I for one, Welcome our alien overlords...
Obama to Use Executive Orders for Immediate Impact
("Hey! What's this button do?!"....Coool!)
"WASHINGTON – President-elect plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.
President Bush's executive orders on those issues and others as he works to undo policies enacted during eight years of Republican rule. He said the president can use such orders to move quickly on his own., Obama's transition chief, said Sunday Obama is reviewing
"There's a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without waiting for congressional action, and I think we'll see the president do that," Podesta said. "I think that he feels like he has a real mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set."-----------
"Obama's advantage of course is he'll have the House and the Senate working with him, and that makes it easier," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. "But even then, having an immediate impact is very difficult to do because the machinery of government doesn't move that quickly."
Presidents long have used executive orders to impose policy and set priorities. One of Bush's first acts was to reinstate full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid. The restrictions were first ordered by President Reagan and the first President Bush followed suit. President Clinton lifted them soon after he occupied the Oval Office and it wouldn't be surprising if Obama did the same.
Executive orders "have the power of law and they can cover just about anything," Tobias said in a telephone interview."
Y'know, this past week I've been reading stuff like this, and the only thing that comes to mind is the old Richard Pryor bit about the old men in his neighborhood talking about the Hard Times- a patch of years so bad, they didn't even give them numbers-just called them Hard Times!
I fear we will be looking back at the Carter years with a certain fondness after this guy.