Letters to the Editor

Executive orders

Where does this myth about President Obama’s abuse of executive power come from? Letter writers who use words like “dictator,” “emperor” and “king” to describe him are confused about the United States Constitution and the presidency.

The executive branch is responsible for carrying out national laws. Article II, Section III of the Constitution says presidents are to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Starting with George Washington, presidents thought this implied they could write executive orders.

There have been 13,683 executive orders in history. Carter did 320, Reagan did 381, Bush I wrote 166, Clinton wrote 364, Bush II issued 291 and Obama has written 191 so far.

You have to go back more than 100 years to find a president who has done fewer executive orders than Obama.

S.A. Thompson, Miami

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