Corruption By Any Other Name

By: Richard H. Frank

Politicians and the Washington spin doctors are very creative at turning a phrase to avoid calling a particular act by one of their associates exactly what it truly is. For instance the President never tells a lie. He may have misspoken or his words may have been taken out of context or twisted to achieve some particular agenda in support of his ideology. Corruption, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, bribery and outright graft are all ignored and classified under the heading of “crony capitalism” or “it’s the right thing to do” in the case of such perceived social injustices as illegal immigration, gay marriage and abortion. When something goes wrong or takes an unexpected turn for the worse as the result of Government action “unintended consequences are always to blame and not the ideology behind the action. Take Obamacare for example. The law was to provide health care for over thirty million uninsured Americans at reduced costs for every family. Instead after five years of confusion in the medical industry accounting for 1/6th of the economy we find premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed and real care diminished with over thirty million Americans still uninsured. Obama has ignored the provisions of the law and by fiat altered the language without congressional action to meet his political initiatives. All of his actions are in direct violation of the Constitution. The same is true for Obama’s executive actions with regard to immigration and if not for the action of one Federal Judge we would be on the verge of amnesty for every illegal immigrant presently in the United States and establishment of an open border policy for the country. “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The nuclear negotiations underway with Iran for the past two and one-half years are the perfect example of this foregoing quotation. We have a President obsessed with creating his legacy having failed to do so in his Presidency for the past six years. His statement that “Iran would never possess a Nuclear weapon on his watch” did not include any provision against his providing them with the path to acquiring that weapon after he left office. When pressured by Congress to give them final approval of any agreement (treaty) reached during the negotiations the talks are suddenly characterized as being a non-binding agreement not subject to Congressional approval as required by the Constitution. Additionally, Obama seems to think he can unilaterally remove sanctions imposed by act of Congress without their legislating that action. Now we have Hillary Clinton’s in-your-face violation of State Department rules and law regarding disclosure of her emails while serving as Secretary of State. She arrogantly contends that she was entitled to use a non-governmental controlled server to archive her emails and she alone had the authority to determine which of those communications were private and those that belonged to “we the people”. She holds herself above the law and takes refuge behind the Clinton Foundation on matters having the appearance of corruption. The Justice Department turns a blind eye to her actions contending that others in prior administrations disregarded the rules and protocols in place and thus it is no big deal. The latest revelations about Hillary and the Clinton Foundation involved in influence peddling while she held the position of Secretary of State have all the earmarks of corruption and enhancing the financial rewards to the Foundation and of the Clintons personally. Coincidence, I think not but without any evidence to the contrary the Clinton’s will just hunker down and wait for this storm to pass just as they have before on other scandals. Unfortunately, corruption is not the sole provence of the Democrats in office but can be found on both sides of the aisle in Congress and in the massive Federal bureaucracy consisting of agencies within our government. As long as the electorate in America remains apathetic and does not insist that our laws are to be enforced we open ourselves and this country up to corruption for which we must bear the expense. An expense not only in the form of dollars but in the loss of our very liberty. Corruption by any other name still stinks.

The Art of Political Distraction.

By: Richard H. Frank

Just as magicians have used distraction to create their illusions and make us believe the unbelievable, so have the politicians in Washington. No sooner had the 111th Congress and President Obama passed and signed the Health care legislation into law, which remains opposed by the majority of Americans, than a new crisis in the form of Arizona’s State immigration law is now being used to distract the attention of America.   The mainstream media, in concert with the Obama administration, attacks the Arizona law as being oppressive to the minority Hispanic population and all those of “color” and compares it to the Nazis in WWII Germany. This type of rhetoric comes directly from the Progressive’s play book and is used to inflame and misdirect the attention of the population from their true motives. Nowhere in their reporting does the media acknowledge two basic truths. Firstly that the Arizona law mirrors existing Federal law, and secondly, that the law is supported by in excess of 65% of Americans.

The Federal government has failed miserably to control our borders from illegal immigration for the better part of 40 years and has acknowledged the same in every political campaign since the law was “reformed “ and amnesty granted to millions of illegal aliens in 1986. Politically it is of greater advantage to focus on demonizing those that demand the law be enforced than on the problem itself. Potential votes residing within the Hispanic community in America are more important to politicians in the Border States than is upholding the rule of law. Their assertion is that the Arizona law suppresses “social justice” for those immigrants seeking a better life. They fail to recognize that illegal entry into this country violated existing law and if allowed to continue overrides the very “justice under the law” afforded to every citizen.  It is now being used as a distraction and represents political hypocrisy of the highest order.

The spot light has been switched from challenging the constitutionality of Health care to the emotionally charged issue of Immigration reform. Could it be a coincidence that both issues have overwhelming public support against health care and in favor of enforcement of immigration laws? If so the Obama administration and the 111th Congress seem to be on the wrong side of both issues. Their tactic to distract the voting public from these issues that really matter and focus on some new crisis will undoubtedly play out in the months leading up to the November mid-term elections. No doubt the off shore oil drilling spill in the Gulf of Mexico will serve to lessen the public focus on the Obama agenda and provide the administration with another demon in the form of oil companies to attack.

Keep focused on the real issues and trends in government attributed to this Congress and the Obama administration that must be reversed. Run away spending, the ballooning national debt, nationalization of American industry and natural resources and redistribution of wealth are all part of Obama’s agenda to fundamentally change America. The 2010 election must be the turning point to bring our country back to its roots as a Representative Republic and away from a European Socialist democracy. Do not allow the “Art of Political Distraction” to take our attention off of the “change that really matters”; defeat of the Obama agenda.

Arizona’s Success on Immigration Law is Federal Government’s Failure

by Richard H. Frank

The recent Arizona State Immigration Legislation (S.B. 1070), signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, is the boldest example of a state exercising its sovereignty when the Federal Government has failed in its responsibility to uphold existing law.  There is no question that under the Constitution, our Federal Government is responsible for enforcement of immigration law.  As is the case with many Federal agencies, the INS seems to be selective at discharging its responsibility under the Constitution.  It would appear that many laws are only enforced when it is politically advantageous to the party in power.

The inclination “to do nothing” seems to have had bi-partisan support over the past 40 years as the only solution put forth by Congress has been to grant amnesty to illegal aliens and continue to ignore the laws enacted by Congress itself.

President Obama has labeled the bold action by Arizona Governor Brewer as irresponsible in one breath and in the next admits to the failure on the part of the Federal Government.  Instead of taking action to bolster support for enforcement of existing immigration law, he holds steadfast to his pledge “to fundamentally change America.”  Part of his agenda for change is amnesty for the estimated twelve million illegals or should I saw “undocumented aliens” in American today.

The President and many in Congress continue to play the race card instead of taking action to close our borders.  Racial profiling is the cry heard against the Arizona law.  The new Arizona state law has nothing to do with racial profiling but is aimed at enforcement of existing Federal law, something current and past Administrations shunned as if it carries the political plague.

Recently Arizona Senators John McCain and John Kyl called for National Guard Troops to be placed along the State border with Mexico as part of a 10-point plan to curb illegal immigration into the State.  Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, will announce “in the near future” whether or not she will send troops to help secure the border.  Don’t hold your breath waiting if her decision takes anywhere near as long as Obama’s took to add troops to Afghanistan.  Ironically, the Federal Government announced the hiring of 16,000 IRS agents to go after people who won’t pay for their health insurance under Obama’s new healthcare bill, but they cannot get troops or hire people to secure the borders.

McCain and Kyl are putting the Federal Government to the test by asserting that Guard Troops should remain along the border until the “State” certifies that the “Federal Government” has achieved control of the border.  If the remaining border states took similar action, then just maybe, the Federal authorities will get off of their political derrieres and live up to their pledge to support and defend our Constitution and the laws they are sworn to enforce.

Amnesty for illegals is not a solution but only encourages future law breakers from entering the country illegally.  I think deportation of a few million illegals along with prosecution of employers that hire them will go a lot further in solving the problem than any politician will admit to.

When the Federal Government abdicates its duty to protect our borders the States must act and take control of their destiny.  The Federal bureaucracy has imposed itself on the States for decades.  It is now time for the States to demand that the Federal Government fulfill their Constitutional duty or get out of the way and allow the individual States to enforce Federal law.

Update:  I was informed by one of our readers that the old Ron Paul statement that there will be 16,000 IRS to go after taxpayers who do not have insurance, is in fact, incorrect.  I did recheck and that reader is correct.  However, the IRS Commissioner on March 25, before a House Ways and Means Committee did say that the IRS will be getting a form (similar to 1099) from Health and Human Services indicating that a taxpayer IS in compliance and “has acceptable health coverage.”  He also indicated that the IRS is still figuring out the resources it will need “to implement the tax (penalty) provisions” in the health care legislation.  Every American knows the Government doesn’t do anything small.  Putting these two statements together by the IRS Commissioner, it is entirely possible and likely that we will have more than 16,000 agents keeping tabs on us; it’s really just semantics.

Amnesty for a Vote

by Richard H. Frank

We continue to hear about the plight of an estimated  12 to 20 million undocumented aliens (formerly illegal aliens) from the liberal progressives in Congress. They would have us believe that these individuals are exploited by unscrupulous employers who take advantage of their being in this country  illegally and engage in sweat shop abuses while paying unlivable wages. Further they would have us believe that these individuals live in the shadows, fearful that the NIS is waiting around every corner laying in wait to arrest them and separate them from their families awaiting deportation.  The liberal justification for giving these individuals amnesty is that they supposedly fill a need by doing jobs that American citizens don’t want to do or refuse to do. Additionally, amnesty proponents state that they contribute to the economic health of the nation.

Congress refuses to acknowledge that the situation surrounding illegal immigration is the direct result of failed political policy and failed law enforcement by our government. All administrations, Republican and Democrat, have refused to step up to the issue and thus many believe the answer is amnesty for all illegal aliens with a “path to citizenship”.

But what is congress to do for the 12.6 million legal resident aliens (green card holders) who have played by the rules, in the case of many, for decades? These individuals have not broken the law to gain entry to the United States. They have obtained the proper work visas and permits, paid taxes and gladly register with the selective service system, whereas many naturally born citizens do not. The path to citizenship for these legal aliens is clearly documented and adhered to by the majority of them.  

So Congress, what do you propose for legal resident aliens should legislation be proposed for amnesty for illegal aliens? What more can you do to make our fouled up immigration system more screwed up with increased bureaucracy?

With the unemployment rate officially at 10.2% according to the Federal Government, realistically approaching 18% if the truth were reported, and Congress mortgaging our children’s future, the immigration problem can no longer be ignored. We need not have Congress create another legislative fiasco like the stimulus bill and proposed cap and trade or the health care bill to fix the immigration problem. We need to secure our borders and enforce existing law.

Those in congress who support amnesty as a cure are either fools, or have motives that need to be questioned politically. Amnesty for a vote should not be their motive.

Amnesty granted in the past has only served to encourage further abuse of our system and resulted in the chaos we have today. The real cure is to strengthen the border patrol and secure both the southern and northern borders of the United States. Illegal aliens should be granted a period of moratorium from prosecution for repatriation to their country of origin by voluntary surrender to the NIS.   

Preferential treatment for legal resident aliens should be afforded to those individuals that have followed the law before any illegal individual is allowed to apply for re-entry to the U.S. under existing immigration law. We must recognize those individuals that have respected the letter of the law to gain entry and pursue a path to citizenship before rewarding those who have broken our law in gaining access to this country.

Congress, now is the time to drive a stake in the ground.  Strengthen the border patrol to secure the borders. Prosecute employers who hire illegal aliens. Deport those who break our laws to enter this country illegally. Only through enforcement of existing law will this problem be solved. Stand up and do your job!