President Obama revealed Tuesday that he is "not just going to be waiting for legislation" in order to enact his agenda, as reported at the local CBS affiliate in Washington.
During his first Cabinet meeting of the year, he said,
"I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward..."
The Constitutional scholar did not indicate which new laws he would be creating without the input of the peoples' representatives, but it was a chilling message indeed. It seems that the founding fathers' vision of checks and balances and their fervent belief in the separation of powers is lost on the President.
“One of the things that I’m going to be talking to my Cabinet about is how do we use all the tools available to us, not just legislation, in order to advance a mission that I think unifies all Americans.”
It would not be a stretch to consider that President Obama will be using his powers to impose new laws surrounding immigration, climate change and gun control, as these are the items that seem to be most discussed lately at his personal advocacy group and "non-profit organization," Organizing for Action.
The president has also been pushing a universal pre-Kindergarten, echoing the initiative of New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio, as discussed at EAG News.
In justifying the strategy reminiscent of the President's "We Can't Wait" campaign, he said, “The economy is improving, but it can be improving even faster.”