Obama Power Grabs on the Horizon

Leftists and their media advocates, well aware that the tragedy of Newtown must be exploited before Americans regain their emotional balance, are pulling out all the stops. Almost a dozen new gun control bills were introduced on the first day of the new congressional session. Joe Biden’s task force continues its frenzied pace of activity, even as it broadens its scope far beyond the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, moving into such arenas as universal background checks for gun buyers, a national database tracking the movement and sale of weapons and measures that Obama could enact by executive order. Yet such an imperious manner of governance will not be limited to gun control. Obama and Democrats are embracing the same strategy with respect to raising the debt ceiling, absent any genuine spending cuts. In short, they’re acting like Republicans are irrelevant.

Yet the administration is well aware that its “never let a crisis go to waste” approach is on tenuous ground regarding gun control. The Washington Post notes that “as the shock and sorrow over the Newtown, Conn., shooting fades, the tough fight facing the White House and gun-control backers is growing clearer.” The paper then reminds Americans of several gun-related tragedies, such as the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, the Aurora movie theater massacre, the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and one at an army base in Texas, “all of which occurred during Obama’s first term,” even as none of them elicited “national progress on curbing gun bloodshed.” The Associated Press also speaks to the urgency of getting comprehensive gun control legislation through Congress as quickly as possible, because “as the shock of the Newtown shooting fades, so, too, will the prospects that pro-gun lawmakers will work with the White House to tighten restrictions.”

The implications here are obvious: a president facing reelection was “powerless” to take on “entrenched interest groups,” as in law-abiding Americans who support the Second Amendment. Now that the election is over, Obama, much as he promised Russian President Dmitri Medvedev with respect to foreign policy, can be more “flexible” in his approach to gun control. Furthermore, because of the emotionalism necessary to sustain such broad (and likely unconstitutional) changes, time is of the essence. Ergo, Obama will be entirely justified in taking whatever steps are necessary as quickly as possible, even if that means pushing the boundaries of executive power — or stepping over them.

Such brinksmanship is hardly accidental. Although the president and Democrats knew as far back as August 2011 that the combination of tax increases and spending cuts engendered by the last debt ceiling debate would kick in on January 1, 2012, serious negotiations were put off until the very last minute–and beyond. This intransigence was intentional. The Democrat-controlled Senate tabled every spending bill sent to them by the Republican-controlled House, and failed to enact any budget for more than three-and-a-half years. The same party that completely derided the extension of the Bush tax cuts in 2010 as an unconscionable addition to the national debt, suddenly favored them. Yet in the end, the so-called “grand bargain” was a farce, producing little more than an additional $3.9 trillion dollars of debt over the next ten years, according to the CBO.

Furthermore, even as negotiations were ongoing, America once again reached its borrowing limit on December 31, as the national debt climbed to more than $16.3 trillion. On December 26, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned he could take “extraordinary measures” to prevent America from defaulting on its obligations for a couple of months.

Now one might be inclined to think that national default would trump gun control as the most pressing issue of the day. Republicans certainly think so. “The biggest problem we have at the moment is spending and debt,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said last Sunday. “That’s going to dominate the Congress between now and the end of March. None of these issues will have the kind of priority as spending and debt over the next two or three months.” Yet once again, the president has indicated that he will push the envelope. “While I will negotiate over many things, I won’t have another debate with this Congress on whether they should pay the bills we racked up in the past,” he said on January 2.

And just like they are doing with gun control, Democrats are urging the president to run over congressional Republicans, using executive authority. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reportedly told other Democrats he supports such a move, using the 14th Amendment as a vehicle. Nancy Pelosi echoed that assessment. “I’ve made my view very clear on that subject: I would do it in a second,” said Pelosi on January 4. They are joined by Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and James Clyburn (D-SC), the second- and third-ranking Democrats in the House, as well as Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and former president Bill Clinton, who claimed he would do it “without hesitation and force the courts to stop me.’’

Section 4 of the 14th Amendment states that “the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.” Harvard law professor and former Obama advisor Laurence Tribe underscores the arrogant nature of Democrats’ thinking. “We shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking the 14th Amendment gives [Obama] this authority,” he warned. “It’s just a fantasy.” John Yoo, a former legal adviser to President George W. Bush, agreed. “The Framers wanted the president to exercise emergency power in response to national security threats, not over domestic affairs where Congress and the president have had plenty of time to deliberate and figure out a solution,” he wrote in an e-mail.

Obama himself has said he will not bypass Congress and invoke the Amendment, but given the president’s track record of lying and/or changing his mind at the last minute, Americans should take no comfort from the statement. What Americans should take from this issue, and the issue of gun control, is that Democrats are more than willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, and “force the courts to stop” them, even if it necessitates creating one of the most divisive atmospheres Americans have ever endured in the process.

That is the essence of imperiousness and brinksmanship. Thus, while they are rushing gun control legislation while emotions are still raw, they will delay debt ceiling negotiations until they can gin up a similar level of public frustration on that issue. That is why Obama, despite getting his tax increases on the “rich,” wants to re-negotate tax increases. “Now, if Republicans think that I will finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts alone…then they’ve got another think coming. That’s not how it’s going to work,” he said, two days after the fiscal cliff deal was made. “It’s going to have to be a matter of shared sacrifice, at least as long as I’m president. And I’m going to be president for the next four years.”

And for the next two years at least, Republicans will control the House of Representatives. In a logical world, that would mean Democrats have to find some common ground with the GOP. Yet somehow the president and his party have convinced themselves that Republicans are an obstacle — not a partner — in solving America’s most pressing problems. No doubt a large part of their arrogance is due to the reality that, when Americans get utterly disgusted by this continuing spectacle, they have the utmost confidence the mainstream media will blame Republicans for any and every debacle.

Yet that odious arrangement may be far more tenuous than both Democrats and their media sycophants realize. A substantial number of Democratic voters were shocked to discover that their taxes went up when the temporary payroll tax deduction enacted in 2009 went back up from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent. For many of them, that may have been one of the first indications that the “raise taxes on the rich” narrative promoted by the unholy Democrat-media alliance was a fraud. If the president and his party continue to push the envelope on imperious governance and brinksmanship, it won’t be the last shock they receive. Not by a long shot.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Yes, totalitarian control. How many ways? Let this American-Israeli blogger continue the conversation – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/07/fiddling-with

    as she stated herein too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/27/dhs-americas-

    EVERY American's nightmare – or it should be!!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Bob Ree

      Its just been confirmed – Joe Biden just said it on CNN – Obama will use Executive Orders.

      • Victoryman

        Somewhere in China a factory is churning out Brown Shirts as fast as possible…….

  • Adrian

    Welcome to the real world. We in South Africa getting use to this now. . The sad part of it all is, the Americans sanctioned us, allowing the ANC to rule this country. It now is destroyed and a similar thing is starting to happen in America. If you are not used to it, it is quite painfull, believe me.

    • jacob

      The only reason for evil to triumph is when good people don't fight it to the end….
      Obama has its agenda and his words to PUTIN should have been a warning of what to expect
      from his reelection….

      I forgive the 80% of American Jews who elected him ONLY because he was their DEMOCRAP
      party presidential choice but for 70% of them to be as stupid as to finance his campaign and
      reelect him in spite of having shown his true colors about Israel, is the epitome of stupidity and
      to those who still believe he has "ISRAEL'S BACK" (but doesn't say against what and I say the
      corner) may I remind all of them what can be expected from somebody born Muslim, raised
      Muslim and showing "ad nauseam" his true leanings towards Islam ?????

      • Victoryman

        The 80% who voted/supported obama do not practice the religion of Judaism. Their true religion is Liberalism. When asked why so meny Jews vote democratoc, there is your answer.

    • jacob

      ADRIAN :

      Your troubles stem from the fact of not applying proper "surgery" at the right places….

      The world is full of said SAD examples.
      Take for instance CUBA :
      If, after the failed taking of the MONCADA barracks in 1954 by CASTRO and company, BATISTA
      would have followed his national police chief advice of loading all of them on a plane and
      conveniently "ballasted" dropped at the deepest point of the Caribbean sea, instead of paying
      attention to Senator DIAZ BALART (father of the Florida Congress representatives of the same
      name who happened to be related by marriage to CASTRO) and the Havana Archbishop pleads
      to exile them to MEXICO which is what he finally acceded to, can you imagine the rivers of blood
      and tears and the 50 plus years of suffering to this day by the noble Cuban people…?????
      Same story with HUGO CHAVEZ……
      Liberals and bleeding hearts will end up burying us all because, as SIMON BOLIVAR once wrote
      CLEMENCY ON CRIMINALS IS AN ATTEMPT ON VIRTUE…!!!!!!

      • Ghostwriter

        From what I've heard of Simon Bolivar,he was a big supporter of the American Revolution. He probably is spinning in his grave right now because some dictatorial lightweight like Hugo Chavez used his name for his own purposes.

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,Adrian,from the outside looking in,apartheid was pretty awful. Although Nelson Mandela didn't seem like such a bad guy,what's been going on there since is sad.

    • Mary Sue

      Most Americans that supported the ANC did so simply because they abhor racism, and the ANC was the way to get Apartheid thrown out, in their minds. Low Information People at the time had no idea what the ANC was all about.

  • Spider

    Here is a note or shall I say a wake up call for all Democrats and or Obama voters who believed wholeheartedly the folowing promisses from O :

    1) "No one making under $200k will see their taxes go up, not one penney"
    2) "I support the second ammendment and your right to own a gun"
    3) "You can keep your medical plan and your premiums will go down"

    My answer to your Wakeup Call: WE TOLD YOU SO !!
    How do you feel now that you got SNOOKERED ??

  • antisharia

    I can't say that I feel a great deal of sympathy for the American people. Conservatives were shouting from the rooftops about how dangerous Obama was, and how much more dangerous he would be in a second term. They voted him in anyway. Now people are wailing bloody murder about taxes, guns, health care, amnesty, gay marriage, and foreign policy. Well, what did they expect? When you elect a Marxist thug don't be surprised when you get thuggish Marxism.

    • Scook84

      My sentiments exactly! If I may paraphrase: "Reality is a cruel master, but fools will accept no other."

    • EthanP

      Not arguing. But could Romney possibly have run a worse campaign.
      I'm inclined to believe his son that Mitt didn't really want it.
      So know we are all damned!

    • LibertyLover

      Also blame the Paulbots and "Romney's not really a conservative" voters who either stayed home on election day or voted third party. They deserve the worst of the pain coming.

      • Choi

        Wondering HOW The DAMNED FOOLS who either didn't vote or wasted their vote an "principles" by voting for a Third Party ,like their "principles" now?
        Do these MORONS realize that it's as IF they DID VOTE DEMOCRATIC?!
        Any 'Patriotic Conservative" who did NOT get out to vote,and for Romney and the GOP,is as ANTI-AMERICAN as the BIGGEST LEFTY,in fact, maybe even WORSE,because they KNOW Right from Wrong and CHOSE WRONG.

  • marios

    Obama delights with dictators like Russian Pres. Putin, or Venezuela Pres. Hugo Chaves or… He and his Dem's party accomplices seeking Power forever. That is why they do utmost to set up socialism in this country. Alas, they succeeded already in many ways. All dictators regimes first of all ban arm possession for their citizens. BHO is much worse than even was Carter. Dem's bribe voters loyalty using our taxpayers money.
    Why are Rep's are such weak is beyond my comprehension as for 4 years they must understand who is in WH and find effective way to stop new-commies/Dem's destroying our country.

    • carrie

      the Venezuelan murder total hit 21,692 despite a ban on private ownership of guns enacted by the Chavez regime in 2012.
      Hugo Chavez’s government says the ultimate aim is to disarm all civilians.
      Venezuela is the most violent country in South America.

  • EthanP

    This could not happen if the MSM were not Obama enabelers.

  • RedBaker

    Democrats/liberals/progressives have bloomed into totalitarian socialists. They will do everything they can, despite the consequences – political, economic, constitutional – to establish the socialist welfare state. Woodrow Wilson did it, FDR did it, LBJ did it, Carter tried, Clinton tried, and now Obummer is doing it. They will do anything they can, by any means. The solution is to use the power parameters set up by the constitution to block the tyrannical measures, awful appointments to courts and the bureaucracy, and in the House de-fund tyranny whenever possible. In the meantime, the economy is being strangled by awful laws, regulations, and taxation. We're in a race with Europe to see whose economy collapses first.

  • LibertarianToo

    Obama thinks he can do an end-run around the constitutional separation of powers? Maybe because he got away with it when he unilaterally made a version of the "dream act" the law of the land, with no effective opposition from anyone after the fact. He can take his chances on "forcing the courts to stop" him, because they probably won't try. We'll be left with a de facto tyranny by a man who was busy learning the koran while the rest of us were in Civics class learning "how a bill becomes a law."

    • Cynicles

      I'm just a bill, on Capital Hill….

    • Choi

      And WHAT did "Libertarian YOU" do on Election Day?

  • Willy Rho

    The AP has always been a part of the Main Stream Propaganda Ministry Media. It is the cornerstone of the Propaganda. The other Propaganda Media take their cues from them. Only small news outlets related to the Internet Prevent complete control by the Commie/Muslim Regime in the White House.

  • Willy Rho

    Everything about Barack Obama is a fraud. And more and more Congress and Senate Reps know it. But they are committed to prevent a revolution by removing him. They are Cowards and the Republic will fall because of their cowardice

  • Deerknocker

    When the president issues an executive order on a matter properly handled by legislation, he acts in an unconstitutional manner and violates his oath of office. The solution is for Congress to reclaim their turf by all proper means, including impeachment, for the Courts to declare in a proper case that the executive order is an unconstitutional usurpation of legislative authority, or if those fail, for the people to rise up. We begin to see the real reason the 2nd amendment was put in place.

    • Cynicles

      The usurper could come out on live TV, at the inauguration for example, and chop someone in half with a sword and still receive nothing but accolades.

      The criminal has a big problem with the populous having arms but no problem using drones to kill people readily as a daily routine – as if it were jsut a 'video game'.

  • chhelo

    This link will take you to a book written in the 50's by a Canadian Naval Commander and you can see from what he wrote that he had it figured out back then. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Gover
    Onama is a pawn working on behalf of evil so that Satan can best God. Muslims will be used to Kill Jews and if our God given rights to protect ourselves with guns needs to be take away by an evil President then that is what is going to happen.

  • pierce

    If he continues there will not be anything left in the way of freedoms. He will be telling us when, where, how, and how to, maybe even why. This is EXECUTIVE POWER. GOD HELP US.

  • pierce

    And I DID NOT VOTE FOR HIM, I SAW THIS COMING.

  • Ghostwriter

    I didn't vote for him,either pierce. I voted for the other guy.

  • Adolf Hitler

    Like my buddy Obama i used gun control on germans right before the genecide of the jews. Every despot in history disarms the masses first. Then later the mass killings start. Then finally its all out g e n e c i d e. Tighten the seatbelts, you are in for a bad ride. Very bad ;(

    • Thomas Jefferson

      The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
      - Thomas Jefferson

    • Maxie

      Keep your eye on the Abortion Industry, er, Planned Infanticide. http://www.americanthinker.com/archived_blog/../b…

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It will be important for American citizens to learn to say No!!!, No I won't to the government,
    they can't lock us all up and eventually the majority will prevail once the citizens that are not
    sober yet get the message……………entertainment is over, time to work or loose everything.
    It is necessary to educate the victims of our leftist educational system…………..William

  • tanstaafl

    I voted against Hitler twice. Is there anyone who thinks Romney would have been worse?

    • Choi

      ONLY those "principled" DAMNED FOOLS who either did NOT Vote or Voted for a Third Party.
      I really CAN'T understand a Third Party voter in a Non-Parliamentary ,Non-Multi-Major Party/Proportional system.
      IF they truly had "principles",the Libertarian Party would NOT have had a candidate on the Ballot,and went ALL-OUT for Romney and The GOP.
      They're FULL OF S#!+ and FALSE PATRIOTS.

  • fanlad

    What happened to protect and defend the constitution? The loyal opposition are acting like they have been neutered. Grow some.

  • LibertyLover

    El Presidente can sign all the executive orders he wants. I will not comply and I recommend everyone follow suit. An unconstitutional Executive Order is not law.

  • edgineer1

    Totalitarian? Wait. The Democratic Party is led by Marxists. Too bad the opposition does not understand the tactic being used. Our mental health system is designed to insure mass killings.

  • Cynicles

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
    - Thomas Jefferson

  • Maxie

    "In short, they’re acting like Republicans are irrelevant."

    In short, they are. And since the FDR years they've just been bargain-basement welfare-staters. They do not seriously resist the Dem's Socialist juggernaut they just argue for smaller doses to 'save' money on any given issue. http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/05/gop_what_g