The ruckus over executive actions


I am still a bit confused about all the ruckus over President Trump’s use of presidential executive orders, presidential memorandums, and presidential proclamations.

Since President Trump took office on Jan. 20 until Feb. 9, President Trump had issued 28 executive actions: 13 Presidential Executive Orders, 11 Presidential Memorandums, and 4 Presidential Proclamations.

During the same period after taking office, President Obama issued 31 executive actions: 14 Presidential Executive Orders, 14 Presidential Memorandums, and 3 Presidential Proclamations.

From Jan. 20, 2008, until Jan. 20, 2017, President Obama issued 2146 executive actions: 276 Executive Orders, 644 Presidential Memorandums, and 1226 Presidential Proclamations.

President Obama issued less executive orders than his predecessor of President Clinton and President George W Bush. BUT, when you add ALL executive actions by a president, then President Obama far exceeded the issuance of either Clinton or Bush.

President Obama was challenged on his executive actions more than any other modern-day president. When challenged on his executive actions President Obama lost more than he won. President Obama had a won-loss rate of 45 percent won to 55 percent loss. Some 13 of President Obama’s losses were by unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

When President Obama took office in 2009 I had high hopes that the divide in the nation would be healed at a higher rate than in the past. My hopes were soon dashed when President Obama started to use executive actions to make law rather than clarify the laws passed by Congress. By the time 2017 arrived and President Obama left office, I felt like the old country song that says “Thank God and Greyhound he is gone!”

Ray Shamlin

Rocky Mount

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