John Ransom

Now that he's solved the problem of the economy being so bad-- by deciding to ignore it-- Obama's turned his attention to the latest improvements he can make to the automotive industry. And government.

He’s going to get tough on trucks.


“President Obama will announce on Tuesday that his administration will begin developing the next phase of tighter fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, according to the White House,” reports USAToday.

And once again, he’ll use an executive order, bypassing Congress for your own good.

“The president will order the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” continues the four-color national rag, “to develop and issue new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 31, 2016, according to a White House report on the executive action Obama will announce.”

In cooperation with the Obama White House the term “executive order” appears nowhere in the story.

Instead, the administration has continued their Orwellian assault on the English language by changing the words "executive order" to “executive action.”

While it’s true that the term “executive action” has been around for a while, this is the first time that the emphasis has been so widely put on turning it from a verb into a noun.

I think Congress ought to order Obama to wear a special “executive action figure” suit whenever making these announcements, so they can emphasize the verby nature of the administration’s assault on Congress.

After all, many employers have mandatory dress requirements: the military, the NBA, Carl’s Jr.

Why not the president?

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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