In a childish vindictive bout of spiteful ill-will and animosity Obama intends to swamp the incoming Trump administration with a mountain of “midnight regulations” and executive orders advancing left-wing dictates covering fossile fuel production, workplace hazards, gun sales, nutrition labels, energy efficiency, retirement advice and overtime pay. The goal is said to be more regulations than a new administration could ever reverse or repeal. It’s Obama’s way of giving the middle finger to the nation that has, by defeating Hillary Clinton, rejected him and his policies.
Apparently, America has not been suffuciently transformed to suit Obama and his vision. His legacy will not be enhanced by these shenanigans, though he probably thinks the country will not like it if Trump immediately sets out to undo all of this crap that Obama is dumping on us.
Barack Obama isn’t known for humility, though rarely has his lack of grace been more on display than in his final hours in office. The nation rejected his agenda. The president’s response? To shove more of that agenda down the nation’s gullet.
Notice the growing and many ugly ways the Obama administration is actively working to undermine a Donald Trump presidency.
Mr. Obama has devoted his last year to ramming through controversial and far-reaching rules. Whether it was born of a desire to lay groundwork for a Clinton presidency, or as a guard against a Trump White House, the motive makes no difference. According to a Politico story of nearly a year ago, the administration had some 4,000 regulations in the works for Mr. Obama’s last year.
Any action that is rushed is likely to be shoddy, especially if it’s from the federal government. The point is for Mr. Obama to have his way and to swamp the Trump administration with a dizzying array of new rules to have to undo. That diverts manpower from bigger and better priorities.
President Obama is hoping this work will prove too much and his rules will stand.
A Trump administration could send a powerful message to future presidents and build public support by highlighting the “midnight regulation” phenomenon and then making it a priority to ax every final Obama order. Single them out. Make a public list. Celebrate every repeal. That would be as profound a rebuke to the Obama legacy—a legacy based on abuse of power—as any other.
I’d bet that Obama is going to lose his bet and this petualant temper tantrum will poison his legacy, something he apparently cares about a great deal.