Ever since the completion of the midterm elections President Obama has publicly stated time-and-again that he is going to use his executive power to do as much as he possibly can to begin to fix America’s broken immigration system. This created a conundrum among Republicans in Washington and they immediately began to scurry around seeking a solution that would prevent him from moving forward with what they perceived as an overt threat to yet again abuse his presidential power.
Among the solutions that they are considering are another government shutdown and even impeachment. Everything is on the table they say. To support what they view as the lawlessness of President Obama and the severity of the situation, some of them evoked statements that Jonathan Gruber, who was a consultant to the Obama administration on Obamacare in 2009-2010, made calling the law intentionally vague so that it could take advantage of the ‘stupidity’ of the voters. President Obama denies that Americans were duped into passing the healthcare law.
According to an article in U.S. News & World Report by Kenneth T. Walsh, ‘congressional Republicans expressed outrage at the deceptions described by [Gruber]’ and that Obamacare was falsely presented to the public to insure its passage. I believe that this is just another expression of the vitriol that Republicans have for this president and another opportunity that they just cannot pass up to damage or destroy his legacy by branding him and dismantling Obamacare.
Congress has had ample opportunity to debate and work to fix our immigration system and still have not done anything. The bipartisan bill passed by the senate has languished in the house for almost 18 months and continues to do so without being voted on. Although during all this time they have done nothing to address this problem, they fume and threaten impeachment when President Obama even talks about using his executive power to make an effort to fix it. Why is that?
The outrage that Republicans express at the president’s announcement that he will use his executive power immediately in an effort to begin to fix the immigration system rather than waiting until Republicans are in full control of the congress is just as disingenuous as the outrage they expressed during the early stages of Obamacare.
I wrote about this disingenuousness in an article titled ‘The Republicans’ Affordable Care Act Charade’ that was published in the Daily Camera.com about a year ago. I reprinted it here and it immediately follows this article in the event that you would like to read it.