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  •  I think you're reading to much into this. (1+ / 0-)
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    sphealey

    I go with Occam's razor.
    I think that Obama has changed his mind on lots of this type of stuff since assuming office.  I'm guessing that the reasons are one or both of:

    1. He knows concrete things now that he didn't before, and now thinks that these powers are necessary.
    1. He thinks there might be some hypothetical scenario in which these powers would be needed, and doesn't want his hands tied.  That is, he's retaining executive power just in case he needs such power, even if he wouldn't routinely use it.  I never heard of an executive in any organization voluntarily giving up power.  

    The reasons overlap.  But the premise underlying both is: If these powers are banned by Congress, then he couldn't legally use them without first declaring martial law.  He doesn't want to have to declare martial law in order to use these powers, if the need arises as he sees it.

    I don't think it's any more complicated than this.  There are no complex plans, no playing of 12-dimensional chess, or anything like that.

    The "Obamabots" are wrong if they think he's playing 12-dimensional chess with ultimate motive of codifying progressive policies in these matters.  The "Obama = Bush" crowd is wrong if they think that Obama was lying during the campaign or he's evil or whatever other nonsense.  He simply changed his mind, given his new position, that's all.

    It's up to the public to pressure Congress and/or the public and Congress to pressure the President to alter these policies.

    •  A good theory (0+ / 0-)

      But, it doesn't appear to fit with Obama's silence on the legislation.  If he thought he needed the power, he probably would have said something in defense of it.

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