By Tom Quiner
Barack Obama is a lousy politician.
His radical transformation of America has been imposed from the top down. He has been unable, no make that unwilling, to build political coalitions like a Bill Clinton or a Ronald Reagan did, to bring about change.
He has been unable to get a majority of Americans behind his singular achievement, Obamacare, despite his fawning cheerleaders in the mainstream media who act as Obama’s PR department.
A quick recap of his “accomplishments:”
√ Changed immigration law by executive fiat.
√ Blocked the Keystone Pipeline by executive fiat.
√ Negotiated a bad nuclear deal with Iran by executive fiat.
√ Normalized relations with Cuba by executive fiat.
√ Imposed draconian anti-coal EPA standards by executive fiat.
√ Regulated the internet by executive fiat.
Some of these regulations seemingly came from regulatory agencies, but they were instigated by a left wing president who couldn’t get the American people or their representatives in the Congress to go along with them.
Here’s the good news, as pointed out by Phil Gramm and Michael Solon in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: what can be imposed by executive order can be undone by executive order.
Much of the Obama legacy can be undone fairly quickly if Republicans regain the White House. If the president had enacted these changes via legislative action, much like Mr. Clinton and Mr. Reagan did, they would be difficult to undo.
But Mr. Obama didn’t do it the old-fashioned, American, democratic way, because he’s a lousy, preening politician who thinks he knows what’s best for the ‘little guy.’
He crammed it down our throats with his pen.
Mssrs. Gramm and Solon put it this way:
“Because any president is free “to revoke, modify or supersede his own orders or those issued by a predecessor,” as the Congressional Research Service puts it, a Republican president could overturn every Obama executive action the moment after taking the oath of office.
At the beginning of the inaugural address, the new president could sign an executive order rescinding all of Mr. Obama’s executive orders deemed harmful to economic growth or constitutionally suspect. The new president could then establish a blue-ribbon commission to review all other Obama executive orders. Any order not reissued or amended in 60 days could be automatically rescinded.”
Hillary Clinton has made it clear on the campaign trail that she intends to follow Obama’s precedent of an imperial presidency.
Fortunately, the Obama nightmare, imposed by pen, can be undone by the pen if it is in the hand of a Republican president.
Republicans can still take back the country.