Time For Obama’s Actions to Reflect his Words!

By: Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama’s address to the White House press corps this morning concerning the release of his birth certificate, which was a distraction (his words) to his efforts to solve America’s problems, puts him on the spot to seriously solve the nations economic ills.

So now Mister President let’s get serious (again your words) and take the initiative to address the following National issues:

  • Adopt a cohesive, comprehensive energy policy that takes the initiative against the Mideast oil cartels to manipulate oil prices. Lift the moratorium against exploration and drilling in the U.S., and issue permits currently held up in bureaucratic agencies immediately.
  • Stop vilifying any individual, political party or private organization that takes issue with your agenda. Demonizing  the Oil, Gas and Coal industries, and calling political opponents like Donald Trump a sideshow carnival barker in lieu of a debate of the issues is less than presidential.
  • Adopt a budget plan, or legislation, that assures fiscal responsibility for the future national budgets including addressing entitlements, tax reform and deficit spending.
  • Stop the use of and repeal executive orders that circumvent Congress and are not authorized under the Constitution that impose onerous regulations on “We the People” in support of any political ideology.
  • Restore the Constitutional authority guaranteed to every State under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution and limit the size and scope of the Federal Government to those powers enumerated in the Constitution.
Mr. President, these are the issues affecting the very existence of our Republic and the well-being of every American. You are now on record again as of 9:45 am, April 27, 2011 to address the above issues and get serious about their solutions.
Once again America has heard his rhetoric, but we won’t hold our breath waiting for leadership to come from our neophyte President, Barack Obama. After all he is above such detailed analysis and solutions and will just delegate the problems to one of his Czars to come up with some progressive, Marxist pipe dream to tax our way out of these problems  and  the next crisis.

Government by the “Ruling Class” No Longer “Of, By and For the People”

By: Richard H. Frank

Following the Constitutional Convention of 1787,  Benjamin Franklin replied to a question as to what sort of government had the representatives given America. His reply was a “Republic, if you can keep it.” In fact, the Constitution established a “Representative Republic” with specific enumerated powers delegated to the Central (Federal) Government leaving all other matters to the States and to the People to govern.

The Federal Government today, embodies all of the elements that were adverse to the values and principles enumerated in the Constitution and were warned against by the Founders as being destructive to the Republic. States’ rights as specified in the Tenth Amendment have virtually been eliminated by judicial misinterpretation of the language contained in the Constitution. Those that read Article VI, clause 2 of the Constitution as the “supremacy clause” allowing Federal law to trump any and all State laws , fail to recognize the Constitutional restraints placed on the Federal government to enact legislation not specifically enumerated in the document.

The Progressives in Congress have expanded the original intent of the commerce clause to the point of imposing legislation upon “we the people” not only against our will, but to a degree far exceeding the charges leveled against the King of Great Britain as specified in out Declaration of Independence.

Our Federal Government has replaced our Representative Republic with a ruling class intent upon legislating against the will of those citizens that elected them to office. Never before in our history has a legislative body been so intent on creation of onerous law that reaches into every aspect of American life. Almost every issue that arises is labeled a crisis that can only be resolved by Government through mountains of legislative restrictions, rules and in many cases through administrative fiat.

All this without regard to intended or unintended consequences for individual Americans or to the continuation of the Republic. Political ideology overrides the restrictions placed on our legislators by the Constitution. They don’t care if their actions are Constitutional or not. Just pass a law and we will figure out what’s in it later. Should problems arise we will leave it to the courts to work out. This is not the philosophy subscribed to by the architects of our Constitution.

Unfortunately, politics has become a profession in America. Congressmen and Senators are allowed to seek reelection decade after decade. Power, not representation of their constituents is what drives these professional politicians. Yet “we the people” are content to return them to office election after election without regard to the damage they have done to our free enterprise system, our liberties and to the Republic. No longer can we assure that Abraham Lincoln’s vision that, “a Government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.”

“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!”

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies!

By: Richard H. Frank 

Watching the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress attempt to govern our nation is like viewing a low budget “B” movie or a poorly written “soap opera.” As a youngster my friends and I would gather together every Saturday after our lunch and walk to the local movie house or in some cases a church parish house, to see the latest Hollywood fare. Depending on where we went and what was showing the cost ranged between ten and twenty cents for an afternoon double feature, continuing serial update and a cartoon.   Our heroes included Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Flash Gordon, John Wayne, Jimmie Stewart and a host of others that have become muddled with trivia in my otherwise excellent memory. The difference between the movies then and the Obama administration today is that when the movie ended, no matter how bad the story or outcome was, no one was affected or hurt by what we had just witnessed. The same cannot be said with regard to the Obama administration or the 111th Congress. Their actions affect 330 million Americans and countless others around the world.

Today America has elected a neophyte to the office of the President of the United States who is unqualified by any measure to hold that office.  This is not Obama’s fault but that of the American people. His claim to fame is that he was a community organizer, Constitutional scholar and professor, lawyer and state and federal legislator.  His list of achievements might fill the insert of a fortune cookie.  His political agenda and ideology is that of a statist, secular socialist progressive, advancing his agenda through the 111th Congress, itself a “secular socialist machine. “

As for a cast of characters what writer could conceive of a group the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Janet Napolitano, and Eric Holder and let’s not forget Joe Biden. Every episode follows the same plot and story line.  A new crisis threatens the very existence of our country and its institutions. If the Federal government does not act immediately we will all perish or at least fall victim to some unseen ruthless enemy of the people. The enemy is identified as greedy masters of finance or industry bent on enslaving the people and taking all their wealth through unregulated practices. These forces are vilified and ridiculed in the name of “social justice” and deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law if one exists. If not, Congress and the President will create a new law or at least issue an executive order to save the day. Obama rides in on his white horse and proclaims that he will not tolerate anyone breaking the law and will bring the full force and extent of the Federal government to bear upon the perpetrators.  The same scenario is played over and over again and can plainly be seen in his push to regulate Wall Street, the Insurance Industry, the Auto Industry, the Health Care Industry, the Energy Industry, stimulating the economy and coming to your local state soon is Immigration Reform.

The American people are growing weary of the plot and certainly don’t approve of the unhappy ending to each of the Obama initiatives such as 10% sustained unemployment, uncontrolled government spending, government takeover of our private sector businesses ,the eventual demise of free market driven health care and a deficit being passed on to generations of yet unborn Americans. The only growth seen to date is the growth of government which produces nothing but sucks the life out of our free enterprise system.

Even the writers in Hollywood got the message when audiences didn’t like the plot or the ending of a particular picture and would rewrite the script. Usually the ending was one where the hero or the authorities did the right thing to defend the citizens and kept them safe from harm. Leaders made the correct decisions and didn’t have to weigh the political ramifications of their actions but instinctively knew what course to take in solving a particular situation. The Obama administration suffers from paralysis from analysis when it comes to upholding their responsibility with regard to National Security, Foreign Policy, protecting the environment and illegal immigration. I fear to think how they would respond to another major attack on the country by a foreign enemy or radical terrorist group. Real leadership in times of peril calls for swift action and not convening study groups or commissions to delve into the academic facets of a particular situation.

This administration has failed three times to detect terrorist actions against our citizens yet arrogantly contends that our security organization and systems have worked. They have repeatedly set deadlines for actions against Iran for becoming a nuclear nation only to see the deadline come and go without any action whatsoever to curb their acquiring nuclear weapons. They take umbrage with the actions of our most trusted allies in the Middle East and attempt to dictate policy to Israel. What is astonishing to me is the fact that they continue to pursue governing against the will of the American people. I would have believed that this could only have happened in a Hollywood script if I were not witnessing it with my own eyes. If George Orwell were to see what is happening he would think Obama was using his novel “1984” as his master plan for centralized bureaucracy which ultimately becomes a dictatorship with all power residing in “Big Brother.”Let us hope for the sake of our nation that the final chapter and reel for this movie will have an ending that preserves this republic.

At a recent conservative meeting I attended where Newt Gingrich spoke,  he commented on the message of truth used by the Polish people to oust the Communist government in the 1970’s. They placed signs reading 2+2=4 in all the shop windows knowing that the Communist authorities could not find anything subversive about the government in this simple statement of “truth.”

No matter how the Obama administration and the 111th Congress attempts to justify their agenda using the CBO numbers, 2+2 still equals 4, and don’t be convinced otherwise.  “The truth will set us free!”

The Truth About Immigration Reform!

By: Richard H. Frank

Any individual interested in learning the truth about immigration reform in America should take the time to study the history behind existing immigration law in this country. The Legal Information Institute website is an excellent place to start educating the public about immigration law.

The law is intended to determine if a person is in fact an alien and if so, the rights, duties and obligations of an alien within the borders of the United States. The law is intended to serve as the gatekeeper for our borders, making a determination as to who may enter, how long they may stay and under what circumstances they must leave. 

Congress has complete authority over immigration and contrary to some interpretations Presidential power does not extend beyond refugee policy. Congress created the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and defined an “alien” as any person lacking citizenship or status as a national of the United States. Today politicians take pains to distinguish between documented and non-documented (illegal) aliens. The terms refer to whether an arriving alien has the proper records and identification for admission to the United States. Proper documentation can come in the form of a valid passport, a visa, border crossing identification card or reentry permit. Border jumping or stowaways are expressly refused entry as aliens to the U.S.

Current immigration law requires all aliens to carry identification indicating their status for being in this country. Failure to comply with the law makes an alien immediately subject to deportation. Grounds for deportation may include committing an aggravated felony, failure to register a change of address, aiding and encouraging another alien to enter the country illegally, engaging in marriage fraud, voting unlawfully and failing to update the government records for residency every three months regardless if any change has accrued or not. This is the law that unfortunately is poorly administered by the Department of Homeland security since it was designated to replace the INS in March of 2003. The agency has three separate divisions with which to enforce immigration law. The U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement (CBE) handles border patrol duties. The Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) is responsible for naturalization, asylum, and permanent residency functions. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for deportation, intelligence and investigatory functions. Janet Napolitano said recently that, “our borders are more secure today than at any time in recent history.” The citizens of our border states would tend to disagree with her statement. It would also appear that Secretary Napolitano has a short memory with regard to letter requests she made when she was Governor of Arizona asking for reimbursement by the Federal government to pay for illegal aliens imprisoned by the state. Her failure to act and secure our southern border is grounds for her removal from her position as Secretary of Homeland Security.

President Obama is calling for “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” as a means to resolve the Illegal alien problems in the country today, as opposed to insisting that the current law be enforced. The last major reform came in the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act that toughened sanctions against employers who hired illegal aliens, denied illegal aliens federally funded welfare benefits and legitimized some aliens through an amnesty program. A close examination of the Reform Act seems to show it does more to provide welfare and social security assistance to aliens than to secure the borders and enforce the law. Today the total cost to America is $338.3 billion a year being spent on illegal aliens. Consider the following:

  • Between $11 and $22 billion spent by the States on welfare to illegal aliens.
  • Another $2.2 billion spent on food assistance programs, e.g.; food stamps, WIC and school lunches for illegal aliens.
  • Medicaid at $2.5 billion for illegal aliens.
  • Primary and secondary school education costs $12 billion for children here illegally.
  • An additional $17 billion for American-born children of illegal aliens, anchor babies
  • $3 million per day spent on incarceration of illegal aliens. That’s $1.1 billion per year.
  • $90 billion spent on illegal aliens for Welfare and social services.
  • Suppressed wages in the U.S. are estimated at $200 billion per year as a result of illegal immigration.
  • 30% of federal prison inmates are illegal aliens, with the crime rate 2 ½ times that of legal aliens.
  • In 2006 illegal aliens sent $45 billion in remittance to their home countries of origin.
  • In 2005 up to 19,500 illegal aliens were from terrorists countries.
  • Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from our southern border.

Is it any wonder that 75% of Americans are disgusted with the Federal government and its policy for enforcement of its own immigration law?

Now, since Arizona has had enough and is taking action to protect their citizens,  all the politicians are taking sides and pushing new immigration reform in their quest to secure the Hispanic vote in the coming 2010 election. We don’t need new immigration law. We need to enforce the existing law and not worry about what party will win the Hispanic voting block in the coming election. Those legal resident aliens in America should feel betrayed by any politician that would propose amnesty for illegal aliens that have broken the law to gain entry to this country. The cost for mass deportation of the 10 – 12 million illegal aliens currently in this country is small in comparison to the annual spending taking place today for the undocumented. If we are truly a nation of laws then we should enforce the law and close our border to the undocumented. There should be no amnesty granted to those that entered illegally but they should be deported and made to go to the end of the line for those that are following the law waiting to become citizens.  Justice, not social justice, is the law of the land. Social justice failed in the immigration reform of 1986 and will surely fail again if we repeat the mistakes of the past.

Why the Proposed VAT will not Reduce the Deficit

by Richard H. Frank

When I was just a boy growing up in what then was considered to be a middle class family, and had received a birthday or Christmas gift in the form of one or two dollars, I could hardly wait to spend that money.  My parents used to say “the money was burning a hole in my pocket.” It mattered little what I spent the money on as the mentality in my youth was “I had the dollar, I must spend it!”

The difference between the 111th Congress today and me in my youth is that when my dollar was gone, I could spend or get no more. Congress, however, has no such constraint on their spending limits; hence we have a national debt approaching $14 trillion, a burden to be paid by those yet unborn.  Our brilliant legislators know that the American people are adverse to increased taxes on income, property and capital gains, so they are now considering the imposition of a Value Added Tax that will impact the finances of every American.  This national sales tax applied to goods and services at each step in the manufacturing or delivery process is largely hidden from the consumer except in what appears as inflationary costs paid for that good or service.

Those in Congress and the Obama Administration will attempt to sell Americans on the idea for this tax in addition to all other taxes we pay, as being needed to eliminate the national debt. The problem is that all their hollow promises such as the Social Security lock box and trust funds specifically designed to cover some defined purpose, are routinely raided by Congress to pay for their uncontrolled spending.

Congress, like me as a boy, cannot control their urge to spend.  Whenever there exists a surplus, real or in some imagined forecast; i.e., CBO estimates, they cannot resist the urge to spend.  If no real need exists, leave it to Congress or the Administration in power to create the need through some perceived crisis.

The Obama Administration beats its chest as it demonizes big business, wall street and our financial system as requiring new tighter controls.  Well, what about our Federal Government?  I don’t see anyone  in the Administration demanding controls on Government spending.  Perhaps now is the time for a Constitutional Amendment holding our Government responsible for passing a balanced budget, not through taxation, but through constraints on spending.

Our Constitution in Article I, Section 8, is specific in defining the limits placed on Congress for spending.  The  congress has abused the Commerce and General Welfare clauses of this document to a point where there are no limits on what they can appropriate and exercise control over the free market.  A Balanced Budget Amendment may be the only salvation to placing a limit on their mania to spend and return this nation to financial stability and security.

Obamacare – A Fatal Blow to the Constitution

by Richard H. Frank

One week ago today the Health Care Reform Bill was signed into law by President Obama.  Within days of his signing this disastrous legislation America’s major corporations such as AT&T, John Deere and Caterpillar are reporting the devastating impact this law will have on earnings and the ultimate value to shareholders of the companies themselves.  Like it or not, Mr. President, this is an “intended consequence” in your mission to “fundamentally change America” and redistribute wealth.

But hold on America, we have yet to hear from the insurance industry as to the “intended consequences” for having to accept pre-existing conditions and have their premium structure under Government control.  An example of what will happen has already occurred in Michigan with regard to homeowner insurance.  As a result of the massive unemployment, rate of foreclosures and people walking away from their mortgages and property, insurance claims and risk assessments have risen in Michigan.  Our company presented us with a 35% increase in the yearly premium even though we have never had a claim with them and the assessed value of the property has dropped dramatically.  The same logic will and must prevail with health insurance companies if they are to remain viable and stay in business.  It has already been reported that because health insurance companies now must put aside 85% instead of the old 65% to pay claims caused by the passage of this law, they are projecting that they will be out of business in the private market within 2-3 years, which is another “intended consequence” of Obamacare.  I can safety predict rates for health insurance will rise by a minimum of 30% for the next renewal cycle at the end of the year (well after the mid-term election).  Be sure to keep this in mind next November when you vote for your representatives in Congress who have exempted themselves from the new law.

Since businesses and most individuals will not be able to afford these massive premium increases they will be forced to drop their coverage and either revert to the Government exchanges or simply pay the penalty tax in lieu of being insured.  The more people and businesses forced to take this action, the less revenue will flow to the Government to pay for the reform.  Hence, a new crisis will have been created, and to which the Government must react, and presto, just like magic, Obama will have achieved his ultimate objective to get a single-payer total Government-controlled, socialized health care system for America.  It may take 3 years to reach this goal, but rest assured the progressives are patient and it is all laid out in their plan to “fundamentally change America and the World.”

This battle against socialism has just begun and every thinking American must remain vigilant and stand against financial reform, immigration law reform and cap and trade that would further empower the Federal Government over our lives and further redistribute the remaining wealth of the nation.  Should the Supreme Court fail to overturn the health care law as being unconstitutional, it will have struck the first of many fatal blows to our Constitution and our Republic.  Keep pressure on your State Legislatures to fight the Federal Government and preserve their and our 10th Amendment Rights.