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Waive Away the Law
Obama skirts the rule of law to reward pals and punish enemies.


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Michael Barone

In a Univision radio interview during the 2010 election cycle, Barack Obama urged Latinos not “to sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.’”

Punishing enemies and rewarding friends — politics Chicago style — seems to be the unifying principle that helps explain the Obamacare waivers, the NLRB action against Boeing, and the IRS’s gift-tax assault on 501(c)(4) donors.

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They look like examples of crony capitalism, bailout favoritism, and gangster government.

And they don’t look like the rule of law.

Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner. © 2011 The Washington Examiner.



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