Magazine February 11, 2019, Issue

Legislation without Representation

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., November 13, 2018 (Al Drago/Reuters)
Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein In the Administrative State, by Peter J. Wallison (Encounter Books, 240 pp., $23.99)

It was among the most imperious moments of the Obama presidency. With the House of Repre­sentatives firmly in Republican hands and the slim Democratic majority in the Senate soon to vanish, the public had ended the prospect of sweeping lawmaking akin to Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, the signature progressive health-care and financial-sector “re­forms” of the president’s first term. Not to worry, the president declaimed, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” With them, he intended “to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions.” No longer was he “just going to be waiting for legislation”; Americans were

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