As a Senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama decried the use of presidential signing statements, but as with so much other rhetoric originating from Obama concerning “hope and change,” he has decided to keep things the same. Yesterday the Washington Times laid out candidly President Obama’s latest efforts to circumvent the Constitution and his own campaign promises:
When the president of the United States signs a bill into law, it’s expected that he will abide by it. That’s not the case with President Obama, who has a sudden interest in novel legalistic interpretations getting him off the hook from laws he doesn’t like.
On Friday, the president signed the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which funds the government for the remaining nine months of the fiscal year. Afterward, he released a statement saying he won’t abide by the law because the Justice Department had advised that certain provisions are “subject to well-founded constitutional objections.”
The mainstream media tells us that Barack Obama is some kind of expert on Constitutional Law, but it looks like he has some reading comprehension issues because the Constitution is clear as to how the president may act when presented with a bill from Congress: he may approve and sign, veto, or ignore.
There is no option to both approve and ignore, as he intends to do. But his flagrant disrespect for the law should come as no surprise to us given his past refusal to enforce and defend statutes he disagrees with. The only surprise should be that he hasn’t been impeached yet.