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White House Delayed Rules Until After 2012 Campaign

The White House “systematically” delayed regulations on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming issues during the 2012 election, according to the Washington Post.

Ah yes, the post-political president. The man corrupted the policy process in order to get reelected, essentially deceiving voters about what he would be up to once he had the presidency safely in his pocket again, disguising his true intentions by putting them off.

From the story, a great piece of journalism by veteran reporter Juliet Eilperin:

Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.

The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.

And of course, they lied about it. It’s getting to the point where I wouldn’t believe this White House if they said night had fallen.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.

And not everybody did this.

The number and scope of delays under Obama went well beyond those of his predecessors, who helped shape rules but did not have the same formalized controls, said current and former officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

At the time, “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein was heading up the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which oversees the implementation of federal rules. It seems the operation was thoroughly politicized under Sunstein, a prominent liberal theorist who was Obama’s colleague and friend at the University of Chicago law school and who advised Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Sunstein, unsurprisingly, declined to comment for the article.

34 thoughts on “White House Delayed Rules Until After 2012 Campaign”

  1. You can’t believe anything this White House says, shameful. Obama will never regain the peoples trust, lies, lies and more lies. Such a sad time for our country.

    1. A good rule of thumb would be to take anything this administration says as a starting point to taking a 180 degree ‘pivot’ and looking in the opposite direction.

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  2. Well, that is downright depressing news.
    The POTUS revealed to be a shyster, and a liar should throw all of us into the pits of depression.
    Next, we’ll probably have someone tell us that the ACA, or Obamacare, isn’t about improving health care for Americans, but is really a wealth redistribution scheme to transfer money from the middle class to the poor.

    There’s probably a hidden story out there that claims MrsO and the First Daughters straighten their hair, and MrO is a terrible golfer. Maybe SenReid is in the pockets of the casino moguls of Las Vegas, and CongBoehner is a left-leaning Repub. wow.

    Moving on……………….

    1. Kinda different subj–did anyone see 60 Minutes–that Gen Alexander of the NSA. He blandly said nah, we aren’t listening to your calls–well, yes, we do scoop up records of all of them, but just times and who you called and how long the call was…you know, in case… Sooo….I was less than convinced. But at the same time, they kind of seemed to throw open the doors–talk about a lot of stuff that maybe they did not need to talk about….It was a weird segment.

        1. How about the NSA lifer who was so crushed by Snowden’ perfidy he would not even sit in the kid’s chair when he went all the way to see his office in Hawaii? And they had to put out there that Snowden had cheated on his test to get hired–well, that was probably OK, but they did it with relish.

          1. Oh, and how Snowden would work in his apt with a hood over his head and the computer so his girlfriend could not “see.” And how every summer, the NSA gives smart HS kids full security clearances–and they break codes. The whole segment (actually two) came off as weird… Too much info, too little, all kinda inappropriate.

      1. Saw it and still don’t believe them. They can try to backtrack all they want to now, but they have a tainted reputation (in my opinion).

        All their objections regarding Snowden just reflects poorly on them. They were the ones who hired, vetted and allowed him the access/clearance. You mean they are that incompetent?

  3. It is beyond our comprehension that the so called media can still support this man.
    Daily we are seeing and hearing of more instances of harm inflicted on everyday Americans, many of whom have trusted and believed in him. (Not us for sure)
    How can the media who carry his water look at themselves in the mirror as Americans lose or can no longer afford health care? These people should share in the blame for damages done.
    God help our country.
    Michael Goodwin explains it well in his column over the weekend about Obama and David Cameron.
    The West is in trouble.

    1. The Goodwin opinion piece is more about our standing in the world.
      In my mind with regard to Obama it all falls under fear of this man and all the damage he is doing to us.
      Add a lot of anger to that comment along with the fear.
      The low info voters and the liberal media have much for which to answer.

      1. I agree with your last sentence. My snarky comment above wasn’t exactly clear that having a journalist tell us now what they should have known last year is just too bad, and too late.

        There had to be a gulag mentality that hovered over all of the political reporters who were afraid to say something that wouldn’t be approved by the collective. The so-called journalists who skewered MrWoodward for his reveals of the workings inside the WhiteHouse should be ashamed of their partisan and wholly unappropriate actions.

        So what if MrO and his minions tricked us, fooled us, lied over and over to insure he would be re-elected, whatever are we to do about it now. We’re sunk, stuck with this lying shyster for three more years, and it will take generations to undo what he’s done, if ever it can be undone.

        1. Don’t blame the MFM for this one. From the article:

          Those findings are bolstered by a new report from the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), an independent agency that advises the federal government on regulatory issues. The report is based on anonymous interviews with more than a dozen senior agency officials who worked with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which oversees the implementation of federal rules.


          The officials interviewed for the ACUS report, whose names were withheld from publication by the study authors, said that starting in 2012 they had to meet with an OIRA desk officer before submitting each significant rule for formal review. They called the sessions “Mother-may-I” meetings,
          according to the study.

          The accounts were echoed by four Obama administration political appointees and three career officials interviewed by The Post.


          This article is based on the ACUS report.

  4. There’s no arguing the point. Obama lied to get himself re-elected. It’s not rocket science. The question is: What are we going to do about it? It brings into question the legitimacy of his second term. Would he have been re-elected if the truth was known? Absolutely not. Obamacare would not even exist today if the truth were exposed.

    Obama’s entire existence is based on lies, secrecy, and obfuscations. The evidence is overwhelming. Never have we had more reasons to impeach and convict a sitting POTUS than today. What is wrong with Congress? Is there no one who gives a damn about this country anymore? Are we going to sit back and let this thug finish the job he started? It’s one minute til midnight – time for an act of civil disobedience. What do we have to lose?

    1. Yes, Obama’s entire 2012 campaign was a BIG LIE. And I blame the WaPo for not doing their job in the first place. Who’s going to believe them, or the NYT anymore either ? They helped defeat Romney :(

    2. “…time for an act of civil disobedience…”
      Well today in 1773, the Son’s of Liberty tossed a whole mess of tea into Boston Harbor and they didn’t lose anything.
      So Girly1, not a bad idea.
      16 DEC 1773 Boston Tea Party Day.

    3. Well said Girly1.
      I watched that election in 2012, and I swear that they knew, and had control of just the right amount of votes to put him over the top.
      He barely won.
      Without the fraud, he probably wouldn’t have.
      As far as congress is concerned, I truly think that they are afraid of the thuggish tactics that his administration would deploy is they really put the pressure on him.
      Couple that with the fact that the MSM is essentially running interference for him and the members are sweating the fact that they may not be re-elected, we have a situation that will not be rectified until there is a conservative majority in both the house and the senate.
      I feel that we are going to see an unprecedented effort to control the 2014 election.
      Next year will be ugly.

      1. I am seriously contemplating having some sort of impeachment bumper stickers made. I live at ground zero in SoCal, but there are, surprisingy, many like-minded citizens here.
        I wish we could make it a national movement but I Know many are afraid of retaliation.
        Calling my Senator and Rep is an exercise in futility.
        I started a California Tea Party’ movement several years ago – it never got off the ground for obvious reasons. This time, I think we have a chance. Obama is despised by more than just a handful of DEMS.

          1. No WAY would Biden get re-elected. “Obama’s third term” would be the only attack line needed now that we know what we do.

            Besides–remember the debate with Ryan? Man’s a loose cannon, to put it mildly.

            But I’ll happily take a screwball over a committed radical at this point.

  5. This does not shock me at all. Our government stopped being a democratic republic and became a semi-dictatorship once Obama was elected. VJ was right in her statement “they begin to rule day one”. The goal of the first 4 years was to pass Obamacare and get him re-elected in 2012. So, not entertaining or acting upon legislation until after the election or as a lame duck thru executive order in case Romney won.

    If a Fortune 500 company’s leadership acted like the WH leadership the SEC and Justice Department would have everyone in jail for corruption. When did it become legal for a government employee to lie directly to the public. Jay Carney does it every day and is proud of how he does it.

    The politics of this nation is killing the nation. The Republicans will not act upon the actions of the WH because the 2014 election is around the corner. If the Republicans win strongly we will see every type of investigation they can throw at the WH. If the election is a stalemate or worse a win for the Democrats the Executive Order will become the law of the land. Perhaps, the next article to the Constitution should be banning Executive Orders!

    1. Well, I do believe Sunstein, Emanuel etc are throwing in their 2 cents or two billion or whatever! They are complete believers–they know best for us and we are getting it!

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  7. Barack Obama and his administration are totally lacking in integrity. Can’t win without obfuscating the truth, and they look at the whole process without a shred of remorse, guilt, or question about their ethics or morals. All in a day’s work and all the price of staying in and consolidating power.
    and just think, we have Obama’s twin sister Hillary to look forward to in 2016.
    Repeal ObamaCare, impeach, convict and remove Obama from office.

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