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The DREAM act is Not The Issue

What President Obama recently did by essentially authorizing the DREAM Act through an Executive order is not really the issue.  The issue is how he went about authorizing the Dream Act, not that he actually authorized it.  He usurped the authority of our Congressional representatives with his Executive order. 

Issuing Executive Orders is something President Obama has done on a regular basis since he was elected. These Executive Orders are issued by him unilaterally either because he cannot persuade Congress to agree to a particular course of action or because the Constitution of the United States prohibits him from doing whatever it is he wants to do and he feels it necessary to bypass, ignore or override it to implement his agenda.

Canada Free Press

We elect representatives to look at all sides of the immigration issue and work on legislation that best represents the will of US citizens and with a wave of his pen President Obama instructs the Justice Department to do his bidding rather than ours.

Imagine if you would, a city council in the midst of dealing with speeding issues along one of their busiest corridors.  Then imagine the mayor deciding, before council has reached a solution,  that the best way to deal with the speeding issue is to instruct the city police to not enforce any speed limits because, “after all people shouldn’t be slowed from getting where they obviously need to go.”  Our legislators are working through the complexities of our immigration issues just as the elected city council work through the complexities of roads and traffic loading and it is just as wrong for the mayor to bypass the council as it is in this case, for President Obama to bypass our legislators.  

Not enforcing speed limit laws is not much different than not enforcing immigration laws.  As I’ve said so many times in the past, a government that picks and chooses which laws they enforce, is just as guilty as a criminal who picks and chooses which laws they will follow.  In my opinion, President Obama is just as guilty of violating immigration laws as the parents who smuggled their kids into our nation in the first place.   And in cases such as this, where President Obama has bypassed Congress, I would say that his crimes are premeditated.

"We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won’t act, I will," Obama told students at the University of Colorado-Denver. "We’re going to look every single day to figure out what we can do without Congress."

USAToday

But, because it’s for the children, I don’t think that President Obama will be called to the carpet for his transgression, even if it’s not right and it is most probably a campaign ploy to boost his popularity with the Hispanic demographic.   And I’ll have to admit that it was a well played political move on his part because now anyone who opposes how he went about enacting the Dream Act will be labeled as opposing the DREAM Act itself and therefore must be racist. 

The fact of the so called DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is that it has had varying support from both Democrats and Republicans over the the last decade, yet didn’t ever pass completely.  This lack of passage is because many Americans and their elected officials, unlike President Obama, think that we must control our borders in conjunction with offering legal status to those who have already crossed our border illegally.   That’s where I stand; enforce existing immigration laws to reduce or stem the flow of illegal aliens into our nation, then use the DREAM Act and other means to positively integrate the new comers to our society.

Water is in itself a good thing.  Water is much desired if comes out of a faucet or bottle, but when water falls from your living room ceiling, the same “good thing” water is a problem, not a blessing.   Most of us would opt to fix the roof and then decide how best to deal with a wet living room.  But what we have in the White House is a politician named Barack Obama who is using his Executive power to actually order Americans to not call a roofer, but rather he is asking us to go out and purchase more buckets.  

What we have in Barack Obama is a politician, not a leader.

Hey Look! That One is Way Ahead!

debt2I’ve seen a “Who Increased The Debt?” chart here and there around the net and on more than one Facebook post, so odds are you’ve come across it or one of it’s variations.  I also think that I hear Joe Teehan allude to these same figures somewhat regularly on the KGMI Morning Show.

Through one of the Facebook links I located this copy of the chart on the right at Politcususa which is a self described liberal politics blog.  With the title Politicausa centered between images of  self-proclaimed  socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and by most accounts socialist President Obama, I had no doubt that the “facts” on the site were skewed to the left.

I wasn’t really sure how far left and exactly what actual information they were skewing so I had a look see.  It turns out that Snopes already had a go at the chart six months ago and they had deemed the Who Increased the Debt chart a mixture of truth and fiction.  What they actually determined was that the chart was probably based on accurate information (as of April 2011) just not well represented or of any use.

“So, as far as raw numbers go, the chart is reasonably accurate…

The chart isn’t a true comparison of equals…

the increase reported for Barack Obama will be considerably higher by the time he leaves office.”

Snopes bottomline really says all that anyone needs to know about the Who Increased the Debt chart,

All in all, this is a case of relatively accurate information which is of marginal value due to the lack of proper comparative context

Alternative debt analysis1Being of marginal value hasn’t stopped Barack Obama supporters from spreading it around the net though.  Apparently it is of some value to them if they get enough people like Joe Teehan to pass along the misinformation as truth.  And we all know that lies become truth if you hear them enough. Way to go Joe!

So as not to make this blog post just a negative commentary or a repost of a Snopes post, I thought I would add a couple of charts of my own that actually contain proper comparative context.  I used the same data, but I didn’t compare apples to oranges nor mush and manipulate the numbers into a chart where I tell you who is at fault in our national debt problem.  Instead,  I just charted the hard numbers, dollars vs. time.

 

Alternative debt analysis 2Anyone with out a preconceived agenda will probably agree with my 9-year old, who when seeing the charts proclaimed, “Hey look! That one is way ahead!” as he pointed to the Barack Obama spending line.  How do you disagree with that?   If spending taxpayer money were a race, President Obama is clearly in the lead.

My charts don’t bode well for a sitting President seeking a second term in office.  It would be one thing to spend this much money if our economy were booming, but it isn’t.   It would be another thing if this outrageous level of spending were actually kicking our economy into overdrive, but it isn’t.  Frankly I can’t see anything positive coming from this level of spending nor the Obama Administration in general.

And President Obama is asking us to offer him 4 more years of spending?  I don’t think we can take it.

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And what about all the probamas who blame President Bush for much of President Obama’s early term spending?   I say sure, there is always some carryover spending from one administration to another, but don’t tell me that President Obama and his administration don’t have a spending problem when they couldn’t even wait to take office to start spending.

UPDATE on November 10, 2008 at 7:15 PM EST:
A source tells NBC News that Obama pushed Bush on an economic stimulus package, saying that action is needed now, not after the inauguration:

According to the source, Obama told Bush that action is needed on a stimulus package now – in a lame duck session – and cannot wait until after the inauguration.
Obama also urged help for automakers and encouraged the acceleration of the disbursement of $25 billion dollars for the industry.

On his third focus – housing – Obama voiced his concern that homeowners whose mortgage rates are about to go up will need aid to prevent more Americans from defaulting on home loans.

HuffingtonPost

And another,

President-elect Barack Obama asked President Bush today to request the release of the second $350 billion in federal bailout funds so he would have “ammunition” if the country’s fragile economy weakened further.The White House said that Bush has agreed to request the money.
Obama, speaking after a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, said it would be “irresponsible” to enter the White House without having asked Bush to request the funds. He called the cash “potential ammunition” in case the economy worsened.
Bush to Ask for TARP; Obama to ‘Rebrand’ It

By MARK MOONEYJan. 12. 2009

Media Malpractice: the movie

I think any reader of this blog knows that I don’t believe we elected the best person during our last election.  So here we are today halfway through President Obama’s  term with talk of his reelection beginning to ramp up.  I’m guessing there are a lot of very disappointed Barack Obama supporters wondering what happened?   

Well media manipulation prompted by themselves, savvy campaigns, or both is what happened.

If you were intrigued by that little teaser, it’s worth taking a look at a complete documentary about media influences so that you can put your skeptic hat on as we once again approach elections.  If you have a Netflix account  Media Malpractice by John Zeigler is a full length in depth documentary currently on their Watch Instantly list, or there is more about the video and it’s production at Media Malpractice.

An oath and nickel will buy you a cup of coffee

On Sept. 21, 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which was passed by Congress by a vote of 85–14 in the Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House of Representatives.

 

 

On Jan 20, 2009 President Barack Obama was sworn into office reciting these words from our US Constitution “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Just recently President Obama issued a  “statement advising the Department of Justice to discontinue asserting DOMA’s constitutionality in federal court. They called the move a flagrant disregard for his duty to defend federal law.”

In the near future, President Obama should tender his resignation because whether he agrees with laws or not, he is sworn to uphold them.  Even from his alma mater Harvard, whose writers obviously disagree with the law, came this message for President Obama “overall a sitting administration has a responsibility to defend a law currently on the books”

Scary as it may be, if President Obama cannot or will not carry out his oath of office it is time for him to step down and make way for President Biden.

Socialism II – Destruction of the human spirit

russian bread line Rounding the corner and coming down the homestretch to the 2008 election are two candidates who have vastly different plans for the future of our so far free nation.

On one hand we have the McCain/Palin ticket who lean towards conserving our nations traditionally free way of government and on the other hand we have the Obama/Biden ticket, who with Democratic Party support, are planning big changes in our nation.  If we elect Barrack Obama we are electing to transform our nation to a socialist nation.  Time to ask yourself if that is really the kind of change you are looking for in our nation.

Today I’ve reposted two earlier posts that I feel are very timely to the decision we have facing us in a few weeks.  Baby Steps, one of my earlier post, briefly describes the path from capitalism to communism.  The second Destruction of the Human Spirit is a more recent post that connects Barrack Obama with this line of thinking.

Destruction of the human spirit – June 15, 2008

The Democratic Party’s socialist aims are not really secret; just highly under reported and rarely spoken of. I don’t think Barack Obama’s socialist aims are a secret to anyone either; just highly under reported, rarely spoken of, and not highlighted as such by his campaign.

But in Barack Obama’s back yard, the Chicago arm of the Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) have known and supported Sen. Obama’s socialist tendencies for over a decade. Googling their sight yields numerous references and as early as 1996 they recognized him as a socialist.

Obama also has put in time at the grass roots, working for five years as a community organizer in Harlem and in Chicago. When Obama participated in a 1996 UofC YDS Townhall Meeting on Economic Insecurity, much of what he had to say was well within the mainstream of European social democracy.

Chicago Democratic Socialists of America

That was in 1996 that the CDSA recognized that much of what Barack Obama promoted was “well within the mainstream of European social democracy.”

A lot about Barack Obama’s upbringing can be found in a Chicago Tribune article from March ’07. I consider the article Barack Obama: Mother not just a girl from Kansas to be essential reading. Senator Obama describes his mother as “the dominant figure in my formative years. . . . The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics.” and the Chicago Tribune article describes her in more detail

“She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she’d read about and could argue,” said Maxine Box, who was Dunham’s best friend in high school. “She was always challenging and arguing and comparing.

paint a vivid portrait of Barack Obama’s mother as a self-assured, iconoclastic young teen seemingly hell-bent to resist Eisenhower-era conformity.

“If you were concerned about something going wrong in the world, Stanley would know about it first,” said Chip Wall, who described her as “a fellow traveler. . . . We were liberals before we knew what liberals were.”

One classmate, Jill Burton-Dascher, said Stanley Ann (Barack Obama’s mother) “was intellectually way more mature than we were and a little bit ahead of her time, in an off-center way.”

Socialism is apparently in his blood. His mother was very much into liberal socialist/communist thought and Barack’s exposure to the socialist mindset continued through his childhood.

However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just “Frank.”

Accuracy in Media

But where is the harm in Senator Obama’s socialist design for our nation? Well, there is the cost; several trillion dollars as reported by the CATO Institute, however the real harmful cost of socialism is the harmful cost to the human spirit. That cost may not be easy to describe in dollars, but it is easily comprehended by looking at the refugees from any socialist nation in history.

Coincidentally, in a 1978 address to Barack Obama’s Harvard alma mater, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, describes the peril of socialism first hand.

However, many people living in the West are dissatisfied with their own society. They despise it or accuse it of not being up to the level of maturity attained by mankind. A number of such critics turn to socialism, which is a false and dangerous current.

I hope that no one present will suspect me of offering my personal criticism of the Western system to present socialism as an alternative. Having experienced applied socialism in a country where the alternative has been realized, I certainly will not speak for it. The well-known Soviet mathematician Shafarevich, a member of the Soviet Academy of Science, has written a brilliant book under the title Socialism; it is a profound analysis showing that socialism of any type and shade leads to a total destruction of the human spirit and to a leveling of mankind into death.

Solzhenitsyn, Harvard Address, 1978

Plain and simple, Barack Obama’s socialist plan he refers to as change; is a proven plan for national misery.

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