Obamacare, Czars, Federal Agencies

Obama Czars Obamacare, Czars, Federal Agencies

By Kassandra Kuehl of American Citizens for Economic Freedom (http://truecapitalism.org).  We are the super PAC for the Tea Party and Women’s Organizations, founded by prominent business entrepreneur, Peter M. Vessenes.

How do you feel when you think of the word “bureaucracy?”  I did an experiment and wrote down all the adjectives I could think of when I thought about bureaucrats and bureaucracy.  Stop for a moment and do this yourself.  What were your results?  All negative?

Do we need bureaucrats?
A Bureaucrat’s job is to stand between the lawmakers who create public policy, and the people.  For example, if the recent Obamacare Mandate (tax) is established, bureaucrats will multiply in front of our eyes to oversee all the new policies, new taxes, new programs, and they will set up the “new rules” on how you and I are governed.   

Who oversees the Obamacare tax? 
The tax collectors (Internal Revenue Service) oversee the Obamatax, of course.  The new health care bill is the largest IRS expansion, at least since the introduction of withholding taxes, which was first introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II.[1]

An analysis by the Joint Economic Committee estimates the added IRS staff at a potential 16,500 new personnel for collecting, examining and auditing new tax information mandated on families and small businesses by Obamacare.[2]

Do not misunderstand me; the public sector has many jobs that are critical to the working of our nation and communities for a peaceful existence.  These jobs include fire departments, law enforcement, military, people who work in the judicial system, public parks and recreation, street lighting, and many other small collateral services.

Past to Present: Seeing Double…triple, quadruple

The current excessive bureaucracy and spending burden impacting our national budget rose greatly through the expansion of duplicated agencies, czars, and programs – but who’s counting?

We should all be counting, as we pay for these countless programs!

To clarify, we have 15 Cabinet Agencies, 34 Czars, and over 1300 Federal and State Agencies!  How did this happen when the framers’ main objective of governance was:

1.  To provide an environment for citizens to succeed and fail by their own choices.
2.  To protect the citizens so they can live and fulfill their lives by their own choices.

Public Expansion

Because 34 “czars” aren’t enough, Washington is becoming the home of a myriad of new federal programs, agencies and commissions to oversee the government-run health insurance bill:[3]

  • 159 new bureaucracies
  • 47 new agencies, boards, and commissions
  • 68 new grant programs
  • 12,000 pages of already-issued regulations
  • 16,500 new IRS agents, who are needed just to enforce
  • 20 new taxes

The 2,801-page government-run health bill threatens to:[4]

  • Cost taxpayers at least $1.4 trillion over 10 years
  • Mandates the purchase of private health care for all Americans
  • Create an onslaught of economic and legal consequences that kills jobs
  • Drive up the cost of health care for families
  • Make the powers of the federal government limitless

It is apparent we have moved far away from our founders’ vision of free enterprise and individual rights.  Our elected officials are consumed with serving their own interests, continuing out of control spending, and promoting government making life’s decisions for you and I.

You don’t need an accounting degree to understand that our existing federal programs have put us in an extremely dangerous position as a nation.  We have literally climbed to the end of the cliff and are dangling by a thread.  You and I must vote to end the fiscal insanity in its tracks this November.  As we implement the health care law, this expansion of government will surely throw us over the edge if we do not repeal and replace it.

Who Keeps Bureaucrats on Life Support?

You do. I do. WE do!  Ultimately it’s as simple as this: you and I are forced to pay for a “trade” we had no part in. This is done through taxes, regulation, etc.  This certainly is not the True meaning of Capitalism where all the trading partners believe they receive equal or greater value in the trade.  Federal Bureaucracy is growing and the consequences will fall like dominoes:

  • Unnecessary expenses
  • Costs that are passed on to consumers
  • Limiting of the private sector’s natural growth, or worse
  • Shrinking of the private sector, and by that
  • Reducing the taxes that are collected, thereby
  • Worsening the federal budget deficit

 Our bloated Federal Government has also created rules that are now limiting our ability to provide energy autonomy for the nation.

A New-Old Deal
The current administration mirrors FDR’s progressive vision which turns citizens with individual choices and freedoms into citizens governed by the state.  Our nation’s current path empowers a bureaucracy and belief of “what is best for your own good,” which in reality redefines your rights as a mere perk of the “general welfare” system.

There’s one thing all Americans are fed up with: Government lording over our lives thinking they know what is best for us.  Share this article with others and highlight the section on Public Expansion.  We must take back control.  We must hold each other, as well as our congressman, accountable for not one, but many election cycles to come.

The path to this end is less, not more, government, czars, programs, and agencies.


[4] Ibid

 

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Van Jones is Back!

Aaron Klein, WND.com

The House Democratic Caucus hosted communist revolutionary-group founder Van Jones just one day before he spoke to a student group funded by billionaire George Soros.

“Why are Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrat Caucus seeking out Jones’ counsel?” asked Guy Harrison, executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a fundraising email yesterday.

“They say a person can be judged by the company they keep, and that holds true for the Democrat caucus as well,” Harrison wrote in a fundraising email.

In September 2009, Jones resigned as President Obama’s “green jobs” czar after it was exposed he founded the communist revolutionary organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM. It was also reported he signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

Jones was a featured speaker at a two-day national conference that began yesterday for a group that calls itself Campus Progress. Other speakers include former President Bill Clinton and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.

Campus Progress is a “project” of the Center for American Progress, or CAP, which is heavily bankrolled by Soros. CAP, reportedly highly influential in helping to craft White House policy, is led by John Podesta, who served as co-chairman of Obama’s presidential transition team.

Jones himself is a CAP fellow. On CAP’s board is Carol Browner, who directed the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy until earlier this year.

When her appointment to the Obama administration was announced in January 2009, Browner was listed as one of 14 leaders of the Commission for a Sustainable World Society of Socialist International, the world’s largest socialist umbrella group. SI calls for “global governance” and a world socialist order.

Jones starting ‘anti-Tea Party’

As WND reported, Jones launched a new organization two weeks ago that seeks to counter the tea party while petitioning for a progressive agenda that includes “making Wall Street and the super-rich pay their fair share.”

The organization, dubbed “The American Dream Movement,” is partnered with a slew of radical groups funded by Soros.

WND was first to report the movement was introduced using subversive tactics, particularly a hoax Youtube video in which it appeared the ticker outside News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters had been hacked and reprogrammed with an anti-Fox News script calling for revolution.

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A Handbook for Impeachment

Wes Vernon, The Washington Times

A review of THE BLUEPRINT: OBAMA‘S PLAN TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION AND BUILD AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY by Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski. (Lyons Press, 22.95, 304 pages.)

What we have here is a part-tutorial on the Constitution, part-legal brief for making Barack Obama a one-term president and (some would argue) a credible case of grounds for impeachment of the president, though that option is not emphasized by the authors.

In The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, authors Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski trace a pattern seen elsewhere in the world outside our United States. They find:

President Obama doesn’t like it that lawmakers won’t give him all the powers he seeks. No problem: Just issue executive orders circumventing Congress. Never mind that executive orders are meant to adhere to the law and the Constitution, not to dodge them.

Mr. Obama is annoyed some Cabinet nominees have difficulty at Senate confirmation hearings because of their radical views. No problem: Just appoint unconstitutional confirmation-avoiding czars to do the dirty work, with some Cabinet officials as figureheads.

The president is nonplussed that courts have cited constraints on a president’s reach for unconstitutional powers. No problem: Just ignore the courts.

He is irked that some U.S. laws that he is sworn to uphold are an inconvenience. No problem: Just appoint judges who will cite international law to his liking.

Some well-informed readers may bypass this book, reasoning they already know Mr. Obama disdains the Constitution and seeks an imperial presidency. Perhaps the publishers could have crafted a more personalized “hit-between-the-eyes” title. However, the reader will find nuggets of information that are in fact “sensational.”

If the above-cited record of the president suggests a police state mindset, a comment out of his own mouth won’t lay that concern to rest.

In a speech Mr. Obama delivered in the 2008 campaign, the candidate intoned, “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve national security objectives that we have set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong and just as well funded.”

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Obama’s Decrees Cause Energy Prices to “Skyrocket”

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

In a candid moment while running for president, Barack Obama told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle, “under my plan…electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” Last week, the Obama administration moved to make that a reality, using its rule by executive fiat to punish the coal industry. The action comes as the president is halting offshore oil drilling and threatening one state alone with millions of dollars in lost revenue. His most recent action was “unprecedented,” could kill jobs during a recession, and comes as heating oil and gasoline prices are rising.

Obama’s latest environmentalist imbroglio is his declaration of war on the coal industry. Last week, the EPA revoked the mining permit of Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The EPA granted the permit in 2007. Since then, Arch Coal has complied with all of the agency’s terms and made millions of dollars of investments in the hard-hit Appalachian state.

The EPA reversed itself last week, revoking its validly granted permit and calling into question whether it would honor any of its prior obligations. Its pretext was the company’s use of mountaintop removal mining, which it called “destructive and unsustainable. However, it was known the mine would use this procedure when the EPA granted the permit four years ago.

The mine would have employed 250 people and harvested more than 40 million tons of coal, over 15 years.

West Virginia’s lawmakers are rightly incensed. Newly elected Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s statement read in part: “According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules. Why? They just change the rules.” Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, called the revocation, “a staged event to reward a core constituency that doesn’t want any coal mining or coal plants, no matter the cost to West Virginia or our nation.”

Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller told President Obama in a letter that his action “needlessly throws other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress.”

Industry leaders echoed his concern. “Every road project, construction project or mine site that has received valid CWA 404 permits in the past is now in jeopardy of having that permit vetoed or revoked,” said Bryan Brown, executive director of the Foundation for American Coal Energy. The crippling handicap of uncertainty harms our economy, undermines confidence in the government, and keeps industry executives from making additional investments in energy exploration.

Which was the point. Obama is acting in a lawless manner to introduce uncertainty and stop business from finding additional natural resources, because they want to use skyrocketing energy prices to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint.

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Killing the Czars: House Republicans Fight Obama’s Executive Power Grab

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

Congressional Republicans have wasted no time fighting back against Barack Obama’s plan to rule by executive fiat. Only days into their new majority in the 112th Congress, conservatives have introduced measures to end the most egregious offenses: abolishing the unelected system of czars, repealing Net Neutrality regulations, and preventing the EPA from imposing job-killing carbon dioxide standards on power plants. The imperative steps will prevent an imperial overreach and minimize the damage Obama can do the American people. However, if they hope to succeed, Republicans need to move beyond these necessary defense mechanisms and present a coherent and comprehensive program of limited, constitutional government.

Nothing so perfectly encapsulates this president’s push to federalize every aspect of American life better than his team of czars. These multiple dozens of ideologues — unelected and unconfirmed, because they are unelectable and unconfirmable — exercise power in every aspect of our lives from the environment, to domestic violence, to the automobile company we collectively purchased for the UAW. On Wednesday, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, introduced a bill co-sponsored by 28 others to abolish all federal czars. His proposal, which is supported by 28 other Congressmen, would eliminate anyone who….

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