Saturday, February 18, 2012

Obama's sneaky end run

"President Obama's administration has formally announced that it is going to ask Congress to waive a ban on providing funds for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, because of its recognition of Palestinian statehood. U.S. law explicitly forbids American funding of international organizations that recognize Palestinian statehood in the absence of a peace treaty with Israel and UNESCO recognition clearly disqualifies it from receiving funding from the United States since there is no peace treaty in place.

The announcement didn't come from a White House press release or from Obama himself. It was made surreptitiously in a footnote to the budget Obama recently provided to Congress. It's as if Obama didn't want the American people to know that he was asking Congress to override and subvert the law, as he has done so many times in the past. Waivers and overriding and subverting the law are hallmarks of the Obama administration (ObamaCare waivers, No Child Left Behind waivers, Presidential appointments without Congressional approval, to offer a few examples) and perhaps he is seeing these hallmarks as a potential liability in the upcoming Presidential election campaign." [Jerry Philipson]

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