Democrat Congressman Says Obama Should Override Congress to Implement Jobs Bill
By Jerry A. Kane
Illinois Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has called for Obama to assume dictatorial powers and override Congress to solve the nation’s unemployment problem.
“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past. He’s looking administratively for ways to advance [his jobs bill] because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”
Jackson went on to compare Congress’ opposition to Obama’s jobs bill to the rebellion of Confederate States during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency:
“Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function.
[T]he Congress is in rebellion, determined … to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe … in the direct hiring [by government] of 15 million unemployed Americans … It could be a five-year program. [W]e [also] bailout all of the states … [and] bailout all of the cities.
[A]t this hour, we need a plan that meets the size and scope of the problem to put the American people to work.”
Only last month, North Carolina Democrat Governor Beverly Perdue suggested the congressional elections should be suspended for two years so the country could recover economically.
A couple weeks before Perdue’s suggestion, Obama’s former budget directors wrote, “we might be a healthier democracy if we were a slightly less democratic one.”
And back in April, former Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told an audience at Tufts University that elections shouldn’t matter because Republicans and Democrats share similar values.
Obama himself has openly admitted that he’d like the power Jackson and the Democrats want to give him. Back in September he said that “There are times where—until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again—I’d like to work my way around Congress.”
Filling his oats, he has now instructed his advisers to bypass Congress and act independently to implement his jobs bill:
“We’re not going to wait for Congress. So my instruction to… all the advisers who are sitting around the table is, scour this report, identify all those areas in which we can act administratively without additional congressional authorization, and just get it done.”
Is it just coincidence that the Democrats are calling for dictatorial powers for Obama and the suspension of Congressional elections, or are they sending up trial balloons to gage public reaction for some future plan?
In October 2006, with the nation’s unemployment rate at 4.4 percent, radio talk show host Michael Savage advised his listeners to boot Republicans from Congress to teach them a lesson. Unfortunately too many Americans followed his advice, and the Democrat Party took control of Congress. Then again in 2008, the Democrats usurped the executive branch and added even more House seats, including a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
It’s too bad UC Berkley didn’t make Savage Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism when he applied; the nation could’ve done without the lesson.
For more on the story, see Jackson, Jr: Obama should ‘declare a national emergency,’ add jobs with ‘extra-constitutional’ action, which includes a 3:58 Video clip of the interview.