American Elephants

The “Progressive” Ideological Agenda Trumps the Law, the Constitution, And The Will of the People. by The Elephant's Child

When federal Judge Martin Feldman overturned President Obama’s six-month moratorium on  oil and natural gas drilling in all waters more than 500 feet deep,  a passage in the decision said: “The [interior] Secretary’s determination that a six-month moratorium on issuance of new permits and on drilling by the 33 rigs is necessary does not seem to be fact-specific and refuses to take into measure the safety records of those others i the Gulf.  There is no evidence presented indicating that the Secretary balanced the concern for environmental safety with the policy of making leases available for development.  There is no suggestion that the Secretary considered any alternatives….”

Obama’s response to Feldman was to forge ahead with the very policy that the Judge had just ruled unconstitutional.  He is also challenging the thousands of Gulf Coast oil industry employees to just try and stop him in the appeals courts. He hopes the spill will help to pass his cap-and-trade bill.

As Byron York says in the Washington Examiner:

This response is the latest evidence of a disconcerting pattern with this president and his cronies in the executive branch and Congress; Their “progressive” ideological agenda comes first; everything else, including the will of the people and the letter of the law, is at most an obstacle on the road to “change we can believe in.”

Obama wanted government health care.  Growing majorities opposed Obamacare in survey after survey.  Congress was deluged with calls, letters, and protests, but Obama and his congressional cronies wrote the bill behind closed doors, offered bribes and other corrupt bargains to garner votes and passed it anyway, without a single Republican vote.

When General Motors bondholders opposed Obama’s takeover, Obama ignored age-old bankruptcy law and essentially nationalized the company and turned it over to the United Auto Workers Union.  When auto company executives expressed their concerns about Obama’s big increase in fuel economy standards, his chief environmental adviser told them not to “write anything down” about their discussion.

When Congress began to hear from the public about their worries about excessive federal spending, Obama appointed a “fiscal commission” to rubber stamp his ideas. Congressional Democrats ignored the law that since 1974 has required Congress to approve an annual budget.  They do not intend to deal with it. It would expose the red ink to all, when there is an election coming up.

The Senate refused to vote on Obama’s cap-and-trade bill,  so his Environmental Protection Agency administrator issued a threat:  Either pass the bill, or the EPA will unilaterally impose carbon emission limits on America.

This does not count the laborious diplomacy that went into locating missile defense weapons in Eastern Europe.  Dumped because Russia didn’t like it.  Nor the extensive talks that went into the free trade agreement with Columbia and NAFTA.  The Labor Unions don’t like NAFTA and they don’t like free trade agreements.

Mark Steyn pointed out that “Obama held the biggest meeting of world leaders on American soil since the founding of the UN 65 years ago on nuclear nonproliferation— and Iran wasn’t on the agenda.” Preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons was high on the president-elect’s agenda.

President Obama has said he will not secure the border in Arizona because he wants to pass a comprehensive immigration bill (amnesty). He plans to sue Arizona for passing a law that mirrors existing federal law.

And of course the very successful Opportunity Scholarships that let poor black children escape  Washington DC’s failing schools have not been renewed.  The teachers’ unions don’t like those.  There’s more, but you get the idea.


Why Do You Suppose President Obama’s Approval Ratings are Going South? Is It a Matter of Honesty? by The Elephant's Child

President Obama’s job approval rates are plummeting.  The Kaiser Family Foundation found that 89 percent of Americans with health insurance are satisfied with the health care they receive.  70 percent of the uninsured are either satisfied or very satisfied with their care.  A new NBC/WSJ poll just being released this evening  indicates that 47 percent disapprove with President Obama’s handling of the health care issue while only 41 percent approve in a poll that is skewed to 41 percent Democrats and 29 percent Republicans. Gallup has job disapproval at 49 percent.   The primary reason for disapproval is “spending too much.”

The IBD/TIPP poll (Aug 18) asked citizens to grade Obama on Health Care Policy.  31.4 percent gave him an F- (unacceptable), and 11.8 percent rated him D (or poor).  Rasmussen found that 40 percent strongly disapprove and only 33 percent approve.  Pew reported in March that a majority said that “People are better off in a free market economy.” In the last month, since Barack Obama spoke to seniors at the AARP, 60,000 older Americans have canceled their membership in the AARP, many mailing in their cut-up cards.

One would assume that members of Congress would take notice of public opinion about the imposition of some form of ObamaCare.  E-mails, phone calls and angry crowds at town hall meetings  are noticed, but blamed on — radical right-wing organizations, Sarah Palin, Insurance Companies,  George Bush and just the general stupidity of the American public.

Nancy Pelosi (45 percent disapprove) Steny Hoyer (that goes for him too) remain determined to pass their bill promptly.  They know better, you see.  Once they are in total control of your lives, you will learn to love them accept what they think is good for you.

Two things should especially inform you.  Democrats have no interest in your opinion,or  in what the people want.  They have wanted this control over your lives for over 50 years and they mean to have it.  The fact that government control always results in rationing, higher costs and poorer quality makes no difference at all.  New Zealand’s public health care system is in dire financial straits after a decade of high inflation.

The second notable item is that they have no intention of participating in this plan themselves. None. They have passed a law excluding themselves.

Obama seemed to be backing off from the “public option” and substituting  “co-ops” instead (no difference, just another Trojan horse).  But Congressional Democrats said they are not giving up the public option, and would push ahead alone, and the hell with all of you. (That’s my addition, but accurate).

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