“The reason Congress blocks laws is because they want to win elections.”
– President Barack Obama, 1/5/2016.
It is always telling to see how a statement is posed to understand the true intent of the speaker.
For instance, above, the President frames it in the old, “How long have you been beating your wife?” sense.
“Congress blocks laws…”
Hmm, with all that pen and phone stuff, apparently the President has forgotten that Congress PASSES laws. They don’t “block” them. I suppose you could say certain Members block “bills”. But then again, this President had both houses of Congress on his side when he started his term — and loads of political capital. And he spent it on the bloated ObamaCare.
Now he pretends that he is making some sort of great stride on gun legislation by stepping OVER Congress.
Well, at least one Member spoke out.
Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer immediately gave her thoughts on the President’s pen and phone routine:
“The president’s executive actions would not have stopped any of the recent mass shootings, nor do they address the root causes of violent crime.
Instead, these executive actions infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
Our constitution was not meant to be altered by an exercise of presidential prerogative; it can only be done by the will of the people.
I will fight this flagrant expansion of executive power and continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of our citizens.”
So it’s always interesting.
The jackasses will respond, “Oh Fischer wants more mass shootings!”
No, Fischer, and others like her believe that there is a set of rules we have chosen to live by (it’s called the Constitution). And if we want to change those rules we absolutely can change them.
But it ain’t by “executive order”.
Oh, and last time I checked, Senator Fischer isn’t up for election.
You really, really want X, Y or Z gun control?
Awesome, put it through Congress.
Congress won’t act?
Fine, convince the American people to make them act.
Congress can’t make the changes you want?
Rock n’ roll, call a Constitutional Convention, and change the things you want.
It’s that easy.
So friends, just because you WANT a million dollars, doesn’t mean that any plan you have to get it is a good one.
“The President should be bigger than the condescending rhetoric and political cynicism we saw today. Sadly, President Obama is demonizing law-abiding gun owners and undermining the legislative process. This approach will not end heartbreaking tragedies but it will poison public discourse.”
“At a time when we should be focusing our efforts on combating radical Islamic terrorism, treating mental illness, and enforcing laws already on the books, the administration is choosing instead to unilaterally push forward with dangerous violations of Americans’ constitutional rights. The President’s executive actions to restrict gun ownership target law-abiding citizens and subvert the will of Congress. As an unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment, I will continue to stand against this unprecedented overreach and protect the fundamental right to bear arms.”
Let’s look at this at the State level…
So, local-er case in point.
Martha Stoddard of the OWH writes:
“Opponents have thwarted three past attempts to extend publicly funded health coverage to more low-income Nebraskans.”
So says Stoddard of the plans to expand Medicaid in Nebraska.
So that’s what “opponents” did, eh?
Well, if you call them “opponents”, that’s one way.
I’m guessing that many of those who voted against X bill want to help low-income Nebraskans. But because they don’t agree with X plan, doesn’t mean they are “opponents” to health coverage.
It does mean that they think a certain plan is unsustainable, unfair and eventually unworkable for the state.
As Governor Ricketts gets quoted…
“It will cost taxpayers millions and expose Nebraskans to unreasonable financial risk,” the governor said. “Federal spending is out of control, and we cannot count on federal funding over the long term.”
But if you call him and those on that side of the argument, “opponents of health coverage” it makes them sound much more evil.
And the Fourth Estate continues to chip-chip-away for their pet issues.
I do also like the Trust-Ted thing at the end…
Yesterday Donald Trump put out his new TV ad, focusing on illegal immigration.
Today Ted Cruz put out a new one, and while it probably won’t get the free-play that Trump’s did, it is still pretty clever:
Of course, the problem with Cruz’s ad is that it is TOO clever. Yes, we get it: If illegal immigrants were taking the white collar jobs, the press would make it a much bigger issue.
But then we have to think about it a little. So the Press is at fault here? OK. So the Media and Lawyers are the ones who should receive our wrath? But no, not really. It’s really for illegal immigrants who are not actually taking white collar jobs, but we should pay more attention to it.
But really it’s the Media.
OK, but I still think the visuals are funny.
Ask not what your school board can do for you…
With all the discussion about whether 6th graders should be discussing gender reassignment in OPS (really?), some of you may have missed the “news” out of the Millard School Board last night.
Mike Kennedy was elected President of the Millard School Board, after 50 ballots.
Well, in any case, to learn more about Kennedy and his thoughts on such issues as the Nebraska Learning Community, Charter Schools, testing of kids, accountability of schools, national standards and other issues, listen to my podcast interview with him from a few months back.
My guess is Kennedy, and maybe others on the Millard Board, will be involved in the Charter Schools discussion that will be coming soon to the state and legislature.
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