House panel votes to sue Obama

From Business Insider:

The House Rules Committee vote was 7 in favor, 4 against. All the Republicans voted for it; all the Democrats voted against it. It brings the resolution closer to full House vote, expected next week before Congress adjourns for a five-week summer recess.

“The president has repeated encroached on Congress’s power to write the laws,” said Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Laws are not a mere list of suggestions from which a president can pick and choose.”

The lawsuit is aimed at the president’s unilateral decision to delay some deadlines under Obamacare. Although House Republicans said they intend to target the employer mandate delay, they’ve broadened the language in the legislation to give them room to legally challenge other tweaks to the law. The new language also leaves room for them to determine what remedy to seek.

If I understand this correctly, the GOP wants to sue Obama for delaying the very law they’ve spent 50 plus votes trying to get rid of.  Either this is some serious eleventh dimension chess, or our elected officials have officially graduated beyond “stuck on stupid”.

I don’t recall either party acting with such jackassery when Medicare Part D had its disastrous roll out and implementation was delayed time and time again to help straighten out the issues.  If the GOP is supposed to be so concerned with our fiscal health, why in the hell are they wasting taxpayer money with such an obvious political stunt?  Many people with experience in legal proceedings have basically said that a snowball has a better chance of surviving hell compared to the chances of this lawsuit.

It seems as though many in Congress fail to remember that implementation of laws is a direct responsibility of the Executive Branch.  Delaying implementation is not changing a law unless that delay is a permanent delay.  You would think that, as much as the GOP hates this law, they would be ecstatic at Obama delaying it as much as possible.  The delays give them more time to hold frivolous votes to repeal.  I guess the GOP has forgotten about the old saying to never look a gift horse in the mouth.

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13 thoughts on “House panel votes to sue Obama

  1. It’s just more wasted time and effort from the GOP’s Showboating Committee. It’ll fail, and here’s why,

    1) The GOP already tried to force some of the *exact same* delays they’re now complaining about. So if they hate those delays so much, why were they arguing *in favor* of them as recently as two years ago?

    2) Same thing happened during the Medicare Part D rollout, and the White House response then was the same as now — to delay implementing parts of the law. Key difference: the President at that time was a Republican. But again, if it hurts your precious feefees so much, then why didn’t y’all complain back then?

    3) The GOP doesn’t have standing. Since members of Congress have exempted themselves from the provisions of the ACA, they’re not affected by it. And if you’re not affected by it, then you can’t argue that delaying it is causing you some sort of actionable harm. End result: plaintiff lacks standing, GOP has no case, don’t let the doorknob hitcha on the way out of the courtroom.

    Even if the White House doesn’t gain traction with points #1 and #2, it’s pretty much a dead cert that point #3 will stop the lawsuit dead in its tracks.

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    • Yep. I concur on all three counts. I don’t remember any fuss like this over Medicare Part D, and the some within the GOP even abandoned this program. They didn’t go bat shiite crazy though.

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      • I’ve seen you mention the Part D delays over on Bookman’s, so I figured you and I were on the same page with this. 🙂

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        • We are, and I find it funny that none of his conservative posters ever address that when it’s put right in front of them. Some people have a difficult time with dealing with reality when it doesn’t conform to their personal views.

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          • Well, they also don’t like to acknowledge that “cut and run” applies to President Reagan, too. Just look up how we responded to the barracks bombing in Beirut. I knew a guy who died there. He was just a year behind me in high school.

            Kate Bush says it better than I ever could.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOZDKlpybZE

            “B.F.P.O.”
            Army dreamers
            “Mammy’s hero”
            “B.F.P.O.”
            “Mammy’s hero”

            Our little army boy
            Is coming home from B.F.P.O.
            We’ve a bunch of purple flowers
            To decorate a mammy’s hero

            Mourning in the aerodrome
            The weather warmer, he is colder
            Four men in uniform
            To carry home my little soldier

            (What could he do? Should have been a rock star)
            But he didn’t have the money for a guitar
            (What could he do? Should have been a politician)
            But he never had a proper education
            (What could he do? Should have been a father)
            But he never even made it to his twenties

            What a waste
            Army dreamers
            Ooh, what a waste of
            Army dreamers

            Tears o’er a tin box
            Oh, Jesus Christ, he wasn’t to know
            Like a chicken with a fox
            He couldn’t win the war with ego

            Give the kid the pick of pips
            And give him all your stripes and ribbons
            Now he’s sitting in his hole
            He might as well have buttons and bows

            (What could he do? Should have been a rock star)
            But he didn’t have the money for a guitar
            (What could he do? Should have been a politician)
            But he never had a proper education
            (What could he do? Should have been a father)
            But he never even made it to his twenties

            What a waste
            Army dreamers
            Ooh, what a waste of
            Army dreamers

            Ooh, what a waste of all that
            Army dreamers
            Army dreamers
            Army dreamers, oh

            Did n, did n, did n, dum
            (B.F.P.O.)
            (Army dreamers)
            Did n, did n, did n, dum
            (Mammy’s hero)

            Did n, did n, did n, dum
            (B.F.P.O.)
            (Army dreamers)
            Did n, did n, did n, dum
            (Mammy’s hero)

            (B.F.P.O.)
            No harm heroes
            (Mammy’s hero)
            (B.F.P.O.)
            Army dreamers
            (Mammy’s hero)

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  2. This is a waste of time and much ado about nothing. Some people want to impeach Obama and a few years back some were wanting to impeach Bush, when neither did anything to rise to the level of impeachment.

    I do believe Obama has over-reached quite a bit but the best way to settle that is for those affected to do the suing and let it work up through the courts.

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  3. Brosephus, there’s a comment at Bookman’s today — based on the comment, apparently Heritage has figured out that the GOP is going to have a big problem establishing standing in this case.

    I believe there is a Luckovich cartoon somewhere in there. 🙂

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  4. “House GOP Just Making Up Stuff”

    I seem to recall that the comment was somewhere north of #160 or so; you may have to scroll through a few pages to find it. I can’t recall who posted it, but if you do a webpage search on “Heritage,” that might help zero in on it quicker.

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