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  •  Then Obama should be intellectually honest (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama should rescind LBJ's Executive Order 11246 barring discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in governmental agencies and federal contractors and granting enforcement authority to investigate and proactively prevent discrimination to the Department of Labor. That EO, still in force after 50 years, was signed after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and is not some meaningless, superfluous piece of paper. It provides protections beyond those of the CRA of 1964 just as the EO being sought today by nearly 200 members of Congress would provide protections that are not in ENDA. Oh, and just FYI, when Reagan hinted he might rescind 11246, a veto proof majority of Congress threatened to put 11246 into law permanently. Reagan declined to call their bluff. Once an Obama EO on this subject is in place, it is very, very unlikely any subsequent President would rescind it.

    "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

    by craigkg on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 03:46:46 PM PDT

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    •  EO powers (0+ / 0-)

      It's one of those things that can be used for good if put into the right hands. I just always think of worse case scenarios. What if we get some twit trying to push an opposite agenda? Should we only be comfortable with executive orders when people we like are in power? In the case of EO 11246, shouldn't we make it a permanent law? Why should we be content with an EO that can be rescinded so easily in the future.

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