For years Republicans have implied that President Obama wants to become some kind of “king” or “dictator” by how often he uses his executive order powers.
Well, as I and many others have pointed out, President Obama is actually on pace to issue far fewer executive orders than Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In fact, for President Obama to reach the amount of executive orders Reagan issued, he would have to serve nearly a whole other term.
But that doesn’t stop the Republican narrative on this issue because – well, now it’s no longer about the number of executive orders, but what he’s doing with them.
Oh, but of course it is.
During an interview with This Week, Paul Ryan said:
“It’s not the number of executive orders, it’s the scope of the executive orders. It’s the fact that he’s actually contradicting law, like in the health care case, or proposing new laws without going through Congress, George, that’s the issue.
We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don’t write laws, Congress does.”
Which is, of course, a lie.
What President Obama actually said was:
“Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Keyword “can” – as in legally. The executive order does give the right for the president to do some things without the approval of Congress.
What President Obama essentially said during the State of the Union is that he’s sick and tired (as are many Americans) of the “party of no” Republicans blocking everything in Congress. Even when a bipartisan bill (such as immigration reform or a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown) is passed by the Senate, House Republicans are getting in the way.
But this argument Republicans are trying to wage now is just – sad. It’s basically the cliché, “It’s not the quantity but the quality, ” because facts clearly show their conservative hero Ronald Reagan issued the most executive orders of the last four presidents.
So now they’re just switching it to the much more complex and subjective “context” argument. Meaning to prove their argument wrong on this stance, one would have to break down every single executive order issued since Reagan to determine exactly which president issued the most controversial ones.
And of course “controversial” is a subjective term.
This is just more of the same worn-out rhetoric of fear-mongering and paranoia the Republican party has been using against President Obama since even before he was elected. If one of their lies gets debunked, they just switch to another. Which is exactly what they’re doing with their debunked “out of control use of the executive order” claims by saying now it’s not the amount he’s issued, but what each executive order is about.
Basically, they’re just upset because there are legal ways for President Obama to go around some of their blatant obstruction.
I just hope the American people wake up come November and give President Obama a Congress that will actually work with him instead of simply having the “goal” of blocking everything he supports.
Because that’s the only policy Republicans have had since 2008.
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