It takes a bureaucracy to kill a bureaucracy

Years ago, NPR did a story about the disgraceful way in which President Bush used executive orders to circumvent Congress.  Shame on him!  Sadly, I can’t find that story (although, maybe, if I had the time and patience to weed through 8 years of NPR archives I could.)  I just remember the anger about those executive orders.

New president, new rules.  The Left, in order to reverse the effect of Obama’s “shellacking” (a description that became hackneyed within seconds of its first use), is touting the President’s ability to use executive orders to pursue his agenda.  Of course, since this is a super president, they’re touting a super-use of those same executive powers, in a way never before conceived in American politics.

Ed Lasky spells out specific ways that the new Congress — and, more specifically, the new House — can use its own bureaucratic powers to stop the onrushing regulatory nightmare.

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    GWBush signed many Executive Orders and like most EOs were innocuous to the extreme. EO 13254 Establishing USA Freedom Corps, January 29, 2002 reads very much like what conservatives dubbed the “Obama Youth”. Anyway, the most controversial EO, as I recall concerned FISA and the Bush administrations differing view of NSA warrantless surveillance of US citizens within the US. NPR’s Nina Totenberg reported the story, “Senate Panel Holds Hearing on NSA Surveillance”, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5191188, with transcript. I do resent when any president rules by fiat through EOs, however the benefit is that EOs can be, and often are, rescinded in the new administration with any equally swift stroke of the pen.

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