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Why Obama Had to Serve Notice on Congress
RealClearPolitics ^ | February 10, 2014 | Leslie C. Francis, former Carter WH Dep. Chief of Staff

Posted on 02/10/2014 7:00:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address is behind us, but the second-term path outlined in that speech is still very much ahead of him.

In the aftermath of that speech, we’ve heard a lot about the wisdom, effectiveness, and even the constitutionality of a president putting Congress on notice that inaction on several critical issues is not an option, that “America doesn’t stand still and neither will I.” Obama’s vow to use his executive powers, and thereby bypass Congress, drew fire from Republicans. Many news commentators are treating the dispute as yet another example of partisan politics run amok.

Let me offer a different perspective.

In the late spring of 1978, as a White House aide, I joined with several colleagues in urging President Carter to pick a deliberate and not at all subtle fight with Congress – an overwhelmingly Democratic and therefore “friendly” Congress -- over what the administration considered reckless and unnecessary spending. We targeted public works projects we deemed pork-barrel spending so wasteful they included expensive weapons systems the Pentagon brass didn’t even want.

For the first 15 months of the Carter presidency, we had accepted such business-as-usual activity from Capitol Hill and the president had signed, while holding his nose, spending legislation (including an earlier public works bill) that we had hoped would satisfy congressional appetites.

We were wrong....

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Yeah, take advice from the Carter people.
1 posted on 02/10/2014 7:00:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

National Black Republicans Association filed Impeachment papers, see their links....Congress just needs to back them up, then it can’t be racist.

http://www.nbra.info/


2 posted on 02/10/2014 7:02:37 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If this guy had a thought somewhere in there, he lost track of it .


3 posted on 02/10/2014 7:13:42 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Kackikat
thanks
Florida based NBRA initiates effort to impeach


August 13, 2013

by Dr. Richard Swier


4 posted on 02/10/2014 7:16:33 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Better yet, just declare martial law, dissolve congress, suspend elections and begin the dictatorship in earnest. This is just an institutional struggle; business as usual.
Boy, these people are delusional. Now we see first hand how the Nazis did it.


5 posted on 02/10/2014 7:17:21 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: grumpygresh

This was precisely what was suggested in the latest issue of “Harpers” magazine in an article written by a Frenchman who believes that America needs a “Bastille” moment that would remove its dated and outmoded Constitution.


6 posted on 02/10/2014 7:19:15 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: grumpygresh

http://cache.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/NationalBlackRepublicanAssociation2009/PDFs/NBRA%20Washington%20Times%20Impeach%20Ad.pdf


7 posted on 02/10/2014 7:20:06 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

A feather in somebodies cap but pretty well much insignificant as they’re not empowered to impeach.

Congress leads impeachment. I don’t think they “back somebody else up”.

However, I wish they [congress] would take their advice.


8 posted on 02/10/2014 7:24:14 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: Usagi_yo

Congress can back them up by filing their own Impeachment process....giving merit to Fla Based National Black Republican Association.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 7:25:57 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

At this point it’s as much as the News Media’s fault. They fail to point out or conjecture that this is exactly what Democracy is. Partitioned government set at odds with each other to keep each other in check and to eventually reach consensus — and eventually can be a very long time.

They carry the water for both parties, but carry significantly more for the Liberal end. They just get fed story after story and spin after spin and then repeat it with straight faces. You would think at some point the real journalists would laugh and roll their eyes and revolt and destroy Obama in the media via the truth — or at least the cessation of delivering their [the parties] propaganda.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 7:31:54 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: MeshugeMikey

Great minds....yes, we need Congress to file their impeachment instead of talking about it, and back up the NBRA.


11 posted on 02/10/2014 7:33:06 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: MeshugeMikey

Some contact info to go with our link:

Directory of Representatives
http://www.house.gov/representatives/

Senators
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


12 posted on 02/10/2014 7:38:26 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

Talk Is cheap and ineffective.

mere talk may get things rolling but ROLL they must

its a case of Must Or Bust at this point.


13 posted on 02/10/2014 8:16:07 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kackikat

Thank you!


14 posted on 02/10/2014 8:16:25 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yep, and I am trying to get FReepers to act all at once, to support a group of black conservatives trying to do the right thing, if all we do is complain then we are not accomplishing anything.

An e mail, phone call to a Rep in House or Senate shows we are backing them up...and that gives traction to other Congressman/women who want to Impeach. “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”, but it has to be loud enough.


15 posted on 02/10/2014 8:18:55 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Usagi_yo
They fail to point out or conjecture that this is exactly what Democracy is.

No, a Republic. The democRats want to run it like a democracy. That is the problem.

16 posted on 02/10/2014 8:31:08 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

Point given, a Constitutional Republic to be concise.


17 posted on 02/10/2014 8:36:11 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“America doesn’t stand still and neither will I.”

What Hitler told Germany in ’32, as I recall. Words to that effect.

18 posted on 02/10/2014 8:46:58 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


19 posted on 02/10/2014 8:50:02 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: gusopol3
I think the point he was making was, they had this strategy to get their own Dim.-controlled Congress to start paying more respect to the Prez. (Carter)...who claimed to loathe the excessive and bloated spending bills Congress was doling out (that would be at least a little consistent with the infamous Pres. suggestion to keep your thermostat at 60 all winter, and just "put on an extra sweater"...lol!)...

Anyway...so in this guy's theory, Obama is trying to force Congress (and their constituencies) to pay more respect to him and his governing priorities/designs...he really just wants what's best for the country, and it's Congress who needs "reining in"...

or as someone else said, "power grab"! and "popularity contest"!

Would you trust this President to "faithfully carry out the law (ANY law) as written"??? (not you, personally, but the aggregate "you")

Personally, I think Obama just wants to do what he wants, and doesn't really care how much "respect" he has from Congress or any one else other than his reliable groupies.

And of course, following in the footsteps of Carter would work great for me, but sadly, it's already too late for Obama to be a one-term president...

20 posted on 02/10/2014 9:02:27 PM PST by 88keys ("work and purpose"...election 2014!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Carter was a totally ineffectual loser as President. No thanks to anything Carter did, he has now been “surpassed” and replaced as the worst President ever by the first truly EVIL person to ever hold that office!


21 posted on 02/10/2014 9:08:29 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What shall I do with my finger?

Stick it in my nose or stick it in the eyes of all the peons out there?

22 posted on 02/10/2014 9:19:04 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
In the late spring of 1978, as a White House aide, I joined with several colleagues in urging President Carter to pick a deliberate and not at all subtle fight with Congress – an overwhelmingly Democratic and therefore “friendly” Congress -- over what the administration considered reckless and unnecessary spending. We targeted public works projects we deemed pork-barrel spending so wasteful they included expensive weapons systems the Pentagon brass didn’t even want. For the first 15 months of the Carter presidency, we had accepted such business-as-usual activity from Capitol Hill and the president had signed, while holding his nose, spending legislation (including an earlier public works bill) that we had hoped would satisfy congressional appetites.
IOW, Carter would only sign overspending bills which were not for national defense. But we knew that.
23 posted on 02/10/2014 9:47:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We really need to impeach all of them and then seal the deal with some firing squads and guillotines.

17 trillion in debt is totally inexcusable.


24 posted on 02/11/2014 1:50:58 AM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: Bullish
The uniparty will not implement reform. It isn't in their personal interest. The money and power are too good.
25 posted on 02/11/2014 2:09:08 AM PST by Jacquerie (Your sovereignty has been stolen. Reclaim it. Article V.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
I frankly wish they wouldn't waste their time on trying to impeach Obama; it ain't gonna happen. The Democrats will ignore any evidence against him the same way they did with that against Bill Clinton.

I'd love to see a group like this travel the country talking with groups of black voters about how they are being made modern day slaves by being dependent on the government for their daily bread, and everything else. They could reasonably point out how the black community has suffered since welfare became so prevalent, and since so many black babies are being born out of wedlock. The black family, which was pretty strong, through the 40s,50s, and 60s., started falling apart in the 80s and is almost extinct at this point. It's no wonder that so many young black men are in jail; they've never had strong fathers in their homes. Then they could point out that the Democrats are the reason things are so bad for them, and that it's not the Republicans who want to keep them on the plantation.

26 posted on 02/11/2014 4:22:50 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

the Great Society nflicted a nearly mortal wound to the black family.

No Fathers=little authority=wild kids...and then the process repeats itself with increasing damage being done.

The “great society” was not a republican “product”...but few affected by its tentacles know anything about how it started!


27 posted on 02/11/2014 4:30:59 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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