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This “executive orders” thing is perhaps the most dangerous thing being done by Obama

February 15, 2014

I’ve heard it said that President Obama has not issued more executive orders than his predecessor as an excuse for the ones he has issued. Playing the numbers game is merely a diversion from the problem – not the number of orders, but what they contain.

Case in point is the recent executive order that pushes back the implementation of Obamacare for a particular group of employers, those who have from 50 to 99 employees. This group is not singled out in the actual law; it is only defined in the order. This piece by Hank Adler in explains the unconstitutionality of the order point by point far better than I can. I invite you to read it.

I cannot believe that the President and/or his staff may be unclear as to the use of executive orders, but I do believe they think the general populace is. How many people really know what an executive order is used for? How many knew about the Supreme Court case referenced in the Adler piece, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer?

There are three reasons why the tar is not being heated and the chickens plucked. First, I think in general people are sick of Washington politics. Second, it looks on its face as if this executive order is “helping small businesses.” It’s not, but only deferring the inevitable. Third, there is this stupid mindset some folks have that “those people in Washington should just stop fighting and get things done!” Obama is playing to that quite often, complaining about Congress’ inability to provide him with the legislation he wants and threatening executive orders to bypass them.

Dear friends, I have always maintained and I always will maintain that the best thing for our people in Washington to do is nothing. With a very few exceptions (all of which are delineated in the Constitution), a national government is not the correct tool to provide solutions. Time and time again it has proven to be expensive, unwieldy, and to tend to produce unexpected outcomes. But I’ve heard so many people say that the two parties should get together to iron out their differences, and get things done.

I figured as long as they were arguing they weren’t messing with us any more…but this activist President sees that as an opening to make law himself, and for reasons that absolutely defy explanation, even by the standards of Washington, no one is opposing him. This is far more dangerous than the meddling done by Congress – I think Obama views the Congress as a diversion for the American people, pointing the blame at them while running the country by fiat.

And nobody stand up to it. Again, I believe the only way to begin to fix this is by voting every incumbent out of office. I wish Mark Levin’s plan was workable, but I don’t know how to implement it in the short term. I don’t see Congress, the executive branch, or the Supreme Court doing anything to check the progress of this juggernaut.

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