It Makes No Sense

It drives me crazy when I hear that Trump’s approval ratings are low. Another story that amuses me is that he will be impeached within two years. The logic of it all does not make a lick of sense. Why would a country full of people who overwhelmingly voted for a man not of the establishment betray him within two months of his presidency? The answer is that they haven’t betrayed him. I for one believe he will need a few more weeks to understand the system before he begins to really build a head of steam. How do these poll numbers come about? It is easy, they are taken in democrat precincts where the people naturally hate Trump for knocking the goddess off the pedestal.

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The answer to much of the erroneuos writing then lies in the fake news or shadow government spectra. Liberals are exasperated over losing the election to a political amateur, and the embarrassment of beating their top-tier candidate, who was purportedly a shoe-in, is too much to take. The Libs are now engaged in a full-blown war to dethrone the amateur.

Fake news, or a more honest way to call it is lies, has become the tool of modern politics. The modern media perverts bits of news into sensational negative stories in an attempt to make those of us who are responsible for his election feel sorry for our action. I have to admit, the assault is relentless, but so far the only effect it has had on me is to turn off the radio or the TV to read a book written by a conservative author.

The liberal drive to divide Republicans is the latest attempt to undermine Trump’s presidency; they pit Regular Republicans against RINOs, and against Conservatives. They turn a healthy debate into a war. How many times have we heard about the lack of cooperation between members of Congress? Too many times is the answer. The only time Democrats are happy is when they get everything they want, and/or when they are bashing Republicans. I don’t blame them, I love to bash democrats at every opportunity. The problem with bashing is that isn’t what we pay Congress to do.

We elected a nonpolitical to do the job because we were sick of Obama doing nothing but play politics at every opportunity. He played the Liberals like Liberace played the piano, they in turn played him equally well with contributions, undying admiration, and loyalty. He had Hollywood eating out of his hands, and working for his causes, he had unions doing the same. Obama even had manufacturing companies in the bag, but to what avail? The only employment increase in the past eight years came from government who hired nearly three million new cheer leaders. Good old-fashioned manufacturing jobs were exported to Mexico and China.

This afternoon, Peg and I had a visit from the Hospice nurse. She is a loving, caring person who happens to be for Obama, and very against Trump. This morning my Trump tee-shirt came up for rotation, and I donned it without thinking about the nurse. Well, my shirt triggered her into an anti-Trump rant that didn’t stop. Her latest is that he will be impeached soon. She also said she refuses to use Trump hotels anymore even though she loves staying in luxurious places. I told her, “I bet you have a closet full of Ivanka fashions.” Her response kind of surprised me. “I do have several pair of Ivanka shoes, they are the most comfortable, but I won’t wear them now.” I told her to keep checking into Trump Towers, and wearing the Ivanka shoes, no one will know the difference but her.

I kind of shuffled her out the door because I had to get to an appointment. She left into a driving rain muttering more stuff about Trump as she ran to her Mercedes.

 

The Voldamir Pudin Effect

On 13 May 2010, I posted a cartoon in which I stated “We are a Nation of laws that are convenient to enforce or to disregard depending on the advantage to the elected.

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Recently, Senator Harry Reid’s son Rory supported the truth of my statement when he proudly proclaimed: “We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like. I think clearly if state and local prosecutors look at this more closely, they’re going to find that he broke the law and he should be prosecuted. that we are a nation bound by law and we should prosecute those who break them.”

What Harry’s  son seems to conveniently forget, or has simply disregarded, is the fact that President Obama and his Attorney General disregard any law they don’t like. Obama regularly changes his signature health care law illegally. He choses to disregard the work requirement in the welfare law, and he has totally trashed the laws on illegal entrance to the country, the list goes on.

I have but one question? Why aren’t Eric Holder, and Barack H. Obama in prison for breaking the laws they don’t like? In each one of these law breaking instances Obama is bound by oath to the Constitution to work with Congress to change the laws to show the changes. He swore to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land. Why hasn’t Obama been impeached?

Instead, we saw an army of heavily armed and militant Bureau of Land Management workers descend upon a Nevada ranching family for the mere act of trespass on supposed government land. Evidently, Obama must feel powerless against the likes of Voldamir Pudin, therefore, he must flex his federal muscles against a harmless American rancher trying to eke a living raising cattle.

How long will it be that one of many SWAT Teams from heavily bureaucratic agencies descend upon you for some minor infraction of some obscure law?  When will they break down your front door, and drag you in chains to jail for the infraction? Or worse, surround your home with a thousand armed bureaucrats with itchy trigger fingers and blow you to kingdom come.

A Blatant Disregard for the Law

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Senator Ted Cruz from Texas wrote an insightful article for the Wall Street Journal where he exposes President Obama’s reckless disregard for the law. It is my opinion that the President should face Impeachment for his offenses to disregard his oath of office to uphold the law of the land and to protect the Constitution.

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Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.” America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too.

Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. That no one—and especially not the president—is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Yet rather than honor this duty, President Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying and waiving portions of the laws he is charged to enforce. When Mr. Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws, he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws. He did the same thing with federal welfare law, drug laws and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

On many of those policy issues, reasonable minds can disagree. Mr. Obama may be right that some of those laws should be changed. But the typical way to voice that policy disagreement, for the preceding 43 presidents, has been to work with Congress to change the law. If the president cannot persuade Congress, then the next step is to take the case to the American people. As President Reagan put it: “If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat” of electoral accountability.

President Obama has a different approach. As he said recently, describing his executive powers: “I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.” Under the Constitution, that is not the way federal law is supposed to work.

The Obama administration has been so brazen in its attempts to expand federal power that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s efforts to expand federal power nine times since January 2012.

There is no example of lawlessness more egregious than the enforcement—or nonenforcement—of the president’s signature policy, the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama has repeatedly declared that “it’s the law of the land.” Yet he has repeatedly violated ObamaCare’s statutory text.

The law says that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will face the employer mandate on Jan. 1, 2014. President Obama changed that, granting a one-year waiver to employers. How did he do so? Not by going to Congress to change the text of the law, but through a blog post by an assistant secretary at Treasury announcing the change.

The law says that only Americans who have access to state-run exchanges will be subject to employer penalties and may obtain ObamaCare premium subsidies. This was done to entice the states to create exchanges. But, when 34 states decided not to establish state-run exchanges, the Obama administration announced that the statutory words “established by State” would also mean “established by the federal government.”

The law says that members of Congress and their staffs’ health coverage must be an ObamaCare exchange plan, which would prevent them from receiving their current federal-employee health subsidies, just like millions of Americans who can’t receive such benefits. At the behest of Senate Democrats, the Obama administration instead granted a special exemption (deeming “individual” plans to be “group” plans) to members of Congress and their staffs so they could keep their pre-existing health subsidies.

Most strikingly, when over five million Americans found their health insurance plans canceled because ObamaCare made their plans illegal—despite the president’s promise “if you like your plan, you can keep it”—President Obama simply held a news conference where he told private insurance companies to disobey the law and issue plans that ObamaCare regulated out of existence.

In other words, rather than go to Congress and try to provide relief to the millions who are hurting because of the “train wreck” of ObamaCare (as one Senate Democrat put it), the president instructed private companies to violate the law and said he would in effect give them a get-out-of-jail-free card—for one year, and one year only. Moreover, in a move reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s looking-glass world, President Obama simultaneously issued a veto threat if Congress passed legislation doing what he was then ordering.

In the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking private companies to do the same. As my colleague Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa asked, “This was the law. How can they change the law?”

Similarly, 11 state attorneys general recently wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying that the continuing changes to ObamaCare are “flatly illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law.” The attorneys general correctly observed that “the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action.”

In the past, when Republican presidents abused their power, many Republicans—and the press—rightly called them to account. Today many in Congress—and the press—have chosen to give President Obama a pass on his pattern of lawlessness, perhaps letting partisan loyalty to the man supersede their fidelity to the law.

But this should not be a partisan issue. In time, the country will have another president from another party. For all those who are silent now: What would they think of a Republican president who announced that he was going to ignore the law, or unilaterally change the law? Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed.

That would be wrong—and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.

 

“$1,000,000,000,000.00 Like It’s Chump Change”

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We hear an awful lot of commentary these days about the stimulus bill, the budget, the Porkulus Bill, on and on. Each time we hear the amount of money being spent, politicians and commentators alike bandy about the phrase “a trillion dollars,” like it is pocket change. The number, one trillion, continues to fascinate me. Probably, because  in my mind that number is so large, and unreal I cannot mentally process the information.  

It has taken me fifty five years to accumulate a nest egg large enough to feel comfortable with. In spite of the nest egg, I still have to rely on Social Security to make ends meet.  The egg became scrambled in three short months, and my fifty five years of hard work went down the drain. I must now consider returning to the working population.

My dilemma is this; I spent fifty five years working in a number oriented business, if I can’t process the number, one trillion, how in the world can a bunch of lawyers elected to congress do it? They can’t. They have no clue as to what is happening to their constituents. If they did, they would have done the right thing, and voted the  trillion dollar packages into the toilet where they belong. They would also impeach the president and his cabinet as being incompetent.

As an excercise to get an understanding of what a trillion dollars is, I made a spread sheet to calculate how long it will take to pay off a trillion dollar debt. The numbers are too large to show the entire spreadsheet on this page.

      years to pay off debt
           
debt in trillions   1 2 3 4
payback rate          
1 Million per day   2,740 5,479 8,219 10,959
1 Million per hour   114 228 342 457
100 Million per day   27 55 82 110
1 Billion per day   3 5 8 11
1 Billion per hour   0 0 0 0

My three year old  grandchild will be thirty years old if we pay back one trillion dollars of deficit at a rate of one billion dollars per day, and not spend another dime along the way. We don’t have one trillion dollars of deficit, we have ten,  and it continues to grow exponentially. Only the fat cats in congress will survive.  

 Send the tea bag, vote them out of office, do what it takes to get the lazy bastards out of office. Elect some people who are real citizens, and  who care about the country, and its people. If we don’t take radical action now to stop  “Change We Can Believe In,” only the fats cats will survive. The rest of us will spend the rest of our lives waiting in lines to get a roll of toilet paper.

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