Friday various and sundry

First, for your viewing pleasure via Hot Air:

Allahpundit links to a damning Obama cause-and-effect from Byron York who explains why O found “asses to kick” when he did. 

Also via Hot Air, guess who plans to sue Arizona over the immigration law?  Oops.  Hilary let the cat out of the bag overseas.

Re British pensioners picking up the tab for the oil spill at Obama’s unconstitutional behest, Pundette points to two must-reads from American Spectator: Our Caudillo President and The Oilers vs the Stealers by Ben Stein and George Neumayr, respectively.

Stein writes:

We live in a Constitutional Republic. The President’s job under the Constitution is to enforce the laws made by the elected Congress. His job is not to create new laws and enforce them all by himself. His job is as magistrate under the Constitution, not as Caudillo. He is not the law. He is supposed to enforce what Congress decides.

The BP behavior is reminiscent of how, immediately after assuming office, Mr. Obama, with no Congressional authority or administrative allowance, simply made a phone call to fire the head of GM. When I called the White House press office to ask under what law or regulation Mr. Obama was acting, I was told he did not need a law. If the government put a lot of money into GM, it could call the shots at GM, I was told. But under what authority, I asked. “None needed,” was the final answer.

Without any new legislation, President Obama has used returned TARP money as a political slush fund to prop up favorite industries. This is the same problem: serious executive action without legislative authority.

Most Caudillos wear uniforms.  I wonder when Barry O will assume his.

I wonder how much of the extorted $20 billion will fund Democrat campaigns rather than line the “little people’s” pockets.  Michele Bachmann warns that it’s another BarryO slush fund.   Professor Jacobson makes a salient point:

The amount of money BP has committed over a multi-year period is roughly the equivalent of what the federal government will spend on ObamaCare in one week.  […]

But don’t kid yourselves, this is not about money. If the federal government wanted to get aid to people right away, it could have used some of the unspent Stimulus Plan money, and then sought reimbursement from BP through the legal process.

How interesting that the President who cares not about running up trillion dollar deficits to fund his social vision now cares so deeply about saving the federal government what amounts to an ObamaCare rounding error.

This was a pure political power play, in which the President could create a demon, and deflect attention away from his own failing conduct with regard to the Gulf.

Rush just pointed out that part o’ the pot of money from the “little people” in England will go to fund a foundation to help the folks made unemployed by Obama’s disastrous and unnecessary moratorium on drilling.

Pundette’s fear:

He’s got two years left. How far will he go?

God only knows.


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