Obama seems likely to issue more executive orders in his second term
Brace yourselves, conservatives. That Kenyan-born Muslim usurper in the White House is bent on using STROKES OF HIS PEN to get around the Republicans in Congress who have refused to play ball with him:
President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues.
One of the first orders is expected this week, when the Obama administration will call for the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers.
The moves underscore Obama’s increasingly aggressive use of executive authority, including 23 administrative actions on gun violence last month and previous orders that delayed deportations of young illegal immigrants and will lower student loan payments.
These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term. One White House official said that while the president does not see the actions as substitutes for more substantial legislation, he also wants to move forward on top priorities.
But the approach risks angering Republican lawmakers in Congress, who say they are leery of granting the executive branch too much power and have already clashed with Obama over the issue.
By the way, the rate at which Obama has issued executive orders isn’t much different from George W. Bush’s at this point in their respective presidencies.
Such orders originated under George Washington and have been justified by Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which created the executive branch.