Friday, November 21, 2014

The Reagan and Bush Executive Orders: Not Remotely Comparable to Obama's Overreach

The Democrats have trotted out Alinsky's Rule for Radicals No. 4, in an effort to fend off legitimate outrage over Obama's usurpation of power on immigration.  Rule No 4 is "hoist them on their own petard," or accuse your enemy of doing the same thing they are criticizing in you.

So, the arguments are out that both Reagan and Bush used executive orders to establish immigration policy, and Obama is only doing the same thing that they did.  However, their argument is a lie (what else is new?).

There is a proper use of executive orders, to tweak existing legislation in order to implement the wishes of Congress.  That's because small tweaks are easier to implement by executive orders than to run the whole legislation back through both houses of Congress to correct small errors or ambiguities. Both Reagan and Bush used executive orders properly in this regard -- with the knowledge and consent of Congress, to tweak legislation already passed.  Unlike Obama, they did not misuse executive action in the place of legislation, as an end-run around Congress, to install sweeping new laws by the dictate of a totalitarian.

David Frum has more details on the Reagan/Bush executive orders in his article "Reagan and Bush Offer No Precedent for Obama's Executive Order."  Read it at this link.

Don't be fooled by the Alinskyites in their efforts to justify fascism.


Always On Watch said...

BHO is all about smoke and mirrors.

And here we are in the Information Age, and people are dumb as rocks because they won't look at evidence such as that presented in the linked article.

Good find, my friend.

Stogie Chomper said...

Thanks, AOW. I noticed that two of your liberal trolls were touting this argument in your post about Obama's usurpation of power. So I googled it.

countenance said...

Here's where we're going to disagree slightly.

While you're correct in the substance, Obama is using 1986 IRCA as the legal justification for DACA and now this. IRCA does allow a President to do deferred action and work permits in exchange for a per-applicant fee. While pre-Obama it was only ever used in special circumstances, the law has no such stipulations.