Obama to Bypass Congress with Executive Orders?

Last night, President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address. In it, he laid out ambitious plans to ostensibly sidestep Congress on a number of issues and utilize executive orders to further his agenda.
Obama was cited by a CBS affiliate as such about two weeks ago:
“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward in helping to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible, making sure that our businesses are getting the kind of support and help they need to grow and advance, to make sure that people are getting the skills that they need to get those jobs that our businesses are creating.”
In the SOTU address, Obama discussed using executive orders to further his plans relating to retirement accounts, the minimum wage, and his “climate change” agenda. He also hinted at the use of executive orders to ostensibly attack income inequality, reform the education system, and to reinvigorate the economy.
Hardcore liberals and leftists will trumpet these words as the road map to utopia. Hardcore neoconservatives will condemn them as the satanic blueprints of the Antichrist. Both groups of people are way off the mark. After reading Obama’s comments, I am more certain than ever that Obama is completely lame and utterly incompetent. 
The problem facing Obama is this: he can use executive orders to create agencies and programs on paper, but only Congress can fund them. Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency by executive order, but the only reason it stuck is because Congress agreed to fund it. If they had refused, The EPA would have been dead in the water. They could not have hired anyone, or bought any equipment or offices. Executive orders, while seemingly unilateral hammers of the gods, are actually somewhat impotent in many cases without Congressional approval. Currently, Republicans control the House. Congress is split. There is a very good possibility that republicans could come to dominate the Senate this year, as well. Obama will not be able to shove through any more major programs, because Congress will kill these programs. (“Congressional Gridlock” is a good thing, btw).
If Obama thinks he can totally circumvent and override Congress, he should think again. He may think that he has the unwavering loyalty of all Congressional Democrats, but he’d be wrong. Congressional Democrats are not loyal to Obama. Congress historically does not like Presidents that become too meddlesome. Congressional Democrats are already beginning to distance themselves from Obama and the toxicity of Obamacare; they are not loyal to him. If they begin to perceive that he is attempting to undermine them, I predict that a great number of Congressional Dems will basically defect; they will begin to oppose his programs, not necessarily on principle but out of spite and a desire to win re-election. Hardcore ideological progressives like Nancy Pelosi will stick with their man, but pragmatic Democrats will have their fur rubbed the wrong way. They will begin to oppose Obama when they perceive that he is attempting to make Congressional approval an afterthought.
The other problem with an agenda based on executive action is this: any president can repeal an executive order. All they have to do is sign a new exec order that repeals the old one. There is a very good possibility that a republican president may be elected in 2016. This will put all of Obama’s executive orders up for grabs. Easy come, easy go.
I believe that Obama really is incompetent. I suspect he genuinely believes he still holds some kind of clout in the legislative process. He is so completely separated from reality that he thinks Congressional Democrats will throw themselves into the gears of his presidential machine for the sake of his legacy. It won’t happen. There will be resistance. Without Congressional approval, even his high-falutin’ executive orders will be dead-on-arrival.
I considered Obama a lame duck president before the speech, and I am still convinced of this afterward. Last night SOTU was his last gasp, an attempt to rally some kind of support before this year’s congressional elections. I do not think it will work. Last night speech was no different than most other State of the Union addresses: full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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