While certainly not the first instance of Obama threatening to bypass Congress, this was probably the one that caught everyone’s attention (of course, except those in the main stream media).
“Believe me; doing things on my own is very tempting.”
That little sentence scares the livin’ snot out of me. How can someone who purports to be a Constitutional scholar really believe this is a good way to govern? What is even scarier is the crowd chanting its approval. Are these people really Americans? Do they really want to live in nation where power is even more centralized than it is now? Maybe they should move to Venezuela or Iran to get a taste of what it is like to live under a dictator.
At least he acknowledges, with a chuckle I might add, “that’s not how our democracy works.”
Later, while speaking to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, he doubled down on his desire to basically be a dictator.
“As I mentioned when I was at La Raza a few weeks, back, I wish I had a magic wand and could make this all happen on my own,” Obama told a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “There are times where – until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again – I’d like to work m way around Congress.”
As he continued, Obama conceded that “we’ve got laws on the books that have to be upheld.” But he quickly added there are different ways to uphold the laws on the books. “You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important,” Obama said. Last month, the administration made a major, unilateral change in immigration law enforcement when it announced that the government will not initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants unless they have committed serious crimes. To critics, Obama had indeed worked his way around Congress. To the Hispanic Caucus, Obama said his new policy will “prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not student trying to achieve the American dream.” (Source: Washington Examiner)
The pace has increased.
Just recently, Obama has decided to “help” homeowners who are having difficulties with their mortgages.
The Obama administration has been working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to find ways to make it easier for borrowers to switch to cheaper loans even if they have little to no equity in their homes.
The FHFA intends to loosen the terms of the two-year-old Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), which helps borrowers who have been making mortgages payments on time but who have been able to refinance as their homes values have dropped. (Source: Reuters)
Of course, no one is mentioning that the real estate freefall that has been underway for the past four years is a direct result of Fannie and Freddie run-amuck. Giving these institutions the freedom to act the way they did during the first decade of this new century is a recipe for disaster.
In Denver, CO, Obama is expected to unveil plans to change how student loans are handled. This will include reducing the amount owed, the actual interest rates, and the number of years until the loan will no longer be paid on. Obama is going to do all of this without Congressional approval.
Is it possible that Obama is taking baby steps here, just seeing how far across the line he can stretch before he gets whacked by the SCOTUS or by Congress? Is it possible he is testing the American people to see just how much we will tolerate his ever-increasing power grab?
I actually happen to think he is doing this on purpose. With a compliant media not willing to call him on his adventures in dictatorship, he probably believes that he has a clear path. And there are members of Congress like Jesse Jackson, Jr., calling on him to act like a dictator and do things without the approval of Congress, including giving everyone that is current unemployed a $40K a year job. To spend that kind of money requires Congressional approval and Jackson is telling him to screw Congress and do what you want to do. And with democrats in Congress and elsewhere shouting from the mountain tops that Republicans are to blame for the continuing unemployment because they won’t pass his massive Stimulus III (aka: Obama’s Jobs Bill), he actually might be able to pull it off.
And what happens in 2012 when he gets trounced in the presidential race? Do you think it might be possible that he would try to consolidate his power so much that he would declare the elections invalid? It could happen. What if there was a natural disaster of significant magnitude? It would be useable, but completely unpredictable. Better yet would be widespread voter fraud. There have numerous cases across the country, too many to even begin to mention here, although I will say most have been centered on democrats. If voter fraud was determined to be widespread enough do you think he would have the cajones to try and negate the results? I happen to think so.