Gary L. Bauer
VISIT AMERICAN VALUES
Speaking before reporters yesterday during his first cabinet meeting of the year, President Obama reiterated his intention to exercise his executive authority whenever congressional gridlock gets in the way. "We're not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help they need," Obama said, adding "I've got a pen and I've got a phone."
He then listed a number of issues from education to job training that sounded like a full legislative agenda, and he's going to do it all with just his pen and his phone! (Watch him here.)
I can't help but notice that Obama's remarks came just one day after a clear majority of justices on the Supreme Court questioned his authority to decide when the Senate is in session. For more than 200 hundred years, no other president dared to suggest that he knew better than the Senate when the Senate was meeting and when it was not.
Why doesn't Obama just disband Congress and the courts and save taxpayers some money? He is constantly moving the goal posts on Obamacare through executive actions, and he is using EPA regulations to accomplish his climate change agenda.