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  •  Its best not to constrain ourselves (1+ / 0-)
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    papa monzano

    We have a president that doesn't have to worry about the conservitard noise machine anymore. He can really lead us forward on a variety of fronts.

    Confronting fundamental fairness questions should be a top priority.

    That being said, I hope he does something about the gun fetish in America. Using only executive power, he can ban gun sales in the US.

    •  yes (1+ / 0-)
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      glorificus

      my fear is if we don't constrain ourselves, our efforts will be too diluted. i'm not the president but i want to get something done, so i've got to pick my battles.

      If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

      by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:32:13 AM PST

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      •  I can see that (1+ / 0-)
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        but I think you underestimate the power that the president now has.

        He doesn't need the obstructionist, seditious congress for 99.9% of what needs doing. He is a smart man, and he knows this. The reason he didn't before is he had to win reelection, and he couldn't do alot of the things that need doing, as they may have been unpopular.

        He doesn't have to worry about that anymore.

        •  agreed (0+ / 0-)

          i'm having to temper myself so as to not be a total pollyanna, but i'm SO SO SO thrilled at the idea of a lame-duck Obama.

          If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

          by papa monzano on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:07:30 AM PST

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        •  Pres. Obama can do NO MORE than he could before. (2+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus, papa monzano

          His power to issue executive orders is the same.

          However, he still cannot pass laws. Congress must do that.

          Looking at it one way, the HOUSE needs to be significantly threatened to pass anything that helps the 98% of citizens in this country, as was made clear during the past 4 years.

          He cannot wave a magic wand and close Gitmo. Nor can he fund Obamacare or overturn Citizens United by himself.

          I believe he has fewer constraints now, but the system still exists.

          "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

          by glorificus on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:53:57 PM PST

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          •  He DOES have that power (1+ / 0-)
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            he controls the entire government. as in, he is the CEO of the largest organization in the US. he can direct them to do anything.

            If he really wanted to, he could order capital gains and rich tax rates to increase. He could ban the sale of guns. he could nationalize greedy corporations.

            But he will not, because it might be unpopular.

            •  He's the president, not a dictator. Read the (2+ / 0-)
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              Constitution.

              "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

              by glorificus on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:26:01 PM PST

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