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The myth of Obama's executive-order overreach

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg criticizes President Obama for issuing executive orders. He conveniently neglects to mention the number of executive orders issued by modern Republican presidents as compared to Obama. ("Can Congress get its swagger back?," Opinion, Jan. 19)

Dwight Eisenhower issued 61 orders per year; Richard Nixon, 62; Gerald Ford, 69; Ronald Reagan, 48; George H.W. Bush, 42; and George W. Bush, 36.

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Obama has issued 33 executive orders per year in the face of a recalcitrant Congress that has rebuffed all of his initiatives. Goldberg's criticism of Obama is patently unfair.

Bob Lentz, Sylmar

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