Be­ware Obama’s ex­ec­u­tive fiat

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It’s of­fi­cial: Pres­i­dent Obama is pre­sid­ing over the worst era of un­em­ploy­ment in U.S. his­tory since this na­tion was em­broiled in World War II. It was an­nounced that zero net jobs were cre­ated na­tion­wide in the whole month of Au­gust. La­bor Sec­re­tary Hilda So­lis stam­mered, “I do be­lieve that we’re go­ing in the right di­rec­tion, but we need co­op­er­a­tion and it be­gins with mem­bers of the House and the Se­nate agree­ing to do some­thing now.” Go­ing in the right di­rec­tion? It’s a per­fect ad­mis­sion of the clue­less­ness of this White House that the head of the La­bor Depart­ment thinks zero new jobs and a per­ma­nent un­em­ploy­ment rate above 9 per­cent mean the coun­try is headed the right way.

The sec­ond half of the sec­re­tary’s state­ment is im­por­tant too and de­liv­ers an im­por­tant warn­ing. Ms. So­lis passed the buck for Amer­ica’s dol­drums and blamed our dire fis­cal sit­u­a­tion on con­gres­sional in­ac­tion. Congress must “do some­thing now,” she in­sisted. Of course, leg­isla­tive con­sen­sus is un­likely be­cause the Se­nate is con­trolled by lib­eral Democrats who are push­ing more deficit spend­ing, while the House is run by con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans ded­i­cated to cut­ting spend­ing and taxes to jump-start pri­vate-sec­tor growth. This log­jam on Capi­tol Hill tempts the ex­ec­u­tive branch to take supra-con­sti­tu­tional ac­tion. In other words, since the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives can’t get their act to­gether and agree on any­thing, the pres­i­dent will have to step in and take ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­tion him­self. This spin will be used as pre­text for Mr. Obama to over­reach his power to is­sue ex­ec­u­tive or­ders that will ac­com­plish only one thing: Waste more tax­payer money that will do more long-term dam­age to the econ­omy.

In White House talk­ing points leaked to The Washington Times by an ex­ecu-

Mr. Obama has a pro­found re­sis­tance to the Con­sti­tu­tion’s sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers, whereby the leg­is­la­ture is the law­mak­ing body.

tive-branch em­ployee, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials are told what to say to the press and the pub­lic about Mr. Obama’s Sept. 8 speech to a Joint Ses­sion of Congress. The doc­u­ment is de­void of specifics, which were to be pro­claimed from the podium on Sept. 8, but it does say that ideas an­nounced to “pro­vide eco­nomic se­cu­rity for the mid­dle class . . . will be both leg­isla­tive and ex­ec­u­tive ac­tions.” The key words are the last two: ex­ec­u­tive ac­tions. This is a tacit ac­knowl­edg­ment that the pres­i­dent is plan­ning to take uni­lat­eral ac­tion to force through what he can­not get a di­vided Congress to do. Mr. Obama has a pro­found re­sis­tance to the Con­sti­tu­tion’s sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers, whereby the leg­is­la­ture is the law­mak­ing body and the ex­ec­u­tive branch im­ple­ments the laws passed on the other side of Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. He’s over­stepped his bounds on nu­mer­ous is­sues al­ready, ig­nor­ing the law to fur­ther his lib­eral agenda through fed­eral agen­cies. Op­pres­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions against busi­nesses and prop­erty own­ers jump to mind.

“We need to lock arms, reach across the aisle and start act­ing as one com­mu­nity,” the kum­baya White House march­ing or­ders say. Pro­pa­ganda aside, a pan­ick­ing Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion will be less col­lab­o­ra­tive than ever in the days ahead.

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