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Suing the president a distraction from issues

By Staff | Aug 1, 2014

A resolution that would allow Speaker of the House John Boehner to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders passed 225-201 (with no Democrats for it and only five Republicans opposed) Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Boehner claims that using executive orders, Obama sidestepped the Constitution. Now yes, it is Congress’ job as part of the legislative branch to make laws, but in this political climate it’s amazing anything gets done.

Ow. My brain hurts, and I’ll try to explain why it does right now, so bear with me. House Republicans have never liked the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”), which is primarily what the hubbub’s about. They’ve voted at least 40 times to repeal and replace it (with what was and still is unclear). They’ve challenged tenets of it in federal court; while the individual mandate was upheld, closely-held companies can now choose to not cover certain contraceptives if it goes against religious beliefs. And now they want to sue the President over handling a law they don’t like. And get this, Democrats think this could lead the way for impeachment cases. Wow, that’s a doozy.

As big doozies as they are, calls to sue and impeach are little more than a distraction from issues that need to, but probably won’t, be fixed. Not after Congress gets back from vacation, not this year, and possibly not ever.

Immigration is a mess, and 57,000 unaccompanied Central American minors trying to get in this country have proved that. As of yet, the only fix has been throwing money at it for additional security, and that really isn’t even a fix at all. (If I could throw money at all of my problems I’d be destitute, but care-free.) Considering it’s a midterm election year, both houses aren’t going to even try to reform immigration. They won’t two years from now either, probably. (I’m not a psychic, but anything’s possible.)

Our veterans aren’t getting the medical care they should be getting. On Wednesday, the House also passed a $17 billion resolution that would pay for more doctors, allow veterans to seek outside care should they encounter long wait times, and money for more clinics. Of course, as of this writing, if the Senate finds something in it they don’t like, it could be all the way back to square one. And that means nothing gets accomplished and more veterans and their loved ones are hurt by inaction.

Our executive and legislative branches can’t work together to get things done. They would rather blast each other and expect voters to let the infighting continue when they go to the polling place. That seems like it should be an issue.

Congressional approval stands at 13 percent. Maybe litigating a guy with an approval rating 29 points better than their’s, when there’s still bigger fish to fry, isn’t a good idea? Maybe it is? I don’t know, but at least they’re doing something.

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