Thursday, January 30, 2014
Go for it Mr Prez...we double dare U
The GOP’s Dead-End Executive Order Freakout/Daily Beast
Republicans have tried to whip up a frenzy about Obama’s threat to use executive orders. But he’s used lots fewer than most presidents, and the public wants a president who takes action.
There’s little Republicans were happy with in Tuesday’s State of the Union, but they were especially upset with President Obama’s promise to utilize executive orders, whenever possible. This, for instance, is how he plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10, as well as how he plans to create a new kind of retirement savings account through the U.S. Treasury.
As far as presidential approaches go, this is pretty mundane. But that never stopped Republicans from flying into a blind rage over a perceived abuse of power. “We can go to court,” said John McCain. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”
The American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara keeps a tally of every executive order from every president. And where does Obama rank compared to other post-World War II presidents?
Second from the bottom. At 168 executive orders in five years, he has two more than George H.W. Bush. Above him, with 169, is Gerald Ford. Then, the numbers take a leap. JFK had 214 executive orders; George W. Bush had 291; Jimmy Carter had 320, and Lyndon Johnson had 325. Bill Clinton signed off on 364 during his eight years, and Ronald Reagan came in with 381. The winners in this game are are Dwight Eisenhower with 484, Harry S. Truman with 907, and the awful tyrant Franklin Roosevelt with a whopping 3,522.