“While it may be politically expedient, rewriting a law passed by Congress simply to avoid ballot box consequences is an outrageous abuse of executive power…No law should be reshaped for the sole purpose of benefiting a single political party.”
- “Under the Constitution, the president must implement laws as written by Congress. The implementation dates for Obamacare are specified in the law, and should not be changed without congressional approval.”
Lest one think that this is just a jaundiced eye at work, even the left-devoted New York Times won’t deny what is obvious:
“Ideally, President Obama would not have extended the period for retaining the less-comprehensive policies, but in the current political environment, he opted to take a step to protect health care reform against a Republican takeover in the Senate.”
The Times doesn’t have the integrity to pronounce this an abuse of power, but that’s what it is.
Like so much we have seen in the last six, sad, dispiriting and destructive years, this is the desperate measure of incompetent leadership. Politics in the pursuit of the public good is a noble and necessary pursuit. Politics employed to hold power alone, especially when those who would wield the power are not worthy of it either by expertise or character, defiles the ideals of democratic government. This is just accountability avoidance, degrading and cowardly.