Examiner Editorial: Will President Barack Obama listen to anyone? 

There’s a disturbing passage in federal Judge Martin Feldman’s Tuesday decision overturning President Barack Obama’s six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in all waters more than 500-feet deep.

“The [Interior] Secretary’s determination that a six-month moratorium on issuance of new permits and on drilling by the 33 rigs is necessary does not seem to be fact-specific and refuses to take into measure the safety records of those others in the Gulf,” Feldman wrote. “There is no evidence presented indicating that the Secretary balanced the concern for environmental safety with the policy of making leases available for development. There is no suggestion that the Secretary considered any alternatives.”

Even more disturbing is Obama’s response to Feldman, which was to promise both an appeal in court and issuance of a new drilling moratorium from the Interior Department. In other words, Obama is forging ahead with the very policy the judge just ruled unconstitutional. And the chief executive is challenging the thousands of Gulf Coast oil industry employees to try to stop him in an appeals court.

This response is the latest evidence of a disconcerting pattern with this president and his cronies in the executive branch and Congress: Their “progressive” ideological agenda comes first, and everything else, including the will of the people and the letter of the law, is at most an obstacle on the road to “change we can believe in.”

Think about it: Large and growing majorities opposed Obamacare in public opinion survey after survey, yet Obama and his congressional allies wrote the bill behind closed doors, made multiple corrupt bargains to gain votes and passed it anyway.
When General Motors bondholders opposed Obama’s takeover, he flouted age-old bankruptcy law while effectively nationalizing the automaker and handing it over to the United Auto Workers union.

When auto executives expressed concern about Obama’s costly hike in fuel-economy standards, his chief environmental adviser warned them not to “write anything down” about their discussion.

The list goes on. When public worries about excessive federal spending began being heard on Capitol Hill, Obama appointed a rubber-stamping fiscal commission and nodded approval as congressional Democrats set aside the law that since 1974 has required Congress to approve an annual budget. When the Senate refused to vote on Obama’s cap-and-trade energy bill, his EPA administrator issued a threat: Either pass the bill or the agency will unilaterally impose draconian carbon emission limits on America.

Years ago, Alexander Hamilton told the New York convention considering adoption of the Constitution that “here, sir, the people govern.” We wonder what he would say today after witnessing Obama in action.

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