How much power should Obama have?


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Barack Obama seems to either have forgotten or just will not accept the purpose of elections in the USA. Voters have put opposition members in Congress to slow his ‘transformation’ of America, but he refuses to allow Congress or rules to stop him. Obama stated:

“I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer.”

This is what the Washington Times reporters Stephen Dinan and Susan Crabtree had to say about Obama’s actions using recess appointment powers Wednesday to name a head for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

The president acted just a day after the Senate  must be in recess for at least three days for the president to exercise his appointment power. Mr. Obama himself was part of two of those precedents, both during his time in the Senate and again in 2010 when one of his administration’s top constitutional lawyers made the argument for the three-day waiting period to the Supreme Court.

These appointments had been blocked by those who believed these agencies give the president too much power and allow the judicial branch to have too much power.

Other presidents have made appointments during recesses, but all have honored the waiting period. Mitch McConnell voiced the concerns of many that what Obama has done could set a precedent that leads to by-passing Congress completely in the appointment process.

This isn’t the first time the president has refused to abide by Congress’ decisions. In Statement by the President on H.R. 2055 he outlined what he would “not accept” from Congress.

Is this what Americans want in a president? Are we ready to give up the balance of power that has protected us from dictatorship and tyranny for over 250 years? It seems that Barack Obama is going to force Americans to decide. We must remember that whatever is allowed now will remain regardless of who is in office.

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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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