Just an update for our statist friends out there.
Hey, gang, you remember that cowboy, Bush, donthcha? You know, ol' "go it alone"? Bush "the unilateralist"? Well, it's like he never left (H/T: Hot Air):
Many of Obama's priorities have sputtered and stalled, and the president blames gridlock in Washington for the lack of progress that voters might hold over his head come next November. But the White House has signaled it is willing to use other options such as executive orders, administrative action at the agency level and a review of regulations to implement the president's wishes without Congress on board.
In recent weeks Obama has exerted his executive authority on issues ranging from education to housing policy to the environment.
Will the American people see the president bypassing Congress more frequently?
"It's possible," a top White House aide told Roll Call.
Possible? Consider it done.
If you're scoring at home...
ClosingKeeping open Gitmo.
EndingFormalizing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists.
EndingMaintaining military tribunals.
Not letting unemployment get above
810.5 percent with a $800 billion stimulus package.
DiscontinuingContinuing other Bush-era policies like rendition, Project Gunrunner and TARP.
EndingThrowing into warp drive the politicization of the Justice Department under the leadership of the biggest hack in the administration.
Engineering a bankruptcy cramdown of domestic auto companies that will most likely cost the U.S. tax-payers tens of billions of dollars.
Engaging in an act of war against a country that posed no threat whatsoever to the U.S.
withwithout the consent of Congress.
SwiftPainfully slow response to national disasters.
EndingMaintaining the practice of signing statements.
Signing off on predator drone strikes for the ostensible purpose of assassinating a foreign head of state.
Authorizing a program to assassinate American civilians. (We had totally neglected to add this rather Bushian but never Bush-authorized program. Shame on us.)
Check this out from Glenn Greenwald, no con/neo-con, he (from the link above):
No due process is accorded. No charges or trials are necessary. No evidence is offered, nor any opportunity for him to deny these accusations (which he has done vehemently through his family). None of that.
Instead, in Barack Obama's America, the way guilt is determined for American citizens -- and a death penalty imposed -- is that the President, like the King he thinks he is, secretly decrees someone's guilt as a Terrorist. He then dispatches his aides to run to America's newspapers -- cowardly hiding behind the shield of anonymity which they're granted -- to proclaim that the Guilty One shall be killed on sight because the Leader has decreed him to be a Terrorist. It is simply asserted that Awlaki has converted from a cleric who expresses anti-American views and advocates attacks on American military targets (advocacy which happens to be Constitutionally protected) to Actual Terrorist "involved in plots." These newspapers then print this Executive Verdict with no questioning, no opposition, no investigation, no refutation as to its truth. And the punishment is thus decreed: this American citizen will now be murdered by the CIA because Barack Obama has ordered that it be done. What kind of person could possibly justify this or think that this is a legitimate government power?
Sounds like the blue print for a constitutional republic, now doesn't it?