Would it be too much to think that President Obama could have picked up a bit of advice that would point him towards working with Congress from anywhere in his entourage of Social-Communists? Who knows… But considering that most of his policy advice is coming from the likes of John Podesta at the Center for American Progress, we can rest assured that it wouldn’t matter anyways. The folks over at The Daily Caller have an interesting article regarding John Podesta’s opinion for how Obama needs to pursue his agenda now. Despite Americans voicing their disapproval for the current direction that the country is headed with the recent election results, Podesta is urging Obama to skip over Congress altogether.
“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.”
“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.”
The plan is illustrated in further detail as to what the opinion of the Center for American Progress sees as the real desires of Americans. From the CAP website, citing what they title “The Opportunity”:
Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage. Instead, the administration can focus on the president’s ability to deliver results for the American people on the things that matter most to them:
- Job creation and economic competitiveness
- Educational excellence
- A clean energy future and energy independence
- Quality affordable health care
- Consumer protection
- The home foreclosure crisis
- Accountable government delivering results at lower cost
- Sustainable security for the nation
And at the bottom of the CAP website is a statement from John Podesta himself:
November 15, 2010
In the aftermath of this month’s midterm congressional elections, pundits and politicians across the ideological spectrum are focusing on how difficult it will be for President Barack Obama to advance his policy priorities through Congress. Predictions of stalemate abound. And some debate whether the administration should tack to the left or to the center and compromise with or confront the new House leadership.
As a former White House chief of staff, I believe those to be the wrong preoccupations. President Obama’s ability to govern the country as chief executive presents an opportunity to demonstrate strength, resolve, and a capacity to get things done on a host of pressing challenges of importance to the public and our economy. Progress, not positioning, is what the public wants and deserves.
The U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to make and implement policy. These authorities can be used to ensure positive progress on many of the key issues facing the country through:
- Executive orders
- Agency management
- Convening and creating public-private partnerships
- Commanding the armed forces
The most concerning sentence in his statement is the start of the very next paragraph…
“The ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these powers should not be underestimated.”
“…these powers should not be underestimated.”? Dear God, what is THAT supposed to mean??!!?? No matter how he anecdotally continues on with explaining that statement, we have all come to the realization that whenever a statement is made by Obama or his associates that can be interpreted two different ways, then we need to concern ourselves with the worst possible meaning. Knowing that George Soros is behind CAP only makes that statement seem more dooming.
Inevitably, words like HOPE and CHANGE do not mean the same thing that they used to mean to us 2 years ago!