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7/10/2014

President Obama and Speaker Boehner: ‘Let Her Rip’

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:00 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Today in Austin, the president “let her rip” taking aim at Republicans pushing impeachment or threatening to sue him. According to the president, because he isn’t running for office again he can pretty much say whatever is on his mind:

“‘Sue him! Impeach him!’ Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?” Obama said. “I mean think about that — you’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job, while you don’t do your job? Huh.”

Coincidentally, Speaker Boehner announced today that after the House of Representatives passes a resolution giving itself authorization to sue President Obama, it will then “file suit against the president over his delay of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate”.

In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.

As I’ve said, this isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats; it’s about the Legislative Branch versus the Executive Branch, and above all protecting the Constitution. The Constitution states that the president must faithfully execute the laws, and spells out that only the Legislative Branch has the power to legislate. The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws – at times even boasting about it. He has said that if Congress won’t make the laws he wants, he’ll go ahead and make them himself, and in the case of the employer mandate in his health care law, that’s exactly what he did.

Boehner said the lawsuit was “borne of an obligation to stand up for the Legislative Branch.”

The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws — at times even boasting about it. He has said that if Congress won’t make the laws he wants, he’ll go ahead and make them himself, and in the case of the employer mandate in his health care law, that’s exactly what he did. If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well.

The White House called this a “political stunt” and a waste of taxpayer dollars. No comment, however, about any other seeming political stunt and waste of tax payer dollars.

–Dana

27 Responses to “President Obama and Speaker Boehner: ‘Let Her Rip’”

  1. SARAH PALIN WHO WAS HERSELF HOUNDED OUT OF OFFICE SAYS WE HAVE TO IMPEACH BUT IT’S NOT IRONIC IT’S BECAUSE SMART STRATEGY

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. The former community organizer can’t even organize his thoughts.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  3. Who’s ‘Not Doing Anything’?
    GOP House Has Passed Five Times As Many Bills as Dem Senate.

    Lying whiny president needs to get his story straight.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/whos-not-doing-anything_796039.html

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  4. So once it’s not delayed anymore, the suit is moot?

    dan (b4bbe4)

  5. dan – Has anybody read the suit? Has the suit been filed? Can you double my money on a used car?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  6. Go ahead and try and impeach the president of the united states of america if you got the guts ;but that is what chicken haws lack!

    vota (44ee28)

  7. Seems like all we’ve got is Boehner’s hot air.

    dan (b4bbe4)

  8. Governors should exercise the same authority as obama and refuse to accept the ruling of federal judges that over rule the vote of their state citizens. If it is ok for obama to ignore law it should certainly be ok for states to ignore federal courts.

    Jim (3030a6)

  9. “Seems like all we’ve got is Boehner’s hot air.”

    The only hot air I’m seeing is from dan and vota.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. “Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest.” — King Henry II, 1170 AD

    The role of the King and the role of Thomas Becket can be symbolically superimposed on the various characters in DC in 2014, and it’s in the eye of the beholder of exactly how the pecking order should or shouldn’t be applied.

    Mark (dacbae)

  11. Today in Austin, the president “let her rip” taking aim at Republicans…

    Yawn. Just another day in the Endless Campaign™…

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (51809b)

  12. our #SCOAMF talking about “doing his j*b” should have taken out every irony meter in Known Space….

    to wit:

    @TheDemocrats if you took every bit of labor @BarackObama has done in his worthless life, it wouldn’t carry him to break time in a real j*b

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  13. Dear Speaker Bonehead, you have the purse strings. Use them.

    Glenn (647d76)

  14. Barack Obama, May 8, 2008:

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0805/08/sitroom.01.html

    And I think it’s disappointing, because John McCain always says, well, I’m not going to run that kind of politics. And then to engage in that kind of smear, I think, is unfortunate, particularly since my policy towards Hamas has been no different than his.

    I have said that they are a terrorist organization, that we should not negotiate with them unless they recognize Israel, renounce violence and unless they’re willing to abide by previous accords between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

    To paraphrase, “I will not negotiate with terrorists.”

    Barack Obama, July 10, 2014:

    http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/07/10/obama-us-willing-to-negotiate-israel-cease-fire/

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is telling Israel’s leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

    To paraphrase, “H3llz, yeah, I will negotiate with terrorists.”

    Steve57 (cd4182)

  15. In Obamaland, congress exists to do what the President wants it to do. If they don’t, the President will have to do it.

    Somehow all of those prior Presidents missed this.

    Amphipolis (d3e04f)

  16. In Obamaland, congress exists to do what the President wants it to do. If they don’t, the President will have to do it.

    ∅ said he’s tired of doing all the work himself!

    Hadoop (f7d5ba)

  17. a terrorist is just a friend what Vajajay Jarrett hasn’t answered a linkedin request for yet

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  18. Glenn #13 – explain to me if I am wrong about this, please …

    Without control of the Senate, I do not know how the House Republican majority can unfund anything which has already been appropriated and passed by both Houses …

    Going forward, the House can decide not to fund specific programs – and what is likely to be the result of that ?

    If the Senate changes hands in November, then the House can more reasonably work through the defunding of specific things, by having that explicit wording in future Budget Bills – and, once passed by both House and Senate, Pres’ent Obama is then forced to sign or veto as I understand it …

    Prior to regaining control of the Senate, what can usefully be done by the House Republicans ?

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

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