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‘L’Etat, C’est Moi’

Posted on | February 11, 2014 | 31 Comments

President Obama is a law unto himself:

“ObamaCare” is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day.

He has once again delayed the employer mandate. The timetable for implementation of the law — which was written into the law — turns out to have been meaningless, and our latter-day Sun King has granted so many exemptions to the law that it has no meaning beyond his royal will. Everybody made fun of Nancy Pelosi for saying that Congress had to pass the bill (which neither she nor any other Democrat member of Congress had read in its entirety) so we would know what was in it.

Now we see her point, however: It didn’t really matter what was in the law, because Democrats don’t believe in the Rule of Law, and ObamaCare was essentially carte blanche: “That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”



31 Responses to “‘L’Etat, C’est Moi’”

  1. Steve White
    February 11th, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    I’d appreciate it if someone who’s read the ACA (who might that be?) could tell us whether the President (or more accurately, the Secretary of HHS) has the discretion built into the law to put back deadlines.

    Some laws allow that. I don’t know whether the ACA does, and my own attempts to read it to find such a provision are pointless — the text is so legalistic, and so filled with pointers to other laws, amendments and such that I can’t find hardly anything.

    Does the ACA (or some other controlling law) allow the President to put back a deadline that’s written into the ACA?

  2. RS
    February 11th, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    I read the whole damn thing the weekend before it was passed, all 2000 plus pages. The answer is “no,” at least with respect to deadlines. There are other areas which fall into administrative discretion, but even those are subject to the normal administrative rule making, which–gasp–has also been ignored by this administration.

  3. RS
    February 11th, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    The fact that the entire country is not up in arms about this behavior is testimony that the Left has destroyed public education. Some of us are old enough to remember a quaint course called “Civics,” in which these sorts of things were discussed.

  4. reliapundit
    February 11th, 2014 @ 9:51 am
  5. Neo
    February 11th, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Perhaps it’s time for all Democrats to be more free to make choices, not to be bound by their jobs in public office.
    On Election Day, remember to bring freedom, choice and the joys of FUNemployment to the Democrats … by not voting for them.

  6. M. Thompson
    February 11th, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    So what are you doing about it?

    Are you willing to spend your time or money to get Democrats defeated? That’s what needs to be done.

  7. cmehusky
    February 11th, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    Empty Chair.

  8. Patrick Carroll
    February 11th, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    Apres lui, le deluge?

  9. RS
    February 11th, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    Avec lui, le déluge.

  10. Steve in TN ™
    February 11th, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    The #GOP legislators have done nothing to stop the usurpation of their authority. It’s now becoming THEIR fault.

  11. Mark White Jones
    February 11th, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    OMG, isn’t this what Republicans voted to do like 100 times???

    You might wanna back off from opposing everything Obama does otherwise you might just get a rep for, you know, opposing EVERY SINGLE THING HE DOES.

    So pathetic.

  12. Mark White Jones
    February 11th, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

    This legislation really has Republican panties in a bunch, don’t it….I LOVE IT!!!

  13. RS
    February 11th, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

    You don’t see any problem with the executive changing the law via fiat without congressional approval? And BTW, the ‘Pubs have voted to repeal the law in its entirety, not postpone things piecemeal.

  14. RS
    February 11th, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    It’s not legislation; it’s the executive choosing to ignore and fail to enforce duly passed legislation. There’s a definition for such behavior. It’s called “tyranny.”

  15. Becca Lower
    February 11th, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

    Yes, the Republicans voted to do it and were called terrorists (and worse). Enjoying your alternate reality there?

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    February 11th, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

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  17. richard mcenroe
    February 11th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Whoever wins Mark, I promise you you’re being sent to the rice fields.

  18. Quartermaster
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

    The collaborators always are. They become too dangerous when they come to the senses.

  19. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    Est diluvium [no more French – please!].

  20. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    There’s plenty of blame to go around.

  21. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    And even if the GOP voted to delay parts of the law, they did it WITH A VOTE, you fool.

  22. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:39 pm

    That was meant to go under Mrs. Jones’s comment.

  23. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

    -This is Rule By Decree, Clyde.

    -BTW: Be careful – you never want to disagree with your Leftist Masters, you Fellow Traveller, because they may go all Lenin on you…

    LENIN: We’ll ask the man, where do you stand on the question of the revolution? Are you for it or against it?

    If he’s against it, we’ll stand him up against a wall.

  24. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    Funny how at that point they tend to die of metallic poisoning of the back of the brain.

  25. Steve in TN ™
    February 11th, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    It is the duty of the legislators to stop the executive when it trespasses on the legislative. We have a judicial branch for a reason. This is similar to police stationed outside a property and watching a thief burgle and doing nothing.

  26. WaltPimbley
    February 11th, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    RT @smitty_one_each: TOM ‘L’Etat, C’est Moi’ #TCOT

  27. lee owens
    February 11th, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

    it is ruling by executive decree…this govt is the way it is with separation of powers expressly to keep executive decrees from happening. Obi is not a king or emperor

  28. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    La merde, c’est moi!

  29. Bob Belvedere
    February 11th, 2014 @ 11:29 pm

    God love you.

  30. RichFader
    February 11th, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

    Shouldn’t that be “Le Twat, C’est Moi”?

  31. WyBlog - Fascist Obama decrees no more layoffs, Obamacare now guarantees your boss can't fire you
    February 12th, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    Fascist Obama decrees no more layoffs, Obamacare now guarantees your boss can’t fire you

    IRS storm troopers are our new masters. That’s fascism. Straight up fascism. There’s really no other way to describe what this president has done. And he did it with the stroke of his pen. L’Etat, C’est Moi!