“Abdication of Leadership” On Budget Disappointing

The lack of leadership when it comes to a budget by President Obama is very disappointing.  From Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI):

“I am deeply disappointed in this President’s abdication of leadership when it comes to prioritizing Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars.  The decision to delay the release of his budget again could not come at a more precarious moment for our fiscal and economic future.  This will mark the third time in four years the President has missed his statutory requirement to present a budget on time, while trillion-dollar budget deficits continue to mount.  As the President announces another missed deadline, tomorrow marks the 1,000th day Senate Democrats have gone without any budget at all.

“Having buried Americans under trillions of dollars of debt, the President and his party’s leaders remain unwilling to account for their spending spree.  The lack of credible budget plans from the President and his party’s leaders raises the question: What are they hiding?  Given their refusal to advance serious spending restraints and reforms, the President seems unwilling to specify the extent of the job-destroying tax increases and disruptive health-care rationing required to make a dent in his borrowing binge.  The merciless math of Washington’s current fiscal trajectory requires tough decisions and principled leadership, which leaders are supposed to offer in the form of budgets.  Rather than tackle these challenges head-on, this President continues to punt, while his party’s leaders in the Senate have simply abandoned responsible budgeting altogether.

“While the President’s failures delay the Fiscal Year 2013 budget process, House Republicans remain committed to advancing solutions that get American back on track.  We deserve better than a President unwilling to meet his legal and moral obligation to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.  We deserve better than the President’s path to debt, doubt and decline.”

President Obama should be ashamed, as should all the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, of the continued failure to pass a budget. There should be extreme disappointment that not one of them wants to be held accountable.

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Obama: I’ll Decide What’s Constitutional

The assault on the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution by the Obama administration continues.

Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda.

Congress placed a provision in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2012 designed to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using any of its $30.7 billion taxpayer funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” However, upon signing the bill into law, President Obama issued a caveat of his own:

I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient.

In other words: “Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.”

Of course, the Constitution doesn’t actually give the president this power, but Obama won’t allow a little thing like the U.S. Constitution get in his way. And in the present case, Congress is right to try to prevent him from using a federal health agency, not to mention our tax dollars, as a weapon in his ongoing war against the Second Amendment. As The Washington Times reports, NIH has wasted over $5 million since 2002 producing deceptive studies aimed at furthering gun control — including one study that tried “to prove that a home without firearms was essential to a child’s safety and well-being.”

Even more importantly, Congress knows that there is no scheme too radical, or dangerous, for the Obama administration when it comes to using federal agencies to push its anti-gun agenda.

In other words the administration of President Obama has no qualms with bypassing Congress when it comes to his agenda.

Last month, email exchanges surfaced between employees at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) that show the administration helped illegally transfer guns to violent Mexican drug cartels in order to manufacture a case for gun registration. Now gun dealers in four Southwest border states must abide by a new gun registration requirement, courtesy of BATFE, that forces them to register the sales of any law-abiding American who purchases more than one semi-automatic rifle within five business days.

Congress never passed any law like this. Rather, Obama’s BATFE orchestrated the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal to give cause for its unconstitutional gun-control edict. Given this, how hard is it to envision the Obama administration issuing a phony “health” study that maligns gun owners?

Yet another reason why in 2012 the American people must vote President Obama out of office.

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Time For a Red Tape Diet

America definitely needs this in 2012.

Uncle Sam ended the year having saddled Americans with another 81,836 pages of regulations. No issue was too small or insignificant to escape attention in the federal government’s final week of pronouncements.

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When Ben Franklin famously suggested that the birth of the nation ought to be celebrated with fireworks, he didn’t mention any need to seek prior approval from a central government that also insists on registering the identity of individuals with an interest in studying dolphins along the California coast.

The ever-expanding tome of mindless rules and restrictions known as the Federal Register serves as the most obvious measure of how overgrown Washington has become. The annual output of 80,000 pages of red tape comes at a tremendous price. It takes $1 trillion in borrowing to keep the supersized bureaucracy open. But that’s not all.

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, keeping up with all of the latest federal dictates costs American businesses $1.75 trillion. Every dollar spent filling out pointless paperwork and every hour spent attempting to decipher arcane laws reduces the ability of businesses to expand operations and hire new employees.

That’s why the greatest gift Congress and the Obama administration could give to the economy would be a regulatory moratorium. Even better, the House and Senate ought to resolve to pass no new laws, or at least to enact nothing new without first repealing a statute of equivalent burden.

America has never been more coddled, overseen and micromanaged by its political class. It’s no coincidence that the country is also facing its worst economic crisis. Enough is enough. Let’s send the employees at the Government Printing Office – where the Federal Register is printed – home for the remainder of 2012.

It’s these overburdensome regulations that are stifling the economy.  For those that want bi-partisanship start here.

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Regulations on farm dust?

Seems the EPA has lost any common sense it may have had.  Now it wants to regulate farm dust.  As 21 Senators pointed out recently dust is a naturally occuring event.

The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, “If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history.” It further states, “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.”

Farmers in Oklahoma also weighed in recently.

“It’s plain common sense, we don’t want to do anything detrimental,” said farmer Curtis Roberts. “If the dust is detrimental to us, it’s going to be to everybody. We’re not going to do anything to hurt ourselves or our farm.”

Roberts, a fourth generation farmer and rancher in Arcadia, said regulating dust in rural areas will hurt farmers’ harvest, cultivation and livelihood.

“Anytime you work ground, you’re going to have dust. I don’t know how they’ll regulate it,” Roberts said. “The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from doing things we need to be doing because of the EPA.”

Then again common sense is lacking throughout the Obama administration isn’t it?  So maybe such a ridiculous proposal shouldn’t be unexpected.

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