Tag: Executive Orders

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss Joe Biden’s new transgender executive order and the implications it holds for the president’s so-called moderate, unifying agenda.

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Biden has issued a number of Executive Orders in his first 24 hours of office. A current list of them is found here, and I go through a few of them that stood out to me below. Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-WearingI’m from the Smoky Mountains, and my parents’ property […]

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Failure to appear may result in a warrant for arrest. Otto Kerner. Dan Walker. George Ryan. Rod Blagojevich. Four out of the last seven Illinois governors have gone to prison on various and sundry corruption charges. J.B. Pritzker, while not charged with corrupt practices (yet), has had plenty of court action in the past few […]

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Trump Drug Price AnnouncementPresident Trump signed a stunning set of executive orders on Friday. He fundamentally restructured drug pricing and availability. He used his pen, apparently after years of legal and administrative review, to do what the congressional Republican’ts and Democrats have only postured about for decades. The president spoke with commonsense and indignity on behalf of ordinary Americans against Washington and global elites. At the same time, he characterized the big drug companies as great innovators, key to beating the Chinese virus, who are just stuck in the system. This is a negotiating posture, as those CEOs have been part of the rigged game.

President Trump is massively driving down the outrageously inflated prices of insulin and EpiPens. He is ending the crooked practice of middlemen pocketing large manufacturer discounts, leaving the retail pharmacy and the consumer with much higher prices. Note the manufacturers had already given the discounts; the discounts just were not getting to the pharmacy counter.

Not only did the president speak, he had others drive home the points. An insulin-dependent senior citizen spoke powerfully. A dental hygienist, widowed years ago with twin 4-year olds, spoke of the “unaffordable care act.” She spoke of a 15-year-old EpiPen, which had gone from perhaps $20 copay to $750 per EpiPen. She spoke of $75,000 in medical debt and praised President Trump for saving a single mother hundreds of dollars a month.

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I don’t know. A Constitutional Amendment? A grass-roots effort to pass it across the country, one piece at a time? I don’t know. But I was inspired watching the story of the Texas salon owner and the judge. Here’s how it works: if an executive order or legislative action orders closures of private businesses during […]

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At first, I thought this was great news: President Trump was taking one more step to drain the swamp by signing three executive orders:

The first executive order aims to strengthen accountability for federal employees and makes it easier to fire poor performers in the federal government.

The second executive order creates a federal labor relations working group to analyze union contracts with the federal government. It also makes it harder to pay federal unions to appeal firings and to lobby Congress.

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Last February President Trump rescinded one of Obama’s executive orders regarding gun control. Basically, Obama ordered the Social Security Administration to report people who were no longer in control of their finances to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System that Trump chose to nullify. I can’t imagine why he did this or why Congress supported […]

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Six months into the Trump presidency the GOP Congress struggles with the promise of swift and dramatic reforms. Kevin Kosar, the R Street Institute’s vice president of policy and a ten-year veteran of Capitol Hill, discusses how the legislative branch became the weakest of government’s limbs.

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One hundred and fifty days into his presidency, Donald Trump is on pace to issue the most executive orders for a first-year president since Harry Truman in 1945. Hoover research fellow Adam White reviews the highs and lows of Trump’s signing flurry–and discusses the need for the Trump White House to pick up the pace for executive and judicial appointments.

Victor Davis Hanson examines the early initiatives coming out of the Trump Administration and reflects on whether the new president’s momentum is sustainable over the long run.

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The 2016 film 10 Cloverfield Lane is a taut psychological thriller in which doomsday prepper Howard Stambler (John Goodman) holds Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Emmett (John Gallagher, Jr.) in his underground bunker after unexplained, possibly catastrophic events have taken place on the surface. The viewer spends most of the movie attempting to answer this question: […]

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I was reading the Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities — actually called “Enhancing Public Safety In The Interior Of The United States.” I noticed a couple gems in there that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere else. The first one is pure magic, because it will crush the Left’s argument that all illegals are here in America solely to provide for their families and live a peaceful life.

Sec. 9. Sanctuary Jurisdictions.

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Pictured: Infuriatingly Willful IgnoranceSometimes I’m kind of amazed by what the Democrats can get away with. Like this little meme here to the right. I’ve seen it a few times on my Facebook feed in a few different forms. They all follow the same theme: Executive orders like the one Obama just signed are awesome, because look, Eisenhower used them to desegregate schools. Check and mate, Republicans.

Of course, these memes depend entirely on one’s ignorance of history, willful or otherwise.

School desegregation had little to do with executive orders save in one, specific instance. Desegregation was initiated at the federal level by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. I know this because back when I argued against judicial activism, my progressive friends used this as their Ends-Justifying-Means Hammer. In fact, anyone could know this because a Google search on the history of desegregation will generally highlight this as the big moment. In 1955, a second case — Brown v. Board of Education II — declared that federal district courts had jurisdiction over lawsuits to enforce the desegregation decision, and mandated desegregation proceed “with all deliberate speed.” The Civil Rights Act was signed into law on September 9, 1957. Eisenhower gets a small mention.

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shutterstock_206809687Jonathan S. Tobin cautions us that the use of executive orders may not end with Obama’s presidency in his article, The Problem with One Man Government in Commentary Magazine. Much of it is behind a paywall, but it concludes as follows:

The courts have correctly stymied the president on immigration. His gun rules, which are far less consequential, may remain on the books, at least as long as he remains president. But in doing so, the president has chipped away the separation of powers in a manner that moves us farther away from the intention of the Founders and any coherent concept of the rule of law. It doesn’t matter that Republicans may rescind his orders and issue ones that conservatives will like better. The danger here is of establishing a truly imperial presidency that will gradually lessen the ability of any Congress, no matter which party runs it, to decide the nation’s laws …

Like a Roman consul or dictator, Obama may think he is behaving within the political norms of the day. But American presidents, even popular and powerful ones, are not supposed to be benevolent despots. That’s why no one, no matter their party or their views on immigration or guns, should be cheering this week. Democracy is frustrating, especially when like President Obama, you believe yourself in the right and your opponents always in the wrong. But a government run by one man issuing executive orders is neither a republic nor a democracy. It is despotism even when, as with this week’s gun orders, the stakes seem very small indeed.

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Never mind calling the ayatollah, greenlighting Keystone XL, or repealing Obamacare, he should: Reinstate executive orders prohibiting abortions in federal facilities, pending legislation. Rename Mt. Denali back to Mt. McKinley, pending legislation renaming it to Denali and renaming the surrounding park McKinley. In Roosevelt park in Washington, D.C., give the statue of FDR back its cigarette holder. What […]

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In his closing statement, Ted Cruz pledged to repeal all of the unconstitutional executive orders signed by Obama, discard the Iran deal, investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood for any crimes they may have committed, order the IRS to “start” (I think he meant stop) persecuting religious freedom and to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. […]

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As President Obama has aptly demonstrated, a President has considerable powers (some even authorized) in addition to powers which require the cooperation of legislators. Most of these powers are known before one enters office. So why doesn’t every candidate plan these well in advance? Publicizing one’s full list during the campaign might scare away voters […]

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