It never seems to end. One stupid accusation or statement after another. John Boehner wants to sue President Obama. Sarah Palin wants Obama impeached.
This latest tomfoolery is the result of the GOP accusing Obama of overstepping his grounds with the issuing of presidential executive orders. GOP Rep. Bill Huizenga wrote that in his first two years, "Obama had little reason to worry about legislative opposition to his policies." Quite the contrary, the Party of No tried to block him at every turn with the legislation of issues. Then, "in 2010, the Republicans took control of the House and President Obama's absolute control over the two branches of the federal government came to an end."
Absolute power. What Obama had was a mandate during that time with the Democrats controlling both the Senate and the House, but didn't take full advantage of it. In fact, his "art of compromise" on many occasions was a surrender to the Party of No. (Now he seems to be a little more aggressive in taking on the Republicans.)
John Hudak, Fellow in Governance Studies, wrote for the Brookings Institution that executive orders are a "common presidential tool" which "gives guidance to the executive branch on how to 'faithfully execute the laws.'" Given the Party of No's intransigence, Obama saw the need to use executive orders "where Congress has stalled on issues."
While the GOP claims that Obama is being a Tyrant, it is the GOP itself that has issued more executive orders, according to Hudak. So far, Obama has used less compared to other contemporary presidents. He has issued 175 so far, compared to George W. Bush Jr.'s 291. More bizarre claims have come from the right in previous years in the form of an accusation from a Laurie Roth that Obama issued over 900 executive orders "not even through his first term yet." Then another, with Texas Congresswoman Kay Granger accusing Obama of wanting to use executive orders to install martial law. (She later retracted her accusation.)
A FactCheck report dated 9/2012 refuted these dumb-downed claims, stating that at that point, Obama issued 139 executive orders.
And, since Obama is consistently stymied by the GOP, he created a "We Can't Wait" initiative, pushing through executive orders in order to benefit the working class. The GOP, however, can let that wait, forever. Meanwhile, a report published in The Hill, dated 7/2014, states that Obama will continue to pursue "key executive actions" on the issues of immigration, contraception, minimum wage and extending the rights of same-sex couples. If Obama is over-reaching with his executive powers, it is for good causes, unlike the GOP's intolerant, bigoted agenda.
The report also states that the GOP will make Obama's "abuse" of executive orders an issue for the 2014 mid-term elections. The real abuse, however, is coming from a bunch of GOP bullies trying to play victim.