Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Immigration, Latin America, Law, National Security, Terrorism, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Amnesty for Illegals, Illegal Jobs for Illegals, Unconstitutional
The year is 2011, and election coming up, the president is making lots of speeches and fundraising. On May 10, President Obama spoke at Chamizal National Memorial Park in El Paso Texas. He vowed to “keep up the fight” to pass comprehensive immigration reform through Congress, because the immigration system was broken. (Not broken. The immigration laws simply are not enforced).
He assured the audience that the border fence was essentially complete, (if “essentially complete” means that 84 miles of the mandated double fencing have been built of the 1,933 miles of our border with Mexico). That pertains to compliance with the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
Then he added:
“Sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself, but that’s not how a democracy works,” Obama said. “What we really need to do is to keep up the fight to pass genuine, comprehensive reform. That is the ultimate solution to this problem. That’s what I’m committed to doing.”
Back in the halls of Congress, it is Jeff Sessions who once again spoke of constitutional government in defense of American workers in a clarifying speech yesterday on the Senate floor:
A number of things have been happening today with regard to the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. There’s been a lot of spin about that and that somehow the Republicans are blocking the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. This gives new meaning to the word “obfuscation,” I suppose, or “disingenuousness.” The truth is, the House of Representatives has fully funded the Department of Homeland Security. It’s provided the level of funding the President asked for. It’s kept all the accounts at Homeland Security as approved through the congressional process. It simply says, but, Mr. President, we considered your bill, this amnesty bill that will provide work permits, photo IDs, Social Security numbers, Medicare benefits. You can’t do that. We considered that and rejected it. So we’re not going to fund that.
Now, the President has told us and his staff that they have across the river in Crystal City, they’re leasing a new building and this building is going to hire a thousand workers, paid for by the taxpayers of the United States, part of Homeland Security. Are those thousand workers going to be utilized to enforce the laws of the United States? Are they going to process applications for citizenship or visas? No. Those 1,000 people, costing several hundred million dollars, in truth, those people are going to be processing and providing these benefits to people unlawfully in America… (Read on below)
Filed under: Afghanistan, Cuba, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Education, Energy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, Global Warming, Health Care, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Law, Media Bias, Military, National Security, Regulation, Russia, Taxes, Terrorism, The Constitution, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Barack Obama, Choosing Sides, Fundamentally Transorm?
Most of us are apt to divide the world up into the good guys and the bad guys. Opposites. Simplistic thinking, of course. No nuance. (when did that word slip into the daily vocabulary?) Winners and losers. Short and tall, rich and poor, hard-working and lazy, handsome and ugly, cruel and kind, smart and stupid. It helps us to understand those things we encounter in the world, we can modify our judgment later.
World War II was clear — Allies and Axis, and the Cold War — Communists and the Free World. Things began to get confused with the War in Vietnam. Protesters couldn’t decide who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. Jane Fonda has never been forgiven for her stupidity, but she was not alone among the far left. It was a confusing time, and when the Draft was ended, surprisingly so were the protests.
Questions today on the internet ask “Is Obama a Christian?” and “Is Obama a Muslim?” But those are the wrong questions. Obama has given every indication of signing up with the bad guys, the Axis, the Communists, and those who oppose our country. His dislike for the Israeli prime minister is obvious; his distaste for the United Kingdom is clear; his support for a deal with Iran; his support for the Muslim Brotherhood; for the deposed president of Egypt; inability to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq; Benghazi; refusal to help the dissidents in Iran, and in Syria; and the silly outreach to Cuba; and the support for most anti-American governments in South America.
There is a pattern. A pattern which is behind Rudy Giuliani’s asking if the president loves America. One would think that the media would be somewhat aware of the direction of the entire Obama administration, instead of dissolving in wrath when someone actually notices. (Or is that why the media boiled over —they’re beginning to notice?)
I think he is just doing exactly what he said he would do: attempt to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Everybody was so excited with the idea of the first black president, the mellow baritone voice, the moving phraseology “Yes We Can!,” “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!,” that they didn’t really pay any attention to what he actually said that he wanted to do. I don’t think he is trying to destroy the country, he just wants to “fix” it.
We are paying the price for our inattention. And it’s up to us to find out exactly what he meant by “fundamentally transform.” It matters. It matters a lot.
Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, History, Military, Politics, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Saved the Union, The Gettysburg Address
Reprinted from 2011
I liked it better when we celebrated Lincoln’s birthday and Washington’s birthday separately. When it is “President’s Day.” and a three-day weekend, nobody remembers. And you and your children must remember this man. He saved the Union, and freed the slaves.
To understand America, you need to understand the Gettysburg Address: (Vanderleun)
This picture emphasizes Lincoln’s height, although his lean body and the top hat emphasize it even more. He was 6’4″, tall today, but not unusually tall. Average height in the 1860s must have been much less. George Washington was 6’2″ and considered very tall.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Law, Politics, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Also Known As Redistribution, Middle Class Economics, Tyrant in the White House
Obama is in the sixth year of his presidency, and he has just discovered that the middle class is not doing so well. So he wants to take up what he calls Middle Class Economics. He seems to describe his economic programs based on their origin, so middle class economics begins with the middle class and expands outward to benefit everyone. Just how this works is unclear.
The number of food stamp beneficiaries exceeds 46,000,000 for the 38th straight months. Republicans consider this a shocking comment on the continued slow recovery. Democrats consider it to be a remarkable accomplishment. It ‘s worthwhile to keep that difference in mind.
Another problem afflicting the middle class is stagnant wages. We are just not seeing the growth in wages that we should six years after the official end of the Great Recession. Some would attribute that fact to a plentiful supply of workers looking for jobs, but the Obama administration wants to go directly to the cause. They will just force employers to pay workers more.
Hence Obama plans a massive expansion of overtime, raising the cut-off for overtime from the current $23,600 to $50,000, a significant jump— time-and-a-half for anything over 42 hours, and of course he’s got the employers over a barrel on the other side with ObamaCare penalties.
Have you been saving money for the kids’ college education? The money (already taxed) that you put into a 529 plan might have had the audacity to grow, so it’s only fair that you tax the growth — Right? And just in case they have missed anything, they want to raise taxes on capital gains. And he ‘s still plumping for an increase in the minimum wage.
Republicans would consider any request to raise taxes dead in the water, but just what Mr. Obama might attempt to do by executive order remains an unknown.
Nobody thought he’d try to do the things he already has done by executive order or executive memo which is the same thing and carries the same force of law.
Nobody is quite sure what to do with a president who deliberately ignores the constitutional separation of powers. He’s supposed to see that the laws are carried out, and the Congress is supposed to make the laws. The Judicial branch is not supposed to be making laws either, but that’s a separate story.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Law, National Security, Politics, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: 24 States Sue To Halt Amnesty, Amnesty Violates Constitution, An Affront to Legal Immigrants
Seven more states have joined Texas’s lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order amnesty plan this week bringing the total number of states to 24. Texas Attorney General and governor-elect said:
The president’s proposed executive decree violates the U.S. Constitution and federal law, circumvents the will of the American people and an affront to the families and individuals who follow our laws to legally immigrate to the United States.
The list of states party to the lawsuit now include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The odds that President Obama’s executive amnesty will be stopped by a federal court went up Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen was assigned to hear a challenge to the policy brought by Texas and 23 other states. Judge Hanen has ruled against DHS on immigration cases before. Texas filed for a preliminary injunction last Monday, and asked for a ruling before December 31, 2014,
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Immigration, Law, Politics, The Constitution | Tags: Constitution's Take Care Clause, He Just Changed The Law, Prosecutorial Discretion
Seventeen states have combined to file suit against the Obama Administration last Wednesday, arguing that President Obama has violated the Constitutional limits on his power and swept aside his constitutional requirement to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” when he unilaterally dismissed enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws against four million illegal aliens.
The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, states firmly “This lawsuit is not about immigration, it is about the rule of law, presidential power, and the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution.”
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Texas Governor-elect, explained the argument of the seventeen states. “The President’s unilateral action tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause and federal law,” Abbott explained in his statement. “The Constitution’s Take Care Clause limits the President’s power and ensures that he will faithfully execute Congress’s laws − not rewrite them under the guise of ‘prosecutorial discretion.'”
The states pointed out in the complaint itself that President Obama had admitted in a speech in Chicago, that he had in fact changed the law.
“On November 20,2014, the President of the United States announced that he would unilaterally suspend the immigration laws as applied to four million of the eleven million undocumented immigrants in the United States,” says the complaint. The President candidly admitted that, in so doing, he unilaterally rewrote the law. “What you’re not paying attention to is, I just took an action to change the law.”
The coalition of seventeen states joined in the lawsuit are Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Utah West Virginia Wisconsin, Mississippi and Maine.
The suit asks that the court block the president’s action on immigration.