The DREAM act is Not The Issue

What President Obama recently did by essentially authorizing the DREAM Act through an Executive order is not really the issue.  The issue is how he went about authorizing the Dream Act, not that he actually authorized it.  He usurped the authority of our Congressional representatives with his Executive order. 

Issuing Executive Orders is something President Obama has done on a regular basis since he was elected. These Executive Orders are issued by him unilaterally either because he cannot persuade Congress to agree to a particular course of action or because the Constitution of the United States prohibits him from doing whatever it is he wants to do and he feels it necessary to bypass, ignore or override it to implement his agenda.

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We elect representatives to look at all sides of the immigration issue and work on legislation that best represents the will of US citizens and with a wave of his pen President Obama instructs the Justice Department to do his bidding rather than ours.

Imagine if you would, a city council in the midst of dealing with speeding issues along one of their busiest corridors.  Then imagine the mayor deciding, before council has reached a solution,  that the best way to deal with the speeding issue is to instruct the city police to not enforce any speed limits because, “after all people shouldn’t be slowed from getting where they obviously need to go.”  Our legislators are working through the complexities of our immigration issues just as the elected city council work through the complexities of roads and traffic loading and it is just as wrong for the mayor to bypass the council as it is in this case, for President Obama to bypass our legislators.  

Not enforcing speed limit laws is not much different than not enforcing immigration laws.  As I’ve said so many times in the past, a government that picks and chooses which laws they enforce, is just as guilty as a criminal who picks and chooses which laws they will follow.  In my opinion, President Obama is just as guilty of violating immigration laws as the parents who smuggled their kids into our nation in the first place.   And in cases such as this, where President Obama has bypassed Congress, I would say that his crimes are premeditated.

"We can’t wait for Congress to do its job. So where they won’t act, I will," Obama told students at the University of Colorado-Denver. "We’re going to look every single day to figure out what we can do without Congress."


But, because it’s for the children, I don’t think that President Obama will be called to the carpet for his transgression, even if it’s not right and it is most probably a campaign ploy to boost his popularity with the Hispanic demographic.   And I’ll have to admit that it was a well played political move on his part because now anyone who opposes how he went about enacting the Dream Act will be labeled as opposing the DREAM Act itself and therefore must be racist. 

The fact of the so called DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is that it has had varying support from both Democrats and Republicans over the the last decade, yet didn’t ever pass completely.  This lack of passage is because many Americans and their elected officials, unlike President Obama, think that we must control our borders in conjunction with offering legal status to those who have already crossed our border illegally.   That’s where I stand; enforce existing immigration laws to reduce or stem the flow of illegal aliens into our nation, then use the DREAM Act and other means to positively integrate the new comers to our society.

Water is in itself a good thing.  Water is much desired if comes out of a faucet or bottle, but when water falls from your living room ceiling, the same “good thing” water is a problem, not a blessing.   Most of us would opt to fix the roof and then decide how best to deal with a wet living room.  But what we have in the White House is a politician named Barack Obama who is using his Executive power to actually order Americans to not call a roofer, but rather he is asking us to go out and purchase more buckets.  

What we have in Barack Obama is a politician, not a leader.

Hey Look! That One is Way Ahead!

debt2I’ve seen a “Who Increased The Debt?” chart here and there around the net and on more than one Facebook post, so odds are you’ve come across it or one of it’s variations.  I also think that I hear Joe Teehan allude to these same figures somewhat regularly on the KGMI Morning Show.

Through one of the Facebook links I located this copy of the chart on the right at Politcususa which is a self described liberal politics blog.  With the title Politicausa centered between images of  self-proclaimed  socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and by most accounts socialist President Obama, I had no doubt that the “facts” on the site were skewed to the left.

I wasn’t really sure how far left and exactly what actual information they were skewing so I had a look see.  It turns out that Snopes already had a go at the chart six months ago and they had deemed the Who Increased the Debt chart a mixture of truth and fiction.  What they actually determined was that the chart was probably based on accurate information (as of April 2011) just not well represented or of any use.

“So, as far as raw numbers go, the chart is reasonably accurate…

The chart isn’t a true comparison of equals…

the increase reported for Barack Obama will be considerably higher by the time he leaves office.”

Snopes bottomline really says all that anyone needs to know about the Who Increased the Debt chart,

All in all, this is a case of relatively accurate information which is of marginal value due to the lack of proper comparative context

Alternative debt analysis1Being of marginal value hasn’t stopped Barack Obama supporters from spreading it around the net though.  Apparently it is of some value to them if they get enough people like Joe Teehan to pass along the misinformation as truth.  And we all know that lies become truth if you hear them enough. Way to go Joe!

So as not to make this blog post just a negative commentary or a repost of a Snopes post, I thought I would add a couple of charts of my own that actually contain proper comparative context.  I used the same data, but I didn’t compare apples to oranges nor mush and manipulate the numbers into a chart where I tell you who is at fault in our national debt problem.  Instead,  I just charted the hard numbers, dollars vs. time.


Alternative debt analysis 2Anyone with out a preconceived agenda will probably agree with my 9-year old, who when seeing the charts proclaimed, “Hey look! That one is way ahead!” as he pointed to the Barack Obama spending line.  How do you disagree with that?   If spending taxpayer money were a race, President Obama is clearly in the lead.

My charts don’t bode well for a sitting President seeking a second term in office.  It would be one thing to spend this much money if our economy were booming, but it isn’t.   It would be another thing if this outrageous level of spending were actually kicking our economy into overdrive, but it isn’t.  Frankly I can’t see anything positive coming from this level of spending nor the Obama Administration in general.

And President Obama is asking us to offer him 4 more years of spending?  I don’t think we can take it.


And what about all the probamas who blame President Bush for much of President Obama’s early term spending?   I say sure, there is always some carryover spending from one administration to another, but don’t tell me that President Obama and his administration don’t have a spending problem when they couldn’t even wait to take office to start spending.

UPDATE on November 10, 2008 at 7:15 PM EST:
A source tells NBC News that Obama pushed Bush on an economic stimulus package, saying that action is needed now, not after the inauguration:

According to the source, Obama told Bush that action is needed on a stimulus package now – in a lame duck session – and cannot wait until after the inauguration.
Obama also urged help for automakers and encouraged the acceleration of the disbursement of $25 billion dollars for the industry.

On his third focus – housing – Obama voiced his concern that homeowners whose mortgage rates are about to go up will need aid to prevent more Americans from defaulting on home loans.


And another,

President-elect Barack Obama asked President Bush today to request the release of the second $350 billion in federal bailout funds so he would have “ammunition” if the country’s fragile economy weakened further.The White House said that Bush has agreed to request the money.
Obama, speaking after a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, said it would be “irresponsible” to enter the White House without having asked Bush to request the funds. He called the cash “potential ammunition” in case the economy worsened.
Bush to Ask for TARP; Obama to ‘Rebrand’ It

By MARK MOONEYJan. 12. 2009

Media Malpractice: the movie

I think any reader of this blog knows that I don’t believe we elected the best person during our last election.  So here we are today halfway through President Obama’s  term with talk of his reelection beginning to ramp up.  I’m guessing there are a lot of very disappointed Barack Obama supporters wondering what happened?   

Well media manipulation prompted by themselves, savvy campaigns, or both is what happened.

If you were intrigued by that little teaser, it’s worth taking a look at a complete documentary about media influences so that you can put your skeptic hat on as we once again approach elections.  If you have a Netflix account  Media Malpractice by John Zeigler is a full length in depth documentary currently on their Watch Instantly list, or there is more about the video and it’s production at Media Malpractice.