There were more orders at President Obama’s last State of the Union address than at a McDonald’s drive thru with a 99 cent Big Mac special. President Obama has made it clear that if Congress won’t make the laws, then he will step up and make the laws all by himself.
The President has seized the power abdicated by a weak do-nothing Congress. With old-guard stalwarts like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), the Congress has become business as usual where they don’t want to work too hard in a mid-term election year, or a Presidential election year, or the years in between elections for that matter.
President Obama seems to be able to do anything. He wants to unilaterally raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for all employees of federal contractors. The reality is raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors will have a very little difference because the earliest it could take place is 2015, and it would only apply to new federal government contracts. If the President decided to amend by executive fiat all federal contracts, he would have much more than just my employer mandate lawsuit to deal with. Every federal contractor will take him to court for raising their costs without consent. Considering that many federal contractors are Obama supporters, he doesn’t want to upset the base. So I doubt that this executive order even gets off the ground.
Next the President said he will “act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects.” What the President meant to say is that there’s no money for these projects in the Federal Highway Trust so he’s going to make a few executive orders and act tough.
The funny thing is that the one item on President Obama’s agenda that he asked Congress to do, close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, he can actually do himself with an executive order. Deciding whether Guantanamo stays open is actually a proper function of an executive order.
Yet despite some of these what-will-be empty promises, several of the President’s executive orders have plenty of teeth, especially when it comes to Obamacare. President Obama issued an executive order changing the reporting date from October 15 to November 15, when health insurers will have to tell consumers what their rates will be next year in 2015 as a result of Obamacare. There’s a little thing called the midterm election that happens during that month delay, and I have a hunch that the election probably had something to do with the date being changed.
Then there was a little thing called the employer mandate, which was basically half of his entire healthcare law (the other half being the individual mandate). Since his big business donors thought that the employer mandate might hurt business profitability (which it would), the President decided to cancel the entire employer mandate law until after the election, and start in 2015.
This President has not made his intentions hidden. He has stated numerous times that he will act on his own. If you don’t agree with him, he doesn’t care. He will do whatever he wants anyway.
Its funny when you describe someone who doesn’t listen to a word you say, tries to be cute and funny whenever he’s in trouble, and who’ll do whatever he wants whenever he wants no matter what anyone else says, you might think of a child. Those are not the characteristics you want in an executive-order-happy President.