It's beginning to sound more and more like a broken record than a statement of policy. During Saturday's weekly address, President Obama promised he would take unilateral action on the economy if the GOP-led House doesn't do what he wants.
“[W]e could do a lot more if Republicans in Congress were less interested in stacking the deck in favor of those at the top, and more interested in growing the economy for everybody,” he said, engaging in his usual class warfare. “They’ve now voted more than 50 times to take apart the Affordable Care Act – imagine if they voted 50 times on serious jobs bills.”
Republicans have voted on a number of job bills, but they have all died in Harry Reid's Democratic-controlled Senate. According to Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., there are currently 40 jobs bills stuck in the Senate.
Nevertheless, Obama says he wants to build the economy "from the middle out," whatever that means. And, he says he'll bypass Congress yet again if they don't do exactly what he wants.
“That’s why I’m going to take action on my own wherever I can,” he said. “To grow our economy from the middle out, not the top down. To give every American who works hard a chance to get ahead.”
Obama also touted Friday's job report, announcing that business have added over 273,000 jobs, but failed to mention the 806,000 who dropped out of the workforce altogether. That dropped the labor participation rate to 62.8%, the lowest level since 1978.
Obama's answer, of course, was more class warfare and unilateral action. He also touted raising the minimum wage for the tiny fraction of those who work at that level to $10.10, apparently unconcerned about CBO predictions that doing so would see the loss of some 500,000 jobs. About 1.1 percent of the steadily shrinking workforce are at the minimum wage, a fact Obama and his fellow liberals refuse to acknowledge.
But, Obama said, “as long as Republicans in Congress refuse to act, I’ll keep working with cities, states, and businesses to give more Americans a raise.”
It's not the first time Obama has promised unilateral, dictatorial actions bypassing Congress. As we have reported numerous times, Obama has threatened to rule by executive fiat on a number of issues, from guns to the economy.
In some cases, Obama has followed through with threats to use his pen and his phone. In February, for example, the administration unilaterally changed the law to let immigrants with "limited" terror ties remain in the United States. The administration has also taken unilateral action on Obamacare, changing the law numerous times without Congressional approval.
Republicans typically respond with statements threatening court action or impeachment, but nothing gets done. In February, Judge Andrew Napolitano said the only way Republicans can stop Obama from ruling like a dictator is to impeach him.
Video of Obama's statements can be seen above.