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7/13/2014 4:00:00 PM
Editorial: Just call him 'Sideshow Boehner'
House Speaker John Boehner
House Speaker John Boehner

Alan Choate
News Editor

You know, when Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that the GOP congressmen intended to sue President Obama, I thought it was a throwaway sideshow moment, something to feed to the members of his party itching for impeachment proceedings while not looking completely bonkers.

But no - there's actual legislation proposing a lawsuit against the president over his decision to delay the employer mandate section of the Affordable Care Act. A House committee is supposed to discuss it Wednesday.

"The current president believes he has the power to make his own laws - at times even boasting about it," Boehner said in a statement. "He has said that if Congress won't make the laws he wants, he'll go ahead and make them himself, and in the case of the employer mandate in his health care law, that's exactly what he did."

Politicians often do things that make you scratch your head and wonder, but usually, even if you disagree with a stance or action, you can at least see the reasoning behind it.

In this case, that's just not so.

First of all, the law in place was passed by Congress and was what Obama did, indeed, want. Secondly, delaying the employer mandate was something opponents of the ACA supported. It was proof, they said, that the law was complicated and cumbersome.

And as a basis for a lawsuit, it's hardly a barn-burner. It comes down to those divisions we learned in high school civics about the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government - legislators make laws, the executive branch implements them, and the judicial branch argues about them. (At least, that's how I remember civics class.)

So did the president create law by delaying the requirement that employers provide insurance? Or was that a duty related to implementation? That's what the lawyers will be arguing about, and I hope their hourly rate is high, because to wade through bureaucratic legalese of that order qualifies for danger pay.

So we still have a sideshow. It's just not going away.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Article comment by: DOCTOR WARREN

"attack the individual on a personal basis".

It's all Obama's fault, right "Justa a Citizen?"

Let's attack him instead and show those liberals a thing or two!

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Article comment by: jim harper

I hope the president defaults and orders compliance with the employer mandate as demanded by the republicans.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: Justa Citizen

I see we have the Demolibs obediently reading their handbook telling them that if they run out of legitimate arguments, attack the individual on a personal basis. Actually, lately that seems to be the first line of attack.
Sad but obvious.

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

@another thought.....nice attempt at a character assignation. His face isn't red, it's tanned. Most your accusations fit Barack Obama's operandi.

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Article comment by: pl .....

You know, even the Muslims calls their god The Master Deceiver. In the context but with a little more emphasis upon what I know about our own government's diabolical character, I can only say this - that perhaps you really should pay more attention sometimes to the sideshow. In the grand bullring setting of our lives, it is not the red flag waved by the Matador you should be paying attention to, unless you like getting stabbed in the back.

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Article comment by: Molon Labe

It's very easy to explain. All Presidents issue executive orders but very few are of the kind that circumvents the normal way of making new law which involves Congress. Obama routinely makes new laws with his executive orders which is illegal.

The problem is when suing someone you must have standing in the law suit. The issue of the ACA is only one of many illegal executive orders but is one where the Congress has standing so that is why it is being used for the lawsuit.

I hope this clears things up for you.

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous1 anonymous1

I had to do a second peak at this article then noted it was not the usual editor, which is a breathe of fresh air, since not all who own land as I do in Mohave County are die hard republicans who worship at the alter of right wing obsession, nor do I worship at the left wing obsession, to the right wings complete lack of belief many people in both parties do fit into the middle not exactly agreeing but also not on the far left or far right extreme of my way or the highway! A tree that does not bend in a high wind or storm will eventually break! As to this law suit its theatrics, a show during the upcoming mid terms, nothing more nothing less! I once voted for a republican Nixon, up till Watergate I liked him, mainly for getting us out of the quagmire in Vietnam as a young US Marine in my youth pre-Nixon I bought the Domino Effect Theory, ironically today in my old age we trade, do tourist junkets with the nation we once fought so bloody a conflict! Post Nixon I do not trust politicans nor televangelists either one since both fit into the category of false prophets, all one has to do is listen to them speak, sad thing lesser of two evils is our choices!

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Article comment by: Another Thought

Alan, I have to agree and have often wondered why. Then it hit me, Speaker of the House John Boehner exhibits all the signs of a classic functional alcoholic! Slurred or incoherent speech, redness of the face, loss of control, regular inattention to family and professional obligations, dangerous behaviors that carry risk of legal/financial consequences for themselves and others, increase in expressions of anger or other emotions, especially in inappropriate settings, reduced attention to personal and professional responsibilities, and repeated unsuccessful efforts of various tasks.

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