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Obama Is Making Plans to Use Executive Power for Action on Several Fronts
nytimes.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | PETER BAKER

Posted on 02/12/2010 7:50:23 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON — With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare.

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1 posted on 02/12/2010 7:50:23 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

One good thing about executive orders is that the next president can completely overturn the orders.


2 posted on 02/12/2010 7:52:34 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s good to be the King!


3 posted on 02/12/2010 7:52:38 PM PST by Ronin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not satisfied with simply losing seats in November, The One wants to have a huge conflagration!


4 posted on 02/12/2010 7:52:40 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tyranny!


5 posted on 02/12/2010 7:52:46 PM PST by Palladin ("We are the loyal opposition"~~Sarah Palin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Abuse of Power

an impeachable offense.


6 posted on 02/12/2010 7:53:15 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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7 posted on 02/12/2010 7:53:36 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He will sign Executive orders en masse to do an end run around Congress should his socialist agenda not break through the growing bottleneck.


8 posted on 02/12/2010 7:54:02 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

I totally agree.


9 posted on 02/12/2010 7:55:05 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bump


10 posted on 02/12/2010 7:55:54 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: NormsRevenge
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11 posted on 02/12/2010 7:56:05 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Nachum

Ping


12 posted on 02/12/2010 7:56:32 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: BunnySlippers
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13 posted on 02/12/2010 7:56:42 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: onyx; STARWISE; maggief; Liz

NYT article here:


14 posted on 02/12/2010 7:56:54 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: o_zarkman44
One good thing about executive orders is that the next president can completely overturn the orders.

IF, we can survive the next three years.

15 posted on 02/12/2010 7:56:56 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM where are you?)
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To: Jet Jaguar
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16 posted on 02/12/2010 7:57:15 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bring it, Barry. Push that envelope...c’mon.


17 posted on 02/12/2010 7:57:18 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Man50D

Can those be over ridden by congress in the future? Say 2011 with the new conservative majority? I hope.


18 posted on 02/12/2010 7:58:05 PM PST by bleach (Sarah, Wake me in 2012)
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To: bleach
Can those be over ridden by congress in the future? Say 2011 with the new conservative majority? I hope.

I'm not sure. I do know EO's can be amended by only by a President.
19 posted on 02/12/2010 7:59:35 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Il Duce and Il Douchebag.


20 posted on 02/12/2010 8:01:28 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Yup.

And we know how it all turned out for Mussolini.


21 posted on 02/12/2010 8:01:43 PM PST by Nik Naym (Hey Sarah, I luv ya, but stumping for McCain???)
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To: Army Air Corps

Evil Bastard.


22 posted on 02/12/2010 8:03:14 PM PST by unkus
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To: o_zarkman44

three to seven years from now, once Obama’s influence on the courts and the bureaucracy fully sets in. The only thing good about Obama is that he’s scaring people into paying more attention to politics. The bad thing is that he’s distracting people away from some of the other examples of rot that have been eating away at the rest of the federal government and the country at large for decades now.


23 posted on 02/12/2010 8:03:37 PM PST by dr_who
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To: Army Air Corps

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 02/12/2010 8:03:42 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: o_zarkman44
++++One good thing about executive orders is that the next president can completely overturn the orders.++++

There will likely be no next president.

25 posted on 02/12/2010 8:04:18 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: o_zarkman44

Hitler II


26 posted on 02/12/2010 8:06:15 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“I won.”


27 posted on 02/12/2010 8:06:19 PM PST by OKSooner ("I care not for any man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: o_zarkman44
One good thing about executive orders is that the next president can completely overturn the orders.

Assuming that we last long enough to have a 'next president.'

Everything I see from an economic, domestic and security policy basis of this gang of Chicago thugs and their lap dog majority in Congress is that the seem intent on destroying the nation, and doing it as quickly as possible.

I don't think they are 'stupid.' I think it's intentional, and even if some EO or group of them are blatantly Unconstitutional, it may be a moot since the Republic will be in ruins before the Supreme Court gets to hear a case.

28 posted on 02/12/2010 8:07:29 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Gulags for those that dare question his intentions. The Pharoah has spoken so let it be written so let it be done.

Has Obama learned nothing from the era of slavery in the US?


29 posted on 02/12/2010 8:07:47 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (Hey at least George W. Bush ended his Presidency with the same 50 states he started with.)
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To: bleach; Man50D
Congress may overturn an executive order by passing legislation in conflict with it or by refusing to approve funding to enforce it. In the former, the president retains the power to veto such a decision; however, the Congress may override a veto with a two-thirds majority to end an executive order. It has been argued that a Congressional override of an executive order is a nearly impossible event due to the supermajority vote required and the fact that such a vote leaves individual lawmakers very vulnerable to political criticism.

LINK

30 posted on 02/12/2010 8:09:14 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He is an Unconstitutional President and is therefore not bound by the constitution. He is going to do any damn thing he likes unless HE IS REMOVED FROM OFFICE as the Usurper he is.

Don’t wonder why he isn’t following the proper constitutional boundaries separating the powers! Don’t wonder for an instant how he is getting away with blatantly unconstitutional actions!

WE ARE SCREWED if that usurper remains in office.

AND HE KNOWS IT.


31 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:09 PM PST by Danae (Don't like our Constitution? Try living in a country with out one.)
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To: Ronin

Not King, DICTATOR.


32 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:23 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
1 year in office. And he's already in the bunker.

God forgive me, but I miss Clinton. At least we KNEW where his head was.

33 posted on 02/12/2010 8:10:54 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness
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To: hoosiermama; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

Dear God .. pray for relief .. quick, decisive relief
from this madness!


34 posted on 02/12/2010 8:13:18 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

These pictures need to be made into posters with the word SOCIALIST/FASCIST/DICTATOR across the bottom. Then they need to be plastered all over the place like the obama/joker posters.


35 posted on 02/12/2010 8:13:25 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This man is a complete fool.


36 posted on 02/12/2010 8:14:24 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Lion Den Dan

I’ve been pondering the same thing.


37 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:16 PM PST by davetex (Arm up, Ammo up, Practice up, We're on our own.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

FUBO and your executive orders. You are the absolute worst president of all time and you will go down in history as that, and as a total laugingstock. Enjoy.


38 posted on 02/12/2010 8:15:51 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Jail Al Gore and the Climate Frauds!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
IMPEACH THIS DICTATOR

I think he is feeling cornered and is getting more dangerous.

39 posted on 02/12/2010 8:16:09 PM PST by RedMDer (Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Admin Moderator

Breathtaking = breaking


40 posted on 02/12/2010 8:16:28 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Ronin
Dictator, a little dictator in this case who will back down very quickly and runs away when someone stands up to him.
41 posted on 02/12/2010 8:17:50 PM PST by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE; Liz; SE Mom; SoCalPol
I think we all knew Rahm's behind it. Clinton used it to grab the land in Utah.

- - -

It is quite common for US Presidents to issue executive orders that instruct federal agencies to promulgate administrative regulations in order to circumvent the legislative process in the US Congress altogether, though, as alluded to above, this can violate the US Constitution in a number of ways.

US Presidents are quite aware that US congressional politics can defeat or otherwise prevent the passage of legislation presidents deem politically important. In this regard, US Presidents have issued executive orders calling upon federal agencies, such as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), to issue administrative regulations where the political process of adopting congressional legislation necessary to implement multilateral environmental regulatory treaty obligations a president wishes for the US to assume would prevent US ratification of/accession to that treaty.

US Presidents, furthermore, may use an executive order or a presidential memorandum to ensure that federal courts abide by international tribunal rulings interpreting the provisions of an international treaty.

Perhaps, President Obama has in mind to pursue one or both of these uses of executive orders to ensure the US abides by any successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, even though the US has remained a non-party to both treaties for political reasons.


42 posted on 02/12/2010 8:18:31 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: small voice in the wilderness
In close proximity to Monica, no doubt.

Cheers!

43 posted on 02/12/2010 8:19:05 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: small voice in the wilderness
God forgive me, but I miss Clinton. At least we KNEW where his head was.

We knew where the smaller one was. With Monica!

44 posted on 02/12/2010 8:19:26 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Free ThinkerNY
What does this mean?

After a bipartisan furor in Congress last year, Mr. Obama stopped issuing such signing statements, but aides said last month that he still reserves the right to ignore sections of bills he considers unconstitutional if objections have been lodged previously by the executive branch.

45 posted on 02/12/2010 8:20:07 PM PST by submarinerswife (Obama, the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: o_zarkman44

When he signs the first one, we all need to meet in D.C. with the torches and pitchforks and Inform him, we will no longer tolerate his thuggery!


46 posted on 02/12/2010 8:20:32 PM PST by Freddd
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And so it begins.


47 posted on 02/12/2010 8:21:58 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Its time to CLEARLY threaten a huge, middle-class American TAX REVOLT in Tea Party signs & placards)
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To: o_zarkman44

They rarely do. Each succeeding president for the most part retains the work of past presidents as they use them as precedent. The continuing evolution of the imperial; presidency. Notice how many executive orders Obama is reversing? Not many at all...


48 posted on 02/12/2010 8:22:43 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Obama is not alone.

Obama has surrounded himself with radical nationalist socialists. Its our duty to rid America of them and their kind.

49 posted on 02/12/2010 8:22:48 PM PST by Candor7 (((The effective weapons against Oba- Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA)))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama has a passion for flipping the bird doesn’t he?


50 posted on 02/12/2010 8:23:51 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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