The pas de deux between the Republican Congress and the Democratic president and Senate can get old pretty quickly. The Republican House passes repeal of Obamacare. The Senate either kills it or Obama vetoes it. The Republican House passes spending cuts. The Senate ... you get the drift.
The only way to break the deadlock and proceed with the urgent task of rolling back the Obama agenda is to use three key confrontations to do so:
-- The debt-limit extension.
-- The demands of states for more bailouts.
-- The 2012 budget.
The need to repeal his radical agenda is ever more apparent as it unfolds further. The legislative enactments were bad enough. But now Obama is using his executive authority to implement anything he couldn't get through even his Democrat-dominated Congress.
By administrative order, the EPA is about to impose a carbon tax more draconian than the aborted cap-and-trade legislation. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is reversing the Dana decision, which requires secret ballots in union elections. Having failed to pass the card-check legislation, the board will impose it by a party-line three-to-two vote.
And now Health and Human Services is about to reimburse end-of-life advice from physicians, even though this was specifically deleted from the health care bill to assure its passage.
Finally, the Federal Communications Commission is about to impose regulations on talk radio requiring locally produced programs, shortening the license period to four years (from eight) and reigning in conservative programming. It is also using the rubric of net neutrality to regulate the Internet.
These administrative rulings are Obama II and will be as far-reaching as Obama I but will not enjoy the sanction of legislative approval.
And there is plenty from Obama I that needs changing. Obamacare must be repealed or its funding and implementation blocked. We must move ahead with cuts in domestic discretionary spending and block-grant Medicaid to bring down the budget deficit to about 3 percent of gross domestic product.
So how do we roll all this back?
We need to use the tools at hand. The three bills Obama must pass are our leverage. The Republican House needs to demand rollbacks in his legislative agenda and curbs on his executive actions as the price for permitting the government to operate.