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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

President Obama Ignores The Law

President Obama has announced a delay in the implementation of the Obamacare employer mandate.  While those that oppose the law may consider the action an "I-Told-You-So" moment, opponents of Obamacare are placed in the weird position of pointing out that the President's action violates the law.

In summary, the Congress has passed, and the President has signed, the Affordable Health Care Act.  Like it or not, it's the law of the land.

The President has no power to arbitrarily announce a delay in its implementation.   Obamacare supporter Tom Harkin agrees.

I attended a speech in which Congressman Steve King asserted the same point.  Republicans are now pushing to pass a bill which contains the delay that the President has proposed...but the President says he'll veto it.  He wants to maintain that his office currently has the power to simply declare a delay in effect.

I've blogged before about "teamism," a concept that goes beyond partisanship.   Teamism is when an activist or legislator dispenses with defending principle, and decides to support the actions of leaders in his political party, right or wrong.  Notice that Tom Harkin is forced to engage in such teamism when he basically states that he believes that the President doesn't have the power to implement the delay, but shrugs it off as no big deal.

I once privately visited with a Congressman and asked him what President Obama is really like as a person.  He told me he is arrogant.  The President's continued arrogance on issues such as IRS targeting of conservatives and the NSA spying on American citizens is forcing Democrats to exhibit the ultimate "teamism."

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