COTD: Executive Orders by President

Nice chart by the Daily Dot coming to us via King David over at  Think In The Morning.  Check out his blog, one of the smartest economists we know.

The data totally contradict the meme that President Obama is the ‘King of the Presidential Executive Order’ and chooses to rule by fiat rather than working with Congress.   Ronald Reagan signed 381 executive orders versus President Obama’s 260.  Of course, that will change as Obama leaves office, but using the current data from the chart, President Reagan signed almost 50 percent more executive orders than has President Obama!

Welcome to the post-truth world, folks, where  “facts are just political opinions” All the rage, no?

We will never pass up an opportunity to preach the words of Thomas Jefferson as our Democracy slides into a bear market, which we hope is just cyclical and not secular.  We fear the later, however.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.  If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.”  – Thomas Jefferson

Those f%*king iPhones, gadgets, and the internet that distract us from pursuing the truth — and, furthermore, distorts it with fake news, etc.!   Walter Cronkite where are you?

Here is some good commentary on the chart from Daily Dot,

Every U.S. president from George Washington to George W. Bush has issued presidential executive orders to implement policies without Congress. Several have issued executive orders that revoked those of former presidents. According to the Congressional Research Service, a pair of Bush executive orders changed an executive order by predecessor Bill Clinton which further modified executive orders by Ronald Reagan which he issued to replace those issued by Jimmy Carter. Obama was able to eliminate these all with a single executive order. 

Republicans argue that Obama’s executive orders are too plentiful and try to do too much without the input of the legislative branch. House Republicans even authorized a six-month task force to study the impact of what they believe to be an unprecedented use of executive powers in the Obama administration.

“This threat that the president’s going to run the government with an ink pen and executive orders, we’ve never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA), the task force’s chairman, said on CNN. 

Meanwhile, the White House pointed out that—at least numbers-wise— Obama isn’t the worst offender when it comes to executive orders…

..using data from the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Daily Dot ranked all the U.S. presidents by the number of executive orders they issued while in office. 


(COTD = Chart of the Day)

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