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  •  IOTW, WE ARE ON OUR OWN HERE... (3+ / 0-)
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    SpecialKinFlag, Mr Robert, andalusi

    the federal gov't; specifically the deadbeats in congress, DO in fact have the power to make our nation one of more, better opportunities for we the people:

    MAJOR 25 YEAR INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM.

    START NOW, stop the nonsensical pep rallies and get on with the plan and the funding...

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 07:59:34 AM PST

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    •  As for the POTUS (1+ / 0-)
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      He took this on with the American Jobs Act -- which never got off the ground, thanks to the mini-minds in Congress. The President (any President) is limited in what s/he can do by executive order; sometimes s/he can only act as advocate-in-chief until something else happens.

      Our job as citizens in an allegedly representative democracy is surely to get on and/or stay on our representatives and senators to ensure that they move in the direction we need so things that are needed DO happen.

      So far, President Obama is doing better than than we ever could when faced with similar opposition - but the fact remains that improvement won't accelerate much unless as LOT of politicians' feet are held to the fire. The 'we want ALL the cookies' attitude displayed by too many 'progressives' doesn't help much.

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      by mwm341 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:51:03 AM PST

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      •  Couldn't Obama do what Roosevelt did in the 30's (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been told that through executive channels, Roosevelt created jobs for many of the unemployed without congressional approval.......

        •  ANYTHING the POTUS Does (0+ / 0-)

          requires funding.

          it recently took the deadbeats in congress 16 months to pass a new transportation bill. typically that takes, what? three months?

          if they can't pass basic legislation, what makes you think they will pass/fund anything out of the ordinary?

          "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

          by Superpole on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:52:38 AM PST

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        •  Executive Order 6174 on Public Works Admin.. (0+ / 0-)

          Here is a good one

          During the ensuing 30 days the Federal Emergency Administrator of Public Works shall have authority to allot the sum of not to exceed $400,000,000 provided for in Title II of said act for highway building for distribution among the States, Territories, and the District of Columbia, and authority to allot the sum of not to exceed $238,000,000 to the Department of the Navy for the construction of certain vessels, the construction whereof conforms to the London Naval Treaty and has heretofore been approved by me.
          The funding for the PWA was authorized by the National Industrial Recovery Act.

          FDR used executive order for implementing laws passed by Congress.

          I spent 4 minutes researching this so be nice if I am wrong.  

          http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/...

      •  Sorry the American Jobs Act (0+ / 0-)

        is not a 25 year long, $2 Trillion funded infrastructure program.

        I can more or less guarantee you we are not getting out of the financial ditch without such a bold program.

        see the latest jobs numbers?

        "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

        by Superpole on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 05:50:11 AM PST

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