Barack Obama has made it easy. As they say at Nike
Barack Obama has hinted at becoming a dictator
“As I mentioned when I was at La Raza a few weeks back, I wish I had a magic wand and could make this all happen on my own,” Obama told a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “There are times where — until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again — I’d like to work my way around Congress.”
He thinks he has an obligation to take action without Congress
then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them.
It’s official. We now have a dictator.
President Obama granted 10 states (Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee) waivers from the federal government’s No Child Left Behind law today. The action will temporarily prevent schools in each states from suffering federal sanctions for not meeting reading and math standards by 2014.
Obama’s waivers from NCLB have made things worse for states:
These are not simply waivers to provide relief to states from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind. These are conditions-based waivers, and the strings attached to this “relief” further tether states to Washington.
One of the most concerning conditions attached to the waivers is a requirement that states adopt common standards and tests or have their state university approve their standards. None of the waiver-approved states opted for the latter. The administration’s various carrots and sticks ($4.35 billion in Race to the Top grants and potential Title I dollars) had already pushed them to begin implementing the Common Core national standards and tests.
When national organizations and the Department of Education dictate standards and tests, they effectively control what can—and can’t–be taught in local schools. The degree to which these critical decisions are about to be centralized and nationalized is unprecedented in America.
But that’s not the worst of it.
Obama has no Constitutional authority to grant waivers to established Federal law- a law which has no provisions for waivers.
Even worse, nothing in federal law grants Obama the power to issue these conditional waivers. He is unilaterally rewriting federal education policy through selective enforcement. The American Enterprise Institute’s Frederick Hess tells the Christian Science Monitor: “NCLB, for all its flaws, was crafted by the US Congress … [but] these waivers impose a a raft of new federal requirements that were never endorsed by the legislative branch.
And here’s how a Republican President can undo Obama entirely:
“Once this administration opens this door, it’s hard to imagine future administrations not building on this precedent.”
A Republican President can grant the entire country a universal waiver from Obamacare. A Republican President can grant everyone in the US a waiver from the EPA. A Republican President can choose not to enforce anything Obama has done. Federal law will mean nothing. Congress itself becomes irrelevant. Obama’s precedent would allow a President to grant waivers to the Civil Rights Act (Come to think of it, Obama already has done that).
Obama himself described this policy
As he continued, Obama conceded that “we’ve got laws on the books that have to be upheld.” But he quickly added there are different ways to uphold the laws on the books. “You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important,” Obama said. Last month, the administration made a major, unilateral change in immigration law enforcement when it announced that the government will not initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants unless they have committed serious crimes. To critics, Obama had indeed worked his way around Congress.
It is what I believe is the basis for Obama nurturing massive election fraud and then choosing not to investigate it.
I fully expect no end to election chicanery on the part of the ACORN and the left, whether it involves “finding” lost votes as in Minnesota, printing out enough democrat ballots to guarantee a victory, forging signatures, or forging more signatures. I also expect that Holder would dismiss out of hand all claims beneficial to Obama and democrats and pursue only those in which the outcomes favored Republicans.
Ultimately the job of the Attorney General of the United States is protect the law from abuse but it is painfully clear that Eric Holder was appointed to protect abuse from the law.
There is a problem with this policy. It rips apart the fabric of the United States. The President’s duty is to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and uphold the laws of the nation, not pick and choose which laws he wants to ignore.
Someone has to challenge Obama’s action.