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Executive Orders: A Short History

Nov21

By John Feehery

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“Executive Order Signing Ceremony at the White House 62″ by White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics – http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-initiative/index.html. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

The President’s power to issue an executive order is not spelled out in the Constitution.

And for the first 75 years or so of our Republic, an executive order wasn’t even made public.  They were just directives sent from the White House to the various agencies, telling them what to do.

Executive orders started being numbered in the Lincoln Administration. (more…)

Some Thoughts on Income Stagnation

Nov20

By John Feehery

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“Jeff Sessions official portrait”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

There are currently two schools of thought on how to deal with America’s income disparity problem.

One school of thought is a government program to raise the minimum wage paid to workers.

The second is to restrict the labor supply by shutting down our borders and kicking illegal immigrants out of the country. (more…)

5 Lessons from the Obamacare Fight

Nov19

By John Feehery

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“Ted Cruz, official portrait, 113th Congress” by United States Senate – Office of Senator Ted Cruz. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

We appear to be heading toward a crisis over the president’s expected action on immigration. Luckily, the recent showdown over Obamacare provides ample lessons on how to react. Here are five things congressional Republicans should keep in mind:

1. You can be right on the issue and still lose the battle. Obamacare is bad policy and bad politics. Yet it keeps on ticking, despite the GOP’s best efforts to dismantle it. An executive order from President Barack Obama on immigration is likely to be bad politics and bad policy–but if Republicans don’t handle it correctly they will lose the PR battle. (more…)

A Long Two Years

Nov17

By John Feehery

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“Obama meets with Congressional Leadership July 2011″ by Official White House Photo by Pete Souza – http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/debt-and-deficit-negotiations (Photograph 4 of 20). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill).

It’s going to be a long two years.

We all knew that the new Republican majority and the president had vastly different opinions on issues like taxes, spending and healthcare.

But since the elections, the president has sent a pretty clear message that he has no interest in moving to the middle. In fact, on three big issues (immigration, climate change and net neutrality) he is moving rapidly to the left. (more…)

Moussaoui Might Be Crazy. And He Might Be Right.

Nov17

By John Feehery

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“Zacarias Moussaoui”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

When is it easy to believe a paranoid schizophrenic in the courtroom?

When it is Zacarias Moussaoui and he tells you that a Saudi prince bankrolled the 9/11 attacks.

Moussaoui, who is in a high-security Super-Max prison in Colorado (where he is serving a life sentence), wants to let everybody know what he knows about the brutal attack on American soil more than 13 years ago. (more…)

 

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