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King Obama.

It’s getting so bad that more and more scholars are joining in with left-leaning law professor Jonathan Turley in expressing outrage over President Obama acting like he can do whatever he wants with this nation and completely ignore the laws and the Constitution of this land.

The latest to join the chorus is Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman, who penned an op-ed in the New York Times regarding Obama’s declaration of war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.KingObamaSlider

“Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares in imperial hubris,” Ackerman notes. He goes on to argue that:

Mr. Bush gained explicit congressional consent for his invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In contrast, the Obama administration has not even published a legal opinion attempting to justify the president’s assertion of unilateral war-making authority. This is because no serious opinion can be written. …

Mr. Obama may rightly be frustrated by gridlock in Washington, but his assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order. His refusal even to ask the Justice Department to provide a formal legal pretext for the war on ISIS is astonishing.

… for now the president seems grimly determined to practice what Mr. Bush’s lawyers only preached. He is acting on the proposition that the president, in his capacity as commander in chief, has unilateral authority to declare war.

In taking this step, Mr. Obama is not only betraying the electoral majorities who twice voted him into office on his promise to end Bush-era abuses of executive authority. He is also betraying the Constitution he swore to uphold.

The Mint Press News reports there are other professors chiming in on the same topic, such as Robert Chesney, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, who told the Daily Beast Obama’s claim of authority to bomb ISIS targets in Syria was “on its face” an “implausible argument.”

Despite my personal desire to bomb the hell out of ISIS, we must as a nation follow our Constitution. And we must demand the same of our president. And now, as more and more liberal professors voice consternation at this president’s “imperial hubris” – perhaps we can finally force Mr. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” to follow our laws through public humiliation and unrelenting pressure.

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Via Boise State Public Radio: American workers aren’t happy. Despite President Obama’s assurances (“By almost every measure we are better off now than we were when I took office”) a Rutgers University survey details the public’s economic pessimism:

Heading into the Labor Day weekend the American labor force is not all that happy. There are various signs that the U.S. economy is on the mend but a new survey from Rutgers University found two of three Americans have felt no improvement over the last year and only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come [my emphasis].

Notwithstanding NPR’s not-so-veiled administration cheerleading (“Private employers have added nearly 10 million jobs in recent years, unemployment has fallen to just above 6 percent,” etc.; Americans have “even less faith in giving congressional Republicans control of the economy”), several average citizens offer why they are, and remain, wary:

ROBERT STOVEKEN: In the last six years I’ve switched jobs three times and I’m not making more money than it did three years ago and not as much as I did six years ago.

HORSLEY: Once more Stoveken worries the economy won’t be much better by the time his high school aged daughter enters the job market a few years from now.

STOVEKEN: She’s going to go to college and get a degree in something that she’s probably not going to be able to get a job in, you know. I want her to follow her dreams but I don’t think the dreams are going to be a good paying job.

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The former Michigan governor whose leadership oversaw a severe economic downturn, skyrocketing unemployment, Detroit’s emerging bankruptcy, and the meltdown of the automotive industry, is now a professor specializing in job growth.

This fall, Michigan’s former Democratic Gov. Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is teaching a graduate course focused on “creating jobs through better government policies,” the class description states, adding “it is designed to help to launch the American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley.”

Yet as governor from 2003 to 2011, Michigan’s unemployment rate soared from 6.6 percent at the beginning of Granholm’s term up to 14.2 percent in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When she left office, the unemployment rate languished at 11 percent. The national average at the time was 9 percent.GranholmInside

Michael LaFaive, director of Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative and economist at the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, told The College Fix that “creating American jobs is not what she did during her tenure.”

“In fact, she presided over one of the largest economic declines in Michigan history and herself fled the state in search of employment,” LaFaive said. “Michigan, during her tenure, had the distinction of one of the highest unemployment ratings in the nation, one of the highest population declines, and being the only state in the union with negative economic growth.”

Granholm did not respond to requests by The College Fix on Wednesday and Thursday seeking comment.

The course description states “the American Jobs Project will focus on a bottom-up strategy of stoking jobs policy in the states, designing the road-map for each state to create innovative energy job clusters in the advanced energy and manufacturing job sectors.”

LaFaive said he questions her ability to teach successful job growth strategies.

“I wonder if she will be able to get up and talk about her tenure as governor and support her assertions with anything approaching empirical evidence,” LaFaive said in an interview with The College Fix. “In fact, you could argue that her participation in this class would be as the counter-example of what not to do.”

In addition to job growth, the course aims to assist politicians with the rollout of new environmental protection rules.

“The class will coincide with the rollout of EPA rules regarding CO2 emissions, wherein states must formulate state-specific plans for cutting carbon pollution,” the guide states. “The final state-based reports will be delivered to candidates and office-holders of both political parties in each of the states.”

“Customized innovative policy recommendations” based on “state-specific research” will be outlined for 10 states, possibly including Michigan. Other potential states include Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia or Illinois.

In her keynote speech at the 2013 Ted Conference, Granholm outlined her plan of a “Clean Energy Jobs Race to the Top” through investing in alternative energy, similar to the course description of the “American Jobs Project.”

Granholm served as Michigan’s 47th governor prior to joining UC Berkeley as a professor. She also held a role advising the soon-to-be President Obama’s transition team in 2008-09. She studied political science at UC Berkeley before going to Harvard Law School.

At the Goldman School of Public Policy, Granholm is listed as “Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy” and will make $84,300 for teaching the “American Jobs Project,” the only course she is scheduled to teach in the fall semester, according to an online database of public salaries. The two previous years she earned about $150,000 per year, the database shows.

In spring 2014, Granholm co-taught a similar course that focused on “creating jobs through better government policies for innovation and education.” Previously, Granholm taught a course titled “Governing during Tough Times” in fall 2013.

In fall of 2012, Granholm also taught a special topics course titled “The Legal Journalism Practice Project,” while at the same time her husband, Dan Mulhern, taught a course called “Holistic Leadership,” which he also taught in spring 2014.

College Fix reporter Derek Draplin is a student at the University of Michigan.

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Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the president of (the Christian) Eastern University is being criticized by a group of almost 800 alumni because of his signature on a letter to President Obama requesting a religious exemption from a recent executive order.

That order forbids federal contractors “from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation, with no exemption for religious groups.” The College Fix’s Greg Piper reported yesterday on the effects of the president’s order.

The Inquirer notes:

Robert Duffett, president of the Christian university in St. Davids, says Eastern does not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students or employees. He signed the petition, he says, because the school supports the separation of church and state.

“This means no government has the right to determine theological views and practices of religious institutions,” Duffett wrote in an e-mail to alumni, employees, and students who objected to his signature.

Ryan Paetzold, a 2007 Eastern graduate and director of the alumni group OneEastern, said nearly 800 people had signed a letter to Duffett asking him to withdraw his signature.

“We were really shocked by this,” Paetzold said.

He questioned Duffett’s argument about the separation of church and state.

“We’re confused,” he said. “We don’t believe the right to discriminate has any bearing on that.”

Paetzold went on to take issue with Duffett’s claim that Eastern does not discriminate, citing a section in the faculty handbook about termination due to “moral turpitude.” “Homosexual conduct” is listed as an example of such.

Duffett counters that “heterosexual sex outside of marriage” is also listed, so there’s no discrimination. “We’re trying to be evenhanded on that,” he noted.

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It’s not me, it’s you. That is the message the South Dakota College Republicans have for President Obama in a new video released last week, set to the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World.

The video depicts millennials “breaking up” with Obama like teenagers would break up with their significant others – his Facebook page is unfollowed, his pictures torn up, his text messages ignored.

Joe Schartz, chairman of the South Dakota College Republicans, told The College Fix that “Say Something” was “one of the saddest songs” he had ever heard. He thought it would be funny to use the popular song to show the weakening relationship between young people and Obama, believing the video would resonate with those who have gone through breakups.

Schartz believes the growing uneasiness with Obama among younger voters, who were instrumental to his election, is because they were drawn in by his large promises and the media hype surrounding him, but are now realizing it was mostly hype. He said millennials should vote for Republicans because they offer a stronger economy, less expensive healthcare and less government spying: “Your quality of life will be better when governed by conservative policies.”

The time was ripe for such a video, as recent polling provides evidence that millennials are breaking up with Obama and the Democratic Party. In a Harvard Institute of Politics survey  conducted between October 30 and November 11, and released in December, only 33 percent of young voters approved of Obama’s handling of the economy and just 34 percent his handling of healthcare.

While the percentage of millennials identifying as Republicans has stayed relatively constant since the 2012 election at 25 percent, the number identifying as Democrats has fallen 12 percentage points, from 43 percent the week after the 2012 election to 31 percent the following November, leaving a much smaller gap between young Democrats and young Republicans.

Future elections may show that Democrats will have to work harder for millennials’ votes. Schartz said Republicans “are working hard to turn out a demographic that Democrats are taking for granted.”

saysomething.SDcollegerepublicans.screenshotThe video has drawn significant media attention. It was featured on IJ Review, Young Conservatives and Chicks on the Right, and discussed on the Fox News show Red Eye by host Greg Gutfeld and his guests.

Young Conservatives said it was “the best video of the year,” while Chicks on the Right called it “kind of awesome.” The video had more than 63,000 views as of Wednesday morning, with many YouTube commenters saying they could relate to the video or that they had talked to disenchanted Obama voters who could probably identify with it.

The South Dakota College Republicans have received “a wide variety of responses,” Schartz said: The video really resonated with friends and family who voted for Obama but would no longer admit it.

Schartz believes the video highlights the rebranding effort the GOP is undergoing. “We believe young voters understand the consequences of the last two presidential elections, and they are ready for a new style of conservative leadership.”

College Fix contributor Matt Lamb is a student at Loyola University-Chicago.

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College student reacts to State of the Union speech: ‘He doesn’t believe in us, and I don’t believe in him.’

I was a freshman in high school when I watched the State of the Union address in 2010, during which President Barack Obama proclaimed that the Affordable Care Act “would preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan.”

Today, as a freshman at The George Washington University, I was anxious to see if the Commander in Chief of the free world was a big enough man to own up to his mistakes.

He wasn’t.

All the president did Tuesday night was tout the few silver linings of Obamacare, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions and staying on your parents’ healthcare plan until age 26.

But there was no mention of the 5.3 million cancellation notices sent to unsuspecting Americans because of the new health care law. No mention of the Americans who abruptly learned over the last few months that if they liked their plan, they couldn’t keep their plan.

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” was the PolitiFact 2013 Lie of the Year. Those Americans deserve an apology for being lied to. Unfortunately, we didn’t see that tonight. Where was the apology, Mr. President?

As a college student, I was also incredulous as I listened to the president lay out his desire to improve students’ access to higher education, but never once bother to mention skyrocketing tuition costs, which have inexplicably risen far beyond the rate of inflation under his two terms, burdening young people with massive student debt.

And I’ll tell you why he didn’t touch that issue – because he has done nothing to quell the real problem surrounding higher education – higher costs.

Journalists and political analysts will tell you that a State of the Union can’t change the direction of a presidency. #SOTU2014 didn’t deter from that proclamation. In past SOTU addresses, President Obama has gone with the route of empty rhetoric and broken promises. This year was much of the same old, same old.

One of the first things President Obama said he wanted to do this new year is “reverse the trends” of unemployment and economic instability, and create “new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.”

Unfortunately, these negative economic trends have persisted throughout his presidency. How will a new year change anything when he just wants to use the same approaches and policies? After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The president called for more “investment” to rebuild America’s infrastructure – something he has mentioned in each of his SOTU addresses, but has never delivered upon, except for failed federal bailouts.

Unfortunately, President Obama wants to circumvent Congress to take executive action (“without legislation,” in his words) in implementing his desired policy initiatives, such as immigration reform. The bottom line, Mr. President, is the Constitution is in place to prevent you from doing whatever you want. It’s meant to prevent tyranny.

President Obama also took credit for the winding down of the Afghanistan War, when in reality he simply used President George W. Bush’s timeline for an exit strategy. He was dishonest tonight when he took credit for that.

President Obama also called for “prudent limits on the use of drones,” but failed to elaborate on how he intends to quell the anger and violation other nations feel when the United States violates their sovereignty by launching drones within their borders.

Finally, President Obama committed himself to “slashing the backlog” for veterans’ benefits. But the problem is, this backlog has only increased since he’s been in office. If it were really a priority for him, why didn’t he address it before?

In the words of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA): “We are not defined by our limits, but by our potential.”

Sadly, President Obama does the opposite with the country he leads, defining us by our limits and never giving us the opportunity to rise to our potential. He doesn’t believe in us, and I don’t believe in him.

College Fix contributor Andrew Desiderio is a student at The George Washington University.

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