Skip to comments.Washington Loses Power -- And not just from a storm
Posted on 07/07/2012 2:10:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
For Washington, this is definitely not the best of times. The town is suffering from a power outage.
The evidence is hard to miss, from Washingtons weeklong struggle to cope with storm damage that knocked out electricity across the region to President Obamas inability to awaken the economy, as reflected once again in Junes pathetic jobs report.
To make matters worse, Washington is out of sync with the country, at least with the noncoastal parts. The usual response is to unleash the president so he can rally America to Washingtons purposes. But the bully pulpit hasnt been effective since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. And Obama has failed to revive it.
The president was bailed out when the Supreme Court upheld his health care program on the flimsiest of constitutional grounds. That, however, did not bring Obama or Washington into harmony with the rest of the country. On the contrary, Obamacare remains a source of bitter conflict.
Whats clear is that Obama is no longer a commanding presence, much less a force for national unity. This is important because Washington has always been a White House-centered town. The media, indeed most Americans, look to the president for leadership. He acts. Congress reacts.
Obama has acted clumsily. Hes proved to be a poor negotiator, alienating congressional Republicans rather than finding even a shred of common ground. He has turned to issuing executive orders, a sure sign of weakness. Legislation passed by Congress is difficult to repeal. Executive orders can be erased at a stroke of the next presidents pen.
Obama isnt the only cause of Washingtons power shortage. The capitals political communitybureaucrats, lobbyists, ideological groups, trade organizations, the press, hangers-on of all stripesplays a role. This body of permanent Washingtonians believes that it knows not only whats best for America, but where things are headed. More often than not it guesses wrong.
The consensus in Washington was that Obama would pivot to the center after the Republican landslide in the 2010 midterm elections. He moved left. And according to the prevailing view in Washington, Obama would be a strong favorite to win a second term. But his reelection prospects are no better than 50-50.
Theres more. Washington looked askance at the Tea Party, but took the Occupy Wall Street movement quite seriously when it came to town. The Washington Post treated Occupy Washington as a group of idealists with nothing on their minds but the betterment of life for all Americans. The Tea Partiers, in contrast, were harmful extremists.
When Obama refused to accommodate the Tea Party message of the 2010 elections, the Washington community followed suit. There was outrage, for example, at the idea that raising the debt limit should be accompanied by cuts in federal spending. That the president might be obligated to compromise with Republicans on the spending issue was not taken seriously.
Here, the division between Washington and much of the country has emerged once more. The expectation in Washington was that Republicans had hurt themselves badly by insisting on cuts. But polls showed the opposite was true. Obamas job approval fell.
Despite this, Washingtons negative view of Republicans has hardened, and Obamas self-serving scenario has been accepted. His narrative: Ive tried to bring Republicans on board, but theyre committed to obstructionism. In fact, Obama offered Republicans nothing to gain their votes on his economic stimulus or the health care bill and little in budget cuts except from defense.
Americans want to like their presidents. But theyre not crazy about bureaucrats, either in Washington or anywhere else. Yet Obama is bent on giving unelected bureaucrats greater authority in the federal government. Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, the Wall Street reform bill, created at least 188 new boards and commissions, offices and grant programs, to be run by bureaucrats.
A cherished objective in Obama-care was the new Independent Payment Advisory Board of 15 bureaucrats empowered to decide what Medicareand thus health insurerswill pay for. The White House also insisted on establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate consumer loans and freed it from normal congressional budget constraints, with funding directly from the Federal Reserve. And now the Obama administration wants to hire 4,000 more Internal Revenue Service agents to ensure Obamacare is strictly enforced.
Thats a lot for the public to swallow. And Obama thinks hiring more government workers, especially at the state level, is the key to boosting the economy.
Hes been forced to choose between what looks good to Washingtons elite and what most Americans prefer. Hes sided with Washington. What hes sacrificed is power, most of which comes from outside Washington.
Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.
It’s time to through the bums out, all of ‘em.
Time to showcase the Tenth Amendment.
The Arizona Constitution already says the federal Constitution "is the supreme law of the land." This measure, if approved in November, it would add language saying that federal document may not be violated by any government -- including the federal government.
More to the point, it would allow Arizonans "to reject any federal action that they determine violates the United States Constitution."
That could occur through a vote of the state House and Senate with consent of the governor.
But that also could occur through a popular vote on a ballot measure, effectively allowing voters to decide which federal laws they feel infringe on Arizona's rights as a sovereign state.
Organizer Jack Biltis said he turned in more than 320,000 signatures. The next step will be for the Secretary of State to determine, after screening the petitions, if there are at least 259,213 valid names on the forms to allow the measure to go on the ballot.
Biltis, who said he has spent more than $1.2 million on the campaign so far, said it is time for Arizona to step up and reclaim its constitutional rights.
The "flagship" example, he said, is the federal Affordable Care Act. He said there is nothing in the U.S. Constitution which gives the federal government the power to enact a national health care plan.
Biltis acknowledged that the U.S. Supreme Court, faced with exactly that question, ruled to the contrary.
"I believe the Supreme Court completely got it wrong,"..........
"The only portion of government that has unlimited powers are the state governments and the people themselves,".....under his measure, Arizona could simply refuse to participate, though it would do so at risk of losing federal dollars.".......
The Republican slogan should be “Restore Free Enterprise”.
I like it!
It's VASTLY superior to:
"Believe in America"
....the bumper sticker mailed (unsolicited) to my house.
If the fool believe hiring government workers will revive the economy, he is a fool for surre. Taking resources from the people to finance jobs that don’t produce anything is a sure way to more of a recession.
Of course, the fool could be lieing.
Just like Brown in CA. WE should not be asked to bail broke CA out. Their path of debt has been purposeful.
California high-speed rail gets green light ......"The move marked major political victories for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. Both have promoted bullet trains as job generators and clean transportation alternatives."....
“Obama has acted clumsily.”
Come on, Fred. You’re paid to be writer. Write like one.
Obama has acted stupid.
Obama has acted like a doofus.
It’s exactly like people going in and out of your house, robbing you blind and not being able to do anything about it. Meanwhile, our fellow citizens are mostly blind.
Politicians do not create jobs. All they do is rob from the productive to create the appearance of economic activity. The question remains, what might have been done with those resources if they had not been stolen by demagogues.
All Americans better begin to understand how completely they have been gamed.
As if it’s impossible that Obama is intelligent. Conmen can have a certain modicum of intelligence if only it’s just the kind that can be nothing but calculating.
calculating = calculate
Time to take the children out of the candy store.
I’m wondering what sort of interest rate investors are going to need to invest in those bonds?
“Whats clear is that Obama is no longer a commanding presence, much less a force for national unity.”
It is sad, but he has never been a force for national unity. It is a proven fact that a church becomes more like their pastor the longer he remains their spiritual leader.
This nation will become more and more like our national leader the longer he remains POTUS. He is and has been (since his days in the Senate) the most polarizing person I know of. We will become more and more divided as long as he is at the helm.
CA killed off small business. THat’s why they don’t hire.
“The consensus in Washington was that Obama would ‘pivot’...”
Irritating, adolescent, macho-man, bulls**t from the minds of Progressive policymakers.
And there is the problem in a nutshell. Washington should exist for America's purpose, not the other way around.
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