Week of November 22 – November 29, 2014
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NEWSMAX – Illegal Executive Orders Reward Illegal Immigration – 11/26
Like millions of other Americans, I appreciate the plight of billions of people throughout the world who would like nothing more than to find themselves in the United States, where they could enjoy a much higher standard of living and wonderful opportunities for advancement. It certainly seems like a compassionate thing to offer them legal status in America and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. It should first be considered, however, that we have millions of people already mired in dire poverty in our inner cities, rural townships, and places such as Appalachia who would certainly appreciate a helping hand before we extend one to foreigners.
RED STATE – Republicans Will Vote to Fund President Obama’s Amnesty. Then Try to Take It All Back. - 11/26
You people are being played by the GOP. Remember when the GOP wanted to raise the debt ceiling, but claim they would oppose it. They voted to raise it, but then Congress could vote to stop the raise. The President could then veto the stoppage and the debt ceiling would raise. But the GOP could claim they opposed him. That is happening again. This time it is with amnesty. The House GOP is going to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government. Then, in January, they will try to defund what they’ve already funded. The President will veto it, but the GOP can say they tried. They won in a historic wave election against the President with a majority of the public on their side on this issue and they are going to cave. Already, the House Appropriations Committee has released a statement saying the appropriations process cannot stop the President. The statement reads
RED STATE – Republicans Will Not Block Barack Obama (Because They Want the Same Thing) - 11/26
In 2011, Barack Obama said he did not have the constitutional authority to do what he is going to announce today. In fact, on March 28, 2011, Barack Obama said: “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case…. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system that for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president.” The only thing to change between 2011 and now are two elections — one of which saw President Obama win after saying this. The other saw both he and his party go down to defeat after suggesting he had changed his mind. In other words, the status quo of public opposition (even among Hispanic voters) to a unilateral decision by fiat remains. What also remains is a Republican leadership that wants amnesty too. The Republican leaders know they must put on a dramatic display for the public, but they are already stacking the deck to ensure Barack Obama gets away with what he is doing.
RED STATE – You Are Being Played – GOP Stand on Amnesty - 11/16
I oppose comprehensive immigration reform. I think Congress always fails as comprehensive legislation. But, long time readers know I am squishier on the immigration issue than many RedStaters. There are portions of what the President proposed last night that I support in principle and, frankly, was surprised by how mild some of the actions were, given the run up to the announcement. But whatever I think of those things the President proposed, it is irrelevant because I believe the President has no power to do what he has done. He himself agreed back in 2011. The President has taken actions that require Congressional approval. His advisors say Congress had their chance and did not act. That is, essentially, an affirmative act of Congress. By not acting, the President himself cannot act alone. He is not a dictator. Here, though, is where you are being played. There are enough Republicans in Congress who in private support what the President did that they will go through elaborate kabuki theater to keep you convinced they’re going to fight him, when in reality the Republicans are going to fund the President’s plan.
You are being played.
- WESTERN JOURNALISM – An Obama Official Dared Tell A Truth Obama Wanted Quiet, And Obama Just Made Him Pay - 11/23
President Barack Obama announced at the White House Monday that United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will be stepping down from his post. Hagel will be staying on in his role until a successor is named and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Hagel’s impending departure was first reported by The New York Times, who noted in their lead that he is stepping down “under pressure” after discussing his future with President Obama for the past two weeks; and the two “mutually agreed” that it was time for the former Nebraska Senate Republican to leave. Hagel aides say the Defense Secretary was expected to serve a full year term.
THE HILL – Five candidates to replace Hagel – 11/23
The surprise resignation Monday of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stirring rampant speculation about who might take his place in President Obama’s Cabinet. While Obama has several possible candidates, the choice is complicated by the fact that he will have to get his nominee past a Republican-controlled Senate next year. Two of Obama’s three Department of Defense (DOD) secretaries — Hagel and Robert Gates — have come from the GOP, raising the possibility that the president will seek yet another nominee from the opposing party to ease the path to confirmation. But the president hasn’t shied away from confrontation with the GOP in the wake of his party’s midterm election defeats, and could seek to make a statement with his Defense pick.
THE HILL – House Republicans sue President Obama ACA – 11/21
Republicans initiated legal action against the Obama administration Friday over its use of executive authority, an issue that helped galvanize the GOP to victory in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
The lawsuit focuses on ObamaCare’s twice-delayed rule that larger employers offer health insurance, and in a surprise move, also questions funding for a method of consumer financial assistance created by the law.
The action was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the morning after President Obama announced broad executive action on immigration that infuriated the GOP.
”Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and rewrite federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement on the healthcare suit.
“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action,” Boehner said.
BREIRBART – JEFF SESSIONS: NOW IS ‘TIME TO STAND STRONG’ AGAINST OBAMA’S ILLEGAL AMNESTY TO PROTECT AMERICAN WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES- 11/21
Incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions says that President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty is something that is “endangering our entire constitutional order” as a democratic Republic. “President Obama’s executive amnesty violates the laws Congress has passed in order to create and implement laws Congress has refused to pass,” Sessions said in a statement. “The President is providing an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants with social security numbers, photo IDs, and work permits—allowing them to now take jobs directly from struggling Americans during a time of record immigration, low wages, and high joblessness.” Sessions noted that Obama’s specific actions were each rejected by Congress, and as such acting without congressional approval puts the U.S. system of government in jeopardy.
NEWSMAX – Sen. Ron Johnson on Amnesty: Cynical Move for ‘Political Gain’ 11/21
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama is using executive action on immigration as a “political weapon” and he’s “poking a stick” in the eyes of the Republicans. “What he’s serious about is using immigration cynically for political gain. He’s using it as a political weapon,” Johnson told J.D. Hayworth on “America’s Forum” on Newsmax TV Friday. “If he was really serious about passing the bill, which he was taunting us to do, he would’ve worked with us to find an agreement to start doing this in a common sense approach,” he explained. The Wisconsin Republican contends that there was a lot in Obama’s immigration plan, which he described in his speech Thursday night, that Republicans agree on and that those areas of “common ground” could have been a good place to start negotiations to begin to “build a level of trust.”
NEWSMAX – Pat Buchanan: ‘Rogue President’ Says ‘To Hell With Constitution’ - 11/20
The United States has a “rogue president” who has decided he is going to do what he wants to do and “to hell with the Constitution,” columnist Pat Buchanan, former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, told Newsmax TV Thursday. “We have a rogue president who tonight is going to announce that he is going to do something he said not so long ago, one year ago, he does not have the legal or constitutional authority to do,” Buchanan told “America’s Forum” host J.D. Hayworth. “This is being done for his political base in the Hispanic community. He looked at the election returns and said, with Republicans strengthened like this, there’s nothing I can get done with Congress so I’m going to do what I can do and what I want to do and to hell with the Constitution.”
NEWSMAX – Boehner’s Office: Obama’s ‘Amnesty’ Plan Cements His Legacy of ‘Lawlessness’ - 11/19
A move by President Obama granting “amnesty” to some illegal immigrants would ruin the chances of Congress acting on immigration and other issues, a spokesman for U.S. House Speaker John Boehner warned on Wednesday. “If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he himself has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness.