December 15, 2015

Rotten GOP encouraging anti-constitutional approach by Democrats

Washington Times - On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has pledged to use executive orders to increase her clout in the White House to work around Congress and force Republicans to respond to her agenda.

Mrs. Clinton has said on three occasions thus far, she would use executive actions to help execute her domestic policy agenda. She’s said she would be willing to bypass Congress in the areas of gun control, to end corporate inversions, and on immigration, to shield more people from deportation.

... Mr. Obama has been criticized by Republicans for exceeding his presidential authority to bypass Congress and to avoid compromise. According to a USA Today analysis, Mr. Obama has issued a form of action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history. Combined with his use of executive orders,

The use of the executive office to push through policy is not new. Mr. Obama’s actions closely parallels former President Bill Clinton’s White House. During his time in office, Mr. Clinton issued 364 executive orders, compared with Mr. Obama’s 223, according to the American Presidency Project.

In Mr. Clinton’s last two years in office, then-Chief of staff John Podesta undertook the so-called “Project Podesta” to scour ways in which Mr. Clinton could exercise his authority through federal agencies without going through Congress.

Mr. Podesta now serves as the head of Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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