Friday, December 16, 2011

Constitutional republics are, like, hard


Remember when they told us that if we voted for McCain it would mean just four more years of consolidating executive power, end-arounding Congress and generally shredding the Constitution? Well, they were right.

In an interview with KOAA-TV, a local news channel from Colorado Springs, Colorado, President Obama says if Congress is not willing to pass legislation he wants, he will do it himself in order to win another term. Read the transcript below.

Rob Quirk, KOAA-TV: "And one year from today we will know if this a one-term or two-term president. So, I asked the president what will it take from now until then to not only win Colorado again, but reelection as well."

President Obama: "Well, what we're going to have to do is continue to make progress on the economy over the next several months. And where Congress is not willing to act, we're going to go ahead and do it ourselves. But it would be nice if we could get a little bit of help from Capitol Hill."

C'mon Obamabots. This is precisely the reason why you allegedly despised Bush. The fact that Congress won't do his bidding is of no constitutional relevance. Don't like the do-nothing Congress? Then don't get your asses kicked like you did in 2010 and you can continue to pass more disastrous legislation like the $800 billion Porkulus bill and the 2,200 page monstrosity, Obamacare, where we are still in the process of finding out what's in it.

This whole two-party thing is a bitch, ain't it? Funny how the Founders set things up with this concept of "checks and balances" to prevent the very abuse of power that we are seeing unfold before our very eyes. They must not have wanted to get anything done either, huh?

And just where does his Excellency get off assuming the American public wants what he's serving up? Again, the 2010 midterms were a pretty clear indication from where we sit that the electorate had enough of his Keynesian hocus pocus with respect to the economy and joblessness and were horrified that he made Bush look like a mere piker when it came to running up the national debt.

Face it, people. You're cheerleading for Bush's 4th term.

Time to re-do the math (O > W)

* = newbies since the last update

Closing Keeping open Gitmo.

Ending Formalizing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists.

Ending Maintaining military tribunals.

Not letting unemployment get above 8 10.5 percent with a $800 billion stimulus package.

Discontinuing Continuing other Bush-era policies like rendition, Project Gunrunner and TARP.

Ending Throwing into warp drive the politicization of the Justice Department under the leadership of the biggest hack in the administration.

Engineering a bankruptcy cramdown of domestic auto companies that will most likely cost the U.S. tax-payers tens of billions of dollars.

* Interpreting the Patriot Act to collect information on people via mobile phone geolocating *

A crony capitalism that is disguised as a green jobs program.

* Including Fisker, SunPower and Beacon Hill

Engaging in an act of war against a country that posed no threat whatsoever to the U.S. with without the consent of Congress.

Swift Painfully slow response to national disasters.

Ending Maintaining the practice of signing statements.

* Subjecting our national security to an expensive green technology boondoggle that doubles down on the cronyism. *

* For you visual types, how about a federal government - Goldman Sachs Venn diagram? (thanks, W.C. ) *

Signing off on predator drone strikes for the ostensible purpose of assassinating a foreign head of state. And then doing so.

Using executive orders and administrative actions and generally subverting the role of Congress in order to enact his agenda.

Shutting down Operating a seeming revolving door between the White House and Wall Street and K Street.

Pushing through health care reform legislation in the sleaziest, most cynical, un-hopenchangey and business-as-usual manner possible.

Authorizing a program to assassinate American civilians. (We had previously neglected to add this rather Bushian but never Bush-authorized program. Shame on us.)

Actually authorizing a drone strike hit that killed American-born Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan (from this point forward, we never... never want to hear a peep about water-boarding)

And adopting another Bush-like tendency in combating the war on terror: refusing to provide the legal justification for the killing of U.S. citizens.


Anonymous said...

Why don't we hear more about the 15 stimulus bills that cost the public nothing that are bottled up in the Obamacrat Senate. Dad

SarahB said...

Everytime you refresh your list it brings a little peace to my day...need to print out and just have it by the computer to calm the nerves when Occupy comes on the news.

Anonymous said...

by now obama has out-Bushed Bush.

Dean said...

Dad, great point. There are no fewer than 15 jobs bills the House has passed that the Senate (see: Harry Reid refuses to take up).

Sarah, thanks for that compliment.

drozz, by an absolute long shot, so I will keep on calling out the hypocrisy of the Obama-bots on these counts.