Letter: President’s executive orders negate checks and balances
January 30, 2014
To the Editor:
The Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, State of the Union address by President Obama was perhaps the most chilling and appalling speech I have ever heard in U.S. history. Effectively declaring dictatorship by fiat, the president declared he will pass law without the consent of Congress… a move which is highly questionable since the three branches of power in U.S. government are specifically in place as a system of checks and balances. So now, the White House has declared it will seize power with executive orders whenever the President decides to, and checks and balances may no longer need be applied.
This is the opening salvo of what a dictatorship looks like, and raising the minimum wage and fast-tracking citizenship for illegal aliens are all very dangerous agenda items. In theory, adding millions of new citizens to America's roster sounds good, but how can the employment sector afford all of these new-hires when the Federal Government raises the minimum wage at the same time? At the very least, employment hiring would decline as employers would scramble to balance their books to adjust for higher additional income requirements. For every action taken, there is an equal opposite reaction and that is why our government was founded under a system of checks and balances, not a system of executive fiat decree.
President Obama's wheeling out of the Army Sgt. First Class Remsburg during the Union address was also particularly offensive, as he said it was the American people's duty to make sure that the severely injured Army Ranger who had served 10 tours of combat needs to be repaired and sent back out to serve another tour. Horrible and despicable, especially when such words are uttered by a man who has never even served in the armed forces. I suppose the next Executive Order will be for the surrender of America's firearms to the good people at the United Nations.
Michael J Campbell