Obama’s Regulatory Excess and Abuse

October 26, 2011 07:00

[H]e just pivoted to bypassing the Congress the people elected and maximizing instead the vast regulatory powers of the Executive Branch. – The American Spectator

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But Obama is going beyond even maximizing Executive Branch regulatory powers. His established pattern and practice now includes exceeding statutory authority, ignoring court rulings to rein him in, and breaking agreements with Congress, as Kerpen documents.

Shortly after Obama took office, his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar “canceled land leases for energy development on 77 parcels of land in Utah. Then he canceled a pending oil-shale lease sale based on his expert judgment that it ‘didn’t meet the smell test.'” Kerpen adds, “Overall there has been a steep drop-off in leasing on federal lands….2010 saw a 79 percent drop in leasing in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming from 2005. Total onshore royalties dropped 33 percent in just two years.”

After the 2010 electoral blowout, the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP) was immediately ready with a 53-page report on how Obama could use federal regulatory powers to continue “progressive” left-wing policies, regardless of what the voters had just said.

Yet Obama continues to implement such regulation heedless of the people, the courts, and Congress.


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