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WashPost: Obama to Rely “Heavily on Executive Powers”

by Keith Koffler on February 11, 2013, 12:51 pm

President Obama is weighing a series of executive actions that provide him an end-run around Congress as he prepares to spend his second term making some domestic policy unilaterally using the powers of his office, according to the Washington Post.

That is, the powers he believes he has.

Among the executive actions currently being contemplated are moves to boost housing, make buildings more energy efficient, bolster gay rights, and issue new environmental rules.

Congress Shmongress

Photo by Keith Koffler

Up first? An order expected this week calling for “the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers.”

Obama also likely is planning to allow those with privately-backed loans who are underwater on their mortgages to refinance more easily. The deal already applies to people who have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Many conservatives believe the housing market will never recover until the market “shakes out,” saying aid to those who can’t afford their mortgages only prolongs the recovery process.

Also under consideration are new rules governing carbon emissions by existing power plants. Corporations surely would rage against the cost of retrofitting their plants.

A regulation for new plants is already on tap.

Another area where Obama may wade in is with a rule barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Misscheryl February 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I do believe this will hurt him more than anything among those who despise him and those who worship him.

Radegunda February 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Those who worship him will keep worshiping him, only more so. There’s a PuffHo piece titled “Commander” that enthusiastically greets the Bamster’s plan of taking more action unilaterally and ignoring the legislature. His worshipers are people with a long and sordid history of admiring dictators, no matter how brutal, as long as they are left-wing dictators.

Misscheryl February 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I agree with some of what you are saying but I think your comments speak to only a minority of those who think he’s the best thing since sliced bread. There are those out there as evil as he is no doubt, but I don’t believe the majority of his supporters fit that bill. There are “some,” as you said who couldn’t care less that he is a dictator as long as he dictates from their life view and literally destroys/kills those they hate and disagree with them. I just don’t believe all of this supporters are that “gone.”

Misscheryl February 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I agree that a minority of his supporters will be loyal to him irregardless of his actions because as you said, as long as it’s from the left-wing ideology. But I don’t believe everyone who supported him in the last election are that loyal. I know many who voted for him the first time refused to in 2012.

rt February 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Funny. “Rely heavily on Executive Powers”. I hope so. He will need some Fairly Dust too. Wonder if he can do that wrinkle thing with his nose…

Some data on use of Executive Orders to manage things in the White House. Our president will need to pick up the pace!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardsalsman/2013/01/28/when-it-comes-to-abuse-of-presidential-power-obama-is-a-mere-piker/

Susan February 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Not that I give a hoot what some tool of state-run media is propagandizing, but the problem isn’t the number of executive orders issued by this Mugabe wannabe. It’s his usurpation of our liberty by executive order. Don’t you ever get tired of being a tool of the state? You may be happy wearing the yoke of government slavery, but there are a bunch of us out here in flyover country who will never submit to tyranny.

RT February 12, 2013 at 12:59 am

Of course not Susan. Priceless.

PamelaOfThePoconos February 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Sarah Palin hopes Obie can find time in his busy day to pay his respects in some gesture of condolence for Chris Kyle who sacrificed so much to keep him and all of us safe. http://palintwibe.com/2013/02/11/palins-in-dallas-to-honor-chris-kyle-at-memorial-funeral/

Susan February 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Preezy Revenge ordered the flags at half-staff after Newtown, but not a word about the loss of a true American patriot, Chris Kyle.

cincycinco February 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

“Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country,” he wrote. “Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the official should change his or her mind because of this divination?” – Louis Michael Seidman, Georgetown Law Professor

That’s how Obamanistas think. If you call it thinking. (sarc on) After all, why bother with old stuff when you have someone as smart and just plain better than everyone else as Obama clearly is? Surely someone as pure and intelligent as he is only doing what’s best, and we can trust him with unfettered power over everything! (sarc off)

Maybe he should spend some time in the History department to see where THAT thinking ends up. Plenty of examples of what happens when “…a government official … reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country,” all by his li’l ol’ self in the History books, and uses whatever means is necessary to enforce his “consisdered judgement”. If Georgetown hasn’t thrown them down the memory hole, that is. My son tells me HIS school doesn’t spend any time teaching WW2 anymore. Why do you suppose that is?

cincycinco February 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Star February 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Is it even remotely rational that the official should change his or her mind because of this divination?”

What if some tenured, insulated would-be intellectual made up a piece of indulgent sophistry and the whole country decided to dump the wisdom of centuries that has worked in myriad situations–just bec the man was so durn smart and put it so convincingly? (This applies to Obama, too.)

Otis Driftwood February 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

If Mr. O had his way he would scrap the current Constitution and rewrite it in his own intellectual style and judgement. But of course Congress would have to pass it without reading it to see what is in it. Same with a majority of the states as it would be more than 1 page.

It might start with – “I, The People.. “

Julie Brueckheimer February 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm

The court decision on his ‘recess’ Labor Relations Board appointments indicates that there will be much more litigation to come on executive orders. Let it come.

owen_kellogg February 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

An order expected this week calling for “the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers.”

Is this the same Obama Administration that has been hacked repeatedly by Anonymous in the past two weeks? Incompetency on steroids.

Just2old February 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

That would be this one with a dash of hypocrisy!

srdem65 February 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

This statement must mean something more than the obvious. “Critical private-sector companies” are not standing around, wringing their hands, wailing ‘oh, whatever shall we do? Obama, save us’.

For every firewall, there is someone out there trying to breach it. The only way to prevent hacking is to go back to pen and paper. Butt, then someone will find a way to steal the paper.

Star February 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

…schools are now “pen? What’s that?”

William February 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Somehow, I doubt there is anyone in any level of government willing to stand up to this abuse of power.

Just2old February 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

http://www.votetocracy.com/blog/detail/understanding-executive-orders-and-the-powers-they-grant

Interesting.

Executive orders have been used in the past to create large policy changes. Two big examples of this are Harry Truman’s integration of the armed forces and Dwight D. Eisenhower’s integration of public schools. However, probably the most extreme executive order to date is Executive Order 9066 in which Franklin Roosevelt gave General John L. DeWitt the authority to transfer Japanese Americans, German Americans, and Italian Americans to internment camps during the Second World War. The biggest fear among critics is that executive orders could allow a president to become a de facto dictator by allowing him to make autocratic laws without the involvement of the other two branches of government. Past presidents have used executive orders to clarify laws passed through Congress. Some of these laws require vague wording in order to satisfy all political parties involved in their creation.

terry February 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm

This man is a fake and I do believe he hates our country and what it stand for and plans to make sure it’s never the same again. why don’t we see or do anything about it, i will never know.

rt February 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

No, no you won’t. Me neither, not that that is a important. ;)

Scottso February 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Here is a partial list of Executive Orders coming up:

* The Media will report on any murders inside the city limits of Chicago or Washington DC using smokeless smoke signals as the smoking ones lead to Global Warming.
* Every Thursday the President must appoint a new task force to deal with overweight pets.
* Chuck Hagel will walk a tightrope between the Defense Building and the Washington Monument.
* Only Pepsi Cans with Beyonce’s face or figure will be allowed in Gov’t buildings.
* The President and his Cabinet will undergo a series of activities in the Dominican Republic given by Senator Menandez of New Jersey.
* The deficit will be reduced by politely telling Canada to give us whatever cash they have left.
* The Keystone pipeline will be ok’d on Feb 29, 2013.

Girly1 February 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

LOL! And totally within the realm of possibilities, Scottso.

veritaseequitas February 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Obama’s next Executive Order will be that the new pope be black. Cause’ you know, Obama is King of the World

ImNoDhimmi February 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

There’s a good chance the next pope will be a Canadian. How weird.

Jeff1000 February 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I’m just daunted by the prospect of four more years of this crap. Four years is a long time. It’s pretty clear that Barry is incapable of learning from history, or learning from his own mistakes, so the immediate future looks pretty bleak to me.

Barack is like a one-trick pony who keeps performing the same failed trick over and over and over. This is the left’s idea of intelligence? This is the left’s idea of a great leader?

Pffffffffffffffffff.

veritaseequitas February 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Its pretty clear to me that it isn’t Barry who has to learn, its us poor slobs out here that have to learn to love being controlled by Barry and his posse.

Jeff1000 February 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Yeah right lol.

Susan February 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Okay Republican governors, it’s on you. Don’t go wobbly on us. We’ve done it before, we can do it again – state nullification. You have no duty to enforce unconstitutional dictates from the federal government. Preezy Revenge is getting too big for his britches, and the Republicans in congress are hiding behind the curtains, shaking in their gucci’s. The states are the last barrier to this unconstitutional and treacherous power grab. Stand up and resist tyranny!

Misscheryl February 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

ditto!

rt February 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Funny Langley. It is AOK to be pessimistic, no apologies necessary buddy!

We all know, the pessimist is a good gig if your friends will tolerate you – probably why Keith’s Blog is such an inspirational read…

Sorry, back on task. A Pessimist is a coveted occupation. Look at it this way, Langley. You are often right, and when you are indeed wrong, you can be pleasantly surprised…

A win / win… lol…

Peace Out!

~ RT

Langley Spook February 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Could Dear Leader Obama come up with an “Executive Order” that would do away with “state nullification”?

Sorry to be pessimisstic, just wondering because it sounds like something Dear Leader Obama & his socialist-democrat allies would try…

sablegsd February 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Every day, the hate burns a little brighter.