Governmental jumble as SCOTUS Justices legislate

June 28, 2015

Speculation on opinions pointless since liberal justices vote as a bloc

Americans, as young students have been taught that the U.S. Constitution provides a separation of powers via three distinct branches of government. The Legislative branch makes laws, the Executive branch carries them out, and the Judicial branch evaluates them.

Our Founders created a Constitution with an ingenious and intricate system of checks and balances to guard the people’s liberty against combinations of government power. It structured the Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary separate and wholly independent, yet coordinated for proper operation, with safeguards to prevent usurpations of power.

The Tenth Amendment clearly delineates the separation of powers —- creating a federal government with enumerated and limited powers, designed to keep government as close to the people as possible. 

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

James Madison stressed the necessity to reserve all possible authority in the states and people saying, “The powers delegated by the Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

With these thoughts as background, take time today to enlighten yourself by reading Andrew C. McCarthy’s heard-hitting assessment of the past week’s U.S. Supreme Court actions. Then brace yourself for those still to come on Monday.

McCarthy’s insightful article, printed in National Review, is titled: “Let’s Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One.”

Background: Arizona Senator John McCain voted to confirm liberals Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer to the Supreme Court. McCain and Kyl joined the group of 36 GOP senators and one Democrat in opposing Elena Kagan’s nomination to the high court. The Huffington Post has the statements each of the senators gave as their reason.


Community organizer in the WH still trying to organize communities

June 13, 2015

Barack Obama’s focus as a community organizer has grown along with the powerful office he holds as President of the United States. Now as a lame duck with his second term closing in on him, he still has leftist agenda items he appears determined to implement.

Currently his sights are set on communities across America that don’t meet his standards of what a diversified community should look like.

Stanley Kurtz writing for National Review explains the far-reaching regulations contained in Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH):

“In the early stages, the AFFH rule will mandate the collection of information on the precise racial, ethnic, and income distribution of housing in nearly every census tract in the nation. Once that information has been gathered, escalating pressure will be placed on municipalities across the country to abandon local zoning policies and re-engineer housing stock at local expense. Municipalities will be pressured to join regional consortia that will have the effect of taking housing decisions out of the hands of elected officials and the citizens they represent. And the federal government will pressure localities to build dense housing developments near transportation hubs and business areas.”

Kudos to AZ U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-CD 4), who sponsored the amendment blocking the passage of AFFH —- a social engineering regulation of the worst kind. It would rig federal grant monies intended to address community improvements to compliance with the regime’s standards.

“American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government,” said Gosar, who is leading an effort in the House to block the regulations. Watch Gosar’s appearance on FOX News.

If enacted, this measure could depress property values as cheaper homes crop up in wealthier neighborhoods and raise taxes, Gosar warned. It could also tilt the balance of political power as more Democrat-leaning minorities are funneled into Republican-leaning neighborhoods.


Dems defeat Obama on trade scheme….

June 12, 2015

….for now

Despite Obama’s intensive campaign to gain support for his signature Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, he was unable to convince more than a few Democrats to support his push for the disastrous fast-track authority he so desperately desired. Had this passed, he would have been granted authority to submit the measure to Congress for a vote in a specified timetable without lawmakers being able to amend it.

With supportive Chamber of Commerce mega-bucks campaign contributions on the line, there has been widespread Republican support for this lunacy.

Obama’s dramatic defeat followed a lengthy lobbying campaign in which he invested significant credibility and political capital. Next to Obamacare, this was his most sought after key issue for passage. It also has his long-favored open borders and climate change components attached.

The House vote was 302 to 126. (Republicans are in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents are underlined). Although Matt Salmon (R-AZ CD 5) has tried to bring conservatives onboard to support the measure, no doubt sensing the extreme level of opposition, he ultimately joined the entire Arizona delegation in voting against it.

Even liberal Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker, voted against the deplorable bill.

Although the secretly negotiated legislation is now “stuck in the station,” as Pelosi described it, Speaker John Boehner, has decided to give Obama the weekend to try to win over enough Democrats, saying he intends to bring it up for reconsideration in the House next Tuesday.

 


Sen. Sessions: The straight scoop on Obamatrade

June 12, 2015

If, like many of us, you have questions about the complexities of the fast-tracking of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and its multifaceted related appendages —-  and want clarification regarding the authority transferred from Congress to the Executive and, ultimately, to international bureaucrats via this bill, it is logically  explained here.

Sen. Jeff Sessions is a man of integrity. The U.S. Senator from Alabama possesses a legal background few can match. He began his career as an Assistant U S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Later, he was nominated by President Reagan to serve as the U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, a position he held for 12 years. Sessions was then elected Alabama Attorney General, serving as the state’s chief legal officer until he entered the U.S. Senate in 1997. In 2014, the people of Alabama, who obviously appreciate their senator, overwhelmingly voted to return Sessions to the Senate for a fourth term, with more than 97 percent of all votes cast.

Sen. Sessions does a masterful job explaining what Obamatrade actually is. Read Critical Alert: Fast-track would pre-approve formation of sweeping transnational union.


Insulting readers not Rx for AZ Republic’s survival

May 31, 2015

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, 73, is a political aberration who could only exist among the oddballs who bought into the far left views of Vermont ice cream entrepreneurs Ben and Jerry. Not content to peddle uniquely named flavors such as “Vermonty Python,” the duo ventured into stirring their leftist politics into the creamy treats —- turning off conservative fans. The latest flavor promoting “climate justice” is dubbed, “Save Our Swirled.” Get it?

Vermont is also where Judge Edward Cashman veered left as he ordered a pedophile who pleaded guilty to the ongoing rape of a little girl to 60 days in jail rather than the maximum 20 years prosecutors requested.

In this outstanding column in National Review Matthew Continetti identifies Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ redistribution ideology as “Fossil Socialism.”  Self-described “Democratic Socialist” Sanders was deceptively elected as an Independent and caucuses with the Democrats. 

So who does this left-wing critic of capitalism counts among his Arizona fans? None other than the Arizona Republic ’s resident fellow traveler Linda Valdez.This was her two cents worth a couple of days ago:

 “It might be deja vu all over again for Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama is a fine president, but he did jump the line in 2008. It was supposed to be Hillary Clinton’s year. But Obama had a more authentic message. So Hillary had to wait. Conventional wisdom says 2016 is her year. The Democratic nomination is hers to lose. But will it be deja vu all over again? This time Bernie Sanders is the long shot who sounds more authentic. His message resonates in forgotten corners of America and scares the pants off the power elite.  Go Bernie.”

As the newspaper hemorrhages readers, subscriptions plummet and the remaining staffers try desperately to implement the switch to a much cheaper, easier to print and deliver digital version, they mindlessly continue to insult their own bread and butter with this radical drivel. 

Gannett, which owns the Arizona Republic and its mainstay USA Today, has seen its stock tumble. Recently USA Today’s editor-in-chief, David Callaway admitted it could stop publishing a daily print newspaper as soon as in the next “five or six years.” His candid assessment was made in response to a question during an Internet Week New York panel.

Yet the Republic continues to insult the aging demographic that still likes the sound of a newspaper thrown on their driveway and remembers it from its better days as an actual journalistic endeavor. Regardless of the leftwing content that surrounds the crossword puzzles, obits and grocery coupons, those folks overwhelmingly vote Republican.


Buying American: It’s more difficult than you think

May 26, 2015

…and will only get worse

We’ve all felt the bone-deep frustration of wanting to buy American made items and being met with a sea of foreign produced goods. Whether we’re looking for the latest in technology, a wrench or a new pair of running shoes, the dearth of American products is not only apparent, but often the manufacturing  origin is stealthily concealed.  The words “distributed by” assure consumers of a distribution address in New York. A magnifier is needed to read the much smaller print “Made in China” or PRC (People’s Republic of China).

Eighty-four percent of American consumers say they would rather buy an American-made product, believing them to be more reliable than imported ones, according to a recent survey. Respondents said they were even willing to pay more for U.S. made goods.

Consumer Reports, the longtime rating and recommendations company, gives the lowdown on the issue and provides a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the United States. Trying to sort it out becomes even more confusing, since some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country.

Food products are not immune from the garbled presentations. They give the example of brands of salmon that are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American manufacturing lost almost 6 million jobs between 2000 and 2010. “Offshoring” became a buzzword with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. But the more recent hemorrhaging of jobs was due in large part to China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. A decade of BLS data reveals heavy job losses across more than a dozen manufacturing sectors, including apparel and textiles, electrical equipment, iron and steel production, computers, glass, and leather tanning and finishing.

Last Tuesday we wrote that Congressional Republicans are foolishly poised to give Barack Obama irreversible fast track authority on Trans Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation trade agreement that provides an unrestricted flow of workers into the United States. This is particularly dangerous since treaties supersede statutes under the U.S. Constitution.  If you missed the post and accompanying video, take time to acquaint yourself with the facts.

The previous day the post “GOP establishment conspires with Obama on trade deal” reveals the depth of the putrid deception being flung by Republicrats who claim to representative us.


GOP aids Obama’s stealth immigration, climate change power grab & UPDATE

May 19, 2015

Republicans foolishly poised to give Obama fast track on Trans Pacific Partnership, providing irreversible authority, since treaties supersede statutes under U.S. Constitution

This is huge,” Dick Morris tells America‘s Forum host J.D. Hayworth as he discusses Obama’s attempt to fast track Trans Pacific Partnership.*  (video under link)

“I hope that everybody listening takes action, call your senator about it.  If he‘s a Republican. he‘s voting wrong.  I don’t think the people understand that in this deal, which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Canada, United States, Mexico, Peru and Chili, there is a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union.

What that means is unrestricted immigration.  It means literally that Congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration, because a treaty supersedes a statute under our constitution.”

Morris continues, “Obama is going to try to circumvent the legislative process and use the treaty-making authority do stuff that Congress can’t repeal, and a future president can’t change. As he enters the seventh year of his presidency, that’s what he’s focused on.  Under the guise of a NAFTA-like trade agreement it provides for unrestricted immigration within these eleven countries, which means any Mexican can come here to the United States legally, stay here, be naturalized, become a citizen and vote — and Congress can’t do anything about it. The Constitution enumerates the powers of Congress. One of them is Immigration and Naturalization.  This supersedes that and it does so for all time. Because you can’t repeal a treaty unless the other signatories agree.’

“It also could become the way to get Climate Change in,” Morris warns.  “He’s taking the whole legislative agenda and putting it in a treaty and getting it ratified and then it becomes as good as a Constitutional Amendment.

In this case Obama is putting it in a treaty and asking congress to approve fast track authority.  The idea that with all the power this president has grabbed, the Republicans are about to give him fast track, which means he can do  any trade agreement he wants and ratification is almost automatic, and the Democrats are opposing this. It is entirely Republican votes that are pushing it and they just don’t understand what’s in the damn bill.”

“This is not amnesty,“ Morris tells Hayworth. “Amnesty is for people who are already here.”

Watch this vitally important interview beginning at 5:52.

 * Besides the United States there are 11 other countries involved in  the TPP: :Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Update-tag

On Thurs. May 21, 2015, by a roll call vote of 62 to 38, this is the Senate vote on HR 1314. This measure is expected to be the vehicle in the Senate guaranteeing Obama’s trade promotion authority. Check out the votes of Arizona’s Senators.


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