In an op-ed for USA Today’s weekend edition, John Boehner demonstrated the vitriolic hatred he and his fellow Republicans harbor for President Obama as he attempted to justify his frivolous lawsuit against him with half truths.
“I believe the president’s actions in a number of areas — including job-destroying energy regulations, releasing the “Taliban 5” from Guantanamo without notice and waiving the work requirements in welfare — exceed his constitutional authority.”
Of course there is no abuse of powers in employing the Clean Air Act and it cannot be cited as an un-constitutional abuse of power. The Supreme Court has ruled that it is within the President’s authority to use it to address climate change and prisoner exchanges require no Congressional or Judicial approval, therefore negating that charge.
That would bring us to the most egregious lie, one with racial undertones — the assertion that the President has “gutted” the work requirements established in a bipartisan effort under President Bill Clinton, the same lie unsuccessfully employed by Mitt Romney in his 2012 bid for the White House.
Like Romney before him, Boehner is guilty of taking an innocuous agreement made between the President and a bipartisan group of governors who requested some leeway in applying the work requirements for welfare.
The President agreed to allow the governors the latitude they had requested as long as the work requirement was not weakened. This can not be construed as waiving the work requirement by any stretch of the imagination and if the Speaker does not know that, he is not qualified to hold his office.
When Mitt Romney began running his false ad, Politifact rated it Pants on Fire saying:
“Romney’s ad says, ‘Under Obama’s plan (for welfare), you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job. They just send you your welfare check.’
That’s a drastic distortion of the planned changes to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. By granting waivers to states, the Obama administration is seeking to make welfare-to-work efforts more successful, not end them. What’s more, the waivers would apply to individually evaluated pilot programs — HHS is not proposing a blanket, national change to welfare law.
The ad tries to connect the dots to reach this zinger: ‘They just send you your welfare check.’ The HHS memo in no way advocates that practice. In fact, it says the new policy is ‘designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.’
The ad’s claim is not accurate, and it inflames old resentments about able-bodied adults sitting around collecting public assistance. Pants on Fire!”
If the Speaker wants to go after the President for “abuses of power” he had better keep looking for more examples because as yet he has not presented any.