June 27, 2011

Worst 48 hours of the Obama Presidency

Passing Obamacare despite public opposition?  The nonchalance on the BP oil spill?  Appointing ultra-liberal Supreme Court Justices? Unemployment peaking above 10%? Buying GM? Trillion dollar deficits?  All those are bad, but the last 48 hours have delivered us to a point of an American autocracy.

A couple of stories over the weekend bear this out. Firstly, via Hot Air, the President is apparently looking at sidestepping the debt ceiling.
That’s perfectly in keeping with Obama’s M.O. when the legislature gets in his way. Can’t get Congress to move on cap and trade? Make the EPA do something. Don’t want to beg Congress to authorize war in Libya? Send in the Air Force and forget about it.

Annoyed that Congress has refused to raise the debt ceiling because you can’t reach a deal on deficit reduction? Just keep selling Treasury securities and apply the proceeds to paying interest on the debt, then dare the House and Senate to do something about it.
As if that weren't bad enough, frustrated by legislative failure on the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, the administration appears prepared to use government departments to just do it anyway.
A new enforcement memo handed down by the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week has some accusing the White House of running around Congress to implement the DREAM Act – and consequent amnesty for some illegal immigrants – by executive fiat.

The new memo, penned by ICE Director John Morton, directs ICE agents, attorneys and directors to exercise "prosecutorial discretion" – meaning less likelihood of deportation – for illegal aliens who have been students in the U.S., who have been in the country since childhood or who have served in the American military.

Critics have pointed out the new leniency standards parallel the provisions of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, which could not pass the Senate, despite several votes over the past decade, including three failed attempts at passage last year.

"This is outright lawlessness on the part of the administration," argued syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on a discussion panel with Fox News' anchor Chris Wallace. "Whatever the politics of this, we do have a Constitution. And under it, the Legislature, the Congress enacts the laws and the executive executes them. It doesn't make them up.

"The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress," Krauthammer continued. "It is now being enacted by the executive, despite the express will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order; it's an implicit one."
Swell. This is not inconsequential.  It follows a pattern of disdain for the legitimate process that President Obama has always shown, but in a more blatant way.  As a Senator he voted present so often it was as if he couldn't be bothered to get involved or do research on the legislation he was voting on.  He just wanted it on record that he was there for the vote.  When his signature act - Obamacare was going through the ringer to get passed, he was not involved in the details at all.  He should take no credit for getting it passed, but all he really wants is his name on it.  As distasteful as Obamcare is, he has his name on it - not Pelosi's. He wasn't interested in being involved in the legislative process, only that it got done for him.  And now, he's not even bothering to follow that route.  He's sidestepping it.

Anyone with that level of disdain for the government - something he views as his own blunt instrument to achieve his aims,  makes you wonder two things. If he's a big government guy, and he doesn't care about the legislative process which the current form of government mandates, what form of government does he really want?  Secondly, if he doesn't respect the government of the United States,one which is supposed to be by and for the people - how little must he respect the people?




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