As President Obama prepares to pass his executive order pen onto the Democrats presumptive candidate, Americans should understand that Hillary Clinton most likely would outdo Mr. Obama in ruling by executive fiat and using federal bureaucracies to impose her agenda. If elected, Hillary Clinton would “fill the federal bureaucracies with people eager and willing to impose rules on the American people that would never fly in Congress,” writes Bill McGurn in the WSJ.
The result is the effective transfer of power from the American people acting through their elected representatives to the American people being told what to do—and threatened with crushing fines if they do not—by federal bureaucracies that use the vague congressional language in everything from Dodd-Frank to the Affordable Care Act to impose their own interpretations. Even worse, under the Supreme Court’s 1984 Chevron decision, the courts are basically told they must defer.
At a moment when the media is thick with characterizations of Donald Trump as the new Hitler, America might do well to devote some attention to the soft despotism of the woman who promises to further embolden this unelected, unaccountable and out-of-control fourth branch of government.
Read more from William McGurn here.