Saturday, December 7, 2013

Washington Examiner Editorial: Congress must take back its constitutional powers

 Very important read!

December 5, 2013

 President Obama's abuse of executive power has grown to the point that "he's becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid," Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing on the issue. Turley also pointed to what he described as "increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency" of the rapidly growing federal bureaucracy.

Both of these developments have accelerated the decline of congressional power that Congress, by its actions, has allowed to happen. Lawmakers have stood idly by, for example, as courts redefined the handling of captured enemy combatants, giving them more rights than they are entitled to under the Geneva Conventions and putting U.S. forces at a disadvantage in fighting terrorists. Lawmakers kept silent when Obama packed the White House staff with a shadow cabinet of "czars" who likely would have failed to win Senate confirmation. There was no pushback when the Supreme Court earlier this year allowed federal regulatory agencies essentially to define their own jurisdictions. And there has been no effective action against Obama's executive orders bypassing Congress on Obamacare, immigration and the environment.

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