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Published: Wednesday, June 25 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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salt lake city, UT

Election year poliitics. The left toys with raising the minimum wage while the right plays with attacking all things BO. Each is intended to rile up the base while the big issues of the day sit on the shelf.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

It's amazing it has come to this, but one does wonder where the line can be drawn when a President and his administratin admit openly that they will enforce laws not passed by Congress, and or ignore ones they have sworn to uphold. I'm not sure the great founding fathers could have ever imagined Presidential power like that. And if they did, I suppose they figured that the press would take down said President in due course, like they did with Nixon. I'm sure the founding fathers never figured a 4th estate press that would protect Presidential overreach of power for political purposes. Question to any and all who support Obama in this. Are you forsighted enough to imagine what it will be like in America if a Republican President comes in in 2017 and not only dismantles the Obama executive orders but then goes on a conservative rampage with his own executive orders? You should be a little worried about unchecked Presidential power regardless of political party.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Obama's problems go far beyond selective enforcement.
He has circumvented the law by requiring a blanket review of 300,000 deportation orders.
He has gone beyond his power by creating his DREAM Act by fiat.
He lacks the authority to rewrite the ACA on the fly.
This action is way past due.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Wait, I thought conservatives were against frivolous lawsuits? I don't like Obama at all but this is the very definition of a frivolous lawsuit.

Conservatives, are you really only against frivolous lawsuits until they go after a liberal or a liberal cause? Hypocrisy.


This is what's known as "Pandora's Box." Be careful when playing with fire, Mr. Boehner, you and your fellow Republicans just may also get burned.

Casa Grande, AZ

Secret muslim, birth certificate, Bengahzi, many others I've forgotten and not enforcing Obamacare which you oppose anyway. Must be a slow week.

Sandy, UT

@m.g. scott - "You should be a little worried about unchecked Presidential power regardless of political party."

Sage advice. Shame that you only suggest it with the current Democratic president, the one who's used 'unchecked Presidential power' fewer times than any of his living predecessors

@Say No to BO - "Obama's problems go far beyond selective enforcement."

And Republican's problems go far beyond selective memory.

Obama has used executive orders and signing statements fewer times than any of the last 5 presidents. Obama's administration has seen more blocked appointments than any of the last 5 presidents.
Obama's administration has seen more filibusters than the last 5 presidents combined.
Republican legislators stated openly following his election that they would do whatever possible to oppose President Obama.

These are verifiable, readily available facts.

According to Boehner and Co, this is an issue with the current president. For those choose not to substitute their 'truth' for facts, we realize where the problems truly originate.

Virginia Beach, VA

"The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn't support . . ."

Most Americans would not support it. But "Conservatives" certainly will support it.
They like nothing better than wasting many BILLIONS of the taxpayers' money and the nation's credibility in senseless grandstanding . . . Government Shut Downs . . . Threats to not raise the debt ceiling . . . whatever strikes their fancy.

And now a new low for Congress is in the making.
No other Congress has lowered themselves to this extent. This Republican-dominated House of Representatives is crawling on its collective belly like a reptile . . . Like a sideshow geek at a cheap carnival . . . Saying “look at me!”

It's really too bad "Conservatives" can't actually do anything good for the country though, isn't it?

A lawsuit is certainly something new. I thought "Conservatives" felt Americans were too litigious. But it's a new day, and "Conservatives" have new and more interesting ways to waste money and demean America.

You've got to give them credit for being creative though, you know?

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

The shame is that Obama is doing things with Presidential power that is illegal. Many Presidents use executive power to do legal things, but to NOT enforce laws, like immigration for instance, is not in keeping with the oath of office. Obama has gone way beyond other Presidents with this. You seem to believe that Congress has no right to oppose Presidents and fillabuster, or block appointments. That is their legal right to do so, and their duty when elected by people who oppose the President and his party. Welcome to democracy silo. And I would like you to at least give an answer to my question. How will you be reacting if a Republican gets into office and does what Obama is doing? You won't like it will you. If you think about it, Obama may be setting an unprecedented precedent for future Presidents. I for one want most power in the hands of the many in Congress, messy as that can be, rather than a dicatatorial one in the White House.

Virginia Beach, VA

Silo -

"Presidents use executive power to do legal things, but to NOT enforce laws"

Uh . . . It is the DUTY of the executive branch to enforce the law, and our President is the head of the executive branch.

Salt Lake City, UT

What a sad deal to attract attention! The Speaker of the House should be a better leader than this hog wash!

salt lake, UT

The congress has the right to take this action but they should be careful what they wish for a court of law only cares about what you can prove. The rhetoric plays well on AM radio but not so much in a court of law.

Hayden, ID

At last! Someone holding Obama accountable!

Sandy, UT

mg scott

"The shame is that Obama is doing things with Presidential power that is illegal"

Opinion and speculation. If it's actually true, then have your boys initiate the impeachment process and stop wasting time with pointless lawsuits. Either Boehner and clan have something, or they're posturing for votes.

"Obama has gone way beyond other Presidents with this."

Again, opinion and speculation. Every president since Washington has used executive orders, and the past 5 Presidents all used them more than Obama. You claim Obama's use is 'illegal' and 'unprecedented'. Fine...cite those numbers versus the previous Presidents. Don't just claim it as fact because you think it's so, walk the walk.

"And I would like you to at least give an answer to my question. How will you be reacting if a Republican gets into office and does what Obama is doing?"

Here's your answer. I think it's despicable that any president has the power to use signing statements and executive orders. But I think the hypocrisy and false outrage displayed by the likes of you and Boehner is worse.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

It's about time, but impeachment would be a better idea.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Is there a way we the American people can sue Boehner for shutting down our government and costing us billions?

Can we sue congress for being the least productive congress in history?

Just how much more time and money will be wasted on this?

Can Boehner ever actually propose legislation? That's sorta his job. It seems like just a distant memory when congress actually tried to govern.

Eagle Mountain, UT

Election year politics.

If the President broke the law, the House (of which he is the Speaker) has the sole power of impeachment. No need "sue" and deal with issues of standing.

If you feel he has violated his oath, move for impeachment. Otherwise this is just pure posturing.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

Legal action costs a lot of money.

Just where will the money come from for this action?

From what budget will it come from?

Kuna, ID

Where's Johnny Cochran when we really need him. Oh yea..

Eagle Mountain, UT


I am in no way advocating for the President's impeachment; but this law suit is nothing short of silly.

The Constitution provides a way for Congress to deal with a renegade President, so why is the Speaker seeking extra-constitutional measures? Unless...he is playing election year politics?

The GOP has a majority in the House; the one body with the power to formally accuse the President of wrong doing. Why is he not seeking to excerise that power if he feels the President has gone rogue?

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