It looks like people on both sides of the aisle are getting tired of the president “making it up as he goes along” and changing laws at will… the big question, will that frustration lead anywhere.
President Obama has repeatedly pledged, “If Congress refuses to act, I’ll do everything in my power to act without them,” and as he makes good on his promise it’s sparking criticism from both the right and left.
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week, GOP lawmakers repeatedly expressed frustration with the president’s end-runs around Congress on everything from non-enforcement of immigration laws to massive re-writes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says the president, “doesn’t have a debate in the Oval Office about what he wants to do,” adding, “he does what he wants to do, and then you no longer have representative democracy.”
George Washington University law professor and Obama supporter Jonathan Turley says he’s troubled by the expansion of executive power under both President George W. Bush and now President Obama.
“The problem of what the president is doing is that he is not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system; he is becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid: that is, the concentration of power in any single branch,” he said.
Turley’s comments came as part of his testimony before the committee.
Article II of the U.S. Constitution calls on the president to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, says that’s exactly what President Obama is doing by modifying the ACA so that the law can be successfully implemented.
Lazarus also testified before the committee.