President Joe Biden has taken his old boss, Barack Obama’s motto, “I’ve got a pen and a phone” to a new level.
Biden has legislated via executive fiat more than any President in four decades.
But it’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren who appears to be behind the next potential executive order from the President.
Who needs a legislature when Biden is President?
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone – and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”
Those were the words from Barack Obama when he was tired of a then-Republican controlled legislature not passing the legislation he wanted.
Obama’s former Vice President, Joe Biden, is actually outpacing his former boss when it comes to executive orders.
In his first week in the Oval Office, President Biden issued 22 executive orders.
By comparison, and as a frame of reference, former President Trump issued four his first week.
In Biden’s first full year in office, he signed more than 60 executive orders into law.
You have to go all the way back to the Jimmy Carter Administration to find a President with a higher yearly average.
According to the federal register, he upped that number to 106 by the end of 2022.
And there’s no end in sight.
One of President Biden’s biggest overreach of executive power came from, perhaps, his signature policy in his time in the Oval Office.
Last August, Biden – with a stroke of the pen – tried to wipe several hundreds of billions of dollars off the books without the consent of Congress.
Through an unconstitutional executive order, the President attempted to initiate one of the largest transfers of wealth in world history.
If he succeeds, he’ll have stolen upwards of a trillion-dollars from American workers who didn’t go to college, or who had sacrificed and worked hard to pay off their student debt – and handed it on a silver platter to partying college students and grads with useless degrees who had no intentions of paying off their obligations.
Whether that order holds up or not is currently being decided in the court system.
National rent control is on its way
But the President already has his eyes on what might be his next “pen and phone” moment.
Squad leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and far-Left Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts are calling on the White House to institute national rent control.
They sent a letter requesting as much to the White House last month.
PJ Media is reporting the Biden Administration has put into motion a series of actions that will lead to just that.
Rent control is a government program that places a limit on the amount that a landlord can demand for leasing a home or renewing a lease.
Rent control laws are usually enacted by municipalities, and the details vary widely.
But Biden, Warren, and AOC want to nationalize the program.
Yahoo Finance is adding that President Biden is directing the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to look at limits “for future investments and actions promoting renter protections.”
According to the report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have been enlisted to “root out practices that unfairly prevent applicants and tenants from accessing or staying in housing.”
Why would anyone want to be a landlord?
However, “unfairly” is an entirely subjective term – that has been undefined by AOC, Warren, or anyone in the Biden Administration.
In their letter, AOC and Warren also requested a return to COVID-era emergency provisions barring landlords from evicting tenants.
Democrats are using recent soaring rent rates as justification for what amounts to a near federal takeover of the rental market.
But where will people who can’t afford to buy a house live when landlords decide it’s no longer worth the aggravation to rent out homes and apartments at no profit and with no ability to remove bad tenants?
Likely HUD housing, paid for by – you guessed it – the federal government via your tax dollars.