Steve King Wrong on Obama’s Executive Orders


Steve King (Attribution: Ryan J. Reilly, [CC BY 2.0] via flickr)


It’s been announced that President Obama will try to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers by issuing an executive order, after legislative efforts to do so were brick-walled by Republicans.

Not only is the Tea Party vehemently opposed to raising the minimum wage (or having one at all), it’s also opposed to executive orders, which it views as an abuse of power — when issued by Obama, at least.

On Tuesday, Tea Party Congressman Steve King (R-IA) appeared on CNN’s New Day, where he responded to the plan, and slammed Obama’s “extra-constitutional behavior”:

“I think that it’s a constitutional violation.  We have a minimum wage; Congress has set it.  For the President to simply declare ‘I’m going to change this law that Congress has passed’ is unconstitutional.  He’s outside the bounds of his Article II limitations, and I think that goes to court, and he knows that it takes a couple of years to get this thing to where it can actually have any effect, and he’s going to run it that way.

This threat, that the President’s going to run the government with an ink pen and executive orders — we’ve never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office.”

One could, perhaps, argue that presidents generally overuse their executive powers — but it would be laughably dishonest to suggest that Barack Obama has surpassed the norm.

In fact, the Tea Party’s shining beacon of presidential perfection, Ronald Reagan, handed-out more executive orders than any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.