Jimmy Breslin, a 20th century opinion columnist, is said to have used this phrase to describe events surrounding the Watergate scandal, the inquiry and the subsequent impeachment of Richard Nixon: Blue smoke and mirrors.
It is believed that the phrase "smoke and mirrors" originally referred to the use of such subterfuge to deceive a magician's audience into believing that something is occurring, or has occurred, which in actuality, is not or has not, occurred. It has become apparent that the present administration has used, and is still using "smoke and mirrors" to confuse and deceive, not only the electorate, but also the other branches of government.
To wit: the Affordable Health Care Act, which is neither affordable nor really about health care.
Although passed into law late in the day by an ill-informed partisan group, it was carefully crafted by clever minions in the White House and their slavish accomplices in the staffs of lock-step legislators.
It is actually a scheme to increase tax revenue and to put more power into the hands of this administration.
You may, or may not agree with this assessment, but even the most obtuse and blindly partisan individuals cannot fail to understand that this administration uses "smoke and mirrors" to obfuscate their true objective, which is to "fundamentally change America" into a totalitarian regime controlled by bureaucrats.
Both parties are guilty in this "un-democratic" approach to govern: the party that calls itself "Democrat," has done so willfully and those weak-kneed conservative members of congress who have allowed the emperor Obama to usurp their constitutional responsibility.
Article II, Section I of our constitution state that "the executive power shall be vested in a President of the United State of America" and "Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: 'I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.'"
Apparently, his best is none too good.