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11-09-08, 07:10 PM #1
President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office
WASHINGTON – President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.
John Podesta, Obama's transition chief, said Sunday Obama is reviewing President Bush's executive orders on those issues and others as he works to undo policies enacted during eight years of Republican rule. He said the president can use such orders to move quickly on his own.
"There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Podesta said. "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."
Podesta also said Obama is working to build a diverse Cabinet. That includes reaching out to Republicans and independents — part of the broad coalition that supported Obama during the race against Republican John McCain. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been mentioned as a possible holdover.
"He's not even a Republican," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said. "Why wouldn't we want to keep him? He's never been a registered Republican."
Obama was elected on a promise of change, but the nature of the job makes it difficult for presidents to do much that has an immediate impact on the lives of average people. Congress plans to take up a second economic aid plan before year's end — an effort Obama supports. But it could be months or longer before taxpayers see the effect.
Obama could use his executive powers to at least signal that Washington is changing.
"Obama's advantage of course is he'll have the House and the Senate working with him, and that makes it easier," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. "But even then, having an immediate impact is very difficult to do because the machinery of government doesn't move that quickly."
Presidents long have used executive orders to impose policy and set priorities. One of Bush's first acts was to reinstate full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid. The restrictions were first ordered by President Reagan and the first President Bush followed suit. President Clinton lifted them soon after he occupied the Oval Office and it wouldn't be surprising if Obama did the same.
Executive orders "have the power of law and they can cover just about anything," Tobias said in a telephone interview.
Bush used his executive power to limit federal spending on embryonic stem cell research, a position championed by opponents of abortion rights who argue that destroying embryos is akin to killing a fetus. Obama has supported the research in an effort to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Many moderate Republicans also support the research, giving it the stamp of bipartisanship.
On drilling, the federal Bureau of Land Management is opening about 360,000 acres of public land in Utah to oil and gas drilling. Bush administration officials argue that the drilling will not harm sensitive areas; environmentalists oppose it.
"They want to have oil and gas drilling in some of the most sensitive, fragile lands in Utah," Podesta said. "I think that's a mistake."
Two top House Republicans said there is a willingness to try to work with Obama to get things done. But they said to expect Republicans to serve as a check against the power held by Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress.
"It's going to be a cheerful opposition," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. "We're going to carry those timeless principles of limited government, a strong defense, traditional values, to the American people."
Pence, of Indiana, is expected to take over the No. 3 leadership post among House Republicans.
In other transition matters, Obama's new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, would not say whether Obama would return to the Senate for votes during the postelection session this month. Obama's presence would be extraordinary, given his position as president-elect, especially if Congress takes up a much-anticipated economic stimulus plan.
"I think that the basic approach has been he's going to be here in Chicago, setting up his economic, not only his economic team, but the policies he wants to outline for the country as soon as he gets sworn in, so we hit the ground running," Emanuel said.
Also, Emanuel would not commit to a Democratic proposal to help the auto industry with some of the $700 billion approved by Congress to for the financial bailout.
Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a letter Saturday to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that the administration should consider expanding the bailout to include car companies.
Podesta appeared on "Fox News Sunday," as did Pence, and CNN's "Late Edition," where Reid also was interviewed. Emanuel spoke on ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation."
11-09-08, 07:14 PM #2
There will be no Republicans in Obama's cabinet. Not with his choice of White House Chief of Staff.
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11-09-08, 08:07 PM #3
Keep your gas tank full - $4.00 might have been a bargain compared with what it will be if he shuts down the chances of new oil reserves being discovered.
As for the old Executive Orders that will be canceled, it's a shame that the Republicans didn't codify those into law while they controlled Congress - They had a chance and blew it.
What I really fear though are the new Executive Orders that will come down - Just call him King Obama.
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11-10-08, 07:59 AM #4
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Don't I recall the Democrats complaining about how President Bush used Executive Orders to do end runs on the Congress...
I guess it's OK if it's their guy...
(Don't know about anyone else, but I'll be surprised if the Dems maintain control of Congress through more than one election. Not so confident though about whether or not Obama will get a second turn...)
And just when did the President-ELECT have any power or authority until after being inaugurated, anyway?!Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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11-10-08, 12:55 PM #6
Yea, but I think the Arabs are wanting the oil price to rise so he'll need the re-implement the drilling ban so we spread the wealth.
11-10-08, 01:23 PM #7
Sounds familiarLaw to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Nation
The act in German has been deleated
The Reichstag has enacted the following law, which is hereby proclaimed with the assent of the Reichsrat, it having been established that the requirements for a constitutional amendment have been fulfilled:
In addition to the procedure prescribed by the constitution, laws of the Reich may also be enacted by the government of the Reich. This includes the laws referred to by Articles 85 Paragraph 2 and Article 87 of the constitution.
Laws enacted by the government of the Reich may deviate from the constitution as long as they do not affect the institutions of the Reichstag and the Reichsrat. The rights of the President remain undisturbed.
Laws enacted by the Reich government shall be issued by the Chancellor and announced in the Reich Gazette. They shall take effect on the day following the announcement, unless they prescribe a different date. Articles 68 to 77 of the Constitution do not apply to laws enacted by the Reich government.
Treaties of the Reich with foreign states which affect matters of Reich legislation shall not require the approval of the bodies of the legislature. The government of the Reich shall issue the regulations required for the execution of such treaties.
This law takes effect with the day of its proclamation. It loses force on 1 April1937 or if the present Reich government is replaced by another.
11-10-08, 01:52 PM #8
And Godwin's law prevails- even without a debate.
Honestly, while I despise Obama as much as the next person, I'm getting tired of hearing this "sky is falling" crap. Obama won. Get over it already. He won't do any more or less damage than the last two President's have done. Where was this outrage when Bush suspended Habeus Corpus? That is definately a more "Nazi" like thing to do.
If you think the President has as much power as a dictator, then why vote for for Senators?
No doubt I for one will be here when Obama's actions are wrong- but he's not in office yet so that won't happen until January. In the meantime, let's move on."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
11-10-08, 02:27 PM #9
Obama is a big media sponsored pres. elect. According to them and his extreme supporters he may as well already be in office. In my view its game on.
Also I would not expect any Obama's critics to just "move on." Bush's critics were resentful from day one and no doubt will continue to attack him long after hes out of office.
I can always tell a die hard liberal because they expect you to do what they refuse to when the shoes on the other foot.
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11-10-08, 02:31 PM #10
Words are cheap, though. Whether one promises heaven or hell- it's still just a word. It's what we actually do that I base character on.
Of course I'm biased in this discussion in that I am not biased. I believe either candidate would be equally damaging to this country- just in different ways."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
11-10-08, 02:52 PM #11
To summarize....the long held tradition of a new party taking office is still being followed.
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11-10-08, 03:14 PM #12SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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11-15-08, 11:54 PM #13
I would just like to see someone appointed to his cabinet that does not have an eastern name.Republicans in a whole forgot to go to the polls and vote. I know that most officers i know and work with say that voting is a waste of time,and they really do not care much.I guess this is due to low pay for most of us(in the south) and they decide they are democrats because they are working men and women. I personnaly do not understand how an officer of the law can vote left with all of the far left groups out there that hate the police. Now,i do not mean to start a disruption here,but face it,EVERY group out there such as the ACLU and ACORN,not to mention most lawyers and JUDGES including the highest court in the nation usually go against the officer every single time. Now you have a linexperianced liberal President Elect that owes these groups for his sucsess. Seems we just do not care about the issues facing the country and we do not argue with logic. The First Lady Elect said now she feels like an American now that her husband has won.Seems to me they have been very sucessfull her in this Country and Live a wonderfull life here. Has anyone seen the mansion they own? Daytime talk shows and hollywood are the winners here.You will have five hours of paperwork for a five minute traffic stop,and get ready for more civil suits than you have ever seen.I base my opinion not on race,but the reality of what the far left party stands for.Please do not mistake my kindness for weakness.
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