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President or Dictator?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Published: Jan 06, 2012

President or Dictator?

President Obama is behaving as if he is a dictator, violating laws and traditions in pursuit of his personal goals and political ambitions.

While Congress is in session -- even the pro forma sessions where they meet for only seconds and then adjourn -- a president is not supposed to do recess appointments. But he has while Congress is in session.

Here's what he said last week: "When Congress refuses to act, and as a result hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. I've got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I'm not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people we were elected to serve. Not with so much at stake, not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans."

I wonder if he ever studied the separation of powers. We had an election in 2010. Voters said they didn't like his and the Democrats' policies. He should listen to their voice, not his own.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: January 9, 2012

President or Dictator?