Mark Caserta: Senate shift in power may not be enough

6 Nov

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Nov. 05, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

The shift in the balance of power in the U.S. Senate affirms the disdain most Americans have for the policies of Barack Obama.

Unfortunately, Congressional balance of power could mean very little during the remaining two years of this administration. Obama’s intended reliance on his executive powers and his bully pulpit highlight his shortcomings in working with Congress.

Liberals blame a gridlocked Congress for Obama’s failures but conveniently forget that Democrats controlled Congress during the first two years of Obama’s presidency. Since then, his incapacity to reach across party lines and create any semblance of bipartisanship is the true reason for our congressional cul-de-sac.

Such an impasse never occurred under Bill Clinton, who faced a GOP majority during the bulk of his presidency, or Ronald Reagan, the “great communicator” who consistently placed people above big government. The inability to muster even the slightest “Clintonesque” or “Reaganesque” presidential leadership qualities has essentially rendered Obama a lame duck president.

But then there’s the executive order.

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Just two weeks before delivering his 2014 State of the Union address, Obama doubled down on his commitment to fundamentally change America with or without the elected voice of the people.

“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.” Obama said during a White House cabinet meeting. “And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”

Now it’s true other presidents have leveraged the “grant of executive power” provided in Article II of the Constitution, some more than Obama. But it isn’t the “quantity”; it’s the ultra-progressive “quality” of his actions that concern most Americans.

Attempting to minimize Senate seat losses, Obama postponed decisions on a host of contentious issues related to ObamaCare, immigration and the environment until after the midterm elections. But a tyrannical storm is brewing.

The administration announced that health-insurance premium rates on the ObamaCare exchange won’t be available until Nov. 15, when the website begins its 2015 enrollment. How politically convenient! It’s noteworthy that last year’s enrollment began on Oct. 1, making this year’s timetable clearly an intentional delay.

In June, Obama vowed “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress,” but has taken no executive action on immigration before the midterms. The White House reportedly is preparing to provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants in late November.

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release new power-plant restrictions that will cost the industry some $366 billion, but the rules won’t be finalized until later this year.

If Barack Obama’s policies are so popular, why was he compelled to hide them from the American people prior to such an important election?

Nevertheless, after the bureaucratic smoke clears, only a two-thirds vote by Congress or a Supreme Court declaration of unconstitutionality can overturn a presidential executive order.

So fasten your seat belts, America. It’s going to be a rough ride.

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Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

7 Responses to “Mark Caserta: Senate shift in power may not be enough”

  1. Gunny G November 6, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Reblogged this on BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny G ~ "CLINGERS of AMERICA!".


  2. Paul H. Lemmen November 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.


  3. shtownsendwriter November 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    You’re right. The Senate Shift in power may not be enough.

    I think my favourite line was, “The inability to muster even the slightest “Clintonesque” or “Reaganesque” presidential leadership qualities has essentially rendered Obama a lame duck president.

    Someone posted a picture that said, “If you think getting rid of Obama will fix everything, then you don’t understand the problem.” I’m curious to see how you would weigh in on this statement.


    • markacaserta November 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

      Well, it wouldn’t because we have yo “progressively” return out nation to its conservative roots. It took years to get this far left, it will take years to rebound. Having said that, Obama seized the opportunity to take the country downhill exponentially fastee than anyone ever before. And he isnt done.


      • shtownsendwriter November 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

        Truer words were never typed.


      • markacaserta November 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

        Or ever typed as poorly as I apparently did after reading it! I was obviously distracted by my work… Lol


      • shtownsendwriter November 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

        *LOL* That’s quite alright. I knew what you were saying.


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