Obama eager to use executive orders to raise taxes

  • 9 March 2015
  • NormanL
Raise taxes through executive order? You bet!

President Obama is toying with a new way to use executive orders. This time, it's to raise taxes:

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is "very interested" in the idea of raising taxes through unilateral executive action.

"The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans," Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.

"Now I don't want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of," Earnest continued. "But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally," Earnest finished.

This would be blatantly unconstitutional (all revenue measures have to originate in the House of Representatives). But in the Obama White House, the constitution">constitution">Constitution is more like a set of quaint suggestions scribbled on an old piece of paper, rather than fundamental law.

Nevermind that he swore -- twice -- to uphold that Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Obviously, that oath was all for show, too.

And let's not forget: just a few months ago, Obama said using executive orders to cut taxes was off limits.