Wednesday, April 29, 2009

First One Hundred Days

Time Magazine said this:
Only 6% into his 1,461-day term, Obama has already signed a $700 billion stimulus bill, tried to bail out Detroit, lifted a ban on stem cell research, planned a withdrawal from Iraq, reached out to Cuba and authorized the release of Bush-era torture memos. Oh, and he got a dog.
But let's examine more closely what this 100 days has brought this country:

In just 100 days, Barack Obama (aka Barry Soetero) has moved along the most intrusive federal overreach in this country’s history, all funded with money we simply do not have. He has spent well over $564 billion in 100 days.

He has presided over takeover of huge corporations via federal ownership of corporate stock courtesy of the American Taxpayer and his administration has put enormous pressure on banks to accept TARP money and not allowed some of them to pay it back. That of course is so the government can continue to exercise control over their business. Obama and his Congressional cohorts have used the American taxpayer like their personal ATM and have put the printing presses on full tilt to print money, as a result of monetizing our enormous debt. Heaven knows the inflation this country will see, and in fact we are already seeing it.

Obama has moved America from a traditional model of entrepreneurship and private initiative to the modern European model of more government regulation and control.

Obama campaigned on a pledge to end earmarks and bring about Change, yet he signed an appropriations bill loaded with 8,000 earmarks - and wasn't even lambasted for that (except by the opposition).

He has declared a pull out of troops from Iraq - but has expanded the war to Afghanistan, and it is likely we will become involved in Pakistan.

Obama allowed two major power grabs in government.
The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have been allowed enormous unsupervised and undisclosed spending; spending the equivalent of the entire federal budget for 2007.

Under Obama's watch, his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health; a decision which opens the door to wholesale regulation of American life by government, and will no doubt be the precursor to an out-of-control EPA which will force Congress to pass trillions of dollars in energy taxes in the form of cap-and-trade legislation. (Taxing everything from the exhaust from your car to the gas produced by cows on farms)

Let's not forget Obama's global apology tour, in which he labeled America as "arrogant, dismissive and derisive" in front of foreign audiences, and in the process he also got to bow down to a Saudi King. He has shaken hands and made friends with tyrants and murderers.

He has been an utter failure in even an attempt at changing Washington politics - it's more of the same, and in fact his appointees have had enormous problems with tax fraud and other scandals, but appointments are pretty much going forward despite questionable actions by Obama appointees. We have a tax cheat heading the Treasury Department, need I say more. On the note of working in a bi-partisan manner - well, that's not happening, this administration is governing so far Left that bi-partisanship is untenable.

But let's also examine the Executive orders so far enacted by his pen stroke. There have been 19.

Executive Order 13489 Obama ordered government agencies to examine Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with an eye to release documents -- overturning Bush administration directives which hindered disclosure of information. "For a long time now there's been too much secrecy in this city," Obama said. "Starting today, every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known." This is particularly funny since Obama has so far refused to show his own documents regarding his birth and college admission. We have not yet seen
• A certified copy of his original, signed “vault” birth certificate.
• Certified copies of his reissued and sealed birth certificates in the names Barack Hussein Obama, Barry Soetoro, Barry Obama, Barack Dunham and Barry Dunham.
• A certified copy of his Certification of Citizenship.
• A certified copy of his Oath of Allegiance taken upon age of maturity.
• Certified copies of his admission forms for Occidental College,Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
• Certified copies of any legal documents changing his name.

So much for transparency - it's good to apply that to the rest of us - just not Barry Soetoro. He continues to spend millions to fight lawsuits which are merely asking him to prove his Constitutional eligibility to be President of the US. (Mock this as you like - but ask yourself why he just doesn't prove his eligibility and put the whole issue to rest - it is very much still alive despite co-opted judges and Obama administration roadblocks)

Then there were a slew of new Offices and Councils set up - further expanding government and opening up job slots for the many Obama campaigners. More bureaucracy. Now there's change we can believe in.

Executive Order 13499 Establishment of the National Economic Council
Executive Order 13500 Establishment of the Domestic Policy Council
Executive Order 13501 Establishing the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Executive Order 13503 Establishment of the White House Office of Urban Affairs
Executive Order 13506 Establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls
Executive Order 13507 Establishment of the White House Office of Health Reform

He signed Executive Order 13492 to close GITMO - but still hasn't found a suitable place to put the remaining detainees since no other country has stepped forward to take them. Torture is out - Executive Order 13491 Ensuring Lawful Interrogation and Executive Order 13493 Review of Detention Policy Options were signed.

Then there were a bunch of pro-labor EO's - of course as payback for the unions that helped elect him.
Executive Order 13494
Economy in Government Contracts
Executive Order 13495 Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts
Executive Order 13496 Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws
Executive Order 13502 Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects

According to one website: "The orders relate to the required notification to employees about labor rights; non-displacement of workers due to a prior employer's loss of a government contract; the allocation of costs related to persuading employees to exercise or not to exercise their right to organize or bargain collectively; and project labor agreements."

Well you can read the rest on stem cell research and such. This was just highlights. It's amazing though what "the One" can do with the stroke of a pen. Executive Orders seem sort of dictatorial - but hey - that's just me.

Let's not forget also how opposition is being targeted as "national security threats" - including veterans returning home from military service. That was a nice touch from his Department of Homeland security.

Yeah...Mr. Obama has done much in 100 days - with a $3.5 trillion dollar budget in the wings with unprecedented deficits and ginormous American debt.

Only 1,361 days more to go.