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Obama Arrogance?

President Barack Obama: “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” — January 21, 2009 (Oath of Office – the sequel)[/box]

ObamaI’m not normally one to take such an out-front position in a political arena. I just want a President that will do his job, serve the people, defend the constitution, balance the budget, and balance humility with strength. It’s been awhile sine we’ve seen one of those. I honestly don’t care if that President is black, white, green, male, female, republican or democrat. Just do the job and be an honest politician. (oxymoron?)

I want to see a President who will fulfill the promise made in the Oath of Office, be honest with the citizens of this country and follow the will of the people. That’s the kind of national leader I can get behind and support.

By now the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) battle of Obamacare has played out and the Justices are weighing the law before making a ruling. It’s really pretty simple. If the law is unconstitutional it should be struck down. If it is constitutional it should stand. That’s the simplicity of laws – it either is or it isn’t. (I don’t know if it is or not. It’s not my job to know, it’s their job to know.)

So the other day the President stands before a microphone and points a metaphorical pistol at the head of the SCOTUS and says, “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

He seems to be inferring if the Congress passed the law it must be constitutionally sound and therefore the Court, being un-elected, dos not have the authority to overturn it. (He actually lied. Since the power was handed to the Supreme Court in 1803 they have on many occasions asserted their power to strike down laws interpreted as unconstitutional.)

The arrogance of that moment amazed me. Here’s a guy that taught constitutional law at one of the nation’s best law schools and he’s standing before the country thumbing his nose at the authority of the Supreme Court. He of all people should understand and embrace the legitimacy and authority of the court. But it seems he has other ideas.

The President’s words appear nothing more than an attempt to intimidate the court to side with his signature health-care bill, constitutionality be damned. It smacks of home-town Chicago “Thug” politics, which might work on Lakeshore Drive, but on Pennsylvania Avenue it’s divisive and has no place in the checks and balances of our Government.

The President is entitled to his opinion. He can even share his opinion publicly and does on a regular basis. What he cannot do is attempt judicial intimidation by laying a public gauntlet of Presidential persuasion that even remotely indicates the SCOTUS does not have the lawful authority to invalidate an act of Congress that the Court determines is unconstitutional.

For the President to attempt such a tactic is an indication of his arrogance. Without a strong opponent in the fall election Obama believes he will get a second term. His “Hot Mic” moment all but confirmed that. He’s probably right. But that belief is empowering the President to assert his arrogance and his true colors are in beginning to bloom in full spectrum.

The fallout of the President’s sucker punch to the Court is starting to fall. The judicial branch has asked for a formal letter from the Justice Department for a clarification of the President’s position.

Republication Senator Orin Hatch, Utah, made a stinging observation of Obama’s swing at the court’s authority. “It must be nice living in a fantasy world where every law you like is constitutional and every Supreme Court decision you don’t is ‘activist,'” he said in a statement. “Many of us have been arguing for nearly three years that the federal government does not have the power to dictate individuals’ purchasing decisions. After a national debate on the subject, more than two-thirds of Americans agree that the Obamacare insurance mandate is unconstitutional.”

Obama is a master at Presidential sleight of hand. His politics are very clear. His tactics are questionable and his goals are clear… or are they?

I don’t know about you but I am glad the Judicial branch has more power than the Executive Branch. I’d like to see Obama in his next four years get back to his oath where he promised to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and stop thumbing his nose at it. It just doesn’t look very presidential.

Obama Cartoon

More Whoppers or just Politics as Usual?

On June 3rd Obama said…

“And today, I’m proud to announce the government has been completely repaid for the investments we made under my watch by Chrysler because of the outstanding work that you guys did. Because of you. Chrysler has repaid every dime and more of what it owes the American taxpayer from the investment we made during my watch. And by the way, you guys repaid it six years ahead of schedule.”


So what’s with this headline at the Huffington Post?

In Chrysler Bailout, Taxpayers Likely
To Lose Up To $1.3 Billion: Treasury


You have to dig into the words to find the financial shell game. Sounding much like a Used Car salesman, Barry was careful with the content of his speech. The key phrase — “Under my watch.” What that means is he is not counting the $4 billion given to Chrysler 18 days before taking office. (Source: FactCheck.org)

Now I don’t know if the Chrysler bailout was a good thing or not. I don’t know where the losses would have piled up to in the collateral of a total Chrysler meltdown. The job losses from plant closings and dealerships would’ve been extensive, not to mention the affect on other peripheral businesses.

I do know $1.3 Billion could have funded a lot of other stuff like three days in Afghanistan. But that’s a whole other topic!

The Two Obamas

When comparing the words of Barack Obama you have to wonder where he really stands.

Senator Barack Obama speaking before the senate on March 16, 2006. – The debate… Raising the debt ceiling.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies.

Over the past 5 years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion.That is “trillion” with a “T.” That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, borrowed from China and Japan, borrowed from American taxpayers. And over the next 5 years, between now and 2011, the President’s [George W. Bush] budget will increase the debt by almost another $3.5 trillion.”

That was a direct quote from Senator Obama in 2006. The vote passed and the debt ceiling was raised in 2006. The point is Obama in his speech painted himself as a fiscal conservative. There is some conjecture that Senator Obama knew the vote would pass anyway and used the forum as a platform to build his image.

Fast forward to the Debt Ceiling talks of the last several weeks. Where is the Barack Obama of 2006?

At a White House press conference back in April,  presidential spokesman Jay Carney told reporters when asked about the 2006 quote. “Obama thinks it was a mistake. He realizes now that raising the debt ceiling is so important to the health of this economy and the global economy that it is not a vote that, even when you are protesting an administration’s policies, you can play around with.’’

Other Obama quotes:

“We will raise the debt limit. We always have. We will do it again.”

“Well, no, I don’t expect the Republicans to give in and I get 100 percent of my way, and I don’t expect that we’re going to give 100 percent of what the Republicans want. I think what we want to do is make sure that we have a smart compromise that is serious.”

“It’s not going to get easier, it’s going to get harder. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid. Eat our peas.”

“I do not see a path to a deal if they don’t budge – period. I mean, if the basic proposition is, it’s my way or the highway, then we’re probably not going to get something done because we’ve got divided government.”

I don’t know about you but I did pretty good in math. I know you can only borrow from Peter for so long before Peter is broke or refuses any more loans and Paul still needs to get paid.

Someone explain to me how you solve a debt problem by increasing the debt? That’s like solving a drinking problem by switching from bourbon to scotch.

I don’t particularly like these political/economical blogs but when I see ignorance at all levels of government that would get normal people fired, I have to question who’s the fool? The ignoramus running the show or the ignoramus who put him there.

I do think Obama was right on one count…

“…raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.”