- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Barack Obama was once a constitutional law professor, but now views the founding document as irrelevant. The president is ruling by decree, instead of working with a divided Congress.

The Founding Fathers would be appalled by the way the current occupant of the White House has usurped power to get his agenda passed.


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There is nothing to restrain Mr. Obama, now a lame duck, from forcing his liberalism on America.

For example, the White House declared Wednesday that it will not go through Congress to create regional “climate hubs” to deal with the supposed crisis of “climate change.”


This comes on the heels of a week of grandstanding at events in which he tells Americans “I will act on my own” and throws out new executive orders for everything from schools to job training to hiring decisions.

The president thinks the American people will view him as a benevolent leader and not a tyrant for dictating policy.

Mr. Obama announced in his State of the Union speech last week that he would use executive orders to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.

He proclaimed the Treasury Department would make a new type of retirement savings account (myRA).

The president declared he would push for more federal gun control “with or without Congress.” (This would be in addition to the more than 20 executive actions he’s taken in the past year to infringe on Second Amendment rights.)

Speaking to all the elected officials in the legislative branch, Mr. Obama said he would use his executive powers “wherever and whenever” he could.

One GOP congressman, Rep. Steve Stockman from Texas, walked out of the House chamber in the middle of the speech, saying that he “could not bear to watch” as Mr. Obama “continued to cross the clearly defined boundaries of the constitutional separation of powers.”

The day after Mr. Obama’s address to Congress, Sen. Mike Lee asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing whether the president was consulting him on the legality before issuing executive orders, as is required.

The Utah Republican is a former Supreme Court clerk and specialized in Supreme Court litigation in his private practice before being elected to the Senate.

Mr. Holder responded that the Justice Department was consulted on raising the minimum wage and the unilateral decision last July not to enforce the employer mandate in Obamacare until after the midterm elections.

The attorney general offered that Mr. Obama had “made far less use of his executive power at this point in his administration than some of his predecessors have” and would only do so in the future when “he is unable to work with Congress to do things together.”

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