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It’s got to be a temptation – but it may not have a happy ending.
 
Lately, President Obama’s taken to running the country by Executive Order – for  instance, the other day he found a part of Obamacare wasn’t going to work so he simply announced he wouldn’t enforce that part of the law.   
 
Which, in a way, sounded pretty good – even Republicans agreed that part of Obamacare was broken.  So, by not enforcing the law, the President avoided a train wreck.
 
On the other hand, there is a right way and wrong way to do things.  
 
Years ago, if a President believed we should go to war, he had to get Congress to pass a Declaration of War.  That system worked out pretty well.  During the first half of the last century we only fought two wars:  World War I and II. 
 
Then, in the second half of the century Presidents dispensed with the legal formalities and started sending troops to attack other countries on their own – without a Declaration of War.  Since then we’ve landed in six wars.  Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
 
The old traditional way of doing things – Congress passing the laws and the President enforcing them – wasn’t a foolproof way to run the country.  But it led to less mischief than giving one politician the power to say, This is what I want to do – and now that’s the law
 
Naturally, President Obama wants to see his agenda succeed but changing laws he doesn’t like is a step down a dangerous road. Today he may be changing laws to avoid a train wreck.  But tomorrow he (or another President) may use the same power to open Pandora’s box.
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Choo
# Choo
Monday, February 17, 2014 5:52 PM
Great observation.. However the last paragraph is protected from happening by the system of checks and balances, the media. The media will not allow another Republican, should there ever be one, to open that pandora's box. You see the imperial presidency applies only to Democrats and Socialist. We have the protection of this media to keep things like a Republican from doing the same kind of thing by executive order... They will insure it doesn't happen in reverse.
dap916
# dap916
Monday, February 17, 2014 7:13 PM
Executive orders for presidents is not something unusual. I know the REASON for the executive orders with Obama is far different than with other presidents, but then, these are different times with different issues than in past years in American history.

I am a person that once thought that Obama was exceeding his authority to make executive orders and that he was making just SO many more than any other president and that it was setting a horrible precedent. I said so here on the Forum and on other blog sites and because of that, I was embarrassed to find out that Obama isn't even CLOSE to the number of executive orders some other presidents (including Bush Jr.) made.

So, I have decided that in the interest of being "fair and balanced", it is important that everyone reading this front page post and the comments top this diary know that Obama is not doing anything most presidents haven't done with executive orders. Do I like it? Nope. But, hard to argue with facts and figures. I know I can't post a link here that anyone can just click on but if you copy and paste the link below to your browser line and hit "enter", it will take you to a very reputable link that will show you what I am saying:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_executive_orders

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