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Steve Forbes: Obama Will Be 'Slapped Down' for 'Stoking Conflict'

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 04:44 PM

With his forthcoming edict on immigration, President Barack Obama has "misjudged the mood" of the country — even after his party's midterm election collapse — and will be "slapped down" by a re-energized Congress, publisher and past presidential candidate Steve Forbes tells Newsmax TV.

The chairman of Forbes Media told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Thursday that Obama's imminent declaration of amnesty for illegal immigrants is the work of a former community organizer whose specialty is "stoking conflict."

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Forbes called executive amnesty "part of a pattern" of "absolutely unconstitutional" behavior by the president that is not limited to U.S. border policy.

"He's been doing this for a while," said Forbes, citing an ongoing Environmental Protection Agency "war against coal" and a failed attempt to stack the National Labor Relations Board with unconfirmed recess appointments.

Forbes said that the amnesty measure, to be announced on Thursday evening in a televised address, is "the biggest one yet" among the president's executive-authority abuses.

"He's doing it because he realizes he took a shellacking with these [midterm] elections," said Forbes, adding, "He figures if he arouses the Republicans — baits the Republicans, generates a big fight — therefore he can recover and take the initiative again.

"He's misreading the American people," said Forbes. "They were shocked by what happened this summer with kids crossing the border like this. And he's misjudged the mood, and he's going to be slapped down."

Forbes described Obama's provocative actions as a product in part of his community-organizer roots in Chicago — which means arousing conflict, stoking conflict," he said.

"That's all he seems to know how to do," said Forbes.

But he said that Republicans in the next Congress, where the GOP will control both chambers, is prepared to join the fight.

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"And that's why they're coming up — will come up — with some very good proposals, including passing some immigration reform," he said, "like removing or raising the caps on H1B visas for high-tech workers."

Forbes said that Republicans must "show we want reform, sensible reform, but we believe it should be in a lawful, constitutional way — not like we're an old-line monarchy."

"If they don't," he added, "they'll be finding new lines of work.

"The American people will push them," he said of Republican leaders in the next Congress. "The party base will push them. The new members will push them."

He predicted that their actions will be "very different than they'd have done two years ago."

Forbes said that if Republican officeholders take a "positive" approach to getting an agenda enacted, voters will reward them in 2016.

He pointed to big wins on Nov. 4 in hard-fought governors' races where many pollsters had predicted losses for GOP incumbents.

"Most Republican incumbents won re-election, and they did hard things," said Forbes.

"They got through, for example, in Maine, tax cuts that the Democrats fought vigorously. We all saw what Scott Walker went through in Wisconsin, and Rick Snyder in Michigan, and elsewhere.

"So people reward when executives do real things, even if they arouse controversies," said Forbes. "And they expect that on the national level: Have a sense of direction, and fight for it."

Forbes said that Walker — with his third statewide win in four years, including an attempted recall led by "ferocious" labor union opposition — has "earned the right for a close look" as a 2016 presidential candidate.

He declined to name a favorite.

"I'm looking at the whole field," he said. "I want to see what they put on the table and how they hold up in the heat of a national campaign — they're going to have to suffer a lot of heat. We've got a good bench and I'm confident that whoever does end up with the nomination will win the election."

He also said he won't be running again: "Well, I tried that, and I still have my day job."

"I'm an agitator now," he said.

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With his forthcoming edict on immigration, President Barack Obama has "misjudged the mood" of the country - even after his party's election collapse - and will be "slapped down" by a re-energized Congress, publisher and past presidential candidate Steve Forbes says.
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