Some members of Congress are calling President Obama a "dictator," saying he's issued too many executive orders, with the latest requiring executive branches and agencies to only hire contractors which pay employees $10.10 an hour, which is an increase in the minimum wage. Brad Bannon, democratic political consultant in Washington, D.C., says that the President is following an ancient-long tradition of issuing executive orders.
In looking at the numbers compared to previous Presidents, Obama has ordered 167 executive orders in his 5 years, or 33 per year. Regan had an average of 48 per year and George W. Bush had an average of 36 per year. Bannon says that in Obama's State of the Union address last week, he said that 2014 was going to be a year of action for him and the reality is, Congress isn't doing anything and maybe that's why "only 13% of Americans approve of what Congress is doing."
The Supreme Court has held on numerous occasions that executive orders have the effect of a law passed by Congress and they base that on Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution which reads the executive power shall be vested in the President of the United States of America, notes Bannon.
This latest executive order is confined to the actions of the executive branch, not a broad order for all companies, notes Bannon. "You can't move a country forward unless someone is steering the ship," Bannon says.
To read more on Brad Bannon's op-ed piece, click here. Brad Bannon is President of Bannon Communications Research, a Washington, D.C.-based political polling and consulting firm. More information can be found at www.bannoncr.com. This video commentary was hosted by The Legal Broadcast Network, which provides on-demand legal content. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.