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.