Report: Obama mulls series of controversial executive orders
Reaction from Judge Andrew Napolitano
- Duration 4:08
- Date Feb 12, 2013
Reaction from Judge Andrew Napolitano
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-- -- reports that starting tomorrow President Obama could begin signing a series of new executive orders on some controversial issues.
The orders which would allow him to completely bypass congress reportedly include policies that would give new protections to gays and lesbians.
And toughen regulations for coal fired power plants judge and -- Fox News senior judicial analyst hi judge -- always a pleasure -- give us some perspective on how unusual it is to use this many executive.
Orders of the president plans to well -- first off an executive orders a piece of paper signed by the president directing someone who works for him.
That's three million civilian employees.
And two and a half million military employees to do their job the way he wants them to do.
The president can tell fox on the broadcast the New York Times had a prints.
Chase Manhattan bank how to manage money he can only direct the executive branch employees.
As to how to do their job.
Sounds like it's pretty confining -- -- statutes have given him a lot of discretion so for example.
He could say to the environmental protection administration -- an independent regulatory authority that's independent of him he appointed his people there.
I would be very interested in seeing you tightened the regulations on coal fired plants make it more expensive for them to produce heat.
By coal thereby putting them out of business and going in -- direction he wants them to go to.
He could say to the veterans administration which works for him to the military which works for him.
I want you do change the laws on and I want you to change the regulations on spousal benefits of same sex married couples.
Even though under current federal law.
There are no such benefits he could say to the secretary of the treasury I want you to tighten regulations.
On these -- he could say to the Justice Department.
That large class and of immigrants I don't want you prosecuting them.
All those things would be lawful.
For the president to do.
Because of power given to previous presidents that is now his to exercise even though congress.
Has decided not to -- -- there.
Well you know the president I assume we'd say which is that congress is mired in gridlock and so he's just not going to wait for them to take action the American people.
Want some action taken on some of these things so he's gonna circumvent a busy haven't an argument well he has.
An argument in the areas that he can regulate it just had a great interview.
With our friend and colleague Chris stairwell the president would like to sign an executive order confiscating guns he can't do that.
He'd like to sign an executive order banning certain type of guns he can't do that.
But he could have the EPA decide you know want.
Guns used bullets Pulitzer may have -- when lead gets in the -- contaminates the earth and someone's got to clean up that contamination.
So let's charge the bullet manufacturers.
For the cost of cleaning up the bullets when they hit the earth that would increase the price of bullets which would effectively be -- -- -- congress have enacted the tax no.
Who's gonna -- -- attacks the EPA.
But the constitution says only congress can and hack attacks so that's an area.
Where the president will try and get away with some thing.
That under the constitution only the congress can do look for that tonight Allison and and the Democrats will applaud when he says this I don't think they have -- -- votes.
Mission to look during which a lot terra terra lay out his executive orders are talking about EPA regulation.
I think he's going to lay out exactly what he wants to accomplish because if his this it is stated if his inauguration address.
We could have gone like this to the American people let me bring you together and instead went like that let me divide -- by class.
If if that's an indication of what we can expect tonight look for -- strident.
Hard left path to be laid out by him and one of -- -- anchors of that path.
Is gun control the does the government thinks can keep us safer than we can keep ourselves safe.
Judge -- a -- on -- these are exciting times in your hand -- our thanks so much for helping us understand what you are what was the.