It’s that time of year again. Polar vortexes are freezing the nation, banal award shows are all the rage in Tinseltown, and the president gives a speech that may provide a glimpse into America’s future but has no real bearing on what will actually happen in the coming year. Here are five things that President Obama plans on doing in 2014 that won’t get done, no matter how enthralling his speech is.
1. Put an end to congressional gridlock
It’s Obama’s plainte du jour: Congress is too darn divided and stubborn to allow the passage of any of his legislation. “I’ve got a pen,” Obama has said over recent weeks, “and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
Constitutionally, sir — no, you don’t.
While the president does have the “power of the pen” in some less-than-fortunate areas, he does not have the ability to make laws willy-nilly when he doesn’t get his way. As Rand Paul put it to The Wall Street Journal, “He says, 'Oh well, it's hard to get Congress to do anything.' Well, yeah, welcome to the real world. It's hard to convince people to get legislation through. It takes consensus. But that's what he needs to be doing is building consensus and not taking his pen and creating law."
The Christian Science Monitor is asking if President Obama is an “imperial president.” Ted Cruz was edited out of a Meet the Press broadcast when he said that he believes the president is abusing his power. These aren’t signs of a climate that will foster bipartisanship, and stoking the flames doesn’t help President Obama’s cause.
2. Put an end to income inequality by reviving the economy