Obama to bypass Congress in 2014, rule by agency decree
...He’ll largely ignore GOP legislators, except to push GOP leaders to accept an amnesty for at least 12 million Democrat-leaning illegal immigrants, according to several White House officials who outlined the strategy to the Washington Post.
“Washington veterans have been brought into the West Wing to emphasize an executive style of governing that aims to sidestep Congress more often,” said the approving Washington Post article.
The new plan “is to bring all of the government alive in a way we have never been very good at,” said another official.
“We’ll be doing that as aggressively as possible…. and if we succeed, that is a big presidency,” a senior administration official told the Post.
Obama’s goals are more ambitious than what he had expected to get from the GOP after his 2012 reelection, an official said.
“Even in the best case — if the [GOP’s] fever had broken and the clouds had parted — we still would have only gotten maybe 40 percent of what we wanted,” said the official, who echoed Obama’s frequent description of the GOP’s conservative beliefs as the incoherent ravings of a sick patient.
The new “pen and phone” strategy appears to be a more aggressive version of the post 2010 “We Can’t Wait” strategy, in which Obama ha repeatedly promised to implement progressive policies when the GOP-led Congress refused to pass them....