Unrestrained liberalism is expensive. That’s no big deal when you have a Democrat Congress willing to hike taxes, but it’s a problem when you’re staring down Republicans. So, what do you do if you’re President Obama? The Affordable Care Act was supposed to pay for itself, but that’s looking less likely by the day. Amnesty costs are spiraling out of control. What to do…what to do…
Well, seeing as how his executive actions have been so successful, why not go back to the well once again? According to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, that’s exactly what Obama is thinking about. “The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans.” He went on to say that while there was no announcement coming in the next few days, “the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally.”
These actions, it should be noted, are being pushed by “Independent” Senator Bernie Sanders, who happens to be one of the most liberal members of Congress. He sent a letter to the treasury secretary identifying several executive actions the IRS could take that would close corporate loopholes. These actions, Sanders claims, would provide a significant windfall for the federal government and allow them to start putting more money towards infrastructure improvements.
A Sad Lack of Resistance
Obama would rather see Congress pass a corporate tax hike, but if he doesn’t get any satisfaction from lawmakers, he’ll be happy to take matters into his own hands. This, by the way, is what happens when you don’t have a significant opposition party in Washington D.C. Oh, sure, they slam the president in press conferences. The Republicans get really fired up about the president’s immigration actions in their campaign commercials. And they know just how to make it look like they’re doing something about it.
But they aren’t. We have very few legislators willing to put their careers on the line to stop this president’s lawlessness. Why, they might lose some of their corporate funding if they were to do that. They might lose the Hispanic vote. Can’t take that chance. Have to work together. Compromise. Show America that Republicans are the party that can get things done. Unfortunately, they can’t even do that; they have been mocked mercilessly in the media for this Department of Homeland Security debacle.
Ted Cruz said last week that the next 20 months would be very dangerous. Obama doesn’t have any more elections to win. We call the president a lame duck once he gets to this stage in his presidency, but Obama is not ready to kick back and let Congress take the reins. He is not finished with his hope and change. Not by a long shot. A Republican Congress was supposed to keep him in check, but there’s no evidence we’re any better off today than we were last year.
Might want to tuck some extra money away, guys and gals. Rethink that summer getaway. The bill for President Barack Obama is about to come due.