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Obama’s Power Grabs Create an Imperial Presidency

Kered Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 11:20 AM
I thought republicans would be happy that President Obama was continuing Bush’s power grabbing. Norquist said, “These are all the powers that you don’t want Hillary Clinton to have.” Dianne Feinstein says, “I think it’s very dangerous because other presidents will come along and this sets a precedent for them.” Therefore, she says, “it’s very important that Congress grapple with and make decisions about what our policies should be on torture, rendition, detainees, and wiretapping lest Bush’s claimed right to set the policies, or his policies themselves, become a precedent for future presidents.”
Reginald10 Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 4:36 PM
We didn't like it then, we don't like it now. But stretching a point to defend our country against its sworn enemies, is different from trying to control out country as emperor by ruling by fiat.
Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Ken Klukowski.

In 2010 we published a book arguing that Barack Obama was creating an imperial presidency. The past few months prove that prediction was correct.

First President Obama’s EPA claimed power to create cap-and-trade through new regulations, rather than Congress passing a law. Then Obama’s FCC claimed the power to regulate the Internet, despite a federal appeals court ruling that only Congress could authorize such control through legislation. More recently, Obama’s Department of HHS issued regulations requiring Catholic and Evangelical organizations to violate their religious conscience regarding birth control and abortion-related services.