Some reading this blog have commented to me that perhaps overstatement of objections may rule the day on occasion – that I see things darker than they are. Would that were the case.
Today, two major items:
1. Obama has fired an Inspector General for doing his job simply because the result of that job put an Obama benefactor in the doghouse. The guy, Kevin Johnson, former NBA athlete and big-time Obama supporter, ran a California non-profit named St HOPE. He took $850K in grant money from AmeriCorps for tutoring inner-city students, redeveloping several city buildings, and working on theater and art programs. Instead he padded the salaries of his staff, electioneered in a school-board election and paid AmeriCorps members to wash his car and perform other personal services.
So an IG was called in, reviewed the issues, recommended suspension for Johnson and a repayment of monies. The IG’s boss concurred. A Federal Prosecutor was called in, a deal was made to repay half of the money, no indictment was forthcoming, and Johnson was suspended from receiving future grant money from AmeriCorps.
Then Johnson was elected mayor of Sacramento and it turned out that the city could not receive any “stimulus” money from Obama due to the suspension.
So Obama fired the Inspector General – in violation of the IG laws, the most recent of which Obama was a cosponsor while in the Senate. Obama simply had one of his folks call the IG on his cell and tell him he had one hour to resign or he’d be fired. You can’t make this stuff up. The law states that Congress must have a 30-day notice and a reason for termination of an IG. Doesn’t matter to Obama.
Nothing matters to Obama but his power. Nothing but pure unadulterated cronyism and rule of men – not rule of law. Corruption at the highest level once was punished in America. Today it is rewarded by the political elite and the media.
2. ABC News will have Charlie Gibson host a White House/Barack Obama healthcare infomercial but call it “news,” ensuring the DNC won’t have to pay for it and pretending to the vast unionized-teacher-mal-educated voter population of America that this is “news” and not propaganda. Next Wednesday, June 24, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.”
We should thank ABC for terminating the conversation on mainstream media bias by proving it so completely.
We also should ensure that nothing ABC ever again says in support of what once was called “Freedom of Speech,” is taken seriously. Once a “news” company is the house organ for the government, there is no freedom of speech.
Of course, those who believe in the free market, and the Constitution should NEVER watch ABC News again. Ever. Principle before entertainment. (And remember, Sen Kerry is promoting legislation to “save” the newspaper industry by putting iton the government dole, as well. If Kerry’s legislation passes and if Obama is successful in closing down talk radio there will be no more freedom of speech or freedom of the press in America.)
Obama has fired private company CEOs, illegally taken secured creditor debt and given it to political allies in the union that killed the company to begin with. He has taken over private banks, private manufacturing companies. He has created many “czars” who, with no accountability, pass rules and enforce them, both violating the Separation of Powers – the president doesn’t get to legislate; that’s the purview of Congress -and using money to pay these “czars” that Congress had authorized for other expenditures (Congress not having created the “Czar” position). He has created legislative and executive positions – writing rules and enforcing them at his whim, with no accountability on these positions. And when he finds accountability in the form of an Inspector General – even in a law he so-sponsored – if the IG result is disliked by Obama, he fires the IG.
Today he is proposing new regulation of the Financial Industry allowing government to seize companies they want to seize, companies Obama deems it necessary to seize. Rather than just being able to seize banks, which is allowed under the FDIC, Obama now wants to seize any company Obama deems necessary to take over to save the financial system.
Question: In a socialist dictatorship not under the rule of law, what is the meaning of “Financial system” anyway?
The overriding issue very quickly is becoming this: The ONLY constitutionally-defined duty of the US military is to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.” The military has no role in defending the President or Congress or the Judiciary – only the Constitution. Well, there no longer is any question that Obama is an enemy of the Constitution.
Question: When will the military step-up and fulfill its primary obligation?