There is no question that the House of Representatives has been about as obstructionist as any group in Congress in the last 100 years, fighting the president at every turn, even to the point of rejecting proposals it had earlier endorsed if the president put his name on them.
So it might seem that the lawsuit which Speaker of the House John Boehner was authorized to file against the president last week was just another one of those silly games politicians have been playing recently that have left the American public thoroughly disgusted with the process in Washington, D.C.
Certainly, there were political agendas galore behind the move, which allege that the president exceeded his power by allowing a delay in businesses to implement Obamacare. And forget for a moment the fact that House Republicans had been demanding that very move at the time. Because that's irrelevant to this case.
This lawsuit is about a fundamental principle.
It's about a principle that goes well beyond the current presidency and needs to be cleared up for all future presidents. It's about the limits by which a president can "administer" the law. He is, after all, the man in charge for administrating all laws passed by Congress. In the past, there have been a few other cases where previous presidents got a little "creative" in their administration of the law, but nothing that appears to have pushed it so blatantly as the case that the lawsuit addresses.
As far as we can see, nothing in the law gave the president the authority to delay its implementation. We believe he should have gone to Congress for a delay, which, considering that was exactly what the Republican members of Congress were demanding at the time, probably would have passed (although some might have said no just to make sure the works got thoroughly gummed up).
As we've moved over the last 50 years more and more toward an imperial presidency, this is one chance to establish a clear limit, for all future presidents, of unilateral executive powers. This lawsuit is needed to re-establish the Congress-President balance.
-- Kelly Everitt