February 3, 2014


I did not watch the SOTU.  I just can't listen to or look at the tool occupying the Oval.  I did read the transcript, because I think it is important to numerate the lies he tells, and to be an informed citizen.  Unless you have, blissfully I would imagine, been out of touch with the media for the past week, you have heard that the president came right out and said that he didn't care to cooperate and legislate, but instead would use the power of executive privilege to do whatever he wants in the coming years.

Nice of him to admit it, but he's been doing it all along.

Politico has an entire series on the things Obama has, is, and plans to do with his pen.  I encourage you to read it in its entirety.  For the sake of economy, I am going to post for you some of the things they list as being changed outside of the due process that our law makers are generally tasked with approving.
An in-depth examination of the administration’s actions and plans, agency by agency, regulation by regulation, reveals an executive power play that’s broad and bold — and intensely ambitious. Far more than he let on in the State of the Union, the president has marshaled the tools of his office to advance policies, many unabashedly liberal, that push deep into everyday life for tens of millions of Americans.
He wants to change how power plants operate. And what we buy for lunch. How we travel to work. And how our kids learn math. How our gasoline is formulated. How we light our aquariums.
When Congress wouldn’t support a climate change bill, the administration moved on its own to push the energy industry away from coal and toward green alternatives. The executive branch found a way to drive tremendous change in public schools, too — though education is typically under local control — by holding tight to billions in much-needed funding, and doling it out only to states that pledged to follow the administration’s prescriptions for reform. A tweak to a transportation grant formula even gave the administration influence over local urban planning; streetcars, all of a sudden, are popping up everywhere.
And it’s not Congress, but the executive branch, that’s on the verge of making Hershey’s reformulate its Reese’s Pieces. (Out, out, trans fat!)
As he tees up for his final three years, Obama is pushing to take his executive power further still, with the most ambitious regulatory agenda in decades. Executive actions now underway could shut down for-profit colleges that don’t meet the administration’s definition of success — even if they’re popular with students. They could raise the price of products ranging from trucks to furnace fans to manufactured housing to aquarium lights, by requiring them to be made more energy-efficient. The executive agenda even reaches the fires of the family hearth, with the Environmental Protection Agency planning strict new requirements for home wood stoves.
Whether American guns can be sold abroad. How smokeless tobacco can be marketed. Which nonprofits can stage get-out-the-vote drives. What constitutes a single serving of potato chips.
And, perhaps, just how salty those chips should be.
And all that pencil pushing comes at a price for we insignificant vassals in the overlord's fiefdom: 
Last year alone, Obama-era regulations added 158 million hours of paperwork for individuals and business owners, according to the administration’s own estimates, said Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum. He pegs the total cost of Obama regulations over the past five years at nearly $500 billion — about the size of Sweden’s gross domestic product.

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