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On the health-care mandate,
Obama reaches beyond the law

Washington Post, by Ronald D. Rotunda

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Posted By:toledo, 7/19/2013 7:10:23 AM

Old-time monarchies and modern dictators govern by decree. Not so in the United States, where the Constitution does not give the president such power. So it is fair to wonder what authorized President Obama to “suspend” the portion of the Affordable Care Act that imposes a health-care mandate on employers. There are times when the president can issue decrees that have the force of law. For example, Congress may legislate that certain things will or will not happen unless the president issues certain findings.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lancelink1, 7/19/2013 8:21:22 AM     (No. 9431749)

Psssssst. The man child thinks he is king.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: alpha91c, 7/19/2013 8:22:55 AM     (No. 9431753)

He can do it because he is Obama, and his wish is the governments command. Years ago he explained the he did not think much of the constitution, as written.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 7/19/2013 8:30:25 AM     (No. 9431769)

You better hail the King or impeach him.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pineledger, 7/19/2013 8:32:49 AM     (No. 9431771)

Nobody has ever denied him anything. That´s the problem in a nutshell.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mathman, 7/19/2013 9:42:32 AM     (No. 9431857)

Give me a break.
Obama cannot reach beyond the law.
He is the law.
He is the One.
He will lead us to paradise. He said so.
So of course Zippy governs by decree. That is what dictators do. And that is the Chicago way. And soon we will go the way of Detroit.
You read it here first.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/19/2013 9:44:49 AM     (No. 9431863)

Sometimes I think I am the only one that remembers that Obama WENT TO WAR in Libya without even asking Congress for a resolution.

If he can start wars on his own authority - why is anyone surprised when he ignores the law?

Someone dig up Nixon and apologize, if we let this Maroon get away with his stuff.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/19/2013 9:46:04 AM     (No. 9431869)

#1
Unless he is stopped, he is a de facto king.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stryker714, 7/19/2013 10:27:41 AM     (No. 9431943)

Well didn´t Thomas Friedman fantasize outloud about Obama thinking outside the box, breaking and making laws at will to get things done? So Obama is just working to make his dream come true. The sacrifice of the many, the Constitution for the good of the one.

Would it be unreasonable to assume that with the enormous quantity of laws Obama has broken at will, uncontested, that he has no intention of leaving the office in 2016? From Alinsky Rules to Bill Ayers etc not adhering to any laws is their thing. They must be laughing their donkeys off behind closed doors at what they are getting away with.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: maryc, 7/19/2013 10:28:42 AM     (No. 9431945)

It´s called Tyranny.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 7/19/2013 10:38:36 AM     (No. 9431958)

Wow, a REAL Constitutional Law Professor with some facts and knowledge. Who would have thought this could happen in the WaPo. Kind of makes barry look rather small. petty and just plain stupid.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 7/19/2013 10:45:59 AM     (No. 9431968)

Kinda funny coming from the people that have been the inabler for the lying, anti-americian anti-constitutional president. It is 100% the fault of the WP.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 7/19/2013 11:13:54 AM     (No. 9432004)

Obama is playing "freeze the ball until time runs out". When he named people to positions during the time Congress was adjourned it cost us the time for three courts, all of which declared his action unconsitutional. In the meantime things have changed and it makes no difference.

The Reublicans in the House and Senate are also playing "freeze the ball". There is nothing else they can do. It´s going to be tough to freeze it for three and a half years. Especially with Republican voters screaming for some action that will give us victory now, not understanding the game that is being played.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Arby, 7/19/2013 11:26:46 AM     (No. 9432019)

Love will find a way, love of self that is.

He thinks he´s an emperor. That´s why the hard left wants to change the constitution and that´s why they invoke it tirelessly and loudly when the republicans are in power.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: texas_gop, 7/19/2013 12:55:04 PM     (No. 9432150)

He knows that no one will call him on anything for fear of being called racist and violence in the streets. Dems and libs will just circle the wagons while the media yawns and turn their heads and see nothing wrong.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDc, 7/19/2013 9:14:45 PM     (No. 9433007)

12 -voting for immigration amnesty is not freezing the ball, it´s sleeping with the enemy.

If the repubs actually just froze the ball, wewouldn´t be screaming down a vortex to a disaster.



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Reply 16 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/19/2013 9:48:56 PM     (No. 9433035)

#13, yes, Obama does think he´s an emperor. When is somebody going to point out that the emperor has no clothes on?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 7/19/2013 10:16:35 PM     (No. 9433063)

So what? Who is going to stop BO from doing exactly what he pleases? Bring to the courts? It will take a year or two and the delay will already be over making any decision moot. Congress might act in unison to stop BO but it is clear that crazy Harry Reid will take no action against BO no matter what he does.

So WHO will stop BO?

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