Saturday, February 18, 2012
My Boyne City Gazette column - Who needs Congress - Part VI
President Obama recently said, "So I want to send a clear message to Congress. Do not slow down the recovery that we're on. Don't muck it up. Keep it moving in the right direction." This sort of speech is neither eloquent nor inspiring and shows no reverence for the office.
Here are regulations and laws #64-75, and counting:
1) New regulations force Christian organizations to provide health insurance that covers contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion drugs for employees. Since this violates the beliefs of Catholics, the Catholic Churches read a letter at their services condemning the overreach of government in abridging their rights of religious freedom. For them, following the law will actually be a sin. The military then told Catholic Chaplains what they could and could not say about the new Obamacare regulations. In whose view is this Separation of Church and State?
2) Doctors who follow Obamacare’s 194 stipulated metrics of treatment will be immune from lawsuits and will receive higher fees! This includes government’s decisions on which medical treatments are “worthwhile” (otherwise known as Death Panels), as well as maintaining electronic records.
3) The Obama administration announced as much as $1 billion in funding to hire, train and deploy health-care workers as part of Obamacare, at taxpayer expense, of course. This comes at the same time they continue to say that Obamacare will save taxpayer money. This is a result of the unbridled power given to the Secretary of Health and Human services to set any regulation she desires, without input from Congress, such as regulation #1 above.
4) The Department of Homeland Security has a Media Monitoring Initiative which provides legal permission for government to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who used “traditional and/or social media to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.” I am sure my news service may be monitored. Big Brother just got more unbridled power.
5) This President decided that one law of the land, the Defense of Marriage Act, is in his view unconstitutional. President Obama has therefore declared that the law will no longer be defended by government in the courts of America. Before you cheer this action, consider what you would think if a future President decides he believes the Civil Rights Act, or Roe vs Wade, is unconstitutional - and then fails to defend it.
6) Homeland Security now compares terrorism to “ordinary crime” in America. Islam is not mentioned. “Significant variability in the ideologies motivating terrorist attacks across decades” is mentioned.
7) As part of our President’s planned and continued outreach to Muslims, President Obama recently hired a special Homeland Security adviser, Mohamed Elibiary. He supports a radical Islamist theologian who uses jihadist language. Also created was a Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to “foster greater communication, collaboration and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities.
8) Re-named ACORN entities were funded with at least $730,000 last year in spite of powerful evidence of corruption and in spite of actively being defunded by Congress.
9) A flyer designed by the FBI and the Department of Justice to promote suspicious activity reporting in internet cafes lists basic tools used for online privacy as potential signs of terrorist activity. Beware of internet cafes.
10) The Presidential Climate Action Project last year released an extensive list of recommendations for the White House in a 75-page paper entitled, “Building the Obama Administration’s Climate Legacy.” Keep your eyes open.
11) Our Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a newly named post of "public advocate" for illegal aliens. Illegals who broke our laws by sneaking into our country are now protected from our government - by our government.
Is it the right of the President to usurp Congress and the Courts when he doesn’t agree with their actions? Do you think this is okay? The Constitution does not give the President of the United States the authority to declare laws of the land. Our Constitution denotes a Separation of Powers: The Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial branches, along with the checks and balances they provide. The oath he took was to defend our Constitution, not rewrite it.