Obama’s Supporters Urge Him to Go Rogue and Bulldoze Congress on Wages, Immigration
4 months ago
Over the past couple of weeks, Obama’s supporters have been calling for him to issue executive orders to do two things that Congress won’t: raise the minimum wage and ban the deportation of any of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants.
They want President Obama, in essence, to go rogue. And this wouldn’t be the first time he’s done so:
Last year, he issued a policy banning the deportation of “Dreamers,” young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors.
He redefined interpretations of education and welfare laws.
He also made several tweaks to the health care law, including allowing insurance companies to reinstate customers’ old policies for up to a year.
And don’t forget that he committed the country to military action in both Libya and Syria, without congressional authorization.
Obama is not the first President to use his powers to sidestep Congressional approval. In fact, doing so, to a certain extent, is pretty much accepted. However, Obama’s supporters have come to expect that such actions are so commonplace that he can issue them whenever he wants, for whatever he wants.
Meanwhile, Congress continues to do pretty much nothing as it counts down the days to its unreasonably long winter break. I guess they figure, What’s the use of trying when we have a President who can do whatever he wants?