Skip to comments.Hyper-vanity: why is a Congress necessary if predidents can issue executive orders?
Posted on 04/04/2013 12:21:25 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
Seems like congress is just a jobs program for 535 people at a time.
a long day
It must be if you misspelled pResident.
job would imply work.
(( duh! )) no kidding. Thx.
you’re right, too! Man, I’m way off my game today.
Not sure if you’re serious but I’ll answer. Congress holds the legislative power, they make the laws. The executive power carries out the laws. An executive order is a command from the head of the Executive Branch (the president) to carry out the law in such and such way.
This is not to imply that the president can make law with executive orders. But the congress has, by law, created executive departments and given them regulatory authority and has left legislation vague so the unelected regulators fill in the gaps with their own agendas.
The supposed purpose of Executive Orders is to document and direct the vast Executive Branch departments as to how they will execute, in detail, the laws passed by Congress.
This could include details such as holding public interest hearings, publishing notices, issuing warnings prior to citations, or administrative detail as to what participants from what sub-department level departments will execute what provisions of a new law.
It has changed into how the President will cause a law not to be enforced or executed, how a branch is instucted to do something at variance with a specific understanding of a law or how to thwart a co-equal branch — in other words it has become politicized and used as a tool in many cases.
In court, if an EO is fabricating a penalty from whole cloth, the action “at-law” will be found by the judicial branch as warranted and the enforcement of the EO overturned, but it takes a suit being brought and heard.
Yes, I am serious. I trust people on Free Republic to give easy-to-understand answers. Thanks for your input.
job would imply work.
Yeah, congress is more of a welfare program where instead of foodstamps you can insider trade and get awesome kickbacks.
When a Rat is president, the media can blame any dissatisfaction with federal government on Republicans and “Congress”.
Any reporting of low ratings for their god Hussein is immediately followed by reporting an even lower rating for “Congress”.
I think he was having a Lisp full day....
I been axin’ the same question and getting the answers here to the effect that Constitution is perfect, and doncha diss da Founders!
In fact, the Supreme Court has already clarified in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer that executive orders do not have the force of law unless they are legislatively supported by Congress, such legislation based on powers which the states have expressly delegated to Congress via the Constittution.
But since the RINO-controlled HoR doesn't necessarily support Obama's unconstitutional agenda, Obama might as well make paper airplanes out of a lot of his PC executive orders. Actually, Obama likely knows that his misguided supporters think that his executive orders are like a king's edict.
You need power to exercise authority, you don't need authority to exercise power.
Well, of course it’s only perfect if we actually use it