January 24, 2010

Excuse me?

Obama endorses deficit commission plan
Trying to win the votes of fiscal moderates, President Barack Obama formally endorsed legislation Saturday creating an independent commission with the power to force Congress to vote on major deficit reduction steps this year, after the November elections.

Excuse me? Can anyone point me to that section of the Constitution that permits Presidents to issue executive orders to force Congress to do anything? I can understand why some Congresscritters might be in favor of abdicating to such a dictatorial politburo -- they don't want to do THEIR JOBS. But that doesn't make it legal.


bucyrus said...

Um, it says he endorsed legislation. So if congress themselves subsequently pass such legislation, where's the executive order forcing anything?

Tully said...

Read through -- I should have quoted more of the article. Obama backs the legislation but prefers his own "executive order" approach.

The whole thing is an exercise in blame-shifting. There's nothing an "independent" commission can do that Congress can't or won't do for itself. Except take the heat, of course.