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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Unmasking the Imperial Presidency

“Imperial Presidency” perfectly describes what the Obama Administration has become as it increasingly violates the limits on the President’s power that are defined by the U.S. Constitution. Criticisms of how President Obama is overstepping his authority are now being heard from all sides of the political spectrum.

A remarkable 33-page report posted on the internet by the Majority Leader of the House, Eric Cantor, proves how imperial the Obama Administration has become. This easy-to-read report, which can be downloaded by anyone from Eagle Forum’s website, sets forth dozens of examples of how the current occupant of the White House is exercising powers the Constitution doesn’t give him.

This report accurately explains that “there is no excuse for this continuous disregard of legislative authority and the separation of powers.” Yet President Obama and some Democrats even brag about their Imperial Presidency: “the President has proudly acknowledged that he has sometimes acted without Congress.” In direct violation of the fact that the Constitution vests “all” federal legislative powers in Congress, Obama has attempted to impose onerous new global warming regulations on businesses costing billions of dollars and many lost jobs.

Representative Cantor’s online report also explains how president Obama has been ignoring the plain letter of the law and failing to faithfully execute the laws. In direct violation of the successful bipartisan 1996 Welfare Reform Act, Obama unconstitutionally waived the modest work requirement for people who receive welfare handouts. The work requirement in the federal law is an essential protection against abuse of the welfare system. But Obama simply ignored the law and removed the work requirement on his own say-so.

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