For a constitutional scholar, President Obama sure seems to have forgotten some basic, first-grade level elements of the Constitution. The Congress makes the law. The President enforces the law. Very simple.
But apparently not for the President. Not a big fan of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law (something I can actually agree with him on), Obama has grown tired of waiting for Congress to amend or repeal the law. So, naturally, he has decided to give states waivers from the law.
“Congress hasn’t been able to do it, so I will,” Mr. Obama said in a speech at the White House. “Starting today, we’ll be giving states more flexibility to meet high standards.”
Selectively enforcing laws is a growing hallmark of this administration.
Similarly, Obama’s Energy Department decided to ignore the law requiring taxpayers be first in line if Solyndra defaulted on the DOE loan. The reasoning: “Investors are unlikely to make an equity investment in a distressed company on commercially acceptable terms” if they’re not given this protection. The law doesn’t fit with his goals, so instead of trying to change the law, the Obama administration ignores it without hesitation.
Read more about this, here.
On a side note, yes, reasonable investors won’t invest in high-risk companies without repayment priority. Yet it’s okay to force taxpayers to invest in high-risk companies without repayment priority. And where in the Constitution does it authorize the federal government to make loans to private companies, anyway? Perhaps Professor Obama can show me that clause.