Executive power: Obama now substituting his own regulations for No Child Left Behind law

posted at 6:43 pm on February 9, 2012 by Allahpundit

Conn Carroll’s already covered the bases on this at the Examiner but let me quote the key bit from an analysis by the lefty think tank Brookings back in August when the waivers were first announced:

The White House has announced its plan to grant waivers of the provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to states that agree to put in place the education reforms favored by the administration. Thus states that agree, for example, to adopt the Common Core state standards for what students should learn and to evaluate teachers for tenure based on student test gains will be freed from the consequences facing schools that fail to meet adequate yearly progress goals under NCLB. The reforms the administration seeks as a condition of granting waivers are the same that it put forward in its Blueprint for reauthorizing NCLB, and that it advanced in its Race to the Top competition using the $5 billion in discretionary funds made available to it by Congress under the Stimulus Act…

It is one thing for an administration to grant waivers to states to respond to unrealistic conditions on the ground or to allow experimentation and innovation. Similar waiver authority has been used to advance welfare and Medicaid reform going back to the Reagan administration, and to allow a few districts and states to experiment at the margins of NCLB in the Bush administration. It is quite another thing to grant state waivers conditional on compliance with a particular reform agenda that is dramatically different from existing law. The NCLB waiver authority does not grant the secretary of education the right to impose any conditions he considers appropriate on states seeking waivers, nor is there any history of such a wholesale executive branch rewrite of federal law through use of the waiver authority.

In other words, the states are stuck trying to meet an impossible NCLB standard by 2014 and Congress is stuck trying to reach a compromise on revised standards before then. But rather than merely waiving the current standards until Congress has come up with something new, O’s actually going to impose new standards of his own as a condition of the waiver. He’s basically swapping out a federal law for his own policy, in other words. Just like he did in ignoring the War Powers Act to wage war in Libya, just like he did in ignoring the Recess Clause to appoint Cordray and the new NLRB commissioners. This strategy of bypassing Congress with unilateral executive action actually dates back nearly two years, well before the GOP took back the House, but he’s gotten more aggressive with it lately as our gridlocked Congress’s approval rating sinks ever deeper into the toilet. He’s making a bet here about the public’s view of separation of powers: So long as he can argue that he’s taking action towards a virtuous end — and education is as virtuous as it gets politically — voters will let him slide on the legal niceties. A war to avert a humanitarian disaster in Libya, a new consumer-protection advocate, relief for public schools from onerous, unrealistic federal regulations: The ends justifies the means in all three cases because that darned “do-nothing Congress” he’s running against refuses to see the light. You already know from yesterday’s poll on Gitmo how seriously the left takes its own rhetoric about the rule of law; O’s wagering that the rest of the electorate is in the same boat, ready and even eager to let the unitary executive cut through swaths of procedural “red tape” so long as it leads to a good outcome. Is he wrong?

Two clips here, one of today’s announcement and the other of Reason editor Nick Gillespie talking about separation of powers and the new waivers last August when they were first announced.


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Give an inch, PBHO will take a mile.

Thanks for standing up to the usurper, GOP, makes me want to run right out and vote for your candidates.

Bishop on February 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

smart power…

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

We can’t wait… until this fascist marxist demigod EMPEROR resumes his career as a street agitator.

wildcat72 on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This is how dictators always get there power. The current form of government does do much so the leader unilaterally begins taking things into his own hands. First for “virtuous means”, then for power’s sake.

eva3071 on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Can we impeach the SOB yet?

VorDaj on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I am a frog. Can anybody else feel the water getting hotter. I can. Can somebody please turn off the heat.

retiredeagle on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

How is this even legal?

Masih ad-Dajjal on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Amazing. When (not if) he suspends the Electoral Process close enough to Nov., we’ll have our very first Tyrant.

Thanks, 52-percenters, for nothing.
Thanks, GOP, for DOING & SAYING nothing.

SnarkySam on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

smart power…

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Yeah, we all know the LAST thing you libs want are the schools to produce self reliant, EDUCATED young adults who won’t need to depend on liberals.

wildcat72 on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Hugo Chavez smiles.

It’s good to be King.

JPeterman on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Don’t forget the new “illegal” immigrant advocate he just appointed.And yes it is for Illegals…

sandee on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Dictator.

I guess there is nothing he can’t do. Why stop a school waiver and ObaaCare waivers. He has the power to do anything he wants.

And everyone else, I guess, is powerless. He needs impeached.

Seriously,… what does a President have to do before he becomes a criminal.

So, what waivers are next? Exempt friends from paying taxes? Exempt others from this or that. Why not just declare new laws. Make it up.

JellyToast on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

How is this even legal?

Masih ad-Dajjal on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

It isn’t. But no one has the balls to stand up and tell Emperor Hussein NO.

wildcat72 on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Thanks for standing up to the usurper, GOP, makes me want to run right out and vote for your candidates.

Bishop on February 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Hey, McConnell says thay have to choose their battles carefully!

/s

Wethal on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

He’s basically swapping out a federal law for his own policy, in other words. Just like he did in ignoring the War Powers Act to wage war in Libya, just like he did in ignoring the Recess Clause to appoint Cordray and the new NLRB commissioners.

El Presidente Downgrading the Constitution once again.

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Soetoro must still be drunk from the WH bbq last night. Egotistical alcoholic like his dad.

BHO Jonestown on February 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

A step too far. Don’t impeach – arrest…

affenhauer on February 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

So the government can save money by not paying anyone in Congress or the Senate any more, since they aren’t needed.

Boy, this guy is setting precedents that are going to make lefties heads absolutely explode the next time a Republican is in office. Then again, precedent is carved in stone for the left until it isn’t,so I guess it doesn’t matter.

Betenoire on February 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Oh noooooooo :(
We have a diktater…who could have seen that coming ?

burrata on February 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

It would be easier to take Nick Gillespie seriously if he didn’t dress like he was going to a Tom of Finland fan festival.

L.N. Smithee on February 9, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Pretty breathtaking.

I bet it will be passe in a month.

Scott H on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

The Lyin kING lies, the Repunks bow in supplication lest they be called bad names by the Lyin kING and his presstitutes!

ConcealedKerry on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

It isn’t. But no one has the balls to stand up and tell Emperor Hussein NO.

wildcat72 on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Well hes’ got Congress over a barrel. He has been successful in portraying the Congress as do nothing and he must take”charge”for the good of the Country don’t you see. The Republicans are obstructionist who want to poison your air and water,push granny over a cliff, and keep the poor Children from their proper “right” to Education and free lunches…

sandee on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Another dictatorial move that cry-baby Boehner and the gang will do absolutely nothing about.

Mr Galt on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

He’s trying to goad Republicans into impeaching him so he can up his dismal reelection chances.

Just chastize him, use it in political ads, and kick his dictator-loving and wannabeing-ass out of power.

The smart way.

Random on February 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

He’s making a bet here about the public’s view of separation of powers: So long as he can argue that he’s taking action towards a virtuous end — and education is as virtuous as it gets politically — voters will let him slide on the legal niceties.

It helps to have a compliant socialist national press organ to enable his power grabs instead of doing as the founding fathers intended.

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Voter: I expect them to stop funding Obama’s government.

I expect them to stop funding EVERYTHING until Obama decides to work with them, at the very least.

Apparently, most people here do not want the GOP to use the power it has.

Scott H on February 9, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Is he wrong?

Only one way to find out. Our nominee will have to make educating the electorate on these cynical power grabs a major campaign theme. If properly exposed to low info voters, these moves have the potential to blow up bigger than the contraception thing.

However, if after becoming educated they still vote for Obama, at least we will have clarity on exactly how effed we are.

Kataklysmic on February 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

smart power…

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Why this is Teddy’s favorite piece of legislation.

RickB on February 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

After watching this all this time, I have learned that Obama can do whatever he wants.

Or haven’t you noticed?

Alana on February 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Team player. Dictator

jake49 on February 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Ignoring or circumventing the rule of law in favor of their own authority: It’s what fascists do.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The left has realized that they control the narrative and most of the country isn’t into details. If you’ve noticed the language, their actions, lies…it all doesn’t matter. They can say and do what they want because it’s their comrades throughtout government, media, think tanks, and academe.

Remember, the left filters thru Law Schools. There’s a reason for this.

John Kettlewell on February 9, 2012 at 6:58 PM

This really is unbelievable. He will run against a “do-nothing Congress” and create a rosy economic picture full of unicorns, rainbows, and Skittles. What’s amazing is the blindness of the MSM tools who promote this fascism. Un. Be. Lievable.

The NCLB waiver authority does not grant the secretary of education the right to impose any conditions he considers appropriate on states seeking waivers,

No, that’s something the Education Czar decides. Get with the Obama Regime program.

nor is there any history of such a wholesale executive branch rewrite of federal law through use of the waiver authority.

Not in this country anyway. Plenty of dictators in other countries have done this. This tyrant must be stopped.

conservative pilgrim on February 9, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Also, we no longer have rule of law. That became evident during the Chrysler deal.

Alana on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

the problem with voting him out is he can just run again, and you know there are enough idiots to vote for him again.

if he is impeached then he cant ever be president again. IMPEACH this MFer.

Lifeisdeath on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Pretty breathtaking.

I bet it will be passe in a month.

Scott H on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Yeah. We must pick our battles dontchaknow./

conservative pilgrim on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

If or if not is legal, bho does not give a flying flit! Poor baby thinks his danty poo is the scent of the gods? bho says hop and with the little gold eo pin, let it be and let it be for our nation! The bhopress, d’s, and rino’s say, the thrill is here, do more bho? And by golly bho will do more more and more!

The only thing to stop bho, VOTE his skinny worthless hind end out in 2012! Also, gotta take the sentate and keep the house.
L

letget on February 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

smart power…

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Man, you’re really an idiot.

Maybe Obama should just crown himself tomorrow and really get down to the “transformation”. Whaddya say?

His Imperial Highness Obama?

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

So your telling us that one part of the government can ignore and go around the people’s representatives because They deem it necessary?

Because when you really need to get things done, it’s okay to Dictate that they are done?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The only thing that consoles me at all in all of this is apparently we have been through it before. According to my grandparents (now dead), FDR was quite a bit like this. They hated him with a passion.

Alana on February 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Obummer is setting precedent daily. As with Reid with reconciliation- The commie in chief is gonna give the next president way more latitude when it comes to exec power and undoing the socialist damage. The liberals will scream and probably “flea-bag DC” if obie is one and done – but in the spirit of Randolph Duke—
“Ocommie has set the price”

FlaMurph on February 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

So be it; I just ignore that he’s the president.

Erich66 on February 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

he sucks

Lost in Jersey on February 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Voter from WA State on February 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I expect them to stop worrying about their precious seats and make life he1l for PBHO and the demorats in every way that Congressional rules allow. Enough excuses that they only control one house; quit whining about they can’t do anything.

Bishop on February 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

So your telling us that one part of the government can ignore and go around the people’s representatives because They deem it necessary?

Because when you really need to get things done, it’s okay to Dictate that they are done?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Yeah. It’s ok. Laws and rules don’t apply to the left. Obama would use the military as an instrument of coercion … here … in the US … if he could get away with it. There is no principle followed or standard adhered to by the left. Whatever works to achieve the goal.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I’m with Ace. Two can play that game, so let’s keep a tally for when our guy gets in there:

I don’t even want to think like this, but if we’re playing Lord of the Flies like this, I can see a Republican president waiving compliance with the National Labor Relations Board too. And the EPA. And unilaterally offering a “waiver” permitting a company to drill in ANWR.

rcpjr on February 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Another reason to vote Republican in 2012.

salem on February 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Man, you’re really an idiot.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Of course she is, she’s a liberal. Mooching off the welfare state doing as little as possible in life while others carry her weight.

BruthaMan on February 9, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Another dictatorial move that cry-baby Boehner and the gang will do absolutely nothing about.

Mr Galt on February 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Seriously, what can they do? WE. DO. NOT. CONTROL. THE. SENATE.

Thanks again to all you RINO-hunters who insisted it didn’t matter.

rockmom on February 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Sometimes I wonder if we have any ” manly” Generals , like Musharaf, in our country ?
That guy atleast stepped up for his country, when he saw an elected politician turn into a corrupt tyrant.
We have sissies wearing uniform, running in DC

burrata on February 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

typical dictator-like behavior from the Won

thedevilinside on February 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

So your telling us that one part of the government can ignore and go around the people’s representatives because They deem it necessary?

Because when you really need to get things done, it’s okay to Dictate that they are done?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Yeah. It’s ok. Laws and rules don’t apply to the left. Obama would use the military as an instrument of coercion … here … in the US … if he could get away with it. There is no principle followed or standard adhered to by the left. Whatever works to achieve the goal.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Yes, that is essentially what she’s? saying – that it A-Okay to Downgrade the rule of law simply because our dear El Presidente deems it to be for a good cause.

What’s more to despise?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The picture of the dicktater is stomach-turning!

thedronning on February 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

If this were a GOP president overstepping as much as JugEars does, the dems would be screaming, fighting, punching and stopping him/her.
But with a liberal president doing it, crickets…

carbon_footprint on February 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Barack Obama: The American Hitler.

VorDaj on February 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Seriously, what can they do? WE. DO. NOT. CONTROL. THE. SENATE.

Thanks again to all you RINO-hunters who insisted it didn’t matter.

rockmom on February 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

This.

And you just know the people calling for the strongest actions now were supporting anti-witch anti-masturbation politicians and their unelectable ilk then.

Random on February 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

American Winter.

VorDaj on February 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Barack Obama: The American Hitler.

VorDaj on February 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Hitler was better.
Atleast he knew when to exit

burrata on February 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

He’s making a bet here about the public’s view of separation of powers: So long as he can argue that he’s taking action towards a virtuous end — and education is as virtuous as it gets politically — voters will let him slide on the legal niceties.

Do people realize that such power grabs can only be implemented gradually?

And for the Common good?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:14 PM

My collie says:

President Kim Jong The One.

CyberCipher on February 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Seriously, what can they do? WE. DO. NOT. CONTROL. THE. SENATE.

Thanks again to all you RINO-hunters who insisted it didn’t matter.

rockmom on February 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Scream bloody murder. Shout it from the rooftops. Call Obama a thug, a wannabe king, call him power mad and insane. Whatever it takes.

The left goes absolutely bat crazy if we sneeze. We need to do the same.

Draw attention to this by whatever means necessary.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Bishop on February 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

BISHOP!

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Who has seen the Republican response?

GaltBlvnAtty on February 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Bottom line – we get the government we deserve.

We elected him. it’s up to us to “un-elect” him.

BD57 on February 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

We are living in dangerous times while the LSM refuses to its job…

d1carter on February 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Yes, that is essentially what she’s? saying – that it A-Okay to Downgrade the rule of law simply because our dear El Presidente deems it to be for a good cause.

What’s more to despise?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Well, at least we now know when a Republican gets elected in 2012 all he has to do is say it’s for the good of the country. Good intentions.

Thanks Obama! I hope whoever wins waivers everything the left has built over the last hundred years.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Protip to GOP Candidates: Hit Obama on all of his overreaching.
Get elected.
Undo all the damage.
Get re-elected.

carbon_footprint on February 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Three cheers for President Waiver!

Rovin on February 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Barack Obama: The American Hitler.

VorDaj on February 9, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Hitler was better.
Atleast he knew when to exit

burrata on February 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Take a look at the Progressions toward tyrannies that have taken place in the past.

They don’t begin with Chekists breaking down doors and sending people off to the gulag.

They begin with gradual power grabs and programs to garner support from the people…

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Seriously, what can they do? WE. DO. NOT. CONTROL. THE. SENATE.

Thanks again to all you RINO-hunters who insisted it didn’t matter.

rockmom on February 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

How did the RINO’s on the West Coast do. Oh yeah, they got their aZZes hand to them.

RickB on February 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

What’s more to despise?

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Well, at least we now know when a Republican gets elected in 2012 all he has to do is say it’s for the good of the country. Good intentions.

Thanks Obama! I hope whoever wins waivers everything the left has built over the last hundred years.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Well, that would be wrong as well.

The big thing now is to do what we can inform people of what’s going on.

The socialist national press isn’t going to do it.

And we have to Hope that El Presidente Downgrade isn’t able to purchase another term with our money.

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

… and people think he will actually give up power if he looses the election.

I can’t wait to hear…

“How did we come to this…?”

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM

smart power…

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Well…we know that lobotomy4lifes memory has been totally eradicated, as evidenced by all Its postings!
If we can put a couple of noids back into the front area of its brain…maybe It will be able to experience the ‘midas touch’ of memories, that Present Pivot will leave for generations.

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2012 at 7:27 PM

He’s making a bet here about the public’s view of separation of powers: So long as he can argue that he’s taking action towards a virtuous end — and education is as virtuous as it gets politically — voters will let him slide on the legal niceties.

God save us from the do-gooders.

DFCtomm on February 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Scream bloody murder. Shout it from the rooftops. Call Obama a thug, a wannabe king, call him power mad and insane. Whatever it takes.

How not to win elections.

I realize at the end of the day we tend to support the same sorts of candidates, but a lot of how you people think is so far outside of what swing voters think and you actually think.

And that’s fine. It isn’t like every view and policy preference I have is popular.

But I know the difference! I think a lot of you really don’t.

Random on February 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

The military take an oath to support the Constitution, not the Pres. Where the hell is our military???? The Constitution is being trashed [has been right along since his "regime" took over] and they are standing around with their fingers up their butts. Make me sick

retiredeagle on February 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Bishop
The more they worry about their seats the faster they’ll lose them.

angrymike on February 9, 2012 at 7:30 PM

It’s a good thing the GOP candidates are coordinating their unending attack on Obowma and alerting the American people to Obowma’s power grabs and lawlessness instead of attacking each other…

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on February 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

*How not to win elections.

I realize at the end of the day we tend to support the same sorts of candidates, but a lot of how you people think is so far outside of what swing voters think and you actually think.

And that’s fine. It isn’t like every view and policy preference I have is popular.

But I know the difference! I think a lot of you really don’t.

Random on February 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Protip to GOP Candidates: Hit Obama on all of his overreaching.
Get elected.
Undo all the damage.
Get re-elected.

carbon_footprint on February 9, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Don’t be naive. When the next GOP president takes office he’ll embrace the new found executive powers. It’s not about what’s good for the country to them. It’s about winning.

DFCtomm on February 9, 2012 at 7:32 PM

But I know the difference! I think a lot of you really don’t.

Random on February 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

No, you really don’t. The only way to make people understand what Obama is doing is to force the press to cover it by saying the things that are not only true, but the things that most Republiocans are afraid to say.

darwin on February 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

This really is unbelievable. He will run against a “do-nothing Congress” and create a rosy economic picture full of unicorns, rainbows, and SkittlesReese’s peanut butter cus

Fifm. I love rainbows and unicorns as well as the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow and wish they were true. Alas they are not. The only things I find enjoyable these days are my Reese’s and red wine.

Seriously. The whistler-in-chief and his minions make my heart hurt. I am thankful I believe in God and have had an excellent upbringing as well as a loving family to make me strong. I will not kneel or bow to this anti-christ or his minions. I will not allow this usurper to tread on God or the Constitution of this great nation that I believe was divinely inspired. I will stand against the demons that would make me into their image to continue their destruction of the very things that made this incredible Country what it is and what it will still can be.

FLconservative on February 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM

How not to win elections.

I realize at the end of the day we tend to support the same sorts of candidates, but a lot of how you people think is so far outside of what swing voters think and you actually think.

And that’s fine. It isn’t like every view and policy preference I have is popular.

But I know the difference! I think a lot of you really don’t.

Random on February 9, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Swing voters don’t think. There have been studies, and they are always the least informed and least knowledgeable. It’s a shame that they get to decide every election based on nothing more than the politics of appearance and personality.

DFCtomm on February 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Those of us who live in these states need to start screaming and making our state governments refuse to abide by the Administration’s dictatorial orders here. We do have some power to do something about this.

rockmom on February 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Don’t be naive. When the next GOP president takes office he’ll embrace the new found executive powers. It’s not about what’s good for the country to them. It’s about winning.

DFCtomm on February 9, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Yep.

carbon_footprint on February 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM

“Separation of Powers” – I can only hope that come November we will vote this piece of fungus out of office and ‘separate’ him from his ‘powers’. Unfortunately the Beltway Republicans seem only interested in maintaining their DC cash grab. I pray that a majority of the voters are not complacent, despondent or fooled (again). Either way, I expect the lawless faction in power right now to try everything under the sun to thwart any legitimate rejection of their stealth coup. This latest outrage only illustrates that they don’t give a hoot in Hell about the rule of law.

ghostwalker1 on February 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Obama is lawless, a loose cannon.

Axion on February 9, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Why this is Teddy’s favorite piece of legislation.

RickB on February 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

How could they do this to Teddie? He’s barely cold in the ground and already he is destroying the legacy of EMK.

slickwillie2001 on February 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Next up on Premier Obama’s agenda: Illegal-immigrant waivers, followed by student loan waivers, followed by a home owner’s default waiver, followed by…….

Rovin on February 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Dictator-in-Training.

He’s just getting warmed up, and likes the feeling of simply making everyone do whatever the f@#$ he thinks they *should* do – law and Constitution be damned.

Midas on February 9, 2012 at 7:45 PM

He either never studied the constitution or pees on it, with purpose.

Schadenfreude on February 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

12-21-2012

Obama declares November elections null and void.

marinetbryant on February 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Right idea, wrong method. NCLB was a freaking disaster; “No Child Left Socially Unpromoted” is one of the more polite terms around my locale.

MelonCollie on February 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I’m sure Mitch McConnell will pick this fight with Barack and lead the Senate GOP to a resounding slap-down of Barack.

SouthernGent on February 9, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Next up on Premier Obama’s agenda: Illegal-immigrant waivers, followed by student loan waivers, followed by a home owner’s default waiver, followed by…….

Rovin on February 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Well, the National Marxists will tell you that those are all for the common good and if some want to obstruct their passage, they just have to be ignored because El Presidente Downgrade knows better and all.

/sarc.

Chip on February 9, 2012 at 7:52 PM

smart power…

The disaster known as “no child left behind” must be eradicated along with the memories of the Bush years

liberal4life on February 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Dude, you do realize that none other than Ted Kennedy wrote the bill, right?

I agree it’s a disaster (just like most other centrally-planned policies), but it should be repealed by Congress, not by another unconstitutional power grab from King Odumbo.

BTW, do you know who else vigorously opposed it from day 1? Three guesses.

Walter Sobchak on February 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

There’s so many creepy and disturbing pictures of this freak. The uber-gayness of this pic just makes my skin crawl.

NorthernEx on February 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

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