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5 Ways Obama has Trampled the Constitution.

Posted on: September 18, 2013

I have stated again and again that any other president would have been impeached long ago for what this one has gotten away with.   Today Heritage reports on five things that he has done that a egregious sins against the Constitution of the United States and therefore egregious sins against the people of the United States.  Why do we the people put up with this behavior????   BB


5 Ways Obama Has Trampled the Constitution09/17/2013

Today, the Constitution turns 226 years old. Let’s not forget it states that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

The Obama Administration has done the opposite, turning the law on its head and ignoring constitutional limitations on its power.

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Here are five of the Administration’s largest violations:

1. Changing Obamacare on the fly without congressional action

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that businesses employing 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or pay a fine per uncovered employee. The law schedules this mandate to begin in January 2014. Yet the Administration has already announced that it will put this requirement on hold.

Meanwhile, Congress explicitly considered and rejected proposed amendments to Obamacare that would have created a specific allowance for a congressional health insurance subsidy in the exchanges, and indeed, such an exemption is illegal. But the Administration told Members of Congress and their staffers that it would give them a generous taxpayer-funded subsidy just the same.

Obamacare won’t work as written, and the Administration is just seizing power unilaterally to rewrite it.

2. Implementing the DREAM Act by executive fiat 

Congress has repeatedly considered, and rejected, a bill known as the Dream Act that would effectively grant amnesty to many illegal aliens. Yet in June 2012, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a directive to immigration officials instructing them to defer deportation proceedings against an estimated 1.7 million illegal aliens. Oddly, this happened about a year after President Obama admitted that “the President doesn’t have the authority to simply ignore Congress and say, ‘We’re not going to enforce the laws you’ve passed.’”

3. Making “recess appointments” while the Senate was in session

In January 2012, President Obama made four “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, claiming that the Senate was not available to confirm those appointees. Yet the Senate was not in recess at that time. The Recess Appointments Clause is not an alternative to Senate confirmation and is supposed to be only a stopgap for times when the Senate is unable to provide advice and consent. Eventually, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit struck down the appointments to the NLRB as unconstitutional.

4. Waiving welfare work requirements

In July 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services gutted the work requirements out of the welfare reform law passed in 1996. It notified states of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s “willingness to exercise her waiver authority” so that states may eliminate the work participation requirement of Section 407 of the 1996 reforms. This flatly contradicts the law, which provides that waivers granted under other sections of the law “shall not affect the applicability of section 407 to the State.” Despite this unambiguous language, the Obama Administration continues to flout the law with its “revisionist” interpretation.

5. Encouraging federal contractors to violate the law

The WARN Act requires that federal contractors give 60 days’ notice before a mass layoff or plant closing. Employers who do not give notice are liable for employees’ back pay and benefits as well as additional penalties. With defense-related spending cuts set to start on January 2, 2013, defense contractors should have issued notice by November 2, 2012 (just four days before the presidential election). Yet, the Department of Labor instructed defense contractors not to issue notice for layoffs due to sequestration until after the election—and assured them they would be reimbursed with taxpayer funds for any subsequent liability for violating the law.

One of the Constitution’s strongest features is its simplicity. It doesn’t serve as a laundry list of rights, as many modern constitutions attempt to do. Instead, it lays out a governing framework, divides power among three co-equal branches, and protects Americans from having their rights usurped by an overreaching government.

But for the Constitution to survive the next quarter-century, we need leaders who are dedicated to maintaining it, not stretching it to suit their immediate political needs.


4 Responses to "5 Ways Obama has Trampled the Constitution."

Hi, BB!

Great post. I just wish Congress would do something about this. The Speaker of the House should get some guts.

Great to hear from you Sandy. As of yesterday it seems that weepy Beohner has finally stepped up and is backing the movement to defund Obamacare. A step in the right direction. They plan to fund everything else but the health care monster so if the government shuts down it will be on Obama. Now if the Democrats in the Senate go along it may be possible to stop the worse of the big spending. BB

Brenda, glad to be back. I have recently written so many posts, but by the time I finished each one there was a new news story taking over the headlines, so I didn’t post them. Obama certainly uses the “Chaos” theory to the max. One doesn’t have enough time to respond to the first story before the next one comes along.

Congress, both Parties, are a disgrace to this country . Have you noticed, they screw around all year long, have Congressional Hearings, then take a vacation or recess and come back and move on to the next problem. They never finish what they start. Never!
They have had 3+ years to defund Obamacare (Boehner promised), but look where we are with that?

There are more issues they have written off. Here are just a few reminders: Fast and Furious, Benghazi ( this one doesn’t count according to Hillary “What difference now does it make?”, IRS targeting Political groups like the Tea Party people, then there is the NSA, tracking phone numbers and emails of everyday Americans, claiming not to be listening to the calls or reading the emails, but they are going to save them to disc’s or whatever and store them for years.

Oh, and this type of spying on Americans really came in handy last week when 12 people were killed on the Navy base in DC and the news media put out the wrong name for the shooter. That man’s name will be on the Internet forever, and of course saved in the new warehouses that they started building to hold all this info that the NSA is compiling about the lives of Law abiding Americans (and remember this was started before “We the People” were told about it).

My biggest gripe is they do nothing but give lip service until the last week or day before “it is imperative that they vote on a particular bill” or the sky will fall, or this weeks deal is the Federal Government will completely shut down.

Now, just whom do you think these threats are for? The rich don’t care, they have money, so do our Congressmen and women, and so does Wall Street, the Entertainment industry, the CEO’s. So, who really gives a damn if the Federal Government shuts down? Well, according to Obama, it will be the Armed Services, the Welfare recipients, Social Security, Food Stamp recipients and Pension recipients (it’s the people that all these idiots claim they are trying to help). Now, what happens if Obamacare kicks in, when the next time comes up for a Federal Government shutdown? Will they stop the American Middle Class and the Poor from receiving Healthcare?

Does anyone out there in the real world get it yet? The Federal Government will completely control your life. They are already telling you what to eat, not to smoke, whose fat, how much exercise you should have, what to study in school (Socialism).
They are watching you with the camera’s they have on every corner, they are listening in on your phone calls, and are reading your emails. But Obamacare is the Big One, with that they will decide if you Live or Die.

Ohy Sandy, it is all so much worse than even we who are trying to keep up know! I cry for my grandchildren and the world we have handed them thru our (baby boomers) complacent neglect of what was happen while we were enjoying the good times our parents handed us after the so-called Great Depression and world wars. We totally slept thru Korea and allowed a monster to get nuclear weapons that we now have no idea what to do about as he gives them to other monsters. We allowed our government to turn the Russian government and communism into a boogie man when as Maggie told us and as it happened turned out to be true that communism would simply destroy itself as soon as “other people’s money ran out”. In the meantime fighting this boogie man we allowed our government to grow and grow and the military/industrial complex to dominate and keep money grabbing men to make a career of staying in power in Congress. Now what was started with Wilson and FDRoosevelt, carry forward by Johnson and come of age with evil personified in Obama and the destruction of our country. The entrenched power brokers in Congress claimed to offer an alternative in two elections to Obama but they merely offered a less honest version of the same. yes, Obama at least has been honest with us at times when he promised certain things like, “yes energy prices would go up”. Destroying the oil industry by closing down drilling except on private land which he could not control and now destroying the coal industry by using the EPA and regulations beyond the industries willingness to comply with.
AND, while US power companies are going out of business due to the inability to afford coal our coal is being shipped to other countries to fire their power needs! So much for the “greenies” clean air and global warming. China is putting out more pollution in a year than the US has ever put out in all our existence. The United States is being reduced to a third world country before our eyes with apparently no one to stop the evil. And of course as you say these evil are now wealthy enough to survive anything that happens—money always does survive.

I sam however encouraged by a new breed of young men in congress some of whom may not be corrupted. I had great hopes for Rubio until his cave on immigration when he decided to go along with the old men who had been there too long. Now I am watching Ran Paul and Cruz. Praying that they continue to hold to their principles and don’t fall into line in order to become rich. Maybe if they stick then just maybe…….

Anyhow, like you I keep watching and reading and crying and praying for my country. Much love Honey, happy you are back. BB

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