May 17, 2016

The Frequency of Executive Orders through the Centuries.

Perhaps you are familiar with the right wing radio diatribes which claim that Obama
is going to be a despotic dictator, reducing all federal law to presidential executive
orders.  In the history of executive orders, he hasn't even made the top 15.  Instead
of listening to the same ole same old on the radio and FoxNews TV, simply look at
the stats yourself, to see if Obama actually is the mad executive order signer:

We start with President Barack Obama, himselfAt of the end of 2012: 147.
                                            His second term, unto December 7, 2014:   44.
                                                                                                         191.

Let us compare this stat with that of the Ronald Reagan whom the Republican Party
has been praising, as he if were the divine Alpha & Omega of all existence, greater
than the Eternal God:  In eight years, the Ronald Reagan who tripled the national
debt signed into law 381 exec orders, ranging from E.O. #12287 to E.O. #12667.
In the first four years, the Ronald Reagan who had an exceptionally low compre-
hension of economics, as was evidenced by the 10.8% unemployment rate in the
second calendar year of his administration, issued 211.  The Univ. of Calif., Santa
Barbara set the number at 213, incidentally.  You at least have the ballpark figure.

The summary of each president's first four years in office is :  Reagan 211.  
                                                                                                    Obama 147.

In Reagan's first two years of the SECOND term, there were 82 executive orders.
   With Obama.  but only until December 7, 2014, there were 44 

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/reagan.html

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/obama.html

Below is a list of the presidents who issued over 200 exec orders.

  1} Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the WWII President, issued                Time in office
       .............................................................................................3,551 - 12 yrs, 1 mo.
  2} Woodward Wilson, the WWI President, issued
       .............................................................................................1,803 -   8 yrs   ------
  3} Calvin Coolidge, the Roaring Twenties President, issued
       .............................................................................................1,203 -   5 yrs, 7 mos
  4} Teddy Roosevelt, the Monopoly Buster President, issued
       .............................................................................................1,081 -  7 yrs,  5 mo
  5} Herbert Hoover, the Great Depression President, issued
       ...............................................................................................968 -  4 yrs   -------
  6} Harry Truman, the Korean War President, issued
       ...............................................................................................907 -  7 yrs, 9 mos
  7} William Taft, the Sixteenth Amendment President, issued
        ..............................................................................................724 -  4 yrs   ------
  8} Warring G. Harding, the Teapot Dome President, issued
       ...............................................................................................522 -  2 yrs, 4 mos
  9} Dwight Eisenhower, the Interstate Highway Pres, issued
       ...............................................................................................484 -  8 yrs   ------
10} Ronald Reagan, while tripling the National Debt, issued
       ...............................................................................................381 -  8 yrs   ------
11} William Clinton, the NAFTA President, issued
       ...............................................................................................364 -  8 yrs   ------
12} Richard Nixon, the Watergate President, issued
       ...............................................................................................346 -  5 yrs, 6 mos.
13} Lyndon Johnson, the Vietnam War President, issued
       ...............................................................................................325 -  5 yrs, 1 mo.
14} Jimmy Carter, the Iran Hostage President, issued
       ...............................................................................................320 -  4 yrs   ------
15} George W. Bush, the War Crimes President, issued
       ...............................................................................................291 -  8 yrs   ------
16} Ulysses S Grant, the 15th Amendment President, issued
        ..............................................................................................217 -  8 yrs   ------
17} John F. Kennedy, the Missiles of October President, issued
       ...............................................................................................214 -  2 yrs, 11 mos.

Plus:   - Madison, Monroe, and John Adams issued one order each.

           - John Quincy Adams issued only three.
           - Thomas Jefferson issued only four.
           - George Washington issued eight. 

      http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php
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