Political Shenanigans Like Executive Orders Can Mean a DECISIVE Change in Direction for USA

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Shenanigans!  That’s a word used by then Senator Obama on the campaign trail when he accused the opposition of trying to impose their own political “rules of game”.  Now, this is NOT to say that both sides of the political aisle don’t employ their own brand of shenanigans; after all, that IS politics! But as it has been revealed since January 20, 2009 we have seen shenanigans that have been unprecedented in American History under this administration.   And our Commander in Chief – commands the game of shenanigans.

Does ANYONE have any idea how many executive orders have been signed by our current president?  The president does not have explicitly stated constitutional authority for executive orders, however, there is a vague statement regarding “executive power” found in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, and could be corroborated by the statement “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 4.  Regardless, US presidents have used these Constitutional “reasonings” for assuming the authority to  issue their executive orders while declaring these orders to be a part of the President’s sworn duties.  Humbug! (Sorry, still in the holiday frame of mind, I guess!)

There are approximately 38 executive orders (not counting executive orders WITHIN those executive orders) that Obama has implemented in just under one year in office.  If you are interested to know the scope of their impact, here they are from the National Archives website  http://tinyurl.com/yedxj4j.

As you probably would expect, critics have suspected presidents, and particularly the current one, of abusing their use of executive orders to make laws without Congressional approval, which is our national check and balance system — if not actually MAKING laws through the executive order, and of moving existing laws further away from their original intent or mandates. 

But I’m not going to try to convince you of how biased toward the left’s agenda President Obama’s executive orders are.  I will let you take a look at them and make a determination for yourself.   One thing I would challenge you to do is examine how close to center – which is what reflects the views of the majority of Americans – these executive orders fall politically in their scope of political perspective.   What concerns me is that this President’s executive orders are an insidious way for the liberal agenda, particularly the ideals of the far left, to be implemented and to become common place in our country without the benefit of representation of or input from the citizens.  You and I do not have ANY say when it comes to these executive orders – and particularly insidious are the ones that change the way our laws will be interpreted and/or implemented going forward.

When I was thinking about this topic in light of the vacations Obama has taken in his first year, I would have to say that he probably IS tired…. tired from remaining on the campaign trail since very early in 2007, tired from running around the globe making his apologies for his perceived “America’s evils”, tired from traveling to accept awards that he really has not earned, tired from spending the trillions upon trillions of dollars that our nation DOES NOT HAVE or WILL NOT HAVE for the next several generations (unless we print worthless paper!), tired from signing executive orders that implement many policies that should be put before the public prior to implementation.

This year, however, concerned people from both sides of the political aisle, who see that things aren’t what they thought they would be under this president, and those who are attending the tea parties who are fed up with the political parallels that exists in the two parties, will have a chance to make a profound statement with the mid-term elections.  I suspect that it’s not going to be a simple swing back toward the right by just putting Republicans in office.  Rather, I believe we may see, not a new party per se, but more of a vote for the individual candidate’s ideals. those which reflect the founding principles of this country.  And I pray that we see the thing that we have all been clamoring for come about by 2012 — term limits for our national representatives.  Term limits could be the best protection for the ideals and values that most Americans hold dear.

Advertisements

Tareq and Michaele Salahi Attend Dinner by Executive Order

Friday, December 11, 2009

With today’s reality show wanna be’s, it’s easy to jump on the band wagon of accusations when someone turns a public or media event into a faux pas.  When, Tareq and Michaele Salahi recently appeared at an important White House Dinner, it was said that they were looking for publicity for a possible reality show, or perhaps a book, or maybe both.   Adding to the mystique was Michaele’s reported gushing to her hair dresser of her invitation to the dinner, but somehow she was never able to produce that invitation – especially at the White House when they arrived!

Well, that was enough to set tongues a waggin’.  Who had allowed this “security breach”?  Was it the fault of the White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers?  Was it the fault of the Secret Service?  The Salahis insisted they were invited and not “party-crashers”, so who had actually invited them?  Where was that mysterious invitation?  Were these people really able to slip through the tightest security known to the US? 

Here’s something I want you to look closely:

Look at the expression on Obama’s face.  This is not his normal “formal” smile  that he uses when saying, “Hi, how are you?” to people he’s not familiar with.  In fact, the expressions on all three of their faces suggest that they are sharing some intimate information.
 
Now, the buzz has been about how these people could get into this event with no formal invitation.  No one is confessing to having any knowledge of them being on the guest list.  Again, they haven’t produced that formal invitation that everyone was required to have and they weren’t on the list that had been approved and cleared for attendance.
 
Now, look at this picture VERY CLOSELY:
 
 
Just who is that guy in the center?  Who is that man in the white jacket?  Who is the blonde on the right?  Hmmmm.  This picture was taken – at a fashion event or a “get out the vote” event or something or other – in 2005 when Obama was a Senator.
 
It’s obvious that this couple who are under suspicion of “crashing” a White House dinner event, weren’t strangers to the occupants of the White House.  So, if it wasn’t any of the White House staff who approved their attendance, and the Secret Service let them it – it obviously had to be by EXECUTIVE ORDER!
 
Again, when you “hear” the campaign rhetoric from Obama echoing in your ear about transparency and everything above board, add this incident to the multitude of “behind closed doors”, back-room deals, etc. 
 
Face it, America.  We’ve been hoodwinked by a pathological liar who lives by his own devised set of rules of conduct and propriety while governing by a totally different set.   The old political machines of which we had all grown tired have given way to a newer, but much more insidious one – and it’s rolling over us at an alarming speed.
 
I’m asking you to judge someone by their actions, not their words.  Make your decisions based upon facts, not emotions.  In regards to our national and even our local leaders – particularly the ones who have been in office a while – evaluate what they have done and are presently doing that isn’t in agreement with what they have proclaimed they would do.  Don’t listen to their promises, because as we have found from this last election, politicians will say whatever it takes to keep their positions of power – and they have shown, especially this year, that they have no intention of listening to the people they are supposed to represent.  
 
Remember, too, that all of them, including the President, are employees of We the People!   Therefore, as their employer, we must demand that they do what we want – that being open and transparent – or risk being fired and replaced with someone who will.  We will have a chance in the near future to drive this point home. 
 
 
 

Obama Opens US Courts to Citizens of the World

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

As you are probably aware, President Barack Obama claims himself a citizen of the world.  Not only does he view himself as a citizen of the world, but he views the world as citizens of the United States, with the same rights to US housing, US financial aid, US protections, US freedoms, et al, as any natural born or naturalized citizen.  In fact, he has ordered the military to Mirandize the enemy in the throes of war.  That’s insane!  The Miranda warning is a right for US citizens, to give them protection against making incriminating statements against themselves.  It never was – and should never be – intended as blanket protection for all people of the world, anywhere in the world, and especially in time of war – for our enemies!

People with half a brain should know that before the US declared war on the terrorists, war was declared on the US by the terrorists.  Their actions were notched up way beyond what could be called civil disorder, way beyond a protest against major socio-political or religions positions.  They slaughtered thousands of innocents with their carefully orchestrated attack on the US.  Their actions should strongly suggest to Obama and his other Progressive/Liberal cohorts that the terrorists established the rules – the rules of war – and that they did not perpetrate a civil crime as of one US citizen against another US citizen, and therefore should be treated and tried differently – by the conventional rules of war, and not in civil courts.

I found this blog while scrolling through Blogsurfer.  I hope they don’t mind me using it here because it demonstrates the Obama Administration’s version of the Miranda Rights for our enemies at Gitmo and those on the battlefield:

FEDFILTER

Post-War on Terror” Miranda Rights Posted in In the News by tymothyson on November 19, 2009

“You have the right to remain silent or shout any obscene, blasphemous religious propaganda you may want. Anything you say or do could, but will not be used against you in a court of military law. You have the right to a[n] civilian attorney who could leak information to terrorist cells outside of your terrorist jail cell, though you should really be tried as an enemy combatant war criminal and never again see the light of day. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you as part of the $75-100 Million of our tax dollars to move your keister from Gitmo to the land where our fathers died. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you? Of course you don’t, you didn’t even have to learn English to take up residency on the dole, plant a dirty bomb, or get a license to fly a jumbo jet.

“If you are not a United States citizen, you need not contact your country’s consulate prior to any questioning because we will treat you like one anyway.”

Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder sees Al-Qaeda in the same light as Obama.  He has made it abundantly clear that he plans to try five of the main Gitmo terrorists/detainees as if they mugged an old lady in Central Park. 

Our laws require that accused US citizens be tried before a jury of their peers.  WHO, then, are the peers of these men, these non-citizens?  Holder himself said that if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed pleads guilty and testifies the same as he has before, Holder can guarantee a conviction.  What conviction?  He’s an enemy combatant and has admitted to his role in the planning of the 9-11 attack.  He declared jihad against the US… that’s a declaration of war!

Further, Holder is also getting pressure from Germans that the testimony they may contribute during the trial not be used if the prosecution plans to seek the death penalty.  So, has Holder created his own Catch-22?  If KSM and the four others are given life in prison, what prison will they be sent to?  If in the US, the US citizens will pay again for the crimes of this man by providing him with three squares (a special diet by the way) special prayer times, and more civil rights that most US citizens exercise in their lifetime — for the rest of his!

In another instance, Navy seals are being prosecuted for bloodying the lip of another terrorist/enemy who is known to be responsible for the atrocious murders and abuse of the corpses of four civilian US security personnel in Iraq.  Now, during this declared wartime, every action of our military personnel is under the microscope of liberal interpreters, and the enemy is afforded US Citizens rights when they aren’t US citizens.  It’s NOT war anymore – it’s insanity!


Obama’s Plan to Spread the Wealth — TO THE WEALTHY!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

According to Edmunds.com, 690,000 Americans took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers Program.  Under this Obama brainfart, it cost the taxpayers $24,000 for EACH one of those cars.  Remember the head-slap “I coulda had a V-8!” ?  Well you, too, could have had at least a V-6 — along with all the other folks who got their new cars if you’d been given your OWN money to spend!

So, my point here is that SOMEONE took some of your wealth and gave it to someone else!  AHHH— that would be Obama’s promise to Joe the Plumber when he said he thought that spreading the wealth around would be good for everyone.  Well, was it good for you?  Seriously, who got that $24,000?  It wasn’t the car dealers.  Some of them are still awaiting their money from the government to cover the rebates given to those who purchased the cars… So, WHO got that money?

We’re all, by now, familiar with the fact that the reported “jobs saved or created” numbers that have been posted on the recovery.com site are absolutely false.  I’d like someone to PROVE that any job was actually saved due to the economic strategies of the Obama Administration. They like to use the nice round number of one million jobs, even though it’s much, much less than that.  But we’ll go with data the Obama administration has posted, just for the sake of this argument. 

The Administration says that they’ve created and/or saved one million jobs and they spent $160 billion doing it.  That means that government had spent  paid $160,000 on each job.  Hmmm.  Will someone please introduce me to the person who got a job created by the stimulus with a starting salary of $160,000?  The Obama Administration likes to say that some of the jobs saved are “the waitress who’s still on the job,” —  as Joe Biden himself used this example.  (I’d like to meet the waitress who makes that kind of money!)

In fact, Jared Bernstein, chief economist and senior economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden says that the cost per job was more like $92,000.  So, even if the “shovelers” on the shovel-ready jobs, and the waitresses, and teachers, or whoever, got $92,000 on average, and didn’t actually get their fair share of that $160,000 average – WHO did?

Are you beginning to get the picture?  The Obama Administration has borrowed billions upon billions of dollars in only 11 months in office.  And only a small portion of that money has trickled down to the people who are hurting and need to work.  Millions, if not billions have been documented as wasted – mostly in million-dollar chunks that include rebates to the long-dead, rebates to prisoners, yada, yada….. 

I CAN tell you where jobs were actually created. There are 30-some-odd czars and they have sizeable staffs. There are innumerable advisors and expanded staff roaming the White House halls on any given day.  All the czars make at least high six-figure incomes. Their operating budgets/expenses have not been made public. But just their combined salaries run in the millions of dollars. Government is the sector where the greatest amount of job creation has taken place.

 Where is the rest of it going, though?  Is it going to some middleman?  To some corporation (cash for clunkers) perhaps?  To local governments (shovel-ready projects) perhaps?  To banks (bailouts) perhaps?  To financial insurers (AIG) perhaps? 

 Out of the “dollars” Obama is getting from China, he’s sending “pennies” down to the the people.  And the wealth of our nation is being re-distributed to the wealthy GROUPS .  The “have nots” NEVER have gotten theirs… just look at all cultures and civilizations throughout history.  So, if you’re looking for your share of Obama money!  Don’t hold your breath! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v5Kjmc8FI


“Lousiana Boudin” in the New Senate Health Care Bill

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pork, whether it’s negotiated for or not, is pork. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is desperate to get his necessary votes for his health care bill to make it onto the floor of the Senate and be passed on Saturday. In order to get all his democratic senators in lock-step, he has decided to resort to bribery. According to Bloomberg.com, “Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), one of three lawmakers being wooed by Senate Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid for low-income people in her state.”

Was the same consideration given to the Arkansas Senator, Blanche Lincoln? No, not that has been made known yet anyway. However, it’s bribery to include such “favors” in turn for a single vote needed on Reid’s “pet project” — and it’s pork! More importantly it’s wrong. PLUS it’s plain stupid to make it so very obvious!

The American people have finally become aware of the shenanigans that go on in Washington all the time. This type of behavior is so commonplace that all the players in Congress simply ignore it, turn blind eyes to it and consider it usual legislative activity, but it’s appalling to ordinary citizens. However, Americans aren’t likely to grow numb to the “pay to play” tactics or the bribery tactics that the House and Senate are using routinely, because they know that if normal American citizens conducted their businesses and personal dealings in like manner, they’d be imprisoned for bribery and other felonies.

Why won’t the politicians wake up to the fact that their constituents are onto their games, and it’s not going to be “politics as usual” anymore. Politics isn’t the same as it used to be. Americans are more educated, becoming more involved in government, and demanding accountability from their representatives. If Congress members don’t wake up to that fact, then perhaps in 2010 and 2012, when corrupted House and Senate members are removed from the premises, they’ll finally understand that Americans really are mad as hell and not going to take it any more!


Obama’s Fuzzy Math

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I don’t think anyone should be in the least surprised about the arbitrary (kindest word I could think of) numbers that are thrown around by Obama and his administration.

I mean, after all, during his campaign he said he visited ….. let’s see how many states was it he said?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws.  And how many jobs does his administration say they’ve saved with the Stimulus Package I?  

It is obvious that the only long term jobs (or positions) that have been created are those he created in government.  Most jobs that have been “created” on “main street America” are mostly temporary jobs and/or short-term project work.  Yet, the Administration’s website touts large numbers from mystical congressional districts all over the country that simply do not exist…. just like the promised jobs! Each of these jobs cost you the taxpayer an average of $173K.  And if a worker made as much as $53K for this job, where did the other $120K go?  And really…. you cannot count jobs saved! 

In regard to mystical healthcare numbers, Obama’s administration had said at first that there are from 46 to 47 million people in the US who are without health insurance.  Then somehow it became more like 30+ million.  So, who really knows?  Here are some of the factors that make determining this number difficult to pinpoint – but let’s illustrate worst-case scenario using numbers from 2007: 

Of the 46 million who the Administration claimed are uninsured, 6.4 million are already on government-funded healthcare program but consider themselves as non-insured.   One reason for this is that these people were automatically enrolled or pre-enrolled by a medical facility after receiving treatment at an emergency room or free clinic.  They may not be paying insurance premiums, but they certainly have access to medical care any time they need it!

Another group of 4.3 million people are eligible to go on a federally funded Medicaid or SCHIP or something similar, but they simply have not signed up.  If they were to go to a free clinic or emergency room, they, too, would automatically be shifted into the group above, and while they aren’t paying insurance premiums, they technically have no healthcare coverage risk.

Approximately 10 million are non-citizens.  How many of these are illegals is not known, but it would most likely be a staggering amount.

More than 10 million don’t fit into either of the above groups, but they have substantial incomes.  In fact, usually more than three times the poverty level.   Included in that group, as well, are single income earners whose income is over $30K per year, and a family of four has an income of more than $62,000 per year who simply have chosen not to acquire healthcare coverage or they may be influx between an old job and new job and are awaiting the new coverage to “kick in”.

From the remaining group, approximately 15.6 million, 5 million are adults between 18 and 34 without kids.  They are US citizens, some of whom fall below poverty level and somehow are not eligible for federally funded health insurance program, and most are not a childless adult between age 18-34.

So, given the above breakdown, we’re talking about only 15.6 million who currently may not have healthcare coverage because they cannot afford it or because they simply cannot get it.  These people should be the ones that the government focused on – the ones who need some kind of intervention for the Democrats to be satisfied that everyone had access to healthcare. 

But they aren’t satisfied… for two reasons.  Number one and most importantly, they don’t have control of the healthcare industry.  Don’t be fooled; that is their goal.  Second, they will be forcing those younger Americans who want to spend their money on something other than healthcare into a healthcare plan…. or be penalized.  Either way, the government is getting deeper into their pockets, too! (Plus stripping them of a personal choice.)

My math is not that great, but that appears to be that only about 5% of Americans are presently the ones who actually need healthcare coverage and cannot afford or obtain it.  YET, Harry Reid’s latest proposed Senate healthcare bill is being touted as covering 94% of Americans.  Does that mean the last group listed above will be left out – again?  How has that improved any situation for other Americans?  Isn’t this hoopla about healthcare reform then much ado — all for 1% of Americans?  Would somebody explain this in plain ENGLISH?


Abortion Will Be Federally-funded in the New Overhauled Healthcare System

Sunday, November 15, 2009

If you don’t believe it. Read this: http://tinyurl.com/yfwcvls 

Let’s say that the healthcare bill gets through the Senate and returns to the House and both House and Senate manage to come together on a healthcare bill. If the Stupak Amendment remains attached at that point, (MOST unlikely that the House would allow it to stand – but if it did…) Obama plans to strip it from the final bill as he prepares to sign it.

Neither Obama or the House of Representatives are at all listening to the people. The majority of Americans oppose federal funding of abortion at this point, and the most of them who oppose it do so under any circumstances except where it is necessary to save the life of the mother or in the cases of incest. So, why won’t they listen to the people and abide by their wishes? Simple. They are NOT in office to do the will of the people, but to use the power of their offices to push through their liberal/progressive agenda which does not reflect the majority of Americans but the few who happen to agree with them – special interest groups, both political and corporate. Isn’t this supposed to be a DEMOCRACY where the majority rules…. or a Republic where the PEOPLE rule? Apparently the United States of America is neither anymore!

It’s amazing what one can learn when they get out of the small world of their own minds.  Jeremiah Wright spewed hatred against the government for causing hardship on the black population.  Here is one very interesting quote:  

“The great irony is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of…. Roughly one quarter of the black population is now missing.”   Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., has long been a strong opponent of killing the unborn.

NOTE: There’s a slight of hand going on here as well….. the hubbub over the abortion portion of this bill is overshadowing the Public Option portion. Don’t be distracted on either of these issues as this healthcare debate continues.