The Obama administration just keeps on barreling down the road to absolute dictatorship.
When Obama didn’t like the fact Congress would not pass the DREAM Act and let children brought into the country illegally have the same rights as citizens, he issued an executive fiat.
When parts of the ObamaCare law that was passed by Congress did not suit him, he waived whatever section of the law suited him. Repeatedly.
When Congress would not pass legislation to shut down coal-fired power plants, he had his EPA issue rules that did the same thing.
When not enough Republicans would accede to his packing of the D.C. appeals court, he had Harry Reid nuke the filibuster.
Now his IRS is rewriting the tax-exemption rules for 501(c)(4)s to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
The FEC went after Citizens United, a 501(c)(4), for airing a movie about Hillary Clinton within 30 days of the 2008 primary election. The Supreme Court said that was unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
The IRS is proposing a change in the rules to say:
“Under the proposed definition, any public communication that is made within 60 days before a general election or 30 days before a primary election and that clearly identifies a candidate for public office (or, in the case of a general election, refers to a political party represented in that election) would be considered candidate-related political activity. These timeframes are the same as those appearing in the Federal Election Campaign Act definition of electioneering communications.”
Does it get any more blatant than that?
In his 2010 State of the Union address, Obama, facing several member of the Supreme Court in the audience, declared:
“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. (Applause.) I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. (Applause.) They should be decided by the American people. And I’d urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”
No bill. No problem. Just have the IRS rewrite the rules. Just dictate from the Oval Office.