Fundamentally Transforming America, One Memo At A Time

Editor’s Note – Every so often, a seemingly minor news story makes an appearance, with little fanfare, that is looked back upon at a later date as so very significant.  We have all heard many times by now Obama’s haunting promise to “fundementally transform America”. 


(Interestingly, Karl Marx was known to be fond of the word ‘transform’, but, I digress…)

Those that now hold the seat of power in America have been clear in their determination to bring about their Progressive agenda.  Nancy Pelosi said this about healthcare reform, “We’ll go through the gate.  If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence.  If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in.  If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in…”

And, we cannot forget our very own Alcee Hastings, the Democrat Congressman from South Florida – who was impeached and removed from the federal bench as a judge for corruption and perjury – which apparently does not disqualify you from Congress, “There are no rules around here…we make ’em up as we go along.”

So, while the country is busy dealing with a myriad of problems, the Obama White House is circumventing the legislative process at every opportunity to bring about the type of change that furthers their quest to remake America.  The question is, into what???

Obama issuing memos of all sorts

By Ed O’Keefe
Washington Post

Take a look back at the last few weeks, and it appears the White House is issuing new orders to federal agencies at a feverish pace.

There were this week’s instructions to find ways to trim at least 5 percent from agency budgets.  Officials bragged this week that the number of Freedom of Information Act dropped last year because Obama told agencies to post more information online.  Last week President he ordered agencies to extend more employment benefits to the partners of gay federal workers.  He’s also mandated changes to the federal hiring process and there will be more later this week.

All of the changes have come through a series of memos — not executive orders or legislation — that the White House issued after months of review by lawyers and agency officials.  The orders appear to provide the White House with quick and easy ways to demonstrate change. (Remember how often we used to hear that word?)

By mandating budget cuts, Obama can get ahead of Republicans likely to push for deep government spending cuts and federal salary freezes as the midterm elections continue.  Extending benefits to the gay partners of federal workers scores him points with liberals, gay rights activists and a generally supportive American public and helps meet his goal of making government a “cool” employer.  Attempts to speed up the mundane federal hiring process also help achieve the “cool” goal and Obama’s desire to attract a new wave of public servants.

Amid an oil spill, two wars, a frustrating economy and tricky negotiations over Iran, these small changes may not score big headlines, but may one day help make big, fundamental changes to the government.

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