Speaker of the House John Boehner successfully maneuvered the CRAMNIBUS through the U.S. House. An argument could be made that it was a resounding tactical success. From a short-term perspective the speaker’s 1600-page bill funded most of the federal government through the end of September 2015. The House GOP leadership claims this is smart business because it allows them to focus on the Republican agenda when the new Congress is sworn in next month instead of having to go back and waste time and energy funding the government.
There’s no question that Boehner and the GOP establishment should soon have a majority in Congress within which to move their agenda. Tactical success, but will the CRAMNIBUS turn out to be a strategic blunder?
Americans gave the GOP a historic victory in November. Not a single Republican, including John Boehner, ran on a platform of furthering Barack Obama’s agenda. Even Democrats ran against Barack Obama and most attempted to distance themselves at every opportunity. The country is watching and they expect that the GOP is going to follow through with their campaign promises. The potential is very high that Boehner’s tactical victory with the CRAMNIBUS will disenfranchise GOP voters and convince them that they were duped. I’ve knocked on a lot of doors and I’ve heard a lot of people argue that there’s no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately, Boehner’s proving them correct when he enlisted Barack Obama’s help to pass the CRAMNIBUS.
In addition, Republicans were elected to repeal Obama care. They were elected to stop what was known to be a pending constitution busting executive amnesty. The Republicans just completely funded Obama care and gave the President three months to institutionalize executive amnesty through CR funding for DHS. The excuses must stop. There can’t be any more cries from the GOP leadership that they don’t have enough votes in Congress, or that they don’t control the White House, or that they don’t have enough power to over ride a veto. These complaints ring hollow. The GOP will soon control both chambers in Congress. They’ll control the legislative body in Toto. We are all watching, and a failure now to live up to campaign promises will surely result in strategic failure in the 2016 election. For if Boehner proves that he’s as untrustworthy as he himself stated the President was, the good will shown the GOP will die. Failure in 2016 will doom the country to solidification of a big government, authoritarian, progressive Democrat agenda.
Today is a tragically sad day in American history. Tonight, the president violated his oath of office and threw this country into a constitutional crisis by legalizing at least 4.5 million illegal aliens. The truth, is that number will be far larger.
As part of the illegal amnesty, Obama will unilaterally allow the parents of children in this country illegally, and the children of parents who are in this country illegally, to also emigrate freely to America. Adding insult to injury, according to the State Department, taxpayers will even be on the hook to fly illegal immigrants into the US, from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Tonight, Obama spit in the eye of every poor sap who got in line, and followed the immigration laws passed to protect this country, the American people, our jobs and our way of life. In the process he devalued, yes devalued what it means to be an American citizen. Instead of it being something that people strive for, something that they work for, something that they dream for and that they follow our established laws for, he will give it away for nothing. In the process he will create a new lawless and dependent class within this country. The fallout will reverberate through our nation if not righted.
Perhaps the President’s efforts here are meant to block the repeal of Obama care by creating another firestorm crisis to overload the country’s ability to respond. Regardless of his desires or intent he knows that his actions are illegal. He’s clearly said so many times.
Now, the Republicans must govern. It’s time for them to take the Senate and with sound strategy march through a positive agenda for this country. They must unwind the destruction that’s been wrought, restore freedom, liberty and enable economic growth. It’s time to show leadership, and to reestablish the GOP’s credibility within the eyes of the American people.
President Obama has been vocal about his intent to legalize millions of illegal immigrants through executive action. Despite overwhelming Republican gains in Tuesday’s midterm election, the President plans to press on with his “pen and a phone”.
At his 5 Nov 14, post election Press Conference, President Obama stated:
“And, you know, I think that the best way, if folks are serious about getting immigration reform done, is going ahead and passing a bill and getting it to my desk. And then the executive actions that I take go away. They’re superseded by the law that is passed”.
How is it that President Obama’s Executive orders can supersede laws passed by Congress and signed by previous presidents, but new immigration laws supersede his Executive Orders? The U.S. Constitution is clear that the Executive Brach is charged with executing laws duly passed by Congress. The President can’t constitutionally write them away with his “pen”, and he clearly acknowledged the limits of the POTUS’s authority when he stated “They’re superseded by the law that is passed.” That makes his statement, and expected illegal amnesty, an even more egregious affront to the American people, and the rule of law.
President Obama is well known for his love of filling out his “March Madness” brackets. His understanding of college basketball may in fact be outstanding, but that doesn’t mean he knows anything about military operations. The President’s simplistic comprehension of the United States military is evidenced by his continued use of sports metaphors in describing all things military. Much as been made recently about the president’s January 2014 description of ISIL as a JV team. He described them saying just because you wear Kobe Bryant’s jersey doesn’t make you Kobe Bryant. He told NBC’s Chuck Todd that his pending strategy would be characterized by going on offense. Sounds like a comment John Madden might make while broadcasting an NFL Game. He diminishes the seriousness of the force of arms and instills no confidence among our troops.
In an Interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, President Obama stated
“When it comes to foreign policy, that oftentimes the United States has made mistakes not by showing too much restraint but by underestimating how challenging the environment is out there, not thinking through consequences, that there is a lot of blocking and tackling to foreign policy, to change sports metaphors, or, if you want to stick to baseball, that a lot of what you want to do is to advance the ball on human rights, advance the ball on national security, advance the ball on energy independence, to put the ball in play.”
White House staff is equally prone to throw in the sports cliches. In the President’s Wednesday night ISIL strategy speech Obama was light on specifics. When questioned, an unnamed staff member mentioned they didn’t want to say too much because they didn’t want to telegraph America’s punches.
What makes the situation even more disturbing is the pattern that President Obama shows by ignoring the military advice of the true military experts. Obama ignored advice on leaving troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to maintain the long-term stability of those countries. He overruled his military commanders and provided only a fraction of the troops they requested for the surge in Afghanistan. He is once again ignoring them as they advise using ground troops in addition to airstrikes to destroy ISIL. If the president were military genius I would have no problem with this pattern but to steal from the president’s own metaphor; just because you wear a jersey that says Commander in Chief on it doesn’t make you Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Will America’s crime statistics trends slow or reverse as a result of Barack Obama’s immigration policies?According to the FBI, crime in the U.S. has been decreasing year to year since 2009 (excepting 2009 vs 2010). Under President Obama, Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), released over 36,000 criminal aliens in 2013. NOTE: Newly released DHS Information details 1000 of them have been convicted of new crimes since their release. Every day untold numbers of criminals flood across our southern border, hidden amongst the unaccompanied children, women and other illegal immigrants hoping to receive amnesty.
Important NOTE: Only approximately 15% of those crossing the border are “children”.
We should all be looking to America’s crime statistics for an uptick in violent crime within the states and across the country as these released criminal illegal immigrants are dispersing into every corner of our nation. It’s a good bet that so long as the government’s statistics continue to accurately portray the crimes committed in our nation, the results will be visible. I hope I’m wrong, for the sake of us all, but assuming that criminals and gang members, rapists and murderers will suddenly stop their activities because our president released them or allowed them free entry is grossly naive.
Let us watch America’s crime statistics looking for the fingerprints of Barack Obama’s and Democrat party policies, and pray that none of us experience them first hand!
There’s been a considerable amount of discussion recently regarding President Obama’s lack of leadership and engagement on significant issues across the political spectrum. There’s been all sorts of speculation as to why he appears so disengaged. We’ve seen plenty of discussion about his management style, where he finds out about an issue that in all rights he should know about, comes to the media in feigned outrage, swears that heads will roll, and that the problem will get solved. There shouldn’t be any confusion or controversy at all.
All of us are products of our upbringings and work experiences and the qualifications that President Obama brought to the table were those of a community organizer. His reactions to events are precisely what we should expect from someone who’s claim to fame was organizing members of a community to rise up in anger when confronted with a problem in their local area. President Obama acts the exact same way as the POTUS.
He doesn’t lead. He waits for opportunities and crises to present themselves. He then reacts as he’s been trained, with anger and condemnation toward those responsible. Forget the fact that he’s been leading the Federal government for over 6 years. Just as a community organizer would seek the scalps of those responsible, so does President Obama seek the scalps of those in government…at least initially. Where the Obama model completely breaks down, while doing tremendous harm to our country, is that a community organizer never really solves problems. They only organize outrage and stir up sentiment. They expect others to solve the problems, the inequalities, and the injustices as they call them out.
Pres. Obama is totally ill-equipped to lead any organization. He has no experience anticipating problems, heading them off or solving them, and after a term and a half proved that he refuses to learn how. There’s no mystery in what we got in Barack Obama. We elected a community organizer president!
President Obama largely gets a pass on his domestic policy. He receives near unlimited top cover from the American “Minion media” and pop culture who restate and reframe his mistakes, and distort legitimate policy and ideological criticism. Why are things so different on the foreign policy stage?
First, the fawning adulation President Obama receives from the domestic media is largely missing in the rest of the world. In fact it’s often the case that you’re better off following BBC reports to get accurate coverage of U.S. domestic news than reading the NY Times or watching CNN-NBC-CBS-ABC!
Second, President Obama and his foreign policy team are out classed. President Obama learned his leadership skills at ACORN. He’s up against people like Vladimir Putin who were schooled by the KGB, or the Iranian Ayatollahs. This is the equivalent of pitting a pop warner football team against the super bowl champions. President Obama has a ruthless streak, but it only comes out when dealing with the GOP, conservatives, TEA Party Patriots, police or Americas allies. The latest embarrassing example is the President’s bullying attacks on Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. When it come’s to America’s enemies, his ruthless streak is Missing In Action.
Third, President Obamas domestic adversaries play by the rules. They obey the laws and adhere to basic rules of decorum. Obama is more and more unilaterally re-writing laws, ignoring those that he doesn’t like and using executive orders and regulations to create laws when he can’t get them through Congress. His latest power grabs include using the FCC to control the Internet, and ATF preparation to ban ammunition, in violation of the 2nd Amendment. America’s international adversaries don’t play by the rules, and it seems that Obama can’t keep up, anticipate or deal effectively as a result.
Progressivism is a kindred ideology to communism that seeks a lesser degree of the same, authoritarian government.