White House weighing how many executive orders President Obama can reasonably get away with

posted at 2:01 pm on February 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The White House, apparently miffed by the inaugural speech’s general reception as grossly out-of-touch and aggressively liberal, is all set to “pivot” back to jobs and the economy in the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night — meaning that we’ll once again have the honor, nay, the privilege to hear all about Obama’s old-and-tired “we need to tax the wealthy even further to finance the government ‘investments’ that will spur economic growth” balanced approach, or something.

But all of those hyper-progressive promises on climate change, immigration, and etcetera are still very much at the forefront of his agenda, and even if those dastardly obstructionist Republican lawmakers won’t allow big moves on them through the legislative channels, no doubt the White House wants everyone to Rest Assured that they are actively Doing Something to act where Congress refuses to cooperate. Ergo, it’s back to the ol’ executive-order and agency-rulemaking playbook.

WaPo reports:

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. …

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. …

“It is a very dangerous road he’s going down contrary to the spirit of the Constitution,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a recent interview. “Just because Congress doesn’t act doesn’t mean the president has a right to act.” …

In the months ahead, some people close to the White House said Obama must weigh the prospect of making progress on his priorities with the risk that acting aggressively could hurt the chances for more substantial legislation on Capitol Hill.

Even if few of these executive orders don’t have the huge, sweeping mega-policy implications that President Obama undoubtedly wishes he could bring about (we’re all too familiar with his penchant for grand legislative overhauls, hem hem), they are at least specific action items with which he can appease his various interest groups  — at the expense of continually inflicting the type of top-down hindrances on our economy that the president can’t seem to get enough of, as Jennifer Rubin notes in her SOTU rundown. Come on, now: Unilateral executive orders aimed at even more stringent and broadened environmental regulations? Still more federal interference in the housing market? Yes, I’m sure those will do wonders for our economic growth. Womp.

President Obama refuses to pursue the measures that would promote growth, such as tax reform (not simply another tax hike) or entitlement reform, which would curtail long-term debt. But the problem is worse than simply neglecting pro-growth policies.

It is not simply policy sins of omission but Obama’s own wish list that is the barrier to more growth and job creation. His top-heavy welfare state is toppling over while the private-sector economy suffers from regulatory overload, a corporate tax code that puts us at a disadvantage internationally and the burgeoning debt (with a no-interest-rate Fed policy). …

The Obama “recovery” is actually five years of the worst economy since the Great Depression.


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Is that before he’s impeached?

Galt2009 on February 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM

I’m still not hearing the “I” word from the opposition party. Figures.

Mr. Arrogant on February 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Only in Omerika!

rjoco1 on February 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

As many as bho wants, NO ONE has stopped him yet on the eo’s!
L

letget on February 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term.

I read that sentence out loud and as I got to “other potential actions” I suddenly heard my guns start wailing and sobbing.

Bishop on February 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Should have reigned in George W Bush on these EOs huh? The problem with precedence setting is that it makes the next precedence more legitimate.

astonerii on February 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

One of his EO’s will have to be that every kid in the US gets a new book on how US Government works.
He is going to obliterate all school textbooks.

Jabberwock on February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

o/t

Link to live stream Chris Kyle’s funeral

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/live-video/

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The Obama “recovery” is actually five years of the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Recovery my ass. If the first quarter of 2013 winds up with negative GDP, then we’re officially in a recession.

BTW, if that does come to pass, let me go on record as predicting that the Democrat/media complex will do everything in their power to never use the term “recession”.

Doughboy on February 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Green veggies free….Greenies and hippies appeased, 2-1 victory….

How in the heck did this country select this fool…..twice…

hillsoftx on February 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Charlatanic Thugs rule the land

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Thanks so much Cindy. Glenn said he would have pictures probably on theblaze about the funeral.

God bless Chris and his family. Thank you Sir for your service from the bottom of our heart.
L

letget on February 11, 2013 at 2:11 PM

O/T

Another soldier was just awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.

Bishop on February 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

But aren’t E.O.s limited to the federal policies and govt. personnel directly under the authority of the executive branch?

Help me out here.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

He looks satanic in that picture.

He always looks like sex btw. Lenin and Moussolini produced him.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

But aren’t E.O.s limited to the federal policies and govt. personnel directly under the authority of the executive branch?

Help me out here.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Normally, but Obie signed an EO extending the reach of EOs.

LoganSix on February 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

White House weighing how many executive orders President Obama can reasonably get away with

Let me answer that.

All of them.

BacaDog on February 11, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Another soldier was just awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.

Bishop on February 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Saw his story on CNN. Incredible tale.

Jabberwock on February 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

o/t

Link to live stream Chris Kyle’s funeral

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/live-video/

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Thanks Cindy…

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions

More un-Constitutional dictats from the retarded Sukarno0 knock-off. And the gutless and collaborative GOP won’t do jack about any of them … just as it’s been for years.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Imperial Presidency on steroids.

rbj on February 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

But aren’t E.O.s limited to the federal policies and govt. personnel directly under the authority of the executive branch?

Help me out here.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

So you do an end-run around Congress with E.Os. The DREAM act, rewarding illegals under a certain age with de facto amnesty, is DOA in both Houses of Congress. That doesn’t mean you can’t order the drones that work for Immigration to stop “persecuting” these criminals by deporting them or something. Instead you order the Executive Branch to help these people get legal status despite the law. Other examples include Justice being ordered to ignore the DOMA act and the EPA essentially killing domestic production of energy by an arcane bureaucracy and an Kafkaesque regulatory environment.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Leftists are always for tyranny.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Old and busted: Checks and balances

New and hotness: EO’s and Presidential dictatorial decrees

Bitter Clinger on February 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Leftists are always for tyranny.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

This is the proper term for them :

Proppressives (Pro + oppressive, meaning in favor of oppressive, unlimited government)

Galt2009 on February 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

The Obama “recovery” is actually five years of the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Not for the rat-eared bastard. He’s been doing great the last five years. He’s got a nice house. His wife has an unlimited budget for travel on private jets so she’s happy and putting out. His brats get to go to an exclusive private school and the taxpayer “gets” to spend millions to keep them safe because they too like to travel and mooch off hard-working Americans. He’s the President so he’s shooting better golf than he ever has in his life. The Americans foot a month-long vacation for him twice a year when he visits his friends and family in Hawaii and Mass. And people actually pay attention to him for a change.

Obama doesn’t see the world in any terms than what it means for him so that is why he is so stunned that people like me absolutely hate the man and will be throwing a huge party when the bastard finally dies even though that will be years from now.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Scenario after four more years of stagnation: 29 year old “kid” still living at home. His pre-Columbian post-Modern Russian Doilie Art degree has led him nowhere. His 60 yo parents are broke. Few of his friends have any means.

Economic gravity has hit. Dems will make more promises they can’t keep. Repubs will be operating in an economic wasteland, trying to solve bankruptcy with past economic models. The media is showing cartoons of Obama’s glory days with full Greek columns. It’s time to vote again.

What will he do?

DanMan on February 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

But aren’t E.O.s limited to the federal policies and govt. personnel directly under the authority of the executive branch?

Help me out here.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Exactly. And no one..no one will challenge the dictator.
Why do you suppose that is?

Mimzey on February 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

But aren’t E.O.s limited to the federal policies and govt. personnel directly under the authority of the executive branch?

Help me out here.

Sorry, you’re on your own. EOs are virtually limitless in Barry’s admin.

hawkeye54 on February 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Exactly. And no one..no one will challenge the dictator.
Why do you suppose that is?

Mimzey on February 11, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Ummm…Big Daddy Boss, the Lord and Savior, knows best? /

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 2:40 PM

o/t

Link to live stream Chris Kyle’s funeral

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/live-video/

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Cindy Munford:Thanks Cindy:)

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Biden: We’re counting on ‘legitimate media’ for successful gun control effort
http://washingtonexaminer.com/biden-were-counting-on-legitimate-media-for-successful-gun-control-effort/article/2521184

Biden said that it was important for the media to dissuade the American public from the idea that the Obama administration was prepared to do something unconstitutional on guns.

“To be very blunt with you, we’re counting on all of you, the legitimate news media to cover these discussions because the truth is that times have changed,” Biden added, warning that people would continue to “misrepresent” the White House’s plans for gun control.

Southern by choice22 on February 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The Obama Youth Corps are getting their brown shirts even as we speak.

kingsjester on February 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

If he were a Republican – 1 – as a Democrat no one’s looking.

EO are not designed to bypass the legislature, but to implement legislation, as usual, Obama stretches the intent to suit his desires. It used to be that COngress cared, no matter who was President, I guess the rules changed. It used to be the press cared, no matter who was President, once again, the rules changed.

Now, if you’re a Democrat the watch dogs are blind.

bflat879 on February 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

It will keep court observers busy as more lawsuits as more lawsuits hit the SCOTUS.

Tater Salad on February 11, 2013 at 2:50 PM

EO are not designed to bypass the legislature…..

Now, if you’re a Democrat the watch dogs are blind.

bflat879 on February 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

You mean like ignoring the law against killing Americans without due process? These animals wanted to send George W Bush to The Hague as a war criminal for waterboarding a couple of known terrorist leaders. Yet when it comes to killing Americans at the whim of a single thin-skinned rat-eared bastard there is silence.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Galt2009 on February 11, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Excellent

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The Obama Youth Corps are getting their brown shirts even as we speak.

kingsjester on February 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Next step, training the little bammies how to properly denounce their parents to the local OFA chapter.

Happy Nomad on February 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

I wonder if the angry, white hating first lady is in attendance at CK funeral? RIP Chris you are a brave and loved man.

rjoco1 on February 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

The White House, apparently miffed by the inaugural speech’s general reception as grossly out-of-touch and aggressively liberal…

Imagine being this clueless, that anyone in this administration would be shocked to be considered far left.

I mention this because you might not hear about it otherwise:

On Feb. 15, all nine justices will gather in conference to review whether Obama used forged government documents and fake identification in order to get elected as commander-in-chief.

Hope springs eternal!

Akzed on February 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I’m watching the memorial service for Chris Kyle, and I can’t help but think of the character of the men who fight for us…

… then I think of Ty Woods fighting for 8 hours waiting for help that would never come because of “Mr. Executive Order”.

Enjoy the speech folks…

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

The White House, apparently miffed by the inaugural speech’s general reception as grossly out-of-touch and aggressively liberal…

That’s because he didn’t run on his record and refused to disclose the nightmare he would unleash upon the American public once re-elected…

… but what difference does it make?

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

“I told you so” seems grossly inadequate, at this point.

kingsjester on February 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Remember:

Thoughtful consideration and careful, measured action in Congress as a microcosm of our divided electorate is ‘gridlock.’

Rash, glory-hunting extra-constitutional diktats by a single man on the basis that he, we are constantly told, is popular, is ‘decisive leadership.’

jangle12 on February 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I’m watching the memorial service for Chris Kyle, and I can’t help but think of the character of the men who fight for us…

… then I think of Ty Woods fighting for 8 hours waiting for help that would never come because of “Mr. Executive Order”.

Enjoy the speech folks…

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

I`m watching the Chris Kyle service as well,
I have a perpetual lump in my throat!:)

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Tiny man

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Where’s the Mao/Obama picture? Not to funny now.

Thank you voters.

Oil Can on February 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I`m watching the Chris Kyle service as well,
I have a perpetual lump in my throat!:)

I do as well. This is a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.
L

letget on February 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

It is so nice of Mrs. Kyle to give a tribute to Mr. Littlefield. This has to be so very very hard.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 3:29 PM

It’s good to be the King!

GarandFan on February 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Enjoy the speech folks…

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Does it matter?

chemman on February 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

White House weighing how many executive orders President Obama can reasonably get away with

Depends. How fast can they print ‘em?

Lily on February 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

At this time more than ever the other two branches of government should exercise the checks and balances afforded them by the constitution in order to reign in obummer’s imperialistic bent.

jake49 on February 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Substantive man, versus the eunuch in chief

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Another soldier was just awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.

Bishop on February 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I swear, if it was me I would do everything I could to delay letting that prick hang that medal on me.

And if that was not possible, I might even decline it.

The fact that he touched it would taint it forever.

BobMbx on February 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Here ya go

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Womp.

LOL – Erika, you crack me up!

KS Rex on February 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Time for another auto-biography in the same brilliant mode as Mein Kampf. Nothing like a thrilling story of a narcissistic dictator running amok on a 200+ year old representative republic to stir shivers up tingles leg again.

acyl72 on February 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Republicans won’t act. They keep funding all of the president’s projects by continuously passing CRs, which also makes them lible for the damage to this republic.

Barack will get away with it; fauxservative pundits will excuse it as usual as a tool of the executive branch; and pols wont’ do anything but use it as a campaign talking point.

madmonkphotog on February 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

As many as he wants, that’s how many.

MelonCollie on February 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

It is a very dangerous road he’s going down contrary to the spirit of the Constitution,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a recent interview. “Just because Congress doesn’t act doesn’t mean the president has a right to act.” …

Why not? Who has stopped him yet?

As madmonkphotog on February 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM says, the GOP complains a little bit and then just goes along. No one in Congress has instituted either a law suit or impeachment proceedings to stop him. Nor will they in the future. Washington DC is broken. We the People have no representation. They are all there for themselves.

katablog.com on February 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Is that before he’s impeached?

Wishful thinking. No Republican in the House has the intestinal fortitude to actually introduce a Bill of Impeachment, much less prusue it through committee.

georgeofthedesert on February 12, 2013 at 12:12 PM