American Elephants

Snapple Cap Message of the Day: by The Elephant's Child

“Most lipstick contains fish scales.”  Euww-ww!! Perhaps cosmetics, like sausage, are something that should just be left to the FDA to declare safe, and leave it at that. There are limits to recycling, or should be.

“This Mandate is Going to Wind Up in the Supreme Court” by The Elephant's Child

When Obama spoke warmly about  hope and  bipartisanship and cooperation in Congress, both houses of Congress were controlled by the Democrats. When the 2010 election put Republicans firmly in control of the House of Representatives, Obama lost interest in cooperation.

Instead he determined to accomplish what he wanted done by executive orders, presidential memoranda and proclamations, and of course, regulations and mandates from the various agencies that were more or less authorized by some legislation. He just wouldn’t bother with Congress anymore.

Ruling by decree was just the way Obama wanted it. In February, President Obama announced his intention to order private insurance companies to provide contraception and abortion drug coverage free, as his way of accommodating religious institutions’ conscientious objections to being forced to provide coverage of those items for their employees, under the terms of ObamaCare.

The president just doesn’t get to rule by decree, taking over private industry,  installing his own people to carry out his wishes.  Oh, wait….

Back in 1952, during the Korean War, Harry Truman, an unpopular president, conducting an unpopular war, was faced with a political problem in a presidential election year. A looming steelworker’s strike could shut down the country’s steel production for months. The industry was under wartime price controls and could not raise their prices, yet could not meet the demands of labor without raising steel prices. The federal Wage Stabilization Board recommended a wage increase, but the federal Office of Price Stabilization denied the companies’ request for a price increase. Nobody would budge, and a strike was imminent.

Steel production was important to the war effort. Congress had rejected the idea of direct government interference in labor disputes. Truman ordered his secretary of commerce to seize and take over operation of the nation’s steel companies, in order to give steelworkers a wage increase and avoid a strike threatening steel production in the middle of a war. This became one of the most famous and most important of all modern Supreme Court decisions: Youngstown Steel & Tube Co.v. Sawyer. The Supreme Court held that the president may not rule by decree, conscripting private industry to carry out his commands. The chief executive may only execute laws passed by Congress, according to their terms. He may not make up laws of his own and then enforce them.

The presidents of three evangelical colleges have filed suit with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Alliance Defense Fund against the mandate, which is clearly in violation of the religious clause of the First Amendment.

In addition, it appears that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius did not consult Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty, nor have a legal memo prepared before she drafted the mandate. On Thursday Secretary Sebelius appeared before the House and was questioned by Congressman Gowdy (R-SC) a former federal prosecutor.

I suspect that Obama’s overreaching mandate may be in trouble.

Obama Will Inaugurate His Reelection Campaign on May 5 by The Elephant's Child

Stop laughing. Yes, this guy that has been flying all over the country in Air Force One, raising money at campaign events, beginning nearly a year ago. Over 100 fundraisers and another one last night — admission $35K on up. All those rallies at schools are just to see the kids science projects or something. The attempts to sell the “Buffet Rule,” those were “official” forays, or “official” travels designed to influence Congress.  But Obama knew the so-called Buffet Rule would never get by Congress.

The trips this week to talk to college students about lowering the interest rates on college loans? Those were obviously “official” business, even though the kids don’t have to worry about their loans until after they graduate — but they do get to vote before then — don’t they?

Air Force One costs $182.000 an hour— apparently of taxpayer money, since they are being so careful to indicate that he is only starting to campaign on May 5. Does he really need the helicopters as well, and the 20 car motorcade?

I think presidents should have vacations, enjoy some golf or whatever relaxation they need, spend time at Camp David. The work can be very stressful. We provide a president with lots of perks out of respect for the office. But it seems to be the Czars who are doing all the work, and this imperial president lavishes in the most expensive of the perks without the slightest concern for the enormous budget deficit and the 88 million unemployed. As the press is fond of saying — the optics are, um, unfortunate.  You can look up the president’s schedule on the White House website. It includes all his campaign events too.

We’ve been paying for his personal fascination with things solar, his personal enthusiasm for electric cars, his romance with light rail, and his personal distaste for any and all fossil fuels, not to mention his very obvious unconcern for the pocketbooks of American citizens. All those fundraisers that pretended to be “official” events should have raised enough money to pay for the presidential campaign travel, shouldn’t they?

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