These endless appointments of czars who answer to nobody but the President raise some constitutional issues. The power of appointments is clearly defined in our constitution.
Article II – The Executive Branch, Section 2 – Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution carefully and deliberately to deny absolute power to emanate from one person. That was why they required that no principal officers could exercise any power unless the U.S. Senate decided to confirm them. The Founding Fathers were specifically blocking the type of centralized power that President Obama is currently exerting.Ken Klukoswki at Townhall.com wrote in June about the perilous path that these czar appointments can lead to. (more…)
Bill Whittle at PJTV explains how the Obama machine has used the campaign logo as an icon. They have even replaced the symbol of the office which Obama holds with this icon. But, Obama’s opponents may get the last laugh. h/t to Michael Graham at The Natural Truth.
A truly brilliant path towards energy independence. I’m sure glad that while President Obama continues to search for ways to bankrupt our nation, he finds the time to spend more of our tax dollars on programs that have little benefit to the taxpayers that are funding them.
The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.
This come on top of the Congress introducing legislation to permanently ban drilling in ANWR, the Obama Administration backing a nuclear energy program for the UAE, banning offshore drilling here off the U.S. coast, scrapping oil and gas leases in Utah, stopping the nuclear waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain (effectively killing future nuclear plant construction), and forming a joint task force to help Pakistan’s energy crisis. h/t Gateway Pundit
And a new twist has emerged in this story as reported by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.
Who else besides Obama has taken an interest in Petrobras? Hmmmmmm:
His New York-based hedge-fund firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, sold 22 million U.S.-listed common shares of Petrobras, as the Brazilian oil company is known, according to a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Soros bought 5.8 million of the company’s U.S.-traded preferred shares.
Soros is taking advantage of the spread between the two types of U.S.-listed Petrobras shares, said Luis Maizel, president of LM Capital Group LLC, which manages about $4 billion. The common shares were 21 percent more expensive than preferred today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. …
Petrobras preferred shares have also a 10 percent additional dividend, said William Landers, a senior portfolio manager for Latin America at Blackrock Inc.
“Given that there will most likely never be a change in control in the company, I see no reason to pay a higher price for the common shares.” Brazil’s government controls Petrobras and has a majority stake of voting shares.
This story is from last Friday. Is it a coincidence that Obama backer George Soros repositioned himself in Petrobras to get dividends just a few days before Obama committed $2 billion in loans and guarantees for Petrobras’ offshore operations?
Mr. President, I just read your op-ed in the New York Times. You must either be incredibly ignorant (e.g., pediatricians performing tonsillectomies, surgeons being paid $50,000 for an amputation), or else you believe that Americans are incredibly stupid.
You justify a hasty and massive healthcare “reform” to save money, by spending an additional trillion dollars. You would fix a “broken” and broke Medicare system by adding another 47 million beneficiaries to government programs while arguing this will reduce overall costs.
I’ve itemized your inaccurate claims, with my comments in italics.
You assert that your healthcare reform will:
Force insurance companies to insure pre-existing conditions. That’s like allowing bettors to wait till after the race has been run, to place their bets. That won’t cut costs.
Eliminate lifetime limits on coverage. Unlimited lifetime coverages must increase premiums to pay for them and will raise total costs.
Require insurance companies to pay for routine examinations, preventive care, and screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies. Once again, how can you be insured against a sure thing? The only way my company can pay for a colonoscopy is to add enough onto the premium to pay for it, plus their overhead.
Make Medicare more efficient, so tax dollars won’t enrich insurance companies. Insurance companies do not derive income from Medicare, because it is a federal program. Incidentally, its costs per patient have increased much faster than private insurance.
Cut hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and inefficiency in federal health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. These programs have been in effect over 40 years — and I’ve seen the waste and inefficiency for most of that interval. Did you just find out about the waste and inefficiency now, and why hasn’t something already been done about it?
You claim that:
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” But didn’t you just imply this week that Medicare Advantage subsidizes insurance companies and should be eliminated to save money?
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But large numbers of doctors have indicated that they will quit or retire if this plan is enacted
“You will not be waiting in any lines.” Maybe you won’t but we will. Your plan will add up to 47 million new insureds, with no increase in the supply of primary care physicians that are already in short supply.
We physicians live with our healthcare system, all day and every day. We care about being able to heal. We hate disputing with insurance companies, and especially with government bureaucrats. Certainly changes in insurance practices are needed, and would have occurred long ago, absent a government record of 60 years of meddling with the market.
As you say, “…let’s disagree over issues that are real, and not wild misrepresentations” such as those in your op-ed, “that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed.”
And I agree, this is about America’s future: whether Americans will remain free, or be ruled by an increasingly intrusive and authoritarian statist government.
G. Wesley Clark, MD
(Doctor Clark is not related to the retired general of the same name)
Harry Reid seems to believe that people expressing their opinions in opposition to an Obama and Democrats takeover of health care are on the same level as those who fly airplanes into the World Trade Center. Let's compare how both President Bush and Sen. Harry Reid utilized the word "evil".
"Tomorrow, when you get back to work, work hard like you always have. But we've been warned. We've been warned there are evil people in this world. We've been warned so vividly. And we'll be alert. Your government is alert. The governors and mayors are alert that evil folks still lurk out there. As I said yesterday, people have declared war on America and they have made a terrible mistake. My administration has a job to do and we're going to do it. We will rid the world of the evil-doers." – President George W. Bush, September 16, 2001
People who are disrupting town halls with "lies, innuendo and rumor," and not letting others speak are "evil-mongers" said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada)
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) faced constituents at a town hall doubleheader. With a clear majority of those in attendance voicing opposition to Obamacare, DIngell appeared clueless when confronted by constituents with questions about the bill. One father concerned about coverage for his son who suffers with Cerebral Palsy, was told by Dingel that he’d put in an amendment to cover his son. The dad raised the BS flag.
At the meetings conclusion, with shouts of “kill the bill” echoing through the venue, Dingell may have thought the worst was over. But, not so fast. One angry constituent demanded to know where the funding was coming from. Face to face with Dingell she demanded he answer one question, “Is the money coming out of my paycheck?” Dingell was speechless.
Note the arrogance of Dingell’s inference that he know what is best for “his people”. Add to that his proclamation that he’s been in congress for 50 years, and you have every reason necessary to vote him out of office in 2010.
More and more Congressmen are finding out that the unwashed masses they represent are not happy with what is going on in the halls of Congress. The arrogant and dismissive attitudes of those who are supposed to represent the people continues to build a groundswell of protest from coast to coast. And, it’s all being caught on video.
While President Obama was touting his “Beer Summit”, Sgt. Leon Lashley of the Cambridge, MA Police Dept. penned a letter to Obama and Prof. Henry Louis Gates. He asked his friend and colleague, Sgt. Jimmy Crowely to personally deliver the letter for him at the White House Happy Hour. If ever there was a teaching moment on race relations in our nation, it was provided by Sgt. Lashley. Everyone should pay attention to his words.
A new video has surfaced of Henry Louis Gates ranting against whitey. Just as with Jeremiah Wright, this friend of Obama has some troubling views on race relations. Far from the color blind society that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned, Prof. Gates’ vision of America promotes division and animosity. The very people he claims to be fighting for are ultimately the ones most harmed by his radical views and opinions. Also present with Gates at this appearance, Cornell West another well known promoter of racial division and co-author of two books with Gates.
This is a must see for everyone, especially those who somehow have fallen for the Socialist promise of quality care for all managed by the government. As Steven Crowder will show, the age old adage of, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”, applies to your health care as well.
Take Crowder’s advice and pass this on to everyone you know. Their life just may depend on it.