John Boehner Sues Obama for Bypassing Congress – Then Urges Him to Bypass Congress

boehner-faceIn something that seems straight from The Onion, several Republicans wrote a statement urging President Obama to take unilateral action on immigration – one day after House Republicans voted to sue the president…

For bypassing Congress and acting unilaterally.  

You really just can’t make this stuff up.

In a statement posted on John Boehner’s website, Republicans urged the president to take matters into his own hands to address the crisis on border:

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws. There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries. For the past month, the House has been engaged in intensive efforts to pass legislation that would compel the president to do his job and ensure it can be done as quickly and compassionately as possible. Through an inclusive process, a border bill was built by listening to members and the American people that has the support not just of a majority of the majority in the House, but most of the House Republican Conference. We will continue to work on solutions to the border crisis and other challenges facing our country.”

And why is it that Republicans are calling on President Obama to do the very thing for which they are suing him?  Well, because like always, House Republicans failed to get anything done.

But it just absolutely reeks of irony that only one day after voting to sue the president for what they deem “unlawful” executive actions, Republicans are now encouraging the president to do the very thing for which they’re suing him.  All because they’re incompetent at their jobs and refuse to do anything.

Which is why President Obama has had to bypass Congress so much in the first place.

If they spent as much time trying to do their jobs as they do wasting time playing partisan politics (you know, like pointlessly suing the president) we could actually get something done and the president wouldn’t have to use his executive power so often.

But like with everything else, Republicans cause the problem – then blame it on President Obama.

Next up: The president takes unilateral action to fix our immigration crisis – Republicans vote to impeach.


Allen Clifton

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  • jonjstrine42

    “This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among
    the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our
    borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws.”

    Problem is, Mr. Boehner, that President Obama is faithfully executing our laws. Specifically, the law signed by his predecessor, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. That’s why they haven’t been deported. If he wasn’t faithfully executing our laws, these children would’ve been deported by now. Which I’m sure you’d be suing him for because he ignored the law.
    Hypocrisy, thy name is Boehner.

    • Nemisis

      Well Said.

    • strayaway

      If Democrats and enough Republicans could agree to get rid of sequestration, there is no reason they can’t get rid of this piece of Bush’s legislation. Everyone who puts the blame on that piece of Bush legislation should be supporting its demise instead of supporting Bush.

      Reading Boehners comments, I don’t know if Boehner is asking the President to issue more unconstitutional executive orders. He could be just suggesting that the President observe existing laws instead of legislating with executive orders. He could be suggesting that the President end his dreamers legislation and stop pushing for amnesty which together precipitated the sharp rise in illegal alien minors. As President and Commander in Chief, a president has a duty to enforce all laws, not just the laws he agrees with, and that includes protection our borders from invasions. Congress, that includes Boehner, is also remiss in not protecting our borders from invasions. It is Congress’ duty to “repeal Invasions” but a Commander in Chief is supposed to execute the repulsion instead of encouraging such invasions. Note that the term is “repeal Invasions” rather than “resist Invasions”. Repeal means to reverse and turn it back as opposed to just stopping it.

      I don’t trust Boehner. He is in the pockets of the 1% just like Bush, Obama, and McCain so perhaps he meant that the President should (wink, wink) further violate the Constitution to end the problem he contributed so much too but maybe Boehner just meant the President could be doing a better job or just doing his job.

      • Di Kelley

        Eh, I personally support amnesty. Done *carefully.* Though more I support the immigration laws being revamped in such a way that visas/naturlaztion/etc takes weeks rather than months or even years. The reason we get so many illegals isn’t so much because of the amnesty legislation as it is because we make immigrating legally so-damn-hard to do.

      • strayaway

        Congress is responsible for establishing immigration policy. The President is responsible for enforcing laws passed by Congress. if you want more immigration, vote for elected officials who will change immigration policy. The answer isn’t for presidents to selectivly break laws or for people to invade our country illegally. I support US workers, taxpayers, and unions so I do not support amnesty or more immigration but to each his/her own. You must not oppose urban sprawl either because just maintaining current rates of legal and illegal immigration will swell. A 2008 report “from the Pew Research Center projects that immigration will propel the U.S. population total to 438 million by 2050, from 303 million” in 2008. 82% of that growth will be from immigration. The reason we get so many illegal aliens (40% overstay their visas and are not necessarily from Latin America) is because they find work here for cheaper wages than US workers are willing to work for. You can do your part to suppress US wages and destroy remaining unions by voting for politicians who support more immigration.

      • Di Kelley

        There is also the fact that us government interference has caused the governments of their countries to be little more than military juntas run by drug cartels, much like what happened in the middle east when we ousted Hussein. Was Hussein bad? Yes, of course he was, *no one* would say different. But when we ousted him without making sure that what was put into place after didn’t make shit worse it made the political climate very unstable and allowed Bin Ladin to become more powerful.

      • strayaway

        True, but you are getting way off topic. I presume you meant Saddam Hussein rather than Barack Hussein.

      • Di Kelley

        Yes. I meant Sadam Hussein, but the same principle applies in the central american situation. It may not have been involvement through wars, but our interference through trade treaties that should never have happened (I did not support NAFTA, and I do not support the TPP btw) contributed to creating the conditions these children live under. It’s time we as a country take responsibility for the things our government has done.

      • strayaway

        That’s why we should legally, beginning with elections, get rid of politicians like Obama, McCain, Hillary, and Boehner.

      • Di Kelley

        I actually support Obama. A *lot* of his policies have been ones I agree with. TPP is one bad thing among many good ones. The ACA for instance was a good one, though I believe it ought to have been taken further to a fully single payer system similar to Canada’s. But again, not the point. I feel like we should be getting rid of *most* of the republicans in the house. Things would improve dramatically.

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      • Cemetery Girl

        It is convenient for people to forget who helped put many of the leaders of these countries into power. We meddle, it screws things up, and then there’s collective amnesia on how it all came to be.

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      • Cemetery Girl

        This is why it annoys the heck out of me when I hear people say “my family came here legally, these people can too!” Odds are, especially for many that like to say this and feel that any immigrant that didn’t come here legally should be deported regardless of circumstance because they are criminals for how they entered and all foreign born criminals should be deported, many of them have ancestors that came when immigrating was a different ball game. Some might have come when coming here legally meant you paid for your passage. It blatantly ignores that the amount of red tape there is now didn’t exist. Go back 200 years and xenophobia existed. There were concerns over the impact on our culture by immigrants, them using resources that some felt were better kept for Americans, and the impact of cheap immigrant labor. We don’t have new concerns over immigration! Fear just prompted ways to make it harder and harder.

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    • Stephen Barlow

      NOT ONLY THAT!!!! he is ASKING you for the MONEY needed to UPHOLD THAT LAW!!!! But you you Seditionist turd… would rather SPEND tax dollars SHUTTING DOWN GOVERNMENT, then DOING YOUR JOB.

      At least you have a job you are paid far more than your worth for!!!

      HOW many jobs bills are on your desk?

      HOW many bills that would bring GROWTH TO CORPORATIONS are languishing on your desk?

      I REAAALLLY wanna watch Boehner testify under oath… as to HOW his BEGGING the President to do this one thing “in compromise” in exchange for reopening the government… is ONLY criminal when the PRESIDENT …

      GIVES the Redpublicans EXACTLY WHAT THEY BEGGED FOR?

  • Nemisis

    The saddest thing here is that these children are refugees and need our help.
    This is exactly the kind of people that are talked about on the Statue of Liberty.
    There are a few things in our world that are universally recognized.
    The sound a shotgun makes when a round is jacked, and Lady Liberty.
    One can mean death and denial, the other salvation and freedom.
    It’s up to us to decide which version these children get.
    Hint: They both can mean the same thing.

    • MrLightRail

      The 2008 law should not apply, as these are smuggled in children, not trafficked. If they want to apply for asylum as a refugee, they need to do so in a country that borders theirs, NOT the United States.

      • Di Kelley

        Many of these children are refugees due to conditions caused by wars our government got involved in in one way or another. That makes them our responsibility.

      • MrLightRail

        It absolutely does NOT. Put the blame where it belongs, the corrupt, greedy, leaders of those banana republics.

      • Di Kelley

        Again, those leaders for the most part put into places due to conditions that *we caused* by getting involved in places we shouldn’t have been. Just like a lot of the issues in the middle east were caused by us offing Hussein because we wanted to keep access to Kuwait’s rich oil fields. We get involved when we shouldn’t and when we do (we as in our military.) all it does is destablize the climate in those areas and then leave the mess for them to pick up.

      • MrLightRail

        Still is not a justification to allow the mass migration of their population to come here.

      • buricco

        Leaders who were installed by whom?

  • Chris Biltz

    This has turned into a discussion based on immigration… Lets not stray from the topic of hypocritical Republicans.

    • Pipercat

      Yeah, making shit up as you go along has it’s draw backs, I suppose.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Cut him a check TO PAY FOR IT and I am sure obama will spend it a lot wiser than you Mr Bonehead! SPending money shutting down the government, suing because the President did EXACTLY what you bargained for, begged for, pleaded for and pretended to actually WANT in the 53 WASTED MILLION COLLAR EACH votes on bills to DO EXACLY what mr President DID!

    Cut him a $3.7 Billion check and he’ll spend $3.7 billion CORRECTING YOUR FAILURES!!!

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  • rossbro

    What is with this weasel. No backbone. No common sense. No Leader !