If you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth — so goes the probably misattributed saying.
In his weekly address Saturday, President Barack Obama repeated nearly word-for-word what he said earlier this week, dismissing the possible Republican lawsuit against him as a “political stunt” and taunting Republican leadership to “do something.”
“So far this year Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class,” Obama said in the address. “Lifting the minimum wage, fair pay, student loan reform – they’ve said no to all of it. And that’s when I’ve acted this year to help working Americans on my own– when Congress won’t act.”
It’s precisely that penchant for unilateral action that prompted House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to begin exploring legal action against Obama.
“In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it,” Boehner said in a statement. “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work.”
Boehner added, “No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own.”
In his weekly address, Obama repeated his dismissal of that legal action.
“The Republican plan right now is not to do some of this work with me – instead, it’s to sue me,” Obama said. “That’s actually what they’re spending their time on. It’s a political stunt that’s going to waste months of America’s time. And by the way, they’re going to pay for it using your hard-earned tax dollars.”
The president’s prescription: “Do something, Congress.”
Watch the address here:
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