Checks and balances. The Separation of powers. These are concepts that most fifth graders could explain.
These are also concepts that have been lost under President Obama.
Since Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010, the President has sidestepped Congress at will, using his “pen and phone” to give more power to the executive branch, at the expense of the American people.
During the first two years of his presidency, President Obama had little reason to worry about legislative branch opposition to his policy positions. Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate, and he resided in the White House. During this time, the President and his allies in Congress were able to pass enormous “one-size fits all” legislation. Both Obamacare and Dodd-Frank became law with little bipartisan consideration. Then, in 2010, Republicans took control of the House and President Obama’s absolute control over two branches of the federal government came to an end.
Without control of the House, the President knew his approach had to change, so he embarked on what can only be described as an epic public relations campaign against congressional Republicans. He created straw-men along the way to serve his various political purposes. Heated debate continued as newspapers, cable news, and social media provided even more outlets for charged political rhetoric from both sides that only furthered the divide between the Chief of the Executive Branch and his opposition in the legislative branch.
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