POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Obama’s opportunity … finding the higher ground is within the powers of the Presidency … Mr. President: go for it!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 20, 2010

 

there are significant opportunities for Presidential leadership in every federal department

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John Harris and James Hohmann write in Politico (12/20/10) …

  • Obama needs to reinvent his presidency—discarding the Congress-focused strategy of the first two years and coming up with new and more creative ways to exercise power and set the national agenda.
  • “He needs to be CEO of America,” said former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podestà … giving more attention to powers of the presidency that don’t involve signing bills into law.
  • promising issues on which policy experts say Obama could break free of stale ideological categories are …
    • energy (on which many conservatives support moving away from carbon-based power)
    • education (on which many liberals are wary of teachers unions and support radical experimentation).
    • tax reform that could cut rates and close loopholes, and
    • changes to the Defense Department procurement process to create incentives for clean energy investment.
    • a bipartisan immigration deal
  • Podesta’s group, the Center for American Progress, last month issued a  with dozens of steps Obama could take to advance progressive ideas via executive power

“It’s not just about finding the middle ground.

It’s about finding the higher ground.”

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See … The Power of the President

click here >>>

54-page report


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read the entire article at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46600_Page2.html

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