Take it easy with the executive orders, OK?

A President who turns too quickly to the use of executive orders may be giving away a secret desire to be the nation's legislator-in-chief. That's not a healthy way for the executive branch to be led. Executive orders can fill in the gaps where legislation left ambiguities or other holes, but they shouldn't be a course of first resort. Founding Fathers James Madison and John Adams each issued just one. And nobody would have accused them of being confused about the role of the Presidency.

Brian Gongol

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