Should President Obama Take Executive Action to Adopt National Policies He Cannot Get Through Congress?

A couple weeks ago, the editors of The Nation published this essay urging President Obama to use his executive authority to "push a progressive agenda." The essay discussed 20 policies on the environment, the economy, civil rights, workers' rights, and other topics both domestic and international that the authors believe that the President can, and should, adopt without congressional approval. And, yesterday, the Washington Post addressed the same subject here, explaining that the President is considering unilateral action on a broad array of topics, and noting the executive actions he has already taken on immigration, gun violence, and student loans. Here's an excerpt:

President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions
aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that
could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide
new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more
energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants,
according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on
the issues. One of the first orders is expected this week, when the Obama
administration will call for the creation of new standards on what
critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer
systems from hackers. … These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely
heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term.

0 thoughts on “Should President Obama Take Executive Action to Adopt National Policies He Cannot Get Through Congress?

  1. cparker says:

    Absolutely…I am sick and tired of our government. I find it embarrassing.
    Whatever congress’s or the politicians issue are, the American people should come first. Now, mind you, I thing Obama is playing games as well, but he needs to get off the pot (no pun intended) and tell congress to go to hell and start signing…signing…signing. That will definitively put a stick up there u know what.
    I have heard so many comments from Republicans, one the other day…that they won’t vote on the ban on assault weapons because they are up for reelection and afraid they won’t win. Reelection is more important than 20 children getting killed. That’s sick!
    Now lets see if Obama grows some kahoona’s and picks up a pen instead of flying around and talking the same old same old speech…just do it!

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