President Obama Creating Executive Orders

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions – NY Times

This is a red flag. I know on occasion that presidents create executive orders – in fact Obama has created less than Bush and Clinton even though he still has over two years to go, but the main problem is stated in the article…

Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.

Mr. Obama’s increasingly expansive appetite for the use of unilateral action on issues including immigration, tax policy and gay rights has emboldened activists and businesses to flock to the administration with their policy wish lists. It also has opened the president, already facing charges of executive overreach, to criticism that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, with the potential to reward political backers at the expense of other interests, including some on the losing side who are threatening to sue.

What should happen is people have Representatives and Senators that we appeal to for legislation. But now that President Obama has been creating legislation on his own… big money lobbyists and interest groups have gone straight to the White House to make their petitions.

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