Our Insane (or Inane) Government

I’ve been rather busy the past couple of weeks with work and home.  I hope that the load will lighten up soon so I can write & visit everyone’s blog more often.

But that doesn’t mean that the politics of the country have stopped its insanity, nor that life has paused.  For instance:

Obamacare Ruling Expected this Week:

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Obamacare this week.  The more and more we find out about this law, the more of an economic disaster for both business and the individual is revealed.  Whether the law is struck down in whole or in part, it’s a bad law on so many levels and should be struck down in its entirety.

After all, with the exceptions, special deals, and hidden provisions, the passage of this law is a study in the culture of political corruption that occurs in our Government every day.

Executive Privilege?:

After AG Eric Holder has delayed, misled, and otherwise lied to Congressional investigators, Congress cites the AG with contempt for not providing required documentation.  The White House (aka President Obama) invokes Executive Privilege.  Why?  David Limbaugh had this to say:

Few principles are more important to our constitutional scheme than the separation of powers, which is precisely why President Obama’s bogus assertion of executive privilege to thwart Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious is so inexcusable.

Executive privilege is an important safeguard against congressional overreach and to preserve the separation of powers. The inherent right of the executive to protect highly sensitive information has long been recognized, and the privilege was judicially established during the Watergate era.

As such, Congress should not go on fishing expeditions against a president to score political points. But neither should a president assert the privilege to obstruct a legitimate investigation when there appears to be no colorable claim to the privilege. This trivializes the privilege and the separation of powers it is designed to protect.

Legal experts agree that the privilege applies to communications to which the president or an adviser acting on his behalf is a party. But they disagree about whether it applies to internal communications within executive agencies when neither the president nor his representative were involved in those communications.

As the communications for which the privilege is being asserted here were reportedly internal Justice Department communications, many view the privilege claim dubiously.

But even when the privilege is applicable, it is qualified and can be overcome when Congress demonstrates it has a substantial need for the information it seeks. In this case, Congress is seeking relevant information from the Justice Department, which it has been trying to obtain for more than a year.

At every turn, Attorney General Eric Holder has stonewalled and obstructed congressional investigators. He is withholding thousands of pertinent documents, using an internal investigation as cover. It was because of Holder’s persistent refusal to cooperate that Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., threatened to hold him in contempt.

At the last minute, President Obama, who had claimed from the outset that he had no prior knowledge of the operation, asserted the privilege on Holder’s behalf, as only the president can invoke this important privilege.

This is a smoke screen for purely political reasons.  President Obama cannot, at this time, throw his AG under the bus and reinforce his critics assertion that he appointed a hack to administer the Department of Justice.

As a side note, this clown has shown a remarkable lack of judgment while running the DOJ.  As Debra Saunders writes:

When Obama first took office, his DOJ sicced a special prosecutor on CIA interrogators who already had been investigated for their use of enhanced interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration — even though DOJ officials had recommended against prosecuting those operatives. It was a vindictive act against public servants who stuck out their necks to protect this country.

Holder was hell on wheels with interrogators who might have waterboarded three high-value detainees, but he has demonstrated no such scruples when it comes to the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in the war on terrorism.

Under Holder’s watch, the Drug Enforcement Administration has seized states’ supplies of sodium thiopental, a drug used in lethal injection, because the drug is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That’s just plain ridiculous.

At first, Obama’s Justice Department advised U.S. attorneys not to focus on medical-marijuana prosecutions in states that have legalized its usage. Now U.S. attorneys are raiding medical-marijuana facilities regularly.

And I still remember when this AG wanted to bring certain terrorists to NYC for trial, and to transfer terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to a facility in Illinois.  Let’s also not forget to mention that this AG wants to prosecute a certain Sherriff for arresting illegal immigrants…

Estate Tax Hike if Obama is Re-elected:

As reported by NewsMax.com:

President Barack Obama’s promise to raise the estate tax by 5 percent to 55 percent should he be re-elected in November is “not just wrong, it’s criminal,” legendary singer Pat Boone told Newsmax.TV.

“People that have worked hard, people who have saved, paid their taxes, set something away and now want to leave it to their family — if they have the bad judgment to die, the government will step over and say: ‘Thank you. We will take 55 percent of that,’ ” Boone told Newsmax in an exclusive interview on Friday.

“And if you have to sell your business, have to sell your house, have to borrow the money, you have to pay the government 55 percent of whatever was left — I think that’s just robbery. It’s not just wrong, it’s criminal. It ought to be abolished, and it must be abolished.”

So now the government has a reason to formulate the infamous “death panels” as part of Obamacare – if coverage is delayed or denied and the person kicks the bucket sooner, the government gets a bigger chunk of the estate.  Not only is this self-serving, but someone has to pay for the free cheese that is Obamacare…

Our Leaking White House:

Just some of the leaks as reported by Debra Saunders:

News reports outed a Pakistani doctor who had set up a phony vaccination program to obtain information on Osama bin Laden’s location in Abbottabad. After an unusual proceeding last month, a Pakistani official found Dr. Shakil Afridi guilty of treason and sentenced him to 33 years.

Another leak revealed that a double agent had obtained a new and improved al-Qaida underwear bomb in Yemen. That leak, Feinstein said, endangered an ally and the individual who saved American lives by procuring the bomb.

Two recent New York Times stories hyped President Barack Obama’s “will,” “pragmatism over ideology” and hands-on role in drone strikes over Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Those stories also revealed telling details about a computer worm that targeted Iranian nuclear centrifuges and the process used to cull the “kill list.”

and yet…

The Obama administration has no trouble prosecuting low-level and midlevel leakers.

Obama’s feds have prosecuted six cases, double the number prosecuted by previous presidents. Yet the Department of Justice has been slow to respond to spin stories that play up Obama’s national security acumen but also give away too much information.

Immigration Politics:

Anyone who thinks that President Obama’s directive for ignoring immigration laws for children of illegal immigrants 30-years old and below was done for humanitarian purposes is sadly mistaken.  Not only was it for political points to gather the Latino/Hispanic vote, it kicks the immigration issue down the road (again), and, most importantly, President Obama is violating the laws of the country to issue such a directive.

No President can knowingly or unknowingly violate or ignore the laws of this country.  He is not king, nor does he write the laws.  It is his Constitutional duty that he has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country!!  The current laws state that illegal immigrants are to be arrested & deported.  By directing the law enforcement agencies of this country to ignore the laws of this country is illegal and potentially treasonous (if our servicemen knowingly violate a legal order from a superior officer, they can be tried for treason.  The same should hold true for a President that violates or advocates breaking the laws of the United States).

The immigration issue does need to be addressed with finality, but not by Presidential directive…

Recap:

Our government is broken.  We, the People, have allowed this to happen by our inattentiveness and the assertion that “government is here to help.”  It may be too late to right the ship with the political parties in charge, but We The People must hold our elected leaders accountable no matter what political party is in power.  Otherwise, this nonsense will continue, and ruin this country to the point that it cannot be fixed.

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About Tom Roland

EE for 25 Years, Two Patents - now a certified PMP. Married twice, burned once. One son with Asperger's Syndrome. Two cats. Conservative leaning to the Right. NRA Life Member.
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4 Responses to Our Insane (or Inane) Government

  1. The Griper says:

    the problem be, Tom is that the people need a leader. they have forgotten how to think and act on their own. generations of dependency has done that to the people.

  2. Z says:

    People don’t need to think on their own anymore, they have the MEDIA which they believe to think for them…….right? Therein lies the biggest problem.
    Tom, you are missed when you don’t blog and you really hit the nail on the head with the points in your post…let’s PRAY that the disaster of Obama “heath” care (scare?) is SHOT DOWN.
    And that Fast & Furious exposes the LIES.

  3. I’m thinking that more and more voters who used to support Obama are becoming quite sceptical now. Of course, some will never abandon him.

    But it’s now come to the point that somebody really does have to be living under a rock not to see that this administration is riddled with corruption and Chicago-politics manifestations.

  4. Tom says:

    Griper – We do not have leaders or followers that think for themselves – we have lemmings instead. And over the cliff we go…

    Z – the media, as well as government, is portrayed as all knowing, and smarter than the average voter. And Z, I’ve missed blogging and reading everyone’s posts on a regular basis. Job and Life has seen to that.

    AOW – There will always be the hard-core on both sides. We’ll have to see how dedicated they all are come election time.

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