“Unitary Executive” or “Imperial Presidency” – Congress Continues to Enhance It – Obama’s Chocolate Truffle

Senate Republicans recently blocked cybersecurity legislation, but the issue might not be dead after all.

The White House hasn’t ruled out issuing an executive order to strengthen the nation’s defenses against cyberattacks if Congress refuses to act.

“In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in an email.

“Moving forward, the President is determined to do absolutely everything we can to better protect our nation against today’s cyber threats and we will do that,” Carney said.

The White House has emphasized that better protecting vital computer systems is a top priority.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/242227-with-defeat-of-cybersecurity-bill-obama-weighs-executive-order-option

Notice that Obama is employing executive orders or threatening to do so (1) when it helps his campaign and (2) when it responds to congressional gridlock.  What a chocolate truffle temptation:  increase or affirm use of one’s own power and run for office against the congress!

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