Both sides of the aisle are getting frustrated with the White House and the DoJ? Imagine my surprise! Do you think Congress has come to the conclusion yet that they are irrelevant now that the Executive Branch has gone off the reservation with czars by the dozens, and federal agencies calling the shots?
I know y’all will be alot happier when we see perp walks with handcuffs coming out of the White House, but I’m not betting that will be happening anytime soon.
Bipartisan criticism of the Justice Department is soaring on Capitol Hill as the executive branch has repeatedly balked at answering congressional requests for information, according to lawmakers and aides.
According to documents obtained by The Hill and more than a dozen interviews with Democratic and Republican members and staffers, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is rebuffing Congress and its investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
In a statement to The Hill, a spokeswoman for the DoJ said that the department makes every effort to respond to lawmakers in a timely and thorough manner. We regularly provide briefings on topics upon request as well as send written replies to members of Congress based on individual inquiries.”
Congressional Democrats privately acknowledge that DoJ has not been as forthright as they would like, and letters signed by Capitol Hill Democrats to the department indicate their frustration.
However, House and Senate Democrats say they are close to receiving data they sought months ago on various topics, expressing hope that DoJ will work more cooperatively with them.
But Republican claims of DoJ’s “stonewalling” have them questioning whether Attorney General Eric Holder is living up to the pledge of responsiveness and transparency he made during his Senate confirmation hearing nearly 18 months ago.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has expressed concern that since 2009, the DoJ has refused to hand over information to the GAO on personnel vacancy trends within the FBI’s counterterrorism division.
At a standstill, the GAO, acting on a bipartisan request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Grassley, wrote to the DoJ three weeks ago in an attempt to resolve the issue.
In the letter, the GAO referred to the DoJ’s continuous denial of information as “a systemic problem.” The DoJ, citing legal statutes, refused to deliver the data.
This might help some of those fence-sitters to understand why the Tea Party Patriots are growing in numbers. You folks ain’t crazy, and that sinking feeling you have been experiencing is just your common sense kicking in. Come on down!!!
President Obamaseems to believe that most of his sweeping agenda to transform the country can be accomplished without even a vote of Congress.
While Congress considers sweeping new legislation to permanently institutionalize the bailouts and federal control of our financial system (right on the heels of their health care takeover, of course) several other sweeping power grabs are going on outside the spotlight of legislative debate. Indeed President Obama seems to believe that most of his sweeping agenda to transform the country can be accomplished without even a vote of Congress. The chart seen above and found here shows what the administration is up to.
As I’ve previously noted here in the Fox Forum, the the EPA is pursuing an aggressive global warming power grab under the direction of White House Climate czar Carol Browner (who was not subject to Senate confirmation), and the FCC is pursuing a regulatory takeover of the Internet.
Both of those efforts are now escalating. The EPA has now finalized its vehicle emissions rule, for the first time regulating global warming under the 1970 Clean Air Act. While EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is trying to calm a political backlash by promising the delay the onslaught of regulations (the overall blueprint is over 18,000 pages and regulates almost everything that moves and lots of things that stay put) she remains committed to them. The Senate will have a key vote on S.J. Res. 26, which would stop the EPA, some time in May.
We may actually be getting closer to an impeachable offense since Barack-Baby is getting tired of partisan wrangling and is planning on going off the reservation while using executive orders to make his liberal left, socialist agenda happen. At least he is predictable…
WASHINGTON — 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.
What is the point of three branches of government that work as checks and balances if the president can just sign an executive order? I am so tired of this punk a** b*tch telling me how it is going to be in my country.
“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.
Would those type of operations over the course of the last 60 years explain the mess we find ourselves in now?
White House officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency.
So what he is really saying is that once the honeymoon (dog and pony show) is over, the president just does whatever he pleases?
“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”
SINCE WHEN DAN? Sheeple voted for this empty suit because they were tired of Bush’s heavy hand; change which might actually include following the Constitution and the law. I know those concepts are foreign to you, but allow me to lay another on you. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. That is probably the only reason why a certain sector of the population has not stepped in already. That would set one hell of a precedent, wouldn’t it?
When is somebody going to slap some sense into these people and remind them that as much as they may find it distasteful to have the two bodies of Congress make laws, that is whose job it is. Here let me remind you:
The use of executive authority during times of legislative inertia is hardly new; former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush turned to such powers at various moments in their presidencies, and Mr. Emanuel was in the thick of carrying out the strategy during his days as a top official in the Clinton White House.
Yeppers, two progressives setting the trend for a freakin’ dictator.
But Mr. Obama has to be careful how he proceeds because he has been critical of both Mr. Clinton’s penchant for expending presidential capital on small-bore initiatives, like school uniforms, and Mr. Bush’s expansive assertions of executive authority, like the secret program of wiretapping without warrants.
See above comment.
Already, Mr. Obama has had to reconcile his campaign-trail criticism of Mr. Bush for excessive use of so-called signing statements to bypass parts of legislation with his own use of such tactics. After a bipartisan furor in Congress last year, Mr. Obama stopped issuing such signing statements, but aides said last month that he still reserves the right to ignore sections of bills he considers unconstitutional if objections have been lodged previously by the executive branch.
A president ignoring sections of bills? Just don’t sign the damn thing! SEND IT BACK if you don’t like it. Do you have the American peoples’ back or not? Don’t answer that, we already know…
Go over and read the rest if you can stand it. As for Obama’s current maneuvering to push his anti-American agenda, no shock or awe there. I know the left is loving their dictator-wanna-be now because he might actually push some progressive crap through. The only thing that I am actually surprised about is that he kept up the charade for over a year before he decided to go sideways on the country.
************ I just found this video. Hold onto you hats:
Let’s all just dance around the Hitler 2.0 theme. If it has a bill, orange webbed feet, and goes “quack, quack”; it’s probably a frakkin’ duck. At least he hasn’t started having them taken out and shot….oops, think I may have spoken out of turn about that one.
In a meeting with House Republicans at the White House Thursday, President Obama reminded the minority that the last time he reached out to them, they reacted with zero votes — twice — for his stimulus package. And then he reminded them again. And again. And again.
A GOP source familiar with the meeting said that the president was extremely sensitive — even “thin-skinned” — to the fact that the stimulus bill received no GOP votes in the House. He continually brought it up throughout the meeting.
Obama also offered payback for that goose egg. A major overhaul of the health care system, he told the Republican leadership, would be done using a legislative process known as reconciliation, meaning that the GOP won’t be able to filibuster it.
I want what I want, when I want it, and I want it now.
Congress has until October 15 to pass health care or student lending reform under the normal process. If it doesn’t, reconciliation can be used to eliminate the 60-vote requirement.
Democratic aides said that Obama made clear to the GOP leadership that he would continue to work in a bipartisan way, but that they didn’t have veto power over health care policy. GOP aides, however, said that Obama was pretty clear that reconciliation would be used. “From what was told me, it sounded more like he would almost definitely use reconciliation for healthcare. I don’t think he hedged much,” said one.
How does one work in a bipartisan manner while holding a gun to someone else’s head? How does that work? This is right up there with telling the banks they had to take the TARP money and then not allowing them to pay it back.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pushed back against the decision to use reconciliation. “As he told the President during a meeting at the White House on Thursday, Senator McConnell and his colleagues want to be part of the solution to reforming our country’s health care system and expects the majority party to include Republicans in that process. Sen. McConnell wants a bipartisan solution,” said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart.
“Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people,” said McConnell in a statement. “And it would make it absolutely clear they intend to carry out their plans on a purely partisan basis.
All of this coming right along with changes to student loans, and the collapse of the commercial real estate market. It is actually worse than I first envisioned it. When one puts the threads together, the tapestry becomes apparent.