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Obama Runs Into Signing Statements Firestorm

Posted on Apr 18, 2011
White House / Lawrence Jackson

As a presidential candidate in 2008, President Obama aggressively criticized his predecessor, George W. Bush, for attaching signing statements to legislation coming across his desk.

“I taught the Constitution for 10 years,” Obama said then. “I believe in the Constitution and I will obey the Constitution of the United States. We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.”

Three years later, Obama is racking up a reputation for using the same technique, which is neither specifically prohibited nor sanctioned by the Constitution or federal law. On Friday he announced the addition of a statement that would override parts of the 2011 federal appropriations bill, specifically a provision defunding four White House czars.

Obama said these presidential appointees, overseeing health care, climate change, cars and urban affairs, are not going anywhere.

As Talking Points Memo reported, “The President in the early evening on Friday—a time notorious for news dumps—raised reporters’ and his critics hackles by adding a signing statement to the resolution that funds the federal government through September and avoids a government shutdown. The signing statement suggests Obama would ignore some parts of the deal, including language defunding the czars overseeing health care, climate change, the auto industry and urban affairs. Republicans have long lambasted Obama’s use of czars, senior presidential advisers on major issues who do not require Senate confirmation.”

White House press secretary Jay Carney rushed to clarify candidate Obama’s past stance about signing statements, arguing that Bush had used them improperly but that Obama is not.

“He never said he was opposed to signing statements,” Carney said. “He’s always said the President must retain the right to use signing statements. ... His concern was with what he saw was abuse of the signing statement by the previous administration.”

Conservatives are jumping on Obama for what they see as a flip-flop on the practice, which the president also employed in signing the 2009 budget bill. —KDG

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By drbhelthi, April 20, 2011 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

Chris Hedges said that Barack Obama serves corporate interests as assiduously as did George W. Bush.  I would like to respectfully disagree. In my opinion, he has done it “more gooder” than GHWBushJr.

My view is that GHWBushJr was/is an MK-Ultra-programmed victim, which interfered with his spontaneous behavior, as variously demonstrated by video recordings of his performances. In 1985, 17 of his “hippie family members” in Brownsville were murdered and SKINNED.  YES,
skinned, a tactic of NAZI moguls in the 1930s-40s, who were addicted to lamp-shades of human skin.  I do not know where the addiction originated, obviously, still existent in 1985 in Brownsville, Texas, probably elsewhere.  This is readily comprehended when one reads up on
“Operation Paper Clip,” the NAZI Dulles brothers, and related documentation of the CIA and GHWBushSr. Simply “google” the two words, NAZI Bush

“Junior” disappeared during this three (3) day period, Summer 1985. When he reappeared, he remembered nothing about the three days. Texas authority investigated his possible involvement until GHWBushSr suppressed the investigation.  Which, is still difficult for me to believe, that Texas authority would submit to political pressure.  Sadly, Texas is now polluted by a big ranch, an official library, and most political activity is influenced by a thumb of the GHWBushSr entourage. Furtive billionaires.

The increased-destruction efficiency of “Obama”, might be related with himself as a questionably-existent person.  “Junior Bush” seems to be a real person, with tangible identity, who is being tracked by (?) organisations.  “They” know where he is, apparently constantly. The identity situation is different with the “being” who is currently called Barack Hussein Obama.

While I disagree with some who consider him to be an extraterrestrial, available information suggests that he is a C.I.A. creation, whose genuine identity is known only by the NAZI element of the C.I.A.  The available information suggests to me that the C.I.A. operatives, published as his parents, may be another C.I.A. fairy tale. Similarly, excepting his affiliation with the CIA since the age of 19, all other information published about him is fictitious.  This, similar to the published death of Hitler´s last bodyguard, LTC Otto Skorzeny, in 1975 in Madrid, another C.I.A. fairy tale.  LTC Otto Skorzeny relocated to a Florida beach town, where he lived comfortably til his death in 1999.  He married an American woman, fathered a daughter, and left behind some scorching, verified, WWII NAZI documentation:

The fact that no verifiable birth certificate for “B. H. Obama” has been produced suggests that the “being,” “Barack Hussein Obama” does not have a birth certificate.  A large amount of information has been uncovered, verified, and published by former intelligence agent, Wayne Madsen.
The publication of this information has led to discussions in the White House of when and how to assassinate the great American patriot, Mr. Wayne Madsen. 

The murderers involved in the assassination discussions focussing on Mr. Wayne Madsen do not comprehend that the published information is variously stored around the world.  If Madsen dies, the info will continue to exist, and his death will point to the questionable “being” in the Oval Office, his appointed pimpery, and assorted brown-nosers positioned near his rear end.  All of whom are addicted to the PERCEPTION of power and wealth. All of whom fail to comprehend that the spirits of pharaohs departed without gold and jewels.
Naked.  As each spirit separates from the body.

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By PatrickHenry, April 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

Obama can fund his pet civil programs out of the defence budget.

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By Dave L., April 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

There are very few actions that can be taken to stop the slide. Hoping the masses finally come to their senses and not vote for any candidates that represent Democrats or Republicans is wishful thinking. If the candidates aren’t already compromised then outright election theft and voting fraud is resorted to.

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By ardee, April 19, 2011 at 5:38 am Link to this comment

As our government dissolves into the morass of partisanship, corporate obeisance, and individual self interest over the needs of the majority of its citizens we can all watch and sink together. Or, perhaps we can join together and stop the damn slide.

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