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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.

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  •  You realize that the president didn't have (8+ / 0-)

    a bullet proof dem senate for more than a couple months... right?

    The only hawk I like is the kind that has feathers. My birding blogs: and

    by cany on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 08:22:02 AM PDT

    •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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      It's easy to ignore that the filibuster rules mean it takes 60 votes to get anything through the Senate. And even easier to forget that with a delayed seating and illnesses, they only had those 60 votes for a few months.

      I hope Reid finally wakes up and changes the rule to 40 votes to filibuster and actual debate required. Just claiming the intention to filibuster makes it too easy.

  •  Reagan "Abused" Executive Orders Much More (3+ / 0-)
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    than George W. Bush who "abused" executive orders much more than Obama.

    (President Ronald Reagan used an executive order to stop DuPont from manufacturing Freon 12 which was destroying the protective ozone layer around the Earth -- Rethug GOD Ronnie was a closet treehugging environmentalist who actually accepted scientific evidence and who wasn't going to sit idly by and hope the Free Market would solve the ozone depletion crisis which was worsening.).

  •  It's not EOs themselves, it's what's done (0+ / 0-)

    with them. Mere guidance is fine, but if they're used to bend or break the law it's another thing altogether. I think the Boehner suit is pretty silly and, if filed, will be dismissed quickly, but there's obviously a difference between construing a statute in a particular way and just saying that a statute can be ignored.

    •  From the Mother Jones article you linked: (1+ / 0-)
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      (dated March 5, 2014)

      The Obama administration, struggling with continued political fallout over its troubled health care law, said Wednesday that it would allow consumers to renew health insurance policies that do not comply with the law for two more years.
      This is just Obama being Obama - conceding that if foolish people insist on continuing to be foolish while not hurting anyone but themselves, he should not stand in their way.

      I grant you that a potential political benefit is couched within that decision, but for him to let people do dumb things that may hurt themselves? Isn't that what some (R)s and many Libertarians have been crying about? Insisting that it is something he should do? So why would they scream now except that Obama turned what would have been their political point in his own favor instead?

  •  Even a CNN Guest Said "Least Since Gover Cleveland (2+ / 0-)
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    in the 1800's." And it wasn't a Dem he-said / she-said guest either.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 09:01:08 AM PDT

  •  Executive Orders are essentially internal memos. (0+ / 0-)

    They are housekeeping tools directing Executive Dept's. on how to implement the laws enacted by Congress, and signed by the President.

    It would be difficult to find a legitimate controversy associated with Executive Orders.  The effort to pretend there is such with President Obama on the point is pandering to the stupid -- those who don't know that Executive Orders just aren't an issue.

    This is the country of those three great rights: freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the wisdom never to exercise either of them. -- Mark Twain. A lie is half way around the world before the truth can get its shoes on. -- Mark Twain.

    by JJustin on Mon Jul 14, 2014 at 09:33:53 PM PDT

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