How the US Government is Supposed to Work

Posted in Obama on April 3, 2012 by MTR

When I was growing up we had to pass a class on the US Constitution in the 8th grade.  That was a while back so I went over to the www to read the document again.  Took me about 15 minutes to read the whole thing.  With that refresher in my head here is how I understand the US Government is supposed to work….

1. The power of the Executive rests in the office of the President.

2. The power of the Legislature rests in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

3. The power of the Judiciary rests in the Supreme Court.

All three branches were set up with some specific checks against each other and in the case of the Legislature between the House and Senate also.  So a bill is formulated and passed by BOTH the House and Senate.  The President may at this time sign the bill into law, actively veto it, or passively veto it by not signing it within the allotted time.  If questions regarding the constitutionality of the law are raised, that matter is taken before the Supreme Court.  Now, the Supreme Court is unlike other courts of law.  They do not decide guilt or innocence or fault.  They rule only on matters of constitutionality.  That’s it.

So now we have a bill that was legally passed and legally signed into law, according to the steps laid out by our governing document.  That law has now been challenged and the SCOTUS is hearing the case, and the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA decides to carry out an attack campaign claiming that:
1. SCOTUS is NOT democratically elected (more on this in a minute).
2. SCOTUS has not mandate, power or reason to rule on the constitutionality of a bill passed by the congress and president.

Let me take number two first….THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT SCOTUS was formed to do.  They rule on the constitutionality of everything from the local level on up.  They are and should be the last bastion of defense for a self governing people against a tyrannical democratically elected federal government.  This is why they have a lifetime appointment.  Theoretically this keeps them above politics.  Now I know that that is not always the case, however, by and large SCOTUS, whatever it’s makeup, has served the people well.  I have my opinions about a few notable rulings, the biggest mistake that I believe was the expansion in scope of the interstate commerce clause decades ago, however we would be at least a lot worse off today without them riding constitutional herd over the other two often goofy bodies.

Point 1
While SCOTUS is NOT directly elected (neither is POTUS either btw), they are nominated according to due constitutional process by a democratically elected President, and CONFIRMED by a democratically elected Senate and because of this their existence on the bench is well defined and valid within the unique quasi democratic experience that is US Government.  SCOTUS is as valid with our representative democracy as the other forms of representation we have.

National health care may well be a very very good idea.  However, the US way of doing so must also include our natural right to self determination, even if some of us are determined to be stupid, that is our right.

Let me lay to rest the most common misconception with this bill.  Most argue that the mandate included is no different than the many states requiring drivers to be insured.  That is a fallacy.  First of all, I have the right to not drive and therefore no need for insurance.  Second of all, the states require not insurance, but proof of financial responsibility.  This means that all I have to do is show that I am capable and will be capable to meet claims for damages that I cause OTHERS while exercising my privilege to drive.  I choose to meet this proof in several ways, auto insurance being one way.  I can choose to use the insurer I wish to use also.

The individual mandate violates my birth right as a US Citizen.  The Constitution stipulates that that the ONLY requirement I must meet to be a US Citizen and reside in the US is be born here.  With the mandate, my mere existence in the US requires that I spend money where I may not wish to spend it.  My only choices are penalties or leaving my country.  That’s it.  There is no middle ground.

If the government has the power to say that my participation in a group insurance policy is the key to national coverage and without my participation nothing else is possible, then don’t they also have the power to ban donuts?  I mean, it has been proven that donuts can cause health issues like diabetes and clogged arteries.  Wouldn’t health care for all be better and cheaper if donuts were outlawed?  How about Coca Cola?  Think this is a leap?  Let’s knot forget the case of the cafeteria police that occurred last year.

The governments job is to govern not to choose for the people.  Self determination is a most basic of right, much of it we have already given up.  The last shred that we have should be held dear and defended fiercely.

 

MWC

Mr. President, prove you’re an American!

Posted in Obama with tags on March 3, 2010 by MTR

That’s essentially what seven states have said by passing legislation that requires proof of citizen when registering for a presidential run. -

South Carolina-Bill 3389, freshman state Rep. Tommy Stringer has introduced legislation that would amend the state’s election code to make sure that “a candidate for President or Vice President of the United States may not have his name printed on a ballot in this State unless there is conclusive evidence that he is a natural born citizen of the United States.”…

New Hampshire’s House bill 1245, mandates that “the names of the candidates shall not appear on the ballot unless the secretary of state has received certified copies of the birth certificates of the candidates.”

Indiana’s Senate bill 82, grapples with the legal standing issue that has vexed “birthers,” granting the right to challenge qualifications to “a registered voter of the jurisdiction conducting the election.”… …more from the Obot’s HERE.

Arizona House bill 2441, titled: presidential candidates; proof of qualifications

…Within ten days after submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate in which the presidential candidate states the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove that the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in article II, section 1, Constitution of the United States… …view entire Arizona bill HERE

Other states are also joining the war to defend our constitution. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures; New York, Virginia, Georgia and other states are also working on the same type legislation. …more HERE.

Also, let us not forget the federal bill proposed by Bill Posey of Florida; H.R.1503 – Presidential Eligibility Act -

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution…
 
…Congress finds that under – the Constitution of the United States, in order to be eligible to serve as President, an individual must be a natural born citizen of the United States who has attained the age of 35 years and has been a resident within the United States for at least 14 years. …view entire bill HERE.

 

It will be interesting to see what the response from the White House will be.

Paying back the devil

Posted in Obama with tags on March 1, 2010 by MTR

Obama owes the Unions for handing him the presidency and he owes them big time. And he’s paying back big time.

We’ve seen the White House visitor’s list with SEIU’s Andy Stern on the top of that roster. We’ve also seen unions getting the money from the Stimulus bills through municipality jobs. We’ve also seen the government takeover of the auto industry so the unions could keep their stake in those huge corporations. We’ve also seen Andy Stern under consideration on the Deficit Reduction Board.

Now Obama’s decided that the only way companies will be able to get goverment contracts to those who would be friendly to unions. Obama’s plan is to offer contracts to companies that “offer better levels of pay, health coverage, pensions and other benefits.” Translation: Union jobs.

It’s a gift for organized labor! And that gift would drive up costs for government projects at the same time.  The other downside would be that it would hurt small businesses, which is the center of our economy.

Obama continues to prove that he is against the free market and plans to run this country the old Chicago style.

Payback’s a bitch and we’re the one being screwed.

Captain Al Gore stays with his climate change ship as it continues to sink

Posted in Global Warming, Obama with tags on February 27, 2010 by MTR

With all the news lately about climate change and the fraud perpetrated upon society, we all were wondering what Al Gore’s reaction was to his sinking ship. Was he still hiding in his mansion that had an electric bill that in 3o years ours never would add up to? Or was he jetting off in his private plane and paying dearly in carbon footprints.

Well, Al Gore came out from under his cloud of controversy and lo and behold, he still is sticking to his story about global warming. Ooops, I meant climate change. They changed that name after the last conference when there was record snow, didn’t they?

Al Gore decided to submit an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “We Can’t Wish Away Climate Change.” I think Al Gore is wishing he wasn’t living through a nightmare which tanks the findings in his books and education tours and sees his financial wellbeing  in the tank. But worse yet, he’s being shown as a snake oil salesman.

He states that by ignoring his viewpoint on “climate change” we are a criminal society. Excuse me, but what actual law is being broken? Is there a law that says we have to believe all this “consensus” when it’s been revealed that all opposing opinion had been tossed out of any scientific journals. Seems there’s more of a problem on Gore’s end called FRAUD.

Al Gore then goes off on some tangent about if we fight global warming [sic] we are dealing with national security. And more importantly by ridding ourselves of oil dependence, we are not sending our money overseas. And then he flips over to job security in our country.

If Al Gore had stuck to just that issue, instead of the world is going to end mantra, he would have had credibility throughout the years, but his mantra has always been how the ice caps are melting and our shore lines are decreasing rapidly. Now that it’s been shown that the planet isn’t warming at the rate he has been preaching about all these years, he has to change his tone in order to keep the Kuching in his bank account.

But the hilarious part is that Gore states that global warming shouldn’t be dismissed because of “two mistakes found” in the emails. Two mistakes? Is he serious? What are there? 150 emails showing that negative data was ignored by scientist in order to create a “consensus?” He also made light of the “mistakes” found in the study about the Himalayan study dealing with the melting rate of glaciers and then dismisses the emails as being from overworked scientists with way too many demands placed on them.

STOP WITH THE DISHONESTY!!!!

Al Gore then tries to support his dogmatic enterprise by discussing that January was the hottest month in decades. Decades? I heard that there is none of comparison, then I hear 14 years and then the second hottest month, then the 14th hottest month on record. Must be that consensus thing going on again.

Meanwhile, Gore ignores a simple weather system that has been around since the beginning of the earth…..el Nino. This has nothing to do with man’s cars, man’s backyard barbeques or even man’s flatulence. It has everything to do with WEATHER PATTERNS.

And not once in his four page diatribe, he never addressed el Nino and weather patterns but continues to hold on to the crumbling mast of his sinking ship. Seems like the Captain’s trip is almost over and the water line is at lip level and he’s gurgling away.

Compromise: the one way street

Posted in Health Care, Obama with tags on February 27, 2010 by MTR

Barack Obama needs to grab a dictionary and look up the word “Compromise.”

Webster defines “compromise” as:
1 a : settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions b : something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things

Obama is exasperated with the Republicans because they won’t compromise with him on the health care bill. But it’s not compromise he’s seeking; Obama wants the Republicans to roll over and play dead in order to pass his legislation.

The Summit of the other day was nothing but a dog and pony show. Obama went there to let people know that he was still president. He went there to ridicule Republicans. But the Republicans went to the Blair House meeting actually to work, to bring forth ideas and every one of them were trashed.

There was no attempt on Obama’s part to “compromise,” to seriously discuss any major issue on the health care bill. And Obama’s final statement proved that. He essentially said that if the Republicans weren’t willing to play ball with him, that he would ram the bill through congress using the reconciliation process.

What a surprise……

Considering that Obama had already put up his 11 page proposal on the White House website, it was more than evident that anything the Republicans would have recommended were not about to be placed into consideration. And Obama even walked away from the Summit without even accepting any of the Republican ideas.

So either Obama doesn’t know the definition of “compromise” or the Summit wasn’t really about sharing ideas in order to actually create real health reform

Joe Klein: open mouth and insert foot

Posted in Main Street Media with tags , on February 26, 2010 by MTR

I always thought it was a requirement for journalists to actually witness a situation before commenting on them. Apparently not so in the case of the reknowned Joe Klein of TIME. He figured he’d read snippets here and there and still expect to come up with the proper conclusion.

Joe Klein admits in his piece, “The Health Care Summit” (wow, wasn’t that an exciting headline!) that he never even saw the Summit at the Blair House where Obama hosted a discussion between the Democrats and Republicans.

Klein concluded that all sides, including Obama talked alot. Wonderful! But then Klein mysteriously developed some amazing skill of “reading between the lines,” which has nothing to do with facts but helps him embellish on his very apparent bias.

First of all, Joe Klein stated that the Republicans had nothing very interesting to say. Hmm. Joe Klein should actually have taken the time to watch the Summit. He missed the part where Ryan took Obama to task. In fact, Rep. Paul Ryan was the main event. Everyone else saw it. Guess they forgot to send Klein the memo.

Klein must have missed when Wolf Blitzer said, ““It looks like the Republicans certainly showed up ready to play.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

And then there was Gloria Borgers’s remark, ““The Republicans have been very effective today. They really did come to play. They were very smart.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

But David Gergen’s remark was the best, ““The folks in the White House just must be kicking themselves right now. They thought that coming out of Baltimore when the President went in and was mesmerizing and commanding in front of the House Republicans that he could do that again here today. That would revive health care and would change the public opinion about their health care bill and they can go on to victory. Just the opposite has happened.” (CNN’s “Live,” 2/25/10)

But as I said, Joe Klein was too busy to actually watch the dog and pony show. That’s right. He was “elsewhere,” I forgot.

Somehow Klein concludes that if the Republicans were actually serious about reform, they would have gotten concessions from Obama. So because Obama had his own mind up (don’t forget, he wrote his own bill and placed it on line on the White House site), that it’s the fault of the Republicans that Obama wouldn’t give concessions?

Up to this point the Republicans haven’t even been allowed in the debate process. Obama figured since he gave the Republicans a good tongue lashing at the Republican retreat, that this was another chance to get in some good digs. Oh and he did! He got to remind everyone twice that he was president and inform Senator McCain to stop campaigning. See all the fun Joe Klein missed?

Instead, Klein got his tidbit of news and then made his own conclusions by reading tea leaves. Oh wait, that was  “reading between the lines” wasn’t it? And they pay him the big bucks for this crap he calls journalism? No wonder liberal journalism isn’t being read by the educated public anymore.

The attack of the liberal robocallers

Posted in Obama with tags , on February 25, 2010 by MTR

I wonder how long into Obama’s Summit did the Democrats realize that the conference wasn’t going their way. Was it before or after when Obama felt the need to remind the Senators in the room that he was president? Was it before or after when Barack Obama told Senator Alexander that the CBO did not say insurance premiums would go up? Was it before or after Obama told Senator McCain that he needed to stop campaigning? Or did the look of forlornness and boredom give it away? (Hey, is he raising the middle finger again?)

But at some point Barack Obama had to know that things just weren’t going their way, and it all had to do with the demeanor and snide comments made by the President of the United States. ( I knew they should have given him a teleprompter)

Either way Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, after pounding their heads against the wall, decided that they had to put Plan B C D E………O into action. Operation ROBOCALL.

According to Politico, the Obama team will be hitting the airways calling radio talk shows trying to get the message out that “we need Obamacare.” My guess is that operatives from ACORN and SEIU will be the ones making the calls to such shows as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. And they’ll all be given the talking points and I assure you they won’t be straying from them like their Commander- in-Chief did today.

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