If you think the supposed “recess appointment” of Richard Cordray to the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was akin to spitting on the Constitution, hold onto your hat. Obama’s been going hog-wild in his efforts to trample our founding document.
Take for example “signing documents.”
In 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised that if he was elected president he would not issue declarations known as “signing statements” that trash the intent of laws passed by Congress. However, as the president, Obama has signed such end-arounds on at least 20 occasions.
Obama’s most recent signing statement came on New Year’s Eve, when he gave his signature to a 13-paragraph memorandum declaring he did not intend to follow several sections of the National Defense Authorization Act that funded the military for 2012. The president said his lawyers concluded the provisions interfered with his constitutional duties to carry out foreign policy.
The New Year’s Eve statement declares Obama’s intention to ignore requirements in the law, including restrictions on data transfers with Russia, authorities to detain suspected members of al Qaeda, and sanctions against the central bank of Iran.
Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, told the Daily Beast that the president’s lawyers had broken promises his top national security advisers made to Kirk on not sharing some data from U.S. missile defense systems with Russia. The senator had placed a hold on Obama’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Moscow until he received assurances that such data would not be shared.
So much for that deal.
“Whichever administration lawyer wrote this was having the president speak with forked tongue,” Kirk said. “The deputy national security adviser assured me that under no circumstances would sensitive missile defense data like telemetry or hit-to-kill technology go to the Russians. Then his lawyers, with a great lack of integrity, pulled back the very commitments made to me in writing.”
Meanwhile, as for going soft on the sanctions set in place for Iran, one would hope Obama might see some political fallout. The amendment creating new sanctions on the central bank of Iran passed the Senate by a vote of 100 to 0.