Friday, May 21, 2010

Orderly conduct

With a presidential memorandum signed in the Rose Garden, Obama also ordered federal agencies that have already brought out new standards for cars and light trucks for the 2012-2016 model years to begin work on even stronger rules for 2017 and beyond.

Associated Press, May 21

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What's with this "Obama ordered" phrase that seems to be popping up more and more frequently?

What is a presidential memorandum and what gives Barack "Kingfish" Obama the power to tell the government to get busy writing "even stronger rules"?

Do federal agencies now exist only to carry out diktats from the Holy Office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

We are entering a dark forest, and the light is seeping from the sky.

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2 comments:

David said...

How much time would you guess Obama spent studying the technology & economics of the auto industry to decide what "standards" were feasible & desirable before issuing his "orders"? My guess would be, none.

Rick Darby said...

David,

I think for him the technology and even the results are irrelevant; what matters is he ordered.