Podesta calls on Obama to circumvent Congress

November 17, 2010 07:20

John Podesta is the head of the Soros funded Center for American Progress which seems to have a great deal of influence on the White House.

By Michael Whipple, Editor

The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a radical left wing group headed by John Podesta and funded in part by George Soros. Podesta is now calling for Obama to ignore the elections and rule by Executive power. Podesta is not the first leftist group to call for bypassing the new congress.

Karen Dolan, a Fellow at the Insitute for Policy Studies (IPS), wrotelet’s push Obama to finally do the right thing through as many Executive Orders as we can present to him” in her attempt to recast the election as a win for leftists in her article “Buck Up People…Progressives WON!”. This shows you the real goal of the Progressive Caucus in congress. The IPS which receives funding from Soros groups such as the Tides Foundation and Open Society Institute has long supported leftist causes like socialized medicine ( called ‘Single Payer’ now). They intend to have their way with or without the rule of law.

But it was John Podesta and the Center for American Progress that compiled a full report on how using Executive power could advance the progressive agenda. The report is called “The Power of the President – Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change“. In the accompanying statement from Podesta he states:

“Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage.”

Podesta also points out that the recent Obamacare and Dodd-Frank bills offer an opportunity through the vast creation of agencies, rules and regulations.

“Both the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act require hundreds of separate rule- makings and other agency actions to implement the legislative framework.”

In a phone conversation with Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller Podesta said:

‘“I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Podesta said. “While that’s an important conversation, it simply ignores the president’s ability to use all levels of his power and authority to move the country forward.”

Citing his experience in Clinton’s White House after the GOP House takeover of 1994, Podesta said Obama’s administration “can and should take” the specific measures detailed in a report released by the Center for American Progress, utilizing all the tools at its disposal to circumvent Congress in a way to keep his agenda moving forward.

“One of the best ways for the Obama administration to achieve results of that nature, in the short term, is through substantial executive authority to make and implement policy,” Podesta said. “As noted in the Constitution and the laws of the United States give the president the ability and the responsibility to act as the chief executive using authorities granted to all presidents such as executive orders, rule-makings, agency management and public-private partnerships.”’

The Center for American Progress also appeared to be directing the Obama White house response to the gulf oil spill. A Jonathan Weisman article in the Wall Street Journal points out that Obama’s major responses to the spill have followed suggestions by Podesta at the Center for American Progress (where self avowed communist Van Jones went after he left the White House staff)

Jonathan Weisman wrote:

“On May 4, for instance, the CAP’s energy and environment expert, Daniel Weiss, called on the president to name an independent commission to look at the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. On May 22, he did just that.”

“On May 21, CAP president, John Podesta, privately implored White House officials to name someone to be the public point person for the spill response. A week later, the White House announced that Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen would hold daily briefings on the spill”

“On May 26, Weiss said the White House needed to demand that BP immediately set up an escrow account with billions of dollars from which claims for Gulf state residents would be paid out.”

It is simply amazing how interconnected the Obama administration is with radical left wing organizations like the Center for American Progress and George Soros.

Discover the Networks provides this insight into the Center for American Progress:

Other donors to CAP include the Rockefeller Family Fund; the Irving Harris Foundation, the Philip Murphy Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Overbrook Foundation, the Peninsula Foundation, the Robert E. Rubin Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Bauman Family Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Robert and Irene Schwartz Foundation.After Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, CAP served as perhaps the most influential organization advising the new administration. Among Obama’s leading advisers were John Podesta and at least ten additional CAP experts.

Note that the Joyce Foundation which is a Center for American Progress funder is  tied in with Obama in the creation of the Chicago Climate Echange which included financial ties to Al Gore, Goldman Sachs and Obama advisor Franklin Raines who all stand to profit from passage of Obama’s ‘green’ energy agenda.

In another interesting twist,  Timothy P. Carney in The Washington Examiner points out that John Podesta’s brother Tony is a lobbyist for BP.

Timothy P. Carney notes that:

“I do think it’s relevant, though, that the White House, CAP, and BP have many shared agenda items, and BP was working with Dems to draft a climate bill as recently as late April — after the Deepwater Horizon sank.

Now that the President is trying to use BP as a lever to advance climate legislation, it’s worth pointing out that one of the President’s advisor’s is the brother of a lobbyist for BP, who also supports Democratic climate legislation.

Also, lobbying is more about access than favors, I think. BP has some more access to the White House than you might have thought.”

What a small world … of corruption and deceit.

By Michael Whipple, Editor

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