Posted by: Debby Durkee | March 17, 2010

The Banana Republic of America?

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The Banana Republic of America?

I have long said that the 2008 presidential election was really a bloodless coup, and the almost daily abuse of the system by the elected Democrats has petty-much verified my original thoughts. As the mainstream media ignores what is looking more and more like a Constitutional crisis brought on by Obama, Pelosi, Reid and their cohorts in the attempts to pass the health care bill (among other things), other media personnel see it for what it is: the beginnings of a Banana Republic. This is from Peter Ferrara over at The America Spectator.

… America was a democratic constitutional republic, governed by the rule of law, a beacon of liberty to the entire world. But no more. After just one year of Barack Obama’s fundamental change, aided by the far left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco , and the easily confused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, America has been transformed from a Constitutional Republic into a Banana Republic.

Exhibit A is President Obama’s frenzied government takeover of health care, which fevered Democrats insist they will “pass” by any means necessary, even illegal, unconstitutional means. The economy continues to flounder, unemployment still hovers at nearly 10%, and Iran persists in building nuclear weapons, which they vow to use against our allies and even against us. But Barack Obama is focused like a laser on bringing to America outdated socialized medicine concepts from deep into the last century, all the way back to Teddy Roosevelt, as he said in a recent speech. Snip –

He goes on to describe the “Slaughter Solution” – the idea that the House of Representatives wouldn’t actually vote on the bill, but would instead “deem” that it had passed, basically changing the way a bill becomes a law.

If Democrats claim to have passed Obamacare through this Banana Republic methodology, the new Republican Congressional majorities elected this fall can and will “deem” Obamacare not to have passed. For no actual legislation with identical texts will then have passed both the House and the Senate, as the Constitution requires. The new Speaker of the House and the new Senate Majority Leader can and will instruct Congressional officers to remove the Obamacare provisions from the U.S. Code. The new House and Senate majorities can and will also refuse to fund any of the provisions of Obamacare, including the 100 new bureaucracies, boards, commissions and programs. Naturally, this will leave the state of the law unclear, and disputed, just like in a typical Banana Republic.  Snip –

Once the law is unclear, once those who make the laws no longer follow them, what do we have? What is our system? It certainly isn’t a representative republic any longer. That’s why this fight is so important.

Another indicator that America has sunk into Banana Republic status is the runaway deficits and national debt under the Obama budgets. As discussed in this column last week, the federal deficit this year is projected to hit a world record $1.6 trillion, with deficits totaling nearly $10 trillion over the next 10 years. The national debt held by the public will quadruple to $20.3 trillion by 2020, with the total gross federal debt soaring to $27.5 trillion, rivaling Greece .  Snip –

He goes into great detail about the mess they’ll be making with Medicare and Medicaid and how they’re trying to hide and lie about cuts to those programs that will cause a huge demand to put the money back, which will then continue to explode the deficit.

Still another indicator of America ‘s new Banana Republic status is the political corruption and vote buying surrounding Obamacare. Well-known is the Cornhusker Kickback, the special deal involving increased Medicaid funding for Nebraska in return for Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s vote for the Senate health bill. Also well-known is the Louisiana Purchase, which added $300 million in special federal funds for Louisiana to the Senate bill in return for Sen. Mary Landrieu’s vote. Obama’s union cronies are also exempted from the Cadillac health insurance tax that would apply to others. Snip –

He goes into more detail on those deals as well as the judgeship Obama has given to a reluctant representative’s brother.

…More such deals will be exposed in coming weeks. Such political corruption is common, accepted practice in a Banana Republic               

President Obama is now barnstorming the country trying to sell his government takeover of health care with crass demagoguery also typical of Banana Republics. He bewails insurance company profits, yet the profit rate for the health insurance industry is a meager 2.2%, leaving many health insurers on the edge of bankruptcy. Such profits are a negligible proportion of total health costs.

He ends on a hopeful note that the Tea Partiers see what’s happening and the country’s looming bankruptcy, so Obama’s actual “legacy” will be a resurgence of market-based economy and a tightening of control over an out-of-control federal government. From his computer to God’s ears.  Read it all here: http://spectator.org/archives/2010/03/17/turning-america-into-a-banana#comment_237850

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