Who need Congress – part 3
Tyranny is defined as the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power. As an Obama spokesman said, “There are things he can do without Congress, and he will do them.” Obama recently asked appointees to” identify all those areas in his newest Jobs Bill in which they can act administratively without additional congressional authorization and just get it done.”
1) President Obama has at least 45 czars, all protected by the Freedom of Information Act from disclosure of their activities, or oversight by Congress.
2) President Obama signed an executive order authorizing the transfer of all 172 Guantánamo detainees to the next chief executive of the United States of America. Obama had pledged to close Gitmo because it is immoral to treat foreign enemy combatants in mean ways, and yet he directed the killing of an American citizen (al-Awlaki) without the benefit of either imprisonment or military tribunals. This action was decided by a secret “kill panel” whose decisions are not necessarily published.
3) Any Secretary of Health and Human Services is empowered by Obamacare to decide with no Congressional vote what care will and will not be covered and what new regulations will be mandated. This leads to rationing through so-called Death Panels.
4) Obama’s Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently told members of the National Restaurant Association that Americans need to “adjust their tastes so that they like the kind of food the government believes they should eat—and we have to make sure that what we do is create the appropriate transition.” So it is now government’s job to decide for us what we will eat. Our US Senate recently voted to stop Obama’s proposal to limit the amount of potatoes served on school lunch lines.
5) Our President recently launched “Attack Watch” on his website, a new vehicle to have citizens report to him those fellow citizens who say mean things about him.
6) The American Cancer Society has noted, “The federal government has never before attempted to define what constitutes essential medical benefits for Americans with private insurance.” And yet they are now planning, through Obamacare mandates, just what private health insurance policies may cover.
7) The Food and Drug Administration just announced a coming ban on over-the-counter inhalers for asthmatics, as part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop depleting the ozone layer. So sorry, asthmatics.
8) The Administration admits to 219 pending major regulations from Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank financial law and others, each to cost more than $100 million per year. The President has personally identified the “Big Seven” regulations which would each impose burdens of over $1 billion per year.
9) Department of Health and Human Services is demanding that insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients, endangering our privacy.
10) Our President threatened to make the entire state of Texas a no-fly zone if that state criminalized the TSA screenings.
11) The EPA is asking taxpayers to fund up to 230,000 new government workers just to process all the extra paperwork, at an estimated cost of $21 billion.
12) A bill has been offered which would seal the Presidential records of Obama, just as his college records have been sealed.
13) Hundreds of animals are about to be added to the Endangered Species list, even disrupting the building of the fence on the Mexican border.
14) The extra paperwork and nearly $10,500-per-employee compliance costs are far from the only regulatory hurdles from government regulations over the trucking industry.
15) 81,205 pages of regulations are in place to improve farming. Look for the UN Agenda 21’s “sustainable development” as key words.
16) Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole says Obama has decided to “pull back all training materials used for law enforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate all references to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.”
17) Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children has mandated new rules that will cost the food industry more than $28 billion in revenues and manufacturing in just its first year, denying to Congress the report required prior to enactment.
America – the land of the used-to-be free.