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Reality Bites for Barack Obama

July 18th, 2014

Reality Check AheadReality gave Barack Obama a double smack in the mouth yesterday. Just when he thought that it was safe to go to Martha’s Vineyard with the rest of the glitterati for an extended vacation the real world intervened.

The double dose of reality started with the shootdown of Malaysian flight 17 over the eastern Ukraine presumably by Ukrainian separatists. The separatists used a high-altitude Russian missile system and again were presumably assisted by embedded Russian intelligence agents.

Other experts point to the Russians as the culprits. Retired Army Lt. Col Ralph Peters said it is unlikely the Russian military would have put missile batteries capable of knocking a plane out of the sky at such an altitude in the hands of rebels.

Among the 298 dead were 23 Americans according to Malaysian authorities. The International AIDS Society (IAS) issued a statement saying “a number of colleagues and friends” were aboard the plane en route to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The second dose of reality was the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza that Benjamin Netanyahu had been threatening for days. The Israeli Air Force has pounding Hamas terrorist targets for more than a week but has offered a cease fire through the Egyptian government.

When Hamas rejected the offer with yet more missile launches the Israelis struck with a vengeance. After the first wave of assaults they announced that they had neutralized 14 terrorists, destroyed 20 rocket launchers, carried out 9 strikes on tunnels and hit a total of 103 terror targets.

Netanyahu on Friday ordered the military to prepare for a “significant expansion” of its ground operation against Gaza militants.

The White House’s response was indicative of the entire Obama foreign policy. Obama came to the White House Press Room and in a 38-second announcement said in part: ‘It looks like it may be a terrible tragedy’.

The White House later issued this statement for a “full, credible, and unimpeded international investigation,” adding that it was “vital” that no evidence be tampered with at the crash scene.

“The United States is shocked by the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, and we offer our deep condolences to all those who lost loved ones on board,” the statement said.

Don’t expect any of those conditions to be met. As I write this I expect Russian intelligence agents to be sanitizing the crash site and removing any evidence of Russian involvement.

Contrast the innocuous White House statement with their statement on the Israeli offensive into Gaza. The State Department accused Israel of failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza during cross-border attacks.

Focusing on the deaths of four Palestinian boys who were killed in an airstrike, Jen Psaki, State Department spokeswoman said:

The tragic event makes clear that Israel must take every possible step to meet its standards for protecting civilians from being killed. We will continue to underscore that point to Israel.

She also criticized Hamas militants in Gaza who continue to fire rockets and mortars into Israel:

I don’t think we’ve made any secret about our strong concern about the actions of Hamas, the indiscriminate rocket attacks, the targeting of civilians, And that concern remains.

Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated U.S. concerns about civilian casualties in a phone call to Benjamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile, Hamas continues to fire rockets at civilian population centers in Israel.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama, leader of the free world, went to a $30,000-a-plate in the Hamptons last night while the eastern world exploded, keeping things in proper perspective. So much for leadership.

The Obama Doctrine: More Talk, Less Action

July 17th, 2014

Less talk more actionThere was a time when an American President actually said “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” but that time is past. President Theodore Roosevelt was talking about the United States Navy and its enforcement of the Monroe Doctrine but his advice holds true today.

When terrorists attacked this country on 9/11, President George W. Bush’s response was immediate and lethal. He asked Congress for authorization to carry war to their bases. We along with the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan struck al-Qaeda and Taliban camps within weeks.

Yet, when it came to surge troops to Iraq it took the current administration months to decide after endless meetings and leaks to the media. And even then they didn’t give General David Petraeus the number of troops that he requested.

When the opportunity was there to sign a basing treaty with Iraq the Obama administration led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hardly pushed at all. Now, Iraq is fated to disintegrate under the hammer blows of the Islamic State.

When our European allies asked for our assistance against Libya the Obama administration spent weeks agonizing over a decision that was simple.

The very same administration has now spent years deciding what groups to support in the Syrian Civil War. It’s now too late and the crisis in the region has mushroomed almost beyond retrieval.

When Ukraine was looking for help no one in the West stepped forward. One small unit of American advisers and several planeloads of weapons was all that these people needed. Instead, we allowed Vladimir Putin to dictate the script.

When unaccompanied children began to flood across our Southern border six months ago, the Obama administration took the three monkeys’ approach to the problem. You know: see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil.

Now, we have yet another full-blown crisis on our hands with American citizens demonstrating against relocating the illegals across the country. And the administration is so busy talking that they can’t take decisive action. Sending a couple of planeloads back is treating the symptoms not the disease.

He allowed Russia to carry the ball with the Syrian poison gas crisis. He allowed Russia to take the lead on the Iranian nuclear talks.

The world is exploding and Barack Obama continues to fundraise, vacation and play golf. He went to Texas and wouldn’t even visit the border to see the situation for himself.

One wonders what he’s running for; his term is up in 2 1/2 years. His party is toast in November. Expect them to lose more seats in the House and most likely lose the Senate. He’s put paid to the Democrat Party with his antics in the Oval Office.

We now have former ultra-liberal Jonathan Turley, Constitutional Law professor at George Washington University, in recent Congressional testimony practically calling on Congress to impeach and remove him from office.

The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch. 

Professor Turley came pretty close to asking the Congress to remove this President.

On the one hand, we have a President who is unable or unwilling to make a timely decision. He and his allies are loathe to move forward on almost every foreign policy crisis without going through the liberal process of looking at every angle.

Yet, when it comes to domestic policy he has become King Barack.

He has unconstitutionally modified, postponed or rewritten ObamaCare over forty times. He has unconstitutionally expanded the power of the Executive Branch with hundreds if not thousands of new regulations and rules.

He has used the IRS to suppress his political opponents on the right. This use of the IRS earned Richard M. Nixon one of the charges for his impeachment.

His Department of Justice has become a modern-day Gestapo, picking and choosing who to prosecute based on their political views.

It’s a fact that the modern liberals are all about more talk and less action. They love to meet and review, discuss and write position papers before they make a decision. Apparently, this only holds true on foreign policy.

The entire American foreign policy is now based on less action and more talk. Obama carries it out from the press room podium at the White House or in the Rose Garden, wagging his finger and threatening dire consequences if he is not listened to.

We had the Syrian red line if poison gas was used. When it was used he denied that he ever threatened action like air attacks.

Then there were his warnings to Russia about Ukraine. When they went unheeded he imposed pinprick sanctions.

Now, we have the Iraq-Islamic State crisis. All of his minions are rushing to the microphones warning that this is a ‘really, really serious situation’ but no one has taken any action.

As Iraq disintegrates the United States has an opportunity to help the survivors like the Kurds and the Sunnis in the West. But all that we hear from the administration is that we’re trying to keep a state that has no internal unity unified. Why?

What we need across all fronts is less talk and more action. Without it our society will crumble to dust.

The Age of The Rock Star Presidency?

July 16th, 2014

Rock starAre we in the age of rock-star candidates for President? The trend was begun by Barack Obama. Having zero executive management experience he had to fall back on his oratorical skills which are formidable.

The results after five and a half years are dismal.

Our economy staggers from one bad monthly report to another. Unemployment may be down but the labor participation rate has plummeted in the Obama economy.

The level of corruption is the highest since the Grant administration. The Obama administration is like a reeling prize fighter bobbing and weaving to escape a knockout.

Our foreign policy is in a shambles with allies like Germany angry because we spied on them and enemies unafraid of purported red lines. Our impact around the world has reverted to pre-Spanish-American levels.

Our borders are like a sieve and our immigration laws are not being enforced by the current administration. It seems that they have lost the political will to do anything substantive to defend American sovereignty. A country that can no longer protect its borders is no longer a country.

We are becoming what the Soviet Union once was, a midget with a strong right hook. Or as Texans are fond of saying ‘All hat and no cattle’.

And now political pundits are opining that we have entered the age of the Rock Star Presidency. Have we forgotten that the President of the United States is the Chief Executive of the United States? Or is that too going the way of a ‘Nation of Laws’?

Look at the Democrats choices for 2016. Hillary Clinton who never managed anything in her career. Her tenure at the State Department was marred with the Benghazi scandal.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, another so-called rock star whose last gig before the Senate was as a college professor at Harvard. He main argument is class warfare. It does work when people are in deep hole that her fellow Democrat put us in.

Then there’s Martin O’Malley, definitely not a rock star. His last job was as Governor of the Free State of Maryland, also known as the People’s Republic of Maryland and the Tax Hell State. During his administration 32 new tax bills were passed into law.

On the other side of the field we have the Republicans with at least a full football team of candidates with very few rock stars among the bunch.

Senator Ted Cruz (TX) is perhaps one of the real Republican rock stars. He could draw a sizable crowd reading soup can labels. He’s that good a speaker. He can whip up a crowd in less time than it takes to whip up mashed potatoes.

Senator Rand Paul (KY) is a libertarian rock star who is in the same league as Cruz. He recently spoke for 13 hours in order to make a point. And this guy can multi-task. Just to keep in practice he does pro-bono eye surgery.

Then, we have Senator Marco Rubio (FL) who once said the only people who supported his bid for the Senate were all in his house and three of them were underage. Today, he’s at the cusp of a decision on a Presidential bid.

But, here’s the problem. Five out of these six are senators with little or no executive experience. Running a senate office doesn’t qualify for becoming President.

We have real problems in this country and we need a qualified chief executive to solve them. Not a ‘rock star’ who simply travels the country and the world making speeches and having photo-ops.

If you want a rock star go to a concert. If you want a President get a former governor.

 

Ready for Hillary? Hardly

July 15th, 2014

Hillary Clinton madAs Hillary Clinton conducts her worldwide stealth campaign for President, the American electorate must decide if they want Obama Redux or worse in our nation’s future.

Here is an individual has done very little of her national public career that stretches back to 1988.

As First Lady she attempted to socialize the American healthcare system and failed miserably. In fact, her own husband feared that Americans would turn against it and his administration if they found out that they would lose their insurance if it passed.

A lot of them want to know they can keep their own plan if they like it.

Hillarycare has been attributed to the near destruction of the Democrat party in the 1994 Congressional midterm elections. After the election Hillary Clinton’s plan was put to sleep by her own husband.

As a Senator Hillary Clinton had a rather lackluster career. Her one moment in the spotlight was at a Senate hearing where she accused General David Petraeus of lying in his reports to the Senate.

I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.

Clinton opposed the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and supported a February 2007 non-binding Senate resolution against it, which failed to gain cloture. 

In 2014, Defense Secretary Robert Gates related that after Clinton had left the Senate and become Secretary of State, she told Barack Obama that her opposition to the surge had been political, due to her facing a strong challenge from Obama in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary.

As Secretary of State it seemed that her main goal was to rack up more miles than former Secretary Condoleezza Rice. Let’s face it, Barack Obama asked her to be Secretary for political reasons.

As a Senator and former First Lady her appointment gave the Obama administration credibility that it did not formerly have. It also served to unite the two wings of the Democrat Party.

Clinton had no experience running a large department and only served as a figurehead while here deputies did all of the management. After all, how would she have been able to provide executive management from around the world.

As a result we have the image of her screeching at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about the Benghazi attack:

With all due respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans. Whether it was because of a protest or because guys outside for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?

Rather than speak out about the use of an obscure video as the reason for the attack Clinton choose to go along with the party line when she knew that it was a false narrative. Her lack of integrity should disqualify her from the Presidency. Even today she continues to attempt to justify this false narrative.

Under Clinton American foreign policy was in a holding pattern for four years on Iranian nuclear ambitions, the Syrian Civil War and Israel/Palestinian talks.

Her only dubious achievement was Libya but her boss allowed that one to linger while we led from the rear. Instead of initiating diplomacy Obama and Clinton allowed events to dictate American foreign policy. Current events have not made her legacy any brighter.

The Clinton’s attempt to steamroll the opposition in the Democrat Party for the nomination is classic.

Could she stand up to a relentless pounding from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in a debate? I hardly think so. How about the executive experience of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley? Not likely.

So far these two are possible opponents for Clinton. We haven’t even gotten to the 2014 midterms and the left-wing media has coronated Mrs. Clinton as the Democrat nominee.

Meanwhile, her popularity and approval ratings are steadily sinking. Does anyone believe her dramatic statement that when she and Bill left the White House they were ‘dead broke’?

Hardly, especially in light of the massive book advances that they both received. And then telling interviewers that they had to pay for two mortgages and Chelsea’s tuition at Stanford. Did she forget Bill’s generous pension?

No, America is hardly ready for Hillary Clinton. We can’t afford another President with ultra-liberal policies and little executive experience. We can’t afford to risk what Ronald Reagan called ‘the last best hope of man on earth’.

There is no there there

July 10th, 2014

There is no there thereGertrude Stein once said that there is no there there when asked about Oakland, California. She was describing her former home but ever since the phrase has been used to describe something or someone who lacks substance.

Well, yesterday Barack Obama proved once again that there is no there there. The President has nothing to show for over 5 1/2 years in office.

Arriving in Texas for a series of fundraisers he once again demurred from visiting the border claiming that he knows everything there is to know about the latest crisis.

He attempted to disarm his biggest critic by inviting him to a forum to discuss the situation. Then, he attempted to shape the debate by rushing to the nearest microphone and philosophically agreeing with the Republican governor.

Barack Obama is like a whisper on the wind. He arrives, stages a photo-op, makes pronouncements and flits back to Washington leaving no impact on any crisis.

His visit produced nothing but rhetoric or as those less kind may characterize it: smoke and b**l s**t. He’s a b.s. President. For all of his faults George W. Bush is light years ahead of him in leadership skills.

But then again George W. Bush was tempered by leading his nation in the war on terror. Barack Obama solved that problem by outlawing the use of the term in his administration.

Obama is the creature of the Cook County machine and public relations professionals. He won his first Presidential election by appealing to the young voters as the ‘next big thing’. Get on the Obama train before it leaves the station.

It’s the ‘cool’ thing to do. Vote for hope and change. Then he proceeded to change America or attempt to change it. Along the way we have had the near-destruction of the American economy, the meteoric rise in the National Debt and the train wreck that is ObamaCare.

Then there are the scandals: Fast & Furious, the AP phone surveillance, the Green Energy scandals, the NSA snooping, Benghazi, the IRS Tea Party suppression and the list goes on. And we’re not even including the numerous foreign policy fumbles.

The latest scandal is now being termed a humanitarian crisis despite the fact that it was precipitated by Obama and his allies with their constant talk of amnesty.

Let’s face it, when you talk about comprehensive immigration reform with what seems to be provisions for amnesty, those on the other side of the gates see this as their last opportunity for a better life. If not for them then for their children.

So Barack Obama careens from crisis with no solutions for any of them. In between he plays golf or some other non-governmental activity.

He simply seems bored with it all. Maybe, it’s time to go back to Chicago and let Joe Biden get a few swings at the ball. He can’t do any worse.

Some things the liberals don’t want us to know

July 7th, 2014

Statue of LibertyMy wife and I had the opportunity to see Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie America and got me to thinking about the things that the liberals don’t want us to know about America.

Many of the things about America that our children are taught in our schools are half-truths or just plain propaganda. Some of the half-truths cover the basics of American life.

Most Americans (when not singing the national anthem before 50,000 people) can sing the Star-spangled Banner reasonably well. But did you know that there is more than one verse to the anthem?

The fourth verse, however, has a nationalist tone and of course, the liberals wouldn’t want us to sing such a song, right? Here it is:

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,” 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

When the anthem is sung properly with the first and fourth verses included it is an inspirational song. But why would liberals want us to be inspired.

When was the last time that you saw a video of 9/11? The leftist media has gone to great lengths to keep images of the attack on the Towers and the Pentagon out of the public eye.

An entire generation of Americans is growing up with little knowledge of the War on Terror. Our President has decided that the very term cannot be used by his government.

What will people think when the next attack takes place? Will they respond like he did about the ISIS attacks on Syria and Iraq? How did that happen?

The left would have us believe that America was founded by murder, theft and plunder. The destruction of the Arawak people of the Caribbean was carried out by Christopher Columbus and later Spanish conquistadors but today it’s all our fault.

The Arawaks lived on Caribbean islands and not the American mainland but it’s still our fault. Of course, it’s accepted liberal belief that we carried out a holocaust against native Americans.

Yes, we conquered the New World but conquest had been going on for tens of thousands of years. Waves of conquerors had swept across Asia, Europe and Africa since the beginning of time but left-wing ‘historians’ put forward the theory that we were the first.

Now, we have native Americans wanting restitution for lands supposedly ‘stolen’ from them. Let’s be clear: some were stolen but the U.S. Government has paid remunerations to many Indian tribes.

In Wisconsin, the state and the tribes still abide by treaties signed in the 1850′s. States have funded improvements on reservations and allowed gambling on many reservations. It’s not a perfect system but it is being steadily improved.

Then, there is the whole issue of slavery. A pernicious system if every there was one slavery was eradicated at the cost of an ocean of blood and treasure. A four-year war was fought to suppress a rebellion and since then we have steadily improved the lives of African-Americans.

The left delights in running our country down at every opportunity. The ‘Blame America First’ crowd will stop at nothing to make our country look bad in the eyes of the world. But I dare anyone to name a better, more open, freer society on the globe.

 

Happy Fourth of July…For Now

July 4th, 2014

Star-Spangled BannerToday is the day that we celebrate our independence from Great Britain with parades, speeches and fireworks. An iconic day all across the fruited plain that we call America.

But do we remember that independence was a long time coming after our Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on that bright, warm day? It was followed by years of war, death and devastation until Britain finally stopped trying to defeat us.

Then they tried it again in 1812 when they burned the Capitol and the White House. But we had repelled them at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry which Francis Scott Key later commemorated with The Star-Spangled Banner.

We fought a terrible Civil War which during four years of conflict took as many as 750,000 lives with countless wounded. It was said that after of the war every city, town and village counted amputees among their citizenry.

Since then we have fought numerous times in wars large and small around the globe defending the United States and spreading the freedom to others.

Freedom is a powerful thing. People walk across a 1,000 miles of desert to get to freedom’s door. Parents will pay thousands of dollars just to send their children to America so that they can have a better life.

But today we have a great crisis in our country. We have thousands of illegal immigrants manipulating our compassionate immigration laws and rules in order to game the system.

The immigration advocates and the immigrants themselves are exploiting every loophole in order to break our system. Even the President of the United States who set off this seemingly-never ending torrent of illegals seems powerless to stop it.

And stop it he can. Today, he can sign executive orders to strengthen our borders until Congress in its wisdom writes new laws. But he is frozen in place, a captive of his own base.

So while Obama fiddles our southern border is beginning to burn. Governor Rick Perry has demanded $500 million for security costs that Texas has already incurred. Expect the other border governors to send in their bills.

Here’s a salient fact: a country without secure borders is no longer a sovereign nation. Why does the United States exist if our national government can not provide the most elementary security at our borders?

Where will our country be in a year or two years from now? Will we still be the United States or will we disintegrate in sections? Many nations in the world are already dissolving are we just another nation fated to join the crowd?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Should Barack Obama Be Impeached?

July 3rd, 2014

Obama as dictatorAs we approach the 2014 midterm elections more and more people are asking the question: Should Barack Obama be impeached? It is a question that is fraught with terrible consequences for the country.

Impeaching a President is a true disruption of the accepted order of the tings. However, the Constitution does provide for the impeachment of the President:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

The Constitution provides those who wish to impeach a sitting President with many possible pathways. However, one area that cannot be used is incompetance. Using the Pottery Barn-rule of you broke it, you bought it, a President is protected from impeachment due to incompetance.

The term “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” was used in English impeachments thus a plausible reading supported by many scholars is that the grounds for impeachment can be not only the defined crimes of treason and bribery, but also other criminal or even noncriminal behavior amounting to a serious dereliction of duty.

That interpretation is disputed, but it is agreed by virtually all that the impeachment remedy was to be used in only the most extreme situations, a position confirmed by the relatively few instances in which Congress has used the device.

Barack Obama is the type of President that the Constitutional power of impeachment was designed to prevent. So says Jonathan Turley, a Constitutional scholar from George Washington University.

He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.

Purely and simply, Barack Obama is a tyrant of the first order. He has chosen to ignore the Constitution and enacted laws whenever it serves his purpose. Here are some of the allegations against him.

He appointed unconstitutional advisers called czars without the advice and consent of the Senate.

He has ignored, modified or simply postponed parts of the Affordable Care Act over forty times.

He or his appointees have used the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon against his political opponents in order to suppress their opposition.

He has allowed the unrestrained collection of personal information by national security agencies in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.

He has directed and allowed his Attorney General to use the Department of Justice as a political weapon against his enemies.

Professor Turley, who voted for Barack Obama twice, finished his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee with the following statement:

The great concern I have for this body [Congress] is that it is not only being circumvented, but it is also being denied the ability to enforce its inherent powers. … [T]he president is outside the line, but it has to go before a court, and a court has to grant review, and that’s where we have the most serious constitutional crisis I have viewed in my lifetime.  And that is, this body is becoming less and less relevant.

The question still remains: should Barack Obama be impeached? More than likely, it will split the country leaving us more divided than we have ever been. However, if we don’t will the United States divide along sectional and political lines?

You decide. 

Like Ships passing in the night

July 2nd, 2014

Obama Head in HandsIf it wasn’t apparent before it should be clear to the American electorate that the left and the right are like two ships passing in the night. Both sides response on the Hobby Lobby and the Home Healthcare workers rulings show the depth of their differences.

The left sees the Hobby Lobby ruling as a blow against women’s rights. Their philosophy is simple: women deserve and should be given ‘free’ contraceptives. In their minds it’s clear and straight-forward.

Forget that the contraception mandate was not in the Affordable Care Act and is only a figment that sprang from Barack Obama’s fertile mind. In true Egyptian pharaoh-style, Obama has crossed his arms and pronounced ‘So as it is written, so let it be done.’

The left doesn’t get that it was a rule created by bureaucrats and not passed by the Congress of the United States. Remember, even after writing and passing a 2,700-page bill, the Obama administration needed to write 20,000 more pages of rules. The Federal judiciary places less weight on rules than actual laws.

The White House doesn’t understand the difference between the two methods. Here’s what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said:

We believe that the owners of for-profit companies should not be allowed to assert their personal religious views to deny their employees federally mandated benefits.

To the Obama Administration federally-mandated benefits are more important that the First Amendment’s Freedom of Religion clause. That’s their entire argument: government rules are more important than God-given rights.

Hillary Clinton’s response was even more emblematic of the left’s belief in government over freedom. She took her comments ‘a bridge too far’ and insisted that corporations would soon be able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.

It’s the first time that our court has said that a closely held corporation has the rights of a person when it comes to religious freedom, which means the corporation’s … [‘closely held’] employers can impose their religious beliefs on their employees, and, of course, denying women the right to contraceptives as part of a health care plan is exactly that,” she said. “I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction.

Her comments were patently absurd as she sought to arouse her supporters and rally the Democrat base. Imagine her comments in a Presidential campaign?

The second ruling might be more damaging to the Democrat Party with the Supreme Court ruling that home health care workers were not state employees.

The facts of the case are that a number of home health care workers were dragooned into the Service Employees International Union by former Governor Rod Blagojevich who saw it as an opportunity to give them some payback.

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision said that they were employees of the patients rather than the State of Illinois. Their severance from the union rolls removes millions of dollars in union dues from union coffers. The vast majority of union contributions goes to Democrats.

The double whammy deals a big blow to Obama and the Democrat Party. It is just the latest in a series of setbacks for the reeling administration. Any thoughts of compromise on comprehensive immigration, tax reform or health care are pipe dreams without any substance.

 

Barack Obama Just Doesn’t Get It

June 30th, 2014

The ConstitutionThe “It” that Barack Obama just doesn’t get is adherence to the Constitution of the United States. His administration has consistently attempted to push back the boundaries of the Bill of Rights as they expanded government power.

This is kind of strange for a former Constitutional Law instructor who since has twice sworn to preserve, protect and defend the self-same Constitution.

Jonathan Turley, a George Washington Law Professor of Constitutional Law, who twice voted for Mr. Obama testified before the House Judiciary Committee last December.

REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people? 

JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch. 

This Newtonian orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is designed to prevent this type of concentration. There is two trends going on which should be of equal concern to all members of Congress. One is that we have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations. The Supreme Court said recently that agencies could actually define their own or interpret their own jurisdiction. (House hearing, December 3, 2013)

This very day the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that closely-held for-profit businesses can cite religious objections to be exempted from an ObamaCare requirement to provide their workers with free contraceptive coverage, a victory for Hobby Lobby, which brought the case.

The Court quite simply found that the Obama administration impinged on the First Amendment Freedom of Religion clause of the Bill of Rights. The administration tried to argue that the contraception mandate had nothing to do with Freedom of Religion.

The court also ruled that public sector unions cannot collect fees from home health care workers who don’t want to be part of a union — a rebuke of the Service Employees International Union, which automatically deducts dues from employees’ paychecks.

Expect the White House and HHS to attempt to circumvent the landmark ruling. Also, expect the National Labor Relations Board and the Labor Department to attempt to circumvent the health care workers ruling.

Both rulings went a long way to instruct the President that the Constitution is still alive and well in the United States. They drew their own red line in the sand, saying: ‘Go no further.’ Expect the administration to continue to push the envelope.