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djones520
01-13-2012, 11:27 AM
President Obama will reveal a new proposal to consolidate federal agencies at a White House event later this morning, an official tells Fox News. The problem is that the authority he seeks to carry out the plan will have to come from a Congress he's had bitter battles with over the past year.

In his 2011 State of the Union address, the president complained of government overlap and red tape that clogs the federal government, promising to tackle the problem. He injected a bit of humor into his speech to illustrate the point, "The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater," he said to laughter. "I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked."

By late that year, however, officials shied away from forecasting when the president would fulfill his promise.

Early Friday morning, the White House announced Mr. Obama will seek authority from Congress, not granted since the days of Ronald Reagan, to reorganize and consolidate portions of the federal government. His first proposal would be to reduce redundancy in the area of trade and commerce.

Should Congress grant the president this streamlining authority, each proposal he made would then receive an up-or-down vote from Congress within 90 days.

However, the president's track record with Congress isn't exactly favorable, following public disputes over issues like the nation's debt ceiling and extending payroll tax cuts. In an increasingly fierce election season, the president's move could be aimed at putting Congress on the defense.

The administration has for months highlighted a "We Can't Wait" campaign, intended to showcase issues that the White House says Congress isn't acting on. The president, therefore, has been unilaterally taking action; igniting controversy over whether he is overstepping his Constitutional authority.



http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2012/01/13/obama-seeks-new-powers-congress

At face value, I see nothing wrong with this. Consolidate away.

BadCat
01-13-2012, 11:33 AM
At face value, I see nothing wrong with this. Consolidate away.

This is obama. You could be back in the Army Air Corps.

txradioguy
01-13-2012, 01:42 PM
This is obama. You could be back in the Army Air Corps.

Or suddenly find agencies that shouldn't be under the Executive Branch there under the purview of one of Obama's Czars.

Evil Anti DU Man
01-13-2012, 01:58 PM
"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery..." ~Frank Zappa

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” -- C. S. Lewis

Rockntractor
01-13-2012, 02:06 PM
Absolutely not, this man is trying to gain power like Chavez did, he is already behaving like a dictator.

txradioguy
01-13-2012, 02:08 PM
Absolutely not, this man is trying to gain power like Chavez did, he is already behaving like a dictator.


Damn straight.

DumbAss Tanker
01-13-2012, 04:05 PM
I doubt if any move to actually shift a function from one branch to another would pass in Congress on the up or down vote, but at that same time I also don't see Congress treating this whole proposal as any kind of a priority issue with the next Presidential election just ten months away.

txradioguy
01-13-2012, 04:08 PM
I doubt if any move to actually shift a function from one branch to another would pass in Congress on the up or down vote, but at that same time I also don't see Congress treating this whole proposal as any kind of a priority issue with the next Presidential election just ten months away.

Given the fact he's already shown his willingness to thumb his nose at Congress...I doubt he'd go to seek their up or down approval before doing whatever it is he has planned by asking for this new power.

Rockntractor
01-13-2012, 04:13 PM
Given the fact he's already shown his willingness to thumb his nose at Congress...I doubt he'd go to seek their up or down approval before doing whatever it is he has planned by asking for this new power.

I'm beginning to think we have only two branches of government, the executive and his Czars and an impotent court system that he controls.

Odysseus
01-13-2012, 04:48 PM
With any other president, this would not be a problem, but Obama's administration has demonstrated such contempt for the law in so many areas that I'm inclined not to give him any more power, since he's abused the powers that he already has, not to mention quite a few that he doesn't.

Arroyo_Doble
01-13-2012, 04:54 PM
With any other president, this would not be a problem ...

On this, I agree. But not in the way you mean it.

Dan D. Doty
01-13-2012, 05:03 PM
And as we speak, Moonbats are upset by this news; not because it might mean more power in the hands of the President, but because the government might be reduced in size.

Fore the Moonbats, they are willing to sacrifice a hundred, a thousand, or even ten thousand private sector jobs to save one government job.

Our future is in dire danger because the lunatics are not only running the asylum, but their in charge of the billing department too.

JB
01-13-2012, 08:21 PM
At face value, I see nothing wrong with this. Consolidate away.It's a brilliant election year move on his part.

Janice
01-13-2012, 09:25 PM
The arrogance and grasping for power w/crises after crises is endless w/this marxist puke. My guess is that Congress will say no and little Lord Fauntle-Barry will do it anyway.

Didn't some guy named Adolf start out this way?

Rockntractor
01-13-2012, 09:27 PM
The arrogance and grasping for power w/crises after crises is endless w/this marxist puke. My guess is that Congress will say no and little Lord Fauntle-Barry will do it anyway.

Didn't some guy named Adolf start out this way?

He is more a Chavez kind of guy.

Novaheart
01-13-2012, 09:43 PM
Absolutely not, this man is trying to gain power like Chavez did, he is already behaving like a dictator.

http://images.paraorkut.com/img/pics/glitters/d/drama_queen-6989.gif

Rockntractor
01-13-2012, 09:56 PM
http://images.paraorkut.com/img/pics/glitters/d/drama_queen-6989.gif

You go girl!

Starbuck
01-14-2012, 12:05 AM
:D What a hoot!

The President quietly adds 100,000 people to the size of the government, not counting military. Then consolidates in a move that will eliminate about 1,000 people and gives a speech about it.:D:D

Obama is a piece of work.:party:

Odysseus
01-14-2012, 12:12 AM
On this, I agree. But not in the way you mean it.

Yeah, which is why we don't take you seriously.

Arroyo_Doble
01-14-2012, 12:24 AM
Yeah, which is why we don't take you seriously.

I understand.

A merry unbirthday to you, Odie.

Janice
01-14-2012, 10:12 AM
With or without Congress hes going to "keep at it" ... but it would be a lot easier if Congress would help. - Hugo Barry Chavez

Hes going to "keep at what?" Thats the point. Hes laughing at the Constitution. This is the mentality of a dictator. He isnt interested in streamlining anything. He isnt interested in making anything more efficient. What he really wants is statutory authority, the power, to create new departments and new more powerful agencies without having to go thru Congress. He wants to centralize power. This is the same man who swore fidelity to the Constitution and the Rule of Law and then mocks it. This is the same man who has already created over 150 new federal govt entities, depts, offices etc. There's Statute after Statute he wont enforce because he deems them unconstitutional. Hes appointing people to Presidential positions that require advise and consent or non consent from the Senate. But then he says theyre in recess, I'll do what I want. And the idea is to give him more power? He's demanding it! The entire purpose of the Constitution was to prevent a man like this from doing what he wants to do. Apparently hes really infatuated with this dictatorial stuff.

djones520
01-14-2012, 11:12 AM
:D What a hoot!

The President quietly adds 100,000 people to the size of the government, not counting military. Then consolidates in a move that will eliminate about 1,000 people and gives a speech about it.:D:D

Obama is a piece of work.:party:

Well, he did just give the ok to axe something on the scale of 100,000-150,000 Soldiers and Marines.