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Obama the usurper’s pen is mightier than Congress

By Robert Romano

“[W]e are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.”

That was Barack Obama speaking at a Cabinet meeting on January 14, just hours before the U.S. Senate failed to advance twin proposals to extend long-term unemployment benefits, one by a year at a cost of $17 billion, and another for three months at $6.4 billion.

Obama continued, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone — and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward…”

Was Obama anticipating that Senate Republicans were about to defeat those measures? Was he threatening that he would just extend unemployment benefits all on his own without any vote in Congress should members fail to act?

Certainly, the Senate vote was one of the only pieces of upcoming legislation he referenced: “Congress is going to have some additional work over the course of the next several weeks; specifically, it’s important that they do something about unemployment insurance.”

The only other bill he mentioned was immigration reform, yet, there are no scheduled votes on that any time soon. They could be months away, if at all.

But who knows what Obama might have meant?

After all, this is the same administration that issued a regulation requiring religious-affiliated institutions like hospitals, colleges and charities to provide contraception even if it violates their own teachings — an egregious violation of the freedom of religion under the First Amendment.

There was nothing in the health care law that allowed it. Obama just did it. Now, unsurprisingly, it’s kicking its way through the Supreme Court.

Obama pretended a congressional recess into existence to make radical appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB appointments too are now being considered by the Supreme Court.

His Federal Housing Finance Administration arbitrarily allowed Fannie and Freddie mortgages that are 25 percent higher than market value to be refinanced when the law placing the GSEs in conservatorship never allowed it. The law explicitly stated that the refi’s shall “not exceed 90 percent of the appraised value of the property to which such mortgage relates.”

He ordered an attack on Libya without so much as consulting with Congress. He considered one in Syria and nearly pulled the trigger.

His Justice Department took on the role of a court and declared the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional, and refused to defend the law when that was its role — whether it agreed with it or not.

His EPA arbitrarily declared carbon dioxide, a gas essential to life itself, to be a “harmful pollutant” covered under the Clean Air Act, even though Congress never amended that law to include carbon emissions.

His Federal Reserve printed $1.25 trillion out of thin air to buy back dodgy securities from banks that bet poorly on U.S. housing, including $442.7 billion that was given to foreign banks. Even today, the Fed continues purchasing government and mortgage bonds in a $900 billion a year subsidy to banks.

Last year, it was revealed that the administration was continuing to implement a National Security Agency program gathering records on every American, using the Patriot Act as a legal justification even though the author of the law, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), says the blanket surveillance is expressly forbidden by that law, not to mention the U.S. Constitution. This is another one working its way up to the Supreme Court.

The Treasury and the IRS, not content with its ad-hoc persecution of tea party groups, the day after Thanksgiving issued a regulation rewriting rules surrounding 501(c)4 tax-exempt organizations all with one aim, to silence political opponents. Once finalized, expect it to be instantly fast-tracked into federal courts, too.

Most recently, his EPA preempted Pebble Mine’s application for a mining permit — rejecting it prior to even the submission of a mining plan by its owner — all in circumvention of the rigorous guidelines set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act.

All this without any votes in Congress.

But let’s be fair. Sometimes, Obama has not been alone in claiming executive powers. Along the way, Congress has helped give him some, too.

The Dodd-Frank financial takeover created a permanent bailout-takeover fund, giving the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation nearly limitless powers to levy assessments on bank holding and insurance companies, and to seize, liquidate, and redistribute whatever companies the government deems to be “systemically risky”.

The individual mandate under Obamacare will allow faceless bureaucrats to funnel tens of millions of Americans from their private health plans into government-run health plans.

One could go on and on.

It’s not a question of whether Obama’s pen is mightier than Congress. He’s out there proving it every day. The question is what Congress is going to do about it.

Robert Romano is the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government. 

  • Ronald F. Price

    I don’t think there is any question based on the facts presented here that Obama is intent upon increasing his tyranny and over riding the U.S. Congress in his quest to be a dictator over the American People. Obama spend thrift administration is driving our country into bankruptcy. The Fed is printing money at the rate of 85 billion dollars a month to by bonds, which inflating the money supply and devaluing the dollar. The U.S has a trade deficit of over half a trillion dollars a year, we are giving money (almost a trillion dollars) to the IMF to sure up the European economy and other fund the economies of other nations. We have unfunded entitlements in excess of a hundred trillion dollars and yet we continue to spend spend spend. Obama must be impeached and removed from office!

  • Marcopolo

    Ron, I appreciate and share your frustration. However, Congress/both houses of government have to share this point of view.
    It’s not in their best interest to do so, and “we the people” who put them into office are complacent, ill or unaware, apathetic, or are benefiting from their behavior.
    Both parties are one, and this is just theater come election time. The ride to the bottom isn’t over. All you can do for yourself and family is “assume the crash position”; that is have a plan to survive the inevitable outcome.

  • Richard

    With just this short, incomplete list of unconstitutional, illegal acts by Obama and his administration, it seems that there is plenty of justification for outright impeachment. This incompetent, corrupt, lawless, unpatriotic fool needs to be thrown out of office. I do not know if this country can afford to wait until January 2017 to get rid of him and his Gestapo! I have lost almost all faith in the average American voter after putting this idiot back in office after four-years of an obviously terrible track record!

  • WilliamSpires

    Does America have to be completely destroyed by this spawn of Satan known as Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama before congress asks the question, “are we governed by the U.S. Constitution or by Obama’s executive orders”. If congress will not do their job then send the useless idiots home and at least save the wasted salaries while we are sliding into oblivion.

  • Art Hock

    The illegal alien in the White House should be joining the last 3 Illinois governors in Prison for all of his treasons.

  • Mad Mike

    Obama should be impeached for his announced violation of his oath of office! Executive orders cannot be used to circumvent the congress and allow any president to assume their legislative powers, duties and function. The congress not only exists to create and pass laws, it also exists as a deterant to the tyranny of an over reaching executive branch, or senate, or supreme court. The house of representatives is exactly that, the elected representatives of the people. They are there just as much to protect the public from “bad laws, excessive spending by government, and gardians of the constitution! When they refuse to pass certain laws, they are not acting as a “do nothing congress” as accused by the president and the press. They are doing exactly what we sent them to Washington to do, to refuse to pass unwise measures or laws. Obama is “usurping” their constitutional powers, and he is breaking the law. He must be impeached or removed. He is a “threat” to our freedom and our republic. Obama must go!

  • bahndon

    Congress is more interested in being re-elected than doing what is correct for the nation !!!!

  • yaki534

    The senate wouldn’t comply.

  • Myrtle Linder

    It all comes down to the dirty hand holding the pen and the dirtier mind of the illegal Kenyan alien, guiding, the dirty hand..


    Intersting thought? The unions in Wsconsin succeeded in creating a Recall on the highest executive office of the state to which thankfully Gov. Walker survived the recall and stayed in office. In Colorado many legilative postitions where recalled and sucessfully removed. Since we are a gov. by the people for the people why can we not as a people begin recalls starting in the house, senate and all the way up the line of those that fail to represent the people and follow the constitution of the United States of America to stop the destruction of America. If the House of rep. and Senate are not doing their jobs to protect the people that they represent is it not idealogical to put together recalls for all those reps wether it be democrat or republican or ind. and recall those reps that are not representing our intersts and protecting us from a tyranical usurper whom believes he has the power of the house of rep. the senate and executive branch all in one, (FOLKS THATS CALLED A DICTATOR). So i have a question for anyone with much more knowledge than me why can’t we as a people just start recall pettitiond for all thoses senators and represenatives that fail to do their job. Get a recall together by many people that are unhappy, should be a lot since so many do not have jobs or insurrance. Replace those not doing their jobs with someone who will, then do the same for the top branch? After all isn’t it for we the people??? With all the lies and misdeeds and possible high treason a misdemeanors carried out by the White House and the the other branches failing to keep the gov in check why can’t we the people rise up with a peaceful recall???

    After all we where sold a bill of goods before the election that was a complete fraud, take a look a 2007 election campaign speaches, Obama said overspending the taxpayers monies is unconstitutional, but when Obama gets in office he puts us in more debt than any other administration in history, a lie to get elected. there are many of items just like this before election and doing differntly after being elected and how about equal treatment for all americans, all i see is division since 2008. I’m very sad a scared for our people, black, white, brown, yelow or red, we are all red blooded americans underneath yet it seems since 2008 there has division has been created from this presidency a division purposely from the top. Its destroying our county. come on people we have to come together and save what was the best country on earth from becoming a divided, unemployed failing third world communist country. Bad thing about debt. sooner or later someone is going to call in their notes, what happens to or country then?? What are those whom loaned this admin. all the monies going to want? And will our dollar survive all the printing of monies out of thin air?? CAN RECALLS BE SUCCESSFUL? I’d like to hear any thoughts on it. Thanks for reading my thoughts and God Bless America

  • Death2Unions

    Hey Obonehead, we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights and we know how to use them.

  • duelles

    We are chided not to hand out money to homeless beggars as it teaches them not go to shelters or food banks. Why should the chronic unemployed be any different?

  • John C

    Yep, members of congress seem to believe they are entitled to be reelected and have their title and perks if just the little people would leave them alone. Don’t these insignificant people realize who they are!?


    OUR pen to get Congress to impeach you for being a liar, thief and believing YOU are the chief is MUCH stronger, larger than your puny mouth!!! Just who on God’s green Earth do you think you are???? Perhaps it is time Congress does it’s job and show you how effective you have been and how much you are admired!!!

  • AuntDot

    Someone has to teach Congress… the lesson??? AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST!!! I thought it was simple, am I wrong???

  • Edward Heldman III

    Time to impeach this idiot traitor after supporting the Taliban and putting our country at risk. The list goes on as to why this self-appointed King should be impeached but for me that was the final straw…enough of this Muslim terrorist King!

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