Two Faced Obama


Technically, the gas and oil ban is not an executive order, because a little-known provision in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953 says the president “may, from time to time, withdraw” federal waters that are not already leased from oil and gas development.

Mmmmmmmmm … call me crazy, but I don’t think indefinitely removing millions of acres of federal waters from oil and gas development quite fits the spirit of “from time to time.”

But that’s Obama all over.  Although he has not issued as many executive orders as former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, he has used them to do a lot more “ruling from the throne” with his famous pen.

He explained why in the same interview where he said Trump should go to the trouble to pass legislation.  See, HE only switched from getting bills passed to ruling by fiat because the stupid old voters went and stole his congressional majorities.

“In my first two years I wasn’t relying on executive powers because I had big majorities in the Congress and we were able to get bills done, get bills passed,” Obama said.

One of Obama’s sweeping, non-legislative, “I’ve got a pen” executive orders would have allowed millions of illegal immigrants to be shielded from deportations and apply for work authorization programs. The Supreme Court blocked it earlier this year.

Trump has said his use of executive orders will “serve a much better purpose” than what Obama’s done.



Filed under Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Supreme Court, U.S. Congress

2 responses to “Two Faced Obama

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    President Obama, who this week has issued a flurry of environmental rules, is planning to unleash another set of “midnight regulations” right before he leaves office that will cost Americans $6 billion.

    Obama has already broken all past records on creating federal regulations and red tape, and his new adds will boost the overall price tag to over $1 trillion.


  2. jbob45

    29 days and counting, when O’Berry leaves the national stage. Good frickin riddance. For GI’s finishing tours of duty in hostile-fire zones, less than 30 days made them “short-timers”. Yet even within that rapidly-closing window of time, there was still plenty of opportunity for GI’s to get whacked and bagged before returning stateside. For O’Berry, 29 days is plenty time to heap more havoc on us, and even afterward I suspect that won’t be the last we hear of him. Like Hillary, the headless cockroach who’ll emerge from the post-apocalyptic rubble to continue sewing seeds of a demented utopian vision, O’Berry will soldier on its chief shill and standard bearer. Years ago in catechism class I was taught that God is all-good, but I think I nodded out during the lesson explaining the Almighty’s weird sense of humor.