Las Vegas Review-Journal | 08/07/1999
The imperial presidency
One of the seldom
publicized ways the power of the central government has
grown in recent decades has been through the use of
presidential executive orders . ...
Rep. Ron Paul, a
Texas Republican, along with Washington state Republican
Jack Metcalf, has introduced H.R. 2655, which would curb the
power of any president to issue executive orders whose
scope and subject matter are not specifically authorized by
the Constitution or by a law passed by Congress. ...
An article by
Catherine Edwards in the current issue of Insight magazine (www.insightmag.com/articles/story4.html)
outlines the scope of the problem. For instance, although
the Kyoto treaty on global warming has not been presented to
the U.S. Senate for ratification and would almost certainly
fail if it were, the president has issued a number of executive
orders to implement specific provisions of the treaty.
Rivers Initiative Executive Order 13061 designated 14
rivers as federal property, with those areas running through
private property to be seized. Presidential Decision
Directive 25 enables the U.S. military to be put under the
command of the United Nations without congressional
presidency built up over most of this century is neither
inevitable nor desirable, but it will take concerted effort
to trim the arbitrary powers presidents have grabbed.