Would Congress stop President Barack Obama if he unilaterally declared he was raising the federal income tax rates for families that earn between $50,000 and $99,000 per year?
This week, Obama swept aside the plain and unambiguous language in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that he personally signed and fought all the way to the Supreme Court to maintain, so he could unilaterally suspend the law’s requirement that the government extract penalty “payments” from businesses that do not comply with a mandate to provide their workers with health insurance.
It does not appear Congress is going to do anything about this remarkable usurpation of power.
So, if the president can unilaterally cut the payments some businesses are required by law to make to the government, why can’t he unilaterally increase the payments extracted from some families?
Why can’t he just set tax rates at whatever level he pleases? Why can’t he do the same with spending?
Do the actual words in our laws still bind the people sworn to execute them? No. Has Obama violated his oath of office? Yes.
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