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Trump Signs Executive Order That Could Cripple Congress

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's latest executive order is so nonsensical it's probably not even possible to implement or enforce it but, in that event, if it were somehow enforced, it would permanently immobilize an already-crippled Congress.

Trump's newest brainfart calls for repealing two regulations for every new regulation.

The impact of the order was difficult to judge based on the president’s remarks. It could be difficult to implement under current law and would concentrate greater power in the Office of Management and Budget, which already reviews federal regulations. And it would add a new time-consuming requirement for any new congressional legislation on topics as varied as banking, health care, environment, labor conditions and more.

A new time-consuming requirement for a Congress that already can't find time to do anything.

This is essentially an order against legislating. From healthcare, to agriculture and transportation, passing new legislation means passing new regulations, for better or worse. There's no way to replace Obamacare, for example, and possibly even no way to repeal it, if drafting new regulations requires tossing out two more.

As you know, Congress's current time-table for doing whatever it is they're going to do has been pushed back to August at the earliest and Fall at the latest. These expectations should be adjusted accordingly if they start counting regulations one by one.

Obamacare could still be repealed, but it will never be replaced.

  • mnpollio

    Ugh. Literally every day some new disaster from the Clown Orange Pube. However, this behavior was utterly predictable because Trump has a long history of idiocy. The horror of this is that while he is odious face of this, but many of his reprehensible moves are actually things that people like Pence, Ryan and McConnell have wanted for years. So removing Trump simply is not enough, unless those three somehow go with him. Rumor has it that they will be focusing their jaundiced eye on the LGBT community next. At this rate, there won’t be a minority that isn’t demonized and marginalized in this country by the time they are through. And how many Repugs that voted for him claimed that it was all an act
    and he would hunker down and be presidential once he won the election.
    How is that going for you?

  • muselet

    No one can say this comes as a surprise. Donald Trump occasionally touted this inane idea during the campaign, to roars of approval from the rubes … erm, crowds. I fear it’s only going to get worse from here.

    If we had a functional Congress, every one of Trump’s executive orders could be negated by legislation (and if I had some bread, I could make a ham sandwich, if I had some ham).

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    The noise from this administration is a relentless, screaming fire alarm in my head.

  • gescove

    How about for every Executive Order signed by Der Gropenfuhrer we get to punch him twice in the face?

  • Christopher Jones

    How about for every piece of legislation congress passes they need to repeal two of Trump’s executive orders.

  • Aynwrong

    Rhetorical question but I have to ask, how could this possibly function in any practical sense?

    “We want this law so go find two old ones to throw out.”

    Ridiculous!

    http://a3.images.venuescms.com/image/upload/t_item_image,w_300/item_19783_20130719041453_425181.jpg

  • Georgie

    That’s it, close the shit down, I’m out.

  • ninjaf

    We are being governed by a narcissistic simpleton.

  • I work in a federal agency and this EO is just nonsense. It is utterly devoid of any understanding of how regulations work.

  • Badgerite

    They do know that this is an unconstitutional usurpation of legislative authority which the executive branch does not have. There are not such stipulations on legislative authority in the Constitution. So they are basically inventing an executive power that does not exist. Unless this is like GW signing statements and claiming a authority to not enforce that law. So far that is two for two. They don’t recognize the authority of the courts and now they don’t recognize the authority of the legislative branch to ….you know…..legislate. These people are nuts. Bannon is a power hungry, angry, paranoid and “forgotten” ffffing Nazi and Putin collaborator.
    This does not bode well.

    • Scopedog

      Knocking out both the Legislative and Judicial branches…how the fuck is this making America great again?

      Hey GOP…the true wanna-be dictator is here, and it’s your guy. It was never the Black Guy.

      • Badgerite

        I know.

    • Georgie

      Maybe bannon is an “anarchist?

      • Badgerite

        Maybe he is an fffffing neo Nazi with delusions of power he does not possess. I wonder if he noticed that after Lenin “destroyed” stuff (and that stuff was a nascent attempt by Russia to transition to a democratic constitutional democracy) it was replaced by what eventually became Stalin. And it took about 70 years, give or take, for the whole thing to crumble.

  • This bumper sticker answer for real world problems will cause a clusterf*ck. On the plus side it might prevent Congress from doing anything at all.

  • gescove

    I expect these EO’s soon: “The official language will be Swedish. All citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now… 16 years old!” Effing fascist lunatic, the Nazi Bannon/KGB Putin meat puppet, enabled by the quisling Republican party. Resist!

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      New EO: America has always been at war with Eastasia.