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Another Obama Power Grab-breathtaking presidential powers over key sectors of the economy
FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 19, 2012 | Joseph Klein

Posted on 03/19/2012 4:28:54 AM PDT by SJackson

The Obama administration issued a new executive order last Friday entitled “National Defense Resources Preparedness.” The Executive Order cited the powers granted to the president by the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, and the president’s constitutional authority as commander-in-chief as the basis for asserting more breathtaking presidential powers over key sectors of the U.S. economy, not only during wars and national emergencies, but also during peacetime.

The new executive order gives the president and his executive branch agency heads far more power than was contemplated by Congress in the Defense Production Act (“Act”).

At least, the definition of “national defense” in both the Act and executive order are the same:

programs for military and energy production or construction, military or critical infrastructure assistance to any foreign nation, homeland security, stockpiling, space, and any directly related activity. Such term includes emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to title VI of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5195 et seq., and critical infrastructure protection and restoration.

The difference lies in how much discretion the president has to intervene in and control major portions of the economy if he or his delegated agency heads believe it is appropriate to do so to promote the national defense.

The Act authorizes the president to prioritize contract performance and to “allocate materials, services, and facilities in such manner, upon such conditions, and to such extent as he shall deem necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense.” The executive order follows this statutory grant as far as it goes, but then goes much further, particularly with respect to the energy industry.

Part II of Obama’s executive order (“Priorities and Allocations”) delegates to a broad array of executive agency heads the president’s authority over contract prioritization and allocation of materials, services and facilities across all major segments of the private sector economy, including agriculture, “all forms of energy,” “health resources,” “all forms of civil transportation,” “water resources,” and a catch-all for “all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.”

The executive order delegates to the agency heads, with policy and oversight responsibilities affecting all these different industries, the authority to “issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.” Their authority is be exercised to support programs deemed by the secretary of defense, secretary of energy or secretary of homeland security to be necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense.

The Defense Production Act does not purport to affect so many industries. For example, nowhere are “health resources” even mentioned, much less defined, in the Act, as it is in the executive order.

The executive order is particularly over-reaching concerning the energy industry sector. When setting forth the president’s powers with respect to “the allocation of, or the priority performance under contracts or orders…relating to, materials, equipment, and services in order to maximize domestic energy supplies,” the Defense Production Act places strict conditions on the exercise of such powers.

Specifically, the Act states that the statutory authority to exercise such presidential powers:

may not be used to require priority performance of contracts or orders, or to control the distribution of any supplies of materials, services, and facilities in the marketplace, unless the President finds that—

(A) such materials, services, and facilities are scarce, critical, and essential—

(i) to maintain or expand exploration, production, refining, transportation;

(ii) to conserve energy supplies; or

(iii) to construct or maintain energy facilities; and

(B) maintenance or expansion of exploration, production, refining, transportation, or conservation of energy supplies or the construction and maintenance of energy facilities cannot reasonably be accomplished without exercising the authority specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

The Obama administration’s executive order skips right over the special statutory limitations on its executive authority to intervene in the energy industry sector. Instead, the Obama administration gives itself the direct authority to centrally manage the entire energy industry, encompassing fossil fuels and all forms of alternative energy, whenever and however it deems “necessary” or “appropriate” to promote the national defense.

In short, with its executive order in hand, the anti-fossil fuel Obama administration will have unfettered powers to manage “all forms of energy,” including its “production, conservation, use, control, and distribution.” Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be able to direct the allocation of private resources to the Obama administration’s green energy projects and clamp down further on fossil fuel production without having to worry about Congress getting in the way.

Chu can decide, for example, that the current level of carbon fuel production and usage in this country is creating a risk of global climate change, resulting severe storm damage that could conceivably imperil our national defense. He has the authority to make such a determination and issue regulations on his own initiative under the executive order. Forget about the Environmental Protection Agency. The Obama administration has found a better shortcut to impose cap and trade type restrictions through “allocation” of “energy resources” so long as the Energy Secretary determines in writing that it is an “appropriate” means to “promote “national defense” (which, don’t forget, includes “energy production” as part of its definition).

The executive order grants to the president’s executive branch agency heads the authority to manage much of the rest of the economy as well, if deemed “appropriate” to “promote” national defense under programs approved by the secretary of defense, secretary of energy or secretary of homeland security. This includes health care (or, as the executive order refers to it, “health resources”). The term “health resources,” by the way, means “drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment required to diagnose, mitigate or prevent the impairment of, improve, treat, cure, or restore the physical or mental health conditions of the population.”

Thus, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will have even more power than Obamacare provides her to prioritize and allocate all the nation’s “health resources” as she sees fit, including under “non-emergency conditions,” as long as it can be justified as “appropriate” to “promote” the broadly defined “national defense.”

In addition to citing the Defense Production Act, the Obama administration also bases its far-reaching grab for power over the American economy on the president’s constitutional powers as commander-in-chief. The problem for Obama is that another Democratic president, Harry Truman, tried such an assertion of power during wartime and was slapped down by the Supreme Court. In a 1952 case, Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952) – decided two years after the original Defense Production Act and while the Korean War was still underway – the Supreme Court held that the president did not have inherent constitutional powers to direct the secretary of commerce to take possession of and operate most of the nation’s steel mills. “The order cannot properly be sustained as an exercise of the President’s military power as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces,” the Supreme Court concluded.

President Obama has once again grossly overstepped the bounds of his authority. While not yet posing a threat of all-out martial law, as some have suggested, Obama’s latest executive order represents another blatant move of his toward centralized government control of the American economy.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: eo; executiveorder; ndrp; obama

1 posted on 03/19/2012 4:28:59 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Make my day and try it. As long as I have firearms the pencil necked government weasel is not getting his way.


2 posted on 03/19/2012 4:37:48 AM PDT by cp124 (Government is value subtracted.)
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To: SJackson

The power of Executive Orders is the biggest mistake this country ever made. With the right Congress, any President can become a dictator, and that’s what we’ve got now. I despise politicians.


3 posted on 03/19/2012 4:51:09 AM PDT by Cherokee Conservative (If a tree falls over in the woods, and then snaps back upright as a joke, do the squirrels laugh?)
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To: SJackson

Hey Congress......yeah, I know a lot of you guys and gals on the Hill read this.....when are you going to grow a collective set and explain to this idiot (our Dear Leader) what “separate and equal” branches of government means?

How long are you going to be marginalized by this usurper? How long will you sit on your backsides and ignore this overt takeover? How long will you remain silent while a dictator embeds his Socialism into the fabric of our government and society like a nasty tick on a dog?

Get on the stick, go**amn it. It’s what you’re paid to do.


4 posted on 03/19/2012 4:51:12 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: SJackson
This includes health care (or, as the executive order refers to it, “health resources”). The term “health resources,” by the way, means “drugs, biological products, medical devices, materials, facilities, health supplies, services and equipment required to diagnose, mitigate or prevent the impairment of, improve, treat, cure, or restore the physical or mental health conditions of the population.”

Thus, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will have even more power than Obamacare provides her to prioritize and allocate all the nation’s “health resources” as she sees fit, including under “non-emergency conditions,” as long as it can be justified as “appropriate” to “promote” the broadly defined “national defense.”

This may be the real purpose, to make sure ObamaCare is implemented despite being declared unconstitutional.

5 posted on 03/19/2012 5:03:37 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

I know it sounds bad, but it must be ok, I haven’t heard one republican Congressman or Senator make a complaint about it. /s/


6 posted on 03/19/2012 5:08:19 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Looking forward to hearing if Rush covers this today.


7 posted on 03/19/2012 5:09:31 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Venturer

“I know it sounds bad, but it must be ok, I haven’t heard one republican Congressman or Senator make a complaint about it. /s/”

Or presidential candidate, for that matter...


8 posted on 03/19/2012 5:23:54 AM PDT by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: SJackson

And the House republican majority sits and drools.


9 posted on 03/19/2012 5:31:15 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: RightOnline
We have permitted a political class to develop, who view the people as sheep to be sheared. They do not care about our Country, our Constitution or the citizens. They are only concerned with maintaining their power and the privileges that they enjoy. Talk is cheap and deeds are dear. Term limits must be imposed on congress.
10 posted on 03/19/2012 5:33:22 AM PDT by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Venturer
A+   Excellent use of sarcasm!
11 posted on 03/19/2012 5:38:34 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Shane
We have permitted a political class to develop, who view the people as sheep to be sheared.

To emphasize your point, it has taken 16 calendar days (11 working days) to receive my IRS refund (as small as it is). In the past it has normally taken 3 calendar days (all electronic submissions). It is obvious that they think it's their money!!!

12 posted on 03/19/2012 5:40:49 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Shane
We have them - 2 years for the House, 6 for the Senate. Problem is we don't use them!

The last thing we should do is to turn the legislative branch into a bunch of placeholders for the real Holders (pun intended) of power.

13 posted on 03/19/2012 5:43:51 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: SJackson

Michelle Obama

“Military leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first lady says in the prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as well.”


14 posted on 03/19/2012 5:48:57 AM PDT by jddrive (your just jealous because the voices are speaking to me....)
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To: wolficatZ

Why would Congress complain? They all voted for the Defense Act. They probably all know we are headed for a total economic collapse and are just getting ready to try to manage the chaos.


15 posted on 03/19/2012 5:54:03 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
We most certainly DO NOT have them!Incumbency is a powerful tool..Its thinking like yours that allows the political class to perpetuate.
16 posted on 03/19/2012 6:16:53 AM PDT by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: SJackson

The drumbeat of Bolshevik Dictator Baby-Doc Barak continues to grow louder - - - .


17 posted on 03/19/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT by Graewoulf (( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Shane
"Term limits must be imposed on congress."

...just because it needs sayin' again.

18 posted on 03/19/2012 6:23:04 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: SJackson

This essay by Ann Barnhardt on this EO is a MUST read.

http://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/barnhardt-why-the-march-16th-2012-white-house-executive-order-is-different/#comments

Barnhardt: Why The March 16th, 2012 White House Executive Order Is Different


19 posted on 03/19/2012 6:39:41 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Venturer

And they won’t, those jelly-spined RINO cowards.


20 posted on 03/19/2012 6:41:29 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Shane
Good luck being ruled by bureaucrats that you cannot vote for, then.

Yeah, that's gonna work every time.

So, you also believe that you are so much smarter than the founding fathers - just like Obama.

21 posted on 03/19/2012 6:51:51 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Travis McGee

Her point is excellent: it’s not the fact of the EO being issued (other, similar ones have been issued by other presidents), it’s The One who issued this one that provides reason for concern.


22 posted on 03/19/2012 6:52:23 AM PDT by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: SJackson

How long before Obama decides it is necessary & proper to suspend the Constitution or elections or ... ?

(Yes, I adjusted my tinfoil.)


23 posted on 03/19/2012 7:03:40 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: SJackson

How long before Obama decides it is necessary & proper to suspend the Constitution or elections or ... ?

(Yes, I adjusted my tinfoil.)


24 posted on 03/19/2012 7:04:15 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: cp124
And this guy has only been in office a little more than 3 years. Can you imagine FIVE more of this?

If an election year doesn't pull him back, just think what a re-election will do.

THE SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA HEREBY DECREES THAT A DRESS CODE WILL NOW BE ENFORCED BY ORDER OF HIS MAGNIFICENCE AYATOLLAH EMPEROR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II. ALL WHO DO NOT ABIDE BY THIS CODE WILL BE SHOT ON SIGHT!


25 posted on 03/19/2012 7:04:37 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing - Edmund Burke)
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To: jda

ANY executive order issued by this guy is suspicious.
He has already shown that he will go around the Constitution and around the Congress to get what he wants.
He treats this country like his personal plaything.
He acts as a dictator.
His wife acts as the wife of a dictator.

Add to all this, baraq is pulling all this stuff before the election seemingly with no regard for the political consequences.


26 posted on 03/19/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: RightOnline

He’s warned them many times he would be doing this, but they haven’t said a peep.

September 2011: Facing growing opposition to his economic proposals and dimming prospects that Congress will pass other parts of his agenda, President Obama said, “I’d like to work my way around Congress.”

“There are times where — until Nancy Pelosi is speaker again — I’d like to work my way around Congress.”

July 2011: “...some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own” — a prospect Obama said he found “very tempting.” But the president quickly added, “that’s not how our system works.”

I for one am relieved he realizes the system doesn’t allow for an imperial emperor.


27 posted on 03/19/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Travis McGee

I think Ann is fantastic. I’m worried for her.

“Today, you are either Churchill or you are Chamberlain.”

Why is that it’s the conservative WOMEN who demonstrate cojones?


28 posted on 03/19/2012 7:31:27 AM PDT by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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To: Travis McGee; stephenjohnbanker; Liz; maggief; STARWISE; Black Agnes; RedMDer; musicman; ...

Thanks very much, Travis McGee!


29 posted on 03/19/2012 7:33:49 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda; onyx; Travis McGee; stephenjohnbanker; STARWISE; Black Agnes; RedMDer; ...

"Hey, Michelle, I borrowed your uniform. Okay?"

30 posted on 03/19/2012 7:59:00 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

Maybe he can star in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones once he gets kicked out of office. He’s certainly preparing for the role while taking up space in the White House.


31 posted on 03/19/2012 8:10:52 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: Travis McGee

Ann explained it all very clearly. Good job!


32 posted on 03/19/2012 8:19:54 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Liz

: )


33 posted on 03/19/2012 8:21:13 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: miss marmelstein

LOL-—yeah, but he’ll have to gain some weight.


34 posted on 03/19/2012 8:22:26 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Travis McGee

“And they won’t, those jelly-spined RINO cowards.” I have never seen cowardice at this level, right when we need them most!


35 posted on 03/19/2012 8:24:45 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Travis McGee

Wow, that essay was fantastic. A person like Ann fires me up.

We have been told since before the 2008 elections that Obama wouldn’t be so bad. Even that lout McCain, praised him as he prepared to lose.

All along the way those in the GOP have barely lifted a finger to represent the citizens who know that our liberty is being stripped away daily.

I have never been more frustrated and disgusted in my life and I am 60 now.

We need Patriots to stand up to this den of snakes instead of cowering in a corner.


36 posted on 03/19/2012 8:41:27 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Venturer

I know it sounds bad, but it must be ok, I haven’t heard one republican Congressman or Senator make a complaint about it. /s/” - - -

Very good, Venturer. I love wry humor.

( Also haven’t heard a single candidate bring up any this either.)


37 posted on 03/19/2012 8:50:56 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: SJackson

This EO is essentially identical to an EO issued regularly by presidents. Bush issued this twice in his 8 years.

The EO had to be updated because it referenced FEMA as a separate agency, and it is now part of the DHS, so the EO was re-written to provide powers to the DHS instead. (Isn’t it weird that we have a DHS and a DHHS? Or are they both called DHS? - Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services).

Feel free now to bad to the ranting and histrionics. I’m sure Obama slipped SOMETHING into this that we can get worked up about.


38 posted on 03/19/2012 8:51:47 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Shane

Thank you, Shane, and count me in! How we even get to November I’m quite sure I don’t know.

We are going to keyboard ourselves onto the trains I guess, like some opiate, rather than hike our own jackboots down to the townsquare.

It’s but the unions and radical Marxists and the LaRaza types who have cornered the market on gumption, can-do and cram down.

IMHO.


39 posted on 03/19/2012 8:56:22 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: SJackson

For later


40 posted on 03/19/2012 8:58:24 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RightOnline

Thank you, RO!

It did need saying again.

I use to swallow that old cannard that the vote of the people IS term limits!! Not anymore, not in this indoctrinated society, compounded by total ignorance and naivete.


41 posted on 03/19/2012 9:03:27 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Those aren't "Term Limits".......

We actually do Term Limit the POTUS.....doesn't seem to be a problem.

Many states Term Limit their State Reps....doesn't seem to be a problem.

At this point.......these folks NEED to be actually Term Limited. Period.

42 posted on 03/19/2012 9:07:54 AM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: Travis McGee

I was JUST thinking of Ann!! Then your post pops up!

Contrary to we keyboard jockies, Ann walks and talks and is, IMHO, Breitbart II.

She is very intellegent, I believe. I mean she actually knows her history and needs no tutors, consultants, groomers, or lip stick maidens. She just kicks doors in for a past time. LOL!

Thank you.


43 posted on 03/19/2012 9:08:21 AM PDT by RitaOK (LET 'ER RIP, NEWT. Newt knows where all the bodies are buried, because he buried them.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

“This EO is essentially identical to an EO issued regularly by presidents. Bush issued this twice in his 8 years.”

We didn’t have Obamacare or “Fast & Furious then. We didn’t have 35 or 40 Communist Czars then. We didn’t have Missah Chu, who wants (7.00 gal gas) back then.


44 posted on 03/19/2012 9:25:50 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Thanks, didn’t know that. Author should have and focused on changes, if any


45 posted on 03/19/2012 9:35:06 AM PDT by SJackson (The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
“Good luck being ruled by bureaucrats that you cannot vote for, then.

Yeah, that's gonna work every time.

So, you also believe that you are so much smarter than the founding fathers - just like Obama.”

My god are you ill informed. Term limits (just as we have for the presidential office), means that Congressman and Senators are LIMITED to the number of terms that they can serve. They are VOTED into office just as they are now, however they would be prevented from making it a career, as they presently do.i.e Robert Byrd served 57 years.

As for the founding fathers, they never envisioned career politicians. The concept was that patriots would take a sabbatical from their daily work, be it farmer, baker, carpenter, businessman etc. and serve a limited period of time for the good of the country; and then return to their private lives. And no, I make no claim to be smarter than the Founding Fathers nor any else for that matter. However the Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, made provisions to amend the Constitution of the United States, which has been done 27 times. Thomas Jefferson wrote that every generation has “a right to choose for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of its own happiness.” Most of the time new laws or policies are sufficient to meet changing priorities, but when that’s not the case, the Founding Fathers provided for amending the Constitution of the United States. Washington is broken, its not working effectively, and a large part of this problem is because we have career politicians!

46 posted on 03/19/2012 11:37:28 AM PDT by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Shane; All

They kept raising their own salaries, perks......I don’t even want to discuss their insane pensions....why would they ever leave??


47 posted on 03/19/2012 12:32:23 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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