John Boehner Can’t Name One Example Of Obama Breaking The Law In 12 Paragraph CNN Op-Ed


Speaker of the House John Boehner spent twelve paragraphs writing about why he must sue President Obama, but what was missing from his CNN commentary was any examples of Obama breaking the law.

Boehner wrote, “But too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.”

That sounds dangerous, so what has the president done?

Boehner continued, “That’s why, later this month, we will bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.”

This is another allegation that the president has broken laws, but which laws did he violate?

The Speaker continued to ramble on without offering the slightest hint of specifics, “Even worse, the President’s habit of ignoring the law as written hurts our economy and jobs even more. Washington taxes and regulations always make it harder for private sector employers to meet payrolls, invest in new initiatives and create jobs — but how can those employers plan, invest and grow when the laws are changing on the President’s whim at any moment? I don’t take the House legal action against the President lightly. We’ve passed legislation to address this problem (twice), but Senate Democrats, characteristically, have ignored it.”

Was Boehner writing about Obamacare, the EPA rules on coal power plants, raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, immigration? Who knows? Speaker Boehner certainly doesn’t.

Speaker Boehner aimless drifts for a dozen paragraphs, thirteen if you count a one sentence paragraph which I didn’t, and he says nothing that everyone hasn’t heard Republicans accuse Obama of ever since the day that he first he took office.

The most revealing thing about Speaker Boehner’s CNN op-ed is the complete lack of evidence that it contains. Boehner couldn’t articulate a clear reason for suing the president much less a specific example that could be deemed worthy of a lawsuit. Every executive action that Obama has taken has decades or centuries legal precedent behind it. The Speaker has been trying to dodge the fact that he has no legal grounds to sue on.

Speaker Boehner has been working on this lawsuit for six months. Over the course of the past half year, House Republicans have not found a single instance where President Obama has broken the law. If Boehner had a specific example of the president breaking the law, he would be using it. The fact that he has been trying to whip Republicans into a frenzy over this lawsuit without telling them why they are suing the president speaks volumes about the merits of what Rep. Boehner is up to.

This lawsuit is a gimmick that is designed to distract Republican voters from the fact that in 2010 and 2012 Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, but here we are in 2014, and not only is the ACA the law of the land, but it is more popular than ever. Republicans promised to shut down the government until they got their way, and failed. Failure is the defining characteristic of Boehner’s time as Speaker.

The years of Republican majority control of the House have been wrapped in failure. The lawsuit is nothing more than a shiny distraction. Benghazi didn’t distract. This IRS conspiracy flamed out, so all Boehner has left is an empty threat to sue the president.

Democrats are raising record sums of money while conservatives see through the gimmicks. Speaker Boehner has unleashed a backlash from all sides. Just like his CNN op-ed Boehner’s speakership has been full of bluster but ineptly lacking in action.

In other words, every time John Boehner brings up this lawsuit, House Republicans take another step towards losing in 2014.

41 Replies to “John Boehner Can’t Name One Example Of Obama Breaking The Law In 12 Paragraph CNN Op-Ed”

  1. I tweet this twit every day. I ask him where’s that lawsuit,where’s the jobs, we vote in Nov:)#UniteBlue baby.

  2. “…to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.”

    When a President disobeys the law, the House of Representatives has recourse through impeachment. They cannot impeach President Obama because he hasn’t disobeyed the law. They’re trying to get around impeachment with this lawsuit.

    The Court should throw it out.

  3. “This lawsuit is a gimmick that is designed to distract Republican voters from the fact that in 2010 and 2012 Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, but here we are in 2014, and not only is the ACA the law of the land, but it is more popular than ever. ”

    No, it’s larger than that. It’s designed to make republicans forget that their leaders promised a “repeal and replace” alternative to the ACA, and they haven’t leaked any details of the plan to the media, because there isn’t any plan. Democrats need to run attack ads, using their own words, and their total lack of action on the issue. “No” isn’t a plan, and they need to feel the electoral heat for that undelivered promise.

  4. The drunk will never be able to name a valid law President Obama has broken. Obama is holding up The Constitution…..he knows The Constitution…he taught it.

    Lets tell The Drunk to put The Jobs Bill on the floor and vote for that instead of attempting to vote down ACA over fifty times and failing.

  5. With a few minor alterations, Boehner’s editorial could be cribbed from any right-wing website. Same lack of specifics, same hyperbole.

  6. He knows why he’s suing him but it has nothing to do with anything the President has actually done…it has to do with what the House has done or, more precisely, what they have NOT done.

    The mid-terms are approaching; now is the time for candidates to be telling their constituents what they’ve done for them. They have nothing except the vague notion of “standing up to the president” – in other words, obstructing him. It’s red meat for the base.

    They’ve got nothing else to chum the waters with so they’ve thrown this lawsuit into the ether in the hopes that their constituents will consider it sufficient enough for them to vote for the same old obstructionists again.

    And the thing is, those constituents WILL vote for them again.

  7. Obama’s a constitutional lawyer, he knows what he’s doing. Boenher’s out of his league end of story.

  8. “Boner” has a constant need for attention, ego stroking and spewing his ignorance all over the place or he just becomes another limp d*@k…. this is just another “viagra” attempt to bring up his ratings before he gets snipped in November!

  9. They hate Obama because he was legally elected twice by the American people and not by the Supreme court. He has not broken a single law, he has not violated the Constitution ONCE and he has done his best to help the American people. Boehner and his obstructionist party of HELL NO! has done every thing they can to hurt the POTUS and this nation and they have the un mitigated gall to blame it on the ONLY people who are actually doing something.

  10. Selective enforcement of immigration laws.
    Unilateral exemptions from ACA, which the law does not grant, allowing people to keep their outdated health care plans. These were politically expedient but violate the letter of the law of ACA. No one granted exceptions to civil rights laws,and these should not have been granted here.

    Trading prisoners from guatanamo without senatorial approval, despite the fact that he had signed a law requiring senatorial approval months before this

    Not a fan of Boehner or Obama, but a fan of truth. I agree that

  11. It’s an election year — to hell with problem-solving, there is much political posturing to be done.

    Bring on the faux scandals and absurd conspiracy theories.
    Oh, and Obama dined out with his family last week. Impeach him now!

  12. Boehner’s “lawsuit” can be labeled “FRIVOULUS” “Petty”, “Baseless” and “Without Merit”. Therefore it would not stand up in court. Not even in the court of Public opinion, except for the frothing at the mouth Republican/T-Party Right base. You know the one’s who shamelessly elevated PUTIN as their hero recently with the Ukraine and Crimea tough guy moves. That panned out…Putin blinked in the end (Not a word from their lips). And yes, no wonder the President has no inkling to pal around with those blokes on the other side of the isle. Would you have a beer with someone who wants to sue you?

  13. I also tweeted Boehner. I asked where are the jobs? and that the “takers” are congressmen who don’t do their job, but get paid.

  14. John Boehner is a sorry sap sucker who does not have a chance in hell of accomplishing anything useful to the American people or his base….He has found himself to be a monumental flop/failure to all who take notice of his total lack of governing prowess…goaded on by the wild and loose so-called Tea Party Punks, he has never had control of the congress….the threatened lawsuit??? does not have one single percentage point of a chance of being effective…except to possibly excite the ignorance to his far right….President Obama is simply in league of his own when compared to the “Boner” and his cronies…they’re angry and enraged simply because the man is too intelligent and too wise, even pragmatic to fall for any of their “we made you look” antics….sorry Boehner….take a lead from Cantor and prepare yourself for retirement….sadly enough, you have a lifetime pension that you have totally NOT earned…can you say “entitlement”?? You hypocritical bastard!!!

  15. And yet, Boehner couldn’t come up with these presumably clear and absolute examples. Almost as though they are not violations of the law, but acceptable implemention of the law, which is what the executive branch does.

  16. Now this takes balls the size of the Pacific Ocean

    Speaker Boehner: After years of slow economic growth and high unemployment under President Obama, [Americans] are still asking, ‘where are the jobs?’ The House has passed more than 40 jobs bills that would help. But Washington Democrats, led by the President, just ignore them.

    Lawmakers are under pressure to refill the Highway Trust Fund when they return to Washington after the Fourth of July weekend or risk losing thousands of construction jobs that could set back recent job growth.

    The Department of Transportation has warned that allowing the Highway Trust Fund to go broke would cost the U.S. about 700,000 jobs — more than twice the 288,000 that were created last month, according to a jobs report celebrated by the administration.

    Those are some big brass balls Orange Julius

  17. This is another spit ball. Throw it, if it sticks good, if not throw something else.

    Boehner will look stupid, the conservatives will be sad. But only for a while

  18. Exactly, you know if he had anything Darrell Issa would be all over Fox with the big reveal. Boehner has spent a bit too much time in the spray tan booth, the chemicals have invaded his brain.

  19. Bush & Cheney should be doing life for their crimes and lies, not to mention their accomplices Rumsfeld & Rice should also rot there. Where did the 2.3 Trillion go that was mentioned in Donald Rumsfeld’s press conference on 9-10-01, day before 911? Did it find its way to the overbilling Halliburton???? USA should bring these charges against George & Dick & Donny & Condi. Show us the money you lying thieving scum.

  20. BOOM!!! What are you going to do now your drunkenness?

    Obama wants to increase DACA X10 and have work permits for 6 mill undocumented

    Obama made it clear he would press his executive powers to the limit. He gave quiet credence to recommendations from La Raza and other immigration groups that between 5 million to 6 million adult illegal immigrants could be spared deportation under a similar form of deferred adjudication he ordered for the so-called Dreamers in June 2012.

    Obama has now ordered the Homeland Security and Justice departments to find executive authorities that could enlarge that non-prosecutorial umbrella by a factor of 10. Senior officials also tell me Obama wants to see what he can do with executive power to provide temporary legal status to undocumented adults.
    The whole article is worth a read

  21. Oho, well no wonder Boehner doesn’t want to name the “crimes” of which he accuses the president! One of these crimes is failing to enforce the ACA–the law which Republicans hate to the depth of their souls and want to “repeal and replace”? They’re mad at him for not enforcing THAT law? And the seleective enforcement of immigration law is another one that Republicans would have a hard time spelling out, since they love to talk out of both sides of their mouths on that. No one wants to put his name on deporting members of the US military, college kids, who speak perfect English and have lived here since they were 2 years old. No doubt there’s plenty of good reason that they want to accuse Obama of breaking laws without naming the laws he broke.

  22. President Obama, every step that we taken forward during your administration, was accomplished by YOU, and your fortitude.

    Congress has been and will continue to be an albatross around the necks of the middle class, working poor, and elderly.

    Thank you for all you do.

  23. This is mostly what I’ve been saying since Boehner came out with this ridiculous idea. They are trying to get some legal validation for their attacks on President Obama’s use of executive authority without going all the way in filing Articles of Impeachment, which, of course, they also have no legal basis for (and if it weren’t such a huge waste of time and money, I’d encourage them to just do it already- which, I guess, they might as well do if they are going to do this lawsuit anyway)

  24. I think that what they’re maddest about (re: ACA) is that, using legitimate executive action, he “fixed” their gripes about the whole “If you like your plan…” kerfuffle and, in doing so, took away an “issue” for them to complain about.

  25. Supreme court ruled 9-0 his recess appointments were a violation of clearly established laws made to enforce a seperation of powers, thus a clear example of a complete circumvention and ignoring of a law obama himself paticipated in before his presidency…
    Boehner doesnt mention specifics because of his number of problems. The passing of a law ruled multiple points unconstitutional, altered after its passing to be made constitutional, and on top of it executive orders in place of any law denied by the house whenever and wherever possible…
    I mean I like Boehners proposal because lets face it, it will create new checks and balances enforced on all presidents since lets face it, we all know a conservative president will again come to pass as always. The cycle will continue. And worse and worse candidates come each year.

  26. Republicans were able to pull that off because they had someone show up when they were gone to bang the gavel once a day and that technically meant they were in session, more BS by the RW.

    If the Democrats had done the same thing, the lousy f::ks would have been screaming to the high heavens.

  27. It will create nothing. The republicans will pass nothing. Especially nothing that will limit a gop pres in the future.

  28. Boehner and his TGOP cohorts are the ones to be sued and kicked out of Congress!

    Boehner is an alcoholic who needs to resign as Speaker and attend AA meetings before he completely loses it and our country goes further downhill under his lack of leadership of this do-nothing House, especially these last six years! He steals money from the American people by collecting a salary (along with the million from lobbyists) even on months he doesn’t work.

    Boehner is a pathetic excuse of a “representative.”

  29. We must be buying him rot gut now instead of the good stuff. Rot gut rots more than guts, especially if the person had no guts to start with.

  30. His lawsuit is as frivolous as the garbage it’s based on.. No laws were broken, No, wait, scratch that. A Serious law WAS Broken Especially when Bohner refused to stop fellow tea-publican Ted Cruz from wasting hours knowing full well his filibuster would last just long enough to the end of the session, and because of it, several bills, one of which could’ve extended the services of the government for one more month, were allowed to die. Along with those bills that died, was a renewal of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The ONLY reason, was determination of the republican led senate, to defund, and possibly kill the Affordable Healthcare Act (It is NOT Obamacare, it is the Affordable Healthcare Act! the Obamacare label was given by those opposed to it, with the demeaning name.) (Strange, how if the Republicans, Tea-Party, and conservatives love to slap demeaning labels on things they don’t like?)

  31. Does anyone care that Obama is responsible for the fact that FIVE of our top major enemies against this country are now free to continue their efforts? He tries to blame someone else but this happened under his authority. He is guilty of treason. He also blames someone else that the borders are not secured, which is his responsibility. He states, we could do something if the Republicans would negotiate, that is a cop out. He should be smart enough to have come up with a solution that the Republicans would agree with but his all or nothing attitude is the problem.

  32. Are you aware that you are spouting bullshit?

    They were enemies of our “allies” in Afghanistan. Get off breitbart or world nut daily and calm the hell down

  33. You REALLY hate immigrants don’t you? So, why didn’t Mr. Speaker bring all this up in his op-ed?

  34. Actually, the House was in session by a technically only. Boehner sent just enough people just often enough to say the House was “in session.” All they had in mind was to yet again block the President from getting anything done so they could keep on sitting on their butts and whine.

    I’m not surprised Boehner didn’t bring this up.

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