The Obama-messiah is trying to grab virtually dictatorial powers for himself by sidestepping the people’s representatives in the Senate and House and installing White House “czars” to oversee federal policies, the oversight of which rightly belongs to the legislative branch.
His actions have been so egregious that even Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) is complaining of Obama’s “power grab.”
Byrd is warning that the Obama-messiah’s actions can “threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances.”
In other words, Obama-messiah is doing EXACTLY what he accused former President Bush of doing, i.e., ushering in an era of unchecked federal power in which dictates from the Obama-messiah essentially become the law of the land because his executive office “czars” will implement them and carry them out without any legislative input or oversight.
I suggested in a previous blog post that people who live in states considering the enactment of state sovereignty resolutions should support those resolutions, and people living in states that have not enacted sovereignty resolutions should work to do so.
Why? Because a state that has enacted a sovereignty resolution in support of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (i.e., the “state’s rights” and “people’s rights” amendment) is going to be more likely to stand up the federal government when federal dictates begin to usurp the rights of the states and the people.
Note in the below news article that Obama has already formed executive offices for health reform policy, urban affairs (i.e., minorities and social affairs) policy, and energy and climate change policy. He has also stated that he is considering forming a White House office to implement and oversee his proposed new anti-discrimination (read: “hate law”) policies.
What this means is that he intends to bypass the legislative branch and dictate policy on the federal level for health and medical care (i.e., socialized medicine), environmental issues (i.e., bureaucratic micro-management of your daily life), and social issues (under the banner of “economic and social justice” for minorities, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals).
Under the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution your state has the right to challenge this otherwise unchecked federal power. You might really want to speak to your local state legislators about working to enact a state sovereignty amendment.
Byrd: Obama in power grab
By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 2/25/09 10:34 AM EST Text Size:
Democrat Senator Robert Byrd is a stern constitutional scholar who has always stood up for the legislative branch in its role in checking the power of the White House.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the longest-serving Democratic senator, is criticizing President Obama’s appointment of White House “czars” to oversee federal policy, saying these executive positions amount to a power grab by the executive branch.
In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd complained about Obama’s decision to create White House offices on health reform, urban affairs policy, and energy and climate change. Byrd said such positions “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances. At the worst, White House staff have taken direction and control of programmatic areas that are the statutory responsibility of Senate-confirmed officials.”
While it’s rare for Byrd to criticize a president in his own party, Byrd is a stern constitutional scholar who has always stood up for the legislative branch in its role in checking the power of the White House. Byrd no longer holds the powerful Appropriations chairmanship, so his criticism does not carry as much weight these days. Byrd repeatedly clashed with the Bush administration over executive power, and it appears that he’s not limiting his criticism to Republican administrations.
Byrd also wants Obama to limit claims of executive privilege while also ensuring that the White House czars don’t have authority over Cabinet officers confirmed by the Senate.
“As presidential assistants and advisers, these White House staffers are not accountable for their actions to the Congress, to cabinet officials, and to virtually anyone but the president,” Byrd wrote. “They rarely testify before congressional committees, and often shield the information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege. In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”
The West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday asked Obama to “consider the following: that assertions of executive privilege will be made only by the president, or with the president’s specific approval; that senior White House personnel will be limited from exercising authority over any person, any program, and any funding within the statutory responsibility of a Senate-confirmed department or agency head; that the president will be responsible for resolving any disagreement between a Senate-confirmed agency or department head and White House staff; and that the lines of authority and responsibility in the administration will be transparent and open to the American public.”