Digesting the Week’s News a.k.a. Voters have Memories
This has been a very busy week in politics for us voters out here in America who have been listening and watching. And for all you politicians and pundits, make no mistake, we are.
On Friday, we saw the return of the Imperial Presidency, as the President, through Executive Order, announced the end of deportation for illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, and would be offered work permits. In my opinion, it’s not the tenor or the intent of the Executive Order, but rather the unilateral way this action was taken, i.e., bypassing Congress. Deportation, in my opinion, is an anathema, since I don’t see the humanity of tearing families apart who have lived here for years and sending them back to countries they either escaped for a better life, or have little memory of.
The President, in his first two years in office, had a Democrat-controlled House and Senate. Why wasn’t legislation passed then? Did he not also speak During his 2009 “Three Amigo” Summit, Obama stated that he would introduce immigration-reform legislation by year’s end. Obviously, that never happened. But, it’s now an election year and the President bypasses Congress to pander to, and shore up his support among Hispanic voters. Voter takeaway: remember when he said last September,
In a speech to La Raza last July, Obama said that on the question of immigration reform, “some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.” Obama said he found the idea “very tempting” but had to reject it because “that’s not how our system works.”
“We live in a democracy, and at the end of the day, I can’t do this all by myself under our democratic system,” he said. “If we’re going to do big things — whether it’s passing this jobs bill, or the DREAM Act, or comprehensive immigration reform — we’re going to have to get Congress to act.”
Eric Holder, US Attorney General, about to be cited for contempt of Congress, for the stone-walling of the “Fast and Furious” investigation, which cost the life of Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, has contacted House Oversight Committee Chair to play let’s make a deal. He’s that same Atty. General who thinks requiring a photo ID is unconstitutional at the polling booth, but not unconstitutional when the TSA requires it from you to board an airliner, nor at any of the dozens of consumer establishments. He’s also the same Atty General who would not authorize the investigation of voter intimidation at the polling place by the new Black Panther party. Voter takeaway: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who’s in a tough primary battle actually voted for Holder’s nomination. Did the Marc Rich pardon teach you anything?
Next, we had Peggy Noonan’s article, “Noonan: Who Benefits from the ‘Avalanche of Leaks’?” in Friday’s Wall Street Journal and the publication of David Sanger’s new book, detailing the leaks of classified national security information, and National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, named among other high-ranking Administration officials, as a potential source of those leaks. Voter takeaway: what’s more unconscionable, the publishing of the leaks themselves, or, whether anyone in the Administration even talked with The New York Times to squelch publication.
The President makes sure to stop off at the WTC so that the taxpayers fund his Air Force 1 taxi, so he can attend campaign fundraisers in New York. How many does that make? From ABC news:
The latest round of money events – with several more scheduled for New York City on Thursday, including a star-studded reception at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s home – underscores the unprecedented amount of time the president is spending on the money trail.
In the first 12 days of June, Obama has attended 21 fundraising events. All told, he has now attended 163 re-election fundraisers for his campaign and the Democratic Party – almost double the number George W. Bush attended in his entire first term (86) and more than any other president in history.
Voter takeaway: if he’s not campaigning, he’s golfing. Don’t you love when he tries to be ‘one of us.’ Meanwhile, 23 million people are unemployed, under-employed, or have stopped looking for work.
The President also tried to jump start his campaign this week with an overly long policy speech Thursday in Ohio. I listened to the speech and 20 minutes in, right about the time the class warfare bell was rung, began thinking of a phrase I read somewhere, “Hope and Change” into “dopey strange.” Voter takeaway: an abysmal record.