Immigration Reform by Fiat

by Richard H. Frank

Americans are irate over President Obama and his Administration of incompetents continuing rhetoric about how our “borders are more secure than at any time in recent history.”  They give lip service to the pleas from our southern state Governors for help and spew the latest White House talking points in lieu of taking any definitive action.

Today, August 1, we find none of the 1200 promised national guardsmen have been dispatched to the border as promised by Obama, but we are told they will be arriving over the next two months since they must first be recruited and trained.  What has the Administration been doing for the past 66 days since Obama on May 25th announced the paltry token number of troops to enhance protection of our 1800 mile border with Mexico?

In addition, Senator Grassley has made public the existence of an internal memo emanating from White House staffers purportedly making a legal argument to grant amnesty via Presidential Executive Order or administrative fiat, to circumvent Congress and the Constitution of the United States.  Silence at the White House refuting this allegation is deafening!

Never, in my lifetime, has any administration been so devious in attempting to implement their agenda.  When it comes to taking action in defense of this nation, the Obama Administration should receive a grade of “F.”  Consider more than 90 days to decide on supplementing our troops in Afghanistan, more than 120 days since the announced supplement to the Border Patrol for control of illegal immigration and their continuing refusal to enforce existing immigration law and suing Arizona for passing legislation to supplement their constitutionally mandated duty.  Months pass and they procrastinate while American sovereignty is in jeopardy.  Yet, how long did it take for Obama to sign up for TARP, the Stimulus Plan, Bank and Automotive Industry bailouts and using executive orders to forward his agenda against the Will of the People.

The President and his Administration know they are about to lose their compliant majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.  Americans have had it up to their eyeballs with the 111th Congress socialist agenda and will give the country “change we can believe in.”

The risk remains with what actions may be taken by a Lame Duck Congress during the remainder of their term.  I fear they will  push their agenda forward and employ every parliamentary trick at their disposal to pass “cap and trade” and immigration reform.  Should they fail, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Obama would attempt to circumvent Congress through executive order or distance himself from the action by using administrative fiat.

Do not become complacent following the November mid-term elections.  Remember, where there is smoke there is often fire.  Let’s hope  Senator Grassley is successful in exposing the source of this smoldering threat to our Constitution.

“Not an Option, but an Obligation!”

By: Richard H. Frank

The President’s statement upon relieving General McChrystal from command of the forces in Afghanistan was exactly correct and has ramifications that reach far beyond the alleged statements revealed in the Rolling Stone article. Certainly the General and his staff were well aware of their oath as officers in the military and the explicit terms contained within the “Uniform Code of Military Justice.”  We may never know what prompted the alleged criticism of Obama, Biden and the Pentagon staff by the General and  his team but it is not beyond belief that “Rules of Engagement,” and availability of resources to conduct the Afghanistan mission are the underlying factors with the military’s discontent with the Administration. All this being said, McChrystal and his staff chose the wrong time and place to vent their discontent and were rightly relieved of command.

“Not an option, but an obligation” applies equally to President Obama and his Administration as it does to the military.  Obama’s blatant position not to enforce “existing immigration law” rises every bit to the level of obligation as does the alleged McChrystal statements.  If insubordination is sufficient to remove a General from his command, dereliction of duty by the President should constitute grounds for impeachment.  Unfortunately, the Democratically-controlled Congress would never institute such action against Obama since his refusal to enforce the law and secure our borders does not meet with his agenda to force amnesty for illegals as part of “comprehensive immigration reform.”  His actions amount to blackmail and verge upon being a “high crime and misdemeanor” while an obvious disregard to uphold his oath of the Office of the President of the United States.

To date, President Obama has mastered the “art of insulation” by using his Administration, Secretaries and Czars to implement his agenda.  The most recent example is Secretary of Interior Salazar attempting to circumvent the Federal Judge’s decision lifting the moratorium on oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.  Should Salazar and Obama succeed, unemployment will surge and energy prices will soar and create a burden upon every American family.  Those that are so naive as to believe that BP is going to reimburse the Gulf Oil workers for this moratorium are in for a shock.  Continued vilification by the Administration of BP will ultimately result in their declaration of bankruptcy of BP America with the only losers being “We the People.”  Every action taken by the Obama Administration makes his motives more suspect with the ultimate result being nationalization of this country’s energy industry.

To date, we have seen banking, Wall Street, insurance, health care and the automotive industries fall prey to Obama’s Marxist ideology.  He and his Administration have set their sights upon the communications industry and the internet with regulations designed to silence all opposition and effectively make the First Amendment to our Constitution irrelevant.  If we are to remain a Representative Republic, we must insist upon Government adhering to the  Constitution as written.  To date, the liberal progressives have neutered the Tenth Amendment, extended the powers of the Executive Branch beyond those explicit in the Constitution and are continuing their assault upon the First and Second Amendments.  Lest we stand up against this shift in Government towards tyranny in the 2010 and 2012 elections we may be relegated to remembering America that was as a legend or a fairy tale.  Adhering to the Constitution by government is “Not an Option, But an Obligation!”

FUBAR

by Richard H. Frank

The Democratic Congress and President Obama need to consider changing their slogan from “Change you can believe in” to FUBAR.  This acronym, familiar to most Americans that have or are serving in the military, aptly describes the damage inflicted by our President and the 111th Congress on our Nation in just 18 short months.  For those readers unfamiliar with the term it translates in polite language to “fouled up beyond all recognition.”

Only in America could the public be influenced through soaring rhetoric and a complicit  media to elect a totally inexperienced, unqualified, arrogant and completely narcissistic individual to the Office of the President of the Untied States.  For those of us that listened carefully to what President Obama said during his campaign for the Presidency, all the code words were there exposing his socialist agenda.

Now after 18 months of living with his incompetent administration, he has exposed himself to the American electorate for the neophyte community organizer that he really is.  Every initiative he has championed has moved this nation in the direction of becoming a European-type socialist democracy.  We all need to remember the Founders established our Constitution so that we would remain a “Representative Republic” with strict control over the central (Federal)  Government as the means to secure and keep our liberty. The Founders abhorred socialism and had tried to make it unconstitutional. Samuel Adams pointed out that to adopt socialism, respect  and support for the traditional Constitution had to be eroded and emasculated. Obama by his own admission views the Constitution as seriously flawed and will not hesitate to appoint Judges with socialists leanings in applying the Constitution.

Given the opportunity, Obama and the liberal Democrats would gladly suspend our written Constitution in favor of a European parliamentary form of Government and thus achieve their statist objective to exercise control over each and every facet of America’s life and liberty.  Obama no longer hides his agenda for redistribution of wealth through his continued assault upon the free enterprise system.  He and his Administration are the enemy of business and will continue to impose regulation and taxation until they have destroyed all incentive in the marketplace to succeed.

There seems little doubt among economists that the policies of “too big to fail,” “bailouts” and “unending deficit spending” have all failed.  Yet we see Vice President Joe Biden stand before the White House Press Corps extolling the virtues and magnificent success at creating or saving 2.6 million jobs during this extended recession.  With 15 million unemployed individuals in this Country, how long can the Administration continue to defend their policies before the citizens and the media revolt?  I expect the revolt will become evident on November 3, 2010.

With regard to National Security, Unemployment, Energy, Health Care and Cap and Trade, President Obama’s agenda is evident and runs counter to the expectations of the people.  Redistribution of our national wealth without regard to the consequences for our children and grandchildren seems to be all that matters to this President.

What some observers characterize as political rhetoric I prefer to call what it actually is – Lies!  Lies to cover up for the incompetence of an Administration; lies to further a political ideology; lies to convince America that the President is a leader who takes the appropriate time to measure a situation before rendering a decision or proposing a solution.

The truth has been evident for months and apparent in the delay for a decision on General McCrystal’s request for additional troops to be sent to Afghanistan. Evident in his stubborn resistence to controlling illegal immigration under the guise of seeking comprehensive reform.  Evident in the recurring missed deadlines set for imposing sanctions on Iran, and a foreign policy that refuses to declare extremist Islam as our enemy.

America recognizes real leadership and Obama does not meet the requirement to lead the greatest nation in the world. When he encounters opposition to his policies he reverts to threats, intimidation and bullying and calls it leadership. I call it Chicago politics. Just how much more damage can he and his administration do while in office remains to be seen. In the interim his policies , agenda and administration can only be defined with one word. FUBAR!

Obama’s End-Around with Cap and Trade

by Jayne D. Frank

So devious is this President; so transparent is his Marxist agenda, that you will see one of the greatest end-arounds tonight in his speech about the Gulf.  He will play to the crowd with his soaring rhetoric and empathy towards the Gulf oil spill victims and bad mouth big business, all in an effort to get the blood boiling of the American people so that they never want to have this kind of disaster happen again.   But our blood will be boiling for another reason, Mr. President.

President Obama has never cared about the spill in the Gulf except how he can use it to further his agenda, to redistribute the wealth, use his Administration and his agencies to bring about environmental change, and to punish businesses.  Tonight, after talking about several “fisherman” and “restaurant owners” he has run into whose lives will be changed forever by the oil spill, he will dive into one of his most desired legislation which has been stalled in the 111th Congress, turn it around to be the savior of this tragedy and try to ramrod it into law under the guise of an emergency.

The Markey-Waxman Cap and Trade Bill was stopped by the American people last year because, by Obama’s own words and those of others in the know – it will raise electricity prices between $4000-$6800/household.  Others have quoted 40%; whichever numbers you use, the entire result is devastating to Middle America who is hanging on economically right now  because of Obama’s policies and are going to be further hit at the end of the year by a tremendous jump in health care costs brought about by Obamacare.  In the latest “job extension”  bill going through Congress, they have even tacked on several billions of dollars to provide the “doc fix” for the care of their medicare patients. A cost that Nancy Pelosi was sure to have omitted from the original bill to keep the cost estimate by the Congressional Budget Office under one trillion dollars.

This is a red flag alert once again for all Americans – Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Libertarians – to once again get in the face of the President and Congress and refuse to allow Cap and Trade to proceed.

Guess what, Mr. President, all your grandiose words and speeches aside, you are so predictable.  We know what your Presidency is about and Americans will work to prevent you from passing any more harmful legislation, in any form, until we can correct the mistake made in November, 2008 and get someone else in office in 2010 who is first loyal to America and wants nothing more than to keep us the Greatest Nation on Earth instead of taking us down.

President Obama’s Unconstitutional Power Grab!

 

By: Richard H. Frank

Under the Constitution the Federal Government was created with three (3) limited areas for governing:

  1. To provide for the military and national security.
  2. Diplomacy with foreign countries.
  3. Regulating interstate and international commerce.

Articles I, II and III of the Constitution enumerate the extent and limitations of powers placed on the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of the Federal Government.

Unquestionably, over the past 70 years, various Presidents aided by Congress and activist Judges have subverted the Constitution and over-reached the legitimate powers delegated to them under the “Supreme Law of the Land.” None, however, have gone as far as has Barack Obama to circumvent the Constitution and amass power to the executive office never intended by the framers of that document. His appointment to in excess of 25 Czars to position of authority reviling those requiring Senate confirmation is unprecedented in our country’s history.

Examining the purported function these Czars are supposed to perform brings rise to the question of, “Why these functions are not within the province of the various Cabinet Secretaries?” The answer is simple and clear. If these functions were within the scope of the Cabinet (which in reality they should be) they would be subject to Congressional oversight and the appropriations process. Additionally they would have to report to some Cabinet Secretary and not directly to the President. Obviously Obama wants no such interference from Congress and no intermediary between him and his appointee.

The Founding Fathers created constitutional safeguards against abuse of power by any branch by granting Congress legislative authority to create and fund offices when needed. Creation of such offices provided for the following safeguard controls:

  • Offices created by Congress are subject to oversight. Czars are not.
  • Such offices are included in the “Administrative Procedure Act” requiring hearings on decisions made and documentation to create a paper trail. “APA” makes government transparent. Czars are not covered by the act.
  • Appropriation rests with the Legislative branch and not the Executive. Any function must be included in Congress’s annual budget or it is not funded. Therefore, how are the Czar functions funded?

According to Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski, authors of “The Blueprint”, the Czars named by President Obama to positions and/or offices created at his whim or executive fiat are,”most if not all illegal.” The shadow government under Obama consists of the Car Czar, Terrorism Czar, Energy Czar, Urban Czar, Tech Czar, Pay Czar, Gitmo Czar, Green Jobs Czar, Drug Czar, Mideast Peace Czar, Autoworker Czar, Mideast Policy Czar, Climate Czar, Regulatory Czar, Economic Czar and more.

In addition, what about his appointment of Czars (Special Envoys) in lieu of Ambassadors, a position requiring Senate confirmation? Richard Holbrook (Afghanistan and Pakistan), George Mitchell (Mideast Peace) and J. Scott Gration (Sudan) are all examples where, according to Ken Blackwell, the President is guilty of violation of separation of powers and checks and balances as prescribed in the Constitution. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, seems to have been relegated to Obama’s third string bench when it comes to selection of Ambassadors and foreign affairs.

I marvel that no one in Congress has challenged this massive power grab as being unconstitutional and placed the brakes on Obama’s rush to neuter them of their remaining constitutional role in government.

All the Presidents’ Men, “The Czars,” are hand picked and accountable to no one other than the President. They have been strategically positioned to further Obama’s radical agenda to “fundamentally change America,” through imposition of legislation such as Health care reform, Cap and Trade, Card Check, Immigration reform, TARP, and the Stimulus coupled with nationalization of private enterprise, our natural resources, and the financial system in America. The 111th Congress will do nothing to challenge Obama and therefore “We the People” must elect representatives in the 2010 mid term election that will stand up against this unconstitutional power grab.

The imposition of any regulations or controls by these Czars lacks validity under the Constitution and should “We the People” cave to them we are abdicating our right to liberty.

I feel violated!

by Jayne D. Frank

Just as any victim of sexual abuse will tell you, you go through a long period afterward of feeling violated, shocked and helpless.  Then there comes a period somewhere down the road that you’ve had enough and you get tired of being the “victim.”  Well, this is my analogy of what it has felt like the past year and a half as a citizen in Barack Obama’s America!

Despite my best efforts to fight back, I have seen ruthless and secretive actions by our Congress and President pushing a healthcare bill down our throats that America cannot afford.  We have endured months of a coordinated effort on the part of the Administration’s cronies and associates to push an excessive, costly, energy bill through, which is now in the Senate for consideration (H.R. 2454). This bill is nothing more than an attempt to control every part of our property rights and our ability to live as we choose.  On over three separate occasions,  people were nearly killed in huge numbers by radical Islam Extremists (but by the Grace of God), because this country’s national security has become a very low priority for the Obama Administration.  The President has done everything in his power, especially if you look at the bills and resolutions flowing through Congress, to take care of his “global” image and weaken the image of America as a world leader.

Now, after one of the proudest moments I have had when Arizona passed a law to enforce the Federal Government’s responsibility for border security, we see his Administration chastising the great Arizona people and their State government, for getting tired of being victims and standing up for their legal rights to preserve their state.  All we hear about is how sad a situation it is that all these illegal immigrants and their kids are here, and how they are truly misunderstood because they came here to work, get healthcare and live a better life.  What about the quality of life for American citizens, our children and grandchildren?

I for one, will continue to fight for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” of the people legally in this country, remembering the hundreds of thousands of soldiers that died for that very liberty in many wars and battles.  They did not fight and lose their lives so that our borders could be sponges allowing untold numbers of illegals, many of whom are criminals, to penetrate our hospitals, schools, work places and cities, and then turn around and demand their rights.

If liberal Americans can just get past their bias that says that people who want to uphold our Constitution, are either racist, unfeeling or dispassionate, we might have a chance to fix this problem by open and honest debate.  But for now, looking at  the course our country is on, I do feel violated, and hope that every legal American registers to vote and goes out to the primaries and elections this year, to reaffirm that they too, are tired of being victims.  We have to vote for honest men and women with integrity and a true love for this Country who honor and will uphold the Constitution in their actions.  We have so much work to do right now in this Country, and it can all be done.  We need to close our borders, get jobs back for the citizens of this Country, stop the wasteful spending in our Government and get our economy back on track, as well as refocusing our efforts on keeping America safe.

H.R. 2454 is an Assault by our Government on American Property Rights

By Jayne D. Frank

After reading several internet reports on the effects of H.R. 2454, the Cap and Trade Bill which the House passed and which is currently in the Senate for consideration, I decided to check out some of the “red flag warnings” that I had read and digest the latest version of the bill itself.  It took me several hours to get through it, but as my stomach ached and my pulse increased with each page of reading, I could not believe what I was reading, as though I was reading of someone else’s country.  I will, further on in this article, keep my focus on the U.S. property owner, but I was stunned at the language that gives preferential monies (taxpayer) for “providing infrastructure related to the delivery of electricity and hot water for structures lacking such amenities and for energy efficiency and energy conserving…” to Puerto Rico, Guam, D.C. Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Trust Territories of the Pacific.”  This to me, alone, is a complete failure of our President to protect and defend the rights of the American citizens who live in the United States, and who voted him in.  Who does this President and this Congress think they are that they can continue to spend billions of taxpayers’ money on “global policy?”

H.R. 2454 is an all-out assault on the property rights of every American, done in the name of “saving our planet.”  Not only is this bill, if passed, going to cost every American taxpayer (except of course the subsidized low income or no income households) approximately $6800 according to the CBO, but more importantly, it will completely eliminate any rights you have as an existing homeowner.  It will also affect the rights of every potential homeowner trying to buy an existing home.  There are a myriad of draconian measures in this bill that will affect every farmer, single family homeowner, apartment or investment property owner, and every commercial and small business  owner.

You must read the bill yourself, because what is intended by this legislation is that the Federal Government alone, by its many EPA and other to-be-established agencies, will have the power over the States, who will in turn have the power over you as an individual (or else they will lose funding). The following is what you can expect if this bill passes.  Keep in mind that since the majority of improvements are made via ordinances and codes for your particular local area, they will all be changed to reflect the Feds requirements under the bill:

  • If you own an existing house, you will not be able to finance anything that will make life more comfortable for your family or increase your property’s market value UNLESS it is an improvement specifically certified to be energy saving.  That new deck or driveway won’t qualify, nor that new finished basement.
  • There are granted within this bill, thousands of Federal and local ENFORCEMENT dollars, and you can expect such code enforcement people to show up at your door, within a year or two after the law has passed, to see if you comply with existing green energy codes.
  • If you are given a second or modification mortgage as an existing homeowner, you will only be given those mortgages if and when you comply with all Federal codes relating to compliance with the new green energy regulations (increased insulation, replacement windows, doors, roof materials, power sources – every structural and mechanical part of your house must comply)
  • If you live in an existing mobile home completed after 1976, you are subject to the same regulations regarding energy efficiency standards as is the person in a stick-built house.
  • If you have a natural disaster, you will only be able to rebuild if you rebuild according to the prescribed regulations
  • Mostly silent, but undisputed, is the fact that if you want to sell your house, you must have upgraded all of your mechanical and structural elements to the new code in order to be able to be certified by an appraiser as “complying.”  Never mind that when the majority of people sell their house today, they need to downsize, they can’t afford their mortgages anymore, they have lost their jobs, or they are just retiring.  None of these situations suggest that people have money to burn let alone have thousands to put into their houses before they can get out of them!
  • H.R. 2454 also devotes many pages of the bill to talking about “trees” being a natural solution or replacement for cooling houses in that they provide shade and give off oxygen.  Isn’t this just a precursor for taking away our air conditioners and mandating that people who prefer to live in a sunny location plant trees around their property?

This legislation calls for “Green Banking Centers” to be established in every FDIC bank and credit union which must comply with the strict regulations in this bill that will either deny people who aren’t going to use money for making “green” improvements or won’t give mortgages to new buyers who want to buy an existing home that doesn’t have a proper “compliance label” on it as set by the Government. At least 10% of any mortgage amount obtained by a borrower must be in the area of “green improvements” or the “green” portion of the house.

This portion of H.R. 2454 gives “the Secretary of HUD superiority of rights over …. rights of any other person with respect to property…,” a clear violation of American’s property rights.

I found it also interesting that included in the bill is language that commands a yearly review of the “effect of this bill on older structure cities…with limited space for new housing.”  Is it Obama and Congress’ intent to eventually level our historic areas and cities to make way for only green housing?

The lack of attention being paid by Americans and the Media to this pending legislation is frightening; it is as costly and detrimental to the American way of life, or more so, than was the healthcare legislation.  It is in the interests of every citizen to keep tracking this legislation, and by all means, protest loudly and boldly in communications with your Senators, in blogs, in newspapers, in meetings and everywhere that your voice can be heard.