Obama is making law again. Will he ever stop? Congress passed a law in 2001 known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The current President doesn’t like the law, so he cancelled it.
Strictly speaking, a President cannot cancel a law with a wave of his hand or the signing of a document. But he can sign an executive order decreeing that a given law doesn’t need to be obeyed. The difference is a mere technicality; the results are the same. One could also raise the argument that the entire law wasn’t rendered inoperative, only certain provisions. But invariably when this happens, it is to alter those provisions that were controversial in the first place. The Founding Fathers gave us a government where controversial matters were not to be decided by one person, but by the House and the Senate where the people are broadly represented. Of course there is a form of government where the leader does have the power to make, break or change the law. It is called a dictatorship.
Whether No Child Left Behind is bad law or not is a decision for Congress or the courts to make, not the President. The establishment of a Rule of Law is an essential requirement for any fair and prosperous nation to succeed. When laws once enacted by a congressional body are subject to executive change and bureaucratic interpretation you have “flexlaw”. Flexlaw is not a set of established laws at all; it is a set of whims. Obama and his Administration are transforming our land from a Republic into a DINO, a Democracy In Name Only. He must be stopped.
There is no justifiable reason for the 111 companies to be exempt from Obamacare law while thousands of others are not. The waivers are favors and nothing less.
The message conveyed is that you can avoid the law by making application to the government. Visions of an open door for corruption fly at you with the speed of a lightening bolt. It is also obvious that size matters. Big business has the knowledge and clout for obtaining favors from Washington that smaller companies do not.
The waivers are just another in a series of acts of subrogating the rule of law to executive and congressional dictate. We saw it when Chrysler bondholders were deprived of their rights under established bankruptcy law. We see it when cities and states publicly state their refusal to obey Federal immigration law and no consequences ensue, not even verbal condemnation from the Department of Justice. On the contrary, when a state steps in to carry out the law, federal law, the federal government sues the state!
Breakdown of rule of law is seen at the local level as well. Voter intimidation at the poling place and various police departments refusal to respond to reports of certain crimes are examples. When respect for the law breaks down the criminal element gains and everyone else loses. In order for respect for the law to be maintained, laws must be enforced, corrected or repealed.