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Obama keeps his cool in face of GOP circus

Henry Crespo, Sr. | 7/17/2014, 9 a.m.

In 2011, President Barack Obama told the American people he would not let “congressional gridlock slowdown our economic growth.”

On October 24, 2011, in his ‘We Can’t Wait’ initiative, President Obama said, ‘Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs . . . we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional congress to do its job. Where they won’t, I will.’

President Obama has not backed down.

He kept his word, with executive orders to challenge community health centers to hire 8000 veterans during a three year span ending in 2014, to freeing up to $473 million in unspent earmarks for states infrastructure projects in August 2012, to February 12, executive order which raises the minimum wage to $10.10 for contractors working for the federal government.

President Obama knew only by enacting executive orders could he circumvent the Republicans’ partisanship policies, their unwillingness to work with him, their continued blocs, accomplish much to improve the quality of life for middle class Americans.

Now, unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner recently said he plans to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for what he cites as ‘his alleged abuse of executive power.’

Obviously, this is another move by Boehner, the Republicans and their “Party of No” to continue to block whatever our President wants to do for the American people.

The fact is the Republican dominated Congress has tried to block every piece of legislation or action that our president initiates. This Republican policy has created a “do nothing

Congress”.

Obama was in office six years before he really began to use executive orders, and that was on bipartisan issues that were not moving in the ‘do nothing Congress’.

When we look at the number of executive orders President Obama used compared to other presidents, he really hasn’t used it to the point that it can be considered excessive. And if it is excessive, that is a privilege granted in the Constitution to the executive branch of government. Congress passes the laws. The president executes the laws.

Mr. Speaker, Do you really believe the American people would consider a taxpayer funded lawsuit against our president for doing his job? This lawsuit is deplorable and nothing more than a political stunt.

Mr. Speaker, did you forget that President Obama was re-elected for his policies?

Every day, one way or another, the American people experience the repercussions of our ‘do nothing Congress’. Every day, we are watching and taking note of what you, Mr. Speaker, and the Republicans are doing and not doing.

And we are not backing down.

In November, DBCF and other Americans will vote against an inactive Congress, and we will send many of you packing, which is already happening in many elections around the country.

Our president is not backing down. And no, Mr. Speaker, we, the DBCF, will not back down.

We will stand in full support of our President as he uses executive orders to do what an inactive Congress will not do for the American people.”

Henry Crespo, Sr., is vice chairman of outreach for the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.