Here’s a good article about how the Obama Administration (including the State Department) has tried to get around FOIA requests.
“…the Obama White House has turned stonewalling into an art form. A favorite tactic is to ignore or string out the requests. That’s what State did in Mrs. Clinton’s case, claiming it simply couldn’t get around to issuing her emails until next year…”
Well, that’s surprising. No, not really.
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.
My previous post about President Obama being fast with gun control data reminded me of another occurance of his knack of being deceptive with data. If you remember back when he was being critisized for his creative methods of blocking new drilling for oil he kept on quoting a statistic that “The United States holds only 2% of the planet’s proven oil reserves”. This is something that he uses to suggest that the US just doesn’t have that much oil in the ground and drilling would be a waste of time and money. That’s what he wants people to assume. Because most people don’t know what “proven oil reserves” means it’s not a huge stretch for people to make that jump.
Well, the Institute for Energy Research put out an article about this deception (emphasis added).
According to President Obama, the United States contains only 2 percent of the planet’s proven oil reserves, Of course, he’s right — to a point. In classic fashion, he’s using a technicality to skirt the facts and keep the myth of energy scarcity alive. The reality is that the U.S. has enough recoverable oil for the next 200 years, despite only having 2 percent of the world’s current proven oil reserves.
And the technicality that he’s using?
Proven oil reserves are not all of our oil resources—not even close. In fact, proved reserves represent a tiny portion of our total oil resources. Proven (or proved) oil reserves are reserves that have already been discovered, typically through actual exploration or drilling, and which can be recovered economically.
Read the article for more details about what the proven oil reserves really means. Ultimately, we’ve had only 2% pretty much all of the time.
Let me be as blunt as possible. Gun control advocates are liars, they only want to instill fear and want to move quickly while emotions run high. Why? First, it’s easy to ram through sweeping changes to our constitutionally protected rights while emotions are high. Second, because the longer it takes, the more people come to their senses and realize exactly what I just said.
Recently President Obama gave a speech in which he talked about gun control. Of course, he cited some study saying that 40% of gun purchases are purchases made without background checks. He’s obviously targeting Gun show and private sales as the source of all our problems. There’s just one problem, he’s lying.
John Lott at the National Review Online lays it out quite well:
Actually, the number reported was a bit lower, 36 percent, and as we will see the true number of guns “sold” without check is closer to 10 percent. More important, the number comes from a 251-person survey on gun sales two decades ago, early in the Clinton administration. More than three-quarters of the survey covered sales before the Brady Act instituted mandatory federal background checks on February 28, 1994. In addition, guns are not sold in the same way today that they were sold two decades ago.
So, not only is the President lying, but he’s using a 20 year old survey which some of the sales included sales before mandatory federal background checks. Now, that’s not just being careless, that’s straight out deception. Lott concludes that the actual number of sales of guns are more in the single digits. Read the full article to understand why and to get access to the actual survey and get the numbers yourself.
“But wait!” you say? “What about the effectiveness of background checks? Obama said that they were wildly effective!” Well, that’s more of a wild mischaracterization of the facts (or lie). Here’s another interesting tidbit from the article:
Obama made many other false statements during his talk. He asserted that “over the last 14 years [background checks] kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.” But these were only “initial denials,” not people prevented from buying guns.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms dropped over 94 percent of those “initial denials” after just preliminary reviews. Virtually all the remaining cases were dropped after further investigation by ATF field offices or the Department of Justice. Few of these “initial denials,” 62 people or about 0.1 percent, involved strong enough evidence to be consideration for prosecution. Just 13 pleaded guilty or were convicted.
So, from 1.5 million wrong people getting their hands on guns to 13. Yeah, that’s crazy off there Prez. Basically his whole argument for increased background checks is based on 20 year old surveys and mischaracterization of the facts. Democrats love to fly lose with their facts.
Be careful when emotions are high. Remember that the Liberals and Democrats will tend to “not waste a disaster”.