(Washington, DC) – In the spirit of the holiday season, President Obama (D-IL/Kenya) has made December 26, 2014, a Federal holiday by excusing most Federal employees from work.
Predictably, Obama’s critics didn’t react to the announcement with cheer.
The holiday, announced by Executive Order on Friday, gives non-essential Federal government employees a four-day weekend; Christmas falls on a Thursday this year.
Obama made a similar gesture in 2012, when Christmas fell on a Tuesday and he declared the preceding Monday a Federal holiday. 1
Congressional Republicans weren’t happy then, either.
“The president has a clear choice in this matter,” said a GOP spokesman in December 2012, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He can either help balance the budget and bring down the deficit, or he can continue to give these ‘free days’ to these Federal employees who are nothing more than moochers. That’s right, they’re mooching off these free days and other entitlements, such as health care and Social Security.”
And then, just as now, Obama’s opponents called for his impeachment.
“The president has yet again demonstrated the need for his removal from office,” said a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 2012, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Paying people not to work is treason – unless it’s in the case of the United States Congress.”
Of course, the foot was on the other hand for the GOP in 2001 and 2007, when President George W. Bush (R-TX) gave the same holiday to non-essential Government employees and Congressional Republicans failed to muster feigned uproar or outrage.
Making the situation even more complicated this time around: Obama’s latest use of the Executive Order, which went over like a lead balloon when unilaterally pushing immigration reform on November 20.
And following the riots in Ferguson, MO, due to the killing of Michael Brown, Obama issued an Executive Order changing the term ‘looting’ to ‘undocumented shopping.’
“This man is out of control,” said a GOP spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And these Executive Orders prove it. Average, ordinary, everyday Americans know there’s no place in Washington for doing the right thing.”