With blessings from Senator Bernie Sanders. From the Townhall:
“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans,” Earnest said in response to a question about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on Obama to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through IRS executive action.
“Now I don’t want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of,” Earnest continued. “But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally,” Earnest finished.
Here is the blog article that references Senator Sanders request:
That’s the message Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, delivered in a letter to the White House on Friday. He called on the administration to curb six specific tax breaks through executive action that could raise $100 billion over 10 years.
“If Congress fails to address these problems, the administration should act on its own to close, at a minimum,” the six tax breaks, said Mr. Sanders, who is the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.
Three of the breaks were created through administrative actions or regulation, which means President Barack Obama could use executive powers to void them. The other three could be closed through regulatory powers delegated to the Treasury Department, Mr. Sanders said.
Here is Senator Sanders letter that explains the six things he’d like to see changed.
Aside from the fact that Senator Sanders is an avowed socialist who loves taxes, this seems to drive support for his base. The overall tax collections would amount to $110 billion over 10 years (roughly $11 billion a year), which is mere pittance since it is projected that over that same ten years, the government will collect close to $30 TRILLION.
Josh Earnest played this as a means to help the middle class workers. This will not help in any way possible towards that end. Unless there are specific means to redirect this money towards the middle class, it will go to fund more government inefficiency and waste. Again, this is more pandering the base and supporting the narrative.
The bigger issue: Senator Sanders is again, wanting the President to usurp more Congressional responsibility and authority, and grab more power than he is allowed. And Sanders seems to have decided to abdicate his authority to keep the system of checks and balances as established. He is not interested in such things as is part of his sworn duty to “protect and defend the Constitution.”
It’s very sad to see that elected Representatives are openly giving their blessing to allowing Obama to use more authority to support their “transformation of America” to their vision. The only people who benefit are the people you and I elected.