Obama White House: Congress? We don’t need no stinkin’ Congress

Posted by: ST on January 27, 2014 at 10:33 am
King Obama

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Is ObamaCo starting to take Rep. Charlie Rangel’s advice? The AP reports that the White House has “warned” Obama will go around Congress to get what he wants done whenever he can (hat tip):

President Barack Obama will work with Congress where he can and circumvent lawmakers where he must, his top advisers warned Sunday in previewing Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.

Obama faces a politically divided Congress on Tuesday and will use his annual address to demand expanded economic opportunity. Absent legislative action, the White House is telling lawmakers that the president is ready to take unilateral action to close the gap between rich and poor Americans.

“I think the way we have to think about this year is we have a divided government,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama adviser. “The Republican Congress is not going to rubber-stamp the president’s agenda. The president is not going to sign the Republican Congress’ agenda.”

So the White House is eyeing compromise on some priorities, Obama advisers said. But the president is also looking at executive orders that can be enacted without Congress’ approval.

“The president sees this as a year of action to work with Congress where he can and to bypass Congress where necessary,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.


The White House has been signaling to Republicans that it would not wait for Congress to act. It also is betting Obama’s backers will rally behind his plans.

“When American jobs and livelihoods depend on getting something done, he will not wait for Congress,” Pfeiffer wrote in an email to Obama supporters Saturday.

And how fascistic/monarchistic does it sound that they think their ‘solutions’ are the only answer, and will ‘guarantee’ things will get better in America economically and – because of that – they’ll just circumvent  the “impediment” that they view Congress as wherever they see fit in order to implement those “solutions”?

Let’s pretend for five seconds had President Bush even seriously hinted at doing something like this, especially over a sustained period of time – imagine the outrage both from the Usual Suspects on the left both in Congress and in the media.  You know who’d be the loudest protesting? Then-Senator Barack Obama, who as a Senator frequently complained about what he perceived as “executive branch overreach.”

That was then. This is now.

“Change” you can believe in!

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2 Responses to “Obama White House: Congress? We don’t need no stinkin’ Congress”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    He wants to improve the economic picture? Fine, I have just the solution. Resign! Use a pen to write the resignation letter and the phone to spread the word.

    Obhammud has no one else to blame for the political ferment today. This is because of his peevish attitude which is mirror image of that exhibited by Nixon who also detested such bottlenecks as Congress and the Constitution.

    The only difference is that in Nixon’s day the media was more a watchdog than the present-day lapdog to which it has degenerated.

  2. omapian says:

    As I listen to the President read the State of the Union this evening, I shall reflect on Plunkett’s fondest Dream. Plunkett wished for the day when his Democratic Party would ridicule reformers, reject merit, renounce enemies, and reward friends with Honest Graft.
    In 1776, 56 men risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to reject the arbitrary power of kings and tyrants. Today, 535 members of Congress risk the lives of others, accumulate personal fortunes and negotiate their honor to protect the arbitrary power of incumbent politicians.
    In previous generations, honorable men and women understood government by consent of the governed to be a work in progress. An informed public found an ally in a free press that took pride in exposing deception, distortions and the abuse of power. Individuals accepted the responsibility “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” The public was quick to lend a hand yet reluctant to provide handouts.
    With the passage of time the paradigm shifted. Political promises provided funding for the wars on crime and poverty and the hope that no child would be left behind. It did not matter if these programs produced intended results. They provided jobs and reduced individual responsibility. Good intentions replaced good government and the press became the advocates for bigger government.
    Last January the 113th Congress ‘inherited’ a bloated budget that allocates even more spending for future Congressional distribution. Lobbyists petition incumbents to share in that unstainable growth. Members of both major political parties have a vested interest in maintaining this symbiotic relationship.
    This generation is happy to reap the blessings of liberty and pass responsibility on to our posterity.