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The Papal Presidential Predicament

Our President is in the midst of a week-long European tour to try to drum up support for sanctions against Russia to dissuade them from their invasion the Crimean Peninsula. Although he is pretty busy, the Prez was still able to take some time from his Putin wrist-slapping schedule to go and have a chat with the Pope. In case you’re wondering, he didn’t go for spiritual advice.

If you listen to Obama’s comments about the meeting, he went to visit the pope to discuss his new talking point, income inequality. Pope Francis has been outspoken when it comes to poverty issues, and Obama, seeing what he thought was a surefire endorsement of his political agenda, went to get a moral stamp of approval. Obama stated that he was moved by the Pope “not simply thinking in terms of our own narrow self-interests,” and that “social schisms” were “not a topic of conversation. [1]

But according to the Vatican’s statement about the meeting, the two leaders talked about issues of concern for the Church in the US, namely “rights to religious freedom, life, and conscientious objection [2],” which is basically what you’d think the Pope would want to bring up with our pro-abortion, pro-birth control mandate, anti-conscientious objection President. According to the Vatican, they also discussed immigration reform and the need to eradicate human trafficking.

You might be asking yourself, why is there such a discrepancy in the description of the focus of the meeting? Why would one side say that they talked about moral issues, and the other side say that it never came up? Could it be that President Obama, who has caused a fair amount of discord between himself and Catholic leaders in the US, wants to distance himself from any moral disagreements so he can point to a papal endorsement of his wealth redistribution plans?

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Politicking

 

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Dear Mr. President

During the State of the Union address, President Obama stated, “Americans understand that some people will earn more than others, and we don’t resent those who, by virtue of their efforts, achieve incredible success” [1]. Now, while I don’t expect the President of the United States to respond to a mere plebian like me, I still have some questions about what he meant by this statement.

Mr. President, you state that Americans understand that some people will earn more than others. I assume that means that you also think Americans have at least a rudimentary understanding of skilled labor versus unskilled labor and the value of experience. Why, then, Mr. President, do you advocate for paying unskilled laborers in minimum wage positions the same wage as someone that has a job that requires a college degree? In your opinion, why should an unskilled 16-year old starting at McDonalds earn as much as a lab technician or Head Start teacher with a bachelor’s degree? How is it equitable to have someone invest in an education just to earn what a completely unskilled laborer can earn?

Mr. President, I’m also confused by your assertion that you don’t resent those who achieve incredible success. This seems to be quite at odds with some of the things you and your campaign said about your opponent, Mitt Romney, in the last election. If you don’t resent people for working hard and being successful, why would you try to bully them into releasing their tax information to the public to make them look bad? At the time, Mr. President, it sure seemed like resentment of Romney’s wealth and success played a big part in your strategy to win a second term. How do your friends in the Occupy Wall street movement feel about your newfound acceptance of people who are incredibly successful?

Maybe, Mr. President, if you get a minute, you could give us some clarification.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Economics

 

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Patience Smatience

If you’re a busy President whose nominees keep getting blocked by the Senate, what are you to do? I mean, your staffers did a lot of hard work coming up with that list of names and those jerks over in Congress keep shooting them down. You can’t be making a new list every time the legislators think your nominees are unsuitable because that starts to seriously eat into your golfing schedule, so in the interest of saving time, you just skip the step of finding candidates that are acceptable to all parties and just appoint who you want. Sounds, reasonable, right?

Well, that’s just what our dear leader did. The Senate wouldn’t allow votes on his nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, so he used the constitutional power of making recess appointments to fill the vacancies. The only problem with that is that the Senate wasn’t in recess when he did it. Recess appointments are a means to temporarily fill a position when the Senate is in recess, not to side step the system of checks and balances that allows the legislative branch some control over the executive branch’s nominees.

But our current chief executive doesn’t really think that that dusty old constitution applies to him. If Congress doesn’t like his nominees, he’ll just put them in himself. If Congress won’t play ball, then by golly, he’s got his pen ready to sign all the executive orders he could possibly need to push his agenda through, or as he puts it, “move the ball forward” [1]. There will be no “waiting for legislation” [1] for this president.

But this time, it looks like even his loyal supporters in the Supreme Court can’t justify his abuse of power in making recess appointments when there is no recess. When Justice Kagan won’t back him up, that’s when you know that he’s really crossed the line. All I can say it that it’s about time.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Corruption, Government

 

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Say Uncle!

Sometimes the Obama administration feels like a merry-go-round. On every rotation we get the same pattern. First comes a scandal that’s explained away with a lie. Next comes the exposure of the lie, followed by an explanation of how the lie is in no way connected to the President, and then everyone gets to work forgetting that it ever happened and calling anyone who dares bring it up again a racist. Round and around we go! Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, spying on the AP, “If you like it you can keep it”, and the ride continues.

The scandal this go around is Obama’s illegal alien uncle. The scandal is that Obama’s uncle was arrested for drunk driving and turned out to have outstanding orders for deportation. The lie was that the President had never met his uncle, and the lie was revealed when it came to light that Obama had lived with his uncle while attending college. The explainer-in-chief Jay Carney says that nobody had ever actually asked the President if he knew his uncle, so ergo he was never dishonest, we should all just forget about it, and Republicans are all bigots for bringing it up.

Now, I couldn’t care less if Obama lived with his entire extended family during college, and I don’t think the President is accountable for the actions of his uncle. However, this latest incident, like the others, is evidence of at least one of two things; either a fundamental lack of integrity, or a fundamental lack of administrative skills. Either the President is a liar, or he is unable to capably run his administration.

Either way, this constant spinning is making me nauseated. If this merry-go-round we’re on is due to administrative incompetence, then the President needs to clean house, and if it’s due to dishonesty, it’s time for Americans to stop looking the other way. Let’s get off this ride.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Corruption

 

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

By now, everyone must know about the shenanigans our government has been up to lately. The IRS has been very naughty [1], the Department of Justice has it in for the free press [2], and the current administration’s deceit regarding the Benghazi affair is finally being covered by the mainstream media. In addition, nobody in the administration learned anything about these scandals until they aired on the news [3], because they’re just plain folks like you and me.

Now, I suppose it’s possible that the White House doesn’t know about every little decision that every low-level functionary makes. It’s also possible that a big mistake may fail to come to the attention of the President and his advisors. But as they say, once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is a pattern. There are simply too many disturbing examples of incompetence and overreach of power to buy the story that The White House’s only connection to them is that they watched them unfold on television.

But as chilling as these scandals are, the attempts at deceit are perhaps the worst part of the whole affair. Holder said that he recused himself from the DoJ’s seizure of reporter’s phone records, but it’s just come out that his signature was on the warrant [4]. Benghazi has been one lie after another, so much so that Bob Woodward, the reporter who covered Watergate, was reminded of Nixon’s selective editing of information to make himself look better [5]. Press Secretary Carney says that, yes, the White House knew about the IRS targeting, but that nobody told the President about it, as if that makes it any better [6]!

It’s bad enough if all these scandals are the result of administrative incompetence, but I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that Obama gave a speech telling students not to believe stories about tyranny right before these examples of tyranny came to light [7].

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Corruption

 

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It’s Not My Fault

Our President seems unfamiliar with the concept of command responsibility. I would have thought that by now someone would have pulled him aside for a quiet chat to explain that the person at the top is responsible for what happens on their watch. The President certainly understands the idea of taking credit for things that are done by other people under his supervision, as evidenced by the constant reminders that he brought down Osama Bin Laden, but when it comes to massive blunders, all we hear is that it’s not his fault because he wasn’t informed[1].

The constantly changing story about the murders at the US embassy in Benghazi is the latest example of the President trying to dodge responsibility. We’ve heard lies about how an offensive YouTube video caused the attacks[2], followed shortly by the claim that the White House wasn’t told about the situation and that no one requested aid[1], a denial that they ever claimed the film was responsible, and Secretary of State Clinton trying to take the responsibility for the events in Benghazi[3].

However, all variations of the story have proven to be false. The White House knew just a few hours after the attack that it was carried out by terrorists, and was no protest over a video[4]. They received warnings and requests for extra assistance before the attacks and did not respond to them[5]. And despite Secretary Clinton’s claims that it’s all her fault, the truth is that the President is ultimately responsible for what happens under his administration. If President Obama was truly ignorant of the events unfolding in the situation room located in his own house, then it’s still his fault for being an incompetent administrator. To quote Stan Lee, “With great power comes great responsibility”[6]. Obama has shown he wants the great power. It’s time for him to accept the great responsibility.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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