Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Progressivism, Statism | Tags: Democrat Corruption, Obama's Declining Job Approval, Progressive Ideological Agenda
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.