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Monday, January 09, 2012

Obama Continues His Attack On America's Middle Class

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: In an op-ed for USA Today, Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley challenges the rationale for Obama's "Recess" Appointments. While such a challenge is indeed appropriate, Obama continues to "set fire to Rome."

Grassley writes, “President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unacceptable because it violates both the letter and spirit of the Constitution. The framers saw the dangers of power grabs by any one branch of government. The president upended years of Senate practice and more than 90 years of Justice Department precedent by bypassing the Senate to appoint his nominee to direct the new bureau. Overturning this sort of precedent is a major shift in the constitutional separation of powers. If there’s a legal rationale, the White House needs to make it public.”

Unfortunately little legal explanation has come from the White House about this outrageous maneuver. Why, because that is exactly what Obama's action was meant to be "outrageous." The Wall Street Journal editors wrote last week, “A President has the power to make a recess appointment . . . . The Constitutional catch is that Congress must be in recess. The last clause of Section 5 of Article 1 of the Constitution says that ‘Neither House’ of Congress can adjourn for more than three days ‘without the Consent of the other’ house. In this case, the House of Representatives had not formally consented to Senate adjournment. It’s true the House did this to block the President from making recess appointments, but it is following the Constitution in doing so. Let’s hear Mr. Obama’s legal justification.”

President announced the appointment at a rally in Ohio.  He knew he was doing so in the home state of Speaker John Boehner and of the Republican Study Committee Chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan.

At that time, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell responded, “Although the Senate is not in recess, President Obama, in an unprecedented move, has arrogantly circumvented the American people by ‘recess’ appointing Richard Cordray as director of the new CFPB. This recess appointment represents a sharp departure from a long-standing precedent that has limited the President to recess appointments only when the Senate is in a recess of 10 days or longer. Breaking from this precedent lands this appointee in uncertain legal territory, threatens the confirmation process and fundamentally endangers the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

While both Senators Grassley and McConnell are indeed correct, President Obama is out their bragging about his actions. His actions over the past three years clearly evidence the Obama is no constitutional scholar as claimed by his past proponents. He is a Saul Alinsky radical, and his actions and the actions by his appointed and hired "uncivil" servants are undermining the Republic on numerous levels.

In April, 2011, I stated that "The actions of Barack Obama are in fact also following the pattern which will wipe out the middle class in America. ... In our Republic, we have been afforded opportunities for people to change their financial station in life through work, invention, and good fortune thus providing a fairer playing field. We have been provided more opportunities for people to move up the economic chain. We have even allowed people (at least in the past) the opportunity to retain or spend their wealth as they saw fit to do or to pass it on to their children or others. As a result, America has developed a large middle class. It is this large middle class that is now threatened by President Obama's actions. Obama road map appears to be that followed by socialists of the past. His actions and proposals will lead to the destruction of the middle class as happened in Argentina.

" . . . President Obama has signally an attack on the wealthy. However, his proposals and actions are in fact an attack on the middle class. It is the middle class of America that works and sustains much of our culture, our economy and the American way of life. The middle class has created numerous new ideas, small businesses and services which employ large numbers of other Americans. It is now the middle class that is most threatened because it is also the voice that cries out the loudest for freedom and against the expansion of government.

"This statement does not mean that there are not patriots and lovers of freedom who are rich or poor. Thank God, for those who are wealthy and patriots and who are willing to support the middle class in their champion rights and freedoms. Thank God for the poor who also understand that a poor man never offered them a job or an opportunity to advance. And understand that presently in American even a poor person has the same rights and freedoms of all Americans and that they can work to provide options for both themselves and their children to move up the economic ladder.

"It is most critical for the middle class to realize that it is really their 'goose that is in the process of being cooked'. . . .

"In a speech by Dinesh D’Souza at the Heritage Foundation, 'Barack Obama is different leader from previous Democrats – especially different from so-called liberals like Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton.' Barack Obama is 'the first anti-American, anti-colonialism president and he is driven by that mindset!' Obama is seeking to 'bring us under the rod of the Federal government.' . . ."

In light of Obama's continued dismantling or challenges to the U.S. Constitution, consider the bigger threat, President Obama and his minions must destroy the middle class of America because it is the middle class which stand for the continuance of the American way of life, freedoms and rights. They own land, property, businesses, and have accumulated as a "group of people" enormous wealth.

Obama appears to have his eye on the rich but in fact, it is the middle class that he must eliminate for his agenda to move forward. Once he and those who support his agenda have destroyed the middle class, they have leverage over any unpatriotic rich seeking to save their wealth by aligning with the new agenda. The process is not new, it has happened varied forms before in history. the effects are not inevitable. However, what will 1) Congress do to reign in the president, 2) How will the Courts respond, and 3) Will the American people wake up to the actions of this administration which are undermining the "Constitution," the "Rule of Law", and the "property rights, freedom and liberty" of American citizens?

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