Posts Tagged ‘comprehensive’

How is Obama wrecking America? Let me count the ways

May 11, 2010

Barrack Obama, with only 2 years of experience as  U.S. Senator, was swept into the White House as a supposed Messiah. His lofty campaign promises included a “post-racial”, and “post-partisan” era, which would cure America’s economic woes, put America back to work, and restore America’s good standing in the world, all without raising your taxes “one dime” if you make less than $250.00 a year. Fifteen months and a few trillion dollars later,  entirely different consequences have unfolded, and even worse is planned.

Let’s start with the “post-racial” myth. In just the last month or so, the Obama administration has used race to inflame Hispanics over Arizona’s passage of a state law to protect it’s citizens against an onslaught of illegal immigration, and the enormous expense and crime that comes with it.  That would not have been necessary had the Federal Government done it’s job of enforcing existing immigration laws. Instead, the administration is using Arizona’s self-defense move to paint Republicans as racist, and to push for “comprehensive immigration reform”, a nice name for amnesty for 12 million new Democrat voters.

Then, there’s the rallying cry from Obama for everyone except older white people to get out the vote to defend his majority in congress this November. This is certainly a call to his base, but was delivered in unmistakably racial terms. Obama leaves it to his surrogates to suggest that any opposition to his policies is based on race.

Next, the myth of the new “post-partisan” era in Washington. Once Obama realized that he had a large majority in the House, and a filibuster proof majority in the Senate,  that went right out the window. It quickly became “my way or the highway”, and he proceeded to take advantage of his majority to ram through the most ambitious dreams of the far left, spending the majority of his first year on the Holy Grail, government control of the health care system. He got the government take over of the entire energy systems of the country passed in the House, but thank God that Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts to stop it in the Senate.

As far as curing America’s economic ills, he claims to have averted disaster by putting us all in debt to a degree unimaginable, but the results have been lackluster at best. Unless, of course, you or your organization had been a staunch Obama supporter, like a labor union or a “Community Organizing” outfit. They all came out “smelling like a rose”, while the rest of the country struggles with nearly 10% unemployment and credit so stifled that it prevents any improvement. Instead of cutting wasteful government programs and attending to exploding entitlement programs, the administration is expanding government at a record pace, and even worse, expanding it’s power over all aspects of American life.

When it comes to restoring America’s standing in the world, that too, has been a colossal failure. Iran is closer to having nuclear weapon every day with no fear at all. North Korea does as it damn well pleases with no fear at all. Obama bows repeatedly to the heads of lesser nations, many not such good friends. And dictator Hugo Chavez is practically jealous of Obama’s rush toward socialism. America has gone from Superpower to laughingstock in just over one year.

And when it comes to the pledge of not raising your taxes “one dime” if you make under $250,000 a year, that one was broken within a month of Obama taking office. Federal taxes on beer and cigarettes went up right away, affecting mostly lower and middle income people. Now, the Value Added Tax is being floated, not as a replacement for income taxes, but in addition to them. To Obama, a tax isn’t really a tax if you don’t call it a tax, and make no mistake, more hidden “user fees” and such are on the way.

And when Obama can’t get his way through the congress, he resorts to an end-run play by way of administrative decrees from appointed agency heads, who are not accountable to congress. When his Cap and Tax bill hit the Scott Brown roadblock, he had the EPA declare CO2 to be a dangerous gas, subjecting it to regulation. This is the same CO2 that all plant life needs, and all mammals exhale as they breathe. Now, since the courts have shot down his “Net Neutrality” scheme to censor the internet, he has directed the head of the FCC to have the internet designated a “public utility”, thus making it’s content subject to federal regulation. Anyone see a pattern here?

Obama talks a good game, but once you get past the rhetoric and look at what he’s doing, it becomes clear that he’s not only driving us straight for the cliff, he’s got the pedal to the metal. He’s driving us to bankruptcy at break-neck speed, growing government and government dependence at a frightening rate, and gradually taking our rights away from us. He is indeed “transforming America” as he promised in his campaign, but not for the good.

We currently have the most dangerous president in office since FDR, and if we don’t put the brakes on his agenda quickly, he may well transform us into the failed and collapsing society that many European countries are finding themselves in now.

Arizona, Immigration, and Politics

May 7, 2010

For all of the outrage over Arizona’s passage of their new immigration law, you’d think doors were being kicked in in the middle of the night. On a popular TV program yesterday, the host asked an audience of about 50 legal immigrants if they knew of anyone who actually had their door kicked in. One man raised his hand. He said his sister had been robbed twice by criminal illegals.

In all fairness, it is probably true that the majority of illegal immigrants do not commit crimes after crossing our border illegally. There is a distinction between those illegal immigrants, and those who kidnap, rob, and rape. But the fact remains that anyone who crosses our border without authorization, or deliberately over-stays their visa, is by definition in our country illegally.

Perhaps some of the confusion in terminology stems from the use of the word “illegal” , which is an adjective describing legal status, as a noun, referring to an individual.  Either way, the individual is here illegally, thus breaking the law.

The oxy-moron of the “law-abiding illegal immigrant” is being used widely by the amnesty crowd. Here, Columnist Jeanne Cummings of Politico uses the term twice in her column “Democrat’s shift right frustrates Hispanic activists”

“Worse still, immigrant advocates charge, in their zeal to demonstrate toughness, DHS and its enforcement partners have dragged many law-abiding illegal immigrants and legitimate businesses into the system, shattering Obama’s promises of more humane treatment.” “In a recent meeting with community advocates, Obama appeared surprised to learn that federal immigration officials were still conducting midmorning raids in Hispanic communities that resulted in long detentions of law-abiding illegal immigrants, according to participants.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36844

The obvious intent is to garner sympathy for the poor  “law-abiding illegal immigrants”.  Again, the fact remains that are here illegally, and by Federal law, should be deported.

The security of the country, including it’s borders, is the primary responsibility of the Federal Government. Pure and simple.

Unfortunately, the current administration sees the estimated 12-20 million immigrants currently in the country illegally, as a huge base of new Democrat voters, if it can manage to get them amnesty and immediate access to all sorts of taxpayer funded subsidies. Why, a voting bloc of that size might well be enough to counter the Tea Party movement. The president and his supporters are clearly putting politics ahead of the security of the nation.

That is not to say that previous presidents have done such a great job securing the southern border. There is no doubt that it is a very tricky political issue. However, we should learn from our mistakes. The amnesty granted to the illegal immigrants already here in the 80s under President Reagan did nothing to stop illegal immigration.

President Obama, following his advisor’s motto of never letting a crisis go to waste, is trying to use the angry backlash against the Arizona law to push for  “comprehensive immigration reform” legislation.  Consider all of the unintended consequences of the “comprehensive health care reform”  that are coming to light almost daily, and ask yourself if you are comfortable with “comprehensive” anything from the Democrats, and particularly this Congress?

The definition of the word “comprehensive”, when used by Democrats, means thousands of pages of convoluted legal gibberish that a half dozen lawyers, given a month to read, would not be able to agree on what it means. It means hundreds, if not thousands, of pork goodies and rewards to supporters hidden away in that gibberish. And it means that it will not only be expensive, and put us deeper in debt, it will likely to be waaaaaay more expensive than they tell you it will be.

What is needed, is for the Federal Government to enforce current immigration laws and secure the border. Janet Napolitano is an incompetent political appointee and cheerleader for Obama.  The government thinks nothing of setting up another multi-trillion dollar entitlement, so don’t tell me a few billion spent to finish the fence and quadruple the border patrol and ICE is not financially feasible.

Arizona passed their new law to protect their citizens. It wasn’t done out of racism, nor out of hate. It was done out of necessity, because the Obama administration refuses uphold their primary duty for political reasons.