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INSANITY VS. REALITY – PART ONE (OF THREE)

In Bureaucracy, History, Law, Politics on September 12, 2012 at 12:05 am

A new email is sweeping the Internet, claiming to be from a former agent of the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It’s aimed at voters who might vote to re-elect Barack Obama.  And it’s filled with generalizations, slanders and paranoid conspiracy theories.

Reading it is to journey into the darkest regions of the American electorate–and the right-wing organizations that seek to exploit them in the pursuit of absolute power.

Let’s take that journey.

THE EMAIL:

Obama’s Second Term Transformation Plans

  • The 2012 election has often been described as the most pivotal since 1860. This statement is not hyperbole.
  • If Barack Obama is re-elected the United States will never be the same, nor will it be able to re-capture its once lofty status as the most dominant nation in the history of mankind.
  • The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama’s first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of “transforming America ” in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress.
  • That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders.
THE REALITY:
  • It’s commonplace for incumbent Presidents to hoard their own popularity (if they have it) and not spend a lot of time campaigning on behalf of other politicians.  Or to spend as little time doing so as they can. 
  • One reason for this is they want to spend their time passing legislation or dealing with foreign affairs.  Every moment they spend on the campaign trail leaves them less time for what they consider their real duties as President. 
  • Another reason is that campaigning is a high-stress business and many Presidents don’t see much to be gained–by them–for doing it for others.

THE EMAIL:

  • The most significant accomplishment of Obama’s first term is to make Congress irrelevant.
  • Under the myopic and blindly loyal leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have succeeded in creating an imperial and, in a second term, a potential dictatorial presidency.

THE REALITY:

  • If anyone is to blame for making Congress irrelevant, it’s Congress itself.  Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans pushed the country to the brink of bankruptcy simply to get their way on budgetary negotiations. 
  • They got their way as extortionists–and the nation’s credit rating fell accordingly.  And so did the job-approval rating of Congress–which, according to Gallup, now stands at 16%.
THE EMAIL:
  • During the first two years of the Obama administration when the Democrats overwhelming controlled both Houses of Congress and the media was in an Obama worshiping stupor, a myriad of laws were passed and actions taken which transferred virtually unlimited power to the executive branch.
  • The birth of multi-thousand page laws was not an aberration. This tactic was adopted so the bureaucracy controlled by Obama appointees would have sole discretion in interpreting vaguely written laws and enforcing thousands of pages of regulations they and not Congress would subsequently write.

THE REALITY:

  • Congress has passed  laws running to hundreds or thousands of pages during both Democratic and Republican administrations. 
  • The tax code alone runs to 17,000 pages and 5.5 million words.  The Patriot Act–which completely rewrote the laws governing Federal law enforcement agencies–runs to 342 pages.   
  • Major spending bills frequently run more than 1,000.  The climate bill that the House passed in June, 2009, was 1,200 pages.
  • Bill Clinton’s 1993 health care plan was 1,342 pages long.   In 2007, President Bush’s budget bill ran to 1,482 pages.
THE EMAIL:
  • The same is true in the 2,319 pages of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act which confers nearly unlimited power on various agencies to control by fiat the nation’s financial, banking and investment sectors.
  • The bill also creates new agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not subject to any oversight by Congress.
  • This overall process was repeated numerous times with other legislation all with the intent of granting unfettered power to the executive branch controlled Barack Obama and his radical associates.

THE REALITY:

  • The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act was passed to prevent a repeat of the 2008 Wall Street meltdown.  Its stated purpose:
  • “To promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘too big to fail’, to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes.”
  • Only the Federal Government has the power to protect citizens from the overwhelming greed and stupidity of the men who run the financial community. 
  • But to prevent the wealthy few from destroying the financial standing of the United States is, for the Right, an act of Communism.
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