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  •  This is wrong (0+ / 0-)

    The heads of agencies (not commissions), other than the head of the FBI and CFPB can be fired by the President.

    •  Not true unless they violate their oath of office (0+ / 0-)

      The Administration has to ask for their resignation, they cannot be just fired but again that is a difference without a real distinction. There are other options though, the Administration can also disband the agency or change the way the agency operates. I believe the President should just disband the DEA completely or at least take them out of the decision making process for which drugs should be scheduled and where they should be scheduled. How come a law enforcement agency has veto power over which scientific studies of a drug can go forward...it makes no sense and this can be changed.

      Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

      by RMForbes on Fri May 16, 2014 at 10:05:25 PM PDT

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      •  That is a courtesy. The President does not (0+ / 0-)

        have to extend it. It is also why a resignation is always provided when requested.

        •  When was the last time the President fired a (0+ / 0-)

          director of a federal agency for strictly political reasons? I don't think it has ever been done.

          Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

          by RMForbes on Fri May 16, 2014 at 10:29:51 PM PDT

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          •  Policy Reasons (1+ / 0-)
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            1. The problems with Leonhardt aren't political. She is executing policy at odds with the president's and the attorney general's. And publicly rebuking their policies.

            2. Lots of things get done for the first time. First Black president?

            "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

            by DocGonzo on Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:12:16 PM PDT

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            •  True, but she followed the laws enacted by (1+ / 0-)
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              Congress and was well within her authority to ignore the Administration guidelines. I still believe the best solution is to disband the DEA completely or at the very least strip the DEA of many of it's unusual powers. The DEA should not even have input much less veto power over selecting which scientific studies are done on cannabis, that could be changed easily by the AG or the President. Then it would not matter what jerk was director of the DEA.

              Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My words but a whisper -- your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel but I can't make you think..Jethro Tull

              by RMForbes on Sat May 17, 2014 at 08:16:15 AM PDT

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