Obama’s Shrinking Legacy

Former President Obama famously sneered at Congress’ right to create laws, stating that he had “a pen and a phone” and would make whatever laws he wanted. But what has been done with a pen and a phone can be undone with a pen and a phone, something now President Trump has been doing with great regularity.

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  • Last week, a District Court Judge ruled that Obama’s Labor Department had no right to change the law about overtime. This week, Trump’s Justice Department formally ended Obama’s rule by announcing it would not appeal the District Court ruling.
  • President Trump issued an executive order ending President Obama’s DACA executive order. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created by President Obama’s unilateral decision to grant work permits to and shield from deportation those who were brought here illegally as children.

The U.S. presidency was never intended to be a one-man dictatorship. People who support the overtime change and/or DACA should be screaming at their representatives in Congress to pass these as laws the right way, not at President Trump for undoing what Obama did illegally.


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