Unreliable Information In ‘Letter’ Advertisement

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Editor:

I’m very confident that Mr. Guida means well, but the inaccuracy of his claims in his “advertisement” indicates that he is relying on extremely unreliable sources for information.

He claims that President Obama has issued 923 executive orders seems to originate from an e-mail that has been circulating for at least a year or more and reposted on various blogs and Internet forums.

The actual number was 161 (as of July 20, 2013). For contrast, the number for previous presidents were: G.W. Bush, 291; Clinton, 364; G. H.W. Bush, 166; Reagan, 381; Carter, 320. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/orders.php

Orders 10990, 10997, 10998, 11000, 11002, 11004 and 11051 were not even signed by President Obama; they were all signed by President Kennedy in 1962 (Obama’s executive orders are all numbered 13489 and higher).

Since President Obama was less than 2 years old when these orders were signed, it seems a bit over the top to get angry with him about them.

Further, the content of these orders seem to have very little resemblance to claims made in Mr. Guida’s advertisement. For example Order 10990 — did not “Allow the government to seize control of the media” it re-established the Federal Safety Council. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=58928

Mr. Guida did not create this misinformation. But who ever did, almost certainly knew that the claims were complete fabrications, but did not care. Unfortunately, the original author also knew that he could count on people not to check the facts and spread the propaganda.

Ron Paludan

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