Friday, February 14, 2014

Like President Richard Nixon, like President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama is defying the law. There may well be no will political or otherwise to impeach this president. But however it is done, Congress — that specifically means the purse-controlling House — cannot just sit there and do nothing.

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Should the President Be Impeached?

The Obama Precedent and defunding the IRS.
By 2.13.14

Should the President be impeached?
For setting the Obama Precedent?
Also known as those multiple of multiples of arbitrary changes to Obamacare? And launching the IRS on employers who refuse to hire fifty employees so they can avoid paying for health care? Not to mention using the IRS and the full power of the federal government to harass and intimidate all those Tea Party groups?
The headline in the Los Angeles Times, reads this way:
U.S. to further delay Obamacare employer mandate
One of countless stories on the subject appearing all across the media landscape the Times version began this way:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration again delayed a requirement that large employers provide their workers with health benefits, offering businesses more relief from the president's health law deadlines.
Let’s move ahead three years. To 2017 and this news story:
Washington, January 21, 2017
President Ted Cruz, citing what he called “The Obama Precedent” today unilaterally repealed Roe v. Wade, once again making abortion illegal in the United States.
The White House briefing room erupted in a chorus of anger as the President’s new press secretary joked that “the President found former President Obama’s pen and telephone hidden in a safe underneath a floorboard in the Oval Office.” The White House spokesman cracked that the safe had a note addressed “Dear Hillary” and held the safe’s combination.
The comment, a reference to the defeated 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, drew a scathing rebuke from a number of reporters who asked if the former Secretary of State’s narrow, 44-state loss to Cruz was cause for humor.”
Democrats immediately assailed the move, with a furious Senate minority leader Harry Reid saying: “The president is rewriting law on a whim.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi led a group of female legislators on a protest outside the White House.
Former President Obama, vacationing in Hawaii, had no comment.
If American history teaches anything, it is that the warning to be “careful what you wish for” is one of the nation’s hard truths.
Perhaps one of the more spectacular episodes of being careful what you wish for was the campaign by liberals to destroy the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas. Insisting that the vacancy caused by the resignation of then-Justice Thurgood Marshall — the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court — meant there had to be a black nominee to replace Marshall, liberals of the day were stunned to get their wish. President Bush 41 nominated Thomas, a Reagan conservative and a black man. Furious, the Left compounded their “be careful what you wish for” problem by wheeling out Anita Hill to accuse Thomas of sexual harassment. “Women tell the truth” went the angry liberal mantra as feminists rallied to Hill.


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