COMMENTARY | Since the Democrat-controlled Senate refuses to pass his American Jobs Act "right away," the Obama administration will spend as much as $1 billion to hire, train and deploy health-care workers, the Washington Post reported Monday. It's all part of his new "We Can't Wait" agenda, a new Obamanology program designed to bypass Congress and do whatever he pleases.
It worked with his non-war in Libya.
Despite the restrictions imposed by the War Powers Resolution -- which requires presidents "to consult with Congress before introducing U.S. armed forces into hostilities or situations where hostilities are imminent" and to withdraw from hostilities "within 60 days of the time a report is submitted unless Congress acts to approve continued military action" -- Obama told Congress that dropping bombs didn't qualify as "hostilities" so they could just go pound sand.
In July, the Post reported that Obama asked his lawyers if there was a way to twist the language of the Fourteenth Amendment in a way that would allow him to go around them and establish a "long-term extension of the federal borrowing limit" on his own. They said no.
Also in July, per his White House transcript, Obama told the National Council of La Raza that -- when it came to bypassing Congress on immigration -- the idea of "doing things" on his own was "very tempting."
The Washington Examiner reported in September that Obama again told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus he'd like to work his way "around Congress."
Considering the directives issued by his puppet at Homeland Security that allows most illegals to stay it looks like he already is.
With efforts to pump up his sagging support among Hispanics in place Obama is now blazing a path around Congress to buy votes from struggling homeowners.
"Seeking to circumvent congressional opposition," Associated Press reported in October, Obama is pushing a series of "executive branch steps" to jump-start the economy, beginning with "new rules" to make it easier for homeowners with little or no equity to refinance their federally funded mortgages through Fannie May and Freddie Mac.
In a November report by AP, Freddie Mac wants another "$6 billion in additional aid after posting a wider loss in the third quarter."
Even before Obama was president he promised to bankrupt the coal industry and impose a cap and trade system that would be so harsh that "electricity costs would necessarily skyrocket."
Unable to pass that farce of a bill through Congress, Obama quietly slipped around them and used his regulation mill called the Environmental Protection Agency to accomplish his goals.
According to an analysis released in October by the Institute for Energy Research, the EPA is "leading the Obama administration's assault on coal with a number of new regulations."
The most costly regulations -- known as Utility MACT -- "will systematically reduce access to affordable and reliable energy," the IER concluded.
According to The Hill, in an effort to distract Americans from his many failed economic policies -- and the fact that even his own Democrat Controlled Senate is fighting his agenda -- "Obama and his allies have started to deploy the phrase 'Republican Congress.'"
I don't know. I just find it astounding that Obama is willing to waste billions of taxpayer dollars to prolong the death of flat-lining green companies like Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Telsa Motors during a time he monotonously refers to as "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."
Add in the growing number of donor related scandals among his other green job test cases and the Post's report that Obama wants to wing another billion to the wind for the purpose of "experimenting with different ways to expand the health-care workforce" and it's the level of absurdity not electricity prices that "necessarily skyrocket."
All things considered it isn't a surprise that an October Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed 74 percent of Americans believe Obama is taking the country in the wrong direction. What's shocking is that 17 percent are actually still willing to follow him.