Which explains why the Rethugs are besides themselves concerning Obama’s promised Executive Orders on immigration – he’s not supposed to do that!
Which is arrant nonsense; a president’s gonna do what a president’s gonna do.
The situation is made even more risible by the fact that at this very second the GOP have a bipartisan immigration bill they could introduce and put up for a vote. 1 The GOP won’t do that, of course. They refuse. One would almost suspect Boehner is waiting for someone to beg him to bring it up during the lame duck session just so he can say “fuck off.”
So the president is doing what he can and should, the possibility of Boehner crying –again — in public be damned:
“I presided over a process in which the Senate produced a bipartisan bill. I then said to John Boehner, ‘John, let’s get this passed through the House.’ For a year I stood back and let him work on this. He decided not to call the Senate bill and he couldn’t produce his own bill,” Obama said in an interview with CBS” “Face the Nation,” which aired Sunday.
“What I’m saying to them, actually, their time hasn’t run out. I’m going to do what I can do through executive action,” he said. “And in the interim, the minute they pass a bill that addresses the problems with immigration reform, I will sign it and it supersedes whatever actions I take.”
In other words, send the president the bill you’ve already crafted, the one both the GOP and the Dems agree on, or any other one he can sign, and he’ll immediately rescind his EO.
Yet said bill languishes away.
Obama is correct to call the GOP out.
Much has been made over the GOP gains in the latest election; the word mandate has yet to slip anyone’s lips, but you sense the GOP believe it nonetheless. Which might almost, almost be understandable had they been thwarted by the e-vil Obama at passing meaningful legislation over the last two years.
However the truth is the ruling Republicans in Congress have offered up nothing of substance, instead choosing to grandstand in futile attempts to kill the ACA (50 separate votes), shutdown the government for no discernible reason (and still pay all the employees while the Republican party gained…nothing), and generally spent time talking about Obama like a nigger. All the while conveniently forgetting a healthy majority of Americans twice elected Obama to office. 2
Tell you what: imagine for a second that Obama had been president when 9/11 went down, when Osama Bin Laden then easily eluded our forces, when we first discovered that the NSA was spying on average citizens with the blessing of the White House, when the ineffective Katrina response barely took place, when the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq had occurred, when the resulting off-the-books trillion-dollar debt that fiasco incurred (combined with the inevitable Wall Street implosion) resulted in the financial crisis. Let’s for a moment lay all that at Obama’s feet.
Now imagine Shrub and the Dark Lord presiding over the last seven years: no major attack on U.S. soil, the end of both the Iraq and Afghanistan military actions, the swift and effective response to Sandy, an (Republican acceptable) ACA analogue, a less than %6 unemployment rate, a record stock market high and a the lowest budget deficit since Clinton.
I tell you the GOP would have all but strung Obama up 3 and lauded Shrub such a serious reconfiguration of Mt. Rushmore would currently be under discussion.
Wake up, people.
- It would easily pass. ↩
- Unlike Shrub and The Dark Lord; one losing election and one bare majority there, enforced by lots and lots and lots of lawyers, to include the Supreme Court. ↩
- Or at least made damned sure there would be no pesky secret service guys around at least one time a fence-jumper suddenly needed armed entrance into the White House. ↩