Mid-Term Election Results will not Deter Obama
It is a glorious day for Republicans after picking up enough seats in the senate to gain a majority. I am just as excited as anybody about victories by Republican candidates in races where the incumbent Democrats were well ahead in the polls. I am encouraged by victories by some conservative Republicans like Tom Cotton in Arkansas. However, I disagree with the analysis by a lot of talk show hosts that the results of the mid-term elections will send a message to Obama that he needs to back away from his Marxist agenda and compromise with Republicans.
I think Obama was fairly confident that Democrats would win enough races to hold onto the senate. Obama was waiting to gloat about the Republicans’ demise while touting Democrat victories as votes of approval on his policies. He was so confident in a speech he delivered at Northwestern University on October 2nd, he said, “I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” Imagine the hubris, or is it ignorance, of a POTUS who would make such a statement. It is Obama’s hubris and commitment to ideology that allows him to make such a statement. He is the chosen one; he is the one you have been waiting for, and he will be unfazed and undeterred by election results.
I think people are waiting for Obama’s mea culpa, but it is not going to come, ever. He had a chance during his speech today to acknowledge his previous statement about his policies being on the ballot, and how the defeats of incumbent Democrats are a repudiation of his policies, but he never came close. He made it clear that there are some things that need to get done, and if the Republicans are not willing to work with him, he will issue Executive Orders. Does this sound like a POTUS who has been humbled? I didn’t hear anything in Obama’s speech that leads me to think he is going to change course.
Obama wants what he wants, the way he wants it, or he is going to issue Executive Orders to get what he wants, period. How can Republicans stop Obama’s Executive Orders? Impeachment, as some talking heads have suggested, will not stop Obama, and RINOs do not have the backbone to even start the process. The only way to stop Obama is to stop funding specific areas of the federal government. The vaccine that will kill Obama’s Executive Orders can be found in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, which states:
“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
Obama can issue all of the Executive Orders he wishes, but it is Congress, specifically the U.S. House of Representatives, that holds the ‘power of the purse,’ so he does not control the funds that are necessary to carry out his agenda. For instance, the head of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said recently that his agency will be ready when Obama issues an Executive Order giving 11 million illegal immigrants (Mexicans) citizenship. How is the USCIS going to be ready? The USCIS has drafted a solicitation seeking a contractor to produce 4 million green cards each year for the next five years. What if the USCIS doesn’t have any funds to pay the contractor? What if the House decides not to fund the USCIS? The House can refuse to fund Obama’s unconstitutional decrees by defunding plenty of federal government departments and agencies.
Congress does not have to confer with the Executive Branch (POTUS) on budget decisions. It can fund and defund the federal government as it wishes. The process requires the various departments and agencies to submit a funding proposal to the House, which will be taken up by the Appropriations Committee. The Executive Branch has no role in the process. The Executive Branch can make requests to the House to provide a specific dollar amount to an agency, but it doesn’t have the power to decide anything.
We should all be excited about the results of the 2014 mid-term elections, but I think it is necessary to proceed with caution. I assume plenty of people held their noses and voted for RINOs because the alternative would have been to send Obama drones like Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan back to D.C. to rubber stamp Obama’s agenda. Going forward, we have to make the Republican establishment and newly elected Republicans accountable. We have to force them to bend to the will of the people and adhere to the United States Constitution. It is imperative that we force them to shrink the size of the federal government, and end the cancer that is crony capitalism.