Saturday, November 13, 2010
This is a very dangerous time for our country. No, I'm not talking about the war on terror, I'm talking about the "lame duck" session of Congress that begins on Monday.
One of this Pelosi Congress' biggest problems was a refusal, (not an inability, a refusal), to listen to the will of a majority of the people:
A majority of Americans didn't support Obamacare....it didn't matter to this Congress so it passed anyway.
Most Americans didn't support the stimulus, (Bush's or Obama's), it passed, (and failed), anyway.
Most Americans didn't support earmarks, often referred to as "pork" spending. The stimulus packages and the $410 Billion "Omnibus" bill passed with it had thousands of earmarks costing billions of dollars.
Here's what bothers me about the next 2 months. I fear that with the election victory and the looming holidays, I know it's a little late but happy Veterans day and thank you to all of our Veterans who've served and who are serving, too many of us may get lazy and stay uninformed as we go into holiday mode.
That provides a dangerous window of opportunity for this largely outgoing Congress. Think of what they were willing to pass when they still had a near election coming to pass? All of those same congressman are still congressman until January. They could still pass bills this month and next whether you like it or not, and you won't.
They've already talked about the DREAM Act, (that's bleeding heart progressive talk for amnesty for illegal immigrants). They know most Americans don't support it but what do they care, you've already voted many of them out so what do they have to lose?
Think about that for a minute. It creates millions of new voters for the Liberals who will need all the help they can get in 2012. Do you think they care more about your opinion, or the chance to get a lock on millions of new voters next election? The only chance there is to stop this "lame duck" may be the Democrats that have to think about saving their own asses in 2012. We'll soon see just how important this progressive agenda truly is to them. Many of them proved some of these things were worth committing political suicide, we're about to see how many of those left are willing to do the same.
Cap and trade could pose a similar problem but it appears that for now we may be safe but only if we stay vigilant. You never know what a panicky lame duck congress may try to do. There's also what I'll call "the hissy fit factor". Many of those who've lost may just have one last big middle finger for the will of the voters since they are angry over losing their elections. It's like a kid throwing a hissy fit because they couldn't have their way. It's something worth watching for.
Then there's one last part of this and it doesn't come into play until next year. If Obama knows anything of history he had to anticipate some pretty heavy losses in the first midterm election of his presidency. Most presidents historically lose seats in the midterms though there have been a few exceptions, (George Bush's 2002 midterms for example, but 9-11 played a major role in that one). I'm sure that was in the back of President Obama's mind as the debates of his first 2 years were playing out.
That makes me worry about something. It's no secret that most of Congress didn't read many of the things they were passing. To most of us everyday folks that never made any sense because most of us wouldn't sign onto something we knew nothing about. Congress of course is nothing like most everyday folks and that's one of it's biggest problems.
I fear that next year we're going to learn about much of what's in those bills. We may find that there are all sorts of new powers granted to the executive branch, (in other words granted to President Obama himself). At a glance this may seem like a simple fix because of the U.S. Constitution but it may not seem that simple.
For example, crazy critics of Obamacare repeatedly called it a massive tax despite those who tried to label us liars. However, once individual states began challenging the Constitutionality of Obamacare, the Obama administration began arguing that the individual mandate to buy insurance was in fact a tax and the Constitution does grant the Federal government the authority to tax.
This proves that President Obama was anticipating this kind of a move by the states who are also using the Constitution in an attempt to stop the government from controlling damn near every aspect of our lives through this new progressive nanny state.
Obama's argument basically rests on the interpretation of Article 1: Section 8 of the Constitution:
"The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"
The Obama administration would argue that the part I highlighted in bold here is a justification to mandate a health care program as a new tax. The problem with that is that "common defense and general welfare" aren't tied together by accident. They are referring to the welfare of the nation in a security and debt sense, which I see as pretty clear here. The founders aren't talking about health care or the welfare of individuals, they are talking about the "general welfare" of the nation. Easy to understand unless you're a progressive who aims to undermine the Constitution for your own agenda's purposes.
On December 15, 1791 the founders made another thing pretty clear with the passage of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. You know them as the "Bill of Rights":
Amendment 10: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
There you have the basics of the States argument against the administration on Health care. Amendment 10 clearly says "to the people", to me that means that if an overwhelming majority of "the people" are against a big government health care plan, and the Constitution doesn't specifically "delegate" the power to control health care to the government, then get your big ass progressive hands off of it.
In closing, keep your eyes very closely fixed on this lame duck session and pay close attention to the debates that will become front and center as the administration goes to bat against a new Republican controlled House of Representatives. The powers potentially granted in those bills could open the floodgates of an all out battle between the branches of government. It's a battle that will affect all of us if as it plays out and it's a debate that we the people can't afford to lose. Stay sharp, stay focused, and stay on top of every move this government makes.
Keep your eyes on the lame duck congress, the new incoming congress, and this administration. None of them are deserving of our complete trust as of yet and we have no reason to grant them that trust lightly, it must still be earned. So I have only this to offer our ever growing government.
"It's you government that has grown too large and truly has a problem with obesity and it's time that the government's fat ass goes on a diet!" - Brandon Edsall
Take that Michelle.