Who’s Da Man? A Summary of Executive Orders

After reading this piece on Zerohedge about the Obama administration drafting a new Executive Order covering “internet security,” I became curious who was the most prolific in handing down these unilateral edicts. Here are the results (data courtesy of the Federal Register):

President Years Start End Total Per Year
Barack Obama (2009-Present) 4 13489 13623 134 33.5
George W. Bush (2001-2009) 8 13198 13488 290 36.3
William J. Clinton (1993-2001) 8 12834 13197 363 45.4
George Bush (1989-1993) 4 12668 12833 165 41.3
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) 8 12287 12667 380 47.5
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) 4 11967 12286 319 79.8
Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977) 3 11798 11966 168 56
Richard Nixon (1969-1974) 5 11452 11797 345 69
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) 6 11128 11451 323 53.8
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) 2 10914 11127 213 106.5
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) 8 10432 10913 481 60.1
Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) 8 9538 10431 893 111.6
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) 12 6071 9537 3466 288.8
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) 4 5075 6070 995 248.8
Average from 1862 to 1928 67 0 5074 5074 75.7

With Congress granting increasingly unlimited power to the administrative branch there’s clearly a diminished need for executive orders in recent administrations. However, it’s still an administratively inconvenient, and needlessly expensive, process. So, to save the time and money of issuing future orders, I suggest the following for number 13624: “The Office of the President can do, or order to be done, whatever it wants, whenever it wants, wherever it wants, to whomever it wants, and any individuals involved in these acts, whether directly or indirectly, shall not be subject to criminal or civil penalties in any jurisdiction, whether in office or after leaving office.”

Our leaders know what’s best for us, and are doing all they can to achieve that goal, so there’s no point in making them jump through pointless hoops to get it done.

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