Skip to comments.Obama Administration Sets New Record for Executive Action [semi-satire]
Posted on 01/04/2016 12:54:35 PM PST by John Semmens
As 2015 drew to a close, the Obama Administration reached new highs in the number of regulations issued by the Executive branch. For the year, over 81,000 pages of new rules made their way into the Federal Register. This marked the third time in seven yearsâalso a recordâthat the Administration added more than 80,000 pages of new regs.
While those concerned with the Constitution's separation of powers voiced some discomfort with this tide of legislation through executive fiat, Congress, for the most part did little to try to thwart it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell excused his chamber's inaction saying "my hands were tied. Sure, I had the majority behind me, but Senate tradition allows a minority to block action via the filibuster. All I could do was acquiesce to the President's agenda if I wanted to ensure that the government's access to the resources it needs to implement that agenda remained viable."
Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest gloated that "we promised that the President would use his pen to bypass Congressional opposition. For all McConnell's and Boehner's huffing-and-puffing they showed themselves impotent to counter President Obama's transformation of how the federal government gets things done. We haven't yet silenced the fruitless debates of an obsolete Congress, but we have rendered them moot. Future generations will enjoy the superior efficiency of one-man rule from here on out."
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