There has been a large amount of fiction being posted on Facebook and YouTube concerning President Obama and his presidential executive orders. People are calling him a dictator, comparing him to Hitler and Stalin. People are re-posting as if they are true facts. It makes me wonder if some people get their news only from Facebook posts and social networks. "If it's on the Internet it must be true."
I am not a big fan of presidential executive orders because it bypasses the system put in place to keep our three branches of government in check. But it has brought about some important actions that wouldn't have been passed in Congress, and it is definitely not something new and has been abused by many presidents.
Here are some numbers detailing the past presidents actual use of executive orders as listed on www.snopes.com
Barack Obama - 138, George W. Bush - 291, Bill Clinton - 364, George H. W. Bush - 166, Ronald Reagan - 381, Jimmy Carter - 320, Gerald Ford - 169,Richard Nixon - 346, Lyndon Johnson - 325, John Kennedy - 214, Dwight Eisenhower - 484, Harry Truman - 907, Franklin Roosevelt - 3,522, Theodore Roosevelt - 1,081.