Boehner’s law suit to define Executive Branch powers

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2014 – With Congress’ summer recess looming, the next two weeks will be very interesting: House Speaker John Boehner has limited time to move his lawsuit against President Obama forward.


READ ALSO: Precedence shows Obama should be taking Boehner’s suit seriously


The suit is over the President’s alleged unlawful use of executive orders in order to selectively enforce laws and not enforce laws, and generally to use executive order to move forward his agenda, which Boehner considers politically motivated.

Obama claims that obstructionist Senate Republican who will not work with him are the reason he needs to act unilaterally.


Boehner’s office released a draft resolution outlining the suit on Thursday. The suit says that the President overstepped his executive powers when he chose to delay enforcement of the Affordable Care Act provision that says firms with more than 50 employees must provide health insurance coverage to their workers.

President Obama then granted a second delay to businesses employing 50 to 99 workers, extending their time to comply. Due to the flaws in the ACA that placed an undue burden on those employers, Republicans also supported the delays, but they argue that the president and Congress must act together to change the law. They do not support Obama’s decision to do it himself, creating a slippery slope that allows the executive to choose which laws to enforce and when. That power would essentially allow Obama, and future presidents, to unilaterally re-write the law.


READ ALSO: John Boehner’s red line: Framing the presidential lawsuit


Republicans consider this a symptom of Obama’s larger overreach; if Nixon was imperial, they consider Obama positively monarchical. They want to check Obama’s unilateral use of power; while Republicans and Democrats alike supported delaying ACA’s “employer mandate,” the next “executive action” may not be as palatable.

Boehner and Republicans are not generally calling for impeachment. Boehner is not supporting a recent cry by Sarah Palin, who asked when Republicans in Congress will develop the “cojones” to impeach the president.

Instead, Boehner hopes the “impeachers” will join him on the lawsuit that will, he hopes, limit the use of Executive Orders for all presidents to come.

“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well,” Boehner said on Thursday. “The House has an obligation to stand up for the legislative branch, and the Constitution, and that is exactly what we will do.”

The Supreme Court has taken a stand against presidential overreach, unanimously declaring Obama’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Board illegal, and unanimously rejecting his administration’s stance on searching cell phones and bulk collecting data, calling it a violation of the Fourth Amendment. In Hobby Lobby, a divided court put limits on the ACA’s power to dictate types of health insurance coverage, and House Republicans will use ACA as the wedge against executive orders.


READ ALSO: Johnny the joke: Boehner’s lawsuit is Republican “Shadow Theater”


By filing this suit, Boehner will help to quiet those Republicans who say he is doing nothing to protect the Constitution, while avoiding creation of impeachment chatter, in contrast to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi several years ago when she called for President George W. Bush to be impeached over the Iraq war.

Pelosi’s call for impeachment seems to have been due to the unpopularity of the war in Iraq rather than in any specific violation of the law by the Bush Administration.

The U.S. Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 with heavy bipartisan support. U.N. Resolution 1441 unanimously passed on November 8, 2002, giving Iraq “a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations” that had been set out in several previous resolutions.” Iraq’s failure to comply with U.N. investigators gave the U.S. the legal justification to invade.

The Constitution specifies that impeachment of a president is for “high crimes and misdemeanors.” During the Bush presidency, some legal scholars suggested that an indictable offense wasn’t necessary to launch impeachment against an inept or dangerous administration. The idea of making impeachment equivalent to a parliamentary vote of “no confidence” is antithetical to our system of government, however, and it is not likely that Americans will support an overtly political attempt to impeach even an unpopular president.

Boehner has undoubtedly calculated that movement in the direction of impeachment will further divide the parties and America, making an already weak government entirely ineffective at a time of crisis, at home and abroad. Impeachment without a clear, indictable offense would create an ugly wound on the body politic that would take years or decades to heal, muster support for an unpopular president, and cause more harm than good.

The law suit, however, might be a defining moment for the divided government and people. It may help establish in court some clear limits on presidential authority to use executive orders for more than administrative, ministerial ends. At the least the GOP will hope it ensures that there will be no “pen and phone” actions out of the White House during this recess.

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  • Al Legory

    There is some truth here as Palin accuses House Republicans of having no “cojones.”

    • jkubin

      Ha!

    • Richye Maran

      Does not matter how big your balls are if your stuck on stupid…

  • John_Sellers

    These people don’t get it. Why all the stupid game playing instead of getting in their and putting forth some old fashioned quality work?

    This country has enough problems to solve without all the foolishness.

    Come on people! Do some real work for a change!

    I think this law suit is a huge and stupid waste of time and resources.

    • jkubin

      But what do you think John will happen if a President, in the future uses the same executive privilege to pass a law you don’t like. Its not the law that is the problem it is how he passed the law – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EISWIY9bG8 I suggest you watch this. Its catchy and it reminds us how its supposed to work. I don’t think either group is doing what they are supposed to, but I don’t want to see a president with unilateral power. That seems dangerous to me.

      • Laffing Crow

        A President can’t use “executive privilege” to “pass a law”. That’s not what this is about and what you’re saying is impossible. Laws are passed in the Legislative branch. Obama has been delaying enforcement not changing or passing laws.

        • pitriver

          Immigration law says if you come here illegally you will be deported. Obama does no enforce that law but instead has a catch and release program he decided on. He gave amnesty to the illegal children already here, and now thousands more are coming because they don’t enforce the law already on the books.

          • michael t. stirling

            Here’s what the president can’t do.

            He can’t bar people from applying for political asylum. Those guidelines are set by the United Nations Refugee Convention, which the United States has signed.

            The President can’t increase the number eligible for green cards because their spouses or parents are U.S. citizens. Such matters are set by law. Though some immigration advocates have argued spouses and children shouldn’t count toward 140,000 limit on employment-based green cards, whether the President can make that kind of change unilaterally is murky territory.

            Obama also can’t just eliminate judicial review for people ordered deported — such a move would violate the Constitution. Nor can he just load up all undocumented immigrants on a bus and deport them without some sort of legal hearing. That type of action also would violate the law. The Constitution says that all persons have due process rights in the U.S. whether they are from another country or the U.S.

            And, for those hoping for (or fearing) a blanket executive action legalizing all undocumented immigrants, no, the President can’t do that either. There’s a law for that.

          • Gaian

            The illegal alien criminals currently being given aid and comfort by the Obama administration are not “refugees”. There is no declared war or natural disaster in their countries and they are not escaping persecution. The “refugee” line is inapplicable and the UN doesn’t run the US. These illegals can receive their “hearing” en masse and then be placed on American troopships for return to their countries. The bill for their care and transportation can come out of the ridiculous amount of money we send to their crime-infested countries.

      • congressive

        What, EXACTLY, don’t you flagellants get about this chart?!?!? This “journalist” and all those claiming Obama is “out of control” and “abusing executive orders” can’t be that friggin’ BLIND!

        • Chris McCormick

          You have to remember these people have a base they count on for votes, and sadly their base majority only reads the headlines and does not educate itself on the big picture thus their trusted leaders, the very Representatives that have screwed them over time and time again (think WI Governer Scott Walker for starters) well these so called Representatives who work for big business primarily just tell them a simple one line lie and get it posted by the media and walla their base buy’s it word for word hook line and sinker ….even though its based on no truth whats so ever…….scary huh, and thats half of the American populous…yikes. Now you know why so many educated liberals want gun control, you’ve got no minds like that using these poor souls as weapons for their REAL agenda which is bought and paid for by the largest corporations domestic and foreign buying their election by working up the uneducated one line readers with lies and propaganda, and cloaking it as a conservative agenda which pretends to be looking out for you and your kids by preying on your worst fears while using your own religion to gain their trust….frightening….

  • Jack Reacher

    A house divided will never stand. Enough is enough – It’s time for America to take a stand against the government’s behavior

    • congressive

      Gibberish. Obama has fewer executive orders than any president in a hundred years, Republican or Democrat. Enough is enough – it’s time idiotic lies and childish, fact-free tantrums like yours and Boehner’s had legal consequences. Like ALL other citizens, if Boehner loses, he should have to pay the legal bill PERSONALLY.

      • Bob

        Fewer Executive Orders, surely, legal Executive Orders? Not so much…..
        The Supreme Court has reversed his orders over and over again.
        Just because he tries to circumvent the legal system doesn’t mean Boehner should stand and watch.
        You’d think as a lawyer he’d know better. Guess not.
        Need someone to pay the bill for this?
        You’ve got your hand in the wrong cookie jar.

  • The development of the so called “liberal agenda ” under this guy ,Obama ,has done more to divide this country and dilute the integrity of this country than anything I have witnessed in my lifetime.What a shame this man became our President.What a total fool!

    • SuperWittySmitty

      I think he’s doing fine, and you sound slightly hysterical. After the disaster of 8 years under Bush, who left this country like it was a wreck in a ditch on the side of the road, President Obama has done a great job getting us back on track and marginalizing the kooky right wingnuts. Looking forward to the rest of his term and then eight years of President Clinton.

      • Wall street caused the 2008 fall not Bush.I guess all the illegals coming over are invited to your home? I’m not hysterical.Just waiting for the other shoe to drop of this Bozo.

        • cgallaway2000

          Wall Street caused it after the Bush Administration pushed for and signed relaxed legislation as well as curtailing the SEC’s enforcement power through attrition and funding.

          • So now ,all this artificial propping up of the market with pumping $$(off the printer) adding to the deficit for the sake of wall street ‘fat cats’ doesn’t bother you?

          • cgallaway2000

            It does bother me. I was against the bailout of the banks, but at the same time understood it. I don’t believe it had anything to do with keeping the banks making money, I think it had to do with ensuring our foreign “Friends” didn’t lose out on their investments, in a bid to keep foreign countries and investors from pulling their money out (which would help cause more panic in the market) and it kept at bay the notion that those foreign governments would turn on us.

          • Right .We can spin it any way we want ;its still “artificial”-the illusion of prosperity (smoke & mirrors)

          • cgallaway2000

            I wasn’t disagreeing with you. And some other things that are artificially propping up corporate America….Tax cuts, deductions for corporations, allowing corporations to agree to a fine instead of litigation and criminal proceedings (usually for far less than they made by breaking the law), treating money earned on investments as reduced tax income (unless of course, it is a 401k or an IRA) for people who’s main income comes from buying and selling stock.

            The Stock market has always been an illusion of prosperity. Although, in the beginning, for a few months, it was for companies to gain capital to build things, then it became a commodity with none of the bonds actually being paid back.

          • Insightful!

        • redeemed626

          I can trace my family’s lineage in this country to 1620 Virginia, yet I can guarantee you there are folks coming across the border who would do more for this country than you have or likely ever will.

          • How do you know ? That was a very stupid comment! You can guarantee? Speak for yourself! How do you know what I’ve been thur or what I have accomplished? What an arrogant ,stupid statement!

        • SuperWittySmitty

          We had eight years of Bush’s conservative economic policies, with tax cuts for the rich and two very expensive wars that drove us deeply into debt. Bush has to take the blame for a big chunk of our economic problems, and it will take more than eight years to dig ourselves out of the mess he left us.

          • Thanks Smitty,no doubt some truth.But where has the deficit gone in 6 yrs.? Obama ,his Lib. party just love to play the “victim” of some one else’s actions.I mean have you seen a
            more scandalous,untrustworthy administration? I have found it a benefit to me to take responsibility for what I say and do,and not blame you because “you made me”do/say it.

      • Tuco75

        “I think he’s doing fine”. So you are part of that idiotic 40% approval rating. What a good Obamabot you are your dear leader will be pleased with you.

        • cgallaway2000

          nice name calling, surely that must mean your point is more valid // end sarcasm

          • Gaian

            You should be looking at Chris McCormack’s comments if you have a complaint about name-calling.

          • cgallaway2000

            I haven’t read all of his posts, though the few I did was generalizing and not personal.

        • SuperWittySmitty

          No, I’m pretty well-informed, and I am more than capable of making critical and independent decisions on my own. In the acidic environment where the President is working, with deep-seated and irrational hatred towards him (even before he took office!) I think he’s doing fine. Sure, I wish he could do more, and he’s not perfect, but I can’t think of anyone whom I’d rather see in the White House right now. I look forward to the next President, hopefully Mrs. Clinton, to continue in the same progressive direction, while exposing the hypocrisy and the hollowness of the right-wing agenda.

          • Tuco75

            Wow. I really don’t think we are talking about the same person because the person I a talking about has no clue what he’s doing and breaks the law every chance he gets. keep living in your dream world Nancy I hope you get better soon.

      • Wheresthetransparency

        Pull your head out of your butt and get yourself informed as to what is going on here.i dont know if america will survive until 2016.if obama has his way,i know it wont

        • SuperWittySmitty

          Are you illiterate, or just unable to type? Either way, it makes you look like a dummy and not someone worth debating.

      • Chris McCormick

        Your my friend and you dont even know me…lol I cannot wait to see the look on the republicans faces when another Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the next election and we get to stuff their neoconservative muck right back in their lying prejudice little faces with a True Blue Girl running the show….take that RedNecks.

    • thinkingstraight

      I don’t get your vague complaints? What has he done to divide the country? Press for health care reform or ask people of means to pay a tax rate that 20 years ago was considered normal? What does “dilute the integrity of this country” even mean? Simply flesh out what bothers you so we can understand and perhaps respond.

    • Chris McCormick

      Its called in the name of Freedom, with Liberty and Justice for All, ….and,… All men are created Equal, sorry if that hurts where you come from.

      • It’s about right and wrong not about equality.You want the “right” to be evil and perverted.

  • enmukeeenmukee

    So it is ok for Boehner to sue Obama for delaying enforcement of the Affordable Care Act provision, the very same provision Republicans did not want enforced? No, it is not, it is hypocritical. Playing silly political games while refusing to his job is all what Loser Boehner is capable of.
    Ms Kubin, please stick to travel and culinary highlights.

    • robert

      correct his the problem

  • robert

    who pays for this lawsuit?
    let me guess, not Boehner, not congress, oh yeah we do, must be nice to be on the gravy train where you pay for nothing get paid very well, pension and government healthcare for life, and do nothing when you are at work (I use that term loosely)…We need to get rid of everyone of these worthless clowns, but as we know most will be re-elected by the dumb voters of America.

    • Elli7000

      I’d like to know who boehner will be paying to handle this.

  • Mickey Dawson

    Obama accuses the House of failing to act on passing laws but never mentions the 280 bills the house passed that dirty harry has refused to allow a vote on. Why is that ok??? The house needs to stop the unilateral liberalization of this country by a president who does not have the countries best interests in mind. If he did the VA would be working correctly, Lois Lerner would be in jail, Andrew Tahmorissi would not be in a Mexican jail for 130 days and 57,000 illegals would not be in our country looking for a handout.

    • thinkoutofthebox

      So is it ok for the Bonner to leave bills on his desk from the senate? Why is it that rebloodlicans will not look at the issue as a hole and only point out the lies from Faux news. Learn to do some research and respond with more information. I am not a fan of either party. But I hate to see people respond with partial information.

      • Bad Apple

        Wow. Some of you closet Democrats sure are adorable. After that rant and then say “I am not a fan of either party” sure is telling. I’ll bet you tell people “Well, I have plenty of black friends…..” Whiny, fence-sitters.

    • thinkingstraight

      Look, the democrats have the majority in the senate and the repubs in the House. Neither wants to allow the other side to get their way. That is the truth. Really, who cares if Sen Reid allows the vote, it wont pass in a Democratic Senate. To me its crazy for Boehner to simply keep passing these partisan bills that have no chance. Why don’t they meet and compromise so that something can go forward. Boehner and Reid continue to spit into the wind.

    • JesusChristSuperstrain

      I totally agree with you that Obama does not have the best interests of this country in mind. If he did, Bush’s and Cheney’s heads would be on pikes in front of the Washington Monument.

      Obama has done nothing to stand up to the seething evil of the Republican Party and has wasted many incredible opportunities to heal this country by holding accountable the criminals who tried and continue to try to destroy it; replacing a sovereign nation with feudal-corporations.

      Bush and Cheney in front of a firing squad, on live television. That is where Obama should start.

  • ImaMsFit

    The GOP will do anything to make Obama look bad. They beat dead horses, Bengazi, to embarrass the current administration and make Hillary look bad. They blow more smoke than a hookah. If they got busy and build a platform acceptable to the American people, the vast majority of the American people, they could win midterms and move forward. There are just too many people losing ground to buy into the persistent stalling activities of the last 6 years. Put the time, energy, and money into making the government work more smoothly. The current state of DC is ridiculous.!

  • Pressed Rat and Warthog

    Yeah right. No judge in his right mind is going to want to get involved in a Constitutional dispute between Congress and the President.

    The courts will have a quick LOLOL over this and then refuse it on some basis like no jurisdiction or some such technicality.

    Can you say WASTE OF TIME?

    • retired_sandman

      Actually, it will be “no standing to sue”. I mean this is really frivolous. Courts have ruled on things like this before. They’ve said, “look congress… you can cut off money, you can impeach & remove. now go deal with your problem as you see fit.”. It’s a basic american principle that “everyone gets his day in court.”. But this is a really, really dumb law suit.

  • Mike

    An asinine argument by the author. While I dislike our Government’s lack of doing anything, Obama has a small record for Executive Orders and, in the case that the brilliant Boehner brings, no one had a problem with the decision. GOP is clutching at straws.

    • retired_sandman

      Not the number of orders, but what he did with them. He’s been slapped down unanimously 13 times by the supremes including by his own appointees.

      A willful failure to execute the laws as he pledged in his oath of office is grounds for removal. Lying to the american public served as one of the counts against Nixon as well and there’s plenty of that here. We don’t know what happened at the IRS because his attorney general refuses to appoint a special prosecutor, but 75% of the american public believes the emails were destroyed on purpose in a cover-up. You can’t get 75% of americans to agree about anything.

      His behavior is corrosive to belief in government and the rule of law. He needs to go.

      • thinkoutofthebox

        You must have your head in the sand. Any of the people in government are working against us. The in fighting is just an excuse to keep us occupied while they run off with the money. The only way to change is to change all of them and put in new people who will change back the laws that are destroying the country.

        • merka

          Agree 100%

      • AlanInSF

        We know exactly what happened at the IRS — they asked organizations that were applying for a tax exemption as a non-political group to prove they were eligible for it. For some reason, the IRS thought that groups with the words “Tea Party” in their name might be political.

      • SolomonSanford

        Horseschit.

        • robertsgt40

          Shilling tonite?

      • congressive

        You can get 90% of Americans to agree on gun control background checks. You can get 80% of all Americans to agree that preconditions should be covered.

        YOUR behavior is corrosive to belief in government and the rule of law. If “crimes” are committed, you can BET Issa will be peeing in his pants over filing the charges, so your accusations are pure libel. But, hey, be thankful you live in a country where you are free to make up lies about your government.

  • retired_sandman

    Impeachment and removal is the appropriate response. A willful failure to faithfully execute the laws as outlined in the oath of office is ample reason. Heck, lying to the american people was one of the counts against Nixon, and there’s plenty of that here also.

    • thinkoutofthebox

      If impeachment is the appropriate response .. Why did we not impeach Bush? He lied to us many times over about the Iraq war. Nothing was ever done to him. Look how many soldiers died and the cost of the worthless war. You have to be fair and no president can have special treatment.

      Also, if you want to see how that changed the country look up the patriot act and such laws that changed the country during the bush years. Every 8 years we lose more and more of our freedom. The fighting is only to hide what laws are really being passed. .

      • bobwhite1935

        Your president voted for the war in iraq along with most democrats when he was a member of Congress. Bush didn’t just declare war on his own & you know it.

    • SolomonSanford

      Read a BOOK ferchrissakes.

    • AlanInSF

      Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any President of the past 50 years. Reagan issued 50% more executive orders than Obama.

  • Steve Redmond

    Yeah go for impeachment and waste your time and money. Losers always gripe but the GOP and its Tea partier wing have taken griping to a new level. Complainers international should be their byline. It’s hard to remember anything [positive these mean spirited folks have said ever. They can bring that attitude to the table in the impeachment hearings which should be a a ral media circus. Just what they want. Will the Koch brothers be funding this lunacy? Hopefully they can’t take it off their taxes.

  • Gianni R

    All I hear is WAHH WAHH WAHH by the Republicans. They look like a whiny bunch of old white men who are afraid of a black man.

    • pitriver

      What black man? Obama is one of each, so you choose.

    • Bad Apple

      When will you dolts understand he’s biracial and not black? Ever? I doubt it. I guess color matters more than fact. Hmmm……sounds like the definition of a racist to me

      • Gianni R

        Seriously? Republicans see Obama as a white president also? You have got to be kidding me. They do not see such thing.

    • Gaian

      Why are you such a racist? Nothing useful to add to the conversation?

  • Chris McCormick

    Boehner, is as crazy as the rest except he’s really only there to control the wacko’s, so thank you for that, why do you think the democrats didnt mention the fact that congress is responsible for the VA oversight commitee, and that they are the ones who didnt do their job, or maybe did, if saving money was your main objective (as Congress always expounds) then simply letting dying men dye, without care makes sense from their perspective. But seriously, Boehner is the guy controlling the loony tunes so don’t get too worked up over this, as most things congress complain about and make to be something, this will dissipate into nothing once again, just as soon as the wackos vote for their favorite neoconservative extremist and elections are won and the loony tunes are left griping in their beer, thank God they arn’t educated….lol

    • Bad Apple

      As someone who has actually MET and SPOKEN with Obama (before he was elected Senate) and Boehner (chance 2012 meeting in DC), I’ll clearly give Boehner the lead as far as intelligence is concerned. I know, I know….silly me for going to the sources and examining the evidence before I express an opinion. Some of you people should try it instead of speaking from your respective camps.

      • Chris McCormick

        The uneducated I was talking about were the neo conservative right wing nuts that will be out in troves voting in November, and as far as education goes, The President Mr. Obama is a constitutional law professor so Im pretty sure he’s got John Boehner beat there, I mean who’s suing who over the fact that this president has issued less executive orders than any other president since Grover Cleveland…I wouldn’t be bragging up Boehner with sense like that, but the truth is Boehner is only appeasing his uneducated voter base (those of whom I refered) thats why he’s making up a scandal that isnt even real, because his party has to appease the nuts somehow and still get their vote come November, so he gives the uneducated something to b*tch about.

        • Gaian

          Do you have any proof that Obama has a diploma from college and is in fact a “Constitutional Law Professor”? No transcript from his so-called college years has ever been released. It is understood though that he did apply for tuition aid as a foreign student..

          • Chris McCormick

            Oh My God, next thing you’ll be telling me is he isnt an American citizen but from Africa and has no right to be the president, Im sorry but you’ll have to get your own education, the amount of information needed to bring a right winger up to speed is almost too much, considering their unwillingness to accept basic immutable facts, its really a no win situation at best, as our congress has proven, thats what happens when you elect the uneducated to serve as your representative, you get comments like “during rape a woman’s body has a way of shutting that whole thing down” Im sorry your party is too insane and base for me to think they can be reasoned with, seriously.

  • Gene Glass

    Boehner= tea party puppet…AKA moron

  • robertsgt40

    Obama should’ve been impeached the day he gave Bush a free pass for war crimes.

    • SolomonSanford

      Grow up.

    • James Cook

      Welcome to the President’s Club, where all previous presidents get pardon for stupidity….

    • Bad Apple

      Tell me, what flavor is the Kool-AId?

      • robertsgt40

        What’s it like being brain dead troll? I can see why you’re called bad apple

        • Bad Apple

          Nice. Now say something about my mother.
          You Dems sure are adorable.

  • SolomonSanford

    Nothing makes me GIDDIER than to see the GOP self-destruct.

    • robertsgt40

      Yup. It’s a race to the bottom for both parties. You’re a little dense to notice.

  • nutjob2

    Republicans would rather waste taxpayer money on show trials (Benghazi, IRS, now this) than actually do something useful. Disabilities treaty that the US created and promoted and was ratified around the world? Nope, can’t do that. Violence against women legislation. Nope can’t do that. Funding our national highway system? Nope can’t do that.

    But funding for endless political theatre to try to rile up its base for the small prize of winning the Senate? Yes! Endless funds for that!

  • Bob

    Obama should take the stand of compromise — but instead of saying, “I’ll compromise with you”, he should say: “Take the power away from me” and require that 2/3 of congress approve any bill they create. That way he doesn’t even need to sign the bill, it just goes into law.

    He then can spend the next two years golfing. Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

    And if Congress, with this directive, cannot still get anything done… Obama can just sit back and laugh at them with the rest of the country.

  • pitriver

    What’s racist about what I said?

    • H.R. Paperstacks

      I don’t know…every unfactual statement you made that had no constructive use?!

  • Rider Alvin

    Fire all the GOP congress they are useless. We are paying them to do nothing and just misguiding the country.

  • Rider Alvin

    You need to do your job congress, the president is just doing it due to your inactions. YOu are all useless anyway.

  • redeemed626

    Don’t bother “joining the discussion” on this website. They are taking down critical comments as fast as they are posted. The truth hurts.

    • jkubin

      No that is not true. You can argue that you don’t agree. You can provide reasons why you believe Republicans are wrong, but when you attack me personally, or any writer, we remove them.

  • Elli7000

    So if the President rescinds the order to delay the mandate, is the lawsuit settled? Or must we wait until 10s of millions of dollars are wasted on lawyers as congressman Issa and republican AGs who also investigate and sue.

  • congressive

    Yeah, he looks completely out of control to me.

    • Gilvo

      Boom there it is. Nice find. Is this thing accurate?

    • bachcole

      Numbers are not as important as the orders themselves. Perhaps Harding used an executive order to declare February 11th National Tomato Day. And perhaps Obama used an executive order saying that we would not deport illegals under the age of 15. Big difference. But thanks for the graph anyway.

      • thinkingstraight

        But the problem cuts both ways, if Congress in its infinite wisdom decides to not address a humanitarian crisis and the President, within his powers, offers help. I guess the Congress could say but we told you no, so we are going to sue you. Seems to me the President has a point.

    • jkubin

      It is not the use of executive orders, it is the use of executive orders to enact laws that ultimately move a political agenda forward. Watch this video. It explains how the three branches of government work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5M50xBz1cU

      • thinkingstraight

        I keep thinking what the Republicans in Congress are really saying is “Its not what you said, its how you said it that bothers us.”

  • Devildoc68

    Bonehead and his cronies are the most pathetic Congress this country has ever had. All they do is find fault and do absolutely nothing for this country. How Repukelicans keep voting these jerks back into office is only a sign that Jeff Foxworthy would be embarrassed to make.

  • Gilvo

    Why is it that all we hear about is how the GOP is attacking the presidency? Is that all they do anymore?

  • bachcole

    Throw the anti-constitutional bum out any way you can.

  • merka

    Focus is on Obama, and not the shadowy, blant-disregard-for-the-constitution CIA? Priorities skewed, methinks.