Yesterday’s “concerns” involving the earmarks firmly ensconced within the next financial flailing of the fledgling Obama caliphate have mysteriously dematerialized. Not only because Obama signed off on the nearly 8,000 earmarks today but also because the “promises” made during his capricious campaign against John McCain have suddenly flipped or flopped, depending upon your perspective. Obama has “Kerry’d the day”, if you will..
A momentary study of the impressive ailerons astride the Obama melon would also allow the observant amongst us to understand his sudden sensitivity towards earmarks..
It is difficult to imagine who is actually participating in the process of assembling these spending frenzies. Of the eighteen positions available within the Treasury Department, only one of them has been filled and that person’s “numerical preciousness” when it comes to tax time makes him the perfect “guess-timator” for the Alfred E. Newman administration.
In an article entitled, “Obama defends pet projects and signs spending bill”, we hear that Obama is “sounding weary of criticism” and he “defended Congress’ “pet projects” as he signed an “imperfect” 410 billion (dollar) measure..” It seems as though the peerless powers of the progressive Pied Piper to bend the will of an uber-liberal Congress has given way to a “change” relative to earmarks. If he has “grown weary” over hearing about earmarks, shall we just call them “Kmart Blue State Specials” then?
As far as earmarks are concerned, Obama now believes that “they can be useful” and in his next “definition of the word ‘is’ is” moment, he “noted that he promised to curb, not eliminate them”. It sounds as though the second black president has been getting lessons in obfuscation from the first black president..
Since the Constitution didn’t matter to FDR during the New Deal, it seems as though the document doesn’t matter to the sanctimonious socialist BHO during “The New Steal”. Obama issued a ‘signing statement” which allegedly will “raise constitutional concerns and would (should) be taken merely as suggestions..” Never mind that Obama pompously criticized George Bush for using signing statements. Never mind that Bush used the signing statement “tactic” for “anti-terror” measures in order to bypass the liberal terrorist enablers and protectors within Congress while Obama is using them to bypass the Constitution while subverting capitalism..
To reinforce the communist carnality of this bill, Obama “signed the bill in private”. I am sure that the lack of flash bulbs and shutter clicks upset the vainglorious vaudevillian, but he will more than make up for it tomorrow.
Later Obama said, “Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts..” Which, during the liberal Demokratic economic upheaval is the equivalent of saying, “Done right, genocide is an opportunity to end both poverty and mass starvation..”
For a few years Bill Clinton had the effective weapon of the “line item veto” at his disposal. In 1998, the robed rubes on the Supreme Court ruled the measure unconstitutional. The line item veto affords the opportunity for a President to really inflict their “message” and beliefs onto the constituents. When bills are interlarded with endless additions from so many others, there is too much blame to go around if and when things end up amiss.
Were Obama the “leader” that he tells himself that he is while he is preening himself during his daily “mirror, mirror on the wall” moment, he would actually “lead” when it comes to this pervasive problem. I have an answer that as an American “victim” of his latest IED attack upon our economy and my life savings, and I am willing to offer it to the President for free.
I am calling it the “Earmark evasion and evisceration Act of 2009”. From this point forward, each and every bill submitted to committee shall cover one topic or item only. A defense budget bill will not have riders requesting funds for gang member tattoo removal. A health care bill will not have earmarks for housing vouchers for the nation’s mendicants. Each bill will be a “stand alone” bill.
A secondary benefit to my Act will be to “streamline” the bills themselves. No more 1,200 page scams that everyone “needs to move quickly on”.. Since “speed” seems to be of so much importance, the reading (or the “vetting”, a new word of the day for the Obama administration..) of these bills by those who will be voting on them will be focused on the matter at hand. If there is a pressing need for the government to pay for swine and feces odor research, submit a bill in broad daylight and put it to a vote.
There is one reason and one reason alone that my Act would never be considered. It would bring about the “transparency” that Obama claimed that he would bring to Washington. Liberals cheapen words every time they use them.
The government also needs to be reminded that the “government” doesn’t “pay” for anything, the taxpayers pay for everything. “Government” merely acquires and redirects that which is forcibly extracted from the taxpayers. If the liberals actually PAID taxes, they might understand why their constituents are so upset over the liberal government’s constant demands for more “revenues”..
There were “five areas” in the signing statement that Obama said that he would not be “bound” by. “Negotiations with foreign governments”. Obama has already spent an inordinate amount of time woo-ing the Middle Eastern terrorist enablers and he is making noises about Cuba, another communist country in need of American “aid”.. “Limits on using U.S. troops in U.N. missions.” Let the U.N. do it’s own “missions”. “Protections for governmental whistle blowers”. I am not sure if he wants more or less “protections”, but since he is in office I will guess “less”. The last liberal’s “whistle blower”/humidor/intern caused undo problems for the sitting President.. “A congressional claim of authority over the spending of money already approved by Congress”. This is probably a “cover all” for any residual Bush legislation but it seems to go against his own silly “done right/earmark” statement that was quoted above.. “Congressional demands that the administration submit budget requests in certain forms”. Maybe if the Obama underlings had sharpened their crayons, this might have never become an issue..
Obama says he wants to “eliminate specific items that he believes serve no legitimate purpose..” You will be shocked to know that “he did not specify how”.. If he were at all serious about this eliminating items with “no legitimate purpose”, he would have started by dropping this 410 billion dollar boondoggle into the White House paper shredder..