DEMOCRATS URGING President Obama to “go big” in his executive order on immigration might pause to consider the following scenario:
It is 2017. Newly elected President Ted Cruz (R) insists he has won a mandate to repeal Obamacare. The Senate, narrowly back in Democratic hands, disagrees. Mr. Cruz instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to collect a fine from anyone who opts out of the individual mandate to buy health insurance, thereby neutering a key element of the program. It is a matter of prosecutorial discretion, Mr. Cruz explains; tax cheats are defrauding the government of billions, and he wants the IRS to concentrate on them. Of course, he is willing to modify his order as soon as Congress agrees to fix what he considers a “broken” health system.
That is not a perfect analogy to Mr. Obama’s proposed action on immigration. But it captures the unilateral spirit that Mr. Obama seems to have embraced since Republicans swept to victory in the midterm elections. He is vowing to go it alone on immigration. On Iran, he is reportedly designing an agreement that he need not bring to Congress. He already has gone that route on climate change with China.
The legal or constitutional case for each is different, but the rationales overlap: Congress is broken, so Mr. Obama must act. Two-thirds of Americans did not vote in the midterms, and the president must represent them, too. He has tried compromise, and the Republicans spurned him.
Democrats are full of shit. So is the Washington Post. How soon they forget that Obama campaigned as a “constitutional scholar” who would restore much-needed separation of powers limitations on the executive branch. As soon as Obama took office he behaved as if he was elected dictator.
It’s not like we don’t have immigration laws on the books. The problem is they haven’t been enforced and as a result the situation has gotten out of control. Oh sure, we can amnesty our way out of the current mess, but unless we start putting some teeth into enforcing border security we’ll just be setting up another crisis 10-20 years down the road.
The media, Big Business and the Beltway elites like to tout polls showing that the majority of the voters favor immigration reform don’t ever define “reform.” But in deep blue Oregon earlier this month the voters went 2-1 AGAINST letting illegal immigrants get drivers licenses.
I wish I could say with confidence that a President Cruz would never abuse the power of the presidency because he is a strict constitutionalist. The fact is I don’t trust anyone with that kind of power – even me. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Apparently the majority of the people who voted this month agree with me. That’s why they elected Republicans to counterbalance Obama.
I guess Jon Gruber was wrong. The voters aren’t so stupid after all.