Fences Are For Honest People

Posted on February 17, 2010. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , |

Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, was quoted recently as saying, “The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress. In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”

Administration officials said the increased focus on executive authority reflected a natural evolution from the first year to the second year of any presidency. Are they kidding? This is the same mentality that says the agenda is not popular with the American people because Obama has not made enough speeches.

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

Circumventing the wishes of the citizens as a whole has become business as usual in Washington. While executive orders are not new, the number of EOs written by Obama is already astronomical at 40+ in his first year in office. Apparently, that was just a warm up. The President has made the decision to create a budget commission although Congress refused and made this statement boldly at his State of the Union address. He has threatened to circumvent Congress regarding approval of his cabinet members. The EPA is following suit by instituting portions of cap and trade without the bill being passed. Last week the administration announced a nearly $1 billion in health care technology  grants. 

Michelle Malkin pointed out:

The Daily Caller reported last week that senior administration officials are considering a series of proposals known as “High Road Contracting Policy” that would give preference to companies bidding on federal contracts that pay hourly workers a “living wage” (typically a mandated, above-market wage) and provide additional benefits above and beyond existing labor laws.Critics say the proposals would heavily favor unionized companies and significantly increase the cost and amount of time needed to award contracts. Estimates have the potential cost increase at 20 percent, adding about $100 billion a year to the federal budget. “Making contracting decisions based on political or ideological litmus tests will waste taxpayer dollars and limit economic growth at a time when we can least afford to do so. The administration’s new rules amount to a backdoor attempt at card check. The last thing our small businesses need is to be saddled with new rules that effectively say ‘unionize or die,’” said John Hart, communications director for Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Coburn and four other Senate Republicans sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag last week asking for a briefing on the proposals; they have yet to receive a response.

So, don’t get complacent thinking the health care bill, cap and trade, and other issues such as card check are dead. Watch the other hand. Just remember what Pelosi said about getting their agenda passed:

“You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in.”


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