We now have another example of how President Obama will govern if he wins reelection and has to deal with a completely Republican Congress—he will simply ignore Congress and do what he wants. Why do I say that? Have you heard what he did this week?
A new agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was created by Congress despite the opposition of most Republicans. Obama nominated Richard Cordray to be the head of the agency. The Senate has to confirm such appointments, as cited in the Constitution. Republicans, though, are concerned that this agency will become an arm of big government to lash out at businesses. Certainly the Obama administration has a history of doing so. Republicans wanted assurances that this new bureaucracy can be kept in check, so they have not yet confirmed Cordray.
The president decided he was tired of waiting and simply placed Cordray in the position, saying that Congress is in recess, so he has the authority to do so. The only problem is that Congress is not in recess. He has merely declared it to be and has acted accordingly.
This is blatantly unconstitutional.
Using unconstitutional means to achieve his goals is not something new to him, but this act of indifference to the rule of law is more obvious than most. Yet he believes he will get away with it, and he’s probably correct in that assessment. Most Americans know so little of constitutional limitations that they won’t think twice about it. Further, he can score political points by saying he is the one trying to protect consumers, while Republicans are siding with big business.
Never mind the truth, just demogogue.
He’s betting this type of inexcusable bravado will be the ticket to a second term. His strategy is clear:
How many will he fool this time?