Let us restore checks and balances

By Tom Quiner


Barack Obama weakened the rule of law and the Constitutional structural foundation of our country.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, David Rivkin Jr. and Elizabeth Price Foley recounted the myriad ways he gamed and/or ignored the document he swore an oath to uphold:

√ “Delayed statutory deadlines.

√ Extended tax credits to groups Congress never included.

√ Exempted unions from fees.

√ Expanded hardship waivers beyond recognition and granted “transition relief” for preferred employers.

√ Usurped Congress’s power of the purse, spending billions for “cost-sharing subsidies” that pay ObamaCare insurers for subsidizing deductibles and copays.

√ Exempted five million illegal immigrants from deportation, though Congress had unambiguously declared them deportable.

√ Waived the mandatory work requirement of the 1996 welfare reform.

√ Redefined sexual discrimination under Title IX, forcing schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their non-biological gender, and threatening to withdraw funds if colleges refuse to reduce due process protections for individuals accused of sexual assault.”

You get the idea. There’s more, lots more. You can read about it here.

I’m concerned a guy like Trump would like to play by the same playbook. I hope he doesn’t.

I hope Congress tightens up laws to protect against further abuses by either future Republican or Democratic presidents.

We’re not a banana republic, despite Obama’s best efforts. We’re the United States of America, a nation with a superior system of governance because of a system of checks and balances.

It’s time to restore these checks and balances to their proper place.