Now that Donald Trump has won the 2016 presidential election, expect Barack Obama to pass a barrage of executive orders, regulations, and pardons in a last-ditch effort to save his legacy:
Truly lame-duck presidents are freed from political concerns, don’t have to worry about other elections and can even help take political heat off their successor — or try to lock in their own policies that their successor might not fully support.
For Mr. Obama, who already has set records for the most expansive regulatory agenda in U.S. history, his final months offer a chance to pad his lead and plow new ground, particularly on energy and environmental issues.
Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, said five major rules — including renewable fuels and methane — are awaiting action.
“It’s easily in the billions of dollars,” he said.
Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said this president may not even use the traditional methods of executive orders or regulations. During his time in office, Mr. Obama has expanded the use of other avenues of executive power, including memos and guidance from underlings.
“There are a lot more rules that get issued now by the federal government that don’t go through the standard notice and comment procedure,” Mr. Crews said. “They don’t need to write rules anymore. They’ve got things pretty much under control.”
Another move Obama could make? Pardoning Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner.
But remember: this is precisely why we have checks and balances. Remember when Obama tried to grant deportation amnesty via a policy memo issued by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson? A federal district court shut it down.
Liberals haven’t defeated the Constitution quite yet.