Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Royal Presidency

All hail King barack obama I and his Queen michelle.

In the latest example of his imperial presidency, barry issued yet another royal decree once again delaying a key provision of obamacare.
Last July, just before the Independence Day holiday, the White House quietly announced that it was delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate—the law’s requirement that medium and large businesses sponsor health insurance for every worker—until 2015. It turned out to be the first of dozens of unilateral decisions by the Obama administration to ignore the law that Congress passed in 2010. But the story doesn’t end there. Yesterday, the Treasury Department announced that it would be further delaying the employer mandate. At this point, it’s worth wondering if the employer mandate will ever take effect...

...The delay is meant to “ease the transition to a 30-hour [work] week,” according to a senior Treasury official, given that the employer mandate counts as “full-time” anyone working 30 hours or more per week.
That seems fitting. Most of the government employees I've seen in action seem to believe that a 30 hour work week constitutes full-time. But I digress...

Like most things political -- and make no mistake, this is a blatantly political move, postponing the employer mandate until after the 2016 elections -- there are underlying aspects to this move that aren't readily apparent. For example, a person is eligible for obamacare subsidies only if their employer doesn't offer 'affordable' coverage. But with the delayed mandate, employers do not have to inform the government whether or not they offer such coverage. So subsidies will be granted based solely on the word of the applicant - in other words, on the honor system. (*snort*)

A second wrinkle, and one that might come back to bite the democrats on their asses if a republican wins in 2016, is that governing by executive order sets a dangerous precedent.
By making changes through administrative fiat, Obama has given his Republican successor—should he ever have one—a playbook for undermining the architecture of Obamacare.
That is, assuming King obama steps down from his throne.
After making yet another unconstitutional and illegal change to ObamaCare, the president tells his French counterpart that it's good to be king of the United States...

In times past, tyrants would rule with scepter and sword. President Obama, as he recently stated, says he needs only his pen and his phone...

"I am not a dictator," Obama once said at a press conference, "I'm the president."
It's getting harder and harder to tell the difference. In his mind, barry is our king, as evidenced by this recent quote: "That's the good thing as a president, I can do whatever I want."

In an ironic twist, he made that statement while touring Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, Virginia. You remember Thomas Jefferson, right? Author of the Declaration of Independence, which, among other things set forth the principle that government is the servant, not the master, of the people.

He must be spinning in his grave at about 5000 RPM.

As for Queen michelle, I've lost count of the number of luxurious vacations she's taken (count was 16 in Feb. 2012). And of course there was her gala 50th birthday party. But nothing says "It's good to be the queen" like this picture of the obama family dogs decked out in jewels and eating dinner at a mirrored palace table set with fine china.

Doesn't it bother liberals that the obama pooches are members of the 1%...


Old NFO said...

Sigh... If this was a 'real' country anymore, his (and her) asses would have been impeached and gone two years ago... No balls at all...

Anonymous said...

I noticed you no longer link to the Whited Sepulchre. What's up with that?

CenTexTim said...

NFO - that's the sad truth.

Anon - He put up a post that I profoundly disagreed with.

He is, of course, certainly entitled to his opinion. I would never do anything to muzzle him. However, by the same token I am not obligated to provide him a forum.

I wrestled with whether or not to engage him in a dialogue about that specific post, or alternatively to post something here announcing why I dropped the link. In the end, I decided the best course of action was simply to delete the link and move on.

I don't consider this being closed-minded. Why? Because IMO it would be like arguing religion. I'm not going to convince him to change his mind, and he won't change mine.

No hard feelings towards him. I don't think he's a bad person, and like I said, he is free to express his views.

And I'm equally free to refuse to spread them.