George F. Will: Obama's aggressive misuse of power could spur Congress to act

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  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 22, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    @UtahBlueDevil "A little precedent..."

    And your reaction to these offenses was...what? Cheerleading and excuse-making? Or condemnation?

    A little consistency, please.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 20, 2013 10:21 p.m.

    A little precedent...

    "The Reagan Administration's decision to delay a sweeping new set of rules governing sea lanes and the mineral wealth of sea beds was greeted here today with dismay and concern."

    New York Times
    Published: March 5, 1981

    * Two decades after Congress ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to identify and regulate "hazardous air pollutants," the agency has issued emission standards for only seven chemicals.

    * In 1987, Congress established a comprehensive program of assistance to homeless people. But recently U.S. District Judge Oliver Gasch accused the administration of a "complete failure" to comply with the law, saying "pitifully few" unused federal properties had been made available to assist the homeless.

    * A 1986 law requiring health warnings in advertisements for snuff and chewing tobacco was not fully enforced until this month, when the Federal Trade Commission issued final rules. Federal courts have castigated the agency for the delays.

    * The government has yet to issue final regulations for cleaning up waste storage sites under a 1984 law. As a result, thousands of companies are operating "under a cloud of doubt and uncertainty," said Theresa Pugh, director of environmental quality at the National Association of Manufacturers.

    March 31, 1991 - By Robert Pear - BaltimoreSun

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    @UtahBlueDevil "...every administration...uses discretion on how they enforce laws...."

    Obama is doing more than just using discretion. He's omitting or delaying substantial portions of the law. His latest rule-by-decree will allow everyone whose insurance has been terminated to buy catastrophic coverage and to be exempt for one year from the penalty imposed by law. Where does he get the authority to do that? He claims it comes from the hardship exemption written into Obamacare. The problem is, Obamacare is what caused the hardship.

    This is about the eighteenth time he has unilaterally decreed changes to the law. If Obama wanted to write legislation, why didn't he just stay in the Senate? And if he can't follow a law he signed himself, why should it not simply be repealed?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 20, 2013 7:27 a.m.

    Who holds the standards. Who should be in compliance.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 20, 2013 5:32 a.m.

    I read about 10 to 20 papers a day in my research. I find it interesting that DN constantly changes headlines to the more dramatic. In most other publications the headline for this piece is "Executive discretion to the extreme". It is interesting to see what the DN thinks its readers want... or at least I hope that is their agenda and not something more nefarious.

    To Georges point, every administration, from your local Mayor all the way up through to the President of the United States uses discretion on how they enforce laws that their legislative body passes. We couldn't afford to have the "letter of the law" enforced. How many tickets would Utah State Troopers need to write daily if they had to enforce the letter of the law. It comes down to priorities. Not saying Obamas priorities are right, but this is nothing new.

    @SCFan..... WWF has audiences many times the size of George Wills... not sure size of audience implies "goodness". Gerry Springer has large audiences as well... not sure any comparison their is a compliment. BTW, are Limbaugh's audiences still looking for that $3,000 and ounce for gold? Hang in there, it will happen someday...

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:55 p.m.

    It is a shame. There was a time when George Will was a respected journalist….but now with tabloid journalism, it seems the entire industry is racing to the bottom and turning America into nothing more than a giant Springer episode. You read the silly rhetoric above - comments like "king" - and you wonder just how much farther American society can slide into the gutter.

    Political disagreement is a noble and justified activity. What separates us though from others is our humanity, and sense of morality. Never should one need to lower their argument to lies, slander, immature name calling, to make ones point. Doing so only degrades ones own argument. How can you take anyone seriously who claims any American president views themselves as a king…. or that if someone disagrees with their statement, they must not be a constitutional "expert". Good grief, this country was founded upon disagreement. That is the reason we exist today, the free expression of dissent. But one can dissent without loosing their morals…. and it seems that today, talk radio and entertainment news has taught us to value shock value rather than sound reasoning and respect for the opposition.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    Liberals are starting to sound more like Baghdad Bob everyday that this presidents abuse of power and scandals are getting exposed. Bombs are falling all around and you are ignoring the truth and blindly telling yourself everything is okay.

  • One of a Few Layton, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    Why doesn't Will just say what he reaaly means, Waaaaaaa. In actuality, after protracted negotiation a law was created with a lot of holes in it. Even when it was signed everyone including the POTUS agreed things needed to be tinkered and repaired. Instead of doing just that, a faction of the R's have spent the last 3 years trying to undo the law. As a result, in the vacuum, the POTUS acted and began the process of enforcing the law as best he could. The alternative would be to ignore the law and that would be just as constitutionally suspect. None of the congressional factions have enough votes to get what they want, so they only thing possible is the dirty C word, compromise. Of course, what comes next is a round of whining that the POTUS won't compromise. If he'd just agree to gut the law, then the parties can happily start over. PHFFFT.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    one old man

    I'm sure Mr.Will would take that as a compliment, as Mr. Limbaugh has an audience many times bigger than Mr. Will does.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    Mike Richards: Mike, I've read a lot of your comments. Thanks. The silent majority, as long as it chooses what is right, will rise again. The last few years have brought forth a "silent majority" that is stepping up! It has never been this way. Conservatives and God fearing people have been asleep at the wheel for many years and now they have been awakened. There has never been so much division in the electorate and I couldn't be more pleased. Jesus Christ cannot bring peace to a world that promotes evil as good and good as evil or that wants to delegate Christianity to government. The division is a good thing and to see it happening in the political world is fun to watch. There is hope.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    The time has come for congressmen to raise their approval ratings by putting this dictator (BHO) in his proper place.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    Liberals never have a coherent suggestion, but they think that everyone waits for their "enlightened" rhetoric. Obama is an abomination to our system of government. Those who have never read the Constitution continue to support him, but those of us who have studied the Constitution know that he has abused his authority and that the ignorant who use his cell phones and eat the crumbs that fall from his table cheer him on. Freedom requires that WE, THE PEOPLE, stand for freedom. Obama does not know the meaning of the word.

  • Reason?? Farr West, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Seriously??? This George Bush's fault??? Isn't hat well pretty much dry???

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Dec. 19, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    one old man
    Ogden, UT
    George Will sound more and more like Rush Limbaugh all the time.

    12:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2013


    I was thinking the very same think...

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    George Will sound more and more like Rush Limbaugh all the time.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 12:44 p.m.

    Say it ain't so Joe. The King, the pillar of truth and honesty suspected of misuse of power? Who would have thunk.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Dec. 19, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    The problem is that most of them, both Dems and Republicans are in this together.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    This is exactly what I've been trying to point out to BOTH sides for years. Don't give any powers to YOUR guy that you wouldn't want the OTHER side to have.

    I was against the Patriot Act, not because I thought Bush would abuse it... but because I thought some president maybe hundreds of Presidents down the road may abuse it. I didn't know it would only take one election for it to be abused.

    But the moral of the story is... don't give powers to your guy you don't feel completely comfortable with the other side having, and don't put limitations on the other side that YOU don't want to live under when YOU are in the minority some day. I suspect Democrats are going to wail and complain the next time THEY are in the minority and realize the limitations THEY passed on the minority now apply to THEM instead.

    It's just the golden rule... applied to politics. I know... crazy talk.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Just as George Bush's imperial presidency spurred reaction, Mr.Obama's imperial presidency is bound to have consequences. Both men have an enduring conviction that their political philosophies are correct and that the end justifies the means. Even FDR tried to pack the SCOTUS. It is not our democratic tradition and can only lead to the abuse of power. Venezuela and the Ukraine are current examples of this behavior. Let us hope that the balance of power between the branches of government is restored in the US.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    Re: "I don't remember George Will grinding his axe when Bush was ignoring healthcare privacy laws."

    That's probably because President Bush DIDN'T ignore healthcare privacy laws.

    That some individuals or providers may have, certainly doesn't prove Mr. Bush did. I know that HIPAA has been taken seriously in federal government medical practice since its passage.

    This is nothing more than a common, cynical liberal trick. It's a pathetically transparent, disingenuous attempt to suggest Mr. Obama's truly breathtaking enlargement of federal executive power is no big deal.

    It IS, however, a big deal.

  • The Hammer lehi, utah
    Dec. 19, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    The more congress allows presidents (Clinton, Bush, Obama) to disregard law and absorb more power into the executive branch the more we become a constitutional Monarchy.

  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    One would hope that congress would do SOMETHING at SOME POINT to show that they're really a branch of government and worth some fraction of all we contribute to them in the form of salaries, benefits, and expenses. We could get a rubber stamp for a whole lot less money than we're devoting to these perpetual campaigners.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Are you kidding. Our King accused of misuse of power. Why he is the pillar of truth and honesty. If we like our king we can keep our king.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    Unfortunately, the parade of liberals, progressives (both Democrat and Republican),and the ignorant will yawn, give up more of their liberty for a fascist regime or any other "savior" so as not to live in the real world--you know--the one where God, the Constitution, and laws exist.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    The rule of law has suffered considerable damage under Obama. Insurance providers now find themselves in an impossible position: they can either obey the law, or they can obey the president.

    Things will only get worse when people begin to ask, if the president won't obey a law he signed himself, why should we?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 7:49 a.m.

    You guys are pretty late to the party. This tactic has been used extensively in the past.

    I work in healthcare, where we have HIPAA patient privacy requirements, enacted into law under Bill Clinton in the 90s. HIPAA basically withered on the vein during the presidency of George Bush, because he was of the opinion that requirements should be voluntary, (like the voluntary industrial pollution regulations in Texas).

    In our group, we used to say "HIPAA, SchiPPAA". A nice ideal, but nobody paid any attention to the actual regulations or penalties.

    With a Democratic president in office, HIPAA enforcement has gotten legitimate again, we've all gotten religion on protecting patient data, with increasingly steep fines threatened for breaches of private patient data.

    I don't remember George Will grinding his axe when Bush was ignoring healthcare privacy laws.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Dec. 19, 2013 7:00 a.m.

    The last question Mr. Will asks is if Obama can ignore part of the ACA law, could a future President ignore ALL of it?

    I sure hope so.