WASHINGTON, DC – We all know President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don’t exactly see eye to eye. But Boehner is turning up the heat in this volatile relationship, with a potential lawsuit against the president.
“You know the constitution makes it clear that a president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws,” Boehner said. “In my view the president has not.”
So what prompted this course of action?
It’s all about executive orders. Boehner and his fellow GOP congressmen are frustrated with what they consider attempts to side-step the legislative process.
Naturally, Democrats have a different view.
“He hasn’t come anywhere near what Republican presidents have done on executive orders,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “but he will act within his discretion.”
Hmm, seems like a case of right said, left said. So let’s take a look at the numbers.
According to a study by the Brookings Institution, Republicans and Democrats are close to even on executive orders, both hovering around an average of 0.2 per day in office.
And President Obama actually ranks pretty low, with a lower average than Clinton, Reagan, and both Bushes.
But numbers aside, here’s a crazy idea for congress — instead of squabbling and infighting, how about getting some real work done?