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Obama's resolution? To limit dealings with Congress (will use executive authority)
LA Times ^ | January 1, 2012 | Peter Nicholas

Posted on 12/31/2011 6:16:01 AM PST by maggief

Reporting from Honolulu— Heading into the new year, President Obama will insist that Congress renew the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012, but will otherwise limit his dealings with an unpopular Congress, and instead travel the country to deliver his reelection message directly to voters, a White House aide said.

"In terms of the president's relationship with Congress in 2012 — the state of the debate, if you will — the president is no longer tied to Washington, D.C.," spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing in Honolulu.

The assertion is striking given that Obama, as president for nearly three years, is the symbol and personification of the federal government. It also offers a glimpse into an Obama reelection strategy that will target a "do-nothing'' Congress much in the style of Harry S. Truman's reelection campaign in 1948.

With most legislative cliffhangers behind him, Obama does not consider the rest of his policy agenda to be a "must-do" for lawmakers, Earnest said.

Rather, the White House believes Obama would be well-served by continuing to distance himself from a Congress often blamed for Washington's gridlock and infighting.

As the year unfolds, Obama will use executive authority to roll out more initiatives designed to boost the economy and assist struggling families, the White House aide said. Obama has already unveiled 20 such measures under the White House's new slogan, "We can't wait."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


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1 posted on 12/31/2011 6:16:06 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

Our governor, Rick Snyder, just stated as much on a TV interview last night. He’s trying to construct a bridge between Detroit and Canada, but there’s a private entity who wants to build it with his own money. The Republican legislature didn’t pass it last year, so he said he’s going to go it alone. Don’t know if that means he’ll try to put it in a general election, or (more likely) pull an 0bama trick and sign some executive order.


2 posted on 12/31/2011 6:20:19 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: maggief
Earnest said that the White House's goal was to contrast the image of a "gridlocked, dysfunctional Congress" with "a president who's leaving no stone unturned to try to find solutions to the difficult financial challenges and economic challenges facing this country."

Hey Obama, no matter how dysfunction the congress may be there is still a Constitution that you swore to uphold. It can wait.

3 posted on 12/31/2011 6:22:41 AM PST by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: maggief

And of course boehner won’t do anything about it.


4 posted on 12/31/2011 6:25:00 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: maggief

So his eminence plans to run the country through 2012 as the dictator he aspires to become should there be enough uninformed voters to reelect him.


5 posted on 12/31/2011 6:25:14 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Happy New Year to all.)
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To: maggief
but will otherwise limit his dealings with an unpopular Congress

Just how popular do you think the Commie in chief is? Sure the Congress gets the worst approval in a century, but it was THE DEM Congress that did that. With the help of a few RINOs.

But remember this comes from the LA Times.

6 posted on 12/31/2011 6:27:13 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: maggief

Obama’s goal for 2012 -— do nothing and vote present.

THIS is how we should frame this argument!

What kind of leader just gives up trying to work with others?


7 posted on 12/31/2011 6:31:57 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: maggief

The Executive Orders will just be ignored. They will be unenforceable. The resulting law suits by the AG will be dropped before they can be litigated


8 posted on 12/31/2011 6:32:10 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: LucyT

Ping for dictator Obama.


9 posted on 12/31/2011 6:32:39 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: maggief

Why not just build a solid gold throne in Honolulu and rule the world from there?


10 posted on 12/31/2011 6:36:23 AM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: GlockThe Vote
And of course boehner won’t do anything about it.

Well, crying is doing something

11 posted on 12/31/2011 6:44:56 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: maggief

While Obama might try to create the label of “Do-Nothing Congress”, our nominee can create the label of “Do-Nothing President”


12 posted on 12/31/2011 6:45:04 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: maggief

“Josh Earnest...” ?


13 posted on 12/31/2011 6:47:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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To: maggief
I suggest we all start putting some pressure on the Senate and our Congress people to stop this madness. We the people voted to stop Obama’s agenda by getting as many Republicans into Congress that we could. Congress has been very successful in stopping Obama’s agenda and I am certain that it is very frustrating to him but we cannot afford to have him act as Dictator. We should also call the White House and have our voices heard. We did this when he was first elected and now we MUST continue before he drags this country into the abyss! We must get organized and do it now!
14 posted on 12/31/2011 6:47:59 AM PST by elephant
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To: maggief

So in other words, Obama has to decided to become the dictator he always has been.

A Congress with a measure of spine would slap this idiot down at every turn.


15 posted on 12/31/2011 6:51:05 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Fzob

Doesn’t an effective leader know how to unlock his team? But I seriously believe his goal all along has been to make a mess and then somehow emerge as the one to rise above it.


16 posted on 12/31/2011 6:52:51 AM PST by myrabach
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To: maggief
Obama does not consider the rest of his policy agenda to be a "must-do" for lawmakers

So, is he saying he doesn't need a 2nd term? This makes it sound like he did all he needs to in his Presidency.

17 posted on 12/31/2011 7:07:49 AM PST by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: maggief

The action of a ‘would-be’ dictator!


18 posted on 12/31/2011 7:14:00 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: maggief

WELCOME TO CUBA

Obama would be well-served by continuing to distance himself from a Congress.


19 posted on 12/31/2011 7:27:42 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Texas Fossil
Sure the Congress gets the worst approval in a century, but it was THE DEM Congress that did that. With the help of a few RINOs.

It's the LA Times and their ilk who have done everything in their power to foster the belief that congress has been controlled by the pubbies since Obama was emaculated. They hide the fact that both the house and senate was run by the hard left for 2 years, and how since the senate has been run by Dingy Harry, not a single budget has been passed.

I read an article stating that most people believe that it's the "republican congress" that's the cause of all the problems, and you can bet that the media and Obama will do all they can to foster this lie through the election.

Mark

20 posted on 12/31/2011 7:47:56 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Texas Fossil

Same thing from the AP:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-us-obama-fourthyear,0,2044655.story

The White House believes GOP lawmakers boxed themselves in during the pre-Christmas debate on the tax break and will be hard-pressed to back off their own assertions that it should continue through the end of 2012.

Once that debate is over, the White House says, Obama’s political fate will no longer be tied to Washington.

“Now that he’s sort of free from having to put out these fires, the president will have a larger playing field. If that includes Congress, all the better,” said Josh Earnest, White House deputy press secretary. But, he added, “that’s no longer a requirement.”

Aides say the president will not turn his back on Congress completely in the new year. He is expected to once again push lawmakers to pass elements of his jobs bill that were blocked by Republicans last fall.

If those efforts fail, the White House says, Obama’s re-election year will focus almost exclusively on executive action.

Earnest said Obama will come out with at least two or three directives per week, continuing the “We Can’t Wait” campaign the administration began this fall, and try to define Republicans in Congress as gridlocked and dysfunctional.

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http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/24/we-cant-wait

The White House Blog
We Can’t Wait


21 posted on 12/31/2011 7:48:13 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggief

If Obama could just get rid of Congress altogether and be Dear Leader, he would be so, so happy.


22 posted on 12/31/2011 8:13:29 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Vaduz
"WELCOME TO CUBA"

And what is wrong with Venezuela or Brazil? Both have 'popular Presidents who act like Dictators. Cuba, not so much anymore.

23 posted on 12/31/2011 8:14:04 AM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: I am Richard Brandon

But Cuba has a longer record of dictator rule and it still failed.However your right about the others.


24 posted on 12/31/2011 8:23:18 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Erik Latranyi

“Obama’s goal for 2012 -— do nothing and vote present.”

I’d settle for that in a heart beat.


25 posted on 12/31/2011 8:39:53 AM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: maggief; MarkL

Well, well, well.

Of course it is the LA Times and their cohorts in the MSM who expell this crap.

Now are there any in Congress who will confront Obozo when he again steps past his constitutional authority? This is going to be interesting.

Will it get bad enough for them to take an honest look at his eligibility. Removal is out of the question, but this is an election year. Total exposure of this fraud? Is that possible?

What would be the final cost for the Dems and the RINOs?

Both new from the beginning. Who is actually behind his “selection”?

Treason? Yep, for many.


26 posted on 12/31/2011 8:55:37 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: maggief

All of this Obama stuff is worrisome to me, as it is to you folks. Yet it drives me to God, which is a good thing. Though I only see ONE solution to man’s problems, it is specifically Christian: Jesus! As a nation, though, there might be something we can try:

God has continued to work through nations in spite of their current sinful condition, so though we might “deserve” a perverted man as our CIC, is it any more deserving than any of the other nations with far more corrupted systems?

Maybe as in the olden times—I’m thinking of Nineveh—we can spend our 2012 calling on the Lord, repenting of the sins we find in OUR homes (not the supposedly worse ones we find in others’ homes), and asking for HIM to deal with these wicked men in D.C.

Of course He will deal with them in due time, but perhaps we can collectively ask Him to deal with some of them now, as a warning to the others. The Lord can take out anyone He wants at any time, or even humiliate them in such a way they wish they’d been taken out. This isn’t for mere revenge, but in the interests of re-establishing Justice and Honor to our government. Evil men have never belonged in any government before God, they should be exposed and removed.

His power is mighty, let’s ask Him to deal with our enemies (and further, to deal with the work of the Enemy of our souls as he tries to destroy each one of us).


27 posted on 12/31/2011 9:20:18 AM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: maggief

Obama is taking a leaf directly out of Hugo Chavez’s dictator’s manual 101 for making executive orders. Scary stuff.


28 posted on 12/31/2011 9:20:41 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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