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Podesta: Obama Can Use ĎArmed Forcesí to Push Progressive Agenda (WTF?!?)
The Blaze ^ | 11/18/10 | Jonathon Seidl

Posted on 11/18/2010 10:10:08 AM PST by My Favorite Headache

The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the President from implementing more of his polices. The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point.

“I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Center for American Progress head and former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta told the Daily Caller. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”

How does one “move the country forward”? In the center’s report, Podesta explains that Obama can use executive orders, rulemaking, and even the armed forces “to accomplish important change” and that such means “should not be underestimated.”

What exactly does Podesta think the president should use such powers to “accomplish”? Among others, the report suggests “job creation,“ ”quality affordable health care,“ ”sustainable security,“ and ”a clean energy future.”

The report cites specific goals such as mitigating the effects of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, supporting a Palestinian state, and reducing greenhouse gasses by 17 percent by 2020.

“The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy,” Podesta writes. ”Congressional gridlock does not mean the federal government stands still.”

Statement from John D. Podesta November 15, 2010

In the aftermath of this month’s midterm congressional elections, pundits and politicians across the ideological spectrum are focusing on how difficult it will be for President Barack Obama to advance his policy priorities through Congress. Predictions of stalemate abound. And some debate whether the administration should tack to the left or to the center and compromise with or confront the new House leadership.

As a former White House chief of staff, I believe those to be the wrong preoccupations. President Obama’s ability to govern the country as chief executive presents an opportunity to demonstrate strength, resolve, and a capacity to get things done on a host of pressing challenges of importance to the public and our economy. Progress, not positioning, is what the public wants and deserves.

The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy. These authorities can be used to ensure positive progress on many of the key issues facing the country through:

* Executive orders * Rulemaking * Agency management * Convening and creating public-private partnerships * Commanding the armed forces * Diplomacy

The ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these powers should not be underestimated. President Bush, for example, faced a divided Congress throughout most of his term in office, yet few can doubt his ability to craft a unique and deeply conservative agenda using every aspect of the policymaking apparatus at his disposal. And, after his party lost control of Congress in 1994, President Clinton used executive authority and convening power to make significant progressive change. For instance, he protected more great spaces in the lower 48 states than any president since Theodore Roosevelt, established for the first time significant protections for Americans’ medical privacy, and urged the creation of the Welfare-to-Work Partnership that enlisted the help of 20,000 businesses in moving more than 1 million welfare recipients into the workforce.

The upshot: Congressional gridlock does not mean the federal government stands still. This administration has a similar opportunity to use available executive authorities while also working with Congress where possible. At the Center for American Progress, we look forward to our nation continuing to make progress.

Read the full report (pdf)

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To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:

Print: Megan Smith (health care, education, economic policy) 202.741.6346 or msmith@americanprogress.org

Print: Anna Soellner (foreign policy and security, energy) asoellner@americanprogress.org

Print: Raúl Arce-Contreras (ethnic media, immigration) 202.478.5318 or rarcecontreras@americanprogress.org

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Web: Erin Lindsay 202.741.6397 or elindsay@americanprogress.org http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/11/executive_orders.html/#statement


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1 posted on 11/18/2010 10:10:13 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache

I have warned conservatives many times that the communist playbook calls for crushing their enemies physically.


2 posted on 11/18/2010 10:12:40 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Old Adolph comes to mind for some reason.
I’m just having a hard time pinpointing why.. /S


3 posted on 11/18/2010 10:14:26 AM PST by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

the hell??


4 posted on 11/18/2010 10:14:26 AM PST by rahbert
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To: Nachum

Illegality means nothing to these people.


5 posted on 11/18/2010 10:14:33 AM PST by Parmy
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To: My Favorite Headache

There’s that “domestic military” Obama said he wanted.


6 posted on 11/18/2010 10:14:54 AM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Clinton...established for the first time significant protections for Americans’ medical privacy, and urged the creation of the Welfare-to-Work Partnership that enlisted the help of 20,000 businesses in moving more than 1 million welfare recipients into the workforce.

No, he did not! A Republican congress twisted his arms and made him move to the center to sign these laws.

7 posted on 11/18/2010 10:15:08 AM PST by apoxonu
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To: My Favorite Headache

The American serviceman serves the People and protects the constitution.

Not the despot in chief.

One wonders if he were to give such an illegal order, how long it would take for the joint chiefs to remove him from office.


8 posted on 11/18/2010 10:15:21 AM PST by Grunthor (Touch my junk and Ill knock you the f**k out)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Don’t you love how they think that Clinton’s illegal land grab was the best thing since sliced bread?


9 posted on 11/18/2010 10:15:26 AM PST by GraceG
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To: My Favorite Headache

Podesta, you are a f***ing commie whose time to expire is long overdue!


10 posted on 11/18/2010 10:15:39 AM PST by rj45mis
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To: My Favorite Headache

Bingo! Allowing homosexuals to serve openly will lead to militant gay cliques in the military, will drive out heterosexuals and will turn the military into a politically correct political instrument.

We are so stupid falling for non issues. Why should anyone in the military be talking about what they do with a homosexual sex partner? Why should that issue matter to our military?


11 posted on 11/18/2010 10:16:00 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: rahbert

My stomach just dropped to the floor. If there was ever a time people...ever a time...to load up on everything we need the time is now. Our volunteer military better not turn on us...


12 posted on 11/18/2010 10:16:19 AM PST by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The advantage is EO can be undone by the next sitting President.


13 posted on 11/18/2010 10:16:25 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Bring it on.


14 posted on 11/18/2010 10:16:43 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Williams

HIV/AIDS/HepC comes to mind.


15 posted on 11/18/2010 10:17:10 AM PST by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

I’m shocked, but I also knew it was only a matter of time. I had hoped (and indeed, prayed) that saner minds would prevail, and there’s still hope that they might. But this is truly beyond the pale.


16 posted on 11/18/2010 10:17:27 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: apoxonu
A Republican congress twisted his arms and made him move to the center to sign these laws.

You're correct. And, if memory serves, Clinton vetoed this twice before. He only signed it because there was a veto-proof majority the 3rd time around.

17 posted on 11/18/2010 10:17:47 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Nachum

This is why when defending the US Constitution according to their oaths, military officers MUST confront whether their Commander-in-Chief is Constitutionally qualified for the job. If he is not, then they themselves become the weapon a tyrant uses AGAINST the Constitution and the American people.

Podesta accidentally revealed why no military person should obey this Kenyan who was put in place by coup - never having met the Constitution’s 2 procedural qualifications to become POTUS (being lawfully certified as the electoral winner, and “qualifying” before Jan 20th)


18 posted on 11/18/2010 10:17:55 AM PST by butterdezillion (.)
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To: Darksheare

Liberals really are a cancer.


19 posted on 11/18/2010 10:18:05 AM PST by gthog61
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To: My Favorite Headache

It seems the TSA has already taken a page from Podestas.


20 posted on 11/18/2010 10:18:29 AM PST by Track9 (Let Freedom Ring!!)
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