Saturday, February 4, 2012
My Boyne City Gazette column - Who needs Congress - Part V
President Obama has already explained that “where Congress is not willing to act, we’re going to go ahead and do it ourselves.” What separation of powers? Here are initiatives 55-63 in the series:
1) The next stop on the road to amnesty has been declared – a new toll-free hotline to help illegal aliens in custody. It will assure they are “made aware of their rights”, help them get released from custody, and file civil rights complaints against ICE agents.
2) The president’s signing statement passed into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, whereby he declared that restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority. He plans to provide data to Russia, data which will give them the ability to produce weapons to counter the missile. Russia, of course, may share the information with China, N. Korea or Iran.
3) A new initiative, part of Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign, is intended to replace a youth jobs fund that would have been enacted had Congress passed the president’s $447 billion jobs bill. The partnership goal is to create 250,000 new government jobs, along with union memberships and perks, union dues given to Democrat candidates, and eternal Democrat voters. Congress did not pass the bill.
4) It is Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) goal to “change how it makes decisions and analyzes problems to give it more power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of the UN agenda of sustainable development.” Part of its job has been declared to be “providing guidance to EPA on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States. The Republican National Committee has constructed a Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21, for they have never ratified the treaty. I will be writing about Agenda 21 soon.
5) The Wildlands Project is being implemented wherever it is allowed. The UN project, part of the UN Biodiversity Treaty which was never ratified by the U.S. Senate, calls for approximately 50 percent of the United States to be set aside as "wildlands", where no human can enter. Much has been accomplished over the past 10 years toward that goal, and the pace is stepping up. Watch for it in your town.
6) Barack Obama and the EPA plan to overrule Congress by using regulations to enact environmental policies desired by Obama, in spite of the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in 2006 that the federal government did not have authority over wetlands and private property. State agencies will lose their authority to the Feds.
7) The Obama administration finalized a rule Thursday governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, establishing a new blueprint to guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development.
8) Six House Democrats, led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), want to set up a "Reasonable Profits Board", with no Congressional approval of nominees to control gas profits, with no guideline on what will be determined to be “reasonable”. They state the “windfall profit tax” could be as much as 100% on the sale of oil and gas profits. Read this one again! “Reasonable Profits” could be the next Presidential mantra – like “fair share”, and “fair shot”. If you think this is a good thing, just ponder what you will think when it is your industry’s profits they come after next.
9) The Department of Agriculture just unveiled new school lunch standards mandating daily fruits and vegetables, more whole-grain foods, and more. After all, Michelle Obama stated, “We want the food they get in school to be the same kind of food we would serve at our own kitchen tables.” Never mind that a school in California has gone back to serving burgers because all the healthy food was going into the trash can, creating a black market for “yummy” food. And never mind that our government has the right to suggest what we should eat, but has no business regulating it.
One third of Americans think we have too much freedom! Wake up!