As yesterday's comments by President Obama's press secretary Jay Carney highlight, the Obama administration's lawlessness is matched only by its arrogance. In response to those who are calling attention to the administration's striking failure (more than three years and three months after the Democrats passed Obamacare into law) to be prepared to implement Obamacare's employer mandate on schedule and those who object to the administration's resulting announcement that it has unilaterally suspended that provision for a year—in plain defiance of the law—Carney said this:
"People who suggest that there's anything unusual about the delaying of the deadline, implementation of a complex, comprehensive law are deliberately sticking their heads in the sand, or just willfully ignorant about past precedent. It's just not -- it's not serious."
This, of course, is not a serious response. (Apparently Democratic senator Tom Harkin is among the "willfully ignorant.") In truth there's no precedent for a president to spearhead passage of 2,700-page legislation, fail to do the necessary work to implement that legislation, and then grant himself line-item veto power over parts of that legislation that he later decides he'd like to wish away.