With the debates nearing, and the race for the White House in full swing, the Obama administration is quietly planning a second term, Politico reported, as it assesses staff and crafts legislative plans. Also, a host of liberal groups also are quietly planning renewed lobbying efforts to pressure what would be a “lame-duck” president to push through some big-ticket projects.
Among anticiapated moves:
The liberal Alliance for Justice, Leadership Conference of Civil Rights and the People for the American Way, among others, are focused on trying to make the process move faster to place more liberal federal judges on the bench.
Heads of the major environmental groups held a two-day retreat in July at the Wye Plantation in Talbot County, Md., to consider ways to push big cap-and-trade programs in a second term.
Environmental, gay-rights and immigration groups mindful of Obama’s own tight window for action are also working on how to get their ideas wrapped in various bills.
Obama told Time Magazine that because of his policy contrasts with Romney, he’d interpret a win as giving him a mandate to end the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning more than $250,000.
Republicans say an Obama second term will mean that liberal Obama will unrestrained and no longer concerned about his own political future with plans to raise taxes, increase the deficit, pass cap-and-trade legislation and chip away at the Second Amendment. Well you people elected him, and like we’ve tried to tell you all along, he’s taking away the rights of law abiding citizens and giving them to illegals and anyone who will vote to keep him in office.
Also, there is speculation that this time around, Lord Obama won’t compromise with Republicans. Some administration members such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner have said they will leave after one term. The president’s staff has been quietly meeting with Cabinet officials and senior
aides to find out who else wants in or out for a second term, Politico reported and there is an expectation of “widespread turnover.” Newsmax
Jonathan Orszag, a former Clinton White House economic adviser who served on President Barack Obama’s 2008 transition team, said the Office of Management and Budget is already planning the fiscal 2014 budget request. Factored into the planning are what Congress does about the fiscal cliff, which party controls the Senate in January and how close the continued economic recovery tracks to their predictions.
“I’m sure that’s how he’s thinking through this,” Orszag told Politico. “He’s thinking what are the potential scenarios that can arise and how do we plan for each of them. It’s a wise strategy.” Newsmax
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune told Politico he realyed his ideas to the White House. “When you look back 20 years, what the president does or doesn’t do on climate is likely to be a defining part of his legacy,” Brune told Politico. Newsmax
Our only hope is that people wake up before it’s too late, and by that I mean the women who still adore him, and the middle class who have no jobs or home, and the senior citizens.