Imperial Presidency – Presidential Finding Memos and Executive Orders Show Scope of Obama’s Dictatorial Fiats’…

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WASHINGTON DC – President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the “Do Nothing Congress” almost seven decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.

Obama has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.

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Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching. And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.

Obama has made prolific use of memoranda despite his own claims that he’s used his executive power less than other presidents. “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years,” Obama said in a speech in Austin last July. “So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.”

Obama has issued 195 executive orders as of Tuesday. Published alongside them in the Federal Register are 198 presidential memoranda — all of which carry the same legal force as executive orders. (read more)


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13 Responses to Imperial Presidency – Presidential Finding Memos and Executive Orders Show Scope of Obama’s Dictatorial Fiats’…

  1. I should have known that when the Soros/Brock trolls on conservative sites were using the “Bush and Reagan did more” talking points, there was a lie or deception behind it.

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    • yankeeintx says:

      I’ve learned that anything coming from this administration is a lie. If he claims the deportations are high, the liberals look at the numbers and take it as fact. What they don’t look at is that he reclassified “turn-arounds” at the border as deportations. This administration had an evil checklist when they came into power, and they are going right down the list and it has infected every sector of our government.


    • my66 says:

      Like black-ops, EVERYTHING in “Progressivism” is designed to deceive — think “Chaos” in “Get Smart.” Every remark is an intentional obfuscation of truth, which is accelerated & repeated — even after the “not a smidgen” scandals, these scoundrels STILL PROCLAIM to be the “most transparent” administration the world has ever seen.

      When they’re so easily caught in sophomoric lies, they double-down while demeaning opponents & assuming more power. They are, most certainly, vicious children — the Scrabble players who make up their own words because they own the board.


  2. Lars says:

    Dictatorship by pencil…if we allow it. We all have erasers, we just don’t know it yet.


  3. RJ says:

    I warned everyone I knew about this guy Obama years ago. They didn’t listen and now they must come up with reasons (excuses) to justify his every move.

    Our enemies have never had such a friend in the White House like this evil, malignant narcissist, little boy…


  4. flaladybug says:

    Although this doesn’t come as a complete surprise, what REALLY keeps me awake at night is wondering just how far this POSOTUS will go, and how much destruction he will accomplish, before he is gone. I won’t even let my mind go to the dark places it could if 2016 doesn’t bring MUCH NEEDED CHANGE from the top down 😦


  5. John Galt says:

    III.Is President Obama’s November 20, 2014 Executive Action on Immigration
    Constitutional or Unconstitutional?

    1. Inaction by Congress Does Not Make Unconstitutional Executive Action
    2. Executive Action Goes Beyond Prosecutorial Discretion – It is Legislation

    3. Conclusion
      President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided
      for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is

    Arthur J. Schwab
    United States District Judge

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  6. doodahdaze says:

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. He is just getting warmed up. Unless this marxist fool is impeached it will get much much worse.


  7. Centinel2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    Well he stated that he was going to fundamentally change the country and the only way you can do that is by appointments, executive orders and memorandums.


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  9. Kelcey Sidebottom says:

    Well, then…… I guess that clears THAT up:
    “Fewest executive actions in a century,” Mr pResident?

    Disingenuous, misleading political prestidigitation……. to use semantics to dismiss “presidential memorandum” as something OTHER than “executive action”simply because they aren’t TECHNICALLY “executive orders”. . . is intellectually dishonest at BEST, but also the HEIGHT of HUBRIS.
    Want to “do what’s BEST for the United States of America, sparky? Hold your breath.
    For an hour.
    Like, in the lake.


    Take the wookie with you.


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