For all the concerns that liberals express about large corporations and Wall Street financial firms, I wish they were more concerned about the power of government and particularly the President.
The government appoints to itself the power to use force and seize property whenever it wants. Obama seems to have a particular affinity for doing things outside the traditional checks and balances designed to constrain power.
- He targets individuals to be killed and redefines who is a combatant and who is a civilian to change how statistics would report civilian deaths.
- He forces insurance companies to provide free services over the objections of customers and in conflict with religious freedom.
- He overrides bankruptcy law and forces creditors with legal rights to give up those rights, allocating money to others who had no legal rights.
And today, he changes immigration policy to something the elected legislature decided against doing.
Even if you agree with the desired outcomes, to implement them by executive action alone risks losing the notion that we are a self-governed nation of laws, not one governed by individual whims.
All should be worried what Obama might choose to do on his own if re-elected.
*** Transmitted to Vladimir, June 15, 2012 ***
On PBS News Hour, an Administration spokesperson said that the immigration change is authorized under prosecutorial discretion. This does provide some basis for not actively deporting people. It does not provide a basis for issuing work permits to illegal immigrants as a standard procedure. Imagine the prosecutor who says, "I choose not prosecute this bank robber... and I will give him money for his trouble because I think he should have it."
When the spokesperson was asked why the program only applied to people 30 years old or younger (too bad 31 year olds), the answer given was that the Dream Act had proposed 30. So, here is a total admission that the Executive branch has decided to implement a policy based on a law that was specifically not enacted.