The truth on executive orders

If the liberals would do their research you would see the big difference in the executive orders of Bush versus Obama. A lot of Bush’s orders were for things like changing the name of a department, amending an old order, protecting taxpayers from wasted government spending on wasteful earmarks and revisions to the military court martial manual.

I could go on and on with Bush’s executive orders. Matter of fact, over 275 of his orders are just like those. All you have to do is your research.

Let’s look at Obama's latest order. It gives the executive branch of our government, with all its agencies and secretaries, powers to commandeer most major areas of the private sector for the nebulously defined purposes of "national defense," even during peacetime. This includes power over all forms of energy, energy use, control and distribution; all water sources in the United States; all food sources, which include production facilities, factories, farms and farm equipment; health resources, which include all aspects of the health care industry, from drugs to diagnostic equipment to medical facilities; and civil transportation, which includes control over all movement of people and forms of transportation in the United States; and all storage and repair facilities.

Obama also has been sidestepping Congress through his “We Can’t Wait” initiative, a series of executive actions that he claims benefit the middle class through infrastructure projects and economic policy changes.

He also skirted Senate approval in January when he appointed nominees to the National Labor Relations Board and to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The appointments were unprecedented because he made them when the Senate was technically not in recess, prompting legal challenges from conservative groups.

The fact is, the liberals need a history lesson — or just do your research.

Tom Quattlebaum

Newnan



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