We are a nation of laws, with a President who cares little for them.
Strong words? No doubt. But the time for nicely-couched descriptors is over. Queasiness about straight talk ought to fall away when the Chief Executive elevates himself above the law. President Obama has done that yet again, without even a hint of apology.
This ought not to be. Respect for the office of the President and for our nation of laws demands that we challenge every incursion against the sanctity of the law. If not, we are just fiddling away as the notion of a free America burns.
The Budget Control Plan passed in August 2011 to leverage the raising of the debt ceiling was and is a national disgrace. Everyone whose fingerprint is on it knows it was a ruse—the exchange of one dirty bomb for another. Now the fuse is fast running out and the lemmings who supported the thing are crying “Foul.”
Foul indeed. If the sequestration deal were not enough, the President’s manipulation of the issue has iced the cake. In his cool, unilateralist, unchecked and unbalanced, lawless way, he has struck himself another whopper of a deal: With an avalanche of defense industry pink slips set to cascade into households just days before voters draw the curtain and pull the lever, the President has directed contractors to break the law…by not issuing the notifications. With the careless confidence of a monarch, he dispensed with the technicalities, including the legal requirement that pink slips be issued sixty days ahead of potential layoffs.
That is called corruption.
The motivating principle? Whatever it takes to seal the real deal: Term No. 2 and the final touches on President Obama’s radical transformation of America.
The President-who-taught-law doesn’t bother himself with the laws of the land. That would be far too bourgeoisie (or perhaps “too proletariat”) for such a man as he. Instead, the pink slips meant to provide lead time to worried workers have been deemed “inappropriate” by this administration. Yes…inappropriate. When stacked up against the President’s election prospects, these workers are kicked to the curb. After all, why would they fare better than our murdered ambassador to Libya, or the prime minister of Israel?
But cheer up, the “new guidance intended for defense contractors” would surely draw high fives from Castro, Chavez, and Co. Imagine their applause at the Labor Department’s decree that “companies should not be issuing layoff notices over sequestration”—not to mention their pride that the leader of the free world would borrow pages from their own playbooks.
So, is that your hair I smell burning? No? Well, help yourself to some accelerant: The President has promised defense contractors that you, Sam or Suzy Taxpayer, will cover any legal costs incurred by them as a result of this lawbreaking—but only if they agree in advance to do the President’s bidding. Can’t you hear CEOs rising up and shouting: “No, Mr. President, we will not aid and abet your dirty scheme”?
Listen again. Lockheed Martin has already bowed its knee.
On how many levels does this wrench your gut?
Let’s see: The President and his lemmings have warmed up the vote by instructing a sector of our economy to break U.S. law (remember: Dream Act Lite, his gay marriage reversal, et al). Worse, he has done so by denying workers their right to be lawfully notified.
The “man of the people” has sold them out. “Let them eat lawsuits,” says he with an Antoinette-ish grin. And he has committed—on the basis of his kingly say-so—taxpayer dollars to fund his scheme.
By what authority? By fiat, of course. And if the stuff hits the fan (rest assured, something will hit the fan), just how much money might be involved—tens of millions…hundreds of millions…a billion or two? Pffft…
Mere pocket change to a spendthrift regime trying to seal its biggest deal (so far).
But wait. That was your “pocket change.” And if you don’t defend it, who will?