February 14, 2016 by David K. Sutton
GOP Debate: Obama Hammered On Executive Action ‘Abuse’
So, during last night’s GOP debate, somebody (it could have been Cruz, but who really gives a fuck?) said something to the effect of, blah, blah, President Obama, blah, an unlawful and unprecedented, blah, blah, use of executive orders. As is usual anytime you listen to Republicans, your rational brain insists on looking this shit up.
Turns out, President Obama is not so reckless when it comes to use of executive orders. (Executive Orders – The American Presidency Project)
Obama is on pace to hit 264 executive orders when he wraps things up a little less than a year from now. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, would it surprise you that President George W. Bush had 291 executive orders?
It turns out, use of executive orders has been in an overall decline for many decades. Clinton had 364. Regain had 381. But get this, go back quite a few decades, and the executive order count goes insane.
Republican Theodore Roosevelt had 1,081. But, nobody beats Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with a whopping 3,721 executive orders in just a bit over 12 years (this is before the two-term limit). In fact, FDR’s yearly pace (307) was higher than Obama or Bush’s entire count for two terms! And many modern Republicans at least in some respect look back fondly on FDR. So, what gives?
When people talk shit, they better know their shit. And just for the hell of it, yeah, I’m talking to you Senator Cruz.
Extra credit trivia: Yes, Theodore Roosevelt was a Republican president, but then he joined the Progressive Party post presidency. And if that piqued your interest, you should read the platform of the Progressive Party (founded 1912):
To that end, the platform called for
- Strict limits and disclosure requirements on political campaign contributions
- Registration of lobbyists
- Recording and publication of Congressional committee proceedings
In the social sphere the platform called for
- A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.
- Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled
- Limited injunctions in strikes
- A minimum wage law for women
- An eight hour workday
- A federal securities commission
- Farm relief
- Workers’ compensation for work-related injuries
- An inheritance tax
- A Constitutional amendment to allow a Federal income tax
The political reforms proposed included
The platform also urged states to adopt measures for “direct democracy“, including:
- The recall election (citizens may remove an elected official before the end of his term)
- The referendum (citizens may decide on a law by popular vote)
- The initiative (citizens may propose a law by petition and enact it by popular vote)
- Judicial recall (when a court declares a law unconstitutional, the citizens may override that ruling by popular vote)