Study: Obama Issues Decrees, Ignores Congress
While this trend is obvious in the major fiat rulings Obama has made regarding immigration and delays in the implementation of his own healthcare law, a recent study shows just how widespread the practice has become.
In 2013, the Competitive Enterprise Institute reported, 3,659 individual regulations were passed without the need of a proper congressional vote. In contrast, Obama signed just 65 bills into law during the same period.
This breaks down to the passage of 56 regulatory mandates implemented for every new law.
According to researcher Wayne Crews, who worked on the CEI study, this data reveals a record high ratio of regulation to legislation. While Congress presented fewer laws in 2013 than in any year throughout the past decade, Obama continually implemented new rules to supplement existing laws.
He indicated that the executive branch now wields the lion’s share of power in Washington, D.C., thanks to a neutered Congress and an activist president.
“Obama and his administration repeatedly say they are not going to wait for Congress,” Crews noted, “so brace yourselves.”
Those dedicated to reshaping America into a leftist utopia will not allow the Constitution to deter their mission. Since voters re-elected one of those very ideologues to the highest position in the land, it is no surprise Congress has not only taken a backseat. It seems they are no longer even in the car.
–B. Christopher Agee
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