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Obama wants to skirt the law . . . again

Posted: August 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm   /   by

When it comes to faithfully executing the law, a key part of his constitutional mandate, Barack Obama is the “pick and choose” president, selecting the laws he wants to enforce and ignoring the ones he does not like.

Usually the president tailors law enforcement to meet political goals.

If a law gets in his way, he ignores the Constitution and Congress and does what meets his needs, especially in his quest for reelection.

Obama’s latest fast and loose treatment of the law is his dilemma as Congress dithers over tax and spending policy and faces “sequestration,” automatic spending cuts if there is no action before January 2.

The law (WARN Act) requires that employers notify workers at least 60 days in advance of potential layoffs that could effect 500 or more employees. Now the Obama administration says the law does not apply in the case of possible sequestration because Congress is still working to resolve spending policy and could reach agreement before the deadline on January 2.

What Obama fears is a blizzard of pink slips before election day. Federal contractors, such as defense companies, that face large spending cuts will send layoff warnings to thousands of employees. They will obey the law.

If sequestration kicks in on January 2, layoff warnings need to go out at by November 2, five days before the election. No wonder Obama wants to ignore the law.

We have seen this before. Obama changed the law when he decided to implement his own Dream Act. He refused to defend the Defense of Marriage law in court. He made recess appointments when the Senate was in session to avoid the advice and consent requirement.

The Constitution states that the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Never mind. Obama taught constitutional law to college students. He knows the rules. His rules.

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Obama wants to skirt the law . . . again