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Obama’s Top Ten Most Abusive Executive Actions

Obama’s Top Ten Most Abusive Executive Actions

Posted on 1 March, 2014 by Rick Wells

While we might not agree that all of the items on the list below deserve to be included, and that others should have been, there is definitely plenty of substance for a discussion of the overreach of this current occupant of the White House.

The Heritage Foundation compiled their list of the Top Ten Abusive Executive Actions by the B. Hussein Obama administration. This list will probably change year by year as more abuses take place and elbow out those previous, less egregious position holders.

  • Amending Obamacare’s employer mandate, providing an unauthorized subsidy to congressional staff, and encouraging state insurance commissioners not to enforce certain requirements.

  • Inventing labor law “exemptions” in violation of the WARN Act so that workers would not receive notice of impending layoffs days before the 2012 election.

  • Waiving the mandatory work requirement under the 1996 comprehensive welfare reform law, which required able-bodied adults to work, prepare for work, or look for work in order to receive benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

  • Ignoring a statutory deadline and refusing to consider an application related to nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain, which activists sought to block for years.

  • Circumventing the Senate’s duty to provide advice and consent on appointments and instead making “recess” appointments in violation of Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution when the Senate was actually in session.

  • Deciding not to defend the constitutionality of the federal definition of marriage in court.

  • Implementing Common Core national standards through strings-attached waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Intimidating Florida to stop its voter roll cleanup, which included removing ineligible voters such as noncitizens, before the 2012 election.

  • Imposing the DREAM Act by executive fiat under the guise of “prosecutorial discretion.”

  • Refusing to enforce federal drug laws in states that have legalized marijuana.

Anytime someone challenges the assertion that this is a lawless regime, this list will serve as an excellent basis for offering them an opportunity to substantiate their position. It’s more likely they’ll just move on to someone else.
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