Obama: Heads Congress does what I want, tails I do it anyway

Over at Human Events, Jim Hoft had the same reaction I did to the Obama administration’s announcement Friday that it will only selectively enforce our immigration laws.

That is, Hoft remembered all the way back to…when was it? Oh yes: a whole 25 days earlier, when President Obama said this to La Raza activists:

THE PRESIDENT: Now, I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know very well the real pain and heartbreak that deportations cause. I share your concerns and I understand them. And I promise you, we are responding to your concerns and working every day to make sure we are enforcing flawed laws in the most humane and best possible way. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. (Applause.) And believe me, right now dealing with Congress –

AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!

THE PRESIDENT: Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting.

(Laughter.)

I promise you. Not just on immigration reform.

(Laughter.)

But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Change it!

When the president of the United States says, “I swore an oath to uphold the laws,” he’s not supposed to follow it with a  “but.”

But apparently that’s how our system works now.

Last year, Obama and the Democrats tried to pass the DREAM Act, which would accomplish some of the same goals as the administration’s new flouting of immigration law. There are some reasonable arguments on the side of the law’s proponents — just as there are some reasonable arguments on the side of its opponents who point out the obvious: that creating a great big new incentive to skirt our legal immigration avenue, without any better enforcement of the border and other immigration law, is only going to worsen illegal immigration and its associated problems.

But as is this administration’s wont, when “our system” didn’t deliver the desired results, the solution was to give in to “temptation” and take matters into its own hands. And that should be considered wholly unreasonable, whichever side of the DREAM Act debate you land on.

So, now we know there’s a broader reason for Obama to complain nonstop about the difficulty of working with Congress. It’s not just an excuse for his sagging approval ratings. It’s a rationale for circumventing Congress and doing whatever he likes.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Phil's Tel-A-Gramm

August 24th, 2011
8:45 am

How’s that 13 percent approval rating for Congress working for ya, Kyle. And I too read about the release of those two teenagers that were arrested and jailed because their parents brought them to Georgia illegally. If only they had murdered or raped or robbed or broke some law besides just being here, wouldn’t you feel so much better knowing that those tax dollars were going for keeping such criminals behind bars! The horror of it all! Isn’t that right, Kyle.

Joe The Plumber too.

August 24th, 2011
8:51 am

yeah phil, tell that to the Ca. parents of the four year old killed the other day by the illegal alien driver. Now that the POS is a criminal I guess he can be deported under barry the boy blunders new rules. Worked out great didn’t it.

Chip

August 24th, 2011
8:53 am

What? How dare anyone question King Ozbama, the Great! All you little people and “bitter clingers” need to shut up, do as you are told, and send in all your money.

Common Sense

August 24th, 2011
8:55 am

And if Congress does not step up and stop Obama, that % approval for Congress will drop even lower….

Phil's Tel-A-Gramm

August 24th, 2011
8:56 am

Sure Joe. Now tell us all about the non-illegal alien drivers that get involved in fatal accidents. Let’s just round up everyone that doesn’t look like a plumber and ship them out of the country at your expense so we can get another tax cut.

Dumb and Dumber

August 24th, 2011
8:59 am

Presidents have always selectively enforced laws passed by Congress. If it were a Republican President doing it, Kyle would argue that it was within the privilege of the Executive Branch to do so.

Partisanship is an IQ test. If you still believe that democrats or republicans care about anything besides getting re-elected, then you failed the IQ test.

kayaker 71

August 24th, 2011
8:59 am

King Bozo talks out of both sides of his mouth, as Kyle says. Makes for a lot of latino votes. Wonder how law enforcement, who has worked long hours rounding up these felons, feels about Bozo at this point?

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
8:59 am

Joe, P-tag is far too cowardly to address that..

Phil's Tel-A-Gramm

August 24th, 2011
9:02 am

That Trish is so clever. I never would have thought to spew that line.

Joe The Plumber too.

August 24th, 2011
9:02 am

phil that may be the dumbest outlook I’ve ever heard, that was stupid even for a bedwetter. The legal drivers that get caught in fatal accidents are punished by local laws, if a driver does not have a drivers licence and someone else causes the accident, it is still his fault, the law views it as the accident would have never happened had that person not been on the road illegally to start with. Is that dumbed down enough for you or do you need the first grade version.

carlosgvv

August 24th, 2011
9:05 am

Unfortunately, Obama is not the only official who selectively obeys or enforces the laws of our Country. Law enforcement, overall, is a mess in America precisely because of these attitudes. Whenever anyone running for public office pledges to be a strict “law and order” person, the civil rights activists spring into action with cries of “racist” and other slurs. The net result of this is the law enforcement mess we see around us.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
9:06 am

P-tag will never admit if the illegal was deported or shot dead trying to break in, then the 4 year old would be alive today..it doesn’t fit the agenda

I swear I am to the point I would watch a liberal choke to death and die in a restaurant or on the street rather than lift one finger to render aid…just grinning watching them expire.

Aquagirl

August 24th, 2011
9:08 am

Presidents have been doing end runs around Congress for years. The debt ceiling debate exposed how routine matters have become pitched battles, and even when there is a result it’s more of a punt than a solution. The immigration issue didn’t pop up overnight. It’s been brewing since the ’80’s. Congress has been unable to pass realistic, workable immigration reform. Now the Executive branch is trying to cobble together solutions to fill the gaps.

The take-no-prisoners and never-compromise attitude has come home to roost.

Rob Woodall's mommy and daddy bought his healthcare, now his Uncle Sam pays for it.

August 24th, 2011
9:10 am

Don’t get me started on whether Presidents uphold the law or not.

Do you happen to recall the liberal use of signing statements by 43 in order to ignore laws?

Richard

August 24th, 2011
9:10 am

Just for clarification, when Bush sidestepped Congress, we were all angry then too.

Phil's Tel-A-Gramm

August 24th, 2011
9:15 am

Wow. That Joe and that Trisha must be competing with each other. I concede to both of your superior whines. And your usage of such clever terminology such as obozo and bedwetter are just the bestest. Go forth and pat yourselves on your backs while you continue to blame our president Obama for everything from your psoriasis to your corns. That’s the ticket to your happiness, for shore.

JDW

August 24th, 2011
9:15 am

While I agree in principle that the laws on the books should be enforced or changed. in practice all Administrations decide which ones to aggressively pursue and which to not. For those with short term memories the last Republican Administration decided not to enforce the existing financial regulations and see where that got us. As to the current question…if there are 300,000 pending cases and not enough funding to pursue them all, some form of prioritization is required.

Rob Woodall's mommy and daddy bought his healthcare, now his Uncle Sam pays for it.

August 24th, 2011
9:17 am

Absolutely Richard, but do you think Kyle would have the intellectual honesty to provide some context to his criticism of this president (Ever) by referring to the foibles of those on the right?

That is the problem with Kyle’s blog. He’s like the contributors on the now-defunct CNN show, “Crossfire”. Just throw red meat to the lunatic fringe (see Trisha’s comment above for example) and pretend that any lefty is an evil, socialist, communist America-hater.

Phil's Tel-A-Gramm

August 24th, 2011
9:17 am

I swear I am to the point I would watch a liberal choke to death and die in a restaurant or on the street rather than lift one finger to render aid…just grinning watching them expire.

That would make for interesting discussion with your pastor or parents or whomever, you charitable and caring person.

Joe The Plumber too.

August 24th, 2011
9:19 am

Yep, and when W was trying to push through amnesty for illegals, I was one of the ones jammimg the phone lines and sending eMails. Not much longer though, barry the boy blunder is watching the clock tick down to his final days in office. Then he can get on with his next career and finish becoming the dark jimmy carter and jet around the world bowing to and playing footsie with his real heroes. 15 months until the mistake is corrected.

DebbieDoRight

August 24th, 2011
9:21 am

P-tag will never admit if the illegal was deported or shot dead trying to break in, then the 4 year old would be alive today..it doesn’t fit the agenda

I should’ve known that with a blog name like “Trisha-Disha”, reading anything that you blogged would probably drop the IQ of kindergartners, but I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt and read your post anyway. Big Mistake….

How ignorant can you be to not only POST a comment like that, but to actually BELIEVE IT? You want to talk stupidly “Trisha-Disha” then why don’t you mention the kid who killed his grandmother with the sword, or the guy who killed his parents in Florida and held a big party, or how about that guy who raped and murdered the 4 year old girl in Tennessee? All these people were (drum roll please)……AMERICANS!! (gasp!)

“Trisha-Disha” first chance that you get, why don’t you follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard and ask for a brain……….I hear they’re selling them at the local WalMart, cheap. Duh!

jconservative

August 24th, 2011
9:23 am

So we will once again have a national debate on immigration policy, the sides will again refuse to compromise, and we will continue to do what we have done for the past 25 years.

So I trust everyone is comfortable with the present policies and will not insist their congressmen and Senators compromise on a policy.

We seem to have had more of a commitment to deportations in the last dozen years than we had previously. Under Clinton we were deporting under 200,000 people annually. That started to change under Bush 43 and in his last FY,2008, there were 369,221 deportations. Under Obama the numbers have continued to increase, 387,790 in FY 2009 and 393,000 in FY 2010.

But caution on the numbers. This is actual deportations. It does not include ordered deportations that have not been completed because the subject is in a state or federal prison for a felony conviction.

DebbieDoRight

August 24th, 2011
9:26 am

I swear I am to the point I would watch a liberal choke to death and die in a restaurant or on the street rather than lift one finger to render aid…just grinning watching them expire.

OMG — I thought school was back in! “Trisha-Disha” if you keep this up, I’m going to tell your mom that you skipped school today and instead of posting your stooopid inane comments on Facebook, you’ve decided to punish all the Adults and post your garbage here.

THIS is why kids need to stay in school.

Joe The Plumber too.

August 24th, 2011
9:32 am

debbiedonothing: ignorant as always. You libs keep comparing illegal aliens to Americans. Until they obey the law, the border jumpers are criminals…every one of them. The cases you sited with the American criminals are being prosecuted and punishment handed out as are their rights as American Citizens, the illegals that you slobber all over do not have the same rights. Perhaps you remember the case a few months back in Texas. That cemented me on Rick Perry, obumbler, Mexico, the united nations (joke that it is) all were telling him to commute the POS mexican who raped and murdered the innocent teen girl and he informed all of them , the crime was commited in Texas and punishment would be carried out in Texas. Good for him.

Joe The Plumber too.

August 24th, 2011
9:37 am

Now as usual I have to take off, got top head out and do some jobs to get phil the fool and debbiedonothings ebt cards charged up so they can sit around the quick trip eating chips, drinking soda and lovin up on the illegal aliens. Too bad barry boy didn’t invite you all up to kennedyville to hang out with him and me-shell while they rough it like so many other Americans. Debbiedonothing, you can get off the plantation if you try, I did.

DannyX

August 24th, 2011
9:44 am

“That cemented me on Rick Perry”

Love the Rick Perry Texas Dream Act. Can’t wait until he signs one into law as President! Maybe a Reagan style amnesty while he is at it.

Hey Rick Perry! What do you not understand about the word “ILLEGAL??????”

DebbieDoRight

August 24th, 2011
9:45 am

debbiedonothing: ignorant as always. You libs keep comparing illegal aliens to Americans. Until they obey the law, the border jumpers are criminals…every one of them.

Oh so I guess MURDER isn’t illegal – unless an “illegal” does it huh? Before you start calling anyone ignorant Joe, you should look in the mirror first….. :roll:

DebbieDoRight

August 24th, 2011
9:50 am

Now as usual I have to take off, blah,blah,blah,blah……. ebt cards charged up so they can sit around the quick trip eating chips, drinking soda ……blah,blah,blah,blah…….to hang out with him …..blah,blah,blah……you can get off the plantation if you try, I did.

You got off the plantation and got on the short yellow bus with all the “special kids”. You know the ones? The ones that have to wear helmets on their heads so that won’t hurt themselves. Your helmet however, is so that the evil monsters (read dems) can stop broadcasting those radio waves directly into your brain. It’s destroying that one brain cell you have left.

Be Reasonable

August 24th, 2011
10:04 am

It’s about time! People brought here as children had no say in the matter and should be handled differently than those who entered improperly as adults. It’s a waste of our time and tax dollars to “detain” them while they await hearings. “Detain” is really a misnomer as they are actually in prison. In private FOR-PROFIT prisons! Tax-payers pay about $90 per day, while share-holders earn $$. Most, are good people – self supporting & hard working – who contribute to our society. Let them get an education, work and contribute. We have enough American born slackers sitting around (on welfare & in prison) thinking they are better than immigrants.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
10:07 am

@Debbiedodropdead..

The original equation is Illegal mexican + 4 year old + car wreck= dead 4 year old

Take out illegal mexican and the 4 year old does not die in the car wreck with that illegal mexican.

It’s not hard, you moron. will the 4 year old eventually die? sure..will they die at 4 with that wetback killing them? no

But hey, if you or p-tag support hussein -o’s immigration policy, and you have any 4 year old kids in your family, maybe they can be next,.Better you’rs than someone i might give a damn about. Because I sure as hell don’t about you.

Tommy Maddox

August 24th, 2011
10:07 am

Gee – the law; a Federal law at that. Let’s all pretend it does not exist. That’s the ticket.

D U H !

MarkV

August 24th, 2011
10:16 am

Kyle,
You comment: “When the president of the United States says, “I swore an oath to uphold the laws,” he’s not supposed to follow it with a “but,” is so inane, it defies understanding.

Ayn Rant

August 24th, 2011
10:16 am

A the present time, the best thing to do about the illegal immigrant “problem” is to do absolutely nothing. Until the American public tempers ethnic prejudice, and rewards manual labor with adequate pay and benefits, absolutely nothing sensible can be done.

How about a case study of the effects of “doin’ sump’um’” about illegal immigration? Arizona bad mouths and harasses Hispanic residents, but Texas ignores illegal immigration and treats Hispanic residents fairly. Guess which state has the better economy!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
10:17 am

““special kids”. You know the ones? The ones that have to wear helmets on their heads so that won’t hurt themselves.”

Oh, like this?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/27/obamas-bike-wear-helmets-_n_697064.html#131935

Spouting about helmets while their pet kenyan is pimping the dork-o-master 5000 helmet in martha’s vineyard like he’s competing in the special olympics.?

Jefferson

August 24th, 2011
10:18 am

Well, you have to cut back somewhere.

Don't Tread

August 24th, 2011
10:28 am

Obama seems to think he is king or dictator, using executive orders and “selective enforcement” to do what he wants.

BTW, that earthquake in DC yesterday was the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.

MarkV

August 24th, 2011
10:32 am

DebbieDoRight: Answering TrishaDishaWarEagle is a waste of time. This is someone who claims to be educated but is unable to write a grammatically correct sentence, and only makes offensive comments to provoke, not to make rational arguments.

Kyle Wingfield

August 24th, 2011
10:33 am

Really, MarkV? Where do you see room for a “but” in an oath to uphold the nation’s laws? It’s one thing if he leaves it as he did in the July speech. It’s another thing entirely when, as now, he follows it up with action.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
10:35 am

yawn..as If MarkV understands education.

that's goofy

August 24th, 2011
10:42 am

Laws should be enforced as written. That is the Executive Branch’s job.

However, to flip out now and not when W used 700(?) signing statements is either hypocritical or intellectually dishonest.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
10:42 am

Modern public and private education is nothing but rote memorization, and forced socialization brainwashing to become multicultural pop culture obsessed functionally illiterate myrmidoms so the state can and will take over the vast majority of your life decisions for you.

No context, no understanding of the background philosophies, nor the history of an Idea..

Just “Diego has two daddy’s”, black power month, STD screening, and “business(a nice way to say these kids are to retarded to ever hope to understand trig or calculus) math”

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
10:45 am

But as the great Judge Elihu Smails once said, “The world needs ditch diggers too!”
And ditch diggers are disposable.

mike

August 24th, 2011
10:46 am

So much hate and name calling for the President. I assume these goobers are passing these qualities to their kids. Must be sad to live everyday with these issues on their minds. What a miserable life these people live.

DawgDad

August 24th, 2011
10:46 am

It is a condition of mankind that no group of people is entitled to land it cannot defend. Which is a primary reason why we have laws. Flouting immigration law is, in my opinion, treason. Period.

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August 24th, 2011
10:52 am

That 4-year-old could have been the next Hitler.

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August 24th, 2011
10:53 am

“Just “Diego has two daddy’s”, black power month, STD screening, and “business(a nice way to say these kids are to retarded to ever hope to understand trig or calculus) math””

I think you mean “too”

Hillbilly D

August 24th, 2011
10:54 am

This isn’t really news. The nation’s immigration laws have been ignored for the last 25 years by both parties and most everybody in a position of power. Gotta protect that source of cheap labor.

MarkV

August 24th, 2011
10:54 am

Kyle,
The President said, essentially, that he swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books, but that he understood that those laws might cause pain, and that his administration tried to apply those laws humanly. And you object to that? It is like rebuking the Pope if he said: “There is God, but I understand when some people do not believe it.” And you would say: “The Pope should not follow a statement about the existence of God with a “but.”

TrishaDishaWarEagle

August 24th, 2011
10:56 am

yep, it’s called a typo..get over it

Dave

August 24th, 2011
10:57 am

If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you were not a racist….Please vote for anyone else in 2012 to prove you are not a IDIOT!