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And deeming the Senate "functionally" in recess was a bridge too far even for Bush. When Bush's attorneys urged him to do it in 2008, he declined. The Cordray appointment is just the latest instance where 44 has gone even further than 43 in the abuse of executive power.
Employing the royal "We" in an interview last month, Obama declared: "Where Congress is not willing to act, we're going to go ahead and do it ourselves." How long will Congress let him get away with it?
Examiner Columnist Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and the author of The Cult of the Presidency.