President Obama has declared victory in the economic sphere, pointing to decreased budget deficits and slowed growth in the cost of health care. We may now, he said, dispense with “mindless austerity” when it comes to government spending. But, as Fred Hiatt points out, such optimism is fine “if your horizon is Jan. 20, 2017.” However, if you look beyond that, we are in deep trouble. [Read more…]
President Obama had said that since Congress won’t pass immigration reform, he will push it through using executive action. Though he had said he would do so by the end of the summer, he has decided to wait until after the midterm elections in November. He and other Democrats are worried that if he grants some kind of amnesty to illegal immigrants, which he is apparently planning to do, the public outcry would be so great that it would hurt Democrats in the elections.
But if they think the American people are going to react that way, why are they still going to do it? And do they really think the public is so stupid that voters who would be up in arms over this issue would vote for Democrats, knowing their post-election plans? And if the President is doing this in the name of a noble principle, why doesn’t he just do it, instead of playing politics with the issue? Isn’t this an embarrassingly cynical political game? Interestingly, now even immigration activists feel betrayed. [Read more…]
Karen DeYoung and Dan Balz of the Washington Post give a litany of everything that has been going wrong in our foreign policy lately and marvel at President Obama’s admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet.” [Read more…]
Hillary Clinton played the role of a loyal soldier when she was Secretary of State, but now that she is not working for the administration and now that she is gearing up for a presidential run, she is harshly criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy, promising to be more forceful, proactive, and hawkish. I wonder how the left wing of the Democratic party will take this. [Read more…]
The Constitution’s balance of powers is re-asserting itself. President Obama had been appointing officials that need Senate approval by doing so during holidays when Senators were out of town. Since the Constitution allows for temporary appointments when the Senate is in recess (back when the Senate was a part time body with long periods between sessions), the President claimed these short holiday breaks constituted a “recess,” even though the Senate was still in session.
The Supreme Court has ruled–unanimously!–that these appointments are illegal. The Judicial branch is reining in the Executive Branch in its attempts to exert its power at the expense of the Legislative branch. The Constitution still works. [Read more…]
President Obama has signed an executive order forbidding anyone with a federal contract from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The effect may be to cut off faith-based charities and institutions from participating in government projects or receiving federal funds. After the jump, what this may mean from a Catholic point of view. [Read more…]