Sunday, November 9, 2008

Off to a Great Start

Check out this AP story today:

So- Barack is going to use his Executive Power to reverse the limitation of federal funds for stem cell research and to reverse opening up areas in the U.S. for oil exploration?

According to an August 2007 Pew Research Poll, only 51% of Americans support ANY embryonic stem cell research- and I'd like to see a poll of how many Americans support using their tax dollars to conduct new research.

In another Pew Poll from June 0f 2008 50% of the country thinks we should begin drilling in ANWR while only 34% believe that protecting the environment is more important than developing new energy sources.

I don't believe in leading by polls- and obviously neither does Obama. But we are facing some very serious issues. Now is not the time to get into a debate on stem cell research- that will do nothing to bring the country together. And now is not the time to throw any option under the bus when it comes to addressing scarcity of energy resources. These are the two issues he wants to tackle by issuing immediate Executive orders?

It shows exactly who he is beholden to....the left.

P.S. The fact that Obama thinks he has some 1980 Reagan mandate is also ridiculous.

1 comment:

Jim said...

"There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Podesta said.

Which is exactly the problem with some of these executive orders. Bush, Clinton, and most Presidents for decades having used them for a ton of odd things and a few good things just opens the door for Obama to use/abuse that power for his leftist agenda. No president should have King-like powers to bypass the Congress. That's one of the whole points of the way our Constitutional Republic was designed.

Most of this stuff should go through the normal process like everything else.

Executive Orders have their purpose. They are supposed to be used to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed," that is, help get passed laws working. They aren't supposed to create new laws or new decrees for things Congress wouldn't do or hasn't already done. However, as with anything, the road to expanding government power and abuse is a one-way street. Clinton had some questionable executive orders, and Bush did too, and now Obama is going to 1-up them all, I suspect, due to the "wartime economic crisis." As we all know, the government always grows most during war or some "crisis" by using "emergency" powers to pass "temporary" measures that usually end up never going away. We'll have the wars (which Obama won't end) and the economic problems (which Obama won't solve) that will be used in combination to impose "emergency" socialism on everyone.

No one questions the abuse of executive power when "my guy" is doing it, so they just set a precedent for further abuse, constantly pushing the limits of what's acceptable.