Obama's new strategy vis-a-vis Congress is to simply ignore them and do the stuff he wants via executive order.
Or maybe the strategy is not so new. After Obama was thwarted on background checks when his bill failed in the Senate, he unleashed a series of executive orders on guns. This time around, he's not waiting for legislative failure.
On Tuesday Obama proposed a "Grand Bargain" involving a corporate tax adjustment and other budget measures. On Wednesday he's already signaling that he won't wait for Congress to vote down his plan.
Instead he's planning "a surge of executive actions and orders on issues like voting rights, health care, job creation, the economy, climate change and immigration," Politico reports.
Obama is taking suggestions from Democrats as to what his next executive orders should be. Meanwhile John Boehner's spokesman has promised that Congress will block or reverse any such orders.
Obama is very aware of the limited days he has left in office to get things done. He's even started counting them down in his speeches. And with that in mind, he "is done caring about congressional Republicans calling him a dictator," Politico reports.