Well, Congress is back at work, or at least they are in town. What is the number one priority of Mr. Boehner? Not making sure the humanitarian crisis at the border is funded properly. Not passing immigration reform. Not passing a real jobs bill like the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill. No, the number one priority for Mr. Boehner is suing the President over his use of Executive Orders.
Last week, Mr. Boehner said he was planning to sue over a wide range of issues. Everyone waited with bated breath to find out what those wide-ranging issues were. Well, he came out and said what they were. He was going to sue the President because he delayed the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. That is right, the President is being sued because he delayed the enforcement of one part of the ACA. A part that the Republicans are against, by the way.
I am not sure why Mr. Boehner picked this one piece to sue the President over. Maybe he thinks that will get his base fired up for the mid-term elections. Maybe he can’t really justify the law suit in the first place. The Republicans are screaming at the top of their lunges about an “imperial presidency” under President Obama. They argue that his use of Executive Orders in undermining their powers granted by the Constitution.
Well, President Obama has used the “pen” as he likes to say, less than the Presidents before him. At this time in his Presidency, George W. Bush used the “pen” over 60 more times than President Obama. Republican anointed St. Reagan used the “pen” nearly 300 times in his presidency. President Obama would have to issue the same number of Executive Orders in the remaining part of his Presidency as he has over the previous 6 years just to get close to St. Reagan’s number.
Looking back at history, the whole idea of suing a President over the use of Executive Orders is absurd. Every President has used Executive Orders in the past. Some more than others. Most, not all, Constitutional Scholars and Lawyers say that Congress has no standing to even file a suit like this. There have been one or two attempts in the past, and the courts ruled they have no standing since they can show no “harm” to them.
As a result, this can only be seen for what it really is. A political stunt by the Republicans who need to gin up their base for the mid-terms. Let’s face facts. The Republican Party is under attack from all aspects of the political spectrum. They are against the majority of Americans when it comes to important issues. The latest polls indicate that 55% of all Americans favor same-sex marriage rights, including 30% who call themselves Republican. Over 70% of Americans favor universal background checks when purchasing a weapon. Over 70% of Americans favor immigration reform.
On top of all of that, the fringe wing of the Party is still coming out with stupid sayings. Mr. “Legitimate Rape” Todd Akin is back at it with his book slamming the “establishment” wing of the Party for forcing him to apologize for his comments in 2012. Then there is Kentucky State Senator Brandon Smith who cited Mars as the reason that earthlings do not have to worry about the planet’s man-made climate catastrophe. He said: “I think in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars. There are no factories on Mars that I’m aware of.” Nobody will dispute that? Maybe, just maybe, if he had stayed awake during science class, he would know that Mars is at a minimum 100 degrees colder than the earth.
Finally, the Texas GOP goes on trial today, including Gov. Perry in his official capacity, for the redistricting that caused the gutting of the Voting Rights Act section 5. There appears to be some emails between the two most prominent people who redrew that map that indicate it was done in order to keep the GOP in power. According to the reports, it seems they plotted to make sure that some districts looked like an Hispanic majority, but was redrawn based on voter turn-out in the district. Meaning low turn-out of Democrats and high turn-out of Republicans. If true, that is discriminatory and therefore illegal.
So, in order to deflect coverage of these inconveniences, Mr. Boehner has decided it is time to sue the President because he had the audacity to temporarily delay a mandate Mr. Boehner doesn’t like in the first place, for one year. What a wonderful use of public funds. Mr. Boehner keeps crying about the President using his power of Executive Orders. Yet, Mr. Boehner keeps blocking legislation from coming up for a vote. He keeps saying the House has passed over “40 jobs bills”. Yet, he never mentions what any of them are, except those infamous repeal ACA bills.
No, Mr. Boehner is fundamentally a coward bowing to the whims of his radical right. He is too afraid to stand up to the lunatics and actually govern. So, in order to attempt to save his bacon and phony job, he is resorting to the gimmick of “suing the President”. One only needs to look at this stunt to realize how depressingly pathetic the Republican Party has become. The political vacuum they have created in Washington makes it impossible to get any meaningful thing done. But, to them that is okay. Only the average American People are being hurt over all of this.