The Imperial Presidency

Watergate Teachings 101: No one is above the law, not even the President.

Richard Nixon would be proud. Richard Nixon would feel vindicated. The Democratic Party and the media that so despised him have now fully embraced the concept of the "Imperial Presidency." Nixon's primary defense during Watergate -- "if the President does it, it is legal"-- has now been endorsed by President Obama and the press, which screamed "impeach the President," in 1972, but now sits silent because the guy doing it is one of them.

On July 11, 2012, President Obama gutted welfare reform by changing the work requirements for welfare with an executive command to Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor. He believes work requirements that are the heart of welfare reform (The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996) passed in 1996 by Congress and signed by President Clinton can be waived or overridden by a legal device called a waiver authority under the Social Security law (section 1115 waiver authority under the Social Security law 42 U.S.C. 1315).  

The press, in its continued role of protector of the President, has had you gnashing teeth over what year Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, as if that really matters. The press is blowing smoke that Romney might have committed a felony by misrepresenting the date he left Bain Capital. During the primary elections and debates, when this came up, Time Magazine and the Washington Post concluded that Romney spoke the truth about when he left. End of story.

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bruiser August 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Please enjoy the next 4 years of an President Obama Presidency.
sayitsnotsojack August 22, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Obumma wrote his book titled Dreams of My Father, his father was a devote Markist, and O wants to make our wonderful country one big Markist waste land.
Chapp Dad August 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Iraq - the withdrawal plan/timeline was outlined by his predecessor. All he did was carry it out. Obummer has his own surge/ buildup in Afghanistan where US soldiers die everyday and drone strike kill civilians. Imagine if Bush was bombing Afghanistan daily and US soldiers and civilians died. Where is the outrage when Obama does it? GM went into bankruptcy thru government orchestrated bankruptcy-Obama rewarded his supporters (unions) giving them a bigger ownership while breaking the law by ignoring debt covenants to lenders. This govt bailout, closed dealerships and fired workers. When Bain did it liberals go crazy. When Obama lays off workers its good? And GM has yet to pay the taxpayer back. Killing Bin Laden but leaking high level securitydetails isnt something to brag about. "Creating 3.8 million jobs" then you must also factor the 5million jobs lost , the millions no longer in the workforce because they have given up, and the 8% unemployment rate. He promised that his stimulus plan would get people back to work. That plan was all about funneling money to his cronies (think Solyndra) and nothing to do with economic stimulus and job creation. What happened to "shovel ready"? Health Care as an accomplishment?That legislation was passed while he had a filibuster proof congress with a super majority. He only got Obamacare thru with bribes to fellow Democrats. “If you like your insurance you can keep your insurance” - biggest lie ever!
BR Cannon August 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The term is "Marxist", and it's not like you read the book or anything.
Walden Macnair August 22, 2012 at 02:10 PM
sayit, That's always the fallback position of the far right. If you don't have any facts which your side rarely does, you simply begin calling the President a Marxist, Socialist, Communist or whatever. You are the reason the GOP is in the mess it's in. Allowing Rush to be the defacto head of the party would be hilarious if it weren't so sad. Fortunately, your party has Akins and Ryan and even Romney who help convince people to vote for the Democrats. Thanks for your support.


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