Tag Archive: Fiat


 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch our neighbors to the north . Gun owners are even under siege from their “allies” on the right .

President Obama’s Use Of Executive Action To Get Around Congressional Gridlock Is Unparalleled In Modern Times, Some Scholars Say. But To Liberal Activists, He’s Not Going Far Enough.

 

 

 

 

” “We’ve got this Constitution, we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers,” Obama continued. “So there is no shortcut to politics, and there’s no shortcut to democracy.”

  The reality isn’t so simple. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, was once skeptical of the aggressive use of presidential power. During the 2008 campaign, he accused President George W. Bush of regularly circumventing Congress. Yet as president, Obama has grown increasingly bold in his own use of executive action, at times to controversial effect.

  The president (or his administration) has unilaterally changed elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); declared an anti-gay-rights law unconstitutional; lifted the threat of deportation for an entire class of undocumented immigrants; bypassed Senate confirmation of controversial nominees; waived compliance requirements in education law; and altered the work requirements under welfare reform. This month, the Obama administration took the highly unusual step of announcing that it will recognize gay marriages performed in Utah – even though Utah itself says it will not recognize them while the issue is pending in court.

  Early in his presidency, Obama also expanded presidential warmaking powers, surveillance of the American public, and extrajudicial drone strikes on alleged terrorists outside the United States, including Americans – going beyond Mr. Bush’s own global war on terror following 9/11. But more recently, he has flexed his executive muscle more on domestic policy.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleven State AGs Protest ObamaCare “Fixes” As “Flatly Illegal”

 

 

 

” Alternate headline: Hot Air readers get results! In our year-end poll, readers chose as the most underreported story of 2013 the lawlessness of the Obama administration in its handling of ObamaCare. Eleven state Attorneys General share that opinion — and started off the year attempting to correct it. Led by Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia (no relation), the consortium of AGs protested the changes in a letter to Kathleen Sebelius (via Instapundit):

 

The attorneys general specifically criticize President Obama’s executive action that allowed insurance companies to keep offering health plans that had been canceled for not meeting ObamaCare’s more rigorous standards.

We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through Congressional action,” the attorneys general wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The illegal actions by this administration must stop.”

They say the healthcare fix was “flatly illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law.” “

Detroit Motor Show 2013

 

 

 

” After the four horsemen of the apocalypse rode into Detroit with the actual or near bankruptcy of all three, you might wonder why we still make this crazy pilgrimage to Motown. What can these failed deadbeats possibly tell us Europeans about building desirable cars? Actually, quite a lot. For although a lot of American cars still look like skips and contain lacklustre technology and poor build quality, they are really quite profitable. And that’s even on quite modest market sizes – American car-making break-even levels have tumbled.

So 2012 was the third straight year of market growth, with sales up 13 per cent to 14.5 million light vehicles. GM and Ford lagged behind with GM’s sales of 2.59 million units up 3.7 per cent and Ford sales of 2.24 million up 4.7 per cent. The big winner, albeit from an incredibly low base, but with a fine range of profitable sport utilities and pickups, was Fiat-owned Chrysler with sales of 1.65 million units up 20.6 per cent on 2011. Other strong sellers in the year include a revitalised Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen, as well as Kia and Hyundai.

Yet the US economy isn’t that strong, so what’s going on here? “Americans are genetically incapable of saving,” said an old friend who lives in LA. “The second they have money in their pockets, or even the hope of some, they’re out there spending it.” “

Obama Faces ‘Limited’ Options On Executive Action On Gun Violence

 

 

 

” Legal experts say the most significant changes being considered by Biden’s task force – including an assault weapons ban, a prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales – would all require congressional action.

“His options are limited,” Adam Winkler, constitutional scholar at the UCLA School of Law, said by phone Friday. “He can seek to better enforce existing federal law, but he can’t act contrary to existing federal law.”

Winkler and others say Obama can install changes like new importation limits on weapons, tougher law-enforcement policies and greater cooperation between federal agencies sharing criminal and mental-health records – all without Congress’s blessing.

Biden and other administration officials are holding their cards very close to the vest, but past actions from the White House – combined with some of the vice president’s brief public comments from this week – lend some clues about what type of executive actions might be under consideration. “

 

The Real Hockey Stick Chart: Inflation Since the Birth of the Nation

 

“This is what happens when the dollar is backed by “the full faith and credit of the United States” and not the barbarous relic. Nixon abandons gold in 1971 and inflation launches skyward. It’s hard to believe that for most of the history of the United States inflation was next to 0%.

That the rate of crony capitalism has launched into the stratosphere at a commensurate rate with inflation is no coincidence. Fiat money is the mother’s milk of crony capitalism.”

 

InflationChart

 

 

 

 

Noted Gun Rights Activist Warns Obama May Skirt Congress and Outlaw Semiautos

 

 

 

 ” Second Amendment activist John Snyder writes on his blog today that confidential sources have told him that the Obama administration may attempt to skirt Congress and outlaw semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices under Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

“Under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners,” Snyder explains. “

‘executive actions’

Obama says he’ll be taking ‘executive actions’ without Congress on ‘regular basis’ to ‘heal the economy’

  ” President Barack Obama told an audience in Nevada on Monday that he will be regularly announcing “executive actions” his administration will take to “heal the economy” without the “dysfunctional” Congress.

“I’m here to say to all of you and to say to the people of Nevada and the people of Las Vegas, we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will,” Obama said.”


 

“Court strikes down NLRB rule to speed up union elections”

  “A federal judge ruled Monday that a contentious union election rule proposed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is “invalid.”

In an 18-page memorandum opinion, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg struck the regulation down, saying the labor board only had two members when it voted on the final rule in December 2011. Boasberg said the agency needed at least three members to have a quorum for action on the rule.” 

 

Some rarely exhibited common sense has prevailed , although one must note that the judge’s ruling was based on a technicality and not on the merits of the rule enacted by NLRB . All the more reason for a change of administration . It’s time for people that actually contribute to the GDP to have some say in the rules .