"Imperial presidency" perfectly describes what the Obama administration has become, as it increasingly violates the limits on its power defined by the U.S. Constitution. Criticisms of how President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority are now being heard from all sides of the political spectrum.
A remarkable 33-page report posted on the Internet by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor proves how imperial the Obama administration has become. This easy-to-read report, which can be downloaded by anyone, details dozens of examples where the current occupant of the White House is exercising powers the Constitution doesn't give him.
This report accurately explains that "there is no excuse for this continuous disregard of legislative authority and the Constitutionally-required separation of powers." Yet Obama and some Democrats even brag about their imperial presidency: "The President has proudly acknowledged that he has acted without Congress, contending that he has no other alternative."
Examples of Obama overstepping congressional authority include his creation of new laws outside of the legislative process. In direct violation of the fact that the Constitution vests "all" federal legislative powers in Congress, Obama has attempted to impose onerous new global warming regulations costing billions of dollars and many jobs on businesses, despite the widespread discrediting of liberal hysteria claiming a global warming crisis.
Cantor's online report also explains how Obama has been "ignoring the plain letter of the law and failing to faithfully execute the laws." In direct violation of the successful, bipartisan 1996 Welfare Reform Act, Obama unconstitutionally waived the modest work requirements for people who receive welfare handouts.
The work requirement in the federal law is an essential protection against abuse of the welfare system, but Obama simply ignored the law and removed the work requirement on his own say-so. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the lead perpetrator of the Boston Marathon bombing, was reportedly supported by state welfare benefits, even though he was trained to be a terrorist intent on murdering Americans.
Cantor's report describes how Obama has repeatedly violated immigration laws. Obama acted to "systematically, on an ongoing basis, block illegal aliens from being placed into removal proceedings, stop already-initiated removal proceedings, and end deportations for potentially large numbers of criminal aliens."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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