Forbes rips Obama’s executive-power promises

Published 9:14pm Wednesday, January 29, 2014

‘A disconnect’

After he vowed to sidestep Congress with executive orders, implored Americans to continue moving forward despite gridlock in Washington and trumpeted the improving economy, Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday was scathingly critiqued by Suffolk’s voice in the House of Representatives.

The president described numerous instances in which he would circumvent lawmakers, including closing the gap between rich and poor, stoking the fires of economic recovery and ensuring no new sanctions are levied on Iran after it agreed to turn away from nuclear arms.

He said he was “eager” to work with Congress on “a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class,” but added, “America does not stand still, and neither will I.

“So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Though extolling the efforts and sacrifices of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama said “American diplomacy, backed by the threat of force,” was helping rid Syria of chemical weapons, supporting peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and was not just halting but rolling back Iran’s nuclear program.

Here, Obama again said that he would circumvent Congress with his executive signature: “The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it.”

Speaking via phone after the speech, Congressman Randy Forbes indicated the president was violating the rule of law, which would have “consequences for generations to come.” He contrasted Obama’s attitude toward the use of executive power to George Washington’s, who during the new nation’s first presidency was asked to work outside Congress to pay troops.

“They wanted him to discard the rule of law … because they felt the end justified the means,” the Republican said. “(But) Washington said ‘No.’”

Regarding the president’s go-it-alone attitude, Forbes said, “I think the American people are getting very concerned about that.”

Forbes slammed Obama’s foreign policy credentials, saying, “If you took a dart and threw it at a map of the world, wherever the dart hit you would not find where his foreign policy has been successful.”

In a statement, Scott Rigell, a fellow Republican congressman in Hampton Roads, echoed Forbes’ view that Obama is overreaching: “By advancing his agenda with an end-run around Congress, the President weakens the structure framed by our Constitution, and that which is so essential to good governance.

“Americans voted in favor of a government that operates within a system of checks and balances, and the president does not have the authority to work around the law.”

Senator Tim Kaine’s remarks didn’t mention executive power.

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 — a major announcement in the president’s speech and one that would require Republican support — “is exactly the boost our country needs,” the Democrat said in a statement. Other steps are also required to “restore economic security for hardworking Americans and their families and help long-term job seekers find work,” he added.

Obama’s speech also celebrated America’s approaching energy independence while declaring climate change “is a fact.”

He pressed the importance of immigration reform, bemoaned gender inequality and said he would keep trying to reduce gun violence. He cited troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and urged fulfillment of his promise to close Guantanamo Bay.

He also defended the heavily criticized Affordable Care Act, which he said had extended coverage to more than 3 million Americans under the age of 26 while more than 9 million had signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid.

He said Republicans should tell Americans how the overhaul could be improved rather than seek to dismantle it: “Let’s not have another 40-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans.”

But whether the legislation is repealed and replaced or “massively reformed” is just semantics, Forbes said, adding Americans “need to know it’s been an abysmal failure.”

“What the American people want us to do is fix the problems,” Forbes said. “But they are massive, and it’s going to require a massive change in the direction this bill originally had.”

“I think most Americans felt a little bit of a disconnect tonight between what the president said and the fact (if) you look at the most recent polling, only a third feel better off than when the President was elected,” the congressman added.

“They are frustrated because they don’t feel like either Congress or the president gives them what they demand.”

  • So What

    wmtp in defense of the liv and ijigit catagory you decide which one you march in lock step with so to be fair and balanced you make the call… listen up now….
    I don’t doubt Obama has issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors. He has also had fewer cabinet meetings, press conferences any number of other actual duties of the President. The only thing the man will do before 10 o’clock in the morning is go to fund raisers. Just think of the damage he could do if he wasn’t so lazy.

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  • So What

    the president is promising to circumvent Congress if he doesn’t get his way. fetal position insert thumb bawahhhhh This sounds like a bully who asks for your lunch money instead of just taking it. Either way, you’re giving him under duress something that isn’t his.

    but but im here to save us all from he problems he had nothing to do with right
    On the other hand, if Obama is promising to do something that is legally and ethically legitimate, then why doesn’t he just do it? Why is there a need to drum up support for doing things collectively that he is already empowered to do individually? He is now fond of sermonizing, “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.” Okay, great. Instead of talking about it, why don’t you just use them, Mr. President? In fact, are you telling us that you could have saved us from a stagnating economy all this time by just writing some stuff and making some phone calls? Heck, why didn’t you do all of this back in 2008?

    Mr. Obama, Mr Sorreto is promising us a “Year of Action.” Given the track record, this is a bit like Justin Bieber promising a year of sobriety. But more importantly, why not just save us the suspense and fast-forward to the end of the story? How about a “Day of Action”?

    The community Organizer and Muslim Inman knows that he’ll need popular cover and plenty of time to successfully complete his shredding of the Constitution. If he can boil the frogs of freedom slowly, impeachment may be averted, and his liberal dreams shall be fulfilled.

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  • whitemarshtaxpayer

    We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American … At 168 executive orders in five years, he has two more than George H.W. Bush. … JFK had 214 executive orders; George W. Bush had 291; Jimmy … Bill Clinton signed off on 364 during his eight years, and Ronald Reagan came in with 381.

    Interesting isnt it guys !

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    • MrJiggyFly

      It would be more interesting to compare the executive orders rather than leaving it hanging on just numbers. That’s too easy and a cop-out. Let’s see exactly what those orders where about.

      This president has no idea how a business works and how to manage a payroll. His policies and ideology flies in the face of capitalism, fair trade, choice and responsibility. He has been the most divisive president this country has experienced over the past 150 years.

      The Democrat party stands for nothing but dependence and government domination.

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      • chief601

        “The Democrat party stands for nothing but dependence and government domination.”

        You’re wasting your time, Jiggy.

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    • So What

      brilliant but bush nor Clinton attempted to try and govern by the xo and you can expect an onslaught of them from our chancellor on instruction from the reich stag doj

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  • So What

    unskrogan see if you can absorb this on the issue of executive orders including the privelage of them as the become or gave been used in the past for governing by this imperialistic Adolph hitler and what to expect the closer we get to 2016 if liberal lose the senate. Obama issued 900 Eo’s his first term even though he had both houses of congress, why? repeat just for you
    For the first two years Obama had a Dem Congress and was able to ram through Obamacare on a strict party vote because a few rino’s crossed over.
    Since 2011 the House has not enacted the bills he wants so he has resorted to executive orders and whining.
    If Obama does proceed with his government by executive orders the House should refuse to appropriate funds for anything related to the executive orders. This may result in another shutdown, but if the Reps can win the Senate in Nov then they will have more leverage to not fund the executive orders programs. important here is the timing of this as we get closer to 2016 but first, we need to consider the following:1.) we must assume the Republicans actually oppose what the president is doing. I have to if fact we all need to Think long and hard on that.

    2.) Second, we must assume the GOP will win the Senate. right now that assessment, its a 50/50 shot at best. But assuming they do…..see No. 1.
    The fox is in the hen-house, but most folks don’t know it.
    here is where the timing is so critical not just to Obama and the liberals but to us the American people and the country I use to know and called America If BHO wants to achieve a full dictatorship by 2016, he must accelerate his agenda in the final 2-3 years of his presidency. I anticipate a flood of illegal XO’s which will be eventually followed by contrived chaos in the streets. This of course, will require an XO for martial law. It is at that point that blood will be spilled and the true patriots of this once great nation will sacrifice theirs as part of the covenant that we have with our founding fathers. and I can assure you that the oath I took when I went into the military n the 60′s it had no expiration date then and that remains true to, to the day I die. so please make note of the most crucial oath that his xo will ever negate or attempt to make my thinking and actions as null and void. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

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  • whitemarshtaxpayer

    I dont want to barge in on the pep rally that you guys are having but I am curious as to how many executive power orders have been signed by the presidents that precede the one we have now.

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    • chief601

      “I dont want to barge in on the pep rally that you guys are having but I am curious as to how many executive power orders have been signed by the presidents that precede the one we have now.”

      It’s very easy to look up.

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  • chief601

    “including closing the gap between rich and poor”

    This means taking from those who work and giving it to those who don’t.

    “ensuring no new sanctions are levied on Iran after it agreed to turn away from nuclear arms.”

    Yea, they wouldn’t lie would they Bozo.

    ““So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

    Anytime he can take from the working man and give it to the lazy bums with their hand out, he’ll do it for their vote.

    “Speaking via phone after the speech, Congressman Randy Forbes indicated the president was violating the rule of law, which would have “consequences for generations to come.”

    No kidding. When is “Bend Over” Boehener and the rest of you grow the pair you need to do what you were elected for?

    “Senator Tim Kaine’s remarks didn’t mention executive power.”

    There is a shock. That liberal scum bag wouldn’t know the Constitution if someone read it to him. Oh heck, why bother? Those with there hand out are more than those working.

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  • unksnogan

    I would be embarrassed to put this in the News section of my paper. It belongs in the Opinion section. To the commenters: If you all think Congress is doing a great job – even that it is capable of doing a great job, then perhaps your comments make sense. Otherwise, perhaps it makes sense for the Executive to make some stuff happen.

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    • jhuxster

      The Constitution established three equal branches of government each with the power to limit the actions of the other. They can also block the actions of the other two branches. That’s not being an obstruction, it’s doing what the Constitution empowers them to do. Perhaps you should read the Constitution, you might learn something. President Obama is president, despite what he thinks he is not a dictator and does not have unilateral power to act as he wishes. His threat to use executive orders to sidestep congress is an impeachable offense if he follows through. Even the President’s Attorney General is unable to provide a constitutional defense of the President’s threats. Of course, it’s not the first impeachable offense he’s committed but maybe this time the Congress will develop a backbone and support the Constitution as they have sworn an oath to do. Unfortunately for us in Virginia, we can’t count on our Senators to do the right thing. The only thing they will do is what the President and Senator Reid tells them to do. Our founding fathers understood the dangers of an imperial president. If they were alive today, most of them would be leading the mob demanding this man’s impeachment and removal from office.

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  • dollyb12

    Why hasn’t Obama been impeached?

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  • dollyb12

    Worst President this country has ever had. The scary part is that there are so many anti-Americans that obviously voted for him…TWICE.

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  • So What

    Obama said that if Congress doesn’t give him the powers a do the things he wants, he’s going to rule by executive order. Isn’t That the Way, Hitler ruled Germany, Stalin ruled Russia, and Mao ruled China? All Americans need to wake up and see what’s happening to Our country.I cant wait til the day I see him in wrists cuffs,Leg Irons Orange Jumpsuit Heading up the stairs on Air Force 1reaching that summit for the very last time waving to the crowd with that big ole Peanut Butter and Jelly eatin samwhich smile as he heads off to his last taxpayer paid vacation in Beautiful Leavenworth Kansas

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