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Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Wing-nut Options: Lawsuit vs Impeachment

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Speaker John Boehner continues to suggest that the House should sue President Obama for delaying implementation of the employer mandate — a provision that of the Affordable Care Act that Republicans in the House don’t want to implement anyway but when it comes to the wing-nut controlled congress… logic is not part of the equation.

It is interesting to note that the House actually passed a bill (that died in the Senate) to stop the implementation of the provision. If President Obama enforces the mandate, the House will pass another bill to stop its implementation.

None of these facts are deterring the lawsuit’s supporters who are more interested in making a broad statement — rein in presidential power — than they are about the employer mandate.

President Obama did not start the trend toward a dominant American presidency but –in the face of a do nothing congress– he certainly has accelerated that trend.

Some believe that the executive branch has assumed so much power, a lawsuit is necessary to re-establish the balance of power between the three branches of government.

During a recent speech in Washington, President Obama mocked Republican leaders who say they’ll go to court if the president acts alone on immigration. It appears the President is sick of the congressional games and the refusal of congress to do something to help solve problems.

There are currently no better lawsuit targets. Obama also arguably exceeded his authority when he established a process for those brought to this country illegally as children to obtain renewable work permits. But the GOP has enough trouble with the Latino vote without suing to put an end to this program.

Many Republicans believe that Obama is exceeding his authority with his climate change regulatory actions. But so far, the courts are generally upholding them. So, while this might be a less politically dicey lawsuit, it has less chance of succeeding. And there are already plenty of private parties mounting such legal challenges.

[Impeachment] While Boehner calls for a lawsuit – Sarah Palin calls for President Barack Obama’s impeachment. She slammed House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to sue the president and is demanding tougher action against the “imperial president.”

She railed, “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no room for lawyers on our front lines.”

Palin is demanding Obama’s removal from office for what she says are 25 impeachable offenses that include actions taken on Obamacare and immigration.

She called for a great awakening in this country by wing-nuts and proclaimed the message will be sent to the imperial president and his lawlessness will not be accepted by the American people.

Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee, accused Obama of deliberately leaving the border open and allowing undocumented immigrants to come in at will, ignoring American laws, and driving the country deeper into debt.

She also noted that Americans are frustrated that Congress because it is not exercising its constitutional power to impeach. “Washington is broken,” Palin squawked. “If people care about the future of this country and defense of our republic, they will join this cause of articles of impeachment against Obama because enough is enough.”

When asked whether he agreed with Palin that Obama should face impeachment, House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on the Hill “I disagree.” Some believe his lawsuit is simply a ploy to derail Sarah suicidal path for the GOP. Boehner obviously remembers the damage that rained down on the GOP over the unfounded impeachment of Bill Clinton. While, on the other hand, [wing-nut] Palin has lost all rationale and longs to be in the public eye and at any cost.

Immigration Reform: ls doing nothing an option?

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Conservative Republicans think the [Republican do nothing response] immigration issue has turned to their benefit, removing reasons for any action this year.

A vocal minority of Republicans accuse the Obama administration of creating a crisis with the recent surge of children who have come across the southwestern border from Central America. It’s the latest [excuse] rationale of a determined bloc of House Republicans for killing a Senate-passed immigration overhaul bill which provided a pathway to citizenship for most undocumented immigrants.

The longer-term situation [if unchanged] will only get worse. The ramifications and uncertainty over a broken immigration system will damage American businesses and take a negative toll on the economy. Politically, this will strengthen the Democrats’ hold on the fast-growing Hispanic and Asian-American populations which will soon make up the majority of the US population.

Opponents are Republicans. There are about 250 votes in the House to pass the Senate bill now, but most of those are Democrats, and Speaker Boehner won’t consider a measure opposed by the majority of his [wing-nut] caucus.

For much of the year, Republicans have attempted to escape blame for failure to act on the measure with false claims that it would be impossible because of the Obama administration’s lax border policies. In reality, in fact, the budget for border security has increased more than 50 percent over the past five years, under President Obama and there are almost 4,000 more agents.

These critics rushed to use the recent surge of unaccompanied children, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala as lame excused to not act on immigration. Republicans attributed the influx to President Obama’s decision two years ago to provide work permits to the so-called Dreamers: immigrants who had come as children with their families before 2012 and had been living in the United States for at least five years, were enrolled in school and hadn’t had any criminal violations.

In reality, the surge is the response to growing violence is South America and weakening economies in those countries. Many smugglers falsely tell these children they can get work permits in the United States, but it’s the poor conditions in their countries of origin that provide the incentive for these kids to make the journey and not the two-year-old administrative action.

The main objective of anti-immigration forces is to keep President Obama from taking other executive actions to ease prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases and modestly expanding the Dreamers program.

Right-wing Republicans fail to heed to the warnings of John McCain and the United States Chamber of Commerce that the party will forfeit the 2016 presidential race if it continues to stop immigration reform.

This is what it looks like when an immigration system is broken: Tens of thousands of women and children from Central America flooding the US border.

In Phoenix, a steady stream of buses, each filled to capacity with women and children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They crossed the border in Texas, but immigration officials sent them to Phoenix because the Texas facilities were overcrowded.

Since Memorial Day weekend, near 1,000 women and children have been flown to Tucson from Texas, then driven by bus to Phoenix and dumped weary and hungry. When they arrive in the US, they are handed a bottle of water, an apple and bag of chips.

These scenes are not only enraging local groups but also causing alarm among Border Patrol officials, who worry that American policy toward these migrants is a direct cause of their increased numbers. White House officials have said that criminal violence and ailing economies in Central America, not American border security, are the primary factors driving the wave.

The unanticipated surge in migrants in recent weeks has created a political, practical and humanitarian crisis for the United States. Conservative critics argue that the administration’s soft enforcement of immigration law has sent encouraging signals to those who come to the US. But the facts do not support that claim with Obama deporting over 2 million immigrants during his administration, the most of any president ever.

Homeland Security officials are scrambling to find new detention facilities and to break up bottlenecks that have slowed deportations. Among border officials, concern is mounting that migrants, including unaccompanied minors, who have been released are spreading the word back to Central America and encouraging more to come.

But his aborted journey helps explain why there has been a rush of migration of unaccompanied minors so severe that the United Nations declared it a humanitarian crisis akin to refugees’ fleeing war.

Since early fall last year, a record (approaching 50,000) unaccompanied children have been detected and detained at the southwest United States border, most traveling from Central America, part of a larger wave that includes some youngsters accompanied by their parents and some traveling alone.

The Obama administration says the primary cause of the influx of children is rising crime and ailing economies in Central America, not policy changes in the United States.

The Obama administration has moved aggressively to deport adults but it has in fact expelled far fewer children than in the past. Largely because of a 2008 federal law aimed at protecting trafficked children, the administration in 2013 deported one-fifth the number of Central American children as were expelled in 2008, according to federal government statistics.

The problem is that the immigration system is broken and if it is not fixed… It’s going to continue to implode.