9/11/2001… President Bush
9/11/2012… President Obama
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
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Hat tip to Fox News and Diane Black for this opinion page
The increasing lawlessness with which President Barack Obama has been acting in his second term is not going unnoticed.
In fact, in a strong rebuke last week to the unilateral actions being taken by the Obama administration, a federal appeals court came down hard on the administration’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission by ruling that delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste storage facility was in violation of federal law. In the majority opinion, the judges declared that the administration was “simply flouting the law,” and that President Obama “may not decline to follow a statute or prohibition simply because of policy objections.”
President Obama’s fall from grace as the candidate elected to rein in executive power in 2008 is more than tragic – it sets scary new precedents for the behavior of future presidents from either party.
Just take for example how President Obama has selectively enforced his own health care law:
- In 2011, the Obama administration unilaterally ended the CLASS Act – a long-term care insurance plan included in ObamaCare that proved to be unworkable. Congress would later pass a repeal of this program, but it still signaled a disturbing beginning to the President’s pattern of selectively enforcing his law.
- Last month, the President issued a one-year delay on the employer mandate contained in ObamaCare that would force large employers to insure their employees or pay a penalty. When my House Republican colleagues and I moved forward with 35 House Democrats to pass legislation that would codify the delay into law, the President responded by issuing a veto threat on a bill that would have made his actions legally binding.
- The President has now unilaterally ignored legal statute and issued a delay on anti-fraud measures within the law. Taxpayers now are at significant risk for fraud and abuse as the President nefariously seeks to push as many people as possible onto ObamaCare subsidies whether they are eligible or not.
- And just last week it was reported that the President has delayed provisions of ObamaCare that would limit out-of-pocket health care costs on individuals and families. Just as the President caved to pressure from big business on the employer mandate delay, he has now caved to insurance companies over the best interests of American families.
- The Obama administration has even gone so far as to circumvent a GOP amendment to the health care law that would have required members of Congress and their staffs to abide by the same exchange rules as Americans across the country. The Office of Personnel and Management issued a ruling giving Congress the unique ability to participate in the exchanges while still having employer-subsidized premiums.
The precedent these actions set for future administrations should scare all Americans.
At a press conference before the President left town on vacation, he was asked about his decision to pick and choose what parts of the law he enforced. His response was that, “in a normal political environment,” he would have contacted the Speaker of the House and asked for help to “tweak” the law. One must wonder what the President considers a “normal” political environment – is it one where his party controls the House and has a super majority in the Senate?
Again, the precedent these actions set for future administrations should scare all Americans. And they should worry the President as well. If President Obama can unilaterally decide which parts of the law he must enforce, what is to prevent the next president, regardless of party, from unilaterally deciding to not enforce these and other laws passed by Congress? And how far is he willing to test Americans’ patience with his increasingly imperial presidency?
Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th congressional district and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years.
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Tagged Barack Obama, Diane Black, Obama, Obama administration, Obamacare, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, United States, United States Congress, United States Constitution
Yesterday I went to the County Fair with my oldest son and his family to enjoy a day watching the grand children’s wide eyed excitement of the wonders to be seen at a County Fair. After a few hours of walking the grounds and taking in the sights and sounds of this wonderful event I decided to take a break on a park bench where I sat next to a senior lady who seemed to have the same idea as me.
What happened next will remain etched in my mind for the rest of my days.
Shortly after taking a seat at the opposite end of the park bench this this soft spoken lady turned to me and said, I enjoy just sitting here people watching these days but I can’t help but notice very few are smiling as they walk by. She then asked if I have noticed the same thing to which I replied, yes I do, I see it also. She then continued on to say it is as if they know something very bad is about to happen and they are not quite sure what. Again I replied, I see it too.
After a short pause she turned to me and said the America you and I once knew is lost and a terrible time is about to befall us all.
These people walking by can feel it but you and I have lived long enough to know what is happening. She then asked, are you a Christian? I replied that I was and that I too know what is about to happen. She smiled softly and went on to say it is too late to turn back the hands of time.
The American people have fallen for a great deception and walk about refusing to believe that a great evil has taken hold of our country.
Somewhat taken back by this whole conversation I could not help but ask what she was planning to do about it. She simply replied that she had thought about becoming a ‘Prepper’ but soon realized that in today’s age of technology there was no longer any way to escape the government scrutiny of our lives.
She then went on to tell me a short story about an experience she had using her lap top. She stated that her lap top had a built in camera on it that she never used and how one day when she stepped away from her lap top for a short while she returned to find a picture of herself on the screen that was taken while working on her lap top. Her computer had been locked and a message read that she had downloaded sensitive materials and that her computer has been seized until she contacted the government agency at the number provided. As it turned out it was a hacker who froze her computer and demanded a payment of $250.00 to release her computer. She contacted the manufacturer of her computer and they were able to unfreeze her computer for a small charge after which she immediately taped over the camera lens on her computer.
What concerned her the most about this episode was the thought that if a hacker could do this then imagine what our government could do.
The Lord’s return is upon us my friend she said with a smile of relief and I pray that you and your loved ones are ready. I said that we were and wished the same upon her and her family. She replied that they were and yet grieved for all those who have been so deceived by a society that has turned their backs on God for those earthly pleasures that will soon be gone. With that she rose up, turned and bid me farewell.
There was so much more to this conversation that I would have filled up pages upon pages with her insights. I walked away from that conversation knowing that we are not alone in what we are all feeling these days.
It is not often in this life when we cross paths with like minded individuals but for me this encounter was Heaven sent and I will remember this conversation until that Glorious day when Jesus returns in all of His Glory.
Posted in 2Chronicles 7:14, Christians, Faith, Preppers, President Obama, Religion and Spirituality, Romans 1:28-32, Salvation, The Bible
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Hat tip to The Blaze for this report
President Barack Obama on Wednesday dismissed the scandals that have engulfed his administration as phony.
With an endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington’s taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said in a campaign-style speech on the state of the economy. “And I’m here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires. Our focus has to be on the basic economic issues that the matter most to you – the people we represent.”
Obama didn’t mention any controversies by name, but the Internal Revenue Service’s close examination of conservative groups, revelations about the National Security Agency and the Sept. 2012 terror assault in Benghazi, Libya have all brought unwanted scrutiny on the White House.
White House press secretary Jay Carney also used the term “phony scandals” earlier Wednesday in an appearance on MSNBC.
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