cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The usurpation of Congress’ powers by the Executive branch of government continues at a seemingly increasing pace. I have lived long enough to be aware of each of the presidencies this country has had since Truman. I don’t recall the current level of usurpation of congressional powers before now, even during war years when you might expect some level of power grabbing by the Executive branch.
There are things such as the creation of changes to laws without any action being taken by Congress. The Affordable Care Act seems like the President’s sandbox. He makes changes to that law without any conversations with Congress…and no one appears to be raising a cry of alarm. I would’ve thought that even a Democratic controlled Senate would raise its objections but that is apparently not to be. The Republican controlled House stands mute. Is it so frightened of political blowback that it has lost its voice?
The latest usurpation, at least so far as we know, involves the creation of another Executive branch-driven end-around play, late on a Friday of course, with the creation of a climate control body that will lay out various and sundry edicts by which we are required to abide. This is a most confusing time in our government’s existence. It seems to be consistent with this definition of confusion: a state or situation in which many things are happening in a way that is not controlled or orderly.
We have stood idly by as change upon change to the Affordable Care Act has been announced by the White House. The White House in its infinite wisdom has decided that one part of that act will be delayed and that another part will simply be ignored, and on and on. There is no consultation with the Congress where this law was passed, albeit in the dark of night and by only one political party. The White House simply takes it upon itself to alter the law.
Has our duly elected Congress decided to relinquish its powers? Is Congress so enthralled with, or frightened by, the power of the White House’ main occupant that it cannot stand up to this obvious violation of constitutional powers?
And, is it always necessary for the other branch, the Judicial branch, to remain stoically silent unless and until there is a case filed? Could not one of the senior jurists make a simple comment about the three branches of government as a bit of a warning shot across the bow of the White House?
This is one of the ways in which the citizenry lose control, incrementally, but a loss of their right to control none-the-less. We have elections. We have three branches of government for a reason. Whenever one of those branches gets “too big for its britches”, as my maternal grandmother would’ve said (a staunch Democrat, by the way), it is time for action.
It is way past time for Congress to rise to its duty and begin to voice concern about an Executive Branch that has gotten to be “too big for its britches”! If there are political repercussions, so be it. You 435 people were elected by us and we expect you to do your job even if it might be a bit politically uncomfortable. This is among the reasons that your approval rating is nearly in the negative number range.