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How Obama Can Use Executive Actions to Improve Our Democracy (Barf Alert)
The Daily Beast ^ | April 18th, 2014 | Michael Waldman

Posted on 04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT by Jacquerie

With Congress paralyzed, President Obama has promised to use his “pen and phone” to overcome the ongoing dysfunction and get some work done. And the White House has already acted several times to help improve America’s economy. But such policies, no matter how valuable, will achieve little if we do not fix our broken democracy.

Allow me to suggest some ideas for how the president can do just that.

First, some historical context. Presidents have long acted within their authority, from Jefferson’s purchase of Louisiana without consulting Congress to Lincoln’s freeing the slaves by proclamation. In recent decades, at a time of divided government, presidents have found ways to act in the arena of domestic and social policy.

In the face of divided and dysfunctional government, it’s little wonder that presidents have found ways to push policy and prod the bureaucracy without waiting for congressional action or approval that may never come. But Obama’s executive orders have not yet focused on ways to make government work better.

My colleagues and I have suggested 15 steps the administration can take to overcome dysfunction, strengthen democracy, secure justice, and further the rule of law. The president should take them. And he has explicit legal authority to do so.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: constitution; executive; obama
Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election alone can reverse. Why bother with a congress?
1 posted on 04/18/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT by Jacquerie
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To: Jacquerie

It would be interesting to see what this writer would do if it was a GOP president doing what he suggests Obama do


2 posted on 04/18/2014 3:09:07 PM PDT by LMAO (Insurgent conservative)
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To: Jacquerie
How can Obama use (dictatorial powers) to improve democracy?

By claiming and using such powers he degrades democracy.

3 posted on 04/18/2014 3:11:05 PM PDT by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Jacquerie
From the Brennan Center for Justice:

“Michael Waldman is President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. Waldman is one of the nation’s most prominent public interest lawyers, and is an expert on the presidency, democracy and the Constitution. The Brennan Center is a leading legal voice on election law, Constitutional law, government reform and racial justice.”

To the Left, this guy is a moderate, with a towering intellect. Now, what can we do to combat his poison?

4 posted on 04/18/2014 3:11:20 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election can reverse.)
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To: Jacquerie

Well, seeing as how we are not a democracy, the question is a non sequiter.


5 posted on 04/18/2014 3:18:30 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Jacquerie
Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws.

Except when the lawless and exempt Hussein is in charge.

6 posted on 04/18/2014 3:18:48 PM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Jacquerie
fix our broken democracy

REPUBLIC...woot, Levin is on it!

7 posted on 04/18/2014 3:21:25 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Jacquerie

I keep reminding my liberal friends what a field day the next Republican President is going to have with all of these new-found Executive powers, llike stopping gov-paid abortion, etc...

After a blank stare for a few moments, the ONLY response I ever get is that there won’t ever be another Republican President.


8 posted on 04/18/2014 3:23:44 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Jacquerie

How about declare his policies illegal and repeal what he singed into law? And we are a constitutional republic, NOT a democracy.


9 posted on 04/18/2014 3:27:52 PM PDT by jughandle ( "We have the right to debate and disagree with any administration!" -HRColl)
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To: tcrlaf
...the ONLY response I ever get is that there won’t ever be another Republican President.

They may be right. See voter ID, amnesty, etc.

10 posted on 04/18/2014 3:28:00 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: tcrlaf
<>the ONLY response I ever get is that there won’t ever be another Republican President.<>

Well, shouldn't we regard the 2012 stomping of the Tea Party as a warmup for 2016? The FEC, IRS, DOJ are still at it, and Obama doesn't have to worry about reelection. His powers are so immense, why should the rat party consider giving them up to the enemy?

Your Left friends may be more prescient than they know.

11 posted on 04/18/2014 3:30:49 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election can reverse.)
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To: Jacquerie

We don’t have to worry about the poison. We will come to the point (if we aren’t there) where HIS PERSON and those like him need to be “combatted”. That we can and will manage. He is the one “stuck on stupid”, to borrow a phrase. He will refuse to go backward in his “progress” against us and he cannot go forward at this point without going over us which is something we will not allow. Check and mate. He can’t “stay here”. His is the untenable or unstable position. We are where we are. All we have to do is dig in.


12 posted on 04/18/2014 3:31:25 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: jughandle
<>And we are a constitutional republic . . . <>

Not exactly.

A Frankenstein Constitution

13 posted on 04/18/2014 3:34:25 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election can reverse.)
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To: Jacquerie
Lincoln’s freeing the slaves by proclamation

The author is an ignoramus. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation only addressed slaves in states that were actively fighting against the Union.

He had no power, nor did he claim any such power, to abolish slavery across the board by using his pen and phone.

It took a Constitutional amendment to do that.

14 posted on 04/18/2014 3:38:58 PM PDT by Maceman
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Democracy:

2 wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner.

“...and to the Republic, for which it stands...”


15 posted on 04/18/2014 3:39:09 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Jacquerie
Clinton's speech writer wants to sell a book detailing 15 things the President can do to "improve" the Constitution. Right.

Certainly, having a monarchy that pays lip service to the old plan of a Republic worked for the Romans for quite a long time. I don't see that happening in the U.S., though. They couldn't have an armed population on the Italian side of the Rubicon. We already have one here.

16 posted on 04/18/2014 3:40:42 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Libloather
Yep, democracy is the means to totalitarianism.

If the people participate . . . in the development and creation of laws, why does Obama increasingly make executive law without input from a popularly derived congress?

17 posted on 04/18/2014 3:41:43 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election can reverse.)
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To: Jacquerie

The BEST thing odumbo could do to “improve our economy” is to resign and move to Indonesia. I truly despise that man for what he has done and will continue doing to this country.


18 posted on 04/18/2014 3:55:01 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Jacquerie

Sentence himself, cabinet, and staff to Prison.


19 posted on 04/18/2014 3:56:03 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Jacquerie

It sounds as though Mrs. Waldman’s little Mikey is a big fan of Barry’s Pen and Phone style “government.”


20 posted on 04/18/2014 4:08:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Jacquerie
More Hillary prep:

Michael Waldman

President

Michael Waldman is President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. Waldman is one of the nation’s most prominent public interest lawyers, and is an expert on the presidency, democracy and the Constitution. The Brennan Center is a leading legal voice on election law, Constitutional law, government reform and racial justice. In 2012 it helped lead the successful effort to block laws that could have made it harder for 5 million eligible citizens to vote. The Boston Globe called the Center “indispensible.” Waldman has led the Center since 2005.

Mr. Waldman was Director of Speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995-99, serving as Assistant to the President. He was responsible for writing or editing nearly 2,000 speeches, including four State of the Union and two Inaugural Addresses. He was Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination from 1993-95. As the top White House policy aide on campaign finance reform, he drafted the Clinton administration's public financing proposal.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 4:51:15 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: tcrlaf
After a blank stare for a few moments, the ONLY response I ever get is that there won’t ever be another Republican President.

No, that isn't the ONLY response you'll get .... the other one will be when they denounce you to the secret police, and you get a 2 a.m. knock at the door. If the door doesn't simply come off its hinges suddenly.

22 posted on 04/18/2014 4:59:45 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: raybbr
.... a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice.

Ask them if they teach das Fuehrerprinzip at Brennan Center.

23 posted on 04/18/2014 5:01:10 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Jacquerie
One of the main reason Harry Reid has tied up the Senate is to allow King Obama to run America. Reid is a hard core communists criminal and should be treated for treason since he will not allow House bills to get to the floor.
24 posted on 04/18/2014 5:31:55 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Logical me
Dingy Harry's senate is Obama’s bitch, his rubber-stamp accomplice in tyranny.
25 posted on 04/18/2014 5:55:23 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Obama has established executive branch precedents that no election can reverse.)
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