Here is the link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness?reposting-because-it-went-completely-unnoticed
The policies in this Executive Order are very nearly the same as those established by FDR, with the consent of Congress, at the start of WW II. Every President, with the consent of Congress, has reaffirmed those policies ever since. That being that the government has the power to take over all manufacturing and natural resources, in the case of national emergency, in the name of National Security.
Former Presidents have updated and signed this Executive Order into law. This Executive Order refers to revoking and or replacing content from the November 18th, 1988 version signed by Ronald Reagan and the entire June 3rd, 1994 version signed by Bill Clinton.
Links to Ronald Reagan’s version: http://www.disastercenter.com/laworder/12656.htm and to Bill Clinton’s version: http://www.disastercenter.com/laworder/12919.htm
Here is what has been revoked from Ronald Reagan’s version: in RED and BLUE
Sec. 401. Lead Responsibilities. In addition to the applicable responsibilities covered in Parts 1 and 2, the Secretary of Commerce shall:
(1) Develop control systems for priorities, allocation, production, and distribution of materials and other resources that will be available to support both national defense and essential civilian programs in a national security emergency; (2) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense and other departments and agencies, identify those industrial products and facilities that are essential to mobilization readiness, national defense, or post-attack survival and recovery; (3) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense and other Federal departments and agencies, analyze potential effects of national security emergencies on actual production capability, taking into account the entire production complex, including shortages of resources, and develop preparedness measures to strengthen capabilities for production increases in national security emergencies; (4) In cooperation with the Secretary of Defense, perform industry analyses to assess capabilities of the commercial industrial base to support the national defense, and develop policy alternatives to improve the international competitiveness of specific domestic industries and their abilities to meet defense program needs; (5) In cooperation with the Secretary of the Treasury, develop plans for providing emergency assistance to the private sector through direct or participation loans for the financing of production facilities and equipment; (6) In cooperation with the Secretaries of State, Defense, Transportation, and the Treasury, prepare plans to regulate and control exports and imports in national security emergencies; (7) Provide for the collection and reporting of census information on human and economic resources, and maintain a capability to conduct emergency surveys to provide information on the status of these resources as required for national security emergencies; (8) Develop overall plans and programs to ensure that the fishing industry continues to produce and process essential protein in national security emergencies;
(9) Develop plans to provide meteorological, hydrologic, marine weather, geodetic, hydrographic, climatic, seismic, and oceanographic data and services to Federal, State, and local agencies, as appropriate; (10) In coordination with the Secretary of State and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, represent the United States in industry-related international (NATO and allied) civil emergency preparedness planning and related activities.
Here is Obama’s version:
2012 Executive Order 12656 by Obama
PART IV - VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Sec. 401. Delegations. The authority of the President under sections 708(c) and (d) of the Act, 50 U.S.C. App. 2158(c), (d), is delegated to the heads of agencies otherwise delegated authority under this order. The status of the use of such delegations shall be furnished to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Sec. 803. Authority. (a) Executive Order 12919 of June 3, 1994, and sections 401(3) (4) of Executive Order 12656 of November 18, 1988, are revoked. All other previously issued orders, regulations, rulings, certificates, directives, and other actions relating to any function affected by this order shall remain in effect except as they are inconsistent with this order or are subsequently amended or revoked under proper authority. Nothing in this order shall affect the validity or force of anything done under previous delegations or other assignment of authority under the Act.
The truth is it simply switches Secretary of Commerce to Homeland Security. This Executive Order is an update from the previous one to reflect the new agencies that did not exist before, such as Homeland Security. It also outlines the new command relationships.
The revocation of items 3 & 4 of Sec. 401, allows the Department of Homeland Security to pick what companies supply what and to whom, as opposed to their choosing being done by the Secretary of Defense under strict procurement guidelines with Congressional oversight already in place.
This Executive Order does not give Obama any new powers. He already has the power to declare a national emergency to do all of the above. The danger is not the Executive Order, it is Obama and why did he sign it now?
A few weeks ago, the progressive web site Public Campaign Action Fund, ran the following headline “44 Senators Behind Keystone Bill Took $22.3 Million in Campaign Cash from Big Oil.”
I guess in order to accept over $380,000 in funding from other progressive organizations such as Common Cause, Democracy Fund, MoveOn.org, National Education Association, Proteus Fund, Service Employees International Union, Tides Voter Action Fund and Working Assets that demonizing 43 Republican Senators and 1 Democrat Senator for taking “Big Oil” money while giving a pass to those progressive Democrat Senators that have also taken campaign contributions from those nasty “Big Oil” companies makes you look like the fools that you are.
To quote from their article, “The introduction of this Keystone bill is not about jobs for Americans, it's about these Senators' trying to protect their own jobs,” commented David Donnelly, national campaigns director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “They're looking out for themselves, paying back their Big Oil donors, and trying to cash in for more Big Oil money.”
If as they state, these Senators’ are trying to protect their own jobs, then these Democrat Senators who received “Big Oil” money must be trying to lose theirs.
Here is the list of Democrat Senators taking “Big Oil” money that the progressive organizations hope their readers never learn about.
#7 Barack Obama $1,074,715 trying to save his job, because he really wants it!!
#10 Mary Landrieu (LA) $843,474
#20 Hillary Clinton (NY) $546,552 former Senator
#30 Jeff Bingaman (NM) $446,440 retiring 2012
#38 John Kerry (MA) $407,570
#55 Harry Reid (NV) $349,336
#62 Max Baucus (MT) $324,115
#66 Kent Conrad (ND) $311,403 retiring 2012
#67 Jay Rockefeller (WV) $310,250
#73 Ben Nelson (NE) $266,055 retiring 2012
#80 Chuck Schumer (NY) $239,551
#90 Joe Lieberman (CT) $196,250 retiring 2012
#94 Tom Harkin (IA) $188,500
#95 Mark Pryor (AR) $179,750
#96 Dianne Feinstein (CA) $179,750 up for re-election 2012
#103 Tom Udall (NM) $166,529
#104 Al Gore $163,039 Mr. Carbon Footprint
#109 Mark Begich (AK) $152,705
#112 Mark Udall (CO) $146,710
#113 Joe Manchin (WV) $143,400 the only Democrat who voted for the bill
#120 Michael Bennet (CO) $136,170
#125 Tim Johnson (SD) $124,906
#128 Robert Menendez (NJ) $119,650 up for re-election 2012
#129 Ron Wyden (OR) $116,864
#136 Bob Casey Jr (PA) $98,500 up for re-election 2012
#138 Frank Lautenberg (NJ) $95,900
#140 Carl Levin (MI) $92,844
#145 Joe Biden (DE) $84,750
#146 Ben Nelson (FL) $83,617 up for re-election 2012
#151 Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) $78,350 up for re-election 2012
#154 Ben Cardin (MD) $72,400 up for re-election 2012
#158 Tom Carper (DE) $70,060 up for re-election 2012
#161 Dick Durbin (IL) $66,800
#162 Daniel Inouye (HI) $65,850
#165 Sherrod Brown (OH) $60,750 up for re-election 2012
#166 Mark Warner (VA) $59,200
#167 Maria Cantwell (WA) $57,616 up for re-election 2012
#168 Patty Murray (WA) $57,366
#169 Claire McCaskill (MO) $56,100 up for re-election 2012
#173 Barbara Mikulski (MD) $47,710
#175 Debbie Stabenow (MI) $46,600 up for re-election 2012
#180 Barbara Boxer (CA) $40,075
#183 Daniel Akaka (HI) $33,500 up for re-election 2012
#194 Jon Tester (MT) $26,100 up for re-election 2012
#195 James Webb (VA) $26,006 retiring 2012
#196 Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) $25,550 up for re-election 2012
#200 Jeanne Shaheen (NH) $20,000
#201 Al Franken (MN) $19,200
#201 Amy Klobuchar (MN) $18,966 up for re-election 2012
#205 Kay Hagen (NC) $16,550
#209 Jack Reed (RI) $12,850
#210 Patrick Leahy (VT) $10,250
#213 Richard Blumenthal (CT) $7,500
#215 Bernie Sanders (VT) $7,200 up for re-election 2012
#217 Jeff Merkley (OR) $6,500
#219 Chris Coons (DE) $6,373
#225 Herb Kohl (WI) $1,000 retiring 2012
Like all progressive organizations, when you have no principles to stand on, it’s easy to call out Republican Senators for taking “Big Oil” money while at the same time ignoring the Progressive Senators. If all these anti business organizations had any credibility at all, they’d be demanding that their Progressive Champions return all this “Big Oil” money. We know that won’t happen.
You can find the article at http://campaignmoney.org/press-room/2012/01/30/44-senators-behind-keystone-bill-took-23-million
You can find the entire list of Senators at http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php?ind=E01&recipdetail=S&sortorder=A&cycle=All
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Posted By Don Irvine On January 9, 2012 @ 12:58 pm In Blog - Don Irvine
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz struggled yesterday to explain why President Obama shouldn’t be held responsible for people losing their jobs at Solyndra while Mitt Romney should for job losses at companies Bain Capital invested in while he was CEO.
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