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... Some of the more famous and contentious examples of executive orders include:

  • President Abraham Lincoln's suspension of the writ of habeus corpus and the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War.
  • Franklin Roosevelt--who holds the record for most executive orders--issued one in 1942 that led to Japanese-Americans internment camps during World War II.
  • President Harry Truman integrated the armed forces under an executive order in 1948.
  • President Dwight Eisenhower issued an executive order in 1957 dispatching federal troops to Little Rock, Ark., where crowds had prevented the desegregation of all-white Central High School.
  • Both President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson used executive orders in the 1960s to bar racial discrimination in federal housing, hiring and contracting.
  • President Ronald Reagan used an executive order in 1984 to bar the use of federal funds for advocating abortion. President Bill Clinton reversed it when he took office in 1993.
  • Clinton used a series of executive orders to allow U.S. military forces to fight in the Balkans in the 1990s.
  • President George W. Bush issued an executive order in 2001 that restricted public access to the papers of former presidents. Obama revoked it in 2009.
  • Obama's executive orders include one in 2012 halting the deportation of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. He also issued one raising the minimum wage for federally contracted workers to $10.10 from $7.25 an hour....

... Two executive orders have been overturned by the judiciary branch. One, which Harry Truman issued in 1952, was meant to prevent strikes during the Korean War by placing all the nation's steel mills under federal law. The Supreme Court said the order was invalid because it attempted to make law, rather than to clarify or further a law put forth by the Congress or the Constitution.

The second order, from Clinton in 1995, prevented the federal government from entering into contracts with organizations that hire replacements for striking workers. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said it was regulatory in nature and preempted by the National Labor Relations Act, which guarantees employers the right to hire permanent replacements....

... The fact remains that unless Congress passes a law banning executive orders--and there's an effort to do that--that is upheld by the Supreme Court, the executive order is here to stay....

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I was watching ABC news tonight (a rarity for me) and Bob Schieffer mentioned that one would have to go all the way back to Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)to find a POTUS who has issued fewer executive orders than Obama.

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The listing of numbers of executive orders issued during the terms of modern presidents included in one of the examples above also bears no resemblance to reality. This chart compares the claimed number of orders issued by each president on the list with the actual number issued, as

documented by The American Presidency Project:

[TABLE]

[TR]

[TD]Name[/TD]

[TD]Number claimed:[/TD]

[TD]Actual number:[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Theodore Roosevelt[/TD]

[TD]3[/TD]

[TD]1,081[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Franklin Roosevelt[/TD]

[TD]11[/TD]

[TD]3,522[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Harry Truman[/TD]

[TD]5[/TD]

[TD]907[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Dwight Eisenhower[/TD]

[TD]2[/TD]

[TD]484[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]John Kennedy[/TD]

[TD]4[/TD]

[TD]214[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Lyndon Johnson[/TD]

[TD]4[/TD]

[TD]325[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Richard Nixon[/TD]

[TD]1[/TD]

[TD]346[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Gerald Ford[/TD]

[TD]3[/TD]

[TD]169[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Jimmy Carter[/TD]

[TD]3[/TD]

[TD]320[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Ronald Reagan[/TD]

[TD]5[/TD]

[TD]381[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]George H.W. Bush[/TD]

[TD]3[/TD]

[TD]166[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Bill Clinton[/TD]

[TD]15[/TD]

[TD]364[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]George W. Bush[/TD]

[TD]62[/TD]

[TD]291[/TD]

[/TR]

[TR]

[TD]Barack Obama[/TD]

[TD]923[/TD]

[TD]168[/TD]

[/TR]

[/TABLE]

The attribution to President Obama of fourteen executive orders (numbered between 10990 to 11921) in the example text is way off base as well: not a single one of those orders was issued by President Obama. The first twelve orders in the list date to the administration of President John F. Kennedy in 1962, one dates to the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966, and one dates to the administration of President Gerald R. Ford in 1976.

Read more at snopes.com: President Obama's 923 Executive Orders

snopes.com: President Obama's 923 Executive Orders

Executive Orders

For anyone interested in specifics. And de-bunking false claims.

Edited by TopazLover

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Where do the claims originate?

The Prez threatened at least four more, last night.

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Where do the claims originate?

Right wing emails that were being widely circulated. Didn't you get one?

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I think the quantity of executive orders is basically meaningless. The substance of the orders is what matters.

When they add up the number of EOs it includes declarations of pizza day and other such stuff.

Now the EO that resulted in Japanese-American internments, that matters a bit more.

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Where do the claims originate?

Right wing emails that were being widely circulated. Didn't you get one?

Not just the ones attributed to Obama....any of them......are the claims based on fact, or are they rumored.

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Snopes.com only investigates things that have been put out in writing, I believe.

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I've never seen this "widely circulated" right wing email and I have a FIL who listens to Rush daily and sends me all kinds of stuff. IMO, it's more likely the email (which has some blatantly false numbers) originated in a Progressive group as a ploy to negate discussion of EOs that really matter by saying the quantity is low. If this truly was a right wing talking point I'd expect to see it on Fox.

BTW, the President's two EOs on gun control have zero, nada, zilch effect on gun crime. You can read about them here is you like.

The truth about Obama's new executive orders targeting guns | Fox News

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I am all for the right to bear arms. Hunting is a big part of life around here and I also believe that people should have the right to own a firearm for home protection. I also believe gun owners need to be responsible. That means keeping your firearms locked up and out of the way where children can get a hold of them. How many school shootings would have been prevented if those kids did not have knowledge or access to their parents or grandparents guns? I'm willing to bet more than a few.

I also fully believe in the mental health reporting law. That law very well could have saved lives in Aurora. Currently NYS has a gun reporting law. If a violent mental patient is brought in, the doctor, after examining the patient can enter the patient into system. This is for those with mental illness exhibiting violent tendencies. I fully support this measure. Your average street thug does not buy his weapons at Wal Mart. Mentally ill people will buy their guns and ammunition at places like Wal Mart, Dick's, Gander Mt. These are the people who will then walk into a place and shoot it up.

No matter what we do, I don't think we will be ever to get guns out of the hands of street criminals. These are not the ones involved in mass shootings however. They have a tendency to just shoot each other. And then also obtain guns illegally, not at the local Wal Mart.

We can't completely prevent guns from getting into the hands of the wrong people. All we can do is put measures into effect to make it a little more difficult for them.

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Unfortunately the mental health reporting law can't help if there are no beds available. Our mental health system needs an overhaul. I don't want to see it return to the bad old days but it does need to have the resources needed to treat those who need help.

Psych Bed Shortage Threatens Public Safety

Last November, Austin Deeds, son of Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, left a Virginia hospital emergency room, went home, stabbed his father, and then killed himself.

The ER attending physician had wanted to admit him, but wasn't able to do so because of Virginia's civil commitment laws. In Virginia, physicians who want to admit a psychiatric patient have 4 hours to draft a treatment plan, have it approved by a judge magistrate, and then find the patient a psychiatric bed. The physician can petition the court for an extra 2 hours.

In Deeds' case, the ER failed to locate an open psychiatric bed in its own hospital or elsewhere, so the younger Deeds was released.

the incident exposed a nationwide problem: a shortage of psychiatric beds in every state, which makes psychiatric patient transfers a cumbersome, if not impossible, option. (The term "psychiatric bed" means a bed specifically located in a hospital's locked-down psychiatric unit.)

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