Obama Vows to Keep Pushing His Progressive Agenda, “By Hook or by Crook”
In a recent, very candid interview with Huffington Post, President Barack Obama vowed to spend the next two years continuing to advance his progressive agenda by pushing the limits on presidential power as far as he can. “Where [elected Republicans in Congress] are not willing to work with us, we will do it administratively or we will convene the private sector,” he assured the interviewer. Then he added, “By hook or by hook.”
Obama said his big-government push would “make sure that when I leave this office, that the country is more prosperous, more people have opportunity, kids have a better education, we’re more competitive, climate change is being taken more seriously than it was, and we are actually trying to do something about it.”
In practice, Obama’s agenda includes more progressive control over peoples’ salaries, education practices and the energy companies. Each expansion means that state and local governments plus large and small companies will cooperate with regulators to push progressives’ goals, instead of trying to please Americans voters, taxpayers and free-market consumers.
Despite the huge victory delivered by GOP voters and swing voters in November, it is not clear if the GOP leaders can — are will even try — to block Obama’s plan.
The Constitution says the White House can only execute Congress’ laws, not rewrite them.
Obama’s supported by 46 senators, most of the established media, plus a progressive and ethnic coalition that comprises roughly 40 percent of the electorate.
On the other side, the GOP is split, and the mainstream media is relatively small.
Half the party consists of a small-government core that wants to curb progressives’ government-magnified power over Americans’ economic and social lives.
It appears that Republican leadership, and many legislators, are averse to leading any genuine charge against the Obama big-government agenda. Lobbyist and campaign donors instead encourage lawmakers to focus on providing benefits to business groups and wealthy backers.
Just since November, the Republican majority has not blocked Obama’s executive actions in the health sector, energy, education, the Internet and immigration. In fact, it appears the most effective resistance to Obama’s overreach is coming from the courts and Republican governors.