Killing the Czars: House Republicans Fight Obama’s Executive Power Grab

Killing the Czars: House Republicans Fight Obama’s Executive Power Grab

January 7th, 2011

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

Congressional Republicans have wasted no time fighting back against Barack Obama’s plan to rule by executive fiat. Only days into their new majority in the 112th Congress, conservatives have introduced measures to end the most egregious offenses: abolishing the unelected system of czars, repealing Net Neutrality regulations, and preventing the EPA from imposing job-killing carbon dioxide standards on power plants. The imperative steps will prevent an imperial overreach and minimize the damage Obama can do the American people. However, if they hope to succeed, Republicans need to move beyond these necessary defense mechanisms and present a coherent and comprehensive program of limited, constitutional government.

Nothing so perfectly encapsulates this president’s push to federalize every aspect of American life better than his team of czars. These multiple dozens of ideologues — unelected and unconfirmed, because they are unelectable and unconfirmable — exercise power in every aspect of our lives from the environment, to domestic violence, to the automobile company we collectively purchased for the UAW. On Wednesday, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, introduced a bill co-sponsored by 28 others to abolish all federal czars. His proposal, which is supported by 28 other Congressmen, would eliminate anyone who….

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With border in chaos, J-Nap proclaims “environmental justice” a priority

With border in chaos, J-Nap proclaims “environmental justice” a priority

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 17, 2010 10:09 AM

Photoshop credit: Another Black Conservative
It is now day three of the hunt for one of the suspects in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
The Arizona Republic reports:
As the manhunt for a fifth individual in the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry stretched into its third day, local law enforcement continued to scour the rugged terrain in Santa Cruz County while federal officials provided few details on the crime or suspects in custody.
…Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said the FBI has custody of the suspects.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited border areas Thursday as part of a previously scheduled visit to the region.
Napolitano’s team referred requests for comment to the FBI.
Napolitano met with Estrada Thursday afternoon.
Before the meeting, Estrada said he planned to ask Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, to continue providing federal support for local law-enforcement agencies fighting illegal immigration.
Estrada said his message to Napolitano would be clear: “Obviously she’s concerned about what happened, and obviously she’s committed to make things safe for the people who work here along the border and the residents as well.”
That wasn’t obvious to several law enforcement officials in Arizona whom J-Nap refused to meet.
Nor is it obvious given the warped priorities she laid out a recent White House environmental justice conference. Yes, environmental justice.
Carter Wood at Shopfloor has the scoop. Be sure to click on the link for access to the full, nausea-inducing transcript:
This isn’t necessarily surprising rhetoric to have come the “environmental justice” crowd, but it’s alarming to hear at the White House. And it’s just weird to hear Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, describe her department’s focus on environmental justice and climate adaptation. (Audio, our transcript):
So as we look at climate change, the climate change that we are in, and think about the environmental phenomenon that is happening in the course of our own lives, we translate that into increased drought. We translate that into increased likelihood of wildfires, particularly catastrophic fires in the West, we translate that into more category four and five hurricanes, and that affects communities around the gulf but also up and down the Atlantic seaboard and the Pacific as well, and other natural occurrences that are affected by changes in climate.

Changes in climate really translate into huge environmental changes that have impacts on communities and also on national security, because they raise not only the issues of making sure that we are taking into account and caring for the most at-risk populations, but that we are also looking at and planning for the potentiality of mass migrations, demographic changes, patterns, concentrations of economic assets, population growth in different areas, deteriorating infrastructure. All of this gets knit together under this umbrella of climate change and environmental adaptation.

That’s an expansive, expensive agenda, isn’t it? We thought Congress formed the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively address imminent threats to the American people, priorities like fighting terrorism, controlling our borders, and handling security at our ports and airports. Turns out the Department is instead working on EVERYTHING!
And remember that this is all happening as Democrats try to push through a land grab that would undermine the already imperiled enforcement efforts at the border and an illegal alien student bailout that would encourage more illegal immigration.
Heckuva job, J-Nap. Heckuva job.

Obama Considering Rule by Executive Order in 2011

Obama Considering Rule by Executive Order in 2011

October 8th, 2010

Ben Johnson, Floyd Reports

This morning, political commentators are paying a great deal of attention to one of the Los Angeles Times’ stories about Barack Obama’s plans for a Republican takeover of Congress. Unfortunately, they are focusing on the wrong one. Most commentators spent the morning quoting the president’s remarks on a black radio program that a GOP-dominated Congress will result in “hand-to-hand combat.” The reality is most of the action will take place behind their backs and over their heads. All indications are, if Obama cannot get his legislative agenda enacted by Congress, he will impose it by decree.

The evidence comes buried elsewhere in today’s L.A. Times in a piece by Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons under the hum-drum headline, “Obama Reshapes Administration for a Fresh Strategy.” The story makes clear the “fresh strategy” borders on government by executive fiat. It begins, “As President Obama remakes his senior staff, he is also shaping a new approach for the second half of his term: to advance his agenda through executive actions he can take on his own, rather than pushing plans through an increasingly hostile Congress.” This rule by divine right of kings is confirmed by no less an Obama insider than David Axelrod, who said, “It’s fair to say that the next phase is going to be less about legislative action than it is about managing the change that we’ve brought.” The Times states candidly:

So the best arena for Obama to execute his plans may be his own branch of government. That means more executive orders, more use of the bully pulpit, and more deployment of his ample regulatory powers and the wide-ranging rulemaking authority of his Cabinet members.  (Emphases added.)

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