Thursday, June 26, 2014

He Can't Be Serious!


So let me get this straight...The Speaker of the House is going to sue the President of The United States...Are you serious? Is he serious...I heard this nonsense yesterday afternoon on the news,shortly after I got home from work...

In early December, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) appeared on a far-right radio talk show to talk up an odd idea: the United States was in the midst of a “Constitutional crisis,” the congressman said, making it necessary for a new lawsuit against President Obama.
 
As Coffman put it, the president wasn’t “going through Congress” to advance his agenda, so it was time to go to court. “I may have to do it,” he said at the time, “or somebody may have to do it.”
 
The far-right Coloradan never got around to explaining what in the world he was talking about, and for that matter, he never actually filed the lawsuit to address the “crisis” he perceived. But the silly idea appears to have slowly worked its way to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
 
Speaker of the House ,John Boehner announced yesterday that he plans to sue President Obama.....
 
Put a quarter in the meter and park your car right here and grasp that-
 
 
“I believe the president is not faithfully executing the laws of our country, and on behalf of the institution and our Constitution, standing up and fighting for this is in the best long-term interest of the Congress,” Boehner told reporters.
 
 
Asked specifically if he’s planning to initiate a lawsuit, the Speaker replied, “I am.”
 
I can think of some dangerous moves Speaker John Boehner has made since becoming Speaker, including threatening to trash the full faith and credit of the United States on purpose. I can also think of some reckless moves he’s made, including shutting down the government. I can even think of some irresponsible moves from the Speaker, including refusing to compromise on pretty much any and every area of public policy.
 
But I can’t think of anything quite as dumb from the last several years as this lawsuit.
 
Indeed, the Speaker himself couldn’t actually identify by name anything the president has done that warrants a legal challenge. Boehner is outraged byPresident Obama’s use of executive power. And what, pray tell, has offended the Speaker? He didn’t say.Of course not!  I'm sure he'll think of something en route to the actual lawsuit if there ever is one....And they say Kim Ill Jung is wacky!
 
I’m sure he’ll think of something to justify his lawsuit eventually, right?
 
If Speaker Boehner wants to go through the motions of this little charade, it’s tempting to think such antics are irrelevant – it’s not as if these little p.r. stunts will get in the way of Congress’ non-existent legislative agenda – but let’s not forget that the Speaker’s frivolous litigation will be at the public’s expense.
 
That’s right, the new Republican election-year gimmick will be paid for by you and me. ..but then isn't all of their stunts....Can I hear somebody say...Government shutdown???

This aint rocket science ,and it damn sure isn't complicated: if House Speaker Boehner had any evidence at all that the president’s actions were outside the law, he would have presented that evidence by now instead of rattling a weak saber.
 
Is this about executive orders? If so, President Obama’s actions are entirely in line with his all of his predecessors’ use of this tool that’s been around since the beginning of the republic. The only difference is, this president has used fewer executive orders than any president in over a century. That's right...Don't take my word...Look it up...Oh yeah that's not something people do in this day and age of the soundbite.


Funny thing, John Boehner used to like executive orders when Republican presidents made them.
Is this about executive actions? Literally nothing the president has done has even pushed the legal envelope. The right talks about shifted health care deadlines, but George W.Bush  did the same thing. The right complains about President Obama’s climate agenda, but the Supreme Court already cleared it. The right especially didn’t like the White House’s deferred action on Dream Act kids, but deferred action has been a standard move for plenty of previous administrations.
 
Complicating matters further, unless the Speaker’s office suddenly uncovers actual evidence of something interesting, the federal courts will probably have no interest in adjudicating a partisan tantrum launched at one branch of the federal government against another.
 
So if the likely lawsuit isn’t rooted in reality, substance, evidence, or law, what’s the point?
 
Hmmmm...Well part of this is likely the result of Republican frustration that it hasn’t stopped federal policymaking altogether. In practical terms, Boehner and other GOP lawmakers don’t just want to reject progress on areas such as civil rights, the economy, and the environment; they also want to stop the Obama administration from making progress, too. That's been the game plan all along.
 
What’s more, Republicans, lacking a policy agenda of their own and having no actual accomplishments in office, have become a little too obsessed with the notion that President Obama is an out-of-control tyrant hell bent on creating a socialistic dictatorship. John Boehner almost certainly realizes that his party’s rhetoric is demonstrably ridiculous, but he’s also apparently decided it’s too late to back down now.
 
Ultimately, though, I suspect the lawsuit is about posturing. It’s an election year and Republicans have an irrational hatred of the president. Fundraising letters need to be written, a right-wing base needs be riled up, and Fox News can only air so many Benghazi segments before their audience falls asleep.
 
And so John Boehner, unable to explain his motivations in even rudimentary terms, has decided it’s time for a new gambit: a taxpayer-financed lawsuit, challenging a president for daring to use presidential power while a do-nothing Congress twiddles its thumbs.
 
Wake me up when they actually come up with something tangible!

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