The Obama Legacy Deserves To Be Destroyed


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By David Harsanyi

It’s strange that a president who had such a transformative effect on our national discourse will leave such a negligible policy legacy. But Barack Obama, whose imperial term changed the way Americans interact and in some ways paved the way for the Trump presidency, is now watching his much-celebrated and mythologized two-term legacy be systematically demolished. This, in many ways, tells us that American governance still works.

When Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iran deal, he could do so without much difficulty because the agreement hinged on presidential fiat rather than national consensus. But Obama’s appeasement of Iran was only one in a string of unilateral norm-busting projects that deserve to be dismantled.

You’ll remember the panic-stricken coverage we endured when the United States withdrew from the faux international Paris climate agreement last year. It’s true that the deal was oversold as a matter of policy (by both parties for political reasons), but it was symbolic of how the Obama administration concerned itself more with international consensus than domestic compromise. We know this because the president would never have won ratification for a deal remotely similar to the one he entered — nor did he attempt to. Obama, despite the hagiographic framing of his scandal-ridden presidency, had about as much interest in genuine concession as his political adversaries did.

Obama allies at home incessantly pointed to poll numbers as a justification for his executive abuse, mostly because the only polls that really mattered, congressional elections, continued to soundly reject his agenda. The defense rested on the idea that the Republican-led Congress had failed to “do its job” and act on issues Democrats had deemed vital. But Congress, of course, “acted” all the time by checking the president’s ambitions. This was not only well within its purview, but in many ways the reason the electorate handed the GOP Congress in the first place.

Even if you substantively supported Obama’s actions — as I do on legalizing the children of illegal immigrants, for instance — the reasoning that girded these supposedly temporary executive decisions was soon revealed to be abusive. In 2012, Obama told the nation that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which by any standard was a stand-in for legislation, was merely “a temporary stopgap measure.” By the time Trump overturned it, the measure represented “who we are as a people.” That’s because by “temporary” Obama always meant “until Democrats can make it permanent through the courts or electoral victories.”

Even when implementing laws Congress could pass, Obama and his allies relied on coercing participation through mandates. But when it became inconvenient, they began arbitrarily implementing parts laws. Administrative discretion became administrative abuse. When the president decided the Obamacare’s employment mandate was politically inconvenient, for example, he simply skipped it for expediency.

The Constitution doesn’t say “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law unless liberals tell us it’s super important.” Yet, shortly after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration realized it would need more subsidies and asked for an appropriation from Congress.

When Congress, then teeming with politicians elected on the promise of overturning Obamacare, refused, Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew ordered the administration to begin making “cost-sharing reduction” payments anyway without any public legal justification. Obama created a $7 billion per year appropriation for insurance companies participating in the supposedly self-sufficient and competitive state health-care exchanges. Not a single liberal pundit that I know of concerned himself with this norm-breaking.

One federal court found the Obamacare subsidy unconstitutional, and the case is working towards the Supreme Court. But, then again, no administration in memory was stopped more often by courts, often by unanimous SCOTUS decisions. Whether it was ignoring the Senate in making appointments or claiming to rewrite employment law, Obama tried to function without constitutional restraints.

None of this even breaches the unprecedented regulatory regime Obama built to circumvent the legislative branch. Even The New York Times characterized his governing as “bureaucratic bulldozing, rather than legislative transparency.”

Fortunately, it is also unsustainable. As we now see, this kind of governance not only corrodes constitutional order but undermines stability as new presidents busy themselves overturning the executive actions and international agreements enacted by the previous administration. While most Americans aren’t sticklers for process, it seems they are content with destroying legacies built on the rickety foundation of unilateralism for political reasons.

That’s fine, too. It means that if Trump engages in similar legislative efforts through the executive office, his agenda will also be dismantled one day.

That’s as it should be.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/10/obama-legacy-deserves-destroyed/


#2

Want to talk legacy?

President Obama got the top 20 ISIS leaders and Osama bin Laden. Trump will never measure up to President Obama as a president, a leader, a husband, a father or a man. It must really suck to know that Trump will never erase his great legacy… especially since Trump colluded.


#3

In truth, Obama doesn’t have that much of a legacy to undo…


#4

Obama has no legacy left whatsoever. The only memory of sending airplane load of cash to terrorists state Iran. It was an abject insult to each and every American Citizen.


#5

Trump is willfully putting every U.S. Citizen at risk because he is jealous of a black man.


#6

Schmobamas Legacy is one of government harrassment of conservative organizations, the Unaffordable Healthcare Act , ass kissing of Muslims and a NO BALLS APPROACH to fighting RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM !!!:bomb::poop::face_with_symbols_over_mouth:


#7

Obama was an idiot instead of making his legacy aw, he chose executive orders easily erased.


#8

Strange, I thought I read Seal team 6 toasted bin Laden.

Sure Obama wasn’t;t in the white house and gave a big mother may I/

Obama was a liar, the ACA lies were beyond reprehensible and we will forever be paying for it.
Obama was an apologist and led from behind.
Obama, a father, a matter of opinion.
Obama was also a rookie, and I do not miss his lectures whenever he lectured the American people.
Obama did make it possible for men to go into the little girls rooms to use the facilities.

Have any proof that Trump colluded with anyone???


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Obama expanded ISIS from a “JV team” to a plague on the world . Obama double the national debt , weaponized the IRS , CIA , FBI , DOJ and spied on 5 MILLION Americans , several journalist , and many friendly World leaders ! Obama successfully divided the Nation , made law enforcement the target of blacks and gang bangers . Obama is responsible for all the MS-13 murders , and allowing 23 MILLION ILLEGALS in our Country . He operated with a phone and a pen because the Constitution meant nothing to him ! Obama released dangerous TERORISTS to get a deserter back . Obama gave $150,000,000,000 to a TERRORIST Country and left us with the disastrous Obamacare premiums . F that ape !!! :face_with_symbols_over_mouth::rage::face_with_symbols_over_mouth:


#10

He should go back to his origin. svg

first-visit-to-kenya-copy


#11

He is ashamed of his origin. That is why he strives to conceal it…along with his college records. Obama is perhaps the most significant fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.


#12

Why does Potus surround himself w/ generals?
What is military intelligence?
Why go around the 3 letter agencies?
What Supreme Court case allows for the use of MI v Congressional assembled and approved agencies?
Who has ultimate authority over our branches of military w\o approval conditions unless 90+ in wartime conditions?
What is the military code?
POTUS will not go on tv to address nation.
POTUS must isolate himself to prevent negative optics.
POTUS knew removing criminal rogue elements as a first step was essential to free and pass legislation.
Who has access to everything classified?
Do you believe HRC, Soros, Obama etc have more power than Trump? Fantasy.
Whoever controls the office of the Presidecy controls this great land.
They never believed for a moment they (Democrats and Republicans) would lose control.
This is not a R v D battle.
Q Clearance Patriot


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Why is it the dems and Repub’s will do everything on their power to destroy the sitting president???

Why is it a special prosecutor ignores the democrats and their actions and their ties to Russia and collusion and focus strictly on Trump?


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I think it is because he threatens their cash cow. Not only will many of them lose their salaries, they will lose the contributions, inside information and lobbyist funding that comes with their positions of power.

The office of President is limited to 8 years. The seats in Congress are not limited. Too many if them have been in Congress for 30 to 40 years.

This article is from June 2013, but it exemplifies the long holding of seats in Congress.

Rep. John Dingell of Michigan became the longest-serving member of Congress on Friday with 57 years, five months, 27 days and counting on Capitol Hill. His longevity record eclipses that of the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

51 years, 5 months, 26 days: Length of time Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, served in the Senate – January 3, 1959-June 28, 2010.

6 years: Length of time Byrd served in the House – January 3, 1953-January 3, 1959.

57 years, 5 months, 27 days: Length of time Rep. John Dingell, Jr., D-Michigan, has served in the House – December 13, 1955-present.

22 years 6 months 17 days: Length of time his father, Rep. John Dingell Sr., served in the House – March 3, 1933-September 19-1955.

38 years 5 months, 5 days: Length of service for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the longest currently serving senator – January 3, 1975-present.

60 days: Term of former Sen. Dean Barkley, D-Minnesota. He was appointed to the seat of Sen. Paul Wellstone, who was killed in a plane crash in 2002.

36 years, 5 months, 5 days: Length of congressional service for Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, longest-serving female. She served five terms in the House and is in her fifth term in the Senate – January 3, 1977-January 3, 1987, in the House; January 3, 1987-present in the Senate.

25: Times John Conyers, D-Michigan, has been elected to Congress. He is the longest-serving African-American in congressional history. Conyers was first elected in 1964.

51: Senators in the 113th Congress who had previously served in the House.

Surely you have noticed that every member of Mueller’s team of bulldogs is a supporter of HRC. They are shills for the Democrat Party.


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The media sweeps it under the rug.

The people ignore it.

Kind of tells you the sat of this country doesn’t;t it.


#16

President Obama got elected on a promise of change .
Unfortunately the change he brought was decisive not inclusive ! His open borders decimated employment for people of color depressing wages and filling entry level jobs with illegal aliens forcing young men of color to choose poverty or crime to survive !
We voted for a community organizer and got the establishment progressive free trade WTO who put wall street in front of main street who promised we could keep our own health care provider and that the cost for insurance would go down who made Americans purchase insurance they didn’t want or need !
The Obama legacy was largely written in dust by decree not in law and is being blown away by a government of true change of inclusion working for all Americans not the elitist of the left !image


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We are a nation at war with radical Islam and are being invaded by illegal aliens .
We had a intellectual President who surrounded himself with socialist drew meaningless lines in the sand and let ISIS grow from nothing to a major player in the terrorist business !
Who ever has the citizens approval has the keys the nation !


#18

You sound like a rerun on CNN.


#19

Where did you get that nonsense, MSNBC???


#20

Was that when he was getting Bill Clinton’s coffee ?? :wink::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing: