It’s one thing to have a president who disregards the constitutional separation of powers; it’s quite another to have elected representatives happily surrender them.
Democratic Progressive Rep. Keith Ellison was on-hand Thursday to lend his voice to the ”Fast Food Forward” protest in D.C. During his turn at the microphone, Ellison encouraged President Obama to bypass he and his colleagues in Congress and to raise the minimum pay rate for federal workers by issuing an executive order.
“We demand it, right now. Mr. President, sign the executive order,” Ellison said. ”Give the pay raise, the livable, fair wage. Let’s do it now.”
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That’s the problem about abusing executive authority: once you do it, your supporters will want you to do it more and more. The Washington Times’ Stephan Dinan notes that Obama’s supporters are also demanding executive action on immigration:
On immigration, Mr. Obama raised expectations when, after years of denying he had such powers, he issued a policy last year saying he no longer would deport young illegal immigrants, the “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as minors by their parents and are considered the most sympathetic cases. He said he was using prosecutorial discretion.
More than two dozen House Democrats have written a letter to Mr. Obama saying he can expand that authority to encompass nearly all 11 million illegal immigrants.