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Obama Quickly Using Executive Powers
The Bulletin ^ | Stephen Ohlemacher | Stephen Ohlemacher

Posted on 11/11/2008 1:48:06 PM PST by IbJensen

Washington - President-elect Barack Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

John Podesta, Mr. Obama's transition chief, said yesterday Mr. Obama is reviewing President Bush's executive orders on those issues and others as he works to undo policies enacted during eight years of Republican rule. He said the president can use such orders to move quickly on his own.

"There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Mr. Podesta said. "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."

Mr. Podesta also said Mr. Obama is working to build a diverse Cabinet. That includes reaching out to Republicans and independents - part of the broad coalition that supported Mr. Obama during the race against Republican John McCain. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been mentioned as a possible holdover.

"He's not even a Republican," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. "Why wouldn't we want to keep him? He's never been a registered Republican."

Mr. Obama was elected on a promise of change, but the nature of the job makes it difficult for presidents to do much that has an immediate impact on the lives of average people. Congress plans to take up a second economic aid plan before year's end - an effort Mr. Obama supports, But it could be months or longer before taxpayers see the effect. Mr. Obama could use his executive powers to at least signal that Washington is changing.

"Obama's advantage of course is he'll have the House and the Senate working with him, and that makes it easier," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. "But even then, having an immediate impact is very difficult to do because the machinery of government doesn't move that quickly."

Presidents long have used executive orders to impose policy and set priorities. One of Bush's first acts was to reinstate full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid. The restrictions were first ordered by President Reagan and the first President Bush followed suit. President Clinton lifted them soon after he occupied the Oval Office and it wouldn't be surprising if Mr. Obama did the same.

Executive orders "have the power of law and they can cover just about anything," Mr. Tobias said in a telephone interview.

Mr. Bush used his executive power to limit federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, a position championed by opponents of abortion rights who argue that destroying embryos is akin to killing a fetus. Mr. Obama has supported the research in an effort to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Many moderate Republicans also support the research, giving it the stamp of bipartisanship.

On drilling, the federal Bureau of Land Management is opening about 360,000 acres of public land in Utah to oil and gas drilling. Bush administration officials argue the drilling will not harm sensitive areas; environmentalists oppose it.

"They want to have oil and gas drilling in some of the most sensitive, fragile lands in Utah," Mr. Podesta said. "I think that's a mistake."

Two top House Republicans said there is a willingness to try to work with Mr. Obama to get things done. But they said to expect Republicans to serve as a check against the power held by Mr. Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress.

"It's going to be a cheerful opposition," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. "We're going to carry those timeless principles of limited government, a strong defense, traditional values, to the American people."

Mr. Pence is expected to take over the No. 3 leadership post among House Republicans.

In other transition matters, Mr. Obama's new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, would not say whether Mr, Obama would return to the Senate for votes during the postelection session this month. Mr. Obama's presence would be extraordinary, given his position as president-elect, especially if Congress takes up a much-anticipated economic stimulus plan.

"I think that the basic approach has been he's going to be here in Chicago, setting up his economic, not only his economic team, but the policies he wants to outline for the country as soon as he gets sworn in, so we hit the ground running," Mr. Emanuel said.

Also, Mr. Emanuel would not commit to a Democratic proposal to help the auto industry with some of the $700 billion approved by Congress to for the financial bailout.

Mr. Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a letter Saturday to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that the administration should consider expanding the bailout to include car companies.

Mr. Podesta appeared on "Fox News Sunday," as did Mr Pence, and CNN's "Late Edition," where Mr. Reid also was interviewed. Mr. Emanuel spoke on ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agenda; bho2008; eo; executiveorders; itsgoodtobeking; obama
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1 posted on 11/11/2008 1:48:06 PM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
Barack Obama attended an Islamic school growing up in Indonesia and his father was a Muslim.

Obama's experience within Islam as a boy should give him a unique perspective into Islam unlike any other U.S. President.

How do you feel the election of Barack Obama will impact Islam in America?

Take the latest Truth For Muslims poll.
2 posted on 11/11/2008 1:50:47 PM PST by JeepInMazar (http://www.truthformuslims.com)
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To: IbJensen

I wonder how much Obama’s starting to realize that by not running a campaign, he’s opened himself to every other liberal dictating what he’ll be doing in office. And all these ideas, no matter if they originated in the Obama campaign or not, will be seen by the liberal left wing as a betrayal if he doesn’t do it.

I wonder if next week they’ll be talking about an executive order about global warming, saving the polar bears, and listing the bald eagle as an ultra-protected species. While I don’t agree with Obama’s politics, I also don’t think he’ll be anywhere near the driver’s seat as president.


3 posted on 11/11/2008 1:51:00 PM PST by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: IbJensen

Remember how independents were for McCain-Palin over Drill Baby Drill, and Obama jumped on the drill bandwagon telling Dems they needed to pass bill to drill offshore...and everyone thought he would drill for oil in America...one more lie, and when he said it...some of us knew it would be undone, and many voted for him because that was only issue holding them back. Now they have been scammed.


4 posted on 11/11/2008 1:51:25 PM PST by Kackikat (.)
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To: IbJensen
OK so this wins the award for biggest lie: “We're going to carry those timeless principles of limited government, a strong defense, traditional values, to the American people.”
how he said that with a straight face is beyond me lol
5 posted on 11/11/2008 1:52:02 PM PST by CanadianMusherinMI (drill baby drill/mine baby mine!)
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To: IbJensen

I’m amazed by the way the MSM continue to act as if he’s ALREADY president. Note the headline; not “will quickly use” but “quickly using,” and this is but one of countless examples.

And he feels like he has a “real mandate?” 52%, Da Fuerher, 52%.

MM


6 posted on 11/11/2008 1:52:13 PM PST by MississippiMan
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To: IbJensen

Bad grammer on the part of Mr. Ohlemacher - as President Elect obama isn’t using executive orders yet.

As for midnight orders, every President at least since President Reagan has tried hard to undo late orders from the previous president.

But those efforts usually fall short: President Bush43 could only unravel 3% of Clinton’s last-minute plans, and Clinton successfully killed only 9% of those pushed through by President Bush41 in 1993.


7 posted on 11/11/2008 1:52:45 PM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: IbJensen
"They want to have oil and gas drilling in some of the most sensitive, fragile lands in Utah," Mr. Podesta said. "I think that's a mistake."

How is it sensitive? How is it fragile? Does any conservative in Washington have the balls to ask these questions?

8 posted on 11/11/2008 1:52:59 PM PST by rickmichaels (WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN OBAMA'S TRUTH SQUADS RUN WILD ON YOU???)
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To: IbJensen
domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

Cool. Gas prices will return to $4 a gallon, and you can't blame the evil Bush because the gubmint will be controlled by Rats. The energy companies will move their HQ off-shore and completely stop all new oil projects. Then it'll be just like the 70s again! Long lines, odd and even days. Yeah!

("Do a little dance/make a little love/get down tonight. GET DOWN TONIGHT!")

9 posted on 11/11/2008 1:54:43 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: IbJensen

I thought libtards hated the use of executive powers? Has their tune changed?


10 posted on 11/11/2008 1:54:50 PM PST by avacado
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To: kingu

Agree


11 posted on 11/11/2008 2:00:24 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: IbJensen

Jay Severin on Live


12 posted on 11/11/2008 2:00:34 PM PST by Lady GOP
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To: IbJensen
"He's not even a Republican," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. "Why wouldn't we want to keep him? He's never been a registered Republican."

Typical of Stupid Harry...don't consider whether he's done a good job, just look at his political affiliation. What a numbskull...but then, what can you expect from a guy who has publicly stated that federal income taxes are voluntary.

13 posted on 11/11/2008 2:02:26 PM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: JeepInMazar

elections have consequences. McCain was bad from the start and I got blasted numerous times for saying it....but wow I was right!!! (unfortunately)


14 posted on 11/11/2008 2:03:05 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: IbJensen

Whatever this O-hole is going to do he better get it done before Nov. 2010. Congress is going to be looking extremely RED after the 2010 elections. One more thing Your Clueless, if you start this stroke of the pen UNDO you can be damn sure in Jan 2013 or after your impeachment you will be UNDONE IN SPADES.


15 posted on 11/11/2008 2:03:19 PM PST by hflynn ( The One is really The Number Two)
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To: hflynn

“...can be damn sure in Jan 2013 or after your impeachment you will be UNDONE IN SPADES.”

Now that’s a very racist thing to say.


16 posted on 11/11/2008 2:07:17 PM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

The only thing that will keep the oil prices from rising is the fact that the economy will sink into oblivion with Obama’s ‘fixes for the economy, which will drastically curtail consumption.


17 posted on 11/11/2008 2:08:55 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (RNC:NEWT OR NOT ONE DAMN DIME!)
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To: IbJensen

I take from this that Obama will further hasten the outsourcing of domestic energy and prop up the race-baiting and baby killing industry domestically.


18 posted on 11/11/2008 2:11:19 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: napscoordinator

Yeah, it is a good thing that McCain lost, right?


19 posted on 11/11/2008 2:13:32 PM PST by Jacquerie (All Muslims are suspect.)
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To: murron
Definitions of in spades:

decidedly: without question and beyond doubt; "it was decidedly too expensive"; "she told him off in spades"; "by all odds they should win"

Maybe it's an age thing, but it was nice hearing from you anyway morron.

20 posted on 11/11/2008 2:15:26 PM PST by hflynn ( The One is really The Number Two)
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To: IbJensen

The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. That makes the American government EVIL.


21 posted on 11/11/2008 2:15:51 PM PST by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: just me

Disagree. It’s the Golden Rule. The people with the Gold Rule.


22 posted on 11/11/2008 2:20:24 PM PST by hflynn ( The One is really The Number Two)
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To: kingu
I also don’t think he’ll be anywhere near the driver’s seat as president.

I think you underestimate "o"

He's an arrogrant, elitist, narcissist.

I don't think we will have seen the power grab to tilt the balance of power to the executive office like none other since Lincoln

23 posted on 11/11/2008 2:26:15 PM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: econjack

I find it more alarming that Bush picked someone who wasn’t a Republican, and in fact had NEVER been a Republican!

Ed


24 posted on 11/11/2008 2:28:55 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Kackikat

Who’s everyone? I recognize a pander when I spot it. The only person who truly favored drilling in this campaign was Sarah Palin.


25 posted on 11/11/2008 2:29:03 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: IbJensen

I’ve never understood how an executive order has the power of law. If the president can do it why not the governnor or even mayor?

Second, Podesta, another Clintonite. They should have elected Hillary.

As for making all these changes, I have a feeling he learned some stuff the other day that made HIS leg tingle.


26 posted on 11/11/2008 2:29:56 PM PST by Terry Mross ( It's just a matter of time before we're all 'GUILTY' of hate speech.)
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To: hflynn

Listen, dope, I guess you don’t know a joke when you hear one. Have a good day. You need one.


27 posted on 11/11/2008 2:29:59 PM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: rickmichaels
Have you been to Utah?

there is also the water issue for the type of extraction required in Wyoming, Utah, etc... we don't have any and the people on the East side of the divide don't want to share any of their water.

28 posted on 11/11/2008 2:30:26 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Oh I have no doubt they will go even higher than $4, this downturn was simply to take the eye off this significant pocketbook issue when people went to vote. McCain had it as an issue until people saw it was working and like the October Economic Surprise started quickly lowering prices on oil by November 4th. The O stated he thought prices should be much higher — and under him they will be.


29 posted on 11/11/2008 2:32:25 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: napscoordinator

so were you one of the 20%ers?


30 posted on 11/11/2008 2:33:51 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: murron

I know a joke when I hear one and this is the second time today I heard a joke. Don’t have a nice day IN SPADES.


31 posted on 11/11/2008 2:35:19 PM PST by hflynn ( The One is really The Number Two)
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To: just me
That makes the American government EVIL.

And that is exactly what will bury this American form of so-called democracy.

Our eventual form of government will not be a socialist or communist one, however. The form into which it will morph will be the present political class's worst nightmare.

Goodnight, Obomba. Goodnight, Barney. Pleasant dreams.

32 posted on 11/11/2008 2:50:01 PM PST by IbJensen (Obombazombies have given America to the Communists!)
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To: Kackikat

LIke all Democrats, and many Republicrats, being a member of the Elite Political Class requires one be a congenital liar!


33 posted on 11/11/2008 2:51:38 PM PST by IbJensen (Obombazombies have given America to the Communists!)
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To: MississippiMan
I, like many on this forum, despise the MSM.

It will drive this nation into the arms of dictatorial fascism.

34 posted on 11/11/2008 2:52:42 PM PST by IbJensen (Obombazombies have given America to the Communists!)
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To: IbJensen
Washington - President-elect Barack Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

John Podesta, Mr. Obama's transition chief, said yesterday Mr. Obama is reviewing President Bush's executive orders on those issues and others as he works to undo policies enacted during eight years of Republican rule. He said the president can use such orders to move quickly on his own.

I think that fat, dumb and apathetic USA citizens deserve to get slapped around by so-called executive powers and executive orders by a renegade, Socialist president until they wise up to the following. The federal Constitution doesn't authorize constitutionally clueless Obama and Congress to do much of the crapola that he promised to do during his campaign.

In fact, where so-called executive orders are concerned, not only does the Constitution not say anything about executive orders, but the USSC ruled in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer that executive orders do not have the force of law.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youngstown_Sheet_%26_Tube_Co._v._Sawyer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_order_(United_States)

http://www.conservativeusa.org/eo/1789-1897.htm

Executive orders are evidently a traditional way for the president to put orders to subordinates in writing, orders based on constitutionally delegated federal powers, so that the president has a basis to fire them if they don't do their jobs (corrections welcome).

In other words, an executive order has as much lawful impact as a Form 180 sitting on John Kerry's desk, waiting for his signature.

But Obama doesn't want anybody to know this. He couldn't push his Constitution-ignoring, special-interest agenda as president if people understood executive orders.

Again, USA citizens are seemingly choosing the "privilege" of complaining about a federal government that ignores the limited powers delegated to it by the federal Constitution over demanding that the federal government work within its constitutional restraints; arguably a federal government shutdown.

35 posted on 11/11/2008 2:54:01 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: avacado
Has their tune changed?

Soon they'll be marching down Pennsylvania Avenue on inauguration day to the strains of the Horst Wessel Song.

36 posted on 11/11/2008 2:54:36 PM PST by IbJensen (Obombazombies have given America to the Communists!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

But-But-He said he was going to impose a windfall profits tax on big oil.That wouldn’t increase the price of gas would it?They will pay it all from their own profits and not pass the cost on to the consumer wouldn’t they?Riiiiggggghhhhhttttttt.


37 posted on 11/11/2008 2:57:13 PM PST by pistolpetestoys (Sarah ROCKS!!!!!)
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To: Amendment10
I think that fat, dumb and apathetic USA citizens deserve to get slapped around by so-called executive powers and executive orders by a renegade, Socialist president...

I do believe, after what the Republcrat Party has been dishing up since RWR (excepting Gov. Palin) and the nation sleazes its way into pure communism, there will be a resounding revolution that will cause the political class, their allies and enemies of polite society to be treated as war criminals.

38 posted on 11/11/2008 2:58:09 PM PST by IbJensen (Obombazombies have given America to the Communists!)
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To: CanadianMusherinMI

Leftist lie, cheat and steal with conviction and then shamelessly accuse conservatives of lying, cheating and stealing. It is what they are. Love or hate Michael Savage, he is absolutely correct when he states “liberalism is a mental disorder”.


39 posted on 11/11/2008 3:35:32 PM PST by Tucson (I'd prefer you just say thank you; or pick up a piece and walk a post)
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To: Tucson
aint that the truth!
i think obama is trying to sell himself as a rolex when he is nothing but a cheap knockoff.
no conservative is going to buy his reaganesque speech and it will turn off his liberal base who want MORE government involvement (read free stuffs).
since it is a mental disorder cant they create some drug to fix it? we could sneak it in the water system;)
40 posted on 11/11/2008 3:46:22 PM PST by CanadianMusherinMI (drill baby drill/mine baby mine!)
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To: IbJensen

He can’t do anything until after January 20th. These articles are nonsense.


41 posted on 11/11/2008 4:50:29 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: hflynn

You need some serious counseling. IN SPADES.


42 posted on 11/11/2008 5:01:53 PM PST by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Sir_Ed

Same comment: If they’re good at the job, it really doesn’t matter.


43 posted on 11/11/2008 5:05:10 PM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: econjack

I think cabinets should be partisan, as we are on a 24/7 election cycle, hence I think anyone in Bush’s cabinet should be a GOP member.

I might be mistaken about this...but that’s what it seems like to me.

Ed


44 posted on 11/11/2008 5:15:38 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: pistolpetestoys
Therein lies the problem; we have a lot of stupid Americans with very short memories; look how fast they forgot all about 911... much less the painful cost of filling their tank last summer.

When you stop and consider the people who actually voted last week to put themselves out of a job, in the next year or two, it boggles the mind.

45 posted on 11/11/2008 5:49:40 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I was speaking of the American people who showed up at McCain-Palin rally’s with signs Drill Baby Drill, and shouting Drill here Drill now, etc....no way were they pandering. And the people were pushing that concept, and Obama jumped on bandwagon for the votes of those left leaners who wanted drilling, and were demanding it...that wasn’t pandering, it was a cry from the people.


46 posted on 11/11/2008 6:16:58 PM PST by Kackikat (.)
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To: Sir_Ed

There’s no right answer to this...only what you feel is right. In other positions (e.g., Speaker), I, too, go for party lines since that can control what topics even see the light of day. In cabinet posts, I want the smartest person possible to hold the post. Again, just my take and not necessarily the correct one.


47 posted on 11/11/2008 7:44:36 PM PST by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Kackikat

Except The O has no intention of drilling... he agreed to so many energy things in the last debate, if McCain had continued pushing him he would have been saying SUV’s are a good thing (they are, but not in the O world).


48 posted on 11/11/2008 8:18:21 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Salvation
These articles are nonsense.

You would hope so.

Remember, this 'O' character believes he is the messiah and as such is infallible in the eyes of his feverish cult followers.

Just a few months into the administration and you may become sick at your stomach, especially when one considers that Obomba has already stated that transgendered people will be considered, along with other perverts in his staff and administration.

49 posted on 11/12/2008 4:24:20 AM PST by IbJensen (Obombazombies have given America to the Communists!)
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To: IbJensen

Already posted way over here....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2129032/posts


50 posted on 11/12/2008 4:26:11 AM PST by EBH (Directives NSPD-51, HSPD-20, and Directive 10-289)
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