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Congress? Who needs 'em

Posted By Henry Lamb On 11/04/2011 @ 1:16 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled

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Barack Hussein Obama is rapidly becoming the Administrator Col. Edward Mandell House fantasized about in his horrible novel, “Philip Dru: Administrator.”

Philip Dru said:

“Our Constitution and our laws served us well for the first hundred years of our existence, but under the conditions of today they are not only obsolete, but even grotesque” (p. 222).

Barack Hussein Obama said:

“The original Constitution, I think it is an imperfect document. I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws. …”

Phillip Dru said:

“… there were no legislative bodies sitting, and the function of law making was confined to one individual, the Administrator himself” (p. 221).

Barack Hussein Obama said:

“We can’t wait for a dysfunctional Congress. …”

Barack Hussein Obama is trying to demonstrate that he can do what the Congress will not do, in order to appear to be a president worthy of re-election.

Obama swore to uphold the Constitution, even though he believes it is a flawed document. Instead, he ignores the Constitution at every opportunity.

His Obamacare requires everyone to purchase a product, which exerts a federal power not granted by the Constitution.

The Constitution gives him no power to shut down and reorganize General Motors, or name a new board of directors and CEO, or nullify bonded debt to private investors. He did it anyway.

The Constitution requires him to execute all laws equally. He chooses to ignore immigration laws and marijuana laws, and chose not to prosecute black extremists who intimidated voters – an act that would not be tolerated from white extremists.

In the last week, Obama has issued at least six executive orders directing the federal government to take actions for which there may not be legislative authority. The announcement of each of these orders is a campaign event, claiming to create jobs while the “dysfunctional Congress” fails to act. A closer look at what Obama is doing may well be much worse than the no-action taken by Congress.

His plan to refinance “underwater” mortgages, for example, is worse than no action at all. It sounds great. It sounds like needed action to the millions of people whose mortgage balance is higher than the value of their home. His program will apply only to people whose mortgages are underwater and are already insured by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and whose payments are current. These requirements limit the number of people who may be eligible to a fraction of the number of people who hear his impassioned proclamation that he can no longer “wait for Congress to act.”

In reality, his plan is worse than no action at all because every mortgage that is refinanced under Obama’s terms pushes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac deeper into red ink taxpayers will ultimately have to pay. Obama doesn’t care; it’s the campaign performance that’s important, not the economy.

His decision to have the federal government take over the college loan business was another action not authorized by the Constitution. Now his Help Americans Manage Student Loan Debt proposal sounds good on the campaign trail, but does nothing to actually help students who are in real need of relief. Students who are behind on their payments are not eligible at all. Those who do qualify may get a half-percent reduction in interest rate.

Every action Obama takes, and every public word he speaks is toward one goal: re-election. He is convinced that the economic disaster in which he finds himself is Bush’s fault, or the fault of Republicans in Congress, or the fault of the tsunami in Japan, or all of these “headwinds,” as he calls his failures.

His refusal to even talk to Republicans in Congress, or consider their proposals, is a clear signal that he has no interest in governing as the Constitution anticipates and directs. He will do whatever it takes to try to stay in power and to consolidate that power through the appointment of more czars and judges who support his extreme agenda. He will continue to denigrate Congress, especially Republicans and even Democrats who oppose his programs. He will continue to look for ways to exert administrative authority and power over every facet of society.

His Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency will continue to hand out tax dollars to bribe communities to conform to the Administrator’s vision of a sustainable community. The Department of Energy will continue to tighten the rules governing the use of non-green energy sources, while the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve will continue to give dollars the nation doesn’t have to green-energy companies, especially those whose executives and investors are among the donors to the Obama campaign fund.

The nation is witnessing a new breed of Administrator who is forming his own Administrative system of governance. The only hope of salvaging our Constitution is to bury Barack Hussein Obama – and his co-conspirators in the House and Senate – so deep under opposition ballots that they will have to dig for a generation just to see daylight again.

America, let’s get ‘er done.


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