Does John Boehner mean what he says when he threatens another government shutdown over Obama’s threatened “amnesty” order.
The correct response to an executive order suspending the law as passed by Congress would be to charge the president with treason, try him, and perhaps execute him. This nation can never have a legal dictator and Congress should react strongly to any such pretender.
The second best response would be to use the power of the purse to counter the executive order. In that case, Obama can only veto the law if he is willing to veto the budget and produce a “government shutdown.”
It seems like Congress might do it. As CNS News reports, “Boehner on Fighting Obama’s Unilateral Amnesty: ‘All Options Are on the Table.’”
House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday did not directly answer the question of whether he supported putting language in the bill Congress must pass by Dec. 11 to fund the government that would prohibit President Obama from spending any money to carry out his plan to unilaterally legalize illegal aliens.
When a reporter asked Boehner if he supported putting such language in the must-pass spending bill, Boehner said: “You know, the president is threatening to take unilateral action on immigration, even though in the past he’s made clear he didn’t believe he had the constitutional responsibility or authority to do that. And I’ll just say this: We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path.
“This is the wrong way to govern,” Boehner said. “This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn’t want.
“So all of the option are on the table,” said Boehner. “We’re having discussion with our members and no decisions have been made as to how we will fight this if he proceeds.”
Boehner repeated his assertions about options when asked about a government funding bill. He denied wanting to shut down the government, but that might have simply been a way to make clear that any shutdown would be the President’s fault.
Boehner clearly stated that Obama would be violating his oath of office and the Constitution by unilaterally changing immigration law. But even though using the power of the purse to stop Obama seems like a tough strategy, it really doesn’t do justice to the extreme usurpation Obama would be committing.