Thursday, February 20, 2014

Data Disproves Conservatives On Obama's Executive Orders

Despite conservative claims that President Obama's use of executive orders is unprecedented, Christopher Ingraham reports in the Washington Post Wonkblog that Obama's record is similar to that of President George H.W. Bush. Does anyone remember the right wing decrying Bush '41 as a "dictator"? Ingraham cited findings from his tally of economically significant regulations:

I tallied data on final regulations from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and found that Obama has issued an average of 56 economically significant regulations per year during his time in office. This is greater than Clinton or George W. Bush, but similar to the annual average under George H. W. Bush – hardly anyone's idea of an overbearing executive.


Michael J. Mand said...

Every president has used executive orders to advance their agendas - EVERY!

Jeff Tone said...

It's just like the deficit: the GOP became concerned about it the minute Obama was elected! Prior to that, their stance was reflected by Dick Cheney, who said that Reagan taught us that deficits don't matter.