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Executive Actions Are Needed

Monday, 24 April 2006 12:00 AM

President Bush is in serious trouble - and faces the very real possibility that his presidency will deteriorate in the next few weeks until he is seen as another Jimmy Carter, i.e. a failed president.

What can he do to arrest his slide - and try to salvage his faltering presidency?

He can begin by enacting a sweeping set of executive orders that address three of our most urgent problems - rising gas prices, Iraq and illegal immigration:

First, he should issue an executive order today overriding all state laws and regulations preventing off-shore oil drilling and mandating the immediate commencement of drilling in ANWAR. Of course this will take months or years - and there will be numerous lawsuits from environmental lobbies - but the president needs to make one thing clear: We are in terrible trouble due to our over-reliance on our enemies for imported oil.

It is a top priority that we now open our minds to every type of energy produced here at home: nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen fuel cells - everything.

We no longer have the luxury of twiddling our thumbs and debating whether one type of energy is better than another; we now need all forms of domestic energy production. Period.

We can no longer tolerate negativity. No way, never, and can't work, can no longer be in our energy vocabulary.

President Bush - who should have done this the day after 9/11 - comes from the oil world. He can argue that we need to rely on ourselves - not foreigners - for oil and gas from now on.

He needs a dramatic action - and now - to turn around his sliding poll numbers and the accompanying political weakness they indicate.

If he doesn't do something like this soon, he is headed for an approval rating in the 20s - unseen since President Nixon resigned in the Watergate scandal.

Then, he needs action on Iraq and immigration: With the announcement out of Baghdad that they have finally agreed upon a new prime minister and thus a new permanent government will be seated within a month, it is time for the following:

A) President Bush should immediately announce a series of troop withdrawals from Iraq. The goal? To draw down from the 130,000 troops presently on the ground to less than 40,000 by the end of the year.

B) Coinciding with that draw-down, he should issue his second major executive order, this one suspending posse commitatus, the legal restriction on using U.S. military forces in domestic matters, and order the U.S. Army to re-assemble along the Mexican border and provide border security while we construct a high-tech fence - with underground tunnel sensors - to stop once and for all the illegal entry into the United States.

Please note that the presumptive 2008 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has now come out in favor of this fence. Thus any political opposition is only going to divide the Democrats, which can't hurt.

The result of these two dramatic executive orders?

1) Mr. Bush will be back on offense, setting the terms of the debate instead of being a human punching bag.

2) He - and Washington - would finally be addressing the three most pressing issues: energy, Iraq and illegal immigration.

3) He might be doing enough to save the House from falling into Democratic hands in November. That is a result which will bring a flood of subpoenas and investigations certain to ruin the final two years of his presidency.

Plus, we need the energy, we need to get out of Iraq and we need to stem the accelerated flow of illegals.

So, Mr. President, let's get that pen out and start acting like a President again!

Issue these 2 orders - and expect a howl of outrage.

Smile - and then tell the country why we need these things now - and why we can't wait for a slow-moving Congress to do them.

It is the only way to turn things around.

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