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InsiderOnline Blog: August 2013

Upping Nixon

Last week, President Obama explained his legal authority to suspend or delay various parts of ObamaCare by executive discretion alone by saying “this was in consultation with businesses” and “we’re not in a normal atmosphere around here when it comes to Obamacare.”

Not even President Nixon’s “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal,” is more “constitutionally grotesque” than Obama’s claims, writes George Will: “Nixon’s claim was confined to matters of national security,” but “Obama’s audacity is more spacious; it encompasses a right to disregard any portion of any law pertaining to any subject at any time when the political ‘environment’ is difficult.” [Washington Post, August 14]

Posted on 08/16/13 02:13 PM by Alex Adrianson

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