…when those who believe they have the authority to do whatever they want meet the reality of the moment. The scales fall from the eyes of the electorate and the facade fades away.Obama has in the past decried that our Constitution handcuffed him from doing what he wanted to do. Unfortunately, McConnell and Boehner handed Obama the key to those cuffs. They’ve turned the Congress into the Reichstag, nest they’ll set it on fire.
Obama “Very Interested” In Raising Taxes Through Executive Action
“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action. [snip]
The power to tax lies in the House as must all money bills. That is in the Constitution.
ObamaCare originated in the Senate which makes it unconstitutional. Obama has no authority to raise taxes or issue Social Security cards. Drivers licenses are the purview of the states. Congress, that feckless batch of RINO’s, did and does nothing to stop him.
Actually Boehner has tried to run roughshod over House members to give Obama what he wants, even going so far as to enlisting Pelosi’s help to pass legislation.
Sanders sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Friday identifying a number of executive actions he believes the IRS could take, without any input from Congress, that would close loopholes currently used by corporations. In the past, IRS lawyers have been hesitant to use executive actions to raise significant amounts of revenue, but that same calculation has change in other federal agencies since Obama became president.
Obama’s preferred option would be for Congress to pass a corporate tax hike that would fund liberal infrastructure projects like mass transit. But if Congress fails to do as Obama wishes, just as Congress has failed to pass the immigration reforms that Obama prefers, Obama could take actions unilaterally instead. This past November, for example, Obama gave work permits, Social Security Numbers, and drivers licenses to approximately 4 million illegal immigrants.
Those immigration actions, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will raise federal deficits by $8.8 billion over the next ten years.
Boehner expected to allow vote on clean DHS bill as soon as Wednesday
House Speaker John Boehner is expected to move soon — as early as Wednesday — to bring up the clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a vote on the House floor, according to two House GOP sources familiar with leadership discussions.
The plan is for a Republican member to bring up the Senate bill as a “privileged resolution,” which would mean it would get relatively quick vote on the House floor. Sources say leaders are still working out the timing, and who would offer the resolution to begin the process.
Although under House rules a Democrat could try to force this vote, these sources say it will be a House Republican who will move to proceed with the vote on the funding bill.
Conservatives have been demanding a conference committee with the House and Senate to work out the differences on the DHS spending bill. But on Monday, as expected, Senate Democrats voted to block any effort to set up a conference committee. [snip]