“YOU’RE GOING TO SUE ME FOR DOING MY JOB?”
U.S. President Barack Obama mocked a “Republican” lawsuit against him – as well as GOP critics calling for his impeachment.
“You hear some of them … ‘Sue him! Impeach him!'” Obama said during a trip to Texas. “Really? Really? For what? You’re going to sue me for doing my job?”
GOP leaders – including House Speaker John Boehner – are suing Obama for executive overreach, arguing his administration’s implementation of socialized medicine legislation has usurped power intended for the legislative branch.
“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,” Boehner said in a statement. “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.”
Is Boehner right?
Well, yes …
Obama has made drastic, unilateral changes to his signature domestic “achievement” – and done so in an effort to temporarily minimize its economic and political fallout.
In fact, in what could qualify as a preamble to the forthcoming suit we wrote thusly back in December …
Obama seems to think he is entitled to rewrite legislation on his own – without approval from Congress (all so his party can win a mid-term election). That’s flagrantly unconstitutional, and Obama needs to be called out for it. Obama and his allies made their beds when they passed Obamacare … but now they’re trampling all over the Constitution in an effort not to sleep in those beds.
Whether you like Obama (or Obamacare) is irrelevant to this discussion: This discussion is about the rule of law – and whether it still exists in America. Seriously … what’s the point in passing laws if they can be arbitrarily rewritten at an individual’s whim?
Needless to say this website has as much contempt for Boehner as it does for Obama, so it gives us no great pleasure to agree with him. Of course while he may be advancing a credible suit, Boehner’s history of supporting many of Obama’s left-leaning policies (as well as his perpetual accommodation of the Obama administration when push comes to shove) doesn’t inspire much confidence.
Seriously … the best way for Obama to save his skin in this (or any scandal) is to have a bunch of hypocritical, big government “Republicans” come at him.
The GOP suit may also be a tactical mistake as it draws the narrative away from Obama’s gravest scandal – the flagrantly Nixonian targeting of limited government groups by his Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Oh, and the subsequent cover-up.