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Barack Obama is using Presidential memorandums to hide his Executive actions

December 19, 2014

  Detractors of the President claim that Barack Obama has overstepped his bounds on several occasions by issuing Executive Orders to bypass the Congress and thusly is expanding the power of the Presidency to never before seen levels, while  his supporters note the fact that Barack Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders than his predecessors to counter this claim.

  The latter is something that the President himself has pointed out when defending his use of the Executive Order:

 “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,” Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. “So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.”

    However once again all is not what it seems when it comes to this President; he may be signing less Executive Orders than his predecessors however he is using memorandums to carry out parts of his agenda without  the hassle of going through the Congress and when you factor this in to the equation you come up with a President who is using Executive actions more than any other President since Harry Truman.

  Here is more:

President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the “Do Nothing Congress” almost seven decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.

He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.

Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching. And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.

He’s already signed 33% more presidential memoranda in less than six years than Bush did in eight. He’s also issued 45% more than the last Democratic president, Bill Clinton, who assertively used memoranda to signal what kinds of regulations he wanted federal agencies to adopt.

Obama is not the first president to use memoranda to accomplish policy aims. But at this point in his presidency, he’s the first to use them more often than executive orders.

  So basically we are playing a game of semantics here but the results are the same.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about executive orders in his presidency, and of course by sheer numbers he’s had fewer than other presidents. So the White House and its defenders can say, ‘He can’t be abusing his executive authority; he’s hardly using any orders,” said Andrew Rudalevige, a presidency scholar at Bowdoin College. “But if you look at these other vehicles, he has been aggressive in his use of executive power.”

  He who controls the message controls the masses. The revolution will be complete when the language is perfect…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. josiahe permalink
    December 19, 2014 11:53 am

    Reblogged. As usual great points.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lou222 permalink
    December 19, 2014 12:19 pm

    He is doing a fine job of shoving all of this down our throats with whatever tools he has. The point that it doesn’t have to involve the Congress really doesn’t matter because he is doing the EO’s and they should be taking action against him, but they don’t or will NOT. So really, what difference does it make? We have the authority to do something about what he is doing and we choose not to. We, meaning the CONGRESS we elected. He and his administration are sure experts at how they put this crap out to us. He is daring us, but he knows nothing will come from it and I am inclined to agree with him.

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    • December 19, 2014 8:29 pm

      You are exactly right Lou; Obama is pushing the envelope to see how far we will let him go and really you cannot blame him because up until now they let him get away with it. When will the Congress grow a set and say enough is enough?!


  3. Bruce permalink
    December 19, 2014 2:41 pm

    Thanks Steve for more ammo to fight back against my lib friends here on the left coast. But I bet that if one could calculate all the dirty work Dingy Harry Reid did for/saved from the President, it would exceed that of any other President

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 19, 2014 8:30 pm

      You are welcome, I am glad I could help. 🙂 Unfortunately I don’t think this will change their minds…


  4. December 19, 2014 10:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    This is just one more way that he gets to do what he wants!



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