Remember when President Obama stated, “I have a pen and a phone” referring to taking legislative actions himself? As I may have mentioned before, I think he failed to read the Constitution and understand that whole concept of separation of powers and coequal branches of government.
And we’ve seen him use that pen not just for executive actions but also for presidential memoranda to further undermine our system. Well, it looks like the president will be busy in the next two years with that extra special pen of his – the veto pen.
As reported by the venerable Associated Press (ya know, those folks who queried 85 of their friends to come up with “police killing blacks” as the story of 2014), “Bracing to do business with a Congress run solely by Republicans, President Barack Obama is serving notice he has no qualms about vetoing legislation he dislikes.”
“This would be a significant change in style for Obama, come January when the new Congress will be seated with the GOP not only in command in the House but also the Senate as well. He’s wielded the veto pen through his first nearly six years very sparingly. Since taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. I haven’t used the veto pen very often since I’ve been in office,” Obama said in an NPR interview airing Monday. “Now, I suspect, there are going to be some times where I’ve got to pull that pen out.” Obama added: “I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made in health care. I’m going to defend gains that we’ve made on environment and clean air and clean water.”
So let’s take a few moments to analyze what President Obama has said.
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