You might think that Barack Obama’s long-term legacy would be Obamacare, and that it probably wouldn’t be that great of a legacy. Actually, I’d beg to differ with you. I don’t think Obamacare is going to get out of this decade. Oh sure…it’ll make it to 2017, when Bobo leaves the White House, but I really can’t see it lasting much past that. The reason is simple. It costs too much. It doesn’t deliver what everyone was told it would deliver, and it’s unsustainable. Once we get down the road, everyone will look at the old insurance plans as “the good ol’ days”. Nope, Obamacare isn’t going to be his legacy.
His total disregard for the constitution and following the law will be. Obama has been slapped around 13 times by the US Supreme Court on 9-0 votes for over-reaching his powers. It hasn’t stopped him from trying it again and again. He’s going to be sued by the House for over-reaching and it will end up in the Supreme Court. Maybe not soon enough to matter, but it’ll end up there. I see Obama’s total disregard for the constitution as his undying legacy. Unfortunately for his party, it’ll probably bite them in the ass.
It’s not the first time that a president has disregarded the constitution…or written their own laws, or not worked well with congress. Andrew Johnson went against congress quite a bit during his term. Of course, it ended up not turning out well as he became the first president impeached. He escaped conviction by one vote. And Teddy Roosevelt may very well be Obama’s hero. TR, a Republican, issued over 1,000 executive orders because he refused to work with congress. It’s been done before, and it will probably be done again. It’s just we really haven’t seen this much abuse of power since Roosevelt’s days, which ushered in the “progressive” movement that lasted through Wilson’s term.
We’re in a very interesting age of our democracy. There have been times when congress couldn’t get anything done. There have been times when congress wouldn’t work with the president, but we’ve basically since Warren G. Harding, been in an era where congress and the president have respected each other and worked together for the most part. That hasn’t been the way this president chose to work. From the minute he lost control of the House in 2010, Obama decided to ignore congress. Again, it’s been done before, and yes, it’s an over-reach of his powers, and he probably will be slapped on the wrist for it, but you can’t point to other presidents that have done it. Where the Democrats are going to go into a tizzy and bitch before anybody holding anything that looks remotely like a camera is when the Republicans try the same outlandish stuff the Dems have been pulling.
What do you think the Democrats reaction is going to be next year if the GOP takes over the Senate and decides to keep the necessary vote total to approve a presidential nominee at 50 votes plus one? Do you think Harry Reid is going to say, “Well, we did it, it’s only fair they do it?” Nope. He’s going to be hanging from the dome of the Capitol screaming from the top of his lungs how unfair and undemocratic this is. Forget that he was the guy that proposed it in the first place! And do you think that the Dems are going to go along with it if say, in 2018, after a Republican gets elected president, the Dems take back the House, and the president decides not to work with congress…do you think they’re going to idly sit by and not say a word? Nancy Pelosi will be having a baby up there crying and screaming so much. It’s what the Dems do. They love to bitch. They’re fun to watch because they feign disgust and horror better than anyone I’ve seen before. They must teach a class in it in their candidates’ school because they’re all really good at it.
No, Obama’s long-term legacy isn’t going to be healthcare. It’s not going to be the fact he was a very poor leader on domestic issues. It’s not going to be the fact he didn’t lead at all on foreign policy issues. It’s going to be that he’s set the precedent that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes. A president that doesn’t have to work with congress to get things done. A president that can issue executive orders and totally ignore the constitution, implementing laws he writes through executive orders, ignoring parts of laws he doesn’t like by telling his AG not to enforce them, and not addressing congress at all unless he has to (which technically he doesn’t at all…he doesn’t HAVE to give an oral State of the Union speech. He can send it up to the Congress in written form). It will be fun to see if this is his legacy. If it is…remember…you heard it here first!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!