Obama is a politician, through and through, not a leader. He enjoys political fights. You would think with the resounding rejection of his policies this last November he would become more centrist in determining policy, but I guess that is hard from a former Senator who had the most liberal voting record in the Senate. (just one of those things everyone glossed over before electing the man). We can pretend that all of this is about making America better, but it is really about pushing a progressive agenda that is counter to our founding principles…at this point it is obvious that the consequences of these policy decisions just do not concern them. All that being said I do not see this administration backing down at all, which could be more beneficial to conservatives than what Clinton did.
One of these fights will be Obamacare. A judge in Virginia has ruled the mandate in the legislation unconstitutional. As expected the Obama administration says they will appeal the decision and believe the legislation will be upheld. The only way you can come to this conclusion is if you disregard the intent of the Constitution. That is how judicial activism is accomplished. Take what Gibbs said in response to the ruling.
“One hundred and fifteen miles away, a different judge in a different district rendered a different decision,”
Why not give us the Constitutional argument for upholding the mandate. I am sure they would if there was one. When there is no constitutional argument, liberals rely on contemporary rulings. These rulings more often than not ignore the original intent of the law…in this case, the founders’ intent. This is something that David Barton explains over and over again in his book, Original Intent.
But this is not the only fight Obama will take on. Here are a few quotes I took out of an article I recently read.
“I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I’m itching for a fight on a whole range of issues…I suspect they will find I am. And I think the American people will be on my side on a whole bunch of these fights.”
“When they expire in two years, I will fight to end them…Just as I suspect the Republican Party may fight to end the middle-class tax cuts that I’ve championed and that they’ve opposed.”
“Republicans are going to have to explain to the American people over the next two years how making those tax cuts for the high end permanent squares with their stated desire to start reducing deficits and debt,”
The first comment shows some arrogance and a lot of denial considering the recent election. The second shows his anti-capitalist sentiments and I might add includes an outright lie. (Point being he would put those tax cuts to a straight vote without all the liberal pork if it were a true statement). The third statement continues a mis-information campaign. What taxes for the rich are we looking to cut…I believe the vote is to maintain our current tax rates which have been in place for 10 years and by the way are extremely progressive already (in case you were wondering). Obama is proposing tax increases…during a recession. (Warning – link contains historical facts) We have a spending problem, Mr. President, not a revenue problem. And republicans have spending cuts prepared for next session. That is how you fix a debt problem.
I did leave one more quote for the end.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them on the field of competition over the next two years,”
I would think most would agree that is indeed how the President views his job…and I think that is a problem in itself.