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Friday, February 12, 2010

Obama Is Making Plans to Use Executive Power for Action on Several Fronts

"Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obama’s success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress."

1 comment:

whitecollargreenspaceguy said...

Go to


for a simple plan that only requires an executive order cuts the carbon footprint by 50% and saves the federal government $50 billion per year. This is enough savings to pay for a public option for healthcare without new taxes or fees.
I have contacted the White House, the Michigan Congressional and the Michigan OMB. I have also talked to several economists and eco groups and I received an encouraging note from Noam Chomsky at MIT.
The Federal government pays for well over one billion square feet of office space. Most office space is very expensive yet it sits unused 70% of the time because most white collar work is scheduled for only one shift per day or only 45 hours out of a 168 hour week. 30% efficiency is completely unacceptable in today's economic and ecological environment. Most buildings are open for 12 hours each day from 6 am to 6 pm. By keeping buildings open an additional 4 or 5 hours each day, we could schedule 2 shifts of white collar workers, thus increasing our efficiency by 100% and reducing our carbon footprint by 50%. We could cut the cost of overhead for each employee by 40 to 50%, half as much infrastructure, half as much office space, half as many computers and supplies. With the overhead for each of our 2 million Federal workers approaching $50,000 per year, the potential savings could be $50 billion per year, enough to pay for health care reform.
If adopted by government and private industry this simple plan will help in the following ways:

•Save federal gov a trillion dollars in next 10 years
•Exactly amount needed for universal healthcare
•Reduce white-collar overhead costs by 50%
•Reduce carbon footprint of office space by 50%
•Reduce budget deficits for most state governments
•Reduce our dependence on foreign oil
•Make American workers competitive in the global economy
•Improve profits for all businesses and
•Increase tax receipts for state/fed governments
•Businesses can hire more employees & lower prices

What if I told you that the government was keeping the existence of vast reserves of oil, iron, and other minerals SECRET. They are. They are not only vast, they can be obtained with no impact on the environment. They have already been mined and are stored in the billions of square feet of office space that sets empty 70 to 100% of the time. Working 2 shifts of white collar workers could help boost the national and global economies. The greenest building is the one already built. Perhaps, worthy of a Nobel.