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Obama, emperor or magician?

Written January 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering
A White House photo of President Obama speaking last November.

A White House photo of President Obama speaking last November.

Ahead of the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday, his top advisers told the Associated Press what he intends say. It sounds as though Barack Obama thinks of himself as an emperor or maybe Merlin the Magician. His advisers say Obama plans to work with Congress when he can and  circumvent it “where he must,” according to the AP. He plans to “demand” expanded economic opportunity. And if Congress does not act, he will take “unilateral action to close the gap between rich and poor Americans.”

That’s an impressive plan for an emperor, and even more so for the chief executive of a republican government whose role it is to see to it that laws are faithfully carried out. You can look long and hard, but you won’t find anything in the Constitution charging the president with circumventing the Congress. Going against what Congress decides, or decides not to do, comes close to violating the president’s oath of office. Remember what Lincoln said about “of, by and for the people.” And In the House, members are elected for only two-year terms because that way, in theory at least, the assembly more closely reflects the opinions and wishes of the governed, the people.

As for closing the gap between the rich and poor, Obama has proved to be the wrong man for that particular job. It would take a magician. Or it would take a practical politician who understands how the economy works and acts accordingly.

Under Obama — heavy on mandates and regulations, along with printing money and showering subsidies on favored interests — Americans on food stamps have reached the highest proportion ever, about one in seven. And the percentage of the working-age population with a job has kept going down to under 59 percent.

The direction we’ve been going under Obama is the wrong way to go, but judging from the advance word on Tuesday’s speech, he hasn’t learned. Instead, he intends to keep heading the wrong way for the rest of his term. (hh)

2 responses to “Obama, emperor or magician?”

  1. tom cordier says:

    Obama is an arrogant, pompus ass raised by a flake mother and no father. He has an inverted view of our Country and doesn’t know the difference between speaking/acting truthfully and lying about his words and actions.
    “you can keep your….”
    “I didn’t draw a red line..”
    “It was caused by a video…”
    “the right to an abortion is the most important freedom…”
    “I’ll have the most transparent…”
    “we”ll provide less expensive health care…”
    “I’ll hold ….accountable for …”
    The voters must reject every Democratic candidate who has helped cover for this inadequate excuse for a US President ever to be in office.
    The income equality of which he speaks is a result of his failed policies and his proposals will make inequality worse

  2. Jim Clausen says:

    How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

    “There are 8 levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

    1) Healthcare – Control healthcare and you control the people
    2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
    3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
    4) Gun Control – Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
    5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
    6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
    7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
    8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.”

    Many lament that obama is inadequate, doesn’t know what he’s doing, incapable. Nothing could be further from the truth; he knows EXACTLY what he’s doing. He’s following what Saul Alinsky and Bernadine Dohrn laid out. Overwhelm the system with chaos and it will be easy for the government to move in and take over.


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