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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

He uses mini-Sharpies (the hands thing, doncha know)

Those with longish memories will recall that President Obama was the very antichrist of governing by executive order. We know that this was true because conservatives told us so, and they always tell us the truth.

One of the scribes of National Review, Andrew McCarthy, tut-tutted in 2013,
The executive order — formerly an intra-branch efficiency device designed to organize the exercise of the president’s constitutional powers and the enforcement of Congress’s laws — has effectively become legislation, the president substituting his edicts for our laws. 
Others did, too. In 2015, historian Douglas Brinkley told a US News & World Report writer the President, just past his last midterm campaign, felt liberated:
He's starting to learn that he can be like FDR [Franklin D. Roosevelt] and Theodore Roosevelt – don't worry about Congress, just lay down these executive orders.
In eight years in office, President Obama proved you can rule by decree in a thrifty and economic manner. The Pew Research outfit reported January 23, that
Barack Obama averaged fewer executive orders per year in office than any U.S. president in 120 years...Overall, Obama ranks 16th among presidents in total number of executive orders issued and 21st in the average number issued per year.
Obama averaged 34.6 orders a year, less even than the last exemplar of restraint, George W Bush, and a third less than God himself, Ronald Reagan.

The new President*, Mr Trump, has hit the ground running to stem that tide of lawlessness and feckless tyranny- by issuing executive orders.

President* Trump has issued fifteen executive orders in his first eleven days in office. His press secretary, Sean Spicer, assured reporters two days ago,
I’m not getting ahead of the executive orders that we may or may not issue. There’s a lot of executive orders, a lot of things the president has talked about and will continue to fulfill...
Where Obama issued an executive order once every ten and a half days, President* Trump is cranking them out at the rate of 1.36 orders per day.

The all-time champeen of presidential abuse is, of course, President Franklin Roosevelt, who needed the crutches of three terms, the Great Depression and World War II to issue 307 orders a year.

At his current clip, President* Trump will exceed Obama's torrent of tyranny on Valentine's Day. By year's end Congress will surely vote him a Lifetime Achievement Award for having averaged 497 in his first year.

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