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Bush increases his regulatory control over agencies

  1. Jan 30, 2007 #1
    http://mediamatters.org/altercation/200701300005

    Gimme a break this means political appointees will now have influence over all government agencies. Policy and what the public is told will be dictated by novices instead of scientists and experts in a field.

    We had a thread on this same thing happening at NASA where a college drop out was dictating releases of scientific information. This could make agencies like the EPA powerless.
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2007 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/31/america/NA-GEN-US-Congress-Climate.php

    According a CNN report today, one person at the White House over-ruling scientists was former and future Exxon/Mobile lobbyist.
     
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  4. Jan 31, 2007 #3

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    Here we go.

    http://today.reuters.com/news/artic...MING.xml&WTmodLoc=SportsNewsHome_R1_newsone-1
     
  5. Jan 31, 2007 #4

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    From the link in Ed's post:
    See? It's not about greater Executive control; it's about more openness and accountability!

    Isn't this possibly in conflict with the Separation of Powers?
     
  6. Jan 31, 2007 #5

    BobG

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    Probably not. While the agencies they're talking about are independent agencies within the federal government, they still fall loosely under the executive branch.
     
  7. Jan 31, 2007 #6

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    Putting political officers in place to ride herd on these departments sounds like a great idea. If the departments are producing work that is contrary to the party-line, they must be made to conform.
     
  8. Jan 31, 2007 #7

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    Hmm, I wonder if it'll result in somewhat of a brain-drain in those departments. I don't imagine scientists like their opinions being overriden.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2007 #8
    It looks like the "loosely under the executive branch", has become more of a strangle hold. The administration should try to find some political appointees with some experience in their job appointments. There is little chance that will happen.
     
  10. Jan 31, 2007 #9

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    At least most independent agencies require Congressional approval of the President's nominee for head of an agency. How all that works out between the head of an agency and the President's regulatory office is a little bit of a mystery to me. If the head of the agency doesn't like the regulations put out by the regulatory officer, does the agency head over rule them?

    Probably not, since most appointees get approved, but then what's the purpose of the regulatory officer?

    Just to really get people irate :devil: , here's the Executive Office of the President, which doesn't require any Congressional approval, since it's the President's staff, not an official cabinet position or agency.

    Aw, heck, may as well make it obvious what the Faith Based and Community Initiatives office does. Here's some of their regulatory changes: FBCO Regulatory Changes
     
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