Rep. Ron Paul stops short of labeling President Barack Obama as a dictator but says the president is on the verge of becoming one.
“If he writes these laws and he doesn’t do it the right way, he’s certainly verging on that direction,” the Republican presidential candidate from Texas said Wednesday on Fox Business. “He’s dictatorial is what he is.”
Paul was referring to what he perceives as Obama’s use of executive orders to circumvent the normal legislative process of Congress.
Executive orders are official documents through which the president manages the operations of the federal government, according to the National Archives.
“He was very bold about it. He says, ‘I’m going to pass my legislation one piece at a time,’” Paul says of the president’s stimulus package. “’I’ll write an executive order every week.’”
Such a strategy flies in the face of the Constitution and shows arrogance on the part of the president, according to Paul, who noted that he has complained about the use of executive orders in the past.
“The idea that they can just do this and take over the legislative function and brag about it — and Congress does nothing and the courts do nothing — very, very bad,” Paul said.
Paul acknowledged that Congress also can be dictatorial at times.
“When Congress does get around to passing laws, they’re dictatorial, too,” he said. “Everybody is telling the people what to do.”
Paul cautioned the proposed balanced budget amendment may not necessarily be the answer to curtail big government either.
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