Notes from Behind the Keyboard – Editorial


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Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe - May 6th, 2014

Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe – May 6th, 2014

 

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                       Welcome back MY Dear Readers to The Other Shoe. If you looked, carefully, at the title of toady’s offering then you know that today is something special. In the, more than, four years that I have published this blog… four years and 493 (with this 494) articles I have rarely presented an ‘Editorial’. Events have transpired that have forced my hand, in that regard. Today I come to you, My Dear Readers, with a bone to pick.

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The last couple of news cycles have been bloated with hype that Speaker Boehner is going to “Sue President Obama”. Sue our sitting President over, allegedly, his “misuse of power via ‘Executive Orders’”. OK… hang on… give me a minute to stop laughing. There, that’s better. OK…Seriously? Speaker of the House of Representatives is so ‘free’ of other obligations… The House of Representatives have so much ‘free time’… They have ‘finished their homework’? Oh… MERCY! I do take exception to that assertion. Let us review:

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Ohio – Republican (R) John Boehner was (first) sworn in as ‘Speaker’ of The House of Representatives on January 5th 2011 for the 112th Congress. Below is a video of Rep. John Boehner after being sworn in as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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(To this day… I am still vexed by why he picked the… ‘large’ [‘oversized’] gavel for his Speakership. Note: Each Speaker is allowed to ‘pick’ his own gavel to be used as ‘Speaker’ for the House of Representatives.)

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So, the last Session of Congress that was lead by a Democrat Speaker was…. (can anyone tell me?)… the 111th Congress was the last to have a Democrat as a Speaker. Now, let us have a little review – The 111th Congress passed 861 Bills (see next graphic below)that garnered 383 New Laws [1]that were signed into law. The last act of Democrats, while in control of the House of Representatives, was to work very hard and passed 383 bills that were signed into law. (That was the ‘Second’ Session of the 111th Congress seated in 2010).

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Chart of Bills Passed by Congress Past 20 years

Chart of Bills Passed by Congress Past 20 years

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Now, here is where it gets just totally squirrelly! Since (R) Rep. John Boehner was sworn in as Speaker the (Republican Controlled) Congress has voted (a Grand total of) FIFTY-FOUR times to ‘Repeal Obamacare’. Coincidently, each and every time their votes were ceremonial ONLY because they knew that they lack the votes in the Senate. Yet… and here is where the squirrelly part comes to play:

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  • Congressional Republicans have held FIFTY-FOUR votes repealing ‘Obamacare’.
  • The 112th Congress was documented as “The Least Productive Congress”[2] Passing few bills, making fewer laws than any since the 107th in 2001.
  • The 113th Congress (also) was documented as ‘The Least Productive in Modern History”[3]

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80th Congress to 112th Congress ‘Bills Passed’

80th Congress to 112th Congress ‘Bills Passed’

(80th Congress to 112th Congress ‘Bills Passed’)

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Now we are in the first session of the 114th Congress, and the pace of legislation has not changed. Yet, Speaker Boehner is calling on the ‘Bi-Partisan Legal Advisory Group’ to execute his (frivolous) action[4]. The ‘Bi-Partisan Legal Advisory Group’ is made up of: The Speaker of the House, The House Majority Leader, The House Minority Leader, and BOTH ‘Party Whips’. Let me see… is there anything else that this group of esteemed LEADERS of the House or Representatives could work on… instead? Say… like; ‘Immigration Reform’… ‘Improving Conditions at Veteran’s Administration Hospitals’… ‘Campaign Finance Reform’… oh, I could go on and one and list, maybe, fifteen items of National Importance that these Leadership Members could better spend their time on, than trying to figure out a way to sue President Obama over ‘Abuse of Executive Orders’. But, he is the Speaker… so let’s look at the number(s)!

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Below is a graphic showing the NUMBER of ‘Executicve Actions’ by President from Washington to President Obama. Let’s take a look-see!

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(Source for chart below: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html)

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Executive Orders:Washington – Obama

President

Term

Total Orders1

Average / Year

EO Number Range

George Washington

Total

8

unnumbered

John Adams

Total

1

unnumbered

Thomas Jefferson

Total

4

unnumbered

James Madison

Total

1

unnumbered

James Monroe

Total

1

unnumbered

John Quincy Adams

Total

3

unnumbered

Andrew Jackson

Total

12

unnumbered

Martin van Buren

Total

10

unnumbered

William Henry Harrison

Total

0

unnumbered

John Tyler

Total

17

unnumbered

James K. Polk

Total

18

unnumbered

Zachary Taylor

Total

5

unnumbered

Millard Fillmore

Total

12

unnumbered

Franklin Pierce

Total

35

unnumbered

James Buchanan

Total

16

unnumbered

Abraham Lincoln

Total

48

unnumbered

Andrew Johnson

Total

79

unnumbered

Ulysses S. Grant

Total

217

unnumbered

Rutherford B. Hayes

Total

92

unnumbered

James Garfield

Total

6

unnumbered

Chester Arthur

Total

96

unnumbered

Grover Cleveland – I

Total

113

unnumbered

Benjamin Harrison

Total

143

unnumbered

Grover Cleveland – II

Total

140

unnumbered

William McKinley

Total

185

unnumbered

Theodore Roosevelt

Total

1,081

William Howard Taft

Total

724

Woodrow Wilson

Total

1,803

Warren G. Harding

Total

522

Calvin Coolidge

Total

1,203

Herbert Hoover

Total

968

5075 – 6070

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Total

3,522

6071 – 9537

Harry S. Truman

Total

907

9538 – 10431

I

504

9538 – 10029

II

403

10030 – 10431

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Total

484

10432 – 10913

I

266

10432 – 10695-A

II

218

10696 – 10913

John F. Kennedy

Total

214

10914 – 11127

Lyndon B. Johnson

Total

325

11128 – 11451

Richard Nixon

Total

346

11452 – 11797

I

247

11452 – 11698

II

99

11699 – 11797

Gerald R. Ford

Total

169

11798 – 11966

Jimmy Carter

Total

320

80.00

11967 – 12286

Ronald Reagan

Total

381

47.63

12287 – 12667

I

213

53.25

12287 – 12499

II

168

42.00

12500 – 12667

George Bush

Total

166

41.50

12668 – 12833

William J. Clinton

Total

364

45.50

12834 – 13197

I

200

50.00

12834 – 13033

II

164

41.00

13034 – 13197

George W. Bush

Total

291

36.38

13198 – 13488

I

173

43.25

13198 – 13370

II

118

29.50

13371 – 13488

Barack Obama

Total

182

33.58

13489 – 13670…

I

147

36.75

13489 – 13635

II

35

24.65

13636 – 13670…


Last Update: Data Through June 20, 2014. (through 5.42 years of the Obama Administration)

Citation: Gerhard Peters. “Executive Orders.” The American Presidency Project. Ed. John T. Woolley and Gerhard Peters. Santa Barbara, CA. 1999-2014. Available from the World Wide Web: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php.

Notes:
1 1789 to 1945 (Roosevelt) data includes “numbered” and “unnumbered” executive orders. 1945 (Truman) data includes only numbered executive orders including those with letter designations (ex. Executive Order 9577-A).

Data Sources:
• 1789 – 1945 (Roosevelt) data obtained from Lyn Ragsdale, “Vital Statisitcs on the Presidency: Washington to Clinton.” rev. ed. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 1998).
• 1945 (Truman) – present data compiled by Gerhard Peters, The American Presidency Project, from documents contained in the Federal Register.

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So, let me see… President Obama has used a total of 182 ‘Executive Orders’ (so far) in his two terms as President. What have the other Presidents passed?

  • George W. Bush = 291
  • William J. Clinton = 364
  • George H.W. Bush = 166 (ONE term)
  • Ronald Reagan = 381
  • Jimmy Carter = 320
  • Gerald R. Ford = 169 (LESS than One Term)
  • Richard Nixon = 346
  • Lyndon B Johnson = 325 (One Term)
  • John F Kennedy = 214 (One Term)
  • Dwight D Eisenhower = 484
  • Barrack Obama = 182 (In nearly TWO Terms)

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Yeah, wow… that is a total “abuse of power”! While facing two sessions of ‘The Least Productive Congress” President Obama has used fewer ‘Executive Actions’ than any other sitting President in my lifetime (five year at least, Two Term Presidents). It would seem that Speaker Boehner is… jumping the gun. ?!? Shouldn’t there appear to be some abuse of a power before one would go and sue? Seems logical to me! Then why is Speaker Boehner jumping the proverbial gun? Why?

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APPEARENCES. Aye, there’s the rub! Living, as we do, in a visual and visceral society, Speaker Boehner need not wait for President Obama to do anything wrong, first. A good 20% to 22% of Americans already ‘see’ President Obama as ‘lawless’, so one need not actually wait for this President to do something wrong before hanging him out to dry. But… there is this nagging thought, in the back of my head.

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Immigration Reform… Campaign Finance Reform…. V.A. Hospitals… Veterans Benefits… REAL WORK that needs to be done, left standing at the crib, while Speaker Boehner plays games with the Leaders of the House of Representatives.

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This is worse than ‘Much Ado About Nothing’… This is an ‘abuse of power’ by… The Speaker!

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Nuff said?

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Adieu!

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Thank YOU!
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Danny Hanning of The Other Shoe - May 6th, 2014

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I am a; writer, editor and publisher. I write, most often, articles about our space program, fun videos andpolitical works. My most recent additions are; A Week In Review, Sunday Funnies and The Adventures of Nadia. Along with The Mars Report and Lost in Space. ENJOY!

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