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Welcome back -- President Obama postponed part of the Affordable Care Act and says.
Our next guest and our next guest says it's an abuse of his executive power and he's taking a page from king James the second he should know.
Michael is he's a former judge who sat on the US court of appeals for the tenth circuit he's also a law professor at Stanford and he joins us live from California.
Good morning -- you judge.
The good morning you write like king James -- second Barack Obama is deciding.
Decides not to enforce laws he doesn't like.
Can -- do that.
Under the constitution he cannot.
It's quite clear the constitution says the president shall.
Take care that the laws be faithfully execute -- not that he may not that he can put them off and this was a specific addition to the constitution.
In response to abuses of power by the by the kings specifically.
King James the second who asserted the power to suspend.
-- or dispense with the laws that he passed by parliament that he didn't like.
We are not a royalty we're not a monarchy our president -- accuse the law.
He doesn't simply pick -- Jews and the law that was passed and by congress and signed by him in no uncertain terms how to start date.
And he's put it off by it has a specific start date of January 1 twenty fourteen.
So how does he get away with it.
Well actually we don't know the administration has not released any legal opinions we don't even know of they asked their lawyers.
About -- -- administration did not even.
-- to send a witness to the hearings in the house yesterday.
To explain the basis.
But and so we've simply -- -- no -- explanation for the us.
-- been rumblings that people called us a transitional authority no big deal.
It it's unprecedented -- -- for the executive to have a law.
That takes place on -- January 1 2014.
And they say we'll never mind will will wait a year it is.
That is simply not done.
You wrote on the pages of the Wall Street Journal in an op Ed column yesterday you said can you imagine the outcry if Mitt Romney were elected and refuse to enforce the Affordable Care Act.
That's a great point.
Well this is why Democrats should be just as upset about this -- Republicans are.
Because if if President Obama has the authority.
And not to enforce laws that he chooses not to -- Political reasons or whatever they happen to be.
Republican presidents in the future would have that same authority I cannot imagine that members of congress.
Would put up with that.
Let's see what happens Hillary Michael McConnell former judge on the US court of appeals for the tenth circuit sent in and out law professor as well sir thank you very much for current slide.
Thank you very.
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