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King Barack to wield executvie power

The President is getting fed up with the checks and balances of our constitutional republic:

With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.

“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues,” said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.

Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.

Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.

In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare. The White House heavily promoted an export initiative announced by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke last week and nearly $1 billion in health care technology grants announced on Friday by Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, and Hilda L. Solis, the labor secretary.

Obama won’t be the first President to use executive orders.  But it seems like President Obama is so bitter about the rebuke he’s been getting in recent elections and his falling poll numbers, that he’s willing to push even the most polarizing items on his agenda with the stroke of a pen.

This is bad politics, especially in such a critical year for Democrats.  It just adds more fodder to the Republican messaging for the midterms—the messaging they should be using anyway—that the Democrats can’t be trusted when they are in power. 

This story just broke on the NY Times website late last night.  I’m curious to see how the liberal blogosphere reacts to their beloved President openly trying to push his agenda by essentially neglecting Congress.   How will the elitist bobbleheads react?  The vitriol against Bush for similar offenses was fierce and continues to this day.  I won’t be holding my breath.

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