Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of violating the Constitution in order to cover up for the fact that Republicans are refusing to do their jobs.
Earlier in the same interview Romney accused Obama of poking Republicans in the eye on immigration, but the topper came when he claimed that the president is violating the principles of the Constitution.
Romney said, “The president has got to learn that he lost this last election round. The American people spoke loud and clear. Let those people who were elected come together with a piece of legislation on this and other topics then he has a chance to veto them if he doesn’t like them. But the idea of violating the principles of our constitution, which is a balance of power, checks and balances. That is something which is wrong, and I think would not be to the president’s benefit.”
The question for Romney and other Republicans is was it also a violation of the Constitution when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used executive orders on immigration? Reagan and Bush 41 both acted without the approval of Congress to shield immigrants from deportation with executive orders.
Routine actions like executive orders on immigration are only unconstitutional in Republican eyes when they are undertaken by President Obama. The real reason Republicans are upset about the president’s immigration executive orders is that they were planning on doing nothing with the immigration issue. Republicans are upset because Obama is doing something. Congressional Republicans believed that if they won a majority in the Senate, they could prevent Obama from doing anything.
This assumption is being proven false before they take control of Congress. If anything, losing the Senate has emboldened Obama. The president has been freed from the burdens of a split congress. It is now Obama vs. the Republicans.
The president is only asking for Republicans to do their jobs by passing an immigration bill. The constitutional crisis excuse has become the standard way for congressional Republicans to justify their inaction. Mitt Romney was selling more lies. Obama’s immigration action is constitutional. House Republicans have refused to vote on the immigration bill that the Senate passed earlier this year.
Romney’s attack on Obama sounded a lot like whining. Not even two weeks after winning the midterm elections, Obama is making Republicans sound like total losers.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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