The much anticipated "23 Executive Orders" were released yesterday, and I'm embarrassed to say that I fell for it. He got me. I actually thought that what the what they had to say would actually matter, but it looks like it's mostly fluffery and foolishness. Not all bad, but mostly they have to do with firing off letters here and there, directing various agencies to do their jobs, reminding others of current law, launching dialogue, developing, finalizing, and committing to do various things. I really enjoyed #11 though. "Nominate an ATF Director." He actually ordered himself to nominate an ATF Director. He commanded himself to do his job. Brilliant!!!
Come on people, even if you believe in gun control, you have to admit that this whole business over the past month has been nothing more than a dog and pony show. A production. It's the same thing our state leaders are doing. Both the federal government and the IL state government have a massive, burdensome spending addiction problem they can't seem to reign in. Both are wasting our time talking about everything BUT that spending problem. Gay marriage, gambling, gun control, the list goes on until the next "emergency" arrives. Then it's onto the next thing. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, IL has close to $85 billion in unfunded liabilities growing by millions a day, coupled with a budget deficit around $9 billion even after a massive tax increase; and the federal government has increased our debt 60% since 2009 and still is running a trillion dollar deficit even after TARP and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are ended or coming to a close.
Here's an idea. Perhaps the president can sign an Executive Order requiring himself to submit a budget, on time, to congress that does not spend a Trillion more dollars than they're slated to bring in this year. Or even just to start, how about a budet that is capable of getting even one vote from either party, or even considered to be voted on. How about issuing an Executive Order recommending the Senate pass a budget sometime this decade.