April 8

After five years, President Obama has found a means of governing that suits him: signing executive orders. The executive order regimen is just to the president’s liking. He doesn’t have to meet with anybody, convince anybody or really do anything. His staff writes the orders; he signs them and gives a few speeches.

President Obama (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)
President Obama (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

This week’s executive orders gratuitously meddle with the president’s own domain – specifically, federal contractors who can’t complain and federal bureaucrats who don’t care. The orders heap even more value-killing burdens on federal agencies, reminding taxpayers – in case we needed reminding – of the president’s tiresome liberal objectives.  And sometimes, the ideological bias of these executive actions exposes this administration’s hypocrisy. Today, Obama is signing two executive orders related to equal pay for women. Well, as numerous clear-thinking conservative groups have pointed out, even on the White House staff, women are paid 88 cents for every dollar a male staffer makes doing the same job. This is just another case of liberals making rules that apply to everyone but them.

Perhaps part of the reason businesses are reluctant to invest is because of the chilling effect of these executive orders. They taunt business: Here’s what we would do to you if we could. Ever wonder what our current part-time economy would look like if Democrats had total control – an uninhibited free hand to demand more from the rest of us?

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Ed Rogers is a contributor to the PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the White House and several national campaigns. He is the chairman of the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group, which he founded with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 1991.