John Podesta was former President Clinton’s chief of staff, and he was on President Obama’s transition team after the 2008 election. He now heads up the ultra left group Center for American Progress. He’s urging Obama to circumvent Congress and rule by fiat, even though he was against such executive rule when Bush was president. He said it’s because the American people want Obama to move forward with his agenda. (He must have slept through the midterm election results.)
Daily Caller reported:
“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.”
Citing his experience in Clinton’s White House after the GOP House takeover of 1994, Podesta said Obama’s administration “can and should take” the specific measures detailed in a report released by the Center for American Progress, utilizing all the tools at its disposal to circumvent Congress in a way to keep his agenda moving 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.”
Obama already knows this, as evidenced by the actions of the EPA, HHS, DOJ and the TSA, to name just a few.
Ed Morrissey made a really good point about Bush’s use of executive power.
So when a President acts through executive orders in an area that the Constitution clearly leaves to the executive branch (prosecution of war), that’s a nascent dictatorship. When a President acts through EOs and tells executive-branch agencies to circumvent Congress in areas of its jurisdiction, well, that’s just “mov[ing] the country forward.” Good to know for future reference. Thanks, Mr. Podesta!
The newly elected Congress should take note and withhold funding from these agencies. Without funding they won’t be able to impose their will on us.