Federal IGs object to attack on independence

posted at 4:26 pm on July 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Promotions always sound terrific, except for the Inspectors General in the federal government.  Currently, they report to both Congress and the executive branch, which creates a check and balance that helps preserve their independence.  Now Congress apparently wants to give an ex post facto grant of legitimacy to Barack Obama’s attack on IG Gerald Walpin by making all IGs report only to the executive:

Inspectors general at five financial regulatory agencies are objecting to legislation that would elevate their positions to the presidential-appointment level, arguing that the move would compromise their ability to conduct independent investigations.

The bill would elevate the five officials at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Credit Union Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. …

The bill, passed last month by the House and awaiting Senate consideration, comes amid a period of increased tension for the government watchdog community, which has seen the departure or dismissal of three inspectors general in recent weeks.

Last month, the International Trade Commission dismissed its inspector general and President Obama fired Gerald Walpin, inspector general at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Also, Amtrak’s inspector general retired suddenly after delivering to leadership of the federally backed corporation an independent audit alleging interference with his probes. Amtrak said retirement arrangements had been made before the analysis was delivered.

Federal watchdogs and their investigative and auditing staffs are tasked with rooting out government corruption or investigating sensitive personnel matters. According to the Government Accountability Office, there are at least 69 inspector general offices across the federal government, with new ones established as the need arises. The president appoints approximately 30 IGs, while the remainder are appointed directly by agency leadership. Rules and reporting structures vary.

Democrats and the White House claim that the changes provide better accountability, but their track record on Gerald Walpin says otherwise.  They went after Walpin hard, accusing him of mental instability, when he objected to a ludicrously easy deal to let Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson — an Obama supporter — off the hook.   In doing so, White House counsel Norman Eisen initially bypassed required Congressional participation by attempting to intimidate Walpin out of his job, and then in firing him outright.

This comes as a piece with the explosion of “czars” in the Obama administration.  Obama has appointed more than a dozen people with plenary powers over the federal bureaucracy, outside of Congressional oversight.  Obama claims that several “emergency” situations demands dictatorial strength in White House aides, which is why we now have an auto-industry czar and a “pay czar,” among others, imposing federal control over private-sector decisions outside the purview of the legislative branch.

The bill to surrender the IGs to the White House is a dereliction of duty by Congress.  It threatens to remove accountability in the system just as the executive branch attempts to take unprecedented control over the federal bureaucracy.  We need a strong Congress to counter a runaway executive, not a supine body that allows an executive to trample over its prerogatives.


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Palin.

portlandon on July 6, 2009 at 4:28 PM

How many Czars did Russia ever have?

originalpechanga on July 6, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I canNOT believe that Congress just giving away it’s authority and responsibilities…they are just as power hungry and narcassistic as Obama…what gives?

Someone explain this to me…please….

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 4:30 PM

not a supine body that allows an executive to trample over its prerogatives.

Supine?

Was Bonny “supine” with regards to Clyde?

Nancy and Harry are Obama’s henchmen. You don’t have to trample over henchmen, they do your criminal bidding.

NoDonkey on July 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Walpin’s lucky he wasn’t clapped in irons and shot full of Thorazine.

Akzed on July 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM

They went after Walpin hard, accusing him of mental stability,

I think you meant “accusing him of mental instability”

Sam Adams on July 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I don’t recall the Congress elected in 2006 being this approving of exectuive powers.

I gues they must have changed their minds with all of the new members they got in 2008.

myrenovations on July 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I think you meant “accusing him of mental instability”

Sam Adams on July 6, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Probably, but maybe not. heh!
We must get rid of all IG’s that are mentally stable does not sound that crazy really.

kahall on July 6, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Just imagine if a Republican Congress gave this power to W. Dems would howl until we were all deaf.

This is not right.

rbj on July 6, 2009 at 4:34 PM

IG’s to Fidel Obama:

“Suck it”

BobMbx on July 6, 2009 at 4:36 PM

So when does Obama give his dog a seat in the senate?

lorien1973 on July 6, 2009 at 4:36 PM

So if Congress abrogates its authority in favor of the Executive, can I take it that they are acting unconstitutionally and ignore them from this point on?

How soon before we see videos of Ogabe calmly sitting on a stage smoking a cigar while various members of Congress are led out by secret police agents, the survivors chanting their unqualified support of the “President”?

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Inspectors general at five financial regulatory agencies are objecting to legislation that would elevate their positions to the presidential-appointment level, arguing that the move would compromise their ability to conduct independent investigations.
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I dont think five of bambam’s friends from Chicago would object tho.

hanoverfist on July 6, 2009 at 4:37 PM

lorien1973 on July 6, 2009 at 4:36 PM

If he does, the dog will immediately become the most competent Democrat in Congress and the least corrupt.

NoDonkey on July 6, 2009 at 4:37 PM

We need a strong Congress to counter a runaway executive, not a supine body that allows an executive to trample over its prerogatives.

doesn’t really matter in this admin., and when it does, Congress usually sticks up for itself. Guess we need to change congress and the admin.

JiangxiDad on July 6, 2009 at 4:38 PM

So when does Obama give his dog a seat in the senate?

lorien1973 on July 6, 2009 at 4:36 PM

No need; my fellow Minnesotans are sending one this week.

Mr. D on July 6, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Glenn Beck was correct… there is a Pulitzer Prize waiting for any journalist that wants it. All they have to do is investigate these IG firings / attacks.

But they won’t. Hell, seen over at Gateway Pundit, the NYT just now found a college article written by Obama filled with anti-American spew–six months after the election.

Journalism died years ago.

Enoxo on July 6, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I am the State.
- Barackito Obamalini

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

It is hard to believe this is American anymore. How did this happen so darn fast? My head is swimming.

petunia on July 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

And pundits wonder why Sarah resigned.

izoneguy on July 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

The getalifes are in charge.

Del Dolemonte on July 6, 2009 at 4:42 PM

TERRIBLE decision!

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 4:42 PM

The apologists for this act don’t seem to understand the objections, nor does the White House.

The bill’s sponsor says this is great because it will increase accountability. Never mind that the accountability is to the president – one of the people that is supposed to be accountable TO THE IG’s. IOW, the IG’s are supposed to make the president and his administration accountable – not the other way around.

The White House says that most of the IG situations being investigated are ones appointed by Bush. Well, duh. Who else would Obama’s administration obstruct and fire? The issue isn’t who appoints them, but who fires them – illegally fires them, that is.

The writing in the article obscures the real issues, as though these folks even addressed the concerns by the IG’s and opponents of the bill. They’re really just putting up smokescreens, which the author does nothing to clarify.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Obama claims that several “emergency” situations demands dictatorial strength in White House aides

You 52% losers remember those words when the government decides to run your life, cancel your vote or repeal certain amendments because of an “emergency”.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM

What about the law Obama co-wrote while a senator? Wouldn’t this measure defeat that legislative victory?

johnnybgood on July 6, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Now Congress The SS apparently wants to give an ex post facto grant of legitimacy to Barack Adolf Obama’s attack on IG Jew Gerald Walpin by making all IGs Jews report only to the executive Fuhrer

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Send Palin on an interview tour.

Walpin is first on the list. This is a matter of fundamental fairness. It’s right up the alley of the Tea Party Protests. For anyone picking his or her nose, the presence of Palin will force them to focus on this issue and others as evidence of Obama’s imperial presidency.

After that, set her loose on the Cap-and-tax nonsense.

Then, set her loose on Obamacare.

While we’re at it, how about Palin interviewing Frank Ricci about racial quotas.

The list is endless.

Even better, match her up with one or both of the Cheneys and send them on a tour of the US.

There’s no way the media won’t cover it.

BuckeyeSam on July 6, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Bishop at 4:36

How about if we pass a referendum to abolish Congress since they’ve already handed over all their duties to the White House?

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Just wait until a republican becomes president with this law on the books, bet you’ll start hearing about the screaming of the corruption of independent IGs when the Dems did this wilfully

Defector01 on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

My senators are so sick of hearing from me.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

You 52% losers remember those words when the government decides to run your life, cancel your vote or repeal certain amendments because of an “emergency”.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM

I’ve been saying it for months — this is all building up to an orchestrated crisis where Obama assumes dictator powers and implements radical socialism to “solve” the crisis. I hope I’m wrong, but everything that happens just confirms my prediction.

Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I am the State.
- Barackito Obamalini

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

L’etat c’est moi.

–Barack XIV

BuckeyeSam on July 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM

They went after Walpin hard, accusing him of mental stability

Sidebar. stability instability

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM

You and me both, Cindy Munford.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM

“No worries” McCain.

the_nile on July 6, 2009 at 4:48 PM

For Fascism the State is absolute, individuals and groups relative.
- Benito Mussolini

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM

The bill to (FILL IN THE BLANK WITH ANYTHING CONGRESS HAS DONE DURING THIS ADMINISTRATION) is a dereliction of duty by Congress.

FIFY.

VibrioCocci on July 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Um… question I heard yesterday… but its a good one…

Just who pays these Czars salaries? They seem to sit outside of the normal Chain of command for the various Departments…

Is Obama misappropriating money to create Non Constitutional positions?

Romeo13 on July 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Someone with legal standing needs to file a lawsuit – quickly!! The number of unconstitutional acts committed by this administration is staggering, and nobody (calling Michael Steele) seems to be willing to challenge it legally. Liberals are fond of suing someone over every imagined slight, but lawsuits to challenge what’s going on in this WH would be perfectly legitimate. That’s why I teach Constitutional Argument, so at least a handful of students understand the gravity of the situation in DC.

College Prof on July 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM

In the attempted presidential power grab in Hondurus, at least their congress refused to go along with it. Here in the good old US of A, our Congress is doing our Presidents bidding for him. A wishful dictator with willing accomplices! Wow, this government is getting scarier by the minute.

Susanboo on July 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Then, set her loose on Obamacare.

Come on. I’m just starting to relax! :)

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM

How about if we pass a referendum to abolish Congress since they’ve already handed over all their duties to the White House?
justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

The power brokers will never ever never ever ever vote to restrict themselves.

You are looking at the government of Saddam, of the Iranian mullahs, of North Korea, where pliant representatives of the people hand power to the chosen leader and then act as rubber stamps for everything he desires. Never thought I would see such a thing in my lifetime in this nation.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM

I am the State.
- Barackito Obamalini
MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:41 PM

L’etat c’est moi.

–Barack XIV

BuckeyeSam on July 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM

“Yo gané.”
Barry el Perdedor

VibrioCocci on July 6, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Actually, Walpin is a sacrifice flyball.

It’s piling up.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 4:51 PM

College Prof, it seems to me that the SCOTUS just this past year has pretty much said that unless the Constitution specifically says who is supposed to hold somebody accountable, we the people have no standing to sue anybody. After all, we only lose our country out of it, and that’s not anything of value.

I don’t know what part of the right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances” they don’t understand…

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Bishop at 4:50
Can we the people establish a referendum to recall Congress?

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Palin.

portlandon on July 6, 2009 at 4:28 PM

You are right. First comment sums it up.

Whether or not some of you like Sarah Palin or think she is viable as a presidential candidate, speaker, or whatever, any concerned citizens needs to be cheering her on when she has the guts to take on Obama. She is one of the few who does so.

People listen to her and she rallies them. Whether some care what she says or not, there are many who do and many who will give her the chance to speak and will cheer her on if she can articulate the outrage they are feeling. Some may not think she can do that, but I do.

We need her voice and anyone like her who has a public forum. I have a great Congress Rep, but he has no public forum. He may talk sense, but he doesn’t make news.

Sarah can grab people’s attention when she talks. People ought to be grateful for what she can do instead of despising her for how some think she falls short.

She’s one of the few pols who is willing to put principle over power. WE ought to be praying that God will heal any scars she has still and asking Him to give her strength because we need someone to come out swinging.

INC on July 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM

You 52% losers remember those words when the government decides to run your life, cancel your vote or repeal certain amendments because of an “emergency”.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Martial law comes to mind. I used to think the people who worried about that were wild eyed hysterics,..not anymore.

a capella on July 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM

I’ve been saying it for months — this is all building up to an orchestrated crisis where Obama assumes dictator powers and implements radical socialism to “solve” the crisis. I hope I’m wrong, but everything that happens just confirms my prediction.
Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

You and me both, which is probably why so much of the stimucrap money has been withheld; he and his lackeys WANT a meltdown, they want desperate people in the streets rampaging, setting fires, demanding action.

Of course his fifth column of ACORN types will be there to pour gasoline over the entire mess while a soothing President Ogabe appears on tv and tells us not to worry, as soon as the “crisis” is over, everything he is taking away will be restored.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM

College Prof on July 6, 2009 at 4:50 PM

yep, standing’s the problem. We’ve heard from two branches during Obama’s attempted putsch. I’ve been wondering and waiting when we’ll hear from the third. Was kinda hoping they might save us. The new chief-justice looked like such a nice guy.

JiangxiDad on July 6, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Are there still doubters about the 22nd amendment being subject to Obama’s executive oversight?

fourdeucer on July 6, 2009 at 4:55 PM

This bill is nothing more than an attempt to give Obama cover for his past actions against the IGs. In doing so, it opens up vast new opportunities for expansion, and consolidation of executive powers.

ICBM on July 6, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Presidents never give up power. Congress does, though.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Um… question I heard yesterday… but its a good one…

Just who pays these Czars salaries? They seem to sit outside of the normal Chain of command for the various Departments…

Is Obama misappropriating money to create Non Constitutional positions?

Romeo13 on July 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM

I watched an interview with one of them and he was asked that question. He proudly stated that he was not taking a penny in salary. It turns out he paid the Obama campaign $24,000. Maybe this is a revenue source for Obama’s “debt-neutral” healthcare bill.

genso on July 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Bishop at 4:50
Can we the people establish a referendum to recall Congress?
justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Not sure as I am about the last person to ask on that question, but even if we could there are those 52% who might makes things difficult, not to mention the MSM whores nipping at our heels the entire time.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Martial law comes to mind. I used to think the people who worried about that were wild eyed hysterics,..not anymore.

a capella on July 6, 2009 at 4:54 PM

The wheels are already set in motion. It’s called NSPD-51. Read it. Thanks, President Bush. Don’t think that Teh Bama won’t use it if he gets a chance. Like Rahm says, “Never waste a good crisis.”

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

We hear praise of a power-wielding, arm-twisting President who “gets his program through Congress” by knowing the use of power. Throughout the course of history, there have been many other such wielders of power. There have even been dictators who regularly held plebiscites, in which their dictatorships were approved by an Ivory-soap-like percentage of the electorate. But their countries were not free, nor can any country remain free under such despotic power. Some of the current worship of powerful executives may come from those who admire strength and accomplishment of any sort. Others hail the display of Presidential strength simply because they approve of the result
reached by the use of power. This is nothing less than the totalitarian philosophy that the end justifies the means If ever there was a philosophy of government totally at war with that of the Founding Fathers, it is this one.
- Barry Goldwater

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Whether or not some of you like Sarah Palin or think she is viable as a presidential candidate, speaker, or whatever, any concerned citizens needs to be cheering her on when she has the guts to take on Obama. She is one of the few who does so.

If she does so effectively, then it’ll be natural.

Nobody here blogging has to force that.

That doesn’t work, anyway.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Welcome to the new banana republic called the USSA. The only thing missing are the fur sinks and gaudy decorations in the white house.

Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Presidents never give up power. Congress does, though.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Presidents were never intended to have that much power. That’s why there are “checks and balances” which Obama finds “problematic”.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2009 at 4:59 PM

JiangxiDad at 4:55

With the Honduras thing, their Constitution says that a president who attempts or supports an attempt to change the 4-year limit must immediately cease all duties. And here in America the administration is trying to argue that because their Constitution doesn’t say who specifically has to do it, that nobody can make the president obey it.

Mirror image of America on the voter registration fraud and on the eligibility issue. Nobody can do a darned thing about it, if you believe the judicial branch.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Call it what it is

wiki

Reality Check on July 6, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Welcome to the new banana republic called the USSA. The only thing missing are the fur sinks and gaudy decorations in the white house.

Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

The rims are still spinnin’ on Air Force One.

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Small steps, under the radar, and soon the foxes* will own the chicken coop…

2010 is right around the corner. Time to stop the insanity.

( * No offense intended to foxes world-wide.)

coldwarrior on July 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Bishop at 4:57
If we could even do so much to bring it to a vote it might make our Congress critters think twice.

Our trouble is that we can talk and talk and talk, but until we start throwing rocks at crowds of people, nobody has to give a rip. As long as we’ve got ignoramuses who are willing to echo the MSM vote.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:01 PM

If you have a Birth Certificate you can only become President, however it would seem that if you have a Certificate of Live Immaculate Conception you can become Fuhrer.

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 5:02 PM

coldwarrior on July 6, 2009 at 5:00 PM

No offense to Susan Powter?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Is a Certificate of Live Immaculate Conception the kind with the magical seal which doesn’t fold when the paper it’s on folds, and which loses only the most significant lines of print when you take a side view of it?

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Damn! Thanks for the link. Looks like it’s all flowing Obama’s way right now. That thing has a zillion ways it can be misused.

a capella on July 6, 2009 at 5:06 PM

And to think a “former” friend of mine recently proclaimed that I am too negative about the direction the country is going in my conversations with her for the past several months…. gee, wonder why.

At least I see the s#itstorm coming. She’s got her head in the sand.

tru2tx on July 6, 2009 at 5:07 PM

a capella on July 6, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Tru dat, playa.

Scary.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 6, 2009 at 5:08 PM

The only reason Congress hasn’t given Ogabe the ability to allocate funds or levy taxes is because they wouldn’t have the ability to add pork.

Bishop on July 6, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Someone explain this to me…please….

ladyingray on July 6, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Simple, my dear Watson….
The senate is bereft of illegal activity, the White House says, “put them under me and I will protect you”, if you don’t, I will let them “run wild”, and they will hunt you down, one by one.
James Cagney basically did the same thing in about 10 Chicago movies…it is an “insurance” policy.

right2bright on July 6, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Power grab, Pelosi and Reid are the facilitators.

southsideironworks on July 6, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Buy ammo. And canned goods. The signs are not good.

Harry Schell on July 6, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Is a Certificate of Live Immaculate Conception the kind with the magical seal which doesn’t fold when the paper it’s on folds, and which loses only the most significant lines of print when you take a side view of it?

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I, of course, have not been allowed to gaze my merely mortal eyes upon that divine document, but that sounds about right.

MB4 on July 6, 2009 at 5:14 PM

The bill would elevate the five officials at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Credit Union Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. …
That much control over the money supply under the Executive branch is mind numbing. Those five agencies have got to stop this.

fourdeucer on July 6, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Short term, here’s what I’d like to see. Another series of well publicized tea parties after Palin is cut loose and ready to attend as speaker. If she could draw 20-50 thousand passionate people at each event, It might spook Barry into doing something really stupid and start the unraveling process. Otherwise, he’ll chisel away at his leisure for the next seven and a half years. If we wait too long, we’re cooked.

a capella on July 6, 2009 at 5:14 PM

THERE IS ANOTHER TEA PARTY – a 2-day affair at the Capitol. I will be there – will you?? The hotel we booked lowered the rate 100 bucks per nite when we said we were coming for the tax protest.

I will contact the ladies at Palin’s website tonite – it would be TREMENDOUS if Palin was there to lead the march.

Ris4victory on July 6, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I’ve been saying it for months — this is all building up to an orchestrated crisis where Obama assumes dictator powers and implements radical socialism to “solve” the crisis. I hope I’m wrong, but everything that happens just confirms my prediction.

Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Lock and Load! Its like they are hypnotized sitting in a sound proof room.

LSUMama on July 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Just who pays these Czars salaries? They seem to sit outside of the normal Chain of command for the various Departments…

Is Obama misappropriating money to create Non Constitutional positions?

Romeo13 on July 6, 2009 at 4:49 PM

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Czars are simply White House Aides and are paid out of the White House budget. Cabinet Members are appointed by the President, but confirmed by the Senate AND must appear before Congress. A White House aide is a political appointee and is cannot be forced to testify before Congress. So by creating a Czar that the Cabinet member and the heads of CIA, FBI, NSA, FTC, FAA, (and every other alphabet) report to, the policies cannot be questioned by Congress or the Judiciary.

barnone on July 6, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Short term, here’s what I’d like to see. Another series of well publicized tea parties after Palin is cut loose and ready to attend as speaker. If she could draw 20-50 thousand passionate people at each event, It might spook Barry into doing something really stupid and start the unraveling process. Otherwise, he’ll chisel away at his leisure for the next seven and a half years. If we wait too long, we’re cooked.

I think you’re dead right. Keeping the masses quiet now will be much more difficult now that she’s cut loose from the Alaskan handcuffs.

Whether she WILL lead? We’ll see.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I’ve been saying it for months — this is all building up to an orchestrated crisis where Obama assumes dictator powers and implements radical socialism to “solve” the crisis. I hope I’m wrong, but everything that happens just confirms my prediction.

Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Cloward Piven Strategy in effect, yo!

I hope the Oath Keepers are paying attention right now.

NTWR on July 6, 2009 at 5:22 PM

I’ve been saying it for months — this is all building up to an orchestrated crisis where Obama assumes dictator powers and implements radical socialism to “solve” the crisis. I hope I’m wrong, but everything that happens just confirms my prediction.

More radical than Paulson’s TARP bailout?

I’m not following you on this one.

AnninCA on July 6, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I wonder how long until this is reversed if a Republican is elected in 2012. (That is if we have an election in 2012.)

barnone on July 6, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Well, MB4, all you have to do is look on the Factcheck site. It’s the magical certificate which defies all the known laws of physics. It HAS to be an immaculate conception.

Gasp! THAT’S why the line saying his father was “Barack Hussein Obama” is missing from the side view of the document/seal! He had no father. The COLB that was posted was the mere mortal variety but when it was put on its side God Himself testified of the immaculate conception!

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:23 PM

And to think a “former” friend of mine recently proclaimed that I am too negative about the direction the country is going in my conversations with her for the past several months…. gee, wonder why.

At least I see the s#itstorm coming. She’s got her head in the sand.

tru2tx on July 6, 2009 at 5:07 PM

My “one and only, current” husband, who did not vote for Obama either, says I am bitter because of my attitude about our Country and our President. He’s in the same sandbox as your “former friend”.

Susanboo on July 6, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Anyone want to see Obama’s imprimatur on every stock transaction, 401k transaction, or credit union transaction?

fourdeucer on July 6, 2009 at 5:24 PM

That much control over the money supply under the Executive branch is mind numbing. Those five agencies have got to stop this.

fourdeucer on July 6, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Somebody has to stop it. This is scary and ridiculous. I know we’re over the barrel but come on, aren’t there any constitution-loving capitalists on the Left? Does Obama really have them ball-gagged this much with his Chicago thuggery?

NTWR on July 6, 2009 at 5:25 PM

My sympathies, Susanboo. That’s a tough place for you to be in. Not so uncommon, but really tough.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Our trouble is that we can talk and talk and talk, but until we start throwing rocks at crowds of people, nobody has to give a rip. As long as we’ve got ignoramuses who are willing to echo the MSM vote.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Rock throwing doesn’t need to happen yet. We need to move the Tea Parties so they occur in front of Congressional Offices and homes. When the Congress critters see that we can make their lives miserable in a meaningful way they’ll listen. If they don’t then rocks come next.

chemman on July 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Wonder what Homeland Security would do with that, chemman? They’re already defining us as terrorists.

I don’t know. Maybe it doesn’t even matter what they call us any more.

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Cloward Piven Strategy in effect, yo!

I hope the Oath Keepers are paying attention right now.

NTWR on July 6, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Exactly! Praise God someone else sees it.

The Oath Keeper speech at the July 4 tea party was by far the most encouraging I heard. Everyone there cheered at every stop.

Daggett on July 6, 2009 at 5:30 PM

At the Tea Party on Saturday the first part of the Declaration of Independence was read. When it got to the “long train of abuses and usurpations”, I wasn’t sure whether they were still reading from the Declaration, or just commenting on the condition of America today.

Talk about timely…

justincase on July 6, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Congress is handing Obama his scepter.

shick on July 6, 2009 at 5:33 PM

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