Ruling Class Kabuki
Bill Quick

Obama’s DHS Secretary: ‘Last Time I Looked An Executive Order Can’t Supersede The Law’

Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson indicated in a Tuesday hearing he understands in principle that Congress writes the laws, not Obama.
“Last time I looked an executive order can’t supersede the law,” Johnson said.

Johnson made his remarks during a Congressional hearing on the current crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) questioned Johnson about the U.S. government sending the children to the Department of Health and Human Services, instead of shipping them back to their homes.

Johnson pointed out that the law required government officials to do so, in spite of the current crisis.

Leaving aside the obvious black humor inherent in his statement, he has a point.  Congress writes a lot of laws that essentially hand over the legislative power to the President.  That Obama obeys the legislation he feels like, and changes or ignores that he doesn’t, is beside the point.

The Imperial Presidency couldn’t have become that way without the willing complicity of Congress.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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