Our pleasant looking, well-spoken president seems to have developed some unpleasant tendencies of late. It appears that he thinks he's been elected to rule, not preside over a free and sovereign people, and he believes that Congress is just a rubber stamp for anything the ruler wishes to do. What is it about the term "constitutional checks and balances" that this guy doesn't get?
On October 29, 2011, Obama said "If congress won't act, I will..." when he wanted to concentrate more government into home refinance (bailing out people who could not afford the homes they bought), student loans and jobs for Veterans (he forgot that only the private sector can provide real jobs, not the government) and more heavily taxing the rich, (who ultimately provide most the the jobs our nation has).
On January 4, 2012, Obama's press secretary said that if Congress won't cooperate, Obama will take "small, medium and large" executive order actions to go around them.
On November 22, 2011, Obama claimed that every American would see "$1000 tax hikes if Congress won't act.." to extend the existing payroll tax rates (of course he called the proposal a "tax cut" though it's not. He wanted to extend the current FICA rates for only 2 months instead of the 12 months that Republicans wanted, so wouldn't his plan be less than 20% as attractive to struggling citizens as the Republican proposal? And his plan to reduce the FICA tax would be, in effect, raiding Social Security, which he and his Democrat pals have consistently accused the Republicans as scheming to do).
Obama's policies are unpopular with Americans and Congress often opposes those policies, again for purposes of checks and balances, to avoid an abuse of power, but Obama terms this constitutional opposition to be foot-dragging and claims that what he wants to do just "Can't wait" for Congress, so he plows ahead and does unconstitutional things like his recent recess appointment of a Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Under Obama this position has been made mostly irrelevant because, with the way Obama has handled the economy, there are very few "consumers" left to protect.
There are many troubling aspects to Obama's tendency to rule instead of govern, but my great fear is that when he loses, or even before he loses in his re-election effort, he'll discover a November Surprise that will require his sole attention, leadership and action, and that he would consider the upcoming election to be a distraction, so we will have to defer the election until the emergency (perhaps a nuclear Iran that conservatives have been warning about, or an attack on Israel that seems to be inevitable given the situation in the area, or the revelation that a nuclear device had been smuggled across our porous border and whose discharge is imminent) has been sufficiently addressed by his majesty, a task that could take months or years to complete.
And one must keep in mind that during the 2008 campaign Obama spoke clearly and often about the need for a Civilian Defense Force, armed and trained as well as our military and designed for use internally within the United States. And if there is any doubt where he would get the vast sums needed to arm and train this civilian force, just recall the billions of dollars of unspent and unaccounted for stimulus and TARP appropriations which old uncle Joe Biden was going to oversee, control and track that have evaporated into thin air. And also recall the additional trillion dollars that Obama has just claimed he desperately needs immediately or the nation will not survive (isn't this approach of desperation and appeal to fear getting a little thin and worn at this point?) and one can see serious storm clouds on the horizon for this great nation, with this small man as president.