In response to the July 21 guest commentary by Jim Albertson, "A contemptuous president," the writer's caricature of President Obama as an all-powerful king without regard for rules is bogus.
President Obama taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He understands the Constitution and operates within its parameters.
He has to rely on Congress to pass laws, spend money, pay our debts, and do other important functions of government. If the man had no regard for the Constitution, why would we have these budget battles? Why wouldn't we already have a new immigration law?
As for Albertson's charges against the EPA, federal agencies do in fact have the power to issue standards. Nothing illegal there.
On the issue of regulations, Albertson makes it sound like there are an abnormally high number under President Obama. This is misleading. According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the number of regulations approved under Obama is roughly the same as the other presidents in the previous 18 years. Politifact.org puts the average number of regulations passed per year under Obama from 2009-2011 at 297.
Albertson goes on to cite the, "repugnant use of the IRS for political reasons." He's obviously referring to the IRS "scandal." This manufactured scandal has been destroyed. The IRS was scrutinizing both conservative and liberal groups. Even if there was a scandal, it doesn't have any connection to the White House. If Albertson had any integrity, he wouldn't bring it up.
The fact that President Obama uses executive orders to get things done also upsets Albertson. Well, presidents do have the power to issue executive orders under Article II Sections 1 and 3 of the Constitution. Executive orders have been used in one form or other since Washington.
The phoniest part of Albertson's guest commentary is when he states, "[President Obama] is the most radical man to occupy the White House in my time." Really? Albertson sure looks like he's older than five. George W. Bush legalized and used torture, held terror suspects at Gitmo without a fair trial, etc.
Albertson should spare us his history lessons and exaggerations.