Immigration reform and gun control seem to be the issues de jour for President Obama's sleeping time. He and the Democrats have claimed to possess the same fervor and commitment to seeing the government address these two items, as President Obama has claimed with a myriad of other items that they "will not rest" until these items are properly addressed.
We saw this with Obama's response to an attempted terror incident in December, 2009, with a resolute expression of "we will not rest until we find all who were involved, and hold them accountable," (40 minutes before going on a golf outing ... just sayin').
We've seen this same expression of resolution fairly frequently when the Department of Labor's unemployment rate has ticked up.
In fact, the issues causing Obama to not be able to rest may, according to The Liberal Kansas Leader Times' publisher Earl Watt, have a medical basis. He includes an interesting list of President Obama's issues about which he "will not rest," along with an even more interesting diagnosis.
The president and Democrats, however, have taken an additional step with immigration reform. Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Joseph Crowley (D-NY) made clear that if Congress will not act, President Obama will. Crowley stated February 16 that
"there are limitations as to what he can do with executive order, but he did say that if Congress continued to fail to act that he would take steps and measures to enact common-sense executive orders to move this country forward."
Message: if Congress doesn't act, the President will.
Well, then, Mr. President: Why not issue a "common-sense executive order" to create a government budget?
To be fair to Mr. Obama, no president has ever issued an executive order to create a government budget. But no Congress, in modern times, has ever failed for this long to pass a budget. We are entering into our 4th year with no budget, with seemingly endless $1 trillion deficits annually, and an administration that apparently views the public debt ceiling as an obstacle, rather than a limit on government spending.
And to be really clear, this is not a problem caused by Republican obstructionism, as Democrats in 2012-2013 are wont to say when accused of failing to make progress on just about anything. President Obama has, indeed, submitted a budget each year. But he has suffered continual humiliating defeats as the Democrat-controlled Senate has voted to reject President Obama's budgets, unanimously.
The problem is, Congress has failed to come up with an alternative. And President Obama seems to be able to rest rather than compel Congress to act.
So, just as with pending immigration reform, why not issue a "common-sense executive order" creating a budget?
Yes, the Constitution does have some limits on the reach of presidential authority. But President Obama has already crossed into the grey territory with his use of "czars" and threats of executive orders.
And now that we're in that grey territory, perhaps we could see a president who "will not rest" until the government creates, and lives by, a budget that addresses our major economic threats.