So much for separation of powers and the mandates of the U.S. Constitution. Barack Obama is looking for more and more ways to bypass Congress and push forward his agenda through executive authority. Isn't it interesting how Obama attacked George W. Bush, claiming Bush didn't listen to Congress, and Obama is even worse. From a host of "czars" that don't need congressional approval to executive orders and more, Obama is looking to govern on his own.
But increasingly in recent months, the administration has been seeking ways to act without Congress. Branding its unilateral efforts "We Can't Wait," a slogan that aides said Mr. Obama coined at that strategy meeting, the White House has rolled out dozens of new policies -- on creating jobs for veterans, preventing drug shortages, raising fuel economy standards, curbing domestic violence and more.
Each time, Mr. Obama has emphasized the fact that he is bypassing lawmakers. When he announced a cut in refinancing fees for federally insured mortgages last month, for example, he said: "If Congress refuses to act, I've said that I'll continue to do everything in my power to act without them."
Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obama's increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress.