden) — there is a vague reference to “executive power shall be vested in the president....” That phrase has been used by presidents since George Washington to justify actions that reach well beyond the specifics of the Constitution.

So when President Obama threatens to use his presidential powers to sidestep Congress — as he did in Tuesday’s State of the Union address — he isn’t talking about some radical new approach to imperial government. Every president wants more power and will try to push the envelope. Opponents in every Congress will call him on it. The Constitution provides some leeway for the person in the White House, but it’s hardly unlimited. An example: Lower courts ruled unconstitutional some controversial appointments Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board. The president, whoever he is, can’t just do whatever he wants.

Alluding to the inability of Congress to close the gap between rich and poor, Obama announced Tuesday he will issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for new federal contractors. That is a very limited initiative. For the minimum wage to rise for all Americans, Congress has to act.

The truth is, for government to function efficiently and effectively on behalf of every citizen, the president and both parties in Congress must work together. Obama’s threatening to govern without Congress is as counterproductive as congressional Republicans thwarting Obama at every turn. Certainly, the president is frustrated. Members of Congress are, too, or they should be. But it’s abundantly clear after five years that confrontation between the White House and Capitol Hill is a blue-ribbon recipe for what’s facing America today: a sluggish economic recovery, an unresolved immigration crisis, a health care system in turmoil, an unsettled foreign policy and a nation that is simply leaving too many of its citizens behind.

Obama can flex his presidential muscles all he wants. Republican leaders can counter with their own pompous display. But none of it means anything; we’re all witness to that. The nation has grown weary of the posturing.The State of the Union is not good, and the collective responsibility for fixing it lies with those who were assembled in the House chamber on Tuesday night.

19 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have lost all respect for everyone in this administration lie , lie , lie is all any of them do ! Obama and Holder with oh i didn't know anything about it ! Or Joe Biden laughing about Benghazi And including Hilary Clinton with her famous words what difference does it make! What a bunch of jerks!

Anonymous said...

Following the Constitution can be costly. http://tinyurl.com/k59qo4k

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, our congressman won't get off their lazy childish asses and do their job so our president doesn't have a choice but to go it alone. The government can't run itself.

Anonymous said...

IT WOULD BE GREAT IF OUR PRESIDENT COULD BE TRUSTED. HE CAN NOT EVEN PROVE HE IS AMERICAN BORN. HE HAS BOLD FACED LIED ABOUT EVERYTHING HE RAN ON FOR PRESIDENT. HE HAS GIVEN US HOPE AND CHANGE BUT NOT AS A CHRISTIAN NATION. AS A MUSLIM NATION WITH MUSLIM BROTHER HOODS PERSONS IN CHARGE IN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT NOT RED BLOODED AMERICANS WHO LOVE THE FREEDOMS THEY HAVE. OUR NATION IS NOT A FREE LOVING NATION THAT OUR ELDERS FOUGHT AND DIED FOR. FREE ENTERPRISE.FREE TRADE , FREE RIGHTS TO BEAR ARMS,FREEDOM OF DEVOTIONS,FREE SPEECH, AND THE RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND NOT HAVE NSA OR IRS PICKING WINNERS AND ENERGY COMPANIES WHICH LOST BILLIONS OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS AND LOSERS ACCORDING TO THEIR VIEWS. HIGHEST DEBT INCURRED SINCE OUR GREAT REPUBLIC WAS FORMED. FREE TO CHOOSE OUR OWN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM--DOTORS---HOSPITALS. ENOUGH SAID ,I COULD GO ON FOR AN HOUR.

Anonymous said...

Too many people are convinced that Obama burnt there morning toast and made them eat cold pizza for supper. Just a bunch of "WHINERS" with no personal responsibility.

Anonymous said...

9:23 am you last sentence describes the obama administration to a tee!

Anonymous said...

@ 9:14 Am
Are you-serious? Let me guess...you are a BIG FOX news fan. The president HAS produced a birth certificate. Something no other president in history has had to do to my knowledge. You choose to believe that he didn't. Even if he didn't have a birth certificate, his mother is an American citizen. Whether you like it or not that makes him an American citizen. The president is a Christian NOT a Muslim. You choose to believe that he is not. As for the highest debt, look to Mr. Bush. It was he that started two wars while reducing taxes for the wealthiest not to mention crashing the economy. Did you complain about Mr. Bush's cabinet being filled with Muslims when he walked around holding hands with that Arab sheikh? The problem with our government is that people were voted in and sent to Washington D.C. with an agenda. These are people that don't like government and they want to muck it up as best they can and they have done an excellent job of it. Absolutely nothing has gotten done since the "tea party" came to town. They promised JOBS would be taken care of on DAY 1. They haven't produced ONE JOBS BILL since they've been there. All they've done is obstruct, collect a paycheck which they don't deserve and go on vacation....oh and shut the government down which cost taxpayers billions of dollars and accomplished absolutely nothing except make the United States look like a bunch of IDIOTS around the world. And people wonder why the president is trying to go it alone. It's because he HAS to if he wants to get ANYTHING DONE. We need to elect some people with BRAINS this time. People that want to work for US not ones that want to tear the country apart if they don't get their way. As for guns. Gun owners HAVE rights. The rest of us do too. We have the right to go to a movie, or the mall, and our children have the right to go to school without being shot by some nut. The president thinks people that want to buy a gun at a gun show should have a criminal background check just like you do when you buy it in a gun store. I see nothing wrong with that. Hunters don't need high capacity magazines either. If you can't hit a deer with one or two shots then maybe you shouldn't be in the woods. I could go on for hours too. Lets just say that we disagree about what's wrong with OUR country.

Anonymous said...

The above comments demonstrate the toxicity of partisan blogs, talk radio and cable news.

Not American born? Good lord, do you honestly think yelling at us (All Caps) makes your point?

Turn off talk radio, turn off FOX News or MSNBC, step away from your comfort zone and see the damage partisan media is doing to us.

Read the Powell Memo from 1973 and see how badly all of you are being played.

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/powell_memo_lewis/

Anonymous said...

everyone is upset about raising minimum. do some research if minimum wage would have grown at the rate of inflation (which was caused by both parties)it would be around $21 per hour. but I guess $7.25 is enough. how bout this if you think minimum wage shouldn't be raised you try living on $7.25 an hour. but it is prolly better to keep the rich rich and the poor poor and to hell with the middle class

Anonymous said...

He didn't produce a (birth certificate) He produced a certificate of live birth and yes there is a huge difference! All's it says is that he was born alive! It's funny you can't find anything out about any of his family but yet we know everything about every other president in history . And 10:38 The rich have gotten richer using obamas policies more than any other presidents in history . The poor will stay poor as long as the democrats are in power with all the handouts and empty promises for votes.

Anonymous said...

@11:13 AM

This is what the toxic cable news world and talk radio media want. For us to be so divided that governing is impossible.

Meanwhile, your corporate overlords follow the steps outlined in the Powell Memo meticulously and continue to buy their favorite politicians and policies and the rape of the middle class, that's been going on since Nixon, gets more and more violent.

We may as well disband the union now, sell off the nukes and military and call it a day because we damn sure ain't mature enough to exist as a nation.

Anonymous said...

to the minimum wage comment. Minimum wage is meant for an entry wage for a very short or temporary amount of time, not to be paid indefinitly. A company or indiviual who pays minimum wage so they can say they have a business doesn't deserve to be in business.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of everyone talking about the President and the Muslim thing! He is a U.S Citizen. His skin color has nothing to do with his job as a President, but we still live in a very predjudiced area.It was once stated that congressman would do their best to run him out of office by not cooperating. Wait until we elect our next President which might indeed be a woman , namely Hilary Clinton! Then we will see what happens!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

There are some VERY uninformed and uneducated people on here. I am surprised that they even know how to use a computer and type. Do you know how to Google? Then DO IT and type in any name you care to find biographies on. Wouldn't do any good though because you wouldn't believe what is written. All you know enough to do is get on these blogs and mouth off about hearsay. Get a life and quit stirring up propaganda!

Anonymous said...

God save us all if that idiotstick fruitcake Hillary is elected to anything, one Clinton did enough damage....just sayin.

Anonymous said...

10:30am- You me fellow American are the one mentally twisted by cnn and the like. Barry has never, and cannot produce a true birth certificate. You are to be born in America, not just to an American Mother to be President. If he is not muslim, then why the name change? When are you democrats going to stop blaming Mr. Bush? If barry gets colon cancer will that be Bush's fault. Put the blame where it belongs. Which leads me to the guns. Guns can't walk themselves into a movie theater, just and fyi. I do have to do a background check at a gun show. "Gun show loophole" is just another liberal scare tactic to get there sick agenda across. Global warming another. Lay off the cnn and listen to some facts ON fox news.

Anonymous said...

Freedom of speech. You deserve everything you get those of you that are venomous about the current administration. It's called Karma and what goes around comes around, eventually. If you're so miserable under the current administration, go live in another country. AND, GOD forbid you receive on penny of assistance from anyone, because that would make you a hippocrite.

Anonymous said...

Don't make me laugh about FAUX news! Everything they say on there is opinion that they try to pull off as fact. FACTS people. Do you know what they are? If you did you wouldn't vote republican.