Monday, April 23, 2012

"We Can't Wait"

“I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer,” Mr. Obama declared, beneath a “We Can’t Wait” banner. “When Congress refuses to act and — as a result — hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.”     

According to this New York Times article, President Obama has propagated his political agenda over the past year through executive orders.  Citing his "We Can't Wait" mentality, Obama has used Congress's inability to reach consensus as a justification for his actions.  After criticising George W. Bush for similar actions, Obama now finds himself following in W's footsteps.  But what else is a president supposed to do when his administration is riddled with a Congress that is more interested in partisan-politicking than consensus-building?  Clinton did it, Bush did it, and now Obama is following suit. 

Returning to our analysis of Confidence Men, some might laud Obama for taking control of his presidency and making active decisions.  It is encouraging to see a more decisive chief executive willing to make bold decisions, despite this Congress's shameful ineffectiveness.  Others might call it a blatant overreach of presidential power.  Thoughts?

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