The other day I was trying to decide what the biggest difference is between President Obama’s first term and his current second term. Both have been disasters, but I wanted to get at the root of what makes this second term even more appalling than the first.
Here’s what I came up with as the most significant difference. During his first term, Obama and his administration put a considerable amount of time and energy into covering up or explaining away all the lies and misinformation that the White House was dishing out. Wishing to be re-elected, he knew that the public’s knowledge of his mismanagement had to be kept at a minimum.
But now, with no re-election to worry about, why bother? Why take the time and energy to disguise the fact that he believes he is above the law. The theme for this term seems to be, “I’m going to do whatever I want to do, and if you don’t like it, too bad.”
Obama’s most recent illegal activities – about which he feels no shame as he seemingly dares Congress to stand up to him – is making changes in a law without Congressional approval. The law is the Affordable Care Act, and as despicable of a law that it is, it’s still a law and needs Congressional approval for changes.
But because he believes that he is above the law, Obama has just been going ahead and making whatever changes he sees fit, all in an attempt to keep ObamaCare from being so destructive that it will keep Democrat senators from being voted out of office in 2014.
Recently he decided to grant a one-year extension of the individual mandate for the millions of people who have had their healthcare plans cancelled. By some counts, this is the 14th time that Obama has overreached in his authority regarding ObamaCare.
At long last, some in Congress have decided to publicly oppose him. In an attempt to force Obama to abide by the U.S. Constitution, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives has crafted a bill called the Stop This Overreaching Presidency (STOP) Act.
Tom Rice, a Republican from South Carolina, says he has 34 co-sponsors for the Act, and that it goes well beyond Obama’s overreach on ObamaCare. It also targets his avoiding Congress on work requirements under the welfare law and the granting of legal work status to illegal immigrants.
“(Obama) is not carrying out his constitutional duty and I simply want him to do what he’s required to do by the Constitution,” Rice said.
Do you think this kind of Act has any chance of getting through the House of Representatives or the Senate? If not, what other actions should be taken to hold Obama accountable for his trashing of the Constitution? I’d love to hear from you about this.