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Government is above the law
Posted By Joseph Farah On 02/24/2013 @ 3:23 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments
There’s an old principle that government makes laws for everyone except itself.
Nearly every piece of legislation passed by Congress and signed by the executive branch contains specific exemptions for – you guessed it – Congress and the executive branch.
But even when government forgets to include such provisions, as it apparently did with a law that requires all U.S. companies employing at least 100 people to issue warning letters 60 days in advance of any possible furlough, government still doesn’t obey the letter or spirit of the law.
As you know, the federal government is about to furlough some 800,000 employees as part of the impending sequestration deal that mandates a cut of about $85 billion in federal spending. Everyone knew this was coming. They knew it before the election in November. But did the government send out the furlough letters 60 days in advance? No, of course not.
Why didn’t the government do it?
Do I even have to explain why Washington wouldn’t want to send out furlough letters to 800,000 people before a presidential election?
But just imagine if a private U.S. company had neglected to do this. There is little question it would be faced with major fines and certainly lawsuits that would cost more than the savings generated by the furloughs.
So what happens when the federal government doesn’t abide by its own rules about issue furlough letters?
There are no penalties, because government is not accountable to anyone.
And. to make it worse, the Obama administration is telling agencies that are sending out the letters late not to worry about it: The government will take care of the legal challenges that will inevitably come when those furloughed bring in their trial lawyers.
So what kind of savings will actually be generated after Washington defends its clear violation of the law and pays settlements to those who were furloughed outside the rule of law?
You guessed it: Probably none. In fact, it may end up costing taxpayers more to furlough federal employers than it does to allow them to keep their salaries and working conditions the same.
Do you see why it is nearly impossible to reason with government?
Do you see why it is nearly impossible to reform the government?
Do you see why it is nearly impossible to force the government to live within its means?
This is just one example of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, whereby the government makes rules it has no intention of abiding by.
You know. I know it. Everyone knows it.
They create one level of health-care system for you, but a much better one for themselves.
They try to ban and confiscate your firearms even while they are buying up classifications of firearms already denied you by the tens of thousands.
They try to ban certain kinds of ammunition, while buying it up by the billions of rounds.
You get the idea.
I could go on and on.
But what’s the point?
Government is out of control. It is unaccountable to both the people it is supposed to serve and the rule of law.
This is the kind of situation faced once before in American history – in 1776.
Except it’s worse today than it was under British imperial rule.
Washington is more tyrannical and less accountable to the people and the rule of law than was London before the war of Independence.
What does that tell you?
It tells me it’s time for radical change and radical action.
It tells me it’s time for Americans who appreciate the sacrifices made by our Founding Fathers to summon the courage of their convictions and to do what our forefathers did – to risk their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to fight back.
The alternative, by the way, is to lose your liberty and sacred honor any way – to the point at which life might not even be worth living.
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