Earlier this week on PJM, Hans A. von Spakovsky revealed that President Barack Obama is prepared to use the power of the presidential pen to impose portions of the DISCLOSE Act — the Democratic attempt, spearheaded by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, to overturn the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC:
This is not the first time the president has tried such a move. The Huffington Post reported (if only to cheer him on):
Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say.
This March, the administration ignored a major federal court ruling:
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson […] chastised the government for not interpreting [his ruling against Obamacare] as an immediate injunction to stop implementing the new law.
The administration is fond of claiming it serves the interests of governmental openness, but it’s painfully clear that the latest executive order has nothing at all to do with transparency. So much for the most transparent administration in history.