There have been interesting developments lately…
Shortly after the President announced his Executive Amnesty Memo (not an Executive Order after all) some bureaucrat announced that due to the enacted funding method (fees, not appropriations) the amnesty can’t be defunded even though Congress originally wrote the law.
If true, this is the Congressional equivalent of God creating a rock so large that He couldn’t lift it.
If true, this could save you gentlemen in the leadership from having to do anything to thwart Mr. Obama and would permit you to sorrowfully announce that your hands are tied by the President’s lawlessness.
You could then return to the Capitol Bar and enjoy a drink, your reputation confirmed. Not a smidgen of having failed to do your job. After all, you couldn’t do anything to block amnesty. It was impossible. Oh, that rogue Obama.
The House Appropriations Committee RINOS immediately wail that all is lost and that Obama can order anything and fund anything and there is nothing the Congress can do to prevent him from doing anything he chooses to do.
The Imperial Presidency is thus decreed.
If that is Congress’ opinion 24 days after receiving an overwhelming mandate to govern, it is one of the early warning signs that the GOP is a spent political force. And if you accept Obama’s usurpation, you should not count on the support of Conservative Americans. You may need to brush up on your Spanish for future concession speeches, though.
But today, we hear from the Brits (via the MailOnline paper) some facts that US newspapers have found too inconsequential to mention. Since you were out of town for Thanksgiving and may not have heard, the Congressional Research Service has affirmed that you CAN defund any activity of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (or any other agency for any reason you choose). No matter how it is funded.
Congressman Boehner, you are the Speaker of the House with 24 years of experience and a solid majority. You have said that you have been working toward the position of Speaker for your entire career. Now you have it. Are you so afraid that Obama somehow might take away your sinecure that you are paralyzed and will take no action for fear that he will publicly strip you of your power? If so, in your fear, you have already given up your power.
Are you afraid that if amnesty is blocked, Hispanic voters and “Dreamers” will hate you and work to defeat you? Here’s the news flash: American Hispanic citizens do not want to see their jobs go to low-wage unskilled illegal immigrants. They will be pleased if you compel these illegal immigrants to follow the legal naturalization process. The Dreamers already hate you… no change there and they cannot (legally) vote you out of office.
Obama is not the only one with a bully pulpit. Put your staff to work preparing hard-hitting legislation, pass it and then override Obama’s veto. You and Senator McConnell go before the microphones every day and push back on Obama. Hard. If you are willing to fight you can defund amnesty and dare Obama to respond.
If you are not willing to fight, end the charade and just lie down. As you have repeatedly shown, shutting up remains optional.