American Elephants

Carrie by The Elephant's Child
October 8, 2013, 9:36 pm
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A trick played on coffee shop patrons in the Village in New York. (Its a viral ad) Clever and funny. I wonder how I’d react if I were there as a customer?

(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)

Democrats Are Trying to Create a Constitutional Crisis! by The Elephant's Child


We are told that the Senate, under the direction of Majority Leader Harry Reid, is trying to write a bill to give President Obama the authority to raise the US Debt Limit by executive order.

Great effort is being expended by the Democrats in general and Obama in particular to scare the public that everything is about to come apart because of the raging disagreement in Congress. Obama has said if Congress won’t give him his way, he will just have to “go around Congress.” The Constitution does not allow him to do that.

The Democrats are dealing with the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 4, which says:

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pension and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

The Section 5 clause adds:

The Congress shall have power to enforce by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Since neither Harry Reid nor the Senate can amend the Constitution — that has to be done by passing an amendment in both houses which has to be approved by the 50 states, or by holding a Constitutional Convention— I suppose they’re going to try some tricky application of Section 5 to let them fix Section 4 to meet their preferences.

The “power of the purse” rests with the House of Representatives. That is the power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States. To borrow money on the credit of the United States, To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several states, to coin Money, and to deal with pirates. I’ve left some things out, it’s a long section.

The reason the House is in charge of the government purse, is because they are the closest representatives to the people, and it is the people’s taxes that they are arguing about. Members of the House represent the people of their state according to population numbers. They have to face the voters every two years to seek their approval.  In the 2010 election, Americans gave Republicans the biggest landslide victory in 75 years — after Democrats passed ObamaCare.

Because the Democrats in the Senate refused to pass a budget— as they were required by law to do for four years — Congress has been reduced to operating on ‘continuing resolutions’ which simply kick the can down the road for a few months when they will have the same battle all over again.

Democrats are remarkably unconcerned about money. The national debt of nearly $17 trillion will get fixed— somehow. Congress must agree to finance the government so that we do not default on the debt. Only the president and the Democrats have suggested that anyone would default on the debt. Democrats don’t do principles, they freely admit it. They consider issues as they come up and react to them. Whether this partly explains their unconcern with deficits, balanced budgets, or whether it’s math avoidance, economic ignorance or just an illusion that there’s always more tax money to be collected, I have no idea. I do not understand how they can be so casual with the people’s money.

I find their attitude bewildering. You will often hear a liberal say that marginal tax rates under FDR were 94% for the rich, and we got along all right. Why can’t we do that again? Obama has for five years exhibited no restraint in spending whatsoever. Chicago style politics reigns, cronies and supporters are rewarded, graft and fraud are common. The agencies and departments of government have been used as political tools to subvert elections, punish supporters of the opposition party, destroy the businesses of opponents, and to give out guaranteed loans and grants to supporters. Crooked government.

This is the man who ran for office promising to be “a uniter, not a divider.” That worked out well.

I don’t know where the Democrats are planning to take this. The American people are worried about the debt and about government spending. Americans may not understand higher economics — but they do know about bills and debt and not running up a big balance on the national credit card. They are beginning to sense the president’s contempt for ordinary citizens.  #Occupy America and jokes about the Barrycades simply presage greater civil disobedience. Americans don’t take well to Autocrats, nor dictators.

Another Federal Department Disgraced! by The Elephant's Child

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Sally Jewell For Interior Sec'y

This is Sally Jewell, the new Secretary of the Interior. She is the former President of REI, Seattle’s Recreational Equipment Co-op, and as an avid outdoorswoman actually more qualified to lead the Park Service than most Interior secretaries. When she spoke to her new department, she announced “I hope there aren’t any “deniers” in this department,” which illustrates both an intolerance for disagreement and an unfamiliarity with the science of climate change. We don’t do “denial,” we do skepticism, which is the route of the scientific method. Things are proved by observation, and always open to questioning.

This an awkward time for the Secretary of the Interior. She has allowed the National Park Service to act as the political arm of the Democratic Party, and forced Park Service employees to perform political acts that may be abhorrent to them—like blocking 90-year-old World War II veterans from visiting their monument, throwing an elderly couple out of their home because you have to pass through federal land to get there, and stranding a dozen or so tourists in Cooke City, Montana because 14″ of early snow closed the Chief Joseph Highway and the Park Service won’t let them go through Yellowstone Park. Tour buses of senior citizens have been expelled harshly by armed park rangers, and forbidden to take pictures of a herd of bison by an armed ranger who told them they were not allowed to ‘recreate.” And it’s Park Service agents who have closed the ocean in Florida. This is petty, malevolent treatment by an autocratic president.

Humiliating work that Park Service employees are forced to do. Government workers are supposed to be doing the country’s business, not doing politics for the Democrats. So that’s another department totally disgraced, following in the wake of the IRS, Homeland Security, HHS, EPA, Justice and State. Is there anyone in this government that we can trust? Anyone that tells the truth?

Maybe this is what Obama meant by fundamentally transforming the country. Fall in line and do what I want or the full force and power of the United States government will go after you. Disagreeing with the acts of an administration is usual and the way it is expected to be. We were meant to argue and disagree. Life is uncertain and the way forward is never clear.

Having to be afraid of your government is something new and different for Americans. 

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