For some time now — but especially since the Republican sweep in the midterm elections — it’s been expected that President Obama would spark Capitol Hill conflict rather than cooperation by doubling down on his promise to fundamentally change America’s immigration policies through unilateral, executive action.
As noted on nationalreview.com, a GOP Senate aide says that, in response to the wave election for Republicans, Obama is preparing to inundate Congress and the American people with a wave of executive orders on amnesty.
“Now that the election is over, President Obama is beginning his effort to unilaterally and substantially expand immigration to the United States — whether it be legal, illegal, temporary or permanent — at a time when a record 41.3 million persons in the U.S. were born outside the U.S.”
But the anticipated fury of signings by Barack Obama using his vaunted executive pen will apparently not be limited to amnesty orders that abruptly change the legal status of many millions of immigrants currently in the country illegally.
On top of this concerted amnesty push that threatens to overwhelm the system, another wave is about to crest — a sweeping list of rapid-fire executive actions that Politico calls “the coming climate onslaught.”
“The Obama administration is set to roll out a series of climate and pollution measures that rivals any president’s environmental actions of the past quarter-century — a reality check for Republicans who think last week’s election gave them a mandate to end what they call the White House’s ‘War on Coal.’”
Over the next two months, President Obama will reportedly issue order after order that could well define the running conflict between the executive and legislative branches of government for the remainder of his term.
“Tied to court-ordered deadlines, legal mandates and international climate talks, the efforts scheduled for the next two months show that President Barack Obama is prepared to spend the remainder of his term unleashing sweeping executive actions to combat global warming.”
Indeed, as Fox News reports, Obama has just fired the first big shot in the coming environmental-action wars with the Republican-controlled Congress.
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Months before it was expected and in a far more dramatic fashion, Obama has moved the goal posts in his administration’s promise to force reductions in the U.S. emission of greenhouse gases. And he did it on the international stage…in league with the country that recently surpassed the United States as the world’s largest economy.
“President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. has set a new goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent over the next 11 years as part of a climate change agreement with China.
“The new target is a drastic increase from earlier in Obama’s presidency, when he pledged to cut emissions by 17 percent by 2020.”
And what did Obama extract from the Chinese in return for the significant emission reductions to be crammed down the throats of American industries?
According to Fox News, China reportedly didn’t pledge any reductions at all. Instead, the Chinese government said it would try to stop increasing its country’s carbon output by a certain date relatively far in the future.
“…did not pledge any reductions by a specific date, but rather set a target for China’s emissions to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible.”
Already, Obama’s action, announced during his visit to China, has drawn sharp criticism from the Kentucky Republican expected to be the Majority Leader in the new GOP-controlled Senate.
“This unrealistic plan, that the president would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs,” said incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, in a statement.
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