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12/4/2013 (1 year ago)

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Cato Institute's Director of Health Policy Studies speaks to constitutional limits

Is U.S. President Barack Obama flouting the law? Many say he is. Michael Cannon, Cato Institute's Director of Health Policy Studies, testified before a congressional committee about the dangers of the president's legal behavior. He says that if Obama, the president of the U.S. doesn't follow protocol, many others will follow suit . leading to chaos and anarchy.

'That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws,' Cannon concluded, 'to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve.'

"That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws," Cannon concluded, "to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve."


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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12/4/2013 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: Michael Cannon, CATO Institute, President Obama, revolt

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - President Obama's disregard for implementing the Affordable Care Act as written is one salient example. Cannon testified that the consequences of the president's behavior were potentially grave - and could eventually lead to an revolt against the federal government.

"There is one last thing to which the people can resort if the government does not respect the restrains that the constitution places on the government," Cannon said. "Abraham Lincoln talked about our right to alter our government or our revolutionary right to overthrow it.

"That is certainly something that no one wants to contemplate," he continued. "If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws then they will conclude that neither are they."

"That is a very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do, to wantonly ignore the laws," Cannon concluded, "to try to impose obligation upon people that the legislature did not approve."

Cannon admitted that he has worked for the GOP. He says that he is not a Republican "for reasons that Democrats on this committee can readily appreciate.

"I am acutely aware of the last Republican president's failures to execute the laws faithfully," he added. "In 2008, though I did not support him, I preferred the Democratic presidential candidate to the Republican candidate in part because he promised to curb such abuses by the executive."

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