During today’s House hearing on President Barack Obama’s tendency to rewrite the Affordable Care Act and other laws to suit his whims, Cato Institute legal expert Michael Cannon warned that Obama’s actions can lead Americans to decide that if the government won’t abide by the law, why should they?

Counting from memory, President Obama has ignored existing law on immigration and Obamacare. President Obama has also flouted court rulings against his gulf oil drilling moratorium and attempted to “recess” appoint members of the National Labor Relations Board when Congress was in session, in clear violation of the Constitution.

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Democrats on the House committee treated today’s serious hearing with undisguised contempt. They mocked it, belittled it, derided it, and then abandoned it before it was even finished.