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February 15, 2014

Trimming the branches

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Back in 1948 when I was a student in Mrs. Miller’s civics class, we were taught that there were three branches of government set forth in the Constitution of the United States.

The legislative branch was charged with passing the laws, the executive branch was charged with enforcing the law and the judicial branch was charged with interpreting the law. Some 22 years later, when I graduated from Law School at OU, the same explanation was given.

Apparently like Rip Van Winkle, I have been asleep for several years. Now it appears that the executive branch gets to choose which laws it will enforce, or gets to amend the law without the acquiescence of Congress.

The first instance was when President Obama issued an executive order that enacted the so-called “Dream Act,” changing the status of illegal immigrants without a vote of Congress (please note I used the term “illegal aliens,” which is what they are, instead of the euphemism “undocumented citizens.”)

 In President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as “Obamacare,” which was log-rolled through congress by making the kind of political deals that he promised would not happen. But given that “Obamacare” is now the law of the land, the President has taken it upon himself to change various clauses of the law, again without the vote of Congress.

What the President has done is to amend the law, ignoring Congress, which is a clear violation of the Constitution. The sad part of this is that nobody seems to care. President Obama’s action in this regard smacks of totalitarianism and yet no protests are made, and if they are it is called partisanship.

By the President’s actions and the embarrassing failure of the roll-out of the exchanges, “Obamacare” is a failure based on assumptions that have come to fruition.

EDWARD R. ADWON

Norman

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