Let's say that the next President of the United States is elected by a coalition of manufacturers; their big issue is child labor laws, which they think are too strict. They ask Congress to change the law so that kids between the age of 10 and 14 can work forty hour weeks for $4 an hour.
Congress laughs at this proposal.
The President then says that Congress has not given him enough money to enforce all the labor laws and that he has to make tough choices--one of those choices is that he's not going to enforce child labor laws. Then he goes a step further and grants "certificates of exemption" for manufacturers who hire children between the age of 10 and 14 as long as they work no more than forty hours a week for no less than $4.00 an hour.
Of course not.
Sure, the President has authority to prosecute or not prosecute certain crimes. However, in this case he is using that authority as an excuse to unilaterally repeal child labor laws. His grant of a formal exemption clearly crosses the line. He is drafting legislation.
This is, of course, the same legal argument that President Obama and his media enablers are using in order to justify the President's unilateral immigration exemptions.
Here's how Republic's self appointed legal scholar Linda Valdez puts it.
This reality is the basis for prosecutorial discretion, which the GOP hates, and for Obama's Dream Act-lite, which also riles the right.
What Valdez is suggesting is an end run around the Constitution. These are the folks who blew a gasket when President Bush simply issued signing statements.
Post Script: Here's how Valdez describes the President's plan.
So back to the plan for Obama to kneecap the GOP on immigration.
Notice that the plan is not for the benefit of the recipients. The real purpose of the plan is to defeat the GOP and as for her choice of metaphors. I suggest that you Google "Kneecapping", but don't check out the images over your lunch break.
If you want to know why newspapers are going away, just take a moment and think of the level of ignorance and hate that fills this one Linda Valdez column....and then remember that she is one of the primary columnists of the state's newspaper of record.