In another use of executive power to implement his legacy apart from Congress, President Obama has announced that he is going to extend diplomatic recognition to Cuba. We will be re-opening our embassy in Havana, ease travel restrictions, and eliminate economic sanctions against the still-Communist regime. Good idea? Bad idea? What does it mean? [Read more…]
President Obama has issued an executive order protecting some 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.
On what authority, you may ask? He is invoking the principle of “prosecutor discretion,” under which a law enforcement officer may choose, for example, which speeders to chase down. So here the Executive Branch, charged with carrying out the laws passed by the Legislative Branch, is just choosing not to enforce the law against illegal immigrants unless they have committed other crimes. (But in forbidding immigration officials from enforcing the law, isn’t he taking away their “prosecutor discretion”?) [Read more…]
President Obama, having been unable to get his way in Congress and now faced with a Republican majority in both houses, is reportedly preparing to impose immigration reform by executive fiat. granting amnesty to millions of people who are here illegally. [Read more…]
President Obama has embraced the principle of “net neutrality,” meaning that internet providers shouldn’t charge some big-content providers more than others. Towards that end, the President wants to regulate the internet like any other utility. As opposed to just tailoring a specific and limited regulation dealing with the issue. He wants to take over the whole online universe, using a public-utility law written in 1934. [Read more…]
The War Powers Act allows presidents to launch hostilities at their discretion, but they must receive the concurrence of Congress (to which the Constitution gives the authority to declare war) within 60 days. If that doesn’t happen, the president has 30 additional days to end the hostilities. The clock ran out on our war against ISIL on November 6.
President Obama is invoking the authority previously granted to fight the War in Iraq, but legal authorities question its applicability, since that war has been declared over and much of the fighting against ISIL is taking place in Syria. But he could certainly make a good case for fighting those monstrous terrorists. So why doesn’t he?
I suspect that neither the lame duck Congress with the Democratic Senate or the incoming Republican legislative branch wants anything to do with this issue. This leaves the President to, once again, rule by decree. [Read more…]