New Obama executive order not a 'power grab' to nationalize everything

A new Executive Order by President Obama released on Friday has some people blowing a gasket, describing it variously as a "power grab" to take over the American economy or a measure to give the president the authority to declare martial law for little or no reason. I'm sure you'll be relieved to hear that's a load of crap. The hub bub was fed by a financial writer for the Examiner who didn't read the EO carefully, and subsequently fed the hysteria by positing the notion that Obama was out to take over everything. Ed Morrissey calms everyone down: Again, this is almost identical to EO 12919 from 18 years earlier.  Note what this EO specifically orders: identify, assess, be prepared, improve, foster cooperation.  None of these items claim authority to seize private property and place them at the personal disposal of Obama.  What follows after Section 103 are the directives for implementing these rather analytical tasks, mostly in the form of explicit delegations of...(Read Full Post)