Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It

Publisher’s Note: Mr. Appelbaum and Mr Shear of the New York Times have written an epic report on the evolution of the use of Executive Power by the Obama Administration. It states:

In early 2014, the moment was finally ripe. Mr. Obama recruited John D. Podesta, then the head of the Center for American Progress, a liberal research and policy institution, to be his counselor in the White House.

The report also gives insight into the use of the  Executive Powers of the President in the event of a Clinton Presidency.

To sidestep Congress, they now have the legacy of Mr. Obama. Mr. Podesta, now Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, said the appeal of taking action without Congress is hard to resist.

Virtually every President since the founding of the country has used the Executive Powers of the Presidency, with Mr. Podesta at the helm rest assured they will be executed by a seasoned veteran.

From: New York Times

Mr. Obama will leave the White House as one of the most prolific authors of major regulations in presidential history.


“We live in an era of presidential administration,” Elena Kagan, a Harvard law professor since appointed by Mr. Obama to the Supreme Court, wrote in a 2001 paper that reviewed the expansion of the regulatory state.


“You come in with a strategy of going to the Hill, certainly where you can find some cooperation,” Mr. Podesta said. But when that fails, writing regulations “is a way to get much more substantial throw-weight behind solving the problem.”

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