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Obama rolls out more executive office job measures
Reuters ^ | 10/28/2011 | Laura MacInnis and Alister Bull

Posted on 10/28/2011 11:16:31 AM PDT by tutstar

Edited on 10/28/2011 12:25:59 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama, sidestepping Republicans in Congress who have thwarted his $447 billion jobs plan, has invoked his executive powers to help homeowners, students and veterans struggling to find work.

Touring the country with the slogan that Americans "can't wait" for lawmakers to act, he has rolled out a series of initiatives this week and the White House promises a steady stream of more measures for months to come.

On Friday, Obama told federal agencies to streamline their research efforts to get innovative breakthroughs into the marketplace faster, and to create a website aimed at helping firms that want to export.

The administration has declined to predict how many jobs any of these initiatives will create, with the exception of help for veterans, where the goal was a modest 8,000 over three years. Critics say the moves are political gimmickry that lack economic heft and will do very little to boost hiring.

Following are a list of the actions taken so far:

RESEARCH AND EXPORTS

Obama issued a memorandum to instruct federal agencies to speed up public-private research partnerships, help agencies partner with the private sector, and devise a five-year plan to keep closer track of progress and patent creation.

He also issued a second memo to create a new website called BusinessUSA, mainly aimed at small businesses, to aid export-hungry firms find information on federal programs.

Obama wants to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 and is on track to reach that goal, although to hit it the United States must grow exports by 15 percent annually from now onward.

HOMEOWNERS

On October 24 the White House announced steps to make it easier for some homeowners to refinance their mortgages, allowing credit-worthy borrowers to reduce their payments thanks to currently low interest rates. The changes eliminate some fees and increase competition for refinancing business.

The Obama administration also extended the length of time unemployed borrowers can suspend mortgage payments without being foreclosed to 12 months from four months, and simplified the process for distressed borrowers to get help with loans.

STUDENTS

On October 25 Obama unveiled a "pay as you earn" proposal to help reduce monthly student loan payments for some college graduates. Accelerating a program that starts in 2014, borrowers from next year will be able to reduce monthly student loan payments to 10 percent of their discretionary income, and debt balances will be forgiven after 20 years of payments.

Current U.S. law allows borrowers to limit their loan payments to 15 percent of discretionary income and forgives all remaining debt after 25 years. The White House says this will help around 1.6 million students.

Obama also used an executive order to allow students to consolidate federal college debt into a single monthly payment, and offer a 0.5 percentage point cut in the monthly interest rate on that debt. Up to six million students could benefit from this initiative.

U.S. students graduating last year had an average debt of $24,000. More than 36 million Americans have federal student loan debt, but only 450,000 have so far taken advantage of the existing income-based repayment program.

VETERANS

On October 25 Obama challenged community health centers to hire 8,000 veterans -- including former military medics -- over the next three years. The White House also asked health centers to start reporting on the number of veterans they employ.

It also announced an initiative to help train veterans for careers as physician assistants, a fast-track to get military medics into the civilian health field. Physician assistants work in emergency care, counseling and follow-up care.

(Reporting by Laura MacInnis and Alister Bull; Editing by Paul Simao)


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dictator; executiveorder; executiveorders; iwon; marxistcoup; maybealittleblow; mymuslimfaith; obama; obamunism; sissyro
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ISN'T THIS WHAT DICTATORS DO????

FUNDING HAS TO ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE!!!

IT'S THE CONSTITUTION STUPID!

1 posted on 10/28/2011 11:16:34 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: tutstar

It isn’t posted on the White House site yet.


2 posted on 10/28/2011 11:17:56 AM PDT by tutstar
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To: tutstar

Defund it!


3 posted on 10/28/2011 11:18:28 AM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: tutstar

What does the order say?


4 posted on 10/28/2011 11:19:17 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: tutstar

“Jobs” is obamaspeak for more gravy for the public unions.

So, is Boner going to fold again on this and let him get away with it?

Three or four small wars without bothering to consult congress. Three Executive Orders spending money with no consent from congress. What next? If Boner just sits there and takes it, then what’s going to stop him? And as I’ve said repeatedly, where the hell is Michelle Bachman, who should be raising hell over Boner’s boners.


5 posted on 10/28/2011 11:19:38 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: tutstar

It’s a major part of his reelection strategy to make it look like he’s doing all he can, despite Congress. But there’s really nothing of substance to most of this stuff. One of his two memoranda today appears just to create an informational website about exporting for small businesses. Trumped up, small potatoes BS.


6 posted on 10/28/2011 11:20:27 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: tutstar

IF Bush or any Republican president did this end run around Congress, the liberal MSM would be screaming about ‘separation of powers’, Congress being the spending body, President Usurps Powers Not His, Is this violation an impeachable offense, talk about special prosecutors investigating this, etc.


7 posted on 10/28/2011 11:20:59 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: tutstar

He is doing this because nobody has the guts to stop him and he knows it.


8 posted on 10/28/2011 11:21:16 AM PDT by dforest
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To: tutstar

Who is stopping him? Extremely upsetting.


9 posted on 10/28/2011 11:21:29 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Pretty neat, eh?


11 posted on 10/28/2011 11:22:52 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: Cicero

“So, is Boner going to fold again on this and let him get away with it?”

Dear Speaker of the House Boehner,

So, the very idea is laughable, huh?

Signed,
Barak


12 posted on 10/28/2011 11:23:52 AM PDT by ngat
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Sounds like a compassionate thing he is doing, until you realize it is only testing the waters for more nefarious “strokes of the pen” down the road. He is curious to see if he can get away with it.


13 posted on 10/28/2011 11:28:02 AM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So all the first order does is just “speed up” the process of something that was already authorized and appropriated.

The second EO creates another bogus entity. Provided the entity is defined for a purpose for which funds have already been appropriated for, there’s nothing to see here either.

The whole taking action because Congress hasn’t is all rhetoric. The EO is just window dressings with nothing really being accomplsihed.


14 posted on 10/28/2011 11:28:51 AM PDT by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“we can’t wait for Congress to take action,”

Means: “If congress won’t redistribute wealth, I will”


15 posted on 10/28/2011 11:30:31 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Fast & Furious: Holder gone by the end of the year.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes We Can’t!


16 posted on 10/28/2011 11:31:24 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: tutstar

Congress can stop it, if we had the guts to make them.

Congress and overturn and executive order, it has to be done withing, I think, 60 days.


17 posted on 10/28/2011 11:33:19 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: tutstar

Half the Congress is Democrat and of the Republican half 75% of them have no balls.

Obama is home free and he knows it.

Manwhile he and his Wookie wife are campaigning separately all over the country on our money, and lieing about it being campaigning.

We have Air Force One and Air Force Wifey now.

The Congress needs to set a budget on Air Force and Helicopter flights for these two dipsticks.


18 posted on 10/28/2011 11:35:02 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: tutstar

This was an executive action, not an executive order. I made the same mistake. One bypasses Congress (executive order), the other does not involve any appropriation of funds (executive action). Well, maybe it won’t involve additional funding immediately, but this executive action will most definitely result in an expanded Federal Government, since more fed employees will need to be hired to regulate, monitor and oversee all the day-to-day operations of BusinessUSA. This “new” agency is redundant and it is an effort to control more of the private sector.


19 posted on 10/28/2011 11:36:27 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: Cicero

Bachmann should have stayed focused in Congress keeping the RINO feet to the fire.


20 posted on 10/28/2011 11:36:47 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: hedgetrimmer

NOT gonna happen....

We’re done. Nothing left ‘cept for the ....


21 posted on 10/28/2011 11:37:08 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: tutstar

Speaker Boehner. Please pick up the white courtesy phone in the lobby.


22 posted on 10/28/2011 11:37:18 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: tutstar

Wonder if BusinessUSA will work as well as JobsUSA

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/index.html


23 posted on 10/28/2011 11:37:53 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: CaptainK
What does the order say?

It says "F*** YOU prole! Now get back to work and pay your taxes."

24 posted on 10/28/2011 11:37:53 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: tutstar

HE IS NOW A DICTATOR! ANYONE, ANYONE OUT THERE WILLING TO STOP HIM? CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS?


25 posted on 10/28/2011 11:38:07 AM PDT by blondee123 (Obama-(The Wanna-be Dictator!) DICTATOR. Screw the Constitution, EO is all that counts now.)
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To: tutstar; All
Hussein is admitting, by these executive orders, that HE COULD HAVE SIGNED THEM AT ANY TIME. BUT HE WAITED THREE YEARS TO DO IT. WHY?

The answer is easy: they're not anything except a campaign tool. Executive Orders are DONE ANYTIME. He isn't limited as to WHEN he can issue them.

If these are such DAMN fine ideas, Hussein didn't have to put them in legislation. He could have signed them the MOMENT he seized power in January of 2009.

Hussein is a hoax.

26 posted on 10/28/2011 11:38:07 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: blondee123
HE IS NOW A DICTATOR! ANYONE, ANYONE OUT THERE WILLING TO STOP HIM? CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS?

But he's always been, one way or another, the first syllable.
27 posted on 10/28/2011 11:41:20 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So, it looks like he isn’t doing anything.

Or is “speeding up” access to fed cash already available and creating a website that nobody will use considered doing something and going around Congress’ back?

This is nothing but trying to say “See? I am doing something.” It’s playing his base who is leaving his ass in droves.

Or am I reading this wrong?


28 posted on 10/28/2011 11:41:28 AM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: parksstp

Good, I’m glad I didn’t read it wrong.


29 posted on 10/28/2011 11:42:25 AM PDT by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: tutstar

Bush slowed them down and they are behind on their schedule.

We will now see just who Hussein really is.
No reason to pretend anymore.

They have most all their judges, union heads, media, etc. in place
so it will be easier to dick-tate now for real and steal the next election.

He’ll probably do a a Chevez.


30 posted on 10/28/2011 11:43:38 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (They vote twice, we'll vote three times. AND DONATE TO FR MORE!)
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To: 9YearLurker

The OWS crowd will be pleased.


31 posted on 10/28/2011 11:43:48 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: tutstar


32 posted on 10/28/2011 11:44:31 AM PDT by Iron Munro ('We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them.' -- Mitt Romney)
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To: Roccus

Wonder if BusinessUSA will work as well as JobsUSA

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record/index.html

just another place to collect email addresses


33 posted on 10/28/2011 11:44:57 AM PDT by molson209
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To: tutstar

House Bill 408C-143: Any unemployed person within the United States legally or illegally may walk into any business and ask for a job, they cannot be denied. The prospective employee will name what he or she considers to be a fair wage, the employer must comply. End Communication.


34 posted on 10/28/2011 11:45:52 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Soothesayer9

I wonder what he’ll do when he is actually a lame duck?


35 posted on 10/28/2011 11:46:50 AM PDT by PghBaldy (War Powers Res: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp)
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To: tutstar

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-10-26/obama-executive-orders/50942170/1

Obama uses executive powers to get past Congress

college students repay their federal loans,
1 million homeowners meet their mortgage payments,
8,000 veterans find jobs


36 posted on 10/28/2011 11:54:30 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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FUNDING HAS TO ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE!!! IT'S THE CONSTITUTION STUPID!

This Administration did away with that small provision quite a while back. How do you think the government is being funded right now? The fiscal year expired 28 days ago, and no new budget has been passed. Yet this Administration continues to borrow and spend as if there was still a budget in place. And the Republicans are doing nothing to stop it. Not a thing.

37 posted on 10/28/2011 11:56:31 AM PDT by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: tutstar
Article II, Section 1, US Constitution. The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.

Those are pertinent words behind the "Executive Power" practiced by Obama.

Please note that the word executive isn't capitalized in the Constitution.

More, from the Constitution in Article II, Section 3.

: He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient

Given those words, the use of Presidential "Executive Orders" to circumvent Congress is probably unconstitutional.

38 posted on 10/28/2011 11:56:55 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: CaptainK

To Create Jobs, Obama Orders Someone To Make A Website

http://www.businessinsider.com/to-create-jobs-obama-orders-someone-to-make-a-website-2011-10

“Obama ordered Cabinet departments and agencies to work together to create a new BusinessUSA website, to save businesses time navigating the federal bureaucracy. The portal was a component of his ‘American Jobs Act,’ which has failed to gain support in Congress.

Asked why Obama had to sign an official memorandum — and release it to the press — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney simply stated: “You need a presidential memorandum to get these things started,” Carney.”


39 posted on 10/28/2011 11:58:19 AM PDT by NoNAIS (Yet another Government program not needed.)
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To: PghBaldy

I wonder what he’ll do when he is actually a lame duck?

you do know that hidden deep in the Obamacare bill it says Obama can be President for life


40 posted on 10/28/2011 11:59:37 AM PDT by molson209
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To: blondee123
HE IS NOW A DICTATOR! ANYONE, ANYONE OUT THERE WILLING TO STOP HIM? CONGRESS, REPUBLICANS?

Really? You expect them to do something? You are not series...?

It is over. Scrape it up off the pavement with 4 orders this week alone and no one CAN stop him.

41 posted on 10/28/2011 12:00:37 PM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

WHO really is behind him, that everyone is so afraid of him?


42 posted on 10/28/2011 12:03:17 PM PDT by blondee123 (Obama-(The Wanna-be Dictator!) DICTATOR. Screw the Constitution, EO is all that counts now.)
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To: 9YearLurker

I think you’re on the right path with your assessment. I also think Obama is trying to sucker the Republicans into accepting the responsiblity off his back for the economy by trying to trick them into cutting off funding, or other actions that he can blame on them.

If backed into a corner the Democrat, the Leftist “victim” will often if not always look past the aggressor, the opposition and then point at something irrelevant to divert their attention, and use that trick to attempt to make their escape while the aggressor/opposer is occupied with the phony diversion.

Obama’s backed into a corner.


43 posted on 10/28/2011 12:05:58 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: tutstar
It's quite a racket Obama's got going.

1. Create problem

2. Run around the Country blaming previous administration for problem

3. Introduce plan to fix problem that doesn't fix but furthers agenda

4. When opponent rightfully denies plan, run around Country blaming opponent

5. Go 'tough guy rogue' with pretend solution so idiot masses think you're bullying the 'establishment' for them

6. Get re-elected?

44 posted on 10/28/2011 12:08:59 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: Cicero
So, is Boner going to fold again on this and let him get away with it?

I think Boehner knew it was coming. That's why he said what he did earlier about obama circumventing the Congress. I hope he's prepared to act. If not, we need to bombard all of congress with phone calls and emails and head down to DC. This should not stand.

45 posted on 10/28/2011 12:10:51 PM PDT by jersey117
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.ISN'T THIS WHAT DICTATORS DO???? FUNDING HAS TO ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE!!! IT'S THE CONSTITUTION STUPID!

“Obama is prepared to really take power and begin to RULE from day one”

Valerie Jarret co-chair of the Messiah's transition team, early 2009.

46 posted on 10/28/2011 12:12:50 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: blondee123
I am not so sure it is fear. I do think a good portion of them actually support him. They have labored 5 decades for this moment in time. Sure there will be the useful idiots like OWS, but in the end they usurped academia, the press, starting small like an acorn in communities...they've had a long time to figure out this ‘organizer’ business.

The time and patience has paid off. The old guard is getting ready to pass the torch *literal maybe* to the millennial generation. Welcome to the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

If one reads and believes the Bible, Chapter 17 and 18 may be very instructional.

47 posted on 10/28/2011 12:13:30 PM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Roccus
BusinessUSA?

Now businesses can go to one place to find out anything and everything they need in order to hire more people!

This is fantastic!

Lemme guess...

Here's the BusinessUSA Czar


48 posted on 10/28/2011 12:15:52 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: tutstar
ISN'T THIS WHAT DICTATORS DO????


49 posted on 10/28/2011 12:19:16 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: CaptainK
What does the order say?

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50 posted on 10/28/2011 12:20:25 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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