Rand Paul: Unconstitutional for Obama to 'Go It Alone'

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 08:58 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama has vowed to use his pen to sign executive orders on the economy without waiting for Congress. But Sen. Rand Paul says Obama can't be trusted to "go it alone."

"I think there's a certain amount of arrogance to the president saying, 'Hey, I'm in charge here. I'm going to do what I want. I've got a pen, I've got a phone,'" Paul said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

Paul citied what he termed a great "abuse of power" on Obamacare, the IRS, Benghazi, and NSA spying, four issues that have dogged the president in the past year.

"He says he has his pen, and he just changes it willy-nilly when he wants. I think that’s illegal. I think that's unconstitutional."

Paul noted that members of Congress have fought Obama in the courts over recess appointment he made while the Senate was technically in session.

The case was just heard before the Supreme Court, and even liberal justices seemed skeptical of the White House's arguments.

"Progressives believe in majority rule, not constitutional rule," Paul said. " They don't believe rights are inherent to the individual. They think your rights are whatever the government says they are, whatever the majority says."


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