Obama To Bypass Congress

Barack Obama criticized George Bush for using Executive Orders to get things done. The Democrats complained that Mr. Bush had taken too much power for the Executive branch. They did not like him getting things done via Executive Order.

Executive Orders have their place. The President can use them to issue orders to the Executive Branch departments and direct how they will run. The day to day kinds of things. There is an EO regarding the drug free federal workplace. This is an expectation from the Executive to the workers.

On the other hand, EOs can be very bad. The president signs them directing one thing or another and thus takes power away from the Congress. This is not good practice and it diminishes the legislative branch further. Right now, Obama’s team is looking at the things they could not get done through the Congress and are working on getting them done by EO:

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff. NYT

We have seen this with some legislation that Congress has rejected. Obama said he would institute what he wanted via EO after Congress rejected it. This is wrong and it is not the way to govern.

To be clear, many past presidents have done this and it was no more right then than it is now. However, Obama was the one who made a big stink about EOs (and signing statements, which he uses as well) and he chastised Mr. Bush for what he did.

Now Obama is doing the very same things and his minions on the left are giving him a pass. How long will Congress sit by while their power is usurped by the Executive Branch?

Obama plans to push his agenda and get things done whether he has to do it through Congress or through EO. Congress needs to put an end to this.

As an aside, isn’t it funny that all the people, who for years criticized the way Bush handled the war on terror and terror suspects, are justifying what Obama is doing by saying he is doing the same thing Bush did?

Big Dog

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2 Responses to “Obama To Bypass Congress”

  1. Adam says:

    I don’t remember much stink about Bush and EO but the signing statements were a concern for sure. Bush challenged twice as many sections of legislation with signing statements than all other presidents in history combined according to research by a man named Christopher Kelley.

    • Big Dog says:

      I don’t like signing statements. If the president does not like something then he should veto the bill.

      I think Obama and the Dems expressed concern about the power that the executive had assumed with EOs.

      I don’t like them either unless they are directives for how the executive branch should run (it belongs to him).