Letters: Presidential power taken too far?
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's reckless vow to sue the president for bypassing Congress is an outrage ["House may sue Obama," News, June 26]. Again, we see a Republican putting the well-being of party above the well-being of the nation. If Boehner (R-Ohio) follows through, he would not only be wasting taxpayer money, but also making the country a laughing stock at a very critical time -- all out of a vindictive craving to delegitimize this presidency in its final two-and-a-half years.
The fact is this president has used executive orders significantly fewer times than any of his recent predecessors. For instance, the president has issued 168 in six years, compared with Ronald Reagan's 381 in eight years.
Frank Mazze, Farmingville
We just received a renewal letter from my spouse's Affordable Care Act insurance carrier. It announced a rate increase for the plan, which covers just her, of $42.18 per month. The total is now $412.46, or a 13 percent increase in one year!
The name really needs to be changed to Accelerating Cost Act.
Walter Ruzek, Mineola
The president has said again that he has no problem ignoring the Constitution and bypassing Congress if he does not get his way with the southern border immigration situation ["Pressure on immigration," News, July 2].
At what point is the media going to find this imperious and imperial president in contempt of the laws of the land? And, were these the actions of a Republican president, how long ago would the media have begun their assault on him?
Thanks to the Fourth Estate, former President Richard Nixon was forced to resign for crimes far less egregious.
John Savin, Massapequa