One of Obama’s favorite claims is that he has issued fewer executive orders than the majority of his predecessors – namely, Bush and Clinton. However, in a recent study put out by USA Today, the degree of deceit Obama uses in this claim is revealed. Obama, as we all know, is not one to give us the whole truth regarding any of his actions as president – and this case is no different. Yes, Obama has not issued an absurd number of “executive orders” in comparison to presidents before him, however, the number of “memoranda” he has issued are unprecedented. To-date, Obama has issued 195 executive orders and 198 presidential memoranda. According to Breitbart, “The combination of orders and memoranda is the greatest since Harry Truman. Obama is the first president to sign more executive memoranda than executive orders.”
The reasoning behind Obama’s decision to use memoranda instead of executive orders is not rocket science. It is simply another tool to keep the wool over our eyes. USA Today summarized, “Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders […] and some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.” This deception is eerily similar to what we experienced with Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act and most recently, his illegal amnesty order. Obama’s game plan is to only advance his own ideas and the rest of our government be damned.
Essentially, memoranda are a carbon copy of executive orders in their function, the only difference (besides the name) is executive orders are tracked and numbered, while memoranda are not. This is most obviously reason as to why Obama prefers the presidential memorandum as opposed to the presidential executive order. Basically, he is able to make unilateral changes to whichever policies he pleases, without approval from Congress, and without accusations of imperial overreach. Essentially, where executive orders may sound slightly dictatorial, memoranda don’t hold the same stigma. In Obama’s mind, when there is no difference in the power wielded by each, the memorandum is the obvious choice.
The Office of Legal Counsel, which determines the legality of presidential executive orders and memoranda, was clearly in over their heads when Obama first took office. “During the first year of Obama’s presidency, the Office of Legal Counsel asked Congress for a 14.5% budget increase, justifying its request in part by noting ‘the large number of executive orders and presidential memoranda that has been issued.” It is truly amazing the extent with which Obama will blatantly ignore our Constitution. President Obama clearly believes he can rewrite laws and outsmart our legal system; his power overreach continues to grow with each policy passed. There is no arguing against the facts and figures. For a President who campaigned on leading the most transparent Administration ever, the use of presidential memoranda takes yet another cut at the heart of that promise.