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Obama needs to do more, not less, on his own
The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2014 | E.J. Dionne Jr.

Posted on 02/24/2014 4:17:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control.

This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, Obama has in many ways been less aggressive in his use of executive authority than his predecessors.

Take the matter of executive orders. According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Obama issued 147 executive orders in his first term. This compares with 173 in George W. Bush’s first term, 200 in Bill Clinton’s, 213 in Ronald Reagan’s and 320 in Jimmy Carter’s single term in office. By this standard, Obama is not doing a very good job if he wants to be a tyrant.

Moreover, since getting major bills through the House is about as likely as an equatorial country dominating the Winter Olympics....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chavez; dictators; fascism; obama
I dream of people like this columnist wearing a blindfold with a cigarette dangling from his lips.
1 posted on 02/24/2014 4:17:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The writer is so dumb as to confuse quality with quantity.


2 posted on 02/24/2014 4:23:49 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control.

This, of course, is nonsense."

I'll have some of the Hopium he's smokin'.

3 posted on 02/24/2014 4:24:54 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, that's right, lets have Obama do more. Bring on the Barackalypse. Let's get it started and get it over with.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 4:25:41 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

EJ Dionne is a special kind of smarmy, stupid, ignorant liberal. I won’t read his commentary any more.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 4:26:21 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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6 posted on 02/24/2014 4:27:16 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author is correct. He should do more. I think it’s time Obastard started picking his own clubs and shagging his own damned balls.


7 posted on 02/24/2014 4:27:33 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Art in Idaho
Let's get it started and get it over with.

I'm in.
The sooner we get it over with, the sooner we can rebuild - those of us who are still around...

8 posted on 02/24/2014 4:27:55 PM PST by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently it’s the number not the content that matters.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 4:28:50 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm sure the WaPo would never say this about a Repub Prez. And comparing EO's of various Presidents is an apples and oranges thing.

EO's are supposed to be clarifying statements of existing law. The zero king is trying legislate from the Oval Office, but then that is something the Left wants. If we ever get another conservative Prez, watch the "news" media go nuts on him/her on any EO they issue.

10 posted on 02/24/2014 4:30:23 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Senator_Blutarski

Dionne fails to explain why libs accused Bush of “shredding the Constitution” and acting unilaterally even though he issued fewer executive orders than both Clinton and Carter. If Dionne has an accurate point about Obama, then he must concede that the critique of Bush was also a falsehood.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 4:32:39 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Typical WaPo bulltweet ..... Our Dear Leader is rational and sane and sugar and spice, and everybody else is being an s.o.b. ....

I'll bet Kitty Graham would be squirming in her chair, to read this sequacious, toadying drivel. These guys' yingyangs are in Barky's pocket, and they have to know it.

12 posted on 02/24/2014 4:38:50 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They don’t call it the WAPO for nothing. It is the “Onion” for the mentally incompetent.


13 posted on 02/24/2014 4:39:56 PM PST by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Take the matter of executive orders. According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Obama issued 147 executive orders in his first term. This compares with 173 in George W. Bush’s first term, 200 in Bill Clinton’s, 213 in Ronald Reagan’s and 320 in Jimmy Carter’s single term in office.

It's not the number, it's the subject of his executive orders.

14 posted on 02/24/2014 4:40:59 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: jeffc
If we ever get another conservative Prez, watch the "news" media go nuts on him/her on any EO they issue.

That conservative president would be well-served to scoop up this Red Chorus like FDR did the Nisei, and pack them all off to Ulithi or Bikini or someplace ..... and then kinda forget they're there when he resumes atmospheric nuclear testing.

Oops.

15 posted on 02/24/2014 4:41:54 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dionne is a cretin. Here is just a sampling of things said about Bush:

Democrat.com - "Bush was a dictator for 7 years."

buzzflash.com - Accused Bush of wanting to be a dictator based upon a quip/joke that Bush told about how dictators have it easy because they have no opposition.

irregulartimes.com - Referred to the Bush administration as embodying "totalitarian depravity."

Ralph Nader - Called Bush a "dictator."

I could list other examples for hours, yet I doubt the jolly E.J. Dionne ever objected to any of those characterizations.
16 posted on 02/24/2014 4:45:06 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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17 posted on 02/24/2014 4:54:49 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s really something - making a whole career actually being paid to write mindless nonsense with absolutely no basis in fact.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 5:06:41 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control.

And HOW is this not the truth?

19 posted on 02/24/2014 5:07:17 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

one of the questions is NOT “how many” excecutive orders
Obama has issued versus some other president, but

in Obama’s case

how many such orders were not mere executive direction
in accordance with the laws that direection was given,
but how often the executive direction itself contravened
the authority given the executive in the legislation under which Obama was acting AGAINST, not in mere “interpretation” thereof

when the post refers to the GOP House not providing legislation, what the post really means that it had not provided legislation in agreement with what Obama said
would not be vetoed by him

as if, the House is somehow required to only pass legislation the executive wants


in sum, its a partisan screed from the post


20 posted on 02/24/2014 5:32:48 PM PST by Wuli
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Make this a true Year of Action: Impeach Soetoro-Obama in 2014, PERIOD.


21 posted on 02/24/2014 7:03:16 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control.

This, of course, is nonsense.

Well, it's official. When WaPo has to deny something, that's when you know it's happening.

22 posted on 02/24/2014 7:06:07 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Diogenesis

Using EJ’s “logic”, a conservative should run in 2016 on a platform of only one executive order. Eliminate the EPA, IRS, Energy Department, HHS, Homeland Security, Education Department, MSNBC, and the New York Times.


23 posted on 02/24/2014 8:16:57 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Diogenesis

24 posted on 02/24/2014 9:58:34 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: Mastador1

bump


25 posted on 02/24/2014 10:02:29 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lefties just love a dictator.


26 posted on 02/24/2014 10:14:25 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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