Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals

One of the points made in the article is Obama’s logic to go around Congress if they won’t act. This all started as soon as the supermajority was ended and there was finally some opposition in DC to counter the taking over of America by hardocre progressives. There is a reason we have 3 branches of government, to keep things in check. Mr. Constitutional Law Professor clearly doesn’t like our system of government now that he no longer has a super majority assisting in the dismantling of America. Don’t forget Obama is on record saying the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties.

Yea Barry thats the whole point! To keep your power limited! Unfortunately we have a pathetic Congress that has allowed you to bypass every part of our system.

By Charlie Savage/ NYT
WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.

“We had been attempting to highlight the inability of Congress to do anything,” recalled William M. Daley, who was the White House chief of staff at the time. “The president expressed frustration, saying we have got to scour everything and push the envelope in finding things we can do on our own.”

For Mr. Obama, that meeting was a turning point. As a senator and presidential candidate, he had criticizedGeorge W. Bush for flouting the role of Congress. And during his first two years in the White House, when Democrats controlled Congress, Mr. Obama largely worked through the legislative process to achieve his domestic policy goals.

But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts “We Can’t Wait,” a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies — on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more.

Each time, Mr. Obama has emphasized the fact that he is bypassing lawmakers. When he announced a cut in refinancing fees for federally insured mortgages last month, for example, he said: “If Congress refuses to act, I’ve said that I’ll continue to do everything in my power to act without them.”…. Read More