Oct. 31, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement warning that a series of unilateral executive actions by the Obama Administration would sidestep the political process, and thus the consent of the governed:
"These unilateral executive orders, whether on government-backed student loans and mortgages or FDA oversight, are intended to sidestep the consent of the governed, and as a result they overstep the President's constitutional boundaries. Obama can rhetorically dress this up however he likes, but his actions are not predicated on the consent of the governed, they are fueled by his desire to maintain and expand power. This is not the rule of law, but the rule of man.
"Obama is just following the playbook of the Center for American Progress, which had argued for the White House to use executive orders and other regulations to advance its agenda after Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in the November elections. This is all designed to get around the political process, and has occurred repeatedly under Obama's watch, whether with the EPA's carbon endangerment finding or the unilateral implementation of management-labor forums for the federal civil service."
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