- - Friday, February 14, 2014

America is unraveling at a stunning speed and to a staggering degree. The decline is breathtaking, and the prognosis is dim.

For starters, President Obama now rules by decree. Reportedly for the 27th time, he has changed Obamacare single-handedly and without congressional approval.

“That’s the good thing about being president,” Mr. Obama joked last week. “I can do whatever I want.”

The same day, Mr. Obama decreed that the Obamacare mandate for employers with 50 to 99 employees would be postponed until 2016, well past the November 2014 midterm elections. This eases the pressure on Democrats whose campaigns would suffer if employees saw their company plans canceled.

Also by decree, Mr. Obama decided to soften political-asylum rules. Refugees and other immigrants who provide terrorists “limited material support” now can come to America.

So what if someone merely clothed and fed Mohamed Atta or Khalid Shaikh Mohammed? After all, garments and meals don’t blow up.

The president’s predecessors have signed executive orders and, more or less, left it at that. Mr. Obama, instead, told Congress at last month’s State of the Union: “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

While appalled Republicans sat on their hands, Democrats stood up and shouted like equatorial, rubber-stamp parliamentarians. “Hooray! We are irrelevant!” you could almost hear them say.

Meanwhile, as Marc Thiessen wrote in The Washington Post, new Congressional Budget Office figures show that Obamacare will reduce U.S. incomes by $70 billion annually between 2017 and 2024.

The CBO also estimated that, by 2021, Obamacare’s disincentives to hire and incentives not to work would slash work hours by the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs.

Rather than dispute these figures, key Democrats embraced them.

“We want people to have the freedom to be a writer,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, “to be a photographer, to make music, to paint.” Democrats actually applaud as Americans stop working — to do watercolors, draft poetry and take naps — while exhausted taxpayers foot the bill.

Nonetheless, Democrats are fleeing Mr. Obama.

Democratic campaign strategist Joe Trippi told Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night, “The Obamacare snafus, his approval rating is declining, and his credibility problems all drag the Democratic brand down.”

Rather than resist an increasingly weak president, Republican congressional leaders hand him whatever he wants. Thus, House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pushed through a $1 trillion budget with, at best, minuscule and illusory spending cuts.

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