10 February 2012

“Overreaching His Authority”

From Yahoo:
In September, Obama called President George W. Bush's most hyped domestic accomplishment an admirable but flawed effort that hurt students instead of helping them. He said action was necessary because Congress failed to update the law despite widespread bipartisan agreement that it needs fixing. Republicans have charged that by granting waivers, Obama was overreaching his authority.
Seeing as how Obama swore an oath to uphold the constitution (you know, that one document that Republicans claim isn’t living and breathing), and didn’t take an oath to uphold congressional legislation, it seems that the relevant question is:  does the constitution authorize NCLB?  If not, than Obama is under no obligation to uphold the law, and can therefore grant exemptions to it, both formally and informally.  In fact, one could make the case that Obama, per his oath of office, should grant all states exemptions, and otherwise make no attempt to enforce the law.

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