Monday, October 03, 2016

To the point

Victor Davis Hanson:
Part of the frenzy over 2016 as a make-or-break election is because a closely divided Senate’s future may hinge on the coattails of the presidential winner. An aging Supreme Court may also translate into perhaps three to four court picks for the next president.

Yet such considerations only partly explain the current election frenzy.

The model of the imperial Obama presidency is the greater fear. Over the last eight years, Obama has transformed the powers of presidency in a way not seen in decades.
Hanson goes through the particulars at the link, and it's worth your time. It's easy to forget all the depredations Our President has undertaken over the past eight years. Just a few:
The Senate used to ratify treaties. In the past, a president could not unilaterally approve the Treaty of Versailles, enroll the United States in the League of Nations, fight in Vietnam or Iraq without congressional authorization, change existing laws by non-enforcement, or rewrite bankruptcy laws.

Not now. Obama set a precedent that he did not need Senate ratification to make a landmark treaty with Iran on nuclear enrichment.

He picked and chose which elements of the Affordable Care Act would be enforced — predicated on his 2012 reelection efforts.

Rebuffed by Congress, Obama is now slowly shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention center by insidiously having inmates sent to other countries.
The idea of an imperial presidency has been ongoing since Woodrow Wilson. About the only president since who eschewed the tendency is Calvin Coolidge, and he left office nearly 90 years ago. And when you have a liar in the office, it's particularly a problem. Back to Hanson:
Obama established the precedent that a president should be given a pass on lying to the American people. Did Americans, as Obama repeatedly promised, really get to keep their doctors and health plans while enjoying lower premiums and deductibles, as the country saved billions through his Affordable Care Act?

More recently, did Obama mean to tell a lie when he swore that he sent cash to the Iranians only because he could not wire them the money — when in truth the administration had wired money to Iran in the past? Was cash to Iran really not a ransom for American hostages, as the president asserted? Did Obama really, as he insisted, never e-mail Clinton at her private unsecured server?

Can the next president, like Obama, double the national debt and claim to be a deficit hawk?
Most likely, yes.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

I want to say "Our country is a Norwegian Blue." But that's not quite right. Countries rarely die. They just change. We've changed.

Bike Bubba said...

I have a slight disagreement with that last sentence. I don't think the next President can double the national debt without collapsing the full faith & credit, not to mention financial markets, before he gets there. Mrs. Capone--I mean Clinton--may try, but I just don't think it's doable.

Gino said...

i'm looking forward to an imperial Trump, with his hands on a newly weaponized IRS and Justice Dept... many currently silent people will suddenly go all crazy... and i'll be popping corn... LOL