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COMMENT ON: ‘Volcker Rule’ Stalls In Senate: Geithner May Give Regulators Leeway In Applying Plan

Democratic and Republican Senators who obstruct the effort to create robust finance/bank regulation should be thrown out of office by their various constituencies. We possess the ultimate power. When we elected these bozos we failed to use it well. 2010 is a chance to do right, not repeat history, We should also require any Senators we elect to end the filibuster.

Read the Article I’m commenting on at Huffington Post

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President Tightens Screws on Special Interests

President Tightens Screws on Special Interests

Music to our ears.

The President will keep surprising people for eight years if all goes well. And maybe beyond that if his successor is hip. The result wll be government by as well as for the people. Step by undramatic step. Like this tightening of the screws on special interest just announced.

READ THE WHOLE WHITE HOUSE BLOG PIECE ON GETTING TOUGHER WITH SPECIAL INTERESTS

Here’s an excerpt:

First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.

Second, we will focus the restriction on oral communications to target the scenario where concerns about merit-based decision-making are greatest –after competitive grant applications are submitted and before awards are made. Once such applications are on file, the competition should be strictly on the merits. To that end, comments (unless initiated by an agency official) must be in writing and will be posted on the Internet for every American to see.

Third, we will continue to require immediate internet disclosure of all other communications with registered lobbyists. If registered lobbyists have conversations or meetings before an application is filed, a form must be completed and posted to each agency’s website documenting the contact.

This is particularly important as huge reforms come up for consideration. We are already aware of the monstrous efforts of the right to submarine health care. No way. We are revving up a people’s campaign that kicks off June 6, but as usual it is already rolling. Stay tuned because pledges are becoming actuality as we speak.

And with these new rules we have some hooks to hang miscreants on if they try to run around the rules.

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Obama’s Executive Orders So Far

They are happening at a measured but accelerated pace.

Executive orders from the office of the new President are trickling in at a faster pace now. Here’s the rundown so far:

* GITMO closing. One year timeline.
* No torture. Watch out for CIA malcontents. The CIA took umbrage at JFK and I am not willing to say they did not act on it.
* Suspension ogf GITMO trials in progress.
* No raises for WH folk making more than $100K.
* No gifts from lobbyists permitted to Exec Branch workers.
* No political considerations in hiring.
* No business with anyone you’ve worked with in the last two years.
* No lobbying after leaving for 2 years or rest of Obama Administration, whichever is longer.
* Radical limits on use of executive privilege to keep executive documents sealed.
* New guidelines must be developed for government communication and the Freedom of Information Act to implement principles of openness, transparency, and participatory government.

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