I am at a loss as to what to write about. Its not that there is nothing going on, but instead that this administration and Congress are doing so much…and doing it so poorly. After watching Pelosi say that giving out welfare is the best job creator out there, I have to agree with one commenter that said this would be a great SNL skit. The only problem is that it is real life and real damaging to our liberties. Drawing our attention away from all of the current disasters was Obama warning us about future disasters he plans on bringing on. That would be his speech where he promoted the Dream Act and amnesty to illegal aliens.
Perhaps he hoped it would take pressure off of his obvious incompetence in the handling of the Oil Spill. The Heritage Foundation has put out 10 simple steps to clean up the mess. It appears that after 70 days, the administration is finally going to follow one of these common sense ideas and allow outside help. The administration recently released the following statement.
“The National Incident Command and the Federal On Scene Coordinator have determined that there is a resource need for boom and skimmers that can be met by offers of assistance from foreign governments and international bodies. The United States will accept 22 offers of assistance from 12 countries and international bodies, including two high speed skimmers and fire containment boom from Japan. We are currently working out the particular modalities of delivering the offered assistance. Further details will be forthcoming once these arrangements are complete.”
It is incomprehensible to me that it would take over 2 months to come to this conclusion when help was offered within days of the accident. The lifting of their drilling ban should be the logical next step, but they do not appear to be doing that. The ban is literally putting people out of business, but instead of seeing the error of their knee-jerk reaction, they are now telling the newly appointed pay czar to use BP’s money to pay off these small companies as well. BP is understandable upset over this as these companies are not affected by the oil spill, but rather by a misguided and overbearing government decision. And let’s not pretend that this 20 billion will not be passed on the tax payer…that’s just how it works.
But maybe I am wrong; maybe Obama’s speech was meant to draw our attention away from his ultra liberal activist judge nominee. I have written quite a bit about Kagan, but there is always more. Yesterday she refused to give an opinion on a Thomas Jefferson statement. A statement that is the basis for the founding of our country. The statement that all men are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” I know statements by the Founders make liberals cringe, but this is on another level of liberalism. If you do not believe that the Constitution and our government are bound by a higher authority, then you believe it is up to the state to determine what these basic rights are (legal pluralism). That is a scary thought.
But then again, maybe I am wrong still. We are still at war, and there was a war funding bill that was recently passed. Problem is less than half of the $75 billion or so was for war operations. This statement from Rep Mike Pence gives you an idea of what Congressional Democrats did to it.
“Before us today is a $75 billion spending bill. But less than half of this legislation will be used to support the Defense Department’s war operations. Less than half. The military funding measure will spend almost $5 billion, supposedly on a temporary bailout for Federal Pell Grant programs. This so-called military funding measure will spend $50 million on the Port of Guam and $18 million for emergency re-forestation and $15 million for a highway safety study. This military funding measure will also even spend, as we’ve heard in earlier debate, $10 billion on teacher jobs. Now, I have been married, as of a month ago, for 25 years to a teacher. I support teachers. I believe education is a state and local function. But anyone else remember that we just spent $53 billion in a supposedly one-time spending for education in the president’s failed stimulus bill? And now, on the backs of our soldiers, comes another $10 billion that has to be appropriated to save teachers’ jobs. We can do better, men and women. To top it all off, $63 billion isn’t even paid for. Just more deficits and more debt. One of the ways the Democrats are saving a little money here is by $3 billion in cuts to the Defense Department. We can do better. Our soldiers deserve better. Let’s reject this legislation. Let’s do right by our soldiers, Military spending bill should be about military spending and nothing else.”
One thing he did not mention is that Democrats attached the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act to this defense authorization bill. I did not catch this myself but saw it in a blog post at the Foundry. As the post says, this bill “would force state and local governments to collectively bargain with police officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel-whether or not collective bargaining would improve local public safety.” Surprise, surprise…a kick back to a liberals best friend…unions.
So you can decide for yourself; what disaster was Obama trying to draw our attention from. The scary thing is I do not think he understands that these policies are disasters… disasters to our environment, to our finances, and to our freedoms.