Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Dick Cheney and W: unitary executive. Remember that one, Lisa??

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 2 years ago
    Geo. Washington was the first to invoke Executive privilege in asserting that information surrounding a Treaty John Jay made with England could not be demanded by the HoR since only the Senate can Ratify or vote against treaties.
    As the link above shows, Mr. Obama is not alone in his use of the E.P.. While the link is dated, Mr. Obama still has yet to break the record of his predecessor, though I think he will.
    If he does, it will be because this HoR, and this Congress in general, is the most intractable and gridlocked since the Civil War.
    I regret any use of E.P. It not only attacks the spirit of our political system, but it also sets a precedent for others to use later. As low as the POTUS’s approval numbers are, they are still nearly four times higher than those in Congress who are the true problem. They are police directing traffic and making everybody stop. And in doing so, they claim to be serving the American people. This is a bipartisan fallacy.
    They lack honor, and amazingly, they lack shame.

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 2 years ago

    Oh, that pesky Obama, running the Executive Branch up to capacity instead of being run by the other two. But, wait, isn’t that the way a tri-part democracy is designed? Each of the three Branches excels in its own responsibilities?
    Rush doesn’t think so? Fox doesn’t either? Oh, my. Better fold your Constitutional cards Mr. Obama. Don’t want THOSE people calling you names. Oh, my.

  4. greyolddave

    greyolddave said, over 2 years ago

    When a tree branch dies you cut it off to save the rest of the tree. Then you go and plant some new trees.

  5. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    I just hope that the next President puts most of those, particularly the quasi- and illegal ones, executive orders in the paper shredder.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    TTM, it is more like Congress won’t just do what Obama wants. Given his own inability to work with others he resorts to executive fiat as he has no other way in his limited set of managerial skills and non-existant leadership skills to use.
    This was most recently demonstrated with his call for more gun control. He put Biden on as point man and did nothing himself. Biden being incompetent couldn’t get anywhere in Congress with either party and the whole effort, such as it was, collapsed.
    Obama then gave a hissy fit of a speech angrily denouncing Congress for failing to do his bidding.
    That has been about how each initiative Obama has pushed out has gone. It is not so much obstructionist as it is simple incompetence on Obama’s part.
    Interestingly, I see the same pattern in Obama’s performance at the University of Chicago. He started off with stellar reviews… “The Rock Star lecturer” if you will. When he left few students took his classes and those that did had uniformly low opinions of his material and style.

  7. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Yet another tall tail!

  8. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 2 years ago

    this is not about where he was born. It is about his inclination to usurp the authority of Congress.

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    “…darth cheney and its puppet shrub were the unitary executive.”

    Not really so, Clark. Bush II signed 290 executive orders, about 3 per month. So far, Barack Obama has signed 166 executive orders, about 2.7 per month. Of the last 10 Presidents, Carter was the champion, signing almost 7 per month,.320 in 4 years.

  10. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 2 years ago


    Another false argument. Tell me, how exactly does one wrong excuse a plethora of others? The Obamanation has broken far more laws and trampled the constitution more than even Nixon ever did, and yet Nixon was impeached and the Obamanation enjoys the protection of the mainstream media and his liberal vermin cronies. He is long overdue for impeachment on grounds of incompetency if nothing else.

  11. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    What is “…better and complete gun control?”
    I think most people would agree that crazy people should be barred from purchasing weapons.
    On the other hand banning “assault guns” is just stupid as it bans cosmetics rather than doing something effective.
    So, generalities won’t cut it on this, or most other, political subjects.

  12. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Everybody hates Congress but they like their own Congressman. I think it has been that way for something over 200 years now.

  13. Nancy

    Nancy GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


  14. eugene57

    eugene57 said, over 2 years ago

    Too stupid. This is not a popularity contest. It the rating is low for a “GOOD” cause, would you still want new members?

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Reagan and “W” wrote the most egregiously unconstitutional E.O.’s of any Presidents, yes, I read most of them, and W was by far the worst. “W” was also the first to start hiding the content by only listing them by number, instead of title and subject matter.

    I’m not at all fond of an excessive use of the authority, but when you tie “W” to those “signing statements” he made as well, most abusive of the Constitution, ever. Darth Cheney indeed.

    Now as to that other branch, it might be nice to remind Boehner on occasion that he’s also not been appointed King of the country and ruler over the Senate, SCOTUS, and President.

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