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Usurping Power

Recorded on January 5, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

President Obama is challenging our Constitution, announcing he is bypassing Senate confirmation of key appointments.

The President claims, “When Congress refuses to act, I have an obligation to do what I can without them.”

What he describes is both wrong and dangerous. We have a government of checks and balances. When Congress does not agree with him, Obama claims he has power to act like a dictator and do it anyway. Like all dictators, he then claims he's only doing what's best for the country.

Obama claims he can make recess appointments because Congress is not in session. But they are. The Senate met just the day before. So Obama claims it wasn't a “real” session because no legislation was passed, and most Senators were absent. But that makes no difference under the Constitution.

Obama likes to brag that he once taught constitutional law. Maybe he should have studied the Constitution first.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.