Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

When you were asked why you didn’t submit your jobs plan before going on vacation, you responded that there was no point in having Congress bicker over the plan in August.

When Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act, your administration implemented the essential features of the act by effectively granting amnesty to the  illegal immigrants who would’ve been covered by the act.

When Congress failed to pass the Employee Free Choice Act that would’ve dramatically increased the number of unionized workplaces, your appointees to the National Labor Relations Board proposed new rules that will accomplish the act’s primary objectives.

When Congress failed to pass cap-and-trade, the EPA proposed regulations that will require energy companies to shut down 20 percent of their coal-fired power plant capacity.

When public schools contended they couldn’t comply with the requirements of No Child Left Behind, your administration granted the states waivers — provided they adopted your reforms.

Do you consider Congress largely superfluous? If not, under what specific circumstances will you refuse to circumvent Congress in order to achieve your policy objectives?

Are regulations promulgated by political appointees usually a better reflection of public sentiment than legislation passed by elected representatives?

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