Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jindal’s Bold Plan to Abolish Louisiana’s Income Tax

Today's Rainbow

Craftsman Tool Chest


Res Ipsa Loquitor

For those who've seen this tool chest on Deals Woot (it's appeared 3-4 times) and wondered what you get for $79, it's this.  It arrived pretty much assembled, only had to put the wheels on.  I'm damned impressed.  No, it's not close to being as sturdy as Craftsman's pro models, but then you don't have to pay hundreds of dollars.  It is what it is, and I like it.  Hell, if you're food-stamps poor, use this for your TV stand, and store your cables and stuff, and "those" special tapes in the lockable drawers.  *wink wink*. 

You're welcome.

Yes, He Deserves Impeachment

Strokes of the Pen

If ever a president deserved impeachment, it's this guy.  I want to focus on Executive Orders here, because after 15 years of trying to make sense of this presidential prerogative, I am still left with too much gobbledygook gook.  Consider:

Although there is no constitutional provision or statute that explicitly permits executive orders, there is a vague grant of "executive power" given in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, and furthered by the declaration "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" made in Article II, Section 3, Clause 5. Most executive orders use these Constitutional reasonings as the authorization allowing for their issuance to be justified as part of the President's sworn duties,[2] the intent being to help direct officers of the U.S. Executive carry out their delegated duties as well as the normal operations of the federal government: the consequence of failing to comply possibly being the removal from office.[3] [Wikipedia]
 Article 2, Section 1, Clause 1

The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows

Res Ipsa LoquitorArticle 2, Section 1, Clause 5

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. 

Technically, these regulations and executive decrees are not “laws” — but they might as well be. Over the past century, Congress has granted so much power to the regulatory agencies that the executive branch, not Congress, now writes the majority of new federal rules, averaging about 70,000 pages of regulations per year. But in a last minute orgy, Clinton’s administration is scheduled to issue about 29,000 pages of new regulations made just in the last three months of his term. " - [Here]

In a nation of 315,165,272 people there must be at least  200,000 who are not lawyers, and I'm one of them.  Which is why I cannot do the mental gymnastics necessary to find where presidents find the power to  legislate via the Executive Order.  Maybe it's in the same box where the courts discovered theirs?

Up until Abraham Lincoln (3), there were few if any orders by Presidents that would classify as legislation. The biggest leap in EO use came from Teddy Roosevelt. Before his presidency there had been a TOTAL 158 uses of the EO.   T.R.  issued 1,006!  Wilson had  1,791; FDR  3,723 (over 12+ years and a World War).

It's not really the number of Ex-Orders issued, although to me they're all extra constitutional, and outside of the framer's intent.  It's the degree of maliciousness that really counts.  For instance, Bill Clinton actually issued 364 E.O., but they actually numbered in the thousands, thanks to what regulatory agencies did with them. Coal-Gate was one of his most  outrageous.

" When the president signed the Executive Order designating 1.7 million acres of land in southwest Utah as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, his action placed the area off limits to mineral extraction and development. The New York Times reported that the monument encloses the largest coal field in the nation, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, which contains at least 7 billion tons of coal worth over $1 TRILLION. "

He did this without even mentioning it to any of Utah's congressional delegation.  The primary beneficiary?  The Lippo Group, which Clinton was highly indebted to.  Stroke of the Pen! 

Obama has been testing what he could get away with since he took office.  Stopping the deportation of illegals, which directly contravene US law, is impeachable. Now, finally, it appears he may be thwarted by threatening to Executive Order the Second Amendment into the trash bin.  But he won't give up.  Obamacare give Democrats the ability to tax anything, or designate anything health hazard

What's really scary is how congress has gone belly-up to this usurpation of their power.  Traditionally congress goes bat-shat over any Executive Branch meddling, but not now.  Not by the Senate, especially.  Both Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have urged Obama to use E.O/ powers to get what they cannot pass legislatively.  That's how evil they, and their intentions are. And what makes me believe that Obama was " purpose built."


DIY Professeur

Tom Smith e-mailed:  "Combines two of your passions"

I assume he meant gadgets and ingenuity, but his link unfortunately featured
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 ahem, so you're on your own.  But, here's (below) another, less titillating,  example from Fiche Bricolage du Professeur Choron genius. 

HELP! I can't stop