If you haven’t already heard about John Boehner’s most recent waste of time and taxpayer money, he recently announced he’d be suing the president just for using the powers that are allotted to him. Never mind the fact that President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any president since McKinley.
MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki discussed Boehner’s absurd lawsuit with his guests, The Week’s Matt Lewis and NBC’s Perry Bacon Jr. Matt Lewis defended Boehner’s actions, claiming the lawsuit isn’t specifically an attack on Obama but an attempt to rein in executive overreach across the board. What Lewis seems to be ignoring however is that the use of executive orders has been steadily declining over the past few decades, and Obama has created fewer orders on average than any president in recent history. Why is it now suddenly so important to “rein them in”?
Perry Bacon Jr. might be more on the mark, however. He claims Boehner’s lawsuit isn’t about past executive orders, but about fear of the president creating more in the future.
“I don’t think this is about past executive orders, and I’ve talked to Boener he’s said this a little, the goal here is about future executive orders. This is less of a lawsuit and almost more of a press release to the president saying ‘We do not want to see any more executive orders. You’ve done too much of this, we’re tired.'”
Republicans, who have worked hard over the past few years to make sure nothing useful gets through Congress, are now worried that Obama might just get things done himself. Boehner’s taxpayer funded lawsuit isn’t about checks and balances, it’s a shot across Obama’s bow. Basically it’s a threat, a demand that either Obama fall in line with what the GOP wants or they’ll once more turn Congress into a circus like they did back in October. And as always, it will be the American people that foot the bill for their worthless battles while important issues like immigration reform go untouched.
Watch the discussion below: