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Shift on executive power lets Obama bypass rivals
MSNBC.com ^ | 4.23.12 | Charlie Savage

Posted on 04/23/2012 11:07:41 AM PDT by Whenifhow

One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.

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Aides say many more such moves are coming. Not just a short-term shift in governing style and a re-election strategy, Mr. Obama’s increasingly assertive use of executive action could foreshadow pitched battles over the separation of powers in his second term, should he win and Republicans consolidate their power in Congress.

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The unilateralist strategy carries political risks. Mr. Obama cannot blame the Republicans when he adopts policies that liberals oppose, like when he overruled the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to strengthen antismog rules or decided not to sign an order banning discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation.

The approach also exposes Mr. Obama to accusations that he is concentrating too much power in the White House. Earlier this year, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, delivered a series of floor speeches accusing Mr. Obama of acting “more and more like a king that the Constitution was designed to replace” and imploring colleagues of both parties to push back against his “power grabs.”

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The bipartisan history of executive aggrandizement in recent decades complicates Republican criticism. In February, two conservative advocacy groups — Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network — sponsored a symposium to discuss what they called “the unprecedented expansion of executive power during the past three years.” It reached an awkward moment during a talk with a former attorney general, Edwin Meese III, and a former White House counsel, C. Boyden Gray.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dictator; executiveorder; executivepower; obama

1 posted on 04/23/2012 11:07:48 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow
He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power to govern in the face of Congressional obstructionism.

All enemies foreign & domestic....this is a textbook case, IMHO.

2 posted on 04/23/2012 11:12:50 AM PDT 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: Whenifhow

If this crap isn’t worthy of impeachment, I don’t know what is.


3 posted on 04/23/2012 11:40:53 AM PDT by Marathoner (2 goals this year: (1) S##tcan Obamacare; (2) S##tcan Obama)
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To: Whenifhow
Hey, Republicans in the House, it's so simple. Just cut his funds.

DEFUND his programs.

DEFUND his executive orders.

DEFUND his budgets.

And for God's sake, DEFUND HIS CZARS!

4 posted on 04/23/2012 11:41:45 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: eCSMaster

Quislings, the whole damnable bunch of them. We hear not one word of protest from Boehner or McConnell.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 12:07:24 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period, and by election day you won't like him either.)
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To: itsahoot

Need I remind this Pres.that the congress that he is by- passing is made up of those elected by WE THE PEOPLE?????


6 posted on 04/23/2012 12:29:41 PM PDT by georgia peach (georgia peach)
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To: Whenifhow

” - - - Congressional obstructionism - - - “ in America is called “Checks and Balances.”

BTW, your Dictatorness, just how long has it been since you applied for US Citizenship status?


7 posted on 04/23/2012 12:56:24 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Puppage; georgia peach; itsahoot; eCSMaster; Marathoner; Graewoulf

Previously posted today so check out the thread here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2875425/posts


8 posted on 04/23/2012 1:05:13 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: Whenifhow

Enabling Act of 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enabling_Act_of_1933#Hitler.27s_speech_before_the_passing_of_the_Enabling_Act


9 posted on 04/23/2012 4:13:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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