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Old 09-18-2012, 11:37 AM
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George Washington, on April 30, 1789, in New York City, took his oath of office as the first president of the United States. He was president until power was passed to John Adams, the second U.S. president. The U.S. has seen an orderly, peaceful transfer of power ever since. But will that be the case when it comes time for President Barack Hussein "kill list" Obama to leave office? Or will executive orders he has signed prevent peaceful, orderly passage of power? Or even inure him from having to leave office? Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/...#ixzz26qcTuMwX
Yes, I realize that this article was written by a very conservative author but I don't want to debate the politics in the article. I just want a better understanding about how executive orders work.

Can you explain it in very basic language for me? Can a president basically bypass congress at will?
 
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Can you explain it in very basic language for me?
I think this might help:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order
 
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The power of the executive order has become greatly over-expanded in recent years. I don't recall the first time or by whom they were used for something controversial but I know is was before Bush II.

I think the referenced article is focusing on the negatives.

Yes and no to bypassing Congress. In the short term the president may well do that but the Congress can over ride what the president has done. Of course they need to do it with a veto proof majority.

I don't think I really answered your question but it is a start.

edit: dwhite's link is good info.
 
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:03 PM
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Can a president basically bypass congress at will?
Yes and no....

It's a weird process to override an executive order.

Congress can't directly override it, but they can override it by legislation.
However, the President can veto that legislation, but a majority vote of both Houses can override that veto by the President.
 
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