Stop me if you’ve heard this before, the Speaker of the House is going to sue the president for the way he’s governing America. If it sound’s familiar, that’s because Rep. Boehner became the 2nd Speaker of the House in a row to threaten such a lawsuit.
From CBS News:
“On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him,” Boehner said. He warned that allowing the pattern to continue unchecked ” shifts the balance of power decisively and dangerously in favor of the presidency, giving the president king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators.”
I guess he’s trying to one-up the previous speaker who threatened to sue the president over signing statements. This lawsuit reeks of stupidity, if for nothing else, Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders to date than any previous two-term president signed in their first term. Based on information I found, Obama’s signed two more EOs to date in his 1.5 term in office than Bush 41 signed in his one term and one less EO than Gerald Ford signed in his single term. The numbers may have since changed as the information was current as of January 2014. If what Obama is doing will dangerously shift the balance of power in DC, then what in the hell was going on for the previous 200 years?
Is this what we’re reduced to as Americans? Damn, at least legislators in other countries just square off and fight each other. Think of all the tax dollars we could save if Democrats and Republicans just went to blows to settle their differences instead of doing these stupid and expensive stunts instead? Hell, I’d buy a seat to see some of them go toe to toe against each other. It’s not like they’re going to tarnish the reputation of Congress any more than they’ve already done. According to a recent Gallup poll, “Americans’ confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low. Seven percent of Americans say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress as an American institution, down from the previous low of 10% in 2013. This confidence is starkly different from the 42% in 1973, the first year Gallup began asking the question.”
Maybe a fight or two could be the spark to get Congress back into the good graces of Americans. Then again, simply doing their job without all the partisan BS will likely achieve the same result. Pulling the stupid “sue the president” trick ain’t the way to do it though. Pelosi figured it out, and only time will tell how long it takes for Boehner to figure it out as well.