Barack Obama is a trend setter when it comes to governing. King Pen and Phone didn’t need a stinking congress to pass his agenda and apparently neither does Roy Cooper of North Carolina. The newly sworn-in governor has mistaken his oath ceremony for a coronation. His majesty recently declared he is more than willing to sign an executive order to expand Medicaid without permission from our elected representatives. Progressives believe that whole republican form of government thing guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution is just words on a living and breathing document.
Cooper, a Democrat, said in a news conference following his talk that the law impinges on “the core executive authority of the governor to accept federal funds to look out for the health of the people.”
The issue could end up in court, but Cooper said he would rather avoid a dispute. He said he hopes that legislators “will be receptive or at least let us do it without trying to stop us.
I’m sorry, but the core executive authority of the governor is to enforce the laws. The General Assembly is responsible for introducing and passing legislation and that includes the means of raising revenue, not the governor. I believe we had a revolution based on the premise of “No taxation without representation.”
Thankfully, our state’s elected representatives aren’t like those spineless creatures in Washington D.C.
“Just days into his term as governor, Roy Cooper already intends to violate his oath of office with a brazenly illegal attempt to force a massive, budget-busting Obamacare expansion on North Carolina taxpayers,” Berger said in a statement.
“Cooper is three strikes and out on his attempt to break state law: he does not have the authority to unilaterally expand Obamacare, his administration cannot take steps to increase Medicaid eligibility and our Constitution does not allow him to spend billions of state tax dollars we don’t have to expand Obamacare without legislative approval.”
Two Republican leaders in the state House, Speaker Tim Moore of Kings Mountain and Majority Leader John Bell of Goldsboro, issued a statement equating Medicaid expansion to a tax increase.
“Gov. Cooper proposed raising taxes on North Carolinians today, just over 72 hours into office,” the statement said. “Fortunately, Gov. Cooper lacks the authority to implement his proposed plan and cannot unilaterally raise taxes on the people of North Carolina.”
I have news for Governor Roy Cooper, you’re not Barack Obama and the state of North Carolina isn’t Washington D.C. If you think you can violate our Constitution and act like a Venezuelan dictator, you’ve got another think coming. As a matter of fact, I do believe an egregious overreach such as that is grounds for impeachment and the republicans in the General Assembly have the balls to do it.