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Supreme Court Rules AGAINST Obama, Says He Violated Constitution

We always hear about how Obama was a “constitutional law professor” but the guy showed no signs of that during his time in office.

From Young Conservatives

This week, the Supreme Court called Obama out on his disregard for the Constitution and ruled against him…

From Washington Free Beacon:

The Supreme Court ruled that President Obama violated the Constitution when he maintained an acting agency appointment after the Senate refused to confirm him.

The court ruled Tuesday that Obama appointee Lafe Solomon illegally served as acting general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board from 2010 to 2013. Solomon, who once violated the agency’s ethics rules, should have vacated the position in accordance with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) after the Senate refused to take up his nomination to serve as permanent general counsel in 2011, the court found in a 6-2 opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts. The appointment was an “end-run around” the Constitution.

Nice to see the court defending our founding document like this.

I doubt liberals will even hear about this story let alone care.

However, it’s just another example of Obama’s disdain for the Constitution when it gets in his way.

Thank goodness that guy is gone.

You Won’t Believe What Hollywood Is Going To Do With Obama

The Obama White House is getting the Hollywood treatment as a workplace comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter (THR), Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content are developing a “high-concept workplace comedy” based on the book proposal From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein, a former White House stenographer.

Breitbart reports,

Stein’s book has been picked up by Random House Publishing Group division Spiegel & Grau.

“The book doesn’t promise a revealing look inside the inner workings of the Obama administration, but focuses more on the White House as a workplace and on the relationships between the staffers,” THR reports.

“From the Corner of the Oval follows a young woman living in Washington D.C. who is at an all-time career low when, through a twist of fate, she goes from serving cocktails to lobbyists to being hired as a stenographer in the Obama White House,” THR says of the book’s synopsis. “The ultimate fish out of water, she stumbles into an elite world and finds herself navigating a series of misadventures in life and love.”

The film will be produced by Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar, whose previous work includes the Oscar-winning drama Spotlight.

FORMER CIA ANALYST: OBAMA GAVE “GREEN LIGHT” FOR NSA, CIA TO SABOTAGE TRUMP

Former CIA analyst Larry C. Johnson says that according to his sources, the Obama administration worked with the NSA, the CIA and Britain’s GCHQ to disseminate information about Donald Trump that was illegally obtained via surveillance before the election.

Johnson joined the CIA in 1985 and was later promoted to become Senior Regional Analyst for Central America before moving on to work for the State Department.
The former CIA analyst told RT that the controversy was a “huge deal” and that Trump’s only real mistake was to call it a “wiretap” which was “technically inaccurate” and that those who have denied the charges on behalf of Obama are using semantics to fool the public.
“I understand from very good friends that both Jim Clapper and John Brennan at CIA were intimately involved in trying to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump, that there was some collusion overseas with Britain’s own GHCQ,” explained Johnson, adding that information on Trump gathered by GCHQ was passed to Brennan and illegally disseminated within the Obama administration with the green light coming from Obama himself.

“Donald Trump is in essence correct that the intelligence agencies and some in the law enforcement community on the side of the FBI were in fact illegally trying to access, monitor his communications with his aides and with other people – all of this with an end of trying to destroy and discredit his presidency,” said Johnson, noting that the head of the NSA, Admiral Michael Rogers, visited Trump shortly after his victory, prompting Clapper and others to call for Rogers to be fired.
According to Johnson, Rogers visited Trump Tower in order to “cover himself” because he knew the NSA had been used to spy on Trump.
“There is a genuine effort to take out and defeat Donald Trump even in the aftermath of his election,” said Johnson, calling for the senior executives behind the plot within the NSA and CIA to be fired.
According to the former CIA analyst, there is a “coordinated, organized effort” on behalf of Obama and his allies to sabotage Trump, and some within that camp even thought they could prevent him from taking the oath of office by releasing the infamous “pissgate” dossier.

SHOCK – Obama’s AG Encourages Anti-Trump Protesters For BLOOD, DEATH And MARCHING

Remember Loretta Lynch was our former Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer in the country.

Here she is, seemingly giving encouragement to protesters against President Donald Trump.

From Twitchy:

“Ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done … they’ve marched, they’ve bled, yes, some of them have died … We have done this before we can do this again.”

What exactly is she saying?

Is she encouraging a revolution, sedition or a civil war?

What does she mean when she says some have bled and died? Is she seriously comparing the civil rights movement to protesting against President Trump?

What is she envisioning?

This is hyperbolic language designed to whip up anger against the Trump administration, the “all your rights are going to be taken away” gambit to get people out into the streets but having no relation to facts or reality.

This was made and put out by Sentate Democrats who apparently endorse Lynch’s message.

Dangerous game being played here…

HOW OBAMA IS SCHEMING TO SABOTAGE TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY

 

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency
By Paul Sperry February 11, 2017 | 12:52pm

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Report buried Trump-related ‘hate crimes’ against white kids

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When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy,”it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.

Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory.

“It is fine for everybody to feel stressed, sad, discouraged,” he said in a conference call from the White House. “But get over it.” He demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.”
“Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope.”

Far from sulking, OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!”

Run by old Obama aides and campaign workers, federal tax records show “nonpartisan” OFA marshals 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Registered as a 501(c)(4), it doesn’t have to disclose its donors, but they’ve been generous. OFA has raised more than $40 million in contributions and grants since evolving from Obama’s campaign organization Obama for America in 2013.

OFA, in IRS filings, says it trains young activists to develop “organizing skills.” Armed with Obama’s 2012 campaign database, OFA plans to get out the vote for Democratic candidates it’s grooming to win back Congress and erect a wall of resistance to Trump at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.

It will be aided in that effort by the Obama Foundation, run by Obama’s former political director, and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, launched last month by Obama pal Eric Holder to end what he and Obama call GOP “gerrymandering” of congressional districts.

Obama will be overseeing it all from a shadow White House located within two miles of Trump. It features a mansion, which he’s fortifying with construction of a tall brick perimeter, and a nearby taxpayer-funded office with his own chief of staff and press secretary. Michelle Obama will also open an office there, along with the Obama Foundation.

The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents
Critical to the fight is rebuilding the ravaged Democrat Party. Obama hopes to install his former civil-rights chief Tom Perez at the helm of the Democratic National Committee.

Perez is running for the vacant DNC chairmanship, vowing “It’s time to organize and fight . . . We must stand up to protect President Obama’s accomplishments;” while also promising, “We’re going to build the strongest grass-roots organizing force this country has ever seen.”

The 55-year-old Obama is not content to go quietly into the night like other ex-presidents.

“You’re going to see me early next year,” he said after the election, “and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”

Added the ex-president: “Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go.”

Paul Sperry is the author of “The Great American Bank Robbery,” which details the link between race-based housing policies and the mortgage crisis.

Journalist Report Reveals 17 Occurrences Obama Administration Broke Constitutional Law


He just made his own laws

We all know that Obama had no regard for America and its citizens. He never should have been elected on the simple premise that he isn’t even a citizen. Maybe if he had been, he would have known our Constitution a little better and wouldn’t have broken it so many times.

The list of ways he did break the law could go on for pages. A new look at his 8 long years in office reveals a very stark picture. He should be renamed Criminal-in-Chief for these blatant violations of Constitutional law.

Obama went straight to criminal racketeering here. Under his direction, the Department of Justice was pressuring banks to refuse service to gun stores in a program entitled Operation Choke Point. Starting in 2014 and probably earlier, the DOJ was attempting to shut down legal gun dealers by coercing financial institutions to close the bank and merchant accounts associated with their businesses.

Obama’s IRS illegally targeted conservative groups for additional “reviews” of their tax status applications. Organizations with key phrases such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their names were singled out. They were required to provide information about their family members, social media posts and a list of donors. Obama met with an IRS official who was involved in the targeting just two days before that official told his colleagues how to target conservative groups.

How about a little illegal monitoring? Obama secretly obtained phone records from Associated Press journalists. AP reported, “The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news. In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.”

Obama had four U.S. citizens killed without judicial process. Three are known to have died in CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2011; Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son and Samir Khan. The fourth, Jude Kennan Mohammad, a Florida native indicted in North Carolina in 2009 was killed in Pakistan, where the CIA has operated a drone campaign against terrorism suspects for nearly a decade. His death was previously unreported.

He decided that retired teachers and police officers had plenty of money so he started stealing it. During the Chrysler bankruptcy, Obama violated the Fifth Amendment and more than 150 years of bankruptcy law by illegally treating secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors. According to a law professor at New York University School of Law, “Upsetting this fixed hierarchy among creditors is just an illegal taking of property from one group of creditors for the benefit of another, which should be struck down on both statutory and constitutional grounds.”

Always one to help a friend in need, Obama fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin in 2009 after Walpin accused Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, an Obama supporter, of misusing AmeriCorps funding to pay for political activities.
In 2010, the Obama administration officials held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists at coffee houses near the White House to avoid the disclosure requirements for White House visitors.

Late Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat, expressed concerns that Obama’s dozens of czars appointed in 2009 violated the U.S. Constitution because they were not approved by the U.S. Senate. Another Democrat, Senator Russ Feingold, shared a similar sentiment.

Obama auctioned off appointments to the biggest donors. He nominated Timothy Broas to be U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands after Broas donated at least $500,000 to Obama’s 2012 campaign.

He illegally demanded money for a Freedom of Information Act Request. As sleazy as this sounds; it was worse. The Obama administration demanded the Goldwater Institute pay nearly $79,000 before it would share public records via the Freedom of Information Act.

Freedom of speech? Not with Obama. He actually asked a Jewish singing group to take down its video from the Internet in 2011.

Obama, protecting his pet program, gave some organizations an exemption from Obamacare requirements. Many of these organizations had supported the passage of Obamacare, but then afterwards wanted exemptions from the very same law they forced on everyone else.

He was always a supporter of terrorists, no matter what he told the public. Obama once gave 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt while it was under a Sharia dictatorship.

On his time or not at all; Despite being required to submit a budget by the first Monday in February, Obama neglected to submit the budget by the legal deadline at least four times. Since 1921, no President had missed this deadline more than once.

Guilty but he doesn’t care

He needed Obamacare to pass. So he waited until it did and then added 20,000 extra pages to it. Those extra pages were never voted on by Congress.

Again supporting his Muslim friends he made Nakoula Basseley Nakoula the first person in American history to be jailed for “violating Islamic anti-blasphemy laws.”

Asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate himself! That’s right. Holder was found to be lying under oath when he said he had nothing to do with monitoring the emails of Fox reporter James Rosen, even though his own signature on the search warrant. Shocker; he wasn’t guilty.

Let’s not give him too much credit, he knew the Constitution, he just didn’t care. We now have a President who actually respects American laws and we shouild all be grateful that Obama isn’t around to keep using his power for evil.

Now That Obama Is Gone, AWFUL TRUTHS We All Suspected Are Being Uncovered

You can always assess a person’s priorities based on how and where they spend their money. In the realm of politics, budgets and spending are clear evidence of what is important to the politician.

The preamble of our Constitution clearly lays down the missions, and priorities of our federal government. It states:

From Allen B. West

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Notice it says nothing about establishing “social” justice. And, I’m quite sure sanctuary cities that harbor criminal illegal aliens don’t ensure domestic tranquility — sadly something Kate Steinle encountered.

But I want to draw your attention to these words: “provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare.” There’s a huge difference in these two phrases based upon the verbs provide and promote. The verb provide is active, while the verb promote is passive. In other words, a very important aspect of our federal government is it actively seeks to provide for our defense — our security.

At the same time, the federal government is supposed to promote our general welfare — in essence, allow us to pursue our happiness. But, somehow, these words have been juxtaposed, and, for the last eight years, we’ve had a federal government, under progressive socialist control, that sought to provide the general welfare while just promoting our common defense. A big difference when it comes to policies…and spending.

As reported by the venerable Terence Jeffrey at CNSNews.com:

“Barack Obama was the first president of the United States to spend more on “means-tested entitlements” — aka welfare — than on national defense, according to data published by his own Office of Management and Budget.
Historical tables that the OMB posted on the Obama White House website, include annual totals for both “national defense” spending and “means-tested entitlement” spending going back to fiscal 1962–which is three years before President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating the Medicaid program, a means-tested entitlement that together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program enrolled 74,407,191 beneficiaries as of November 2016.

In every year from fiscal 1962 through fiscal 2014, total national defense spending exceeded means-tested entitlement spending.

In fiscal year 1962, for example, the federal government spent more than twelve times as much money on national defense ($52,345,000,000) as it did on means-test entitlements ($4,300,000,000).

However, national defense spending peaked in 2011, when it hit $705,554,000,000. By contrast, means-tested entitlement spending has increased each year since 2012.

Finally, in fiscal 2015, it exceeded national defense spending for the first time.
The fiscal 2016 numbers published in the OMB’s Historical Tables are estimates, but they show means-tested entitlements exceeding national defense spending $709,600,000,000 to $604,452,000,000.”

Now, of course the progressive socialist left will come back with the typical retort of “uncaring conservatives,” which isn’t the case. The difference is, conservatives believe we should have a safety net, not a hammock. Under Barack Obama we saw an incredible increase in American poverty, food stamp enrollment, and an expansion of Medicaid — which was meant to cover folks under the poverty line.

Now, never forget that during the Obama reign, America went from $10.67 trillion to $20 trillion in debt, and what did we get? We have more Americans dependent on government and its welfare nanny-state. We have a military that’s been decimated and depleted to the point where aviation maintenance crews are scouring museums and bone yards for spare parts. We don’t have adequate carrier coverage in the Persian Gulf. We’re driving our men and women in uniform into the ground due to incessant combat tours of duty. No, we don’t need to police the world, but we need to have a deterrent capability and capacity to provide security, and be able to engage and defeat the enemy on the ground, when called upon.

BARACK OBAMA AND THE SOWING OF MINEFIELDS


By John F. Di Leo –

Reflections on Barack Obama’s legacy…

While there is nothing particularly “happy” about warfare, some aspects are even more distasteful than others. There must be shooting in battles; there must be conquest of land; this is what warfare is made of. But some tactics go too far… such as mines.

In the 1990s, for example, the Ottawa Convention sought to put a global end to the use of mines – both land and sea varieties – an aspect of warfare that still costs several thousand lives per year worldwide, even long after the wars in which they were used have ended.

In warfare, the value of a mine is, of course, the fact that it can be left behind, without an army or navy contingent remaining in place to operate it. You just sow mines in a bay or harbor, or plant landmines on a valuable territory or along a border, and nobody dares return there without quickly becoming a casualty. Often horrific, but tactically advantageous. Sometimes justifiable if you’re the one on the right side in the war in question. Particularly horrible if you’re not.

But the biggest problem with mines is what happens after the war is over. Since mines have no expiration date, they remain a danger forever, decades after peace treaties are signed. There are still mines, dating back to WWII and other conflicts of half a century to a century ago, long-forgotten, awaiting the day when an innocent fishing trawler or pleasure boat, construction crew or vacationing family on a hike, will stumble into them with fatal consequences.

Politics is a Minefield

In United States politics, one could argue that there are two kinds of political actions that an administration implements. There are the ones that are easily reversed by the next administration… and those that are very difficult or even impossible to overturn, continuing to raise monkeywrenches in the future, foiling or at least slowing the ability of future administrations to accomplish their agendas.

If one administration raises a fee, the next can reduce it. If one congress raises a tax rate, the next can reduce that too. A law can be overturned by another law; an executive order can be overturned by an executive order.

But there are minefields as well, and that’s the challenge of the hour:

Before we continue, we should proudly acknowledge that this can be a good thing. Though Barack Obama didn’t use the term “minefield” when he spoke of the Constitution, he was certainly notably derisive of it throughout his two terms in the Oval Office. He complained that the Constitution held back his ability to do things – and sure enough, many of his administration’s most destructive efforts were successfully stymied by court challenges that cited specific lines of our 229-year-old Constitution. Every line of that magnificent document remains a well-placed mine, blowing up the treasonous efforts of modern statists to transform America into a socialist autocracy.

But today, at this moment, as the Obama administration finally recedes into the dustbin of history, the minefields that he and his appointees have planted must be our concern.

Just as the Carter era Community Reinvestment Act was a mine that blew up the housing sector in the 2000s after the Clinton administration activated it, just as the reasonable “General Welfare” clause of the Constitution has been reinterpreted by rogue politicians and courts throughout our history to justify any government expansion they desired, the Obama administration has consciously planted thousands of mines in the American political and social theaters, to do damage in the future, long after they’ve left the scene.

There are thousands of distinct, individual mines that the Obama nomenklatura has planted in our landscape, from newly created bureaucracies to civil service appointees who are exempt from firing… from barely noticeable regulations in minor agencies to lifelong appointees in the federal courts, who can never be ejected except by individual impeachment.

These constitute, arguably, the most severe damage that the Obama administration has done, because so many of these are so difficult to undo. For example:

The Minimum Wage: Nineteen states saw minimum wage hikes in 2017 alone. Numerous big cities have passed huge increases in the minimum wage, as much as doubling the federal minimum rate… all accomplished with the political leadership of the bully pulpit of the outgoing president.

No matter what tax rate cuts, regulatory reforms, and trade measures a new administration may institute to spur the economy forward, the ensuing economic boom will miss those regions with this doubled minimum wage. This destructive choice is a barrier to entry for dozens of industries that would otherwise happily arise. And since these hikes were not legally mandated by the outgoing president, the incoming president can do nothing to undo them.

The undeliverable promise of prosperity through minimum wage statute is just a land mine… sitting out there, languishing, quietly dooming their own jurisdictions and hobbling the national recovery.

Foreign Policy: Before leaving office, Mr. Obama attempted to engineer a foreign policy crisis with Russia, by ejecting some forty Russian diplomats from the country on the basis of unproven allegations of low-level spying on some partisan campaign personnel. Fortunately, Russia didn’t rise to the bait, and the new administration can begin to repair that diplomatic relationship. Much harder, however, is what to do about the multilateral foreign policy errors of the past eight years, the many times in which the USA, in concert with our allies, started wars or picked the wrong side in civil wars.

Obama led western Europe in an unnecessary war against Libya, toppling a defanged power in favor of dangerous terrorism-sympathizers. Obama’s people have encouraged a vile disinvestment movement in higher education to drive a wedge between college students and our support for Israel. Obama joined with Western Europe to institute sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, sanctions which hobble our own economic activity while Crimean status remains in stalemate. Obama’s apparatchiks designed an illegal giveaway deal with Iran to enable their nuclear weaponry desires and to empower and finance their terrorist support.

Obama’s administration spurred a misnamed “Arab Spring” – an insult, incidentally, to the brave anti-communists of Prague from whom the term was borrowed – leading to a terrorist takeover in Egypt (thankfully overturned by General el-Sisi), and empowering the growth of ISIS, Boko Haram, and so many other such groups.

A new administration in Washington cannot, with an edict or speech, remove the territory that such enemies have gained, or undo the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been lost. These foreign policy disasters are mines as well, human tragedy that can never be redeemed.

Rogue Agencies: The Obama administration used the power of the federal government to support and even initiate lawsuits that have planted destructive, and even insane, ideas in both the public and private sectors. It was collusion between the Department of Education and the Department of Justice that forced public high schools like Illinois’ High School District 211 to institute policies in support of the concept of “transgenderism” – inserting a costly burden of the construction of new locker rooms and bathrooms, even jeopardizing the ability of schools to field sports teams without fearing lawsuits that would once have been dismissed as frivolous, but which now have precedent to allow them to clog up the courts and waste precious tax dollars. Just as today’s public schools cannot afford multimillion dollar renovations to change their locker rooms, they can’t spend the same money fighting such suits in the courts. Such agency activism, from inspiring individual lawsuits to inventing whole entitlements and bureaucracies like Obamacare, is a sea of mines through which we must now navigate.

Eight Years Flat: Over these past eight years, under a normal economy, in the normal pre-Obama world – whether Democrats or Republicans were in charge – there were always courageous entrepreneurs starting new businesses… there were always lots of start-ups and spinoffs and so forth. They may have had a rough start during recessions, maybe with better odds in some years and worse in others, but these start-ups were there to take off like a rocket when the recessions ended.

This isn’t the case today. Thanks to Obamacare, the FDA’s oppressive new testing and labeling requirements for food, the IRS witch-hunt against small businesses with traditional values, the EPA and Department of Energy war against coal and oil exploration, and so many similar attacks and unnecessary complexities that the federal government has placed in the path of the private sector… entrepreneurs have been suppressing their own entrepreneurship in record numbers. The daring haven’t dared; the creative haven’t created.

These people are still out there, and hopefully they’ll be inspired to jump in once the water is warm again… but these flat eight years have taken their toll.

Businesses that should have been growing, employers that should have been hiring, office and manufacturing space that should have been producing rent, and materials vendors that should have been supplying parts to these start-ups… all these have simply not existed, because of eight flat years.

Never since the Great Depression has there been such a dearth of new starts. The recovery will come, but it will have a lag, for this reason. It’s like having to plant seeds and wait for them to germinate, where in past economies there were already small plants in place, already growing and just needing a little sun, rain and fertilizer for a chance to bloom.

Land Grabs: It would appear that the Obama administration has gone on a buying spree, but they never actually paid for any of the land they’ve taken. This administration has greatly expanded our federal lands, to the point that the US government now “owns” over half of many of our states… about 90% of Nevada, for example. The Bureau of Land Management alone controls an eighth of the nation’s land, through national parks, federal refuges, national monuments, and so forth.

This reduces the opportunities for businesses and private investors to develop land and businesses, to employ people, to provide tax-paying activity for the city, county, state and federal governments, in fact! Repatriating such land, once grabbed, is a difficult process. It can be done, but it’s hard, and takes years. Just since November’s election, in two months they have seized 1.3 million acres from Utah, another 300,000 acres from Nevada, and more. The administration has grabbed 865,000 square miles of land over the past eight years… and that’s on top of all the land that the feds already controlled before Mr. Obama arrived in office.

Land in the government’s hands simply isn’t as productive as land in private hands. When a country desperately needs economic growth, when 95 million people need jobs, when investors need their retirement funds to prosper… tying up over an eighth of the country in Washington DC’s untouchable “preservation mentality” is hardly a prescription for progress.

Danger: UXB

Some readers may recall a splendid British television series from the late 1970s starring Anthony Andrews, called “Danger: UXB”, telling the tales of the Un-Exploded Bombs units of the British government.

They had two duties: to both respond to reports of bomb or mine sightings, and to seek them out on their own wherever they suspected bombs and mines might have been left from past battles, airdrops, or other hinted likelihoods… and then to disable or detonate them harmlessly, to the extent possible. A wonderful television series… and it showed that even in the hands of the most talented experts, this is a very dangerous job.

Today, as we look forward to a new administration in Washington, we find ourselves with a need for an Un-Exploded Bomb unit in our own government. Both the next administration and the congressional leadership need to work together to identify and disable the thousands of regulations, the thousands of planted employees, the thousands of legal precedents and bureaucratic interpretations, that have been left in place to hamstring all efforts to bring America economic growth and a return to Constitutional governance.

The examples listed above are just a drop in the bucket, just a very short list of samples of what we will face as we go forward.

The DoJ spurred the evil Black Lives Matter movement with its takeovers of city police forces and its refusal to prosecute certain criminals… but even when a new Attorney General cleans house in the DoJ, the BLM chapters and the carnage they’ve wrought in our cities will remain in place.

The EPA and Dept of Energy have driven coal mines and other energy businesses out of business… but even when their regulations are revised and the malicious cabinet secretaries and undersecretaries are replaced, the businesses that closed are still closed and non-productive, the towns those mines and oil wells once supported are still ghost towns today, and the low-level federal bureaucrats who happily regulated them are still civil servants, who still believe in the poppycock of Global Warming and Ozone Holes and all the other pseudo-science that the Left has used to socialize our nation for years.

Non-enforcement of immigration laws can be ended, and a wall can be built… but eight years of non-enforcement has caused the numbers of illegal immigrants to swell well beyond the 20 million estimated just a few years ago. These illegal aliens continue to be a burden on law enforcement, on the schools, on our healthcare system, and on our employment numbers, until we can get them to self-deport or otherwise find a solution.

Political appointees can be fired… but federal judges and civil servants will survive a nuclear war along with the cockroaches.

So here we are, at the dawn of a new era, with so many mines to discover and disable, all over the country and all over the world. The havoc wrought by the Obama administration will not be quickly or painlessly undone. This errant president has indeed practiced an even more destructive strategy than even his detractors could have imagined.

Best wishes to all in the incoming administration. The trials of Hercules were a walk in the park compared to the projects that must now be undertaken.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

With Obama Gone, Fed Judge Reveals Admin’s “Stunning” True Behavior… It’s Bad


In a 19-page opinion filed last week, hours before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen excoriated then-President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice for its “nothing short of stunning” deception.

Hanen based this critical judgment on the department’s history of flagrantly misleading him.

Two years ago, for instance, the department’s attorneys had sworn in Hanen’s courtroom that they would not delay and/or ease deportations for illegal immigrants — and that they would instead wait patiently for the judge to decide whether he approved of Obama’s executive decision to implement de facto amnesty.
The lawyers lied, and their lies were eventually exposed, leading to a massive showdown in May of 2016, when the judge slammed the DOJ for making misrepresentations on “multiple occasions,” including during “the very first hearing this Court held,” as quoted by a Breitbart report Monday.

But even after that verbal lashing, the attorneys continued to lie: “In July 2016 … the federal government had once again violated the federal court’s injunction prohibiting the implementation of President Obama’s executive amnesty plan,” Breitbart reported.

These lies eventually led to Hanen imposing severe sanctions on the DOJ.
Last week, however, Hanen withdrew some of his sanctions while still making it abundantly clear that he did not approve of the department’s behavior. And while he backed away from some of the harshest terms he’s previously used to describe DOJ behavior, and even allowed the possibility that some of the misleading statements DOJ lawyers had made had not harmed the states that were suing the Obama administration, his anger was evident.

“This is clearly no way to run the nation’s law firm,” Hanen wrote in the ruling.

Dale Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, was not exactly pleased that Hanen had relented.

“The DOJ’s behavior in this ongoing case, like the (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) program itself, has been completely shameless, totally unethical, and against American principles of fairness,” he said. “Although we praise Judge Hanen’s fulsome criticism of the outgoing Obama attorneys, we’re very disappointed he decided to withdraw sanctions against them.”
Wilcox had a point. The Department of Justice deserved more than mere sanctions for its lousy behavior. That said, a new attorney general is on his way in, so perhaps it was worth it to give the department a break.

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BARACK OBAMA AND THE SOWING OF MINEFIELDS


By John F. Di Leo –

Reflections on Barack Obama’s legacy…

While there is nothing particularly “happy” about warfare, some aspects are even more distasteful than others. There must be shooting in battles; there must be conquest of land; this is what warfare is made of. But some tactics go too far… such as mines.

In the 1990s, for example, the Ottawa Convention sought to put a global end to the use of mines – both land and sea varieties – an aspect of warfare that still costs several thousand lives per year worldwide, even long after the wars in which they were used have ended.

In warfare, the value of a mine is, of course, the fact that it can be left behind, without an army or navy contingent remaining in place to operate it. You just sow mines in a bay or harbor, or plant landmines on a valuable territory or along a border, and nobody dares return there without quickly becoming a casualty. Often horrific, but tactically advantageous. Sometimes justifiable if you’re the one on the right side in the war in question. Particularly horrible if you’re not.

But the biggest problem with mines is what happens after the war is over. Since mines have no expiration date, they remain a danger forever, decades after peace treaties are signed. There are still mines, dating back to WWII and other conflicts of half a century to a century ago, long-forgotten, awaiting the day when an innocent fishing trawler or pleasure boat, construction crew or vacationing family on a hike, will stumble into them with fatal consequences.

Politics is a Minefield

In United States politics, one could argue that there are two kinds of political actions that an administration implements. There are the ones that are easily reversed by the next administration… and those that are very difficult or even impossible to overturn, continuing to raise monkeywrenches in the future, foiling or at least slowing the ability of future administrations to accomplish their agendas.

If one administration raises a fee, the next can reduce it. If one congress raises a tax rate, the next can reduce that too. A law can be overturned by another law; an executive order can be overturned by an executive order.

But there are minefields as well, and that’s the challenge of the hour:

Before we continue, we should proudly acknowledge that this can be a good thing. Though Barack Obama didn’t use the term “minefield” when he spoke of the Constitution, he was certainly notably derisive of it throughout his two terms in the Oval Office. He complained that the Constitution held back his ability to do things – and sure enough, many of his administration’s most destructive efforts were successfully stymied by court challenges that cited specific lines of our 229-year-old Constitution. Every line of that magnificent document remains a well-placed mine, blowing up the treasonous efforts of modern statists to transform America into a socialist autocracy.

But today, at this moment, as the Obama administration finally recedes into the dustbin of history, the minefields that he and his appointees have planted must be our concern.

Just as the Carter era Community Reinvestment Act was a mine that blew up the housing sector in the 2000s after the Clinton administration activated it, just as the reasonable “General Welfare” clause of the Constitution has been reinterpreted by rogue politicians and courts throughout our history to justify any government expansion they desired, the Obama administration has consciously planted thousands of mines in the American political and social theaters, to do damage in the future, long after they’ve left the scene.

There are thousands of distinct, individual mines that the Obama nomenklatura has planted in our landscape, from newly created bureaucracies to civil service appointees who are exempt from firing… from barely noticeable regulations in minor agencies to lifelong appointees in the federal courts, who can never be ejected except by individual impeachment.

These constitute, arguably, the most severe damage that the Obama administration has done, because so many of these are so difficult to undo. For example:

The Minimum Wage: Nineteen states saw minimum wage hikes in 2017 alone. Numerous big cities have passed huge increases in the minimum wage, as much as doubling the federal minimum rate… all accomplished with the political leadership of the bully pulpit of the outgoing president.

No matter what tax rate cuts, regulatory reforms, and trade measures a new administration may institute to spur the economy forward, the ensuing economic boom will miss those regions with this doubled minimum wage. This destructive choice is a barrier to entry for dozens of industries that would otherwise happily arise. And since these hikes were not legally mandated by the outgoing president, the incoming president can do nothing to undo them.

The undeliverable promise of prosperity through minimum wage statute is just a land mine… sitting out there, languishing, quietly dooming their own jurisdictions and hobbling the national recovery.

Foreign Policy: Before leaving office, Mr. Obama attempted to engineer a foreign policy crisis with Russia, by ejecting some forty Russian diplomats from the country on the basis of unproven allegations of low-level spying on some partisan campaign personnel. Fortunately, Russia didn’t rise to the bait, and the new administration can begin to repair that diplomatic relationship. Much harder, however, is what to do about the multilateral foreign policy errors of the past eight years, the many times in which the USA, in concert with our allies, started wars or picked the wrong side in civil wars.

Obama led western Europe in an unnecessary war against Libya, toppling a defanged power in favor of dangerous terrorism-sympathizers. Obama’s people have encouraged a vile disinvestment movement in higher education to drive a wedge between college students and our support for Israel. Obama joined with Western Europe to institute sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, sanctions which hobble our own economic activity while Crimean status remains in stalemate. Obama’s apparatchiks designed an illegal giveaway deal with Iran to enable their nuclear weaponry desires and to empower and finance their terrorist support.

Obama’s administration spurred a misnamed “Arab Spring” – an insult, incidentally, to the brave anti-communists of Prague from whom the term was borrowed – leading to a terrorist takeover in Egypt (thankfully overturned by General el-Sisi), and empowering the growth of ISIS, Boko Haram, and so many other such groups.

A new administration in Washington cannot, with an edict or speech, remove the territory that such enemies have gained, or undo the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been lost. These foreign policy disasters are mines as well, human tragedy that can never be redeemed.

Rogue Agencies: The Obama administration used the power of the federal government to support and even initiate lawsuits that have planted destructive, and even insane, ideas in both the public and private sectors. It was collusion between the Department of Education and the Department of Justice that forced public high schools like Illinois’ High School District 211 to institute policies in support of the concept of “transgenderism” – inserting a costly burden of the construction of new locker rooms and bathrooms, even jeopardizing the ability of schools to field sports teams without fearing lawsuits that would once have been dismissed as frivolous, but which now have precedent to allow them to clog up the courts and waste precious tax dollars. Just as today’s public schools cannot afford multimillion dollar renovations to change their locker rooms, they can’t spend the same money fighting such suits in the courts. Such agency activism, from inspiring individual lawsuits to inventing whole entitlements and bureaucracies like Obamacare, is a sea of mines through which we must now navigate.

Eight Years Flat: Over these past eight years, under a normal economy, in the normal pre-Obama world – whether Democrats or Republicans were in charge – there were always courageous entrepreneurs starting new businesses… there were always lots of start-ups and spinoffs and so forth. They may have had a rough start during recessions, maybe with better odds in some years and worse in others, but these start-ups were there to take off like a rocket when the recessions ended.

This isn’t the case today. Thanks to Obamacare, the FDA’s oppressive new testing and labeling requirements for food, the IRS witch-hunt against small businesses with traditional values, the EPA and Department of Energy war against coal and oil exploration, and so many similar attacks and unnecessary complexities that the federal government has placed in the path of the private sector… entrepreneurs have been suppressing their own entrepreneurship in record numbers. The daring haven’t dared; the creative haven’t created.

These people are still out there, and hopefully they’ll be inspired to jump in once the water is warm again… but these flat eight years have taken their toll.

Businesses that should have been growing, employers that should have been hiring, office and manufacturing space that should have been producing rent, and materials vendors that should have been supplying parts to these start-ups… all these have simply not existed, because of eight flat years.

Never since the Great Depression has there been such a dearth of new starts. The recovery will come, but it will have a lag, for this reason. It’s like having to plant seeds and wait for them to germinate, where in past economies there were already small plants in place, already growing and just needing a little sun, rain and fertilizer for a chance to bloom.

Land Grabs: It would appear that the Obama administration has gone on a buying spree, but they never actually paid for any of the land they’ve taken. This administration has greatly expanded our federal lands, to the point that the US government now “owns” over half of many of our states… about 90% of Nevada, for example. The Bureau of Land Management alone controls an eighth of the nation’s land, through national parks, federal refuges, national monuments, and so forth.

This reduces the opportunities for businesses and private investors to develop land and businesses, to employ people, to provide tax-paying activity for the city, county, state and federal governments, in fact! Repatriating such land, once grabbed, is a difficult process. It can be done, but it’s hard, and takes years. Just since November’s election, in two months they have seized 1.3 million acres from Utah, another 300,000 acres from Nevada, and more. The administration has grabbed 865,000 square miles of land over the past eight years… and that’s on top of all the land that the feds already controlled before Mr. Obama arrived in office.

Land in the government’s hands simply isn’t as productive as land in private hands. When a country desperately needs economic growth, when 95 million people need jobs, when investors need their retirement funds to prosper… tying up over an eighth of the country in Washington DC’s untouchable “preservation mentality” is hardly a prescription for progress.

Danger: UXB

Some readers may recall a splendid British television series from the late 1970s starring Anthony Andrews, called “Danger: UXB”, telling the tales of the Un-Exploded Bombs units of the British government.

They had two duties: to both respond to reports of bomb or mine sightings, and to seek them out on their own wherever they suspected bombs and mines might have been left from past battles, airdrops, or other hinted likelihoods… and then to disable or detonate them harmlessly, to the extent possible. A wonderful television series… and it showed that even in the hands of the most talented experts, this is a very dangerous job.

Today, as we look forward to a new administration in Washington, we find ourselves with a need for an Un-Exploded Bomb unit in our own government. Both the next administration and the congressional leadership need to work together to identify and disable the thousands of regulations, the thousands of planted employees, the thousands of legal precedents and bureaucratic interpretations, that have been left in place to hamstring all efforts to bring America economic growth and a return to Constitutional governance.

The examples listed above are just a drop in the bucket, just a very short list of samples of what we will face as we go forward.

The DoJ spurred the evil Black Lives Matter movement with its takeovers of city police forces and its refusal to prosecute certain criminals… but even when a new Attorney General cleans house in the DoJ, the BLM chapters and the carnage they’ve wrought in our cities will remain in place.

The EPA and Dept of Energy have driven coal mines and other energy businesses out of business… but even when their regulations are revised and the malicious cabinet secretaries and undersecretaries are replaced, the businesses that closed are still closed and non-productive, the towns those mines and oil wells once supported are still ghost towns today, and the low-level federal bureaucrats who happily regulated them are still civil servants, who still believe in the poppycock of Global Warming and Ozone Holes and all the other pseudo-science that the Left has used to socialize our nation for years.

Non-enforcement of immigration laws can be ended, and a wall can be built… but eight years of non-enforcement has caused the numbers of illegal immigrants to swell well beyond the 20 million estimated just a few years ago. These illegal aliens continue to be a burden on law enforcement, on the schools, on our healthcare system, and on our employment numbers, until we can get them to self-deport or otherwise find a solution.

Political appointees can be fired… but federal judges and civil servants will survive a nuclear war along with the cockroaches.

So here we are, at the dawn of a new era, with so many mines to discover and disable, all over the country and all over the world. The havoc wrought by the Obama administration will not be quickly or painlessly undone. This errant president has indeed practiced an even more destructive strategy than even his detractors could have imagined.

Best wishes to all in the incoming administration. The trials of Hercules were a walk in the park compared to the projects that must now be undertaken.

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