From delaying key elements of his signature health care law to failing to enforce laws that he disagrees with, critics have accused President Obama of executive overreach.
So while the president was busy completing his March Madness bracket, we put together a "Constitutional Madness" bracket, pitting all of President Obama's constitutional violations against each other. Now we're asking America: Which one of the president's constitutional violations is the worst of all?
The Elite Eight are set. Here's your chance to vote for the Final Four!
Forcing taxpayers to violate religious conscience by funding abortion through ObamaCare vs. Implementing the DREAM Act without legislation
• Under ObamaCare, employers must offer health plans must with a range of services at no extra charge, including all forms of birth control for women that have been approved by federal regulators.
• The DREAM Act provides significant and continuing benefit to persons residing in the United States unlawfully by providing conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from high school and arrive in the U.S. as minors. DREAM had been stalled in Congress, but Obama declared major portions of the legislation to be the effective law of the land in mid-2012.
White House 'kill list' includes Americans without due process vs. Issuing 'national security letters' to violate free speech
• In 2012 the New York Times reported that the president weekly reviews a "secret kill" list, personally decides who should be killed.
• A federal judge has struck down a set of laws allowing the FBI to issue so-called national security letters to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information saying the laws violate the First Amendment and the separation of powers principles.
Using the IRS to suppress Tea Party free speech vs. Regulating carbon dioxide without congressional approval
• The Internal Revenue Service singled out conservative groups applying for non-profit status for closer scrutiny in the months leading up to the 2012 election.
• EPA rules state that new coal-fired power plants would be required to meet impossible and arbitrary caps on the amount of CO2 emissions. Critics say EPA’s rules are a broad over-reach of the Clean Air Act.
Asserting executive privilege over Fast and Furious investigative documents vs. Attempted through EEOC to overturn church's right to choose own ministers
• After refusing to provide turn over 1,300 documents subpeoned by the House Oversight Committee investigation into the Fast & Furious scandal. The president asserted executive privilege over the documents in a last-ditch effort to prevent Attorney General Eric Holder from being held in contempt.
• A commissioned minister, who was hired to teach 4th grade at a church was dismissed for insubordination and disruptive conduct and threatening to sue the church, all in violation of church teachings. The church and its denomination have long taught that disputes over fitness for ministry must be resolved within its denomination. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argue that there should be no ministerial exception and that any minister -- even a priest, a rabbi, or a pastor of a congregation -- should be able to sue the church that employs him.