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Tea Party Favorite Lays Into Obama’s Newest Executive Order in CNN Interview: ‘Unconstitutional,’ ‘Contempt,’ a ‘Violation’

Posted by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM
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Tea Party Favorite Lays Into Obama’s Newest Executive Order in CNN Interview: ‘Unconstitutional,’ ‘Contempt,’ a ‘Violation’

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Tuesday slammed President Barack Obama’s plan to sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour, calling the plan a “constitutional violation.”

Tea Party Favorite Lays Into Obamas Newest Executive Order in CNN Interview: Unconstitutional, Contempt, a Violation

In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, walks from House Speaker John Boehner’s office with reporters in pursuit on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo) 

Obama is expected to announce the wage increase, the latest example of the White House bypassing Congress to achieve specific goals, at Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

“I think it’s a constitutional violation,” King said during a CNN interview. “We have a minimum wage. Congress has set it. For the president to simply declare ‘I’m going to change this law that Congress has passed,’ is unconstitutional. He’s outside the bounds of his Article II limitations.”

“This threat that the president is going to run the government with an ink pen and executive orders, we’ve never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office,” King added.

CNN host Chris Cuomo interjected to note that former President Bill Clinton signed far more executive orders than Obama, adding “if you want to stay with your line of reasoning, it could be a little bit of a dangerous game.”

“How invested are you in this, representative, because if he really is abusing his constitutional powers, some might say that’s ground for action against the president, maybe even an impeachable offense. Is that what you’re saying?” Cuomo continued.

“You know, I’ve stayed away from that word, although it does come to me on the streets of America consistently,” King said. “I think instead, this Congress should lay out the violations that the president has had. And there are many.”

Obama knows better, King added.

“It’s Congress’s job to pass the laws. He knows that. And we need to take our oath seriously and defend the Constitution,” he said.



Meanwhile, as King and others railed against the president’s latest executive order, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough told CBS News that “rather than sit and wait for Congress to take action, we’re going to go ahead and roll out on our own, using the president’s authority.”

“Nobody who works full time and works hard at their job should live in poverty. We think $10.10 an hour will allow them to do that,” he said, adding that the White House will “look to work with Congress where we can, but I think as we’ve seen over the last several years now, Congress sometimes is a little slow to action.”

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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM
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We are a third world dictatorship -

Not shocked.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jan. 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM
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Then the legislative branch needs to file an injunction against the executive branch at the judicial branch. This is dangerous and it must be stopped. Too much power in any one branch of government must not be allowed to continue.

And I don't give a shit who's in office.
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:19 PM
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Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA: Then the legislative branch needs to file an injunction against the executive branch at the judicial branch. This is dangerous and it must be stopped. Too much power in any one branch of government must not be allowed to continue.

And I don't give a shit who's in office.


I would, of course, agree.

Sadly it doesn't seem to apply to (half) Black presidents.

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 8:55 PM
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Nobody who works full time and works hard at their job should live in poverty


Totally agree
latashac
by Bronze Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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I don't see how people earning a living wage screams danger. Congress is useless yet continue to be paid well. They think Americans should earn less while they raise their own salaries that WE all pay for. I say sign away Mr. President. You cannot oppose welfare and a living wage. What bufoons think that is actually a working argument??

BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Jan. 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

  There are legal procedures to discover is this is legal or not.  The case can go to supreme court  or congress can implement it themselves and restrict the President's authority.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

 You seem very young and inexperienced.

Are you familiar with the words "lawful" and "unlawful"?

Quoting latashac:

I don't see how people earning a living wage screams danger. Congress is useless yet continue to be paid well. They think Americans should earn less while they raise their own salaries that WE all pay for. I say sign away Mr. President. You cannot oppose welfare and a living wage. What bufoons think that is actually a working argument??

 

idunno1234
by Silver Member on Jan. 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM
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latashac
by Bronze Member on Jan. 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

 Which part is unlawful?? The Constitution does allow a President to operate outside of Congress in certan situations. If you are going to claim to be old and wise then come with something better please. Wanting people to be paid a living wage isn't exactly what I would call a travesty.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 You seem very young and inexperienced.

Are you familiar with the words "lawful" and "unlawful"?

Quoting latashac:

I don't see how people earning a living wage screams danger. Congress is useless yet continue to be paid well. They think Americans should earn less while they raise their own salaries that WE all pay for. I say sign away Mr. President. You cannot oppose welfare and a living wage. What bufoons think that is actually a working argument??

 

 

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jan. 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM
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He is right.  Having a dictator in office is freakin scary like we have today.

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