Those who execute laws have plenty of oversight

info@islandpacket.comNovember 3, 2012 

A recent letter writer expressed concern that President Barack Obama was orchestrating an unconstitutional transfer of power from the legislative to the executive branch of government. ("Don't let Obama run roughshod over US," Oct. 27)

She cites as examples the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act and unnamed laws administered by the Evironmental Protection Agency and Energy and Interior Departments. She claims these laws give the agencies unlimited powers of enforcement with no oversight, and this will destroy our republic.

The writer must have slept through civics class in high school. It's the legislative branch (Congress) that wrote and passed the laws in question, along with all the provisions regarding enforcement. It's most definitely the responsibility of the executive branch to write the regulations used to enforce the laws. These regulations are drafted, published and commented on by both the public and Congress before being finalized.

The charge that there is no oversight also lacks credibility. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.) is holding hearings on, among other things, diplomatic security, Medicare fraud, document destruction at the Defense Department, the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" operation, the Jobs Act and Internal Revenue Service enforcement related to the health care law. The list goes on. Hardly a lack of oversight.

What we need to "save the union" is a Congress driven by a desire to do what's best for the country, rather than gaining political advantage for the next election.

Michael Robinson

Hilton Head Island

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