Perpetually faced with a do-nothing Congress that would obstruct a bill that cures cancer (cancer is good for small business) and realizing that the crazies will officially take over the entire asylum come January, President Obama threw caution to the wind and ordered an executive action on immigration. The GOP, naturally forgetting all the executive orders from President George W. Bush, freaked the hell out.
Here’s a couple of examples of the GOP getting its panties in a bunch:
“The country’s going to go nuts, because they’re going to see it as a move outside the authority of the president, and it’s going to be a very serious situation,” GOP Senator Tom Coburn said on Capital Download. “You’re going to see — hopefully not — but you could see instances of anarchy. … You could see violence.” (USA Today)
“Obama is acting like king or emperor on immigration,” said John Boehner. ()
Obviously Boehner is just upset at Obama for not including orange people in his immigration reprieve, but the fact remains that both Ronald Reagan and George Bush took similar executive actions on immigration. In fact, President Herbert Hoover took the most sweeping action on immigration in 1930. Hoover unilaterally decided that he would give immigration visas only to people with the means to support themselves independently in the United States. Maybe it would behoove Obama to say that it was the white part of him that did it.
While I hate to burst the manufactured white guy outrage bubble, President Obama has in fact issued the fewest executive decrees of any other modern POTUS since Grover Cleveland –and revisionist history doesn’t count.
Here’s a chart that compares how many executive orders were issued by presidents of the US per day:
Now, granted President Obama has not exactly been a paragon of constitutional excellence and his executive orders are only slightly than Bush’s. Further, Obama is far from the man depicted in ’08 as a man who crapped cinnamon buns, farted new car scent, and whenever he had an orgasm an angel got its wings. But let’s face it: unlike Bush, he’s mostly been a prisoner of a rabid, dysfunctional, and obstructive mental patient party hell-bent on paralysis to make him look bad. Realizing that Republicans most likely wont take substantive action on immigration and that they have no intention of working with him, he took matters into his own hands. It’s too bad it’s fascism now, but was patriotism under Bush.