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Podesta calls on Obama to circumvent Congress
Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2010 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 11/17/2010 3:54:13 AM PST by Zakeet

Former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta, now the head of the Center for American Progress, called on President Obama to push forward with his agenda using federal agencies and executive branch power Tuesday, even though Democrats were dealt a blow in the recent midterm elections. Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

“I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Podesta said. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”

Citing his experience in Clinton’s White House after the GOP House takeover of 1994, Podesta said Obama’s administration “can and should take” the specific measures detailed in a report released by the Center for American Progress, utilizing all the tools at its disposal to circumvent Congress in a way to keep his agenda moving forward.

“One of the best ways for the Obama administration to achieve results of that nature, in the short term, is through substantial executive authority to make and implement policy,” Podesta said. “As noted in the Constitution and the laws of the United States give the president the ability and the responsibility to act as the chief executive using authorities granted to all presidents such as executive orders, rule-makings, agency management and public-private partnerships.”

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


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: agencies; agenda; cap; circumvent; congress; constitution; executive; federal; johnpodesta; obama; podesta; presidency

The peasants want the Wee Wee to move forward with his agenda

1 posted on 11/17/2010 3:54:18 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

This is why I’m confused about the earmarks. Does this empower the executive branch even more? I totally like the idea of no earmarks but worry about that part.


2 posted on 11/17/2010 4:01:25 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Zakeet
podesta is a commie and proves that the clintons have always been commies and obama is a commie... I say that the new era of McCarthy starts in January... purge these enemies from the government and then from our Nation. Here is a real meaty issue for you Jim DeMint.

LLS

3 posted on 11/17/2010 4:02:15 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Zakeet

“the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda. “.............No John..that is what the election was about..The American people DO NOT want the president to move forward...brakes on and throwing the country in reverse!


4 posted on 11/17/2010 4:05:38 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Zakeet
I hope he tries it...

AND...
Overplays his hand some more...

We will go to court to restrain him...
--and all of his thugs....

--THENCE--
--To arrest this crew and try them for high treason while we impeach this poser...

OUT!

5 posted on 11/17/2010 4:06:03 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Zakeet

So the Center for American “Progress” (quotes mine) wants 0bama to exercise dictatorial powers? Am I the only one who sees the irony in that?


6 posted on 11/17/2010 4:06:39 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire')
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To: Zakeet

Go ahead John, this will bring around impeachment, trial and conviction for abuse of power.


7 posted on 11/17/2010 4:12:12 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Zakeet

Cut funds to all the agencies that he wants to begin using for these policies. As an example, if obama wants to install a cap and tax through EPA regulation, then cut the EPA’s budget by 30% immediately. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, zero!


8 posted on 11/17/2010 4:13:25 AM PST by Londo Molari
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To: Mercat

To answer your question, no. Congress holds the checkbook and with a new Sherrif in town come January, I expect them to choke off his ability to do so because the blank checks of the 111th congress will be gone. He can order all he wants to but Congress can starve anything he does by defunding any attempts. There is also a means of killing EO’s in the Congress as well. I would suspect that shortly after the swearing in ceremony’s that a few party flippers will be happening. Faced with a Congress willing to take on Obama in the public arena, you will even see enough Democrats willing to go along on a veto over ride or at least threaten to do so. Several of them came very close to losing their seats as well.

On the topic at large, geez, whoda thunk it that this would be coming from Podesta?/sarc Wasn’t it right before and after the election that one of Soro’s groups started making these noises?


9 posted on 11/17/2010 4:13:42 AM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: Zakeet

Maybe this is a devious Clinton plan to complete Obama’s destruction before 2012.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 4:15:40 AM PST by CASchack
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To: Zakeet

Podesta is acting out of school and out of power. He should have made this pronouncement directly to the President and act without fanfare and on the QT.

The time to talk is after the action, not before


11 posted on 11/17/2010 4:17:37 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Hardastarboard

Not lost on me!


12 posted on 11/17/2010 4:28:44 AM PST by elephant
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To: CASchack

I think you are on to something.

Podesta knows he will be rewarded for whatever help he
provide to Bill & Hill


13 posted on 11/17/2010 4:29:30 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: All

we have to assume that anything Podesta says is coming directly from Soros. He wants there to be a constitutional crisis so people lose faith in the system.
If Obama starts doing this, there should be an uprising from both sides of the aisle and impeachment proceedings.


14 posted on 11/17/2010 4:32:36 AM PST by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: Zakeet

Podesta’s Center for American Progress is funded by George Soros. He wants BO’s Communist agenda to go forward, in spite of the American people rejecting it, because that will be the end of the USA.
The Congress needs to start impeachment proceedings the minute the first executive orders are put on the table. The Executive Branch is not supposed to make laws for the country, period.


15 posted on 11/17/2010 4:32:45 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Mercat

No need for confusion on earmarks. They are a symbol of what’s wrong about Washington and our political corruption. In an of themselves the earmark like any other tool can be good or bad— but they have been abused. and the only way to cure the abuse is to seek promise to end earmarks. What bothers me is it seems the political game that this position may be a compromise that will bite us in the behind-for what will they NOT hear us on down the road when the Republicans have the House?I like what Alan West said about his going to Washington-to fix what is broken -then come home.


16 posted on 11/17/2010 4:36:22 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Podesta is Buster the body crab whispering in his Presidents ear saying what the Poser in the White House saying what the
edicated idiot is itching to hear.


17 posted on 11/17/2010 4:38:48 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Zakeet
Title may as wel read:

Podesta Calls On Obama To Take A Straight Razor To His Wrists, And Those Of The Entire Democrat Party

If O'Bunghole starts using Executive Orders and various of his 'shadow Government' appointees and 'Czars' to circumvent our Constitutional process, it'll be the political end of him, his administration, and the Democrat Party. They'll be lucky to get out with their skin.

;-\

18 posted on 11/17/2010 4:39:57 AM PST by Gargantua (I prefer a Shitake reduction with butter, sauterne, a pinch of basil and balsamic)
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To: Zakeet
Title may as well read:

Podesta Calls On Obama To Take A Straight Razor To His Wrists, And Those Of The Entire Democrat Party

If O'Bunghole starts using Executive Orders and various of his 'shadow Government' appointees and 'Czars' to circumvent our Constitutional process, it'll be the political end of him, his administration, and the Democrat Party. They'll be lucky to get out with their skin.

;-\

19 posted on 11/17/2010 4:40:28 AM PST by Gargantua (I prefer a Shitake reduction with butter, sauterne, a pinch of basil and balsamic)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

And your reply is EXACTLY what I hope those we sent to congress will adhere to.But I worry that the environment in Washington D.C. is such that like this so called “ethics” thing with good time Charlie.I fear Congress will agree that Obummer is not really qualified to be President and that they have much to disagree about but will lack the political will and the Moral character to do the right thing and remove the
contaminated material to the burn pit.


20 posted on 11/17/2010 4:43:48 AM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: CASchack

The Clintons vs. Obama may join the list of History’s most infamous feuds. We can only hope for no collateral damage.

http://www.toptenz.net/top-ten-famous-feuds-and-vendettas.php


21 posted on 11/17/2010 4:47:34 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: Mercat

“Does this empower the executive branch even more?”

Yep - which is why Inhofe (who is further from being a RINO than Reagan was) supported them. But it still doesn’t matter, and he even gets it now, for we can thank Senator McCain and ESPECIALLY Senator Stevens for distorting what earmarks are...to the point of making them more poisonous than trying to fix SocSecurity.


22 posted on 11/17/2010 4:57:40 AM PST by BobL (The whole point of being human is knowing when the party's over.)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

If the Congress spends the next two years knocking down any and all of Obama’s Executive Orders, I would be happy with that Congress.


23 posted on 11/17/2010 4:58:09 AM PST by Venturer
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To: DarthVader
Go ahead John, this will bring around impeachment, trial and conviction for abuse of power.

Not enough patriots among the ranks of Congress to get this done I'm afraid.

24 posted on 11/17/2010 4:59:32 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Way to go Badgers! For the first time in 8 years I am proud of my state.)
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To: Zakeet

As Rocky would say,”Go for it!”


25 posted on 11/17/2010 5:01:06 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Zakeet

I was just reading an interesting historical account of Salvador Allende the other day...and power trips, all on behalf of “The People” of course.


26 posted on 11/17/2010 5:03:29 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I support "a pathway to kicking your a** off U.S. Soil", if you came here & remain here illegally)
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To: Zakeet

According to his oath of office, it is not the President’s job to “move the country forward”, John.

This little Commie is another one that needs to go. He and Leon Panetta are peas in a pod, only Leon appears less radical.

The bad news is that Panetta is heading the CIA.


27 posted on 11/17/2010 5:06:51 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: DarthVader

Isn’t Podesta a Clinton man?
I suspect the Clinton’s want him to push harder and take himself out of the 2012 election.

Wouldn’t it be delicious for Bill to have another impeached president running around the country?
He could once again say”they all do it so it’s okay to be impeached”.


28 posted on 11/17/2010 5:07:50 AM PST by IceAge
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To: kittymyrib
They can begin by subpoenas for White House officials issued by the new House Judiciary Committee.

Push the issue. Escalate it to a Constitutional Crisis.

Form committees and groups in all towns, cities and states, under the existing conservative and Tea Party structures. Form a National 10th Ammendment Contact Committee between the GOP Governors of friendly, resistant states, and coordinate their various national guards and information flows.

If the elite overlords in D.C. are going to "bring it" through unconstitutional Executive Orders and Administrative Legislation by the Executive Branch, which I figured they would in the closing two months of 2010, now is about their only chance. If they "bring it", the People had better be ready also to "bring it".

Man, are they overplaying their hands...or at least floating trial balloons.

29 posted on 11/17/2010 5:09:24 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (I support "a pathway to kicking your a** off U.S. Soil", if you came here & remain here illegally)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Bovine Scatology!


30 posted on 11/17/2010 5:15:52 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

This Podesta guy must be smoking the same stuff Slick Willie was smoking. Where does he get the FU idea that
the American people want Hussein Obama to do anything?
Did not he understand the ass kicking the RATS got a few weeks ago?


31 posted on 11/17/2010 5:18:34 AM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: Londo Molari
Cut funds to all the agencies that he wants to begin using for these policies. As an example, if obama wants to install a cap and tax through EPA regulation, then cut the EPA’s budget by 30% immediately.

Not immediately. That would play into Obama's hands. Aided by the state-controlled media, he would play it just the way Clinton played Gingrich's "government shut-down."

It has to be allowed to bite, or at least to stay in force long enough so that it's a looming cost hit for everyone in America. Conservative media (talk radio and the internet) has to be allowed time to explain what will happen when cap and tax takes effect. The debate has to play out. Only then can the power of the purse be brought to bear.

Let's not make the same mistakes we made in 1994 and 1995.

32 posted on 11/17/2010 5:19:10 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: blueyon

The American people want leaders and repealers, NOT rulers and regulators.


33 posted on 11/17/2010 5:19:58 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: StonyBurk

Indeed.

LLS


34 posted on 11/17/2010 5:24:11 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Zakeet
Podesta said the American people want the president to move forward with his agenda.

Which is why we voted for Republicans in greater numbers than at any time since 1946. Because a Republican landslide is a mandate for Democrats! It all makes sense.

35 posted on 11/17/2010 5:28:34 AM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: Zakeet

Podesta, another ‘Klintonista’ trying to ensure 0Bozo is a one-term wonder and making room for the Klintons in the White House.


36 posted on 11/17/2010 5:36:10 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: IceAge

Podesta is a SOROS man - Center for American Progress is a Soros front-group.


37 posted on 11/17/2010 5:38:51 AM PST by rockvillem
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To: Zakeet

Great strategy, Podesta. How’s that “ignore the will of the people” thing workin’ out for ya so far?

If this is the caliber of advisors Obamateur has around him, it’s no wonder he’s falling faster than pigeon poop.


38 posted on 11/17/2010 5:44:38 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Zakeet

Simple fix to excess executive action. Cut off funds to whatever agency is inplementing his dictatorial edicts.

It could turn out to be a good thing as various agencies cease to exist. Provided the house republicans have the backbone to carry through.


39 posted on 11/17/2010 6:09:25 AM PST by CPOSharky (They ain't "illegals." They are just unregistered democrats.)
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To: CASchack

“Maybe this is a devious Clinton plan to complete Obama’s destruction before 2012.”

Could be:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/Organizations%20Funded%20Directly5.htm

Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros and his Open Society Institute

By Discover The Networks
July 2007

Excerpt: Center for American Progress: This leftist think tank is headed by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, works closely with Hillary Clinton, and employs numerous former Clinton administration staffers. It is committed to “developing a long-term vision of a progressive America” and “providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals.”

Go to the link provided above for the rest of the list if you wish.


40 posted on 11/17/2010 6:13:01 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Mr. Wright
He understands... he also does not care... he wants as much marxism instituted as possible before January.

LLS

41 posted on 11/17/2010 6:22:13 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Zakeet
Podesta’s staff wouldn’t return TheDC’s request for comment on his change of heart regarding the president’s use of executive power.

Democrats: Consistently Inconsistent to Serve You Better

It's a cookbook.

42 posted on 11/17/2010 6:24:30 AM PST by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: Zakeet

Shouldn’t they at least set the Reichstag on fire first?


43 posted on 11/17/2010 6:25:09 AM PST by Hoodat ( Don't touch my junk, Bro !)
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To: Zakeet

Flagrant, publicized abuse of executive power won’t help the Dems in the Presidential Election of 2012, John.


44 posted on 11/17/2010 6:27:41 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Mr. Wright
Stalin said that the Russian people wanted all those rabble rousers killed off. podesta is no different from stalin... he just has no real power to follow through with what he would really like to do.

LLS

45 posted on 11/17/2010 6:50:22 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: Gargantua
They'll be lucky to get out with their skin.

Quite literally, they will be lucky to get out alive.

46 posted on 11/17/2010 7:42:19 AM PST by thethirddegree
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