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