Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Obama Admits to Heckler That He Doesn't Have the Power to Change Laws All By Himself, But He Has Unilaterally Changed the Obamacare Law
During a speech today on immigration, Obama tells Heckler, "If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so"
by Larry Simons
November 25, 2013
President Obama was in San Francisco today to give a speech on immigration and called on lawmakers in Washington to pass comprehensive reform measures. As Obama was speaking, a young man shouted out, "Our families are separated. I need your help. Please, use your executive order to halt deportations for all 11.5 [million] undocumented immigrants in this country. You have a power to stop deportations for all undocumented families".
Obama turned around and addressed the heckler and said, "Actually, I don’t. And that’s why we’re here".
As the secret service attempted to possibly remove the heckler, Obama said "Don't worry about it guys", and let the people stay.
Obama then said:
"If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. And, so, the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend like I can do something by violating our laws. What I’m proposing is the harder path, which is to use our democratic process to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve. But it won’t be as easy as just shouting. It requires us lobbying and getting it done".
Interesting. So, Obama knows the law after all. He knows that he cannot unilaterally change laws just by his spoken word. He knows it takes Congress to make and amend laws and that he [the President] has no power on his own. Wouldn't it have been nice if Obama had applied this same reasoning to the Affordable Care Act?
Imagine if, when a particular group pressured Obama to change or delay a provision in the Obamacare law, he had responded, "But I can't. That would be a violation of our laws and I have no power to do so". Wouldn't that have been wonderful? But that is not what happened. Obama unilaterally delayed portions of the ACA without any Congressional amendment to the law.
Why is Obama suddenly interested in abiding by the law now? Because immigration doesn't pile money into government coffers and it does not increase the power and size of the government. Government is supposed to make sure illegal immigrants are deported. But health care, that is an issue in which government is not supposed to control and it will bring in millions and millions of tax dollars.
Obama then turns around to the young man again and says, "I'm ready to work with you. But, it is going to require work. It is not simply a matter of us just saying 'we're gonna violate the law. That's not our tradition'".
No, Obama only violates laws by decree when it's over issues he is pressured on by his own political party or will inflate the size of government on a massive scale. Immigration? Who cares about that? Just the ones affected...no big deal. That's why Obama is interested in democracy all of a sudden. He has nothing to gain by it.
I actually agree with Obama's deportation policy. This is one area where my libertarian views may fall to the wayside. But that is beside the point. If Obama cares about obeying laws so as to follow the rule of law, that should apply to every law, not just controversial ones.
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