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  •  There would be no chance of it passing Congress. (3+ / 0-)
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    SuzieQ4624, hooper, freakofsociety

    This is the same argument people raised in 2010 about DADT repeal. "Why doesn't he just do it by executive order?"

    There are two big reasons: first, it's better to have the law changed because, someday, there is going to be another President.

    And if the problem is dealt with by executive action, it makes it much less likely that Congress will act. The supporters will have less of a motive, because the problem will be addressed at least for now, while the opponents will get their backs up and be able to argue not about the policy, but about the "lawless, imperial President."

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 12:49:54 PM PDT

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