President Obama has just announced the creation of a new program, which he calls myRA, as part of an overarching agenda he’s implementing, which could will be called my Constitution. Under the heading “Year of Action: Making progress Through Executive Action’. “his executive action authority to direct the department of the treasury to crate ‘myRA’—a new simple, safe and affordable ‘starter’ retirement savings account.
Jack Lew says the accounts are “modeled on the Roth IRA”. But the Roth IRA was created by law—passed by the peoples elected representative in the House and the senate—not by “executive authority”.
Creating a new type of retirement account certainly doesn’t sound like a president carrying out his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
Add this to the long list of actions by Obama that have created a stench of lawlessness: his unilateral raising of the minimum wage for new federal contracts; his unilateral refusal to enforce OBC employer mandate, its mandated caps on out-of-pocket cost, aspects of its coverage mandates (after those had led millions of peoples insurance plans to be canceled), and its individual mandate as it pertains to those with canceled plans; his adm funneling of subsidies through federally run exchanges, in defiance of OBC plain language; his refusal to enforce federal marijuana laws’ his refusal to deport illegal immigrants under the age of 30; his refusals to encore key aspects of the mid-1990’s welfare-reform law; his economic “stimulus” was costing taxpayers $278,000 per job—to release timely reports as mandated by the text of his own “stimulus” legislation; his issuing “recess appointments to the NLRB while the senate was in session and so on.
The white house press corps showed its usual diligence in addressing such matters, in the following exchange about myRA: “this can obviously be created just by the stoke of a pen, you don’t need any congressional help for it?—LEW—“that’s correct. We have the authority”.
It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.
You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.
A well-informed, sober citizenry must ultimately hold our government officials in check. The citizenry relies upon member of congress, governors, and leaders of all stripes to call attention to dangerous ambitions and encroachments by the president by the president that jeopardize our constitutional forms.
Sources—weekly standard—jeff anderson