Obama’s changing view on Executive Power

Back in 2008, then Candidate Barack Obama made a lot of statements about President Bush.  Even though President Bush wasn’t campaigning, he still pounded and pounded.  There’s many comments that Barack Obama won against John McCain by running against President Bush.

The problem with that is the he’s become, in many ways, exactly what he criticized President Bush as being.  Here’s a prime example.  In 2008, in a townhall meeting in Pennsylvania he made the claim that President Bush was trying to expand the powers of the Executive Branch.  Claiming that he took the constitution very seriously.  I’ve posted the video here.

What’s interesting, and very timely is that Senator Ted Cruz released yesterday a list of abuses of Executive Powers.  Doing more than what the then candidate Barack Obama criticized President Bush for doing.  Here’s just a few to wet your whistle from the Daily Caller article which you can see the full sourced list at:

1. “Obama implemented portions of the DREAM Act by executive action”

2. “Ended some terror asylum restrictions”

3. “Recognized same sex marriage in Utah despite a Supreme Court stay on a court order allowing the institution”

4. “Illegally revealed the existence of sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation”

5. “Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies”

6. “Ordered Boeing to fire 1,000 employees in South Carolina and shut down a new factory because it was non-union”

7. “Terminated the pensions of 20,000 non-union Delphi employees in the GM bankruptcy.”

8. “Government agencies are engaging in ‘Operation Choke Point,’ where the government asks banks to ‘choke off’ access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like—such as ‘ammunition sales.’”

Not only did he get elected deriding abuse of Executive Powers, he’s taken it to new levels.  If the people who voted for Obama because of statements like this read this list and actually follow the sources, they really ought to feel cheated.  I know I do, and I didn’t even vote for the man.

UPDATE: You can see Senator Cruz’s list here.


Will Washington state be in the fire?

“Out of the frying pan, into the fire”  Its a common saying.  People use it all the time to describe when things go from bad to worse.  Could Washington State be headed in that direction?

Currently, two candidates are campaigning to replace a Democrat governor that has been one of the worst governors in recent history.  The Cato Institute gave her an F:

“Chris Gregoire of Washington earned a well-deserved “F” on the last Cato report card.  There has been a never-ending stream of tax-increase proposals coming from this governor since 2005.  In her first year, she raised taxes on cigarettes, gasoline, liquor, and vehicles.  She also re-established an estate tax after a previous version had been struck down by the courts.  In 2009 she signed into law increases in business taxes, sales taxes, cigarette taxes, beer taxes, soda taxes, and candy taxes.  In 2010 she approved a large increase in the cigarette tax, a huge hospital tax, and increases in business taxes and beer taxes.  In 2011 she proposed a half cent increase in the sales tax rate, but that was rejected by the legislature.  In 2012 Gregoire proposed a new tax on crude oil to raise $275 million a year.”

Really, I would say that I would give the voting public in Washington state an F because they were warned by Gregoire’s last challenger, Dino Rossi, that the state was headed for fiscal trouble.  I would also give the Washington State Democratic party and F as well as Seattle Times because they both persuaded voters that Rossi wasn’t truthful on the subject.  But I digress.

Gregoire is an outgoing (lame duck) so why would Washington State be in danger of real bad problems?  Well, I think Jim Miller over at SoundPolitics.com said it well:

“…Finally, here’s a scary thought:  Former congressman Jay Inslee, who is running to replace Gregoire, would be even worse on fiscal issues, in my opinion.  Inslee is promising to do the same things that Gregoire did, and more — while avoiding her, for some reason, on the campaign trail.”

There are many reasons I’m not voting for Jay Inslee and his finance ideas are definitely on the list.  However, the top of the list is a list is the fact that he had a chance to focus directly on his candidacy while making sure that his constituents have proper representation at the federal level.  See, 2 years ago, Jay Inslee was running for re-election.  However, it was discovered that he had already registered websites for his Gubernatorial run.  This would mean that he would either have to give up his office shortly after being elected leaving his district unrepresented until someone could be elected, or his Gubernatorial campaign would have to be short.

He was asked if he was planning on running for Governor back in 2010 during a debate and his answer is just insulting (especially 2 years later when he is running for Governor).  Take a look at how slimy he answers the question.  Of course, we now know the answer.  So, now the district is left without representation, money (all though very little) for a special election is wasted, and he gets a paycheck while he ramps up for his Gubernatorial candidacy.

Seriously, people who vote for this slimebag are just asking for the fire.

Obama’s Hubris

“The god-king has betrayed a fatal flaw: Hubris.”

This is a quote from the fantastic movie 300 when Xerxes under-estimates the Spartans and sends his best warriors to their death.  But what does this have to do with Obama?

If you recall, everyone pretty much agrees that Obama didn’t do so well in the first debate with Mitt Romney.  In fact, there’s people who I never thought I hear criticism of Obama come out of their mouth that had plenty to say.  But, what did Obama think?  Well, the British paper The Daily Mail has found that Obama actually thought he won.

“When President Barack Obama stepped off the stage in Denver last week the 60 million Americans watching the debate against Mitt Romney already knew it had been a disaster for him.

But what nobody knew, until now, was that Obama believed he had actually won.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215173/Obama-believed-beaten-Romney-Denver-debate-ignoring-advice-aides.html#ixzz28vKSL7Cc

He really, honestly believed he won.  Not only is he out of touch with what the economy, and international concerns, he’s out of touch with what the American Public thinks how he’s doing.

The reason that’s given to us for Obama not doing well is very revealing:

“The Democrat said that Obama’s inner circle was dismayed at the ‘disaster’ and that he believed the central problem was that the President was so disdainful of Romney that he didn’t believe he needed to engage with him.”

Disdainful.  As in consider as beneath oneself.

dis·dain (dis-deyn)


1. To regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise.
2. To consider or reject as beneath oneself.

A feeling or show of contempt and aloofness; scorn.

In deed, what is a President of the United States doing considering someone who has served as a successful governor to a very liberal state as beneath him?  The very man who thinks he can (and I believe he will) do better than Obama at restoring America to it’s former strength and Obama thinks that he doesn’t need even consider his criticisms.   This is just one example of how Obama treats those who do not follow him lock-step.  Even moderate Democrats have felt his disdain.  And people believe that the partisan politics in DC are all the result of Republicans?

People need to wake up.  Obama isn’t on their side, he’s a Politician and a King.  And to some people, he’s a god-king.  He needs to be voted out of office!