Although he has received plenty of criticism from conservatives who feel he has not done enough to distance himself from the Obama administration, House Speaker John Boehner now seems to be making an effort to do just that. As Western Journalism reported, Boehner is advocating a lawsuit against Barack Obama, citing an unconstitutional reliance on executive action in pursuing his personal political agenda.
The move has attracted outrage from many on the left, as one might imagine. In a recent commentary published by CNN, however, Boehner defends his position with several pointed jabs at Obama’s leadership style.
He accused the president of “changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold” by embracing fiat rule instead of the balance of power described in the U.S. Constitution.
All the while, Boehner noted, Obama seems to be “daring the American people to stop him.”
The House will be able to vote later this month on a proposed lawsuit, he wrote, explaining that Obama still shows no sign of curtailing his unconstitutional behavior.
“The President’s response: ‘So sue me,’” Boehner noted.
He went on to assert that Democrat legislators, influenced by Obama, continually fail to work with Republicans in an effort to reverse the economic deterioration that has plagued the nation throughout this administration.
“The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills that would help,” he wrote. “But Washington Democrats, led by the President, just ignore them.”
Still, he concluded that Obama’s unilateral action is even more destructive.
“Washington taxes and regulations always make it harder for private sector employers to meet payrolls, invest in new initiatives and create jobs,” he wrote; “but how can those employers plan, invest and grow when the laws are changing on the President’s whim at any moment?”
While he insisted that the decision to seek a lawsuit against Obama is not one he made hastily, Boehner wrote that accountability at the highest level of government is imperative.
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