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Obama throws tantrum over GOP border bill
As has become standard for Obama, whenever he doesn’t get what he wants he reverts to natural state of a spoiled and petulant nine year-old:
President Barack Obama criticized House Republicans on Friday for planning to pass “the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere” amid an ongoing border crisis.
“They’re not even trying to actually solve the problem,” Obama said of the House GOP at a press conference from the White House. “This is a message bill that they couldn’t pull off yesterday, so they made it a little more extreme so maybe they can pass it today. Just so they can check a box before they’re leaving town for a month.”
Obama has requested $3.7 billion in funding so agencies can effectively care for the unaccompanied minors at the border, quickly get through their removal cases and try to deter more from coming. More than 57,500 unaccompanied minors, most from violence-wracked countries in Central America, have been apprehended at the border since October.
What the House actually did was pass a very clean bill that sought to solve the immediate problem and provide border governors with the resources to cope with the crisis created directly, and apparently consciously, by Obama’s ill-conceived DACA program. What the House did not do was let the administration hit the legislative equivalent of the Lotto by appropriating and enormous sum of money thus rewarding Obama for his lawlessness. Obama also relies on his native talent for dishonesty. Harry Reid’s Senate is on recess and didn’t manage to pass any kind of a border bill so even if the House had caved and given him everything he wanted it would still have to wait until the end of the August recess for action.
He followed that childish tantrum up with this bit of sophistry:
“Keep in mind that just a few days earlier, they voted to sue me for acting on my own,” Obama said. “And then when they couldn’t pass a bill yesterday, they put out a statement suggesting I should act on my own because they couldn’t pass a bill.”
Obama added that he would have to reallocate funding on his own because Congress has not approved funding to address the border crisis.
“I’m going to have to act alone, because we don’t have enough resources,” he said.
Actually, he’s being sued for not doing his job which the Constitution defines as carrying out laws passed by the Congress… not making up his own laws despite the laws passed by Congress and, in some cases, signed into law by Obama himself.
No one doubts that Obama will reallocate funding to do what he wants, despite the fact that it would be facially illegal under the Anti-Deficiency Act and other legislation that requires Congressional approval to reallocate appropriated funds between programs. But if he does embark on that path he will be cannibalizing his own administration because the reallocated money must come from other programs. That isn’t a bad thing. If he does bloat the cost of fixing his self-inflicted wound to the obscene level he requested, $3.7 billion, then it acts as an effective budget cut in other areas.
His real purpose, other than letting his inner-brat roam free, seems to be trying to build popular support for him to take expansive executive action on immigration… by effectively declaring our southern border to be open to all comers.
Regardless of the deficiencies of the bill passed by the House, Speaker John Boehner accurately summed up the situation:
“When it comes to the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, President Obama has been completely AWOL — in fact, he has made matters worse by flip-flopping on the 2008 law that fueled the crisis,” Steel said. “Senate Democrats have left town without acting on his request for a border supplemental. Right now, House Republicans are the only ones still working to address this crisis.”