Obama May Use Executive Order and Bypass Congress to Push His Agenda

@Rollo1 (16685)
Boston, Massachusetts
February 13, 2010 12:50pm CST
Failing to get our legislative branch, Congress, to put into place his broad domestic agenda, President Obama may decide to forge ahead with his initiatives on energy, the environment and the economy by bypassing Congress entirely and use executive orders to accomplish his goals. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told the NY Times "We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues. If Obama uses executive order to make law and push through his agenda regardless of whether or not the American people or Congress support it, do you think his approval ratings will sink even lower? Since Obama was highly critical of the use of executive orders by George Bush and other past presidents, isn't he just breaking another campaign promise? Do you begin to feel that your vote counts for nothing if the executive branch can take the power unto itself to make laws that don't have support from the American people? Is this just the president making an end-run around the voters by ensuring that their votes in the mid-term elections won't have any effect on his ability to get his policies enacted in legislation?
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@N4life (851)
• United States
14 Feb 10
Since you asked, I think his approval ratings would go up. Congress and specifically Repubican congress approval was much lower than Obama's on the last polls I have seen. People want Republicans to quit playing games and the main problem with Obama is that he has not been able to pass his agenda, which is what he was voted in to do. Just my opinion.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Feb 10
If his approval ratings are low because the voters are disappointed that he hasn't put his agenda into action, you could be right. But I think that the reasons for his low job approval has more to do with things he has done or intends to do and the seeming disconnect between the White House and the voters. Appearing to disregard them once more and appearing to put agenda ahead of the voters' wishes, seems more likely to cause him to lose more voter confidence.
@anniepa (27239)
• United States
14 Feb 10
I agree, N4life. The Congressional Republicans have the lowest approval rating of anyone in government no matter which polls you believe! Annie
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Feb 10
Hmmmm... Rasmussen says: Pelosi - 52% unfavorable Reid - 54% unfavorable Mitch McConnell - 35% unfavorable John Boehner - 34% unfavorable Strangely, they all have the same 32% favorable rating, except Reid who is way down at the bottom at 27%. I think it shows that no one is ultra-happy with anyone in Congress, but they are more unhappy with some than others.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Feb 10
That does not surprise me and he does not have the excuse of preventing another 911 or the Cold War So where are these mass enemy troops gathering to invade America or these terrorists getting on boats or the declaration of war. Where are those insults between America and another strong opposing nation? Oh sorry maybe it is the American people who drive cars, and use (shock!) gasoline for that as well as coal and natural gas to heat and cool their houses that are the enemy Obama must bypass congress to turn America into a socialist state.
@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Feb 10
He has backed off threatening to use executive order to get his nominees through, but may still use recess confirmations to do it. This has been done before by many presidents in the last few decades, in varying numbers. To set regulations using the EPA or executive order to replace what he can't get passed in the cap and trade bill is only going to anger people. In this economy, what families don't need is higher energy bills.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
18 Feb 10
Sounds like the actions of a dictator to me. He really does not care about Americans being unable to pay their utility bills. That makes me believe that he is not a true American. He wants to reduce your standard of living. I hope you get him out of office and get someone elected who has America's best interests to heart.
@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
18 Feb 10
His problem is going to come in the fact that even an executive order CANNOT conflict with the limitations put in to the constitution.
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@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
13 Feb 10
If he does this, he's going to have an uprising such has never been seen in this country to deal with. The American people aren't going to stand by and watch the Thug-In-Chief destroy their country. Barack Hussein Obama is a liar and a hypocrite, and it's showing. The mask of civility has been ripped off; now we're seeing the ugly face of his true beliefs.
• United States
13 Feb 10
I absolutely agree and if that happens we will have no one to blame except ourselves--if we let it happen!
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Feb 10
The dictatorial attitude is making voters angry. They want a voice and it's the feeling that they are never going to be heard that is causing the anger.
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• United States
13 Feb 10
This is shocking! If we the people allow this to happen then we will deserve what follows. There will be nothing left of what made America great. Obama and his goons have in one year made this country soon to be nothing but memories of how it felt to be proud to be an American in the pre Obama days.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Feb 10
I think the idea that he will use executive orders to put in place things that won't pass as legislation (like cap and trade) indicate that he believes that he knows best and what the country wants doesn't matter. I don't think he can claim that mandate, especially with his approval rating falling.
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• Canada
14 Feb 10
I strongly feel that someone has to have a backbone in political office. Bush has been trying to run the united states for years and look what happened. A recession. Now the people and congress on both sides should really give Obama a chance to execute the order. Couldn't it be possible for the president to succeed where Bush failed.
@N4life (851)
• United States
14 Feb 10
Wow..guess I should tell my daughter she never has a chance to be President..lol!
@anniepa (27239)
• United States
14 Feb 10
BUSH took on "Clinton's mess"...lol? WTF??? Annie
@xfahctor (14130)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
14 Feb 10
Can't be, that just can't be. Obama ran on promises of not using the executive order process and crtisising (rightly so) Bush for it. So there is just no way he is doing this....
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
14 Feb 10
Well, I am sure that Rahm Emanuel thinks I am the R-word and liberals will figure that I am just a crazed teapartier, taking the truth and bending it like Beck, but, but, but... It's in the New York Times! They wouldn't say bad things about Obama or lie - heck, they wouldn't even report on the Van Jones scandal. I am sure that they will clear it all up and show us that when he said it was wrong to rule by executive order, he really meant it was wrong for BUSH to rule by executive order but it's okay for Obama, because his motives are pure.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
16 Feb 10
Obama, the usurper, will do every horrendous thing possible to foist his jihad on America. No one should be surprised by now that an unconstitutional, illegal alien who hates us will do any and every unconstitutional thing he can to ruin us. So many of us have warned against this monster and his thugs, but too many Americans enjoy being made a mockery of and have no courage. See www.Atlah.org to know what a true American hero is, that is Rev. James David Manning. Then do something to let Congress and other governing bodies know that the imposter must be tried for treason. This arrogant man considers himself above the law in every way and his gangster heritage proves it. How long America, will you wallow in deception as our constitution, our economy, and our freedom are ravaged?
• United States
16 Feb 10
I confess I know little regarding the rules of government, but what good are the three branches of government if the President is allowed to do something like this? If Obama gets his way without approval, doesn't that make him a dictator?
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
15 Feb 10
Was it Andrew Jackson who said to the supreme court, "You made your ruling, now let's see you try to enforce it."? I can't see the American people or the congress putting up with that. I think it's going to do more than bring down his approval rating.
@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
15 Feb 10
I think if he does that, there will be a big backlash from the people. I have never seen such a thing in my lifetime, where a president spits on the Constitution and holds the people in such contempt. What he might be thinking of doing is against the law--he is well on his way to becoming a dictator and if he doesn't reconsider such actions there may be frightening consequences. The people will not stand for this.