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  •  Maybe I'm missing something (2+ / 0-)
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    bryduck, Lefty Coaster

    but is there a reason why the Commander in Chief can't simply order a halt to bulk metadata collection?

    •  He doesn't control the Deep State (5+ / 0-)

      They control him.

      (Hmmm, sounds sort of like one of those old "In Soviet Russia" jokes, but is not funny.)

      •  Not your Turkish granddaddy's deep state (1+ / 0-)
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        Ours is passive-aggressive, litigious and in the application of force almost petty.  Where it might cover up the brutality shown by law enforcement to the most powerless, it depends on innuendo, scandal, electoral corruption, and the like for its far more capable enemies.  

        So what does the President fear so much that he want use his constitutional power to do essentially what he's drafting his slightly less elite companions in Congress to do?

    •  I suppose he could (3+ / 0-)
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      rduran, joe from Lowell, SuzieQ4624

      But instead of taking the "repeal and replace" angle that Republicans have taken towards Obamacare, the president is saying that these might not be the best methods, but there is a valid goal in mind, so he wants a replacement program in place before he repeals anything.

    •  There would be no chance of it passing Congress. (3+ / 0-)
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      SuzieQ4624, hooper, freakofsociety

      This is the same argument people raised in 2010 about DADT repeal. "Why doesn't he just do it by executive order?"

      There are two big reasons: first, it's better to have the law changed because, someday, there is going to be another President.

      And if the problem is dealt with by executive action, it makes it much less likely that Congress will act. The supporters will have less of a motive, because the problem will be addressed at least for now, while the opponents will get their backs up and be able to argue not about the policy, but about the "lawless, imperial President."

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 12:49:54 PM PDT

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