Originally Posted by Hugh357
I was wondering how the president can sign executive orders that become law if not over ridden by congress in 30 days.
That's not strictly correct. They go into effect, but EO's are not laws in the traditional sense because they apply their direction to government agencies. A law can force citizens to do things or not do things, take your money, etc but EO's generally apply to the government and use of the military. EO's a re basically laws that the government has to follow. The POTUS can not simply issue laws, he can basically force the government to do his bidding. The most terrifying usurpation of power was the new "pre emptive" doctrine invented when Bush said he had the right to invade any country he saw as a potential threat...... that one set a new record.
But it is true that the balance of power has been horribly shifted to the executive branch. When the US was bombed by japan, FDR had to go before congress the next day and get a declaration of war to use the military. Those times are long past, the congress' power has been greatly diminished now that the exec wields the military at their whim.