American Elephants

Is This The Greatest Government Scandal Ever? by The Elephant's Child

On Thursday, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told him that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met to discuss whether or not to remove President Donald Trump from office in the wake of the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. In other words, they were discussing  a coup. These are the people appointed to high government office in the department of the United States that is charged with upholding and being responsible to see that the law is obeyed.  a coup! If you are not sure of the real meaning of that word, look it up.

This is a shocking disclosure. Sorry, you don’t get to plot to remove the president. especially when you work for the president. The interesting thing all along has been the hatred for the president because he defeated Hillary Clinton for the presidency? Because you don’t like him? Because the Democrat party lost control? I can accept  the idea that he scares you because he has a business background rather than a government background, and might not understand all the little things presidents are supposed to overlook, because they’re the Justice Department. You can file articles of impeachment when there is a crime, but there is not, and never has been – a crime. You don’t get to impeach a president because you don’t like him. The Deep State at work.

Nor do you get to impeach a president nor remove him from office because your political party has gone stark raving bonkers. Democrats worship FDR, for saving the country from the Great Depression. But he did no such thing. He had no idea what to do, so he brought in his “Brain Trust” who didn’t know what to do either, so they engaged in endless tinkering which made the Depression last far longer than it would have had he just done nothing. Had he just paid attention to what Coolidge did, which was nothing, the recovery would have come quickly. But Democrats have never understood economics at all. They are fixated on soaking the rich to make everyone equal.

They might turn their attention to all of the things this president is accomplishing for the country, but that would just increase the anger.

DOJ Lawyers Add Another Court Appearance to their Incompetence File by The Elephant's Child

The Obama Lawyers have gone to court in Texas to convince black people that white people are trying to keep them from voting by requiring a photo ID. They were attempting to overturn the state’s voter ID law.

One of the chief talking-points used by the Obama administration to attack the Texas voter ID law is the idea that over a million Texans don’t have an ID. But it turns out that the list of people they brought of people who don’t have IDs is — fraudulent. Surveys of those on the list show that some 90% of the people on the list do too have IDs.

The Justice Department presented at trial, evidence that as many as 1.5 million Texans don’t have the government issued photo ID required to vote. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says of the people on that list, 50,000 are dead, 330,000 are over the age of 65 and can vote by mail where a photo ID is not required, and more than 800,000 people are on the list improperly.

Among the people who the DOJ listed as lacking the required documentation needed to vote’ are Former President George W. Bush, San Antonio State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, and Licia Ellis, [whose] husband, Houston state Senator Rodney Ellis, on Wednesday blasted the voter ID law as ‘just like the racist murder of James Byrd’ who was dragged to death in east Texas in 1998.

In fact, University of Texas students conducted a telephone survey of random people on the DOJ‘s list of people who allegedly don’t have the documents required to vote, and found that more than 90% of them, including 93% of African-Americans and 92% of Hispanics on the list, actually have a photo ID.

The Department of Justice unfortunately had a star witness from San Antonio, named Victoria Rodriguez, who testified that she simply did not have the time to get an ID so she could vote. The Texas lawyers pointed out that she had the time to fly to Baltimore, take a train to Washington DC, and sit in a federal courtroom to testify that she does not have the time to go down to her local Department of Motor Vehicles in Texas and get an ID.

An embarrassing day in court. The Department of Justice seems to have some competence issues.


Judge Vinson to the DOJ — Yes, I Meant Just What I Said! by The Elephant's Child

“The Obama administration received a well-deserved rebuke” on Thursday from Judge Roger Vinson in the Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).  “Judge Vinson issued a new order in response to a bizarre “motion to clarify” that the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed on February 17.”

Judge Vinson’s original order on January 31 was a model of clarity. ” He declared the entire law unconstitutional and specifically said that because he presumed the Officials of the executive branch would adhere to the law as declared by a court, his declaratory judgment striking the law down was the functional equivalent of an injunction.  Judge Vinson wrote then that  he presumed that the executive branch would follow his order, which any lawyer (including a lawyer President) would know requires them to cease implementing ObamaCare with respect to the 26 states that are plaintiffs and the National Federation of Independent Business.  That turned out to be a faulty presumption.”

The Obama administration waited more than two weeks and then filed an insulting motion that essentially said that the federal government would not comply with the judgment unless Judge Vinson issued another order “clarifying” that he actually meant what he said — that the executive branch was enjoined from implementing this unconstitutional law.  This was a political move, not a serious legal motion.

Judge Vinson said that “if the government was really unable to understand his original order, it was not expected that they would effectively ignore the order and declaratory judgment for two and one-half weeks, continue to implement the Act, and only then file a belated motion to “clarify.”

Judge Vinson reaffirmed that he meant exactly what he said. DOJ lawyers said the reason for delay was that the order needed “careful analysis”, yet this was contrary to media reports, “the White House had declared within hours after entry of [Vinson’s] order that implementation will proceed apace regardless of the ruling.” Judge Vinson added that the government’s legal citation borders on misrepresentation.

In order to avoid a further delay, the judge interpreted the administration’s request for “clarification” as a request for a stay, which he granted for just seven days.  If the government fails to file an appeal within seven days, then all work to implement the law must stop.

The appeals process would normally take much longer, but Judge Vinson has challenged the federal government to speed up the appeals process.  The administration has been attempting to stall as much as possible so that as much of ObamaCare can be implemented before it gets to the Supreme Court as possible.   This is a serious loss for the government.

Also on Thursday, the House voted to repeal the law’s 1099 provision which would have required business owners to file a 1099 tax form with the IRS for every vendor that sells them $600 worth of goods or services, creating an unsupportable burden for business for no purpose.  75 Democrats joined the 238 Republicans in voting to kill the mandate, and the president said he will sign the legislation.

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