"We have never had a president, who over and over again, openly and aggressively defies the law. If he doesn't like the law, he refuses to enforce it, or he simply proclaims it changed."
During the conference, President Obama doubled down on his disregard for separation of powers, as reported at the Examiner. It should be noted that not one mayor in attendance took exception to the President's comments.
Instead, they applauded.
President Obama said in part,
"Where Congress is debating things, and hasn't been able to pull the trigger on stuff, my administration is going to move forward, and we are going to do it in partnership with all of you. I've got a pen, and I've got a phone. And that is all I need because [applause] with a pen...[applause] With a pen I can take executive actions; with a phone I can rally folks from around the country to help grow the economy and restore opportunity..."
Levin played the clip for Senator Cruz and said that Obama was "very brazen about his imperial conduct." Ted Cruz agreed, saying that President Obama's declaration is "extraordinarily dangerous."
"Of all the dismaying aspects of the Obama presidency, perhaps the most dangerous is this consistent pattern of lawlessness."
Senator Cruz cited Obama's disregard of certain aspects of immigration, drug laws and welfare laws, saying that Obama "decided he didn't like the law so he simply proclaimed it changed." Cruz continued to say that "exemption after exemption" on aspects of Obamacare was the president's most "egregious" example of bypassing laws.
"...The law says that the employer mandate will kick in for large businesses after January 1, 2014, a date that is already past. The administration announced, 'No, it won't. We're granting every big business a one year extension.' Now, for 200-plus years of our nation's history, if you disagreed with what the law was, you went to Congress and you proposed an amendment and you changed the law."
Cruz said that this pattern "ought to bother everyone" and reinforced that lawless behavior from the president "shouldn't be a partisan issue."
"...That's not the way our legal system works."
Click on the video to watch President Obama brag about bypassing checks and balances to mayors across America (around the 5:00 mark).