Congress? Courts? We don’t need no stinking Congress or Courts…
Hey. I Won!
We’ve seen a bunch of top priority legislation fall by the wayside over the last few months. Specifically, Cap&Tax and Comprehensive Immigration Reform, both top priorities for TheBoyPresident™ and his Marxist Minions, have been pulled because Harry doesn’t have anywhere near the votes to pass ’em let alone stop a filibuster. But never fear the Administration that Brought us DemonPass™ to nationalize one-sixth of the economy with legislation that “we had to pass so we could find out what was in it” will find a way to save the environment and add 20 million new Democrat voters to the rolls without the bother of all those divisive hearings or court filings.
It’s called “Regulation”. You just think that Congress has to pass laws in order to make things happen in Washington. You’re wrong. Big time. The real power in DC isn’t voting on legislation, it’s writing and enforcing the regulations that flow from the legislation. That’s why legislation is written in broad terms (except for earmarks, when you’re having a building named after you, you want to make sure they spell your name right), so that the regulators – lifelong Leftists to the core – can work under the cover of darkness and make happen what would likely cause an uprising of the unwashed in flyover country if the specifics were publicly aired.
Which brings us to Cap&Tax and CIR. I find it interesting that TheWon™ can see his signature stuff get stomped and not be upset. After all, he’s known for taking this kind of stuff personally. So there’s something afoot. First, with Cap&Tax, the EPA has for some time been looking at regulating carbon emissions. Looks like they may be ready to strike, although it will likely be AFTER the election in November. From ClimateProgress.org…
EPA determined in December 2009 that climate change caused by emissions of greenhouse gases threatens the public’s health and the environment. Since then, EPA received ten petitions challenging this determination. On July 29, 2010, EPA denied these petitions.
Nice work on a Friday. And their minions in Congress made sure nothing would stand in their way of doing their part in destroying the economy.
As EPA was considering the petitions challenging its endangerment finding, some in Congress have sought to obstruct EPA through legislation. On 10 June the Senate debated and defeated S.J.Res.26 (Murkowski Resolution), a resolution that would have effectively vetoed EPA’s endangerment finding.
Though the legislative effort to veto EPA’s endangerment finding failed, there are other efforts being made in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to impede EPA’s effort to execute the provisions of the Clean Air Act as they relate to greenhouse gas emissions. These include measures that would delay for years EPA action under the act. Given the current prospects of comprehensive energy and climate legislation in the Senate (see WWF Statement on Senate’s Failure to Pass Clean Energy & Climate Legislation, 27 July 2010), it will be especially important to maintain progress under the Clean Air Act to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Needless to say, the folks at ClimateProgress.org and the WWF are ecstatic.
On the issue of CIR, while the Administration is doing their best to stand up for the right to illegally bring millions of new Democratic voters into the country, I think it’s really just an exercise in misdirection. They slap together a court filing to contest the Arizona Immigration Enforcement law (SB 1070) that, even though a Clinton appointee found enough merit to issue an injunction on parts of it, is laughable and might not even make through the Ninth Circus, the real action is over there with the regulators. From the folks at The Corner…
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) may have uncovered the answer to their dilemma yesterday: an internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo (reported here on NRO) that outlines steps the Obama administration can take “in the absence of Comprehensive Immigration Reform” — that is, lawfully enacted amnesty — to “reduce the threat of removal for certain individuals present in the United States without authorization.”
The four authors of the memo, titled “Administrative Alternatives to Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” are political appointees USCIS chief of policy and strategy Denise Vanison (a former immigration attorney and partner at Patton Boggs) and USCIS chief counsel Roxana Bacon (former general counsel for the American Immigration Lawyers Association), and two career employees of USCIS director Alejandro Mayorkas, another Obama appointee.
The U.S. Constitution gives Congress — and only Congress — the authority to decide federal immigration law, but the Obama administration has come up with an extensive list of ways to ensure that a majority of the illegal aliens in the United States are allowed to remain here.
Read the whole thing, they’ve got interesting examples of why this Administration doesn’t need no stinking badges.
The bottom line here, gentle reader, is that Democrats find a way to enact the most extreme parts of their agenda, the Constitution and the voters be damned. Make no mistake about it, they will have no qualms about destroying the US economy in the name of reducing carbon emission, nor will will they bat an eyelash when it comes to adding 20 million or so Democrats to the voter rolls. I can hear them now, “Heck, they’re even LIVE voters!”.
If you actually needed proof that Democrats are the enemy of liberty and freedom, look no farther.