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  •  "Without Congress in the way" (1+ / 0-)
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    Jon Says

    This has nothing to do with the persuasive power of the presidency (bully pulpit), and everything to do with Obama declaring on his own authority that he will not enforce laws passed by Congress. A wonderful precedent which I feel certain that future presidents will take advantage of. We, of course, will applaud them, because who needs that damn checks and balances crap, let alone legal authority. It's all good.

    •  There is nothing new at all (1+ / 0-)
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      about not enforcing every law--it would be impossible to enforce every law, not to mention oppressive as well as very expensive. And I am frankly thankful that the Obama administration has announced that it will respect the right of states that legalize marijuana, either medical or for regulated recreational use, by refraining from enforcing the federal law which legally supersedes those state laws.

      And what about the fact that Obama went around for the last several years telling people they could keep their insurance, in spite of the fact that it was obvious many plans would not meet ACA requirements? We can't blame policyholders for not knowing what was in the law if the President didn't know what was in it...and repeatedly misinformed the public about what was in it.

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 01:29:10 PM PST

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      •  Apples and bananas (0+ / 0-)

        Granted that not every law will be enforced, that's different from the Executive simply deciding on his own that he will not enforce provisions of a major law. As I asked elsewhere, would you be so content if another president decided to suspend enforcement of the disability laws? Civil rights laws?

        This is also different from the medical marijuana dispute, which pits federal vs. state sovereignty and in which federal law has in no way been suspended—in fact, the feds have made it clear that these operations proceed at permanent and substantial risk to the operators.

        Finally, if the president really didn't know what was in the law (and there is very good reason to think that he did know) then he would be an absurdly incompetent administrator and probably ought to simply resign.

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