Democrats to the American People: I do what I want!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi exemplifies the Democrats’ anti-democratic, rule-by-fiat interpretation of American government. A clearly agitated Maria Bartiromo asks Pelosi, in short, whether or not the regulatory uncertainty created by the radicalized Environmental Protection Agency, Dodd-Frank legislation, and the National Labor Relations Board have any impact on job creation. Bartimoro then asks whether or not the NLRB has the right to close Boeing’s South Carolina plant.
“Yes. I don't think they close it down. I would hope they would make it union,” Pelosi responds.
Pelosi is not concerned with the preferences of Boeing’s workers—whether or not they would like to be unionized—and “hopes” that the NLRB forces Boeing employees into a union. Since Boeing workers rejected unions in a recent election, there is little chance, sans NLRB action, for Pelosi’s dream to come true.
The video clip here:
Democrats’ my way or the highway mentality is not confined to their pro-union, anti-worker worldview. Obama Administration officials have been running around to federal agencies asking what rules the president can write, expedite, and what Executive Orders he can legally sign before 2012. Keith Hennessey explains it best in a recent blog post titled Democracy is SO inconvenient.
The President’s argument is, in effect, “We can’t wait for democracy.” The Constitution gives the power of the purse to the Congress, not the President. If the Congress doesn’t want to enact his proposals, then it shouldn’t, and that’s how the system is supposed to work.
I am not surprised that the President is using the legislative flexibility he has to maximum effect. I am a bit surprised that he sees a political benefit in framing himself as an Imperial leader who can and should ignore democratic processes.
This seems inconsistent with Democratic party rhetoric in recent years.Democracy is so inconvenient when your party controls the Presidency and the opposition can block your legislative agenda.
I couldn't have said it any better myself