Monday, September 19, 2011

Time to whisper the “I” word? - by Grumpy Elder

September 19, 2011
It seems like everyday we have a new revelation about the ethics, secrecy, lies, cronyism and possible corruption by high ranking officials in the Obama Administration.  Some of these seem to go all the way to the Oval Office and possibly the President himself.  At the moment I’m not ready to say that Barack Obama should be impeached and if convicted, removed from office, I am ready to say about some members of his Cabinet and various political appointees.  I’m not talking about sexual shenanigans in the Oval Office.
His Attorney General appears to be up to his butt in at best covering up scheme involving smuggling guns, IEDs, and rockets to criminal gangs that are openly engaged in  a civil war against the government of Mexico..   I said at best because there are indications Eric Holder may be covering his own criminal actions, and possibly those of the President of the United Sates, not just the blundering idiocy of those who work for him.
According to a piece published by Judicial Watch,  before last January, when the President had a Congress willing to do his bidding, lying to Congress and the American people must not have been considered unethical..
In the latest scandal to rock Obamacare, a new federal probe reveals the administration withheld crucial information from Congress about a costly healthcare entitlement program that it knew was fiscally unsustainable
His Secretary of Education makes no secret of the fact he plans on illegally and Unconsitutionaly harvesting information about American Families without their consent or knowledge allegedly for educational studies and whatever to be determined uses he or someone else in government might dream up later might dream up later,  He’s strictly forbidden by law  from encouraging or creating a national curriculum, but that’ s exactly what he’s doing with Common Core Standards and Nationalized Testing.  As Senator Rubio recently pointed out it, Legislation and the creation of law is up to Congress, not Cabinet Secretaries.
In fact if you think back, his entire Cabinet seems to be involved in Legislation by Regulation..  If Congress refses to enact something in Obama’s Agenda, he simply instructs the Cabinet Secretary or Czar in charge of that department to ignore Congress and the Constitution and Regulate is agenda into law.  We’ve seen this with the Department of Energy and Drilling Permits.  The EPA’s backdoor enactment of Obama’s Carbon Policy.   The Department of the Interior has closed roads and denied local law enforcement access to them.  The list is long
Most recently the Administration has refused to enforce American Immigration Law, effectively  granting Illegal Infiltrators  the amnesty the wanted in his Dream Act– another part of his agenda Congress, who sometimes listens to the American people is refusing to enact.  Just recently he had this to sat to a group of Hispanic leaders
………………….As he continued, Obama conceded that “we’ve got laws on the books that have to be upheld.”  But he quickly added there are different ways to uphold the laws on the books. “You know as well as anyone that…how we enforce those laws is also important,” Obama said.  Last month, the administration made a major, unilateral change in immigration law enforcement when it announced that the government will not initiate deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants unless they have committed serious crimes.  To critics, Obama had indeed worked his way around Congress.  To the Hispanic Caucus, Obama said his new policy will “prioritize criminals who endanger our communities, not students trying to achieve the American dream.”………….
Someone needs to tell him this is not Cuba or Venezuela.  In the United States, Congress makes the laws.  If Congress declines to pass a proposed law, it’s because they don’t believe it to necessary or sometimes because the proposal violates the Constitution or opposed by a large majority of Americans.
Using  Regulatory Power and Executive orders to circumvent the Constitution and  to enact law that Congress refuses to pass is a clear violation of the Presidents Oath of Office.  The US House of Representatives needs to make a determination of how much responsibility for these violations is solely the fault of the Cabinet Official involved and how much of it the President is complicit in.  Once the determination is made, Articles of Impeachment need to be drawn up, where appropriate, against Those Department Heads the House has valid grounds to believe acted illegally.  Members of the US Senate need to decide whether Political Party or the Constitution they are sworn to uphold is more important. 
Congress needs to demand the removal of Eric Holder and his politically appointed subordinates from office immediately pending the outcome of a full Congressional Investigation. There has been evidence of misconduct, racial discrimination cover-ups as well as refusal to comply with Congressional Subpoenas  ever since he took charge.  Now we can add Fast and Furious to the list.  I believe the biggest question about Holder at the moment is not if he should be removed, but if he should also face criminal charges.
What about the White House..
At least on the surface, the information coming out about Solyndra and Lightsquared show all the classic signs of political corruption, large political donors are given large contracts that bypass,  ignore or otherwise short circuit normal government contract procedures. Now that the stuff is starting to hit the fan, everyone who should know something have suddenly developed amnesia.  In the case of Solyndra the paper trail offers some insights.
It was only two years ago that Joe Biden hailed Solyndra as the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s initiative to develop “clean energy technologies,” boasting of $535 million in federal loan guarantees to ensure the politically connected company would have all the resources necessary to produce some solar power.
Rahm Emanuel and others in the administration pressured the Office of Management and Budget to finalize the one-sided deal, over the objections of OMB reviewers who preferred due diligence before handing over half a billion to company officials and investors who had, coincidentally, bundled tens of thousands of dollars into Obama’s campaign a year earlier and had an open door at the White House ever since – or, at least, until two weeks ago when the highly favored company went belly up before ever producing a single kilowatt of electricity.
In what looks as much like a CYA move as anything else.  the White House has ordered a Eric Holder to conduct a full investigation.  For Holder it would be a very good time to become a national hero, since it might help keep him out of jail.  That’s a big reason Congress needs to conduct the investigations.  Not only does Holder have his own problems, he’s a good friend of Barack Obama, and we already know Solyandra’s key investors had easy access to the White House,  and very possibly the Oval Office.
Last we get to the Lightsquared situation, for that I’m going to defer the National Examiner, this get’s interesting:
A United States Air Force general is blowing the whistle on another alleged White House scandal, but few in the news media seem to be listening.
According to General William Shelton, the commanding officer of U.S. Air Force’s space command, he was told to alter his testimony before the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Strategic Forces regarding an Obama White House attempt to award a defense contract to the Lightsquared firm.
Lightsquared is a high-tech company doing business in Virginia that’s owned by billionaire Philip Falcone, an Obama friend and campaign contributor.
According to the National Legal and Policy Center, Phil Falcone had visited the White House and made large cash contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Soon after, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted his LightSquared a highly unusual waiver that allows the company to build out a national 4G wireless network on the cheap.
Republican lawmakers say that after Falcon’s visit, the Obama White House allegedly tried to push through a Lightsquared’s proposed wireless network regardless of the objections emanating from military commanders who believed the project could disrupt key U.S. satellite systems.
As it should, the Constitution, and political reality, allows for some preferential treatment when the possibility exists the President may impeached for “High Crimes or Misdemeanors”.  The House of Representatives can pass the Articles of Impeachment with a simple majority vote. ... read more ...