Friday, March 30, 2012

Bad Weeks For The Obama (Mal)administration

We have a government that is not governing at a time that we need good governance and competent administration at the national level.

Energy Ignorance and Incompetence
The President doesn't know anything about energy and is apparently determined not to learn anything.  He continues to clamor for pie-in-the-sky, certainly marginal, energy sources when the oil and gas business has suddenly made the USA the "Saudi Arabia" of natural gas in the past few years.  

The US consumes 9 million barrels of oil per day for automobile fuel.   We import 11 million barrels of oil per day.   If we converted automobiles to compressed natural gas (CNG) and bought in 2 million barrels per day of Canadian oil, we would completely eliminate other oil imports.  All that is required is some coordination from the Federal government to 1) get automakers to make natural gas engine cars (conversion kits are available now), 2) have oil/gas companies to put CNG refueling stations in place, and 3) approve Keystone Pipeline.   It's not that complicated.  The US has an extensive natural gas transmission infrastructure and is ready for just this scenario.

But NO!  The President will have none of it!   He has a chance to be a hero, but he's a proven zero.  All we get from Obama is antipathy toward anything hydrocarbon.  There is no leadership anywhere!

ObamaCare in the cross-hairs 
This week the Supreme Court gave ObamaCare a firm "shellacking" in oral arguments.  The justices were, at times, sarcastic and contemptuous of the law's provisions and the rationale of the administration's lawyer.  A few made jokes at how the law was excessively long and complicated.  It sure sounds like they are going to strike it down.   So, what we have is a President, who was a Constitutional Law "professor," whose sole big contribution of his first and only term is likely unconstitutional!   How rich!  Not only is he not qualified to be a constitutional law professor, but he's completely out-of-his-league as President.

Another Obama Budget Voted Down 
The US has not had a budget for 3 years now.  I believe that if you can't budget, then you can't govern!    In May 2011, Obama's pie-in-the-sky national budget was voted down 97 to 0 in the Senate.  Now, this week, the President's most recent budget was voted down 414 to 0 in the House.   Is this President serious?   Unfortunately it's politics, incompetence and possibly malfeasance!   If you can't lead, leave!

Now Obama Wants Unconstitutional Powers to seize assets and detain people indefinitely  
There are already 3 lawsuits against the Obama Maladministration in front of the Supreme Court.  Do we have to add another?  Apparently so.  

On New Year’s Day, Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to fund the Pentagon. But smuggled into its language is an explicit authority “allowing him to indefinitely detain [US] citizens” according to Jonathan Turley writing in the U.K. Guardian newspaper.
At first, Obama “insisted that he signed the bill simply to keep funding for the troops.” But, Turley reports, “that spin ended after sponsor Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) disclosed that it was the White House that insisted that there be no exception for [US] citizens in the indefinite detention provision.”
Then on Friday, March 16, the President signed an order entitled “National Defense Resources Preparedness” gives the president the power “to take control of all civil energy supplies, including oil and natural gas, control and restrict all civil transportation,” according to Black. It also even allows a draft “in order to achieve both the military and non-military demands of the country.”
The far reaching order authorizes the president “in the event of a potential threat to the security of the United States, to take actions necessary to ensure the availability of adequate resources and production capability, including services and critical technology, for national defense requirements.”
Likely the president already has most of the enumerated powers as part of his role as commander in chief. So, why the order right now? Could the rise in gas prices constitute such an “emergency?” Is the issuance of this order right now a shot across the bow of oil companies to get them to go easy on oil prices? Where are we? Stalinist Russia?
In any case, these two presidential signatures – one on a law and the other on an order – together constitute a massive power grab totally unsuited to a democracy. The idea that he would be preparing to assume dictatorial powers seems so remote that the mainstream media has not even reported on these initiatives. But they should give all of us pause.

The President Is Unable to Learn Anything.

He never got the message of his "shellacking" in the mid-term elections.  He was on the wrong side of the argument of the police incident at the Harvard professor's house in Cambridge Mass.  He is wrong on energy.  He is wrong on Health Care. (Congress should have have focused on cost control efforts)  He is wrong about his emphasis on government as Central Planner and job creation.  Someone so incapable of learning could not have attended Harvard without vast "affirmative action" exceptions being made--either that or some kind of hardening of the brain has occurred.  He's as bad as Bush.

Vote this incompetent President out of office.

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