Posted on Nov 23, 2015
SSgt Alex Robinson
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COL Jason Smallfield, PMP, CFM, CM
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A few thoughts:
- The question (why hasn't the administration been communicating with Congress) and the article imply that this is a new phenomenon. This has been going on since the first year of President Obama's first administration.
- The President not communicating with Congress is therefore a trend, not a data point.
- The trend implies that the President feels he can operate at best around Congress and at worst without Congress. Interesting position for a former constitutional college instructor to take since anyone who has taken 10th grade civics knows that is not how the Constitution mandates the relationship.
- This trend, unfortunately, will continue unless and until Congress or the judicial branch put a stop to it. Thus far Congress has not (over ride a veto, pass legislation specifically limiting what the President can do). Various levels of the judicial branch have but what is their power if the executive branch blows off the judicial branch like they have the legislative branch? The Constitution and our system of government rely upon the President to enforce the law whether he agrees with the law or not. Several instances where this is not the case (executive "discretion" when it comes to illegal immigrants, IRS scandal, actions to get around 2nd amendment, inaction against ISIS, etc).
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PO2 Mark Saffell
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Because they think they can do whatever they want without any Congress
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PO1 William "Chip" Nagel
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I suspect that the Administration has always been talking to Congress but I'm sure the Relationship is very Tentative considering how many times they have Figuratively Spit on the President.
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