President Obama famously said he didn’t need Congress because he had his pen and his phone. Someone needs to get that phone an extra charger, because it seems like President Biden is on it all day long.
It isn’t just the president’s executive orders—a record-setting 38 in his first 71 days. Biden’s even broader unilateral actions have been through his army of bureaucrats in federal agencies: the departments of this, that, and the other thing, which increasingly regulate the minutia of our lives and spend trillions of borrowed dollars each year.
Consider just a few actions. On Feb. 11, just three weeks after Biden’s executive order on gender identity, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a directive that the White House called a “rule change,” mandating that all entities subject to the Fair Housing Act not “discriminate” on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity—language nowhere found in the statute. The agency didn’t bother to tell the public in advance or let them submit