2016: President Obama's Final Year In Office

President Barack Obama is scheduled to leave office on January 20, 2017.

Given the President’s full-throated support for Planned Parenthood; his aggressive promotion of an LGBT activist agenda; his unconstitutional Obamacare law, which has resulted in taxpayer funding for elective abortions; his bullying of American businesses and nonprofits into paying for abortifacients; his expansion of federal funding for embryo-destructive stem cell research; his embrace of the Common Core Standards; his politically-correct-but-morally-objectionable reshaping of the U.S. Armed Forces; his heavy-handed efforts to guilt-trip Americans into supporting his gun control agenda; his failure to secure U.S. borders; his unconstitutional attempt to provide legal status to millions of illegal aliens without congressional approval; his near-doubling of the national debt; his refusal to honor a Bush-era agreement to install a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe; his anemic response to the 2012 murder of four Americans in Benghazi; his re-opening of diplomatic relations with the brutal Communist regime in Cuba; his inability or unwillingness to defeat ISIS; his calamitous Iran deal; his failure to secure the release of American hostages in Iran; his abuse of his office; his contempt and disregard for the United States Constitution; and his repeated lies to the American people, no conservative will be sorry to see him depart.

As the final full year of President Obama’s scheduled term in office begins, tongues are wagging about what his priorities might be. A recent Politico article reports that presidential aides cite Obamacare expansion; Medicaid expansion; climate change; and environmental regulations as areas of interest for the President. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we do not anticipate that any major legislation will pass in Washington in 2016. While the Republicans in Congress have not succeeded in reversing President Obama’s executive actions or thwarting his disastrous foreign policy initiatives, they have succeeded in lowering the budget deficit and preventing him from enacting his major legislative priorities since 2011. It is reasonable to predict that this trend will continue, and that President Obama will keep using regulations and executive actions to implement and entrench his agenda. It has been reported that the Obama Administration is already working on executive branch actions relating to gun control and to crossdressing in the Armed Forces; in addition, NYCF sees new executive actions relating to immigration; the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; and LGBT issues in the workplace as real possibilities.

It is quite likely that a vacancy will open up on the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Leftist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, an 82-year-old cancer survivor, will be under immense pressure to step down to prevent a potential new Republican president from having the opportunity to appoint her successor should she become unavailable to serve during the next four years. President Obama’s most recent Supreme Court appointee, Justice Elena Kagan, had never served as a judge at the time of her appointment; her limited experience made it difficult for Republicans to attack her nomination because they could not point to weaknesses in prior rulings. Given that the Senate is now controlled by the Republicans, it is reasonable to expect that the President will seek another non-controversial nominee with limited judicial experience who can be confirmed without a pitched battle in the Senate.

While our primary focus is New York government, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will keep a close eye on President Obama in 2016. We will be sure to inform friends and supporters like you of opportunities to encourage Members of Congress to stand firm against the President’s continuing efforts to de-Americanize our nation.