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Is the Center for American Progress urging the President to become a "dictator" when it comes to implementing his policies?

It sickens me that a far-left, some say Marxist, think tank is urging the President of the United States to strengthen the power of the Presidency and usurp the Constitutional duties of Congress as the sole law-making branch of government.

Here is how I reached my conclusion …

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Headed By:  John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer --  former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton 

Funded By: Primary funding by the progressive Sandler Foundation with multi-million dollar contributions from George Soros, Steve Bing and  and individuals associated with the Democracy Alliance.

Purpose: The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.

What say you John Podesta …

In the aftermath of this month’s midterm congressional elections, pundits and politicians across the ideological spectrum are focusing on how difficult it will be for President Barack Obama to advance his policy priorities through Congress. Predictions of stalemate abound. And some debate whether the administration should tack to the left or to the center and compromise with or confront the new House leadership.

As a former White House chief of staff, I believe those to be the wrong preoccupations. President Obama’s ability to govern the country as chief executive presents an opportunity to demonstrate strength, resolve, and a capacity to get things done on a host of pressing challenges of importance to the public and our economy. Progress, not positioning, is what the public wants and deserves. <Source>

What they are proposing …

In a Center for American Progress report titled “The Power of the President: Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change,” the CAP is suggesting that President Obama may want to use his substantial presidential powers to circumvent Congress’s sole ability to pass laws.

The opportunity

Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage

Instead, the administration can focus on the president’s ability to deliver results for the American people on the things that matter most to them:

  • Job creation and economic competitiveness
  • Educational excellence
  • A clean energy future and energy independence
  • Quality affordable health care
  • Consumer protection
  • The home foreclosure crisis
  • Accountable government delivering results at lower cost
  • Sustainable security for the nation

In addition, the key legislative accomplishments of President Obama’s first two years in office, most notably health care and financial reform, now need to be implemented effectively. Both the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act require hundreds of separate rule- makings and other agency actions to implement the legislative framework. <Source>

Justification: What CAP says the people want …

The public has made clear its disgust with Washington’s ways—the same sentiment that helped to bring President Obama to office. It would be a welcome relief from watching legislative maneuvering to see the work of a strong executive who is managing the business of the country through troubled times, doing more with less, each day working to create a stronger economy and a more effective government.

Yes, the public has made clear its disgust with Washington and, more particularly, both parties who present a clear and present danger to America as they pander to the special interests to fund their campaigns and generate voter support to pursue their self-interests and political ideologies.

The idea that it would be a welcome relief from watching the interminable Congressional wrangling to see a strong executive exert totalitarian-like powers to manage the country is not only wrong, but an anathema to the American way of life. To strengthen the power of the presidency at the risk of usurping constitutionally-granted congressional powers is not acceptable under these circumstances or any circumstances.

And it bothers me that the American public clearly indicated they did not want an ill-defined attempt to dictate America’s healthcare. Something ignored by both the Congressional democrats and the Administration.

Politicians have claimed that they are promoting transparency and accountability in government which, as a lawyer might say, assumes facts not in evidence. Especially when you consider 2,000+ page legislative bills which are not read or fully understood by the legislators who sign them – without any regard for the American citizen.

Enough is enough!

Bottom line …

There is a point when governmental action becomes tyranny and the actions of a leader turns into a dictatorship. While I am not suggesting that tipping point has been reached, I do believe it is on the horizon should America continue down the path from a progressive political ideology to a totalitarian version of Marxism.

It is up to the American people to elect “honest brokers” to serve “We the People.” It is also up to the American people to recall leaders who fail to uphold the Constitution of the United States and repeal egregious legislation which does not uphold the principles of America: freedom, equality of opportunity and justice for all under the law.

Wake up people. It may become, sometime in the near future, to hold our elected officials responsible for what has befallen the American public and to impeach the President of the United States if he has crossed the line.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Statement from John Podesta

Read the full CAP report (pdf)

Download the CAP executive summary (pdf)

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