But what is an executive order EO and is it different than a law? How often do executive orders happen? And if an executive order is available to Presidents, why was there so much controversy when EO was signed? What was executive order all about? An executive order is issued directly by the President and becomes law without the need for approval of Congress. But executive orders are a way for a President to give their will force of law, without prior approval from Congress.
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He is using them to do end-runs around Congress by legislating from the White House. One of those is EO President Obama signed EO on March 16, There were other subtle changes that might be of interest. EO gives Obama the power over all commodities and products capable of being ingested by human beings and animals; all forms of energy; all forms of civil transportation; all usable water from all sources; health resources; forces labor such as military conscription; and federal officials can issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources.
There are no checks and balances written into the EO. Could a cyber threat be used as an excuse to use this authority? Could an economic crisis cause the president to take over retirement funds using this EO? President Obama is behind the nationalization of education, car companies, energy, school loans, housing. The growth of government and the unbridled spending seems endless under his reign.
One of the issues to be concerned about is his expressed desire to wrap his financial hands around the trillions in private retirement savings. A national financial crisis would allow him to do that.
The Real Truth About Executive Order 13603
Do you rely on Snopes reporting? Become a member today. Despite claims that the executive order provided the President with unprecedented new powers such as declaring martial law, seizing private property, implementing the rationing of food, gasoline, and drugs, restarting peacetime conscription, and nationalizing America industry, merely by declaring a national emergency, the National Defense Resources Preparedness EO issued by President Obama was simply a minor updating of a similar order issued by President Bill Clinton in which itself had decades-old predecessors and amended several times since. A comparison of this Executive Order with its predecessors posted at Hot Air observed that: Note what this EO specifically orders: identify, assess, be prepared, improve, foster cooperation. None of these items claim authority to seize private property and place them at the personal disposal of Obama. What follows after Section are the directives for implementing these rather analytical tasks, mostly in the form of explicit delegations of presidential authority to Cabinet members and others in the executive branch. Why the update?
National Defense Resources Preparedness
The United States must have an industrial and technological base capable of meeting national defense requirements and capable of contributing to the technological superiority of its national defense equipment in peacetime and in times of national emergency. The domestic industrial and technological base is the foundation for national defense preparedness. The authorities provided in the Act shall be used to strengthen this base and to ensure it is capable of responding to the national defense needs of the United States. General Functions. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. Each Secretary shall authorize the heads of other agencies, as appropriate, to place priority ratings on contracts and orders for materials, services, and facilities needed in support of programs approved under section of this order.