Boehner’s Blunder: How Suing Obama Can Destroy the Separation of Powers

“The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He is becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in a single branch.”  December 3, 2013, testimony of George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley before the U.S. House.

The Bill of Rights protects our liberties, but the Bill of Rights is not our only Constitutional protection. The Constitution’s separation of powers is less well-known but no less important. Obama brags openly that he will ignore the separation of powers. He will use his pen and his phone to bypass Congress. He will institute his personal rule over the United States.

John Boehner is acting to push back Obama’s violation of the separation of powers. Unfortunately, he is ignoring the means provided by the Constitution for doing so. He is suing Obama instead. As explained below, if Boehner’s suit succeeds, it will permanently destroy the Constitution’s separation of powers.
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The Cold War Warms Up! Confessions of a Young Wolverine.

My high school class, 1984.

My high school class, 1984.

I miss the Cold War. Lucky for me it’s back.

I came of age during the era of Reagan, tape cassettes, video arcades, and VHS recorders. It was also the age of the Soviet Union – the bad guys on the other side of the planet who were going to nuke us in the middle of a school day, which is why we practiced those duck-and-cover drills. Apparently, hiding under a desk with your hands over your head is enough to counter the effects of a nuclear blast.

Most of us only knew the USSR as a giant,  red-colored country on the other side of the globe designated by a golden hammer and sickle. We knew it was cold there, and that the Soviets liked to  lineup and march in high-stepping fashion while wearing fur coats,  apparently to keep warm.  We knew they had lots of missiles, and were very fond of them, because they were always having parades with missiles instead of floats like normal people.   And we knew they had buildings with big swirly, twirly gumdrops on top, like something from the Candy Land game.  In short, they were like an exotic alien species on the other side of the planet. They even lived behind an iron curtain, which made them sound that much more menacing.

But the thing we knew most about the Soviets was that they wanted to kill us.  There was simplicity in that , and even comfort.   At least we knew who the enemy was  and from where death would come.  We didn’t worry about backpack bombers , or shoe bombers, or underwear bombers.   We knew that if we woke up one morning and the sky was filled with contrails, the end had come .   As long as the sky was clear, life went on. Continue reading

Top 10 Applause Lines from the State of the Union Address

obama2012-state-of-union-585According to the National Polling Foundation, here are the lines from the President’s State of the Union Address which received the longest sustained applause:

1.  “We honor hardworking Americans.  We always have.  Without small business owners, the entrepreneurs, and the rich, who would we demonize?  Heck, the moment the poor become successful, we Democrats are sunk.”

2.  “We need to realize that global warming is real.  It’s a fact, rooted in hard science.  Our planet is sick and over-heating.  For all you people in Atlanta and Houston stuck in Taco Bell overnight due to the freeze, I’m talking to you.”

3.  “I’ll direct my administration to create a new IRA for workers.  You see, we already spent your old IRA.  That was called Social Security.  And now we need a little bit more.  So we’ll create this new IRA, automatically sign everybody up, and spend that money too.”

4.  “We need to help the poor, which is why I’ll fight hard to increase the earned income tax credit.  You see, some people out there pay no taxes during tax time, and they feel left out of the whole tax season thing.  So, for those of you lucky enough to pay taxes, we take some of that money and sent it to those who don’t.  That way, nobody has to feel left out during tax time.” Continue reading

Obama’s Logic on the Cost Curve is Bent, and so are his views on Young America

 

The final bill [will] make sure that people are getting the care they need and the checkups they need and the screenings they need before they get sick — which will save all of us money and reduce pressures on emergency rooms all across the country.

– President Barack Obama, December 15, 2009

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Don’t spend your beer money on insurance.

It sounds logical.  We’ve all heard stories, and the President has repeated them, about people who go to the ER to handle situations that could have been treated by a general physician.  Early treatment, the argument goes, reduces the cost of health care by reducing emergency room visits. What we need is a government solution to this problem.  But the problem here isn’t one caused by the health care industry, greedy hospital owners, or “the system.”  The problem is one created by the government. 


 
The Emergency Room scenario – when people who lack insurance visit the ER to deal with medical problems rather than seeing a family doctor –  is a result of federal law passed in 1986 which requires hospitals (those that receive Medicare funding, which is almost all of them) to treat patients in the emergency room regardless of ability to pay or citizenship status.  The fact that ER costs have increased since the law was passed shouldn’t come as any surprise.  From a mere accounting standpoint the law opened Emergency Room doors to people who previously wouldn’t have been able to afford the expense.  That shouldn’t be construed as an endorsement of a market system that turns away people who can’t pay.  It’s merely an observation that increased access will result in increased expenses.  When you mandate that hospitals provide emergency services for free, people will come. Continue reading