Your Jan. 30 editorial entitled, "A nation of laws, not executive orders," states President Barack Obama should not sidestep the legislative branch to implement his agenda. Here are data supplied by the National Archives as to four recent presidents' use of executive orders:
- George W. Bush, 2001-2009, 291 executive orders.
- William Clinton, 1993-2001, 364 executive orders.
- Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989, 380 executive orders.
- Barack Obama, 2009-present, 166 executive orders.
Perhaps The Times should have included these numbers in the editorial so as not to imply Obama is usurping the legislative branch of government.
- John DeCoster, Valparaiso