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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BR Cannon August 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
You are incoherent and apparently can't read. He didn't "gut" welfare at all, if anything he just transferred more decision-making back to the states on how to handle work requirements. And your last paragraph is childish. You say on the one hand that the press is protecting Obama, and then you say the press vindicated and supported Romney. Which is it? Drama queen.
RivertownsMark August 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
It's your opinion alright. It probably ins't even yours - you're just parroting what you read on Limbaugh's site o on Fox. Let's be clear. Obama announced a waiver policy that was originally requested by the Republican governors of Utah and Nevada. The waivers are only granted if a state can show that more people will be moved into work under its new approach. What will it be? More state experimentation or less? This is yet another example in a literally countless list where rightwing blowhards complain regardless of what Obama does. So let's be clear here. Two Republican governors ask for waivers to try something out that may move people more quickly off welfare. State's right to local control? Check! Republican governors asking? Check! People migh move off welfare more quickly? Check! AH! Got it. A sleazy opportunity to smear Obama with yet another lie, and better yet, associate it with welfare? BIG CHECK. Again, this couldn't be more transparent as to what is going on. And you're either falling for it as a useful idiot, or you are cynically participating. Eithe way, it's wrong and its a lie.
Patty K August 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
TO BR Cannon - Obama most certainly did gut Welfare. In 1996 under Democrat Pres Bill Clinton with bipartisan support from a Republican majority Congress legislation was passed requiring those able to work and receiving welfare enroll in programs designed to get them back in the work force while receiving money(welfare). It was a signature accomplishment of Clintons and overwhelmingly supported. Why would this be dismantled? If, as you say, it transfers decision making back to the states (which it absolutely does NOT) what sense does it make. Have you noticed how dysfunction Albany is? You really want those bozos messing with things. The larger point is "if its not broke don’t fix it". This was not broken and Obama is once again playing to a very small group that wants to redistribute money earned by others over to those who earn little or nothing. I support welfare and the safety net it provides. But I also agree with Clinton that if you are getting a handout from the government (fellow taxpayers) you ought to work if you can - even if for a few hours a week. That’s not how our imperial president sees it and without any vote and without any debate he changed it himself. This has been a pattern thru his reign.
Chapp Dad August 21, 2012 at 06:47 PM
.Hey - RivertownsMark...is this waiver policy like the waivers he offered his supporters, backers, contributors and special interest groups that are able to circumvent Obamacare? They number over 1300 waivers He bribes members of his own party to get the needed Obamacare votes and lies to the American people by telling them that it is NOT a tax. Then the Supreme Court calls it a tax and he dances around the lie he told to get the law passed.. Maybe this Welfare waiver is like Obama declaring his own version of the Dream Act without any vote and allowing illegal immigrants immunity? Maybe this is like commissioning a bipartisan committee to address the deficit and fiscal crisis (Simpson -Bowles) and then ignoring their findings and suggestions? Clearly this president, when he doesnt get his way. finds a way to ignore democracy. He appoints record number of czars to do his bidding. No approval , no vote - just appoints. Our country is faltering and he has been campaigning for 2 years. He has held over 200 fund raisers compared to 80 Bush did same period. He has no record to run on so he spearheads smear campaign on Medicare, war on woman, Bain, Ryan, etc. It is so pitiful - so transparent and so sad. Yet he still has the liberal media and simpletons like you supporting him. God help us all.
BR Cannon August 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I have no idea what you're talking about, and neither do you. You are complaining that Obama made a welfare program rule change to improve the functioning of welfare and potentially get even more people the job training they need? He's doing something that Republican governors requested? Is that your idea of "gutting"? How does his change lead to more people not working?
Walden Macnair August 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
How bad is the Republican Party doing that you're digging up Nixon? Add to that, you actually care about welfare now? Could it be you’re trying to deflect attention from Akins and Ryan? Probably but it ain’t gonna work and let me tell you why. Do you know that Ryan and Akins both sponsored a bill that would redefine rape? Do you know that Ryan sponsored a bill to make a fertilized egg a person? Do you know that the GOP platform is calling for the banning of all abortions, even in the case of forcible rape? Do you know that President Obama put in a Homeless Prevention program that was so effective that it reduced homelessness in this country even during the worst depression we’ve had in fifty years? Do you know that Romney asked for more tax returns from Ryan than he’s willing to share with the public himself? As to Bain which you may not consider a problem; but Romney reporting to the SEC that he was the CEO of Bain and now saying that he had nothing to do with Bain boils down to one of two things. He's either lying now or he was lying then. If he was lying then, he committed a felony under federal law and if he's lying now, he's still lying. Come on Baz, we all know you by now but you’ve got to do better than just parrot whatever Sean Hannity has to say.
RivertownsMark August 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
John Doe - Typical mass of talking points with much misinformation. "Obamacare... 1300 waivers": It's a huge act, and it is designd to be flexible on implementation so States can try different things. Doesn't bother me a whit. "lies to the American people by telling them that it is NOT a tax.": How a penaty is imposed (whether through tax law or otherwise), is uninteresting to most people. It's a penalty imposed by the tax law. Roberts can call it a tax: anyone fairminded understands it is not. You're not fairminded. "Dream Act allowing illegal immigrants immunity:" Got me there. No argument. "(Simpson -Bowles) and then ignoring their findings and suggestions?" Nonsense. Ryan (yes, THAT Ryan) walked out of the commission and refused to sign onto the recommendations, which never were approved by Congress. Obama didn't sign on as a result either. "He appoints record number of czars" Crock, again. "Czars" is a term dreamt up by Beck and a few other maniacs. They existed prior to Obama. They're called administrators by NORMAL people and are never elected. How do you think governments run? No record to run on? Are you crazy? Five things: Pulled us out of Iraq. Saved GM. Killed Bin Laden. Created 3.8 million jobs and saved us from depression. Oh, yeah, and passed Health Care. And that's a fraction of what he got done. I'm not crazy. I'm stone-cold sober and deal in facts.
RivertownsMark August 21, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Baz is a buffoon. His arguments are too easy to deflate because they recycle talking points from elsewhere that are usually dishonest. And, like almost all the Republican talking points about Obama these days, they're either flat out lies or distortions. If Obama was so easy to smear, they wouldn't have to lie like rugs. Instead, they make up stuff out of thin air because the truth is (horribly for them) that Obama's been pretty effective at getting good policy passed. Not perfect, but I'm not interested in that. I'll settle for pretty darn effective.
Teleman August 21, 2012 at 09:07 PM
He may or may not be a baffoon, but Bama is a complete disaster- You don't notice how the press has been protecting him? When he finally went out the other day for his first presser in 2 months- the soft ball questions were pathetic. Instead his "handlers" are getting him interviews with local networks that they actually set forth what questions will be asked- it's pathetic, but predictable- they are scared that some real journalists will ask some REAL questions about the last 4 years- and without his teleprompter, ole Barry is done.
Teleman August 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM
If all of Bamas "good" policies were that, then the economy would probably on the upswing by now- instead there is NO recovery, people are hurting and Bamas, diverting attention to moronic stupidity like Bain capital and romneys' tax returns while Rome burns for the middle class- Why didn't Bama fire Tim geithner when it was found he was a tax cheat? didn't seem to bother him then. Then we find they spent $500,000 in "stimulus" money to air commericals on MSNBC about green jobs- it's just sick
Walden Macnair August 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Jenga, If Obama does one thing incorrectly, its not bragging about what he's accomplished in spite of a stonewalling republican machine. Ever hear of ARPA-E? Probably not but you will. The progress they've made on alternative energy sources will be read in history books in years to come, and Obama started that too. Meanwhile Romney/Ryan are trying to survive bad press by telling more lies and reinventing themselves every 24-hours. The American public is way too smart to elect those two and it's only going to get worse for them when they have their convention.
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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