The Constitutional Lawyer Who Was Unclear on the “Separation of Powers” Concept

Overreach


“I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” – Senator Barack Obama, March 30, 2007

ORLY?

Obama tells Cabinet to find areas open to executive action

President Barack Obama told his Cabinet on Tuesday to look for areas where he might be able to govern by executive action given gridlock in Congress that is hampering his agenda.

In a White House meeting, Obama brought together the top officials in his government a day after conceding that a deadlocked Congress will prompt him to act on his own authority where he can on an immigration overhaul.

Obama said he wants to work with Congress where possible, “but if Congress is unable to do it,” then he said his Cabinet officials and agency heads should look for areas where executive actions can “show some real progress.”

“The people who sent us here, they just don’t feel as if anybody is fighting for them or working them. We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress … but we sure as heck can make sure that the folks back home know that we are pushing their agenda and that we’re working hard on their behalf,” Obama said.

Obama’s comments amounted to a recognition he is unlikely to get substantial legislation through Congress this year ahead of congressional elections in November elections.


Poor little Barry. None of the other reindeer will let him play in their reindeer games. What is the point of being the most powerful man in the world if you can’t make people do what you say?

Let’s take immigration for example. Obama would really love to fix this crisis in the southwest, but he is completely powerless because those racist meanies in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives won’t cooperate. If only the GOPers would do what Obama wants there wouldn’t be any illegal aliens in the United States anymore.

Seriously.

But Obama’s hands are tied. He is helpless. The Republicans are forcing Obama to borrow some of Congress’ power. What else can he do?

/snark

Somebody should tell Obama that all those illegal immigrants are Tea Partiers, then we would see some action. Obama would have the National Park Service putting up barrycades all along the border with signs telling people the United States is closed.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in offices in all 50 states and 47 foreign countries.


Then there is a little-known agency called “Customs and Border Enforcement” (aka the “Border Patrol” and/or “Migra”):

With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.


I’m not sure how many people work for the U.S. Department of Justice but there are quite a few of them. Some of them are federal prosecutors whose job it is to prosecute federal crimes such as illegal immigration. Then there is the army and the rest of the military. That’s a lot of people and they are already on the payroll.

If Obama really wanted to he could use his executive power to shift personnel and resources towards protecting our border and enforcing all of our existing immigration laws. He just doesn’t want to do that. He wants to do it HIS way.

There are 4538 words in the U.S. Constitution, but not one of them is “agenda”. You can look through that entire document and you won’t find anything about a president borrowing Congressional power.

On the other hand, Article 1, section 1 is pretty specific:

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.


I guess they didn’t cover that part in the constitutional law classes that Obama used to teach. Maybe someone should it to him. They might also point out to him that all those big, bad GOP poopy-heads in Congress represent voters too.

Ima gonna stop here cuz I’m really sleepy.

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48 Responses to The Constitutional Lawyer Who Was Unclear on the “Separation of Powers” Concept

  1. The Klown says:

    BTW – The June Swoon is over and the SF Giants are back in first place.

  2. angienc says:

    Actually, the tree chart/separations of powers thing is inaccurate as it subtly implies the Executive branch is higher than the other 2 — the 3 branches should be on the same level as they are EQUAL. The Executive branch isn’t in any way above the other 2, contrary to what the “Constitutional lawyer in the WH” says.

  3. DeniseVB says:

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Don’t these pollsters skew left ? Still, bad numbers for Obama, just wondering why he still registers positively with anyone. Perhaps they should first ask where do you get your news information and weed out the lofos and wingnut partisans on both sides.

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2056

    • Lulu says:

      They are awful. Across the board he is in negative territory. He isn’t “liked” anymore. And the Obamacare “winners”, those with subsidies, are getting nasty letters accusing them of lying. LOL. Even Bronco’s winners are losers. What a clusterfuck this guy is.

  5. lildoggy4u says:

    Then there’s this little known agency I’m just learning of: Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr
    But reading on their website, they claim there were 441 immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America as of June 27, 2014. With lots more from Africa and the Middle East than from anywhere else in the world. However this agency is the processing agency for the crisis at our southern border.

    • Lulu says:

      Everything is being hidden. We won’t know anything numbers-wise until he is out of office. They are playing a Obamacare-type numbers game hiding it or outright lying. But it won’t work this time because they are automatically ASSUMED to be lying or withholding information and the public will only imagine the worst. It really is karma.

      • Ann says:

        That’s just it… do this administration think the next President is going to cover for this idjit? Maybe the next president will “Blame Obama” every single last time something goes wrong? Hehe I’d like to be a fly on the wall at the Obama household the first time that happens.

        On the other hand, I’d really prefer we elect someone that will be in the Presidential Clean-up Business instead of President of the Blame Game Society. As much as I’d like to see Obama’s face with a “Blame Obama” swipe, I’d much rather have a President that gets down to the hard task of solving 16 years of horrible presidenting, instead of blaming a predecessor for all of society’s ills.

  6. piper says:

    Maymo walks his pal – funny video and definitely more impressive than Whiny Pants

  7. The Klown says:

    WaPo:

    It looks like we have officially entered the world of the post-Obama presidency. President Obama’s recent speeches and remarks make it obvious that he is not making any serious effort to govern or to drive world events. Except for covering the basics, he seems to have taken something like an early retirement.

    We can look back at his West Point speech, which may go down in history as his first post-presidency speech, and the endpoint of an Obama foreign policy. During that speech, the president’s reflections on his foreign policy consisted of making excuses and trying to explain himself instead of conveying any forward-looking policy.

    In a campaign style event last week, the president revealed even more of a state of mind that suggests he has checked out. He told the audience that he is “finding lately that I just want to say what’s on my mind.” That sounds more like an idle comment from a retired, unengaged former president than something a president in command would say. Obama then went on to petulantly declare that the reason for his failures is because Republicans “don’t do anything except block me. And call me names.” Can you imagine any other president in our history making that excuse? Remember, President Ronald Reagan had a divided government every day he was in office, but he still managed to work with Congress to pass major legislation. He certainly never whined about being called names by his critics. Neither did Bush 41, Clinton or Bush 43.

    • DandyTIger says:

      How can they tell? I’d like them to show me where he ever was engaged and leading.

    • lyn says:

      That’s the first honest appraisal of Obama in a lap-dog newspaper. Obama always thought he was a special snowflake, and his mere presence would open the clouds of democracy. Dumbass. Can’t wait to read the comments from the Obots.

      • 49erDweet says:

        At some point in time, soon, adult bean counters at two or three major lapdog media sites will ever likely assert control, resulting in earthshaking changes. It may have begun already at WaPo. They are looking at financial suicide if no one takes them seriously, which is where they’ve arrived. Interesting times ahead. Prepare for mass flip flops and total loss of long term memory on the editorial page.

    • Constance says:

      Remember Obama had majorities in both the Senate and House of Reps for the first two year he was in office. If Amnesty for illegals was so important to him he should have rammed it through then. In fact maybe instead of a 2000 page comprehensive health care insurance reform they should have passed a 5000 page unread comprehensive progressive ideology manifesto.

    • 49erDweet says:

      You are actually quoting from the WaPo? Get serious. This isn’t April!

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Well if anyone knows petulant, it is the gang from the Washington Post.
        And of course the Post Expatriates (POX) billing them selves as VOX.

      • threewickets says:

        Bezos is another one of those Silicon Valley libertarians with tons of money.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Let’s see what happens, though I doubt Obama wants to be where the militia’s hanging out these days…..

    • Lulu says:

      It can be cited as just another example of Bronco calling it in. If it isn’t a fundraiser or a dinner party he isn’t interested. This really is essentially what his entire past has been. He shows up, mouths off, shits the bed, then moves on. If it wasn’t the White House (with the attention and lovely perks) and any other job he would have already located another gig and moved on or announced his retirement. He has lost interest (as he has all of his life) when demagogging, lying, weaseling, conning and bait and switching doesn’t give him what he wants at the moment. The public, the Congress, and the courts are breathing down his neck so he will sulk and mouth off. I think his (in)actions with the VA and immigration will be sheer spite.

  9. The Klown says:

    The plot thickens:

    Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.

    Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew Smith’s nomination.

    The source confirmed to The Daily Caller that the White House and IRS officials “were very upset at Senator Grassley and Republicans for blocking a vote on Mary Smith’s nomination.”

    • DandyTIger says:

      I recently heard someone say there will be an independent prosecutor set up despite Holder/Obama because of some new emails congress now has, which will give them no choice. This could get interesting.

      Oh, and all those emails “lost” definitely still exist and can be retrieved. If congress wants anyway.

      • Lulu says:

        Discovery in the two suits against the IRS pending would be faster. Federal judges can be very fast if they want to be. They could order an outside expert (special master) to go in and find them. Will this happen? Don’t know. One is an emergency motion re: spoliation AND discovery hearings on one of the cases is scheduled for July 11. IRS and DOJ done been lying to a fed judge. Then the Judicial Watch case is speeding along too and they were the ones to get some of Lerner’s emails that HAVE been released that Congress couldn’t get.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Emails are not on the hard drive of a computer they are somewhere else. 🙂

    • leslie says:

      And Lois Lerner , et.al. hopes no one ever finds those elusive “lost” emails.

      • Lulu says:

        And there are a lot of somebodies a whole lot more important than a piss ant hack like her who had them hidden. I hope she understand they will throw her to the wolves if they think they need to do so. She is a speck of dust to them.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Oh, poor Hillary …. book sales have slipped 46% this week.

    http://freebeacon.com/blog/hillarys-book-sales-keep-plummeting/

  12. DandyTIger says:

    Beer thirty bell.

  13. westcoaster says:

    “I believe that we can win” Obama chants before a catastrophic loss to Belgium

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