The Obama administration has almost inarguably executed more unilateral sweeping power grabs than any previous presidency ever. Administration defenders lamely point to the number of Executive Orders issued: “GOP Slams ‘Imperial’ Obama After Fewest Executive Orders In 100 Years (CHART).” Which is technically true – but totally irrelevant.
A minor point: Not every single Executive Order grabs additional unilateral power (though many do). A major point: What matters most is total Grabs-by-Regulations – not specifically Executive Orders. New regs issued by the multitudinous Executive Branch departments, agencies, commissions and boards – that exceed the power granted them by Congressional legislation.
It is here that President Obama is making so much awful history. Every arm of his Leviathan is lawlessly sweeping up more and more of the private sector and subjecting it to radical government overlording. And as he runs out of time in office – these grabs have occurred with increasing frequency and force.
As but one example: “Obama EPA Issues Coal-Killing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions 30 Percent.” Tally-wise – that’s just one power grab. But it is a huge power grab. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is mandating that we cut our energy output by nearly one-third.
I don’t recall our elected congressional representatives debating the merits and demerits of such a sweeping reduction in national productivity, then deciding that the benefits outweigh the costs – and passing the requisite legislation authorizing the EPA to impose these draconian restrictions.
Neither do any of you – because it never happened. Unelected Obama bureaucrats just decided to do it. Just one power grab – but with huge power grabbed.
This executive branch unilateralism forces everyone else to respond – to defend the rule of law. One of the few ways they can? “Twelve States Sue the EPA Over Proposed Power Plant Regulations.” Conservatives don’t particularly like lawsuits – but we don’t dislike all of them. When the Feds are this out of control – file away. These suits are the legal equivalent of trying to fend them off with a whip and a chair.