Many Presidents have enacted Executive orders (W pushed several of them through, i.e. one being to limit stem cell research indefinitely which was overturned after W was done with his term). Start a war (or participate in a current war)...executive orders can be passed. If the Executive orders are crap, they can be overturned by the next elected President, but unfortunately we're stuck with them until that President's term ends or is removed from office for one reason or another. On another note, we're in the midst of having one of the worst, do-nothing Congress's in our Nation's history. No matter who the President, I cannot blame them for shooting some things over Congress. Executive orders however should be restricted - the fact that W got one through that was motivated by religion (stem cell research limitations) was quite infuriating to say the least.I was reading that. It pisses me off that a president can even do an executive order and bypass congress.
Bush didn't "ban" stem cell research. He limited federal funding for specific types of such. Good for him. Wish more presidents would limit federal funding.^ This, and why executive orders should be VERY limited in scope, something that must be passed into law as a direct result of a war situation. I can see how this private communications deal could be related to a war scenario, it's a stretch, but one could argue for it in a war situation...but banning stem cell research (W passed that one)?? How the hell does that relate to war??
And he stopped funding the only form of stem-cell research which has shown no promise at all despite having so much money dumped into it. Had we been less focused on that and more focused on other forms, we may have just already have been able to go to the hospital and had them regrow organs off of a scraping of dead skin and a petri dish.Bush didn't "ban" stem cell research. He limited federal funding for specific types of such. Good for him. Wish more presidents would limit federal funding.