WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.

“So sue me,” he taunted on a sweltering day, as he pushed lawmakers to pay for road and bridge repairs. “I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something.”

Obama struck an aggressive tone in the face of a lawsuit threat from House Speaker John Boehner and in the wake of two defeats before the Supreme Court, including a unanimous decision from the court that he overreached when he appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was in recess.

His remarks came a day after Obama declared that he would act on his own to address weaknesses in the nation’s immigration system after Boehner informed him that the House would not take up an immigration overhaul this year.

He has already taken a series of executive actions, including an order requiring federal contractors to pay a higher minimum wage and initiating steps to to lower carbon emissions in coal-fired power plants.

“So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down every serious idea to strengthen the middle class — not ideas that are unique to me,” he said. “But the Republicans have said no to raising the minimum wage, have said no to fair pay. They’ve said no to extending unemployment insurance for over 3 million Americans looking for a new job.”

Earlier Tuesday, Obama met with his Cabinet secretaries and urged them to “be creative about how we can make real progress” on issues where Congress won’t act.

Obama said he would prefer that Congress act on issues such as immigration and infrastructure because laws are more sweeping than his own administrative actions.

“We’re not always going to be able to get things through Congress, at least not this Congress,” Obama said. “I want to make sure we emphasize not what we can’t do, but what we can do in the coming months.”

Speaking at Washington’s Key Bridge, Obama in shirt sleeves and his tie undone made a pitch to fix the nation’s bridges and highways.

He called on Congress to close tax loopholes and use the money on infrastructure projects, a long shot idea that has little if any support among congressional Republicans.

“It’s not crazy. It’s not socialism,” he said, mocking the criticism from some conservative quarters. “You know, it’s not, you know, the imperial presidency or no laws are broken.”

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9 thoughts on “Obama Vows To Act Alone, Taunts Republicans

  1. Dean on said:

    Unemployment among Blacks will not be helped by legalizing and granting amnesty to 10 million illegal immigrants who now compete unfairly with them for jobs. In fact, unemployment among Blacks will be hurt by such a measure. (Read this article and pay particular attention to the first two paragraphs and know that that situation whereby illegal immigrants take jobs from Blacks is multiplied by thousands of instances nationwide:http://www.theroot.com/views/how-illegal-immigration-hurts-black-america?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite
    So that one article proves that illegals steal jobs from Americans!

    And jobs are being stolen in many fields, including construction, hospitality, restaurants and food production, manufacturing and more!)
    And realize that there is no such thing as free pie. Jobs are limited and are not brought to the USA in backpacks in plane flights here or across the Rio Grande. Resources are limited. For every Spanish book or DVD in the public library, there is one less English book or DVD. For every English as a Second Language class or teacher in school, there’s one less advanced English or remedial English class in school. This will work to solve the immigration problem—and not on the backs of Blacks.

    And when it comes to crime, crime rates are not the issue. The question is do they add to crime. And the answer is yes–if they have any crime rate at all–and they do.

    So when it comes to employment and to crime, the questions are who are advantaged by illegal immigrants? And who is disadvantaged by illegal immigrants? And how much disadvantage should be paid to give the advantage? That is “Whose ox is gored?” Well, for the jobs and resources, it’s illegals that are advantaged and Americans–black and otherwise–that are disadvantaged. Some might think that the job loss is small–only a couple of million–but do YOU like the illegals so much that you would give them or one of them YOUR job? I don’t think so. So don’t give them the jobs of your fellow Americans who should come first since this is America. Amnesty (so called comprehensive immigration reform) puts the interest of illegals in tront of the interests of Americans .

    And the same applies for crime. They add to crime and you might think that the addition to crime is small. But wait, what if YOU or you family member or your relative is the victim of that additional crime? Would you want you or yours to be the victim of those rapes, murders, thefts, etc. I don’t think so. Again, since this is America, Americans should come first! Amnesty (so called comprehensive immigration reform) puts the interest of illegals in tront of the interests of Americans .

    This is immigration reform you can believe in. This is comprehensive immigration reform: 1. Require E-Verify for all current and future employees and couple it with a swift appeals process for those who do not pass E-Verify. 2. Couple that with severe (at least $20,000 per illegal hired per day if hired without E-Verify permission and disallow (make not permissible under the Internal Revenue Code) any expense deduction for such hires. With these measures, deportation is not needed and the illegals will go home and out of the US by plane, train, automobile and foot. Problem solved.

    To grant illegal immigrants amnesty and therefore allow them to keep the jobs that they have stolen –disproportionately from African Americans would be a stab in the back by Obama. Illegal immigrants do take jobs from Black Americans. Illegal immigrants separate their own families if they are deported. (Hey, they knew when they acted illegally to stay or enter the county that they could be deported at anytime and they may take their families with them if they are deported. And no one says that the government is ripping apart families when parents convicted of crimes go the jail. The separating of families is the natural consequence of criminal violations of the law in each case.)

    • Timekeeper on said:

      That’s a super article Dean. Great detail and length, I mean its really, really good. Give the teacher an apple and get the red star on the front page of your book report. It does nothing however to address the issue at hand. Good words, though, you d get to go to the head of the class.

      • Dean on said:

        One issue that Obama wants to “go alone” on is Amnesty/so called “Immigration Reform”. I bet you that his “go alone” steps will be harmful to African Americans. What a shame!

  2. jhuf on said:

    Way to go “hopeless and no change” show those evil Republicans
    But watch out your starting to get opposition from your own party too.

  3. smdh on said:

    what I find funny is that when reading the blogs on other news outlets, even the white bloggers are starting to get more pi**ed off. they are now turning against the republicans with their “do nothing attitudes”. can boehner say….BACKFIRED!!!!

  4. Timekeeper on said:

    IUt is painfully obvious that the GOP ha sno intentions of passing anything Obama would like to do. Even a transportation bill which everyone, And I Mean Everyone knows! is needed. They are intent to sit on thier hands. Obviously, his executive powers can only do but so much. But it isnt about that. It is the fact that he is letting the KKK, oops, I mean the skinheads, no I mean neo nazis, oh man, excuse me again, I meant to say the GOP know he doesnt care what they think anymore. He has nothing to lose.

  5. Linda on said:

    Kudo’s to the Prez!!

    Since the GOP won’t play nice with him and has no intention of passing any of his legislative agenda-then it is his right to take the bull by the balls and do what he has to do in order to move Amerykah in a positive direction!

    Obama is a Leo–TIME FOR THE LION TO ROAR!!!!

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