August 15, 2013
GEORGE WILL: Obama’s unconstitutional steps worse than Nixon’s. “President Obama’s increasingly grandiose claims for presidential power are inversely proportional to his shriveling presidency. Desperation fuels arrogance as, barely 200 days into the 1,462 days of his second term, his pantry of excuses for failure is bare, his domestic agenda is nonexistent and his foreign policy of empty rhetorical deadlines and red lines is floundering. And at last week’s news conference he offered inconvenience as a justification for illegality. . . . Serving as props in the scripted charade of White House news conferences, journalists did not ask the pertinent question: ‘Where does the Constitution confer upon presidents the “executive authority” to ignore the separation of powers by revising laws?’ The question could have elicited an Obama rarity: brevity. Because there is no such authority.”
UPDATE: Did Obama Flout the Law by Delaying Obamacare? Yes. Next question?
ANOTHER UPDATE: Donald Sensing: Why Law Does Not Matter To Obama. “The goal of the entire Democrat party is to be the permanent, sole political authority in the country. This is the actual transformation that Barack Obama promised to great applause in his 2008 campaign. And we are getting transformed good and hard. . . . Obama can do this not because the Constitution or law authorize it. Most definitely they actually prohibit it. He is getting away with it because there is no one who can stop him and almost no one who wants to stop him. No one, and I mean absolutely no one, in the Democrat party is in the slightest interested in reining in Obama’s expansion of executive diktat because they know what few of the rest of us are awakening to: the Democrats are never going to lose that executive authority again. Let me be clear, with a promise to elucidate another day: there is never going to be another Republican president. Ever. The media will not examine Obama’s imperialist manner because they do not want to. They agree with it. The courts are literally unable to enforce their rulings contra this administration; Obama ignores them at will and without consequence.”
Of course, you might have said the same thing during the New Deal, and yet Republicans did return to power.