Posted by: Debby Durkee | December 8, 2010

Impeach Obama’s department heads?

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Impeach Obama’s department heads?

We all know the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Well, what else could you call Obama and the Democrats’ actions as far as the economy is concerned except madness or insanity? They’re using the same misguided Keynesian philosophy that was tried and found to only prolong the Great Depression when Franklin Roosevelt used it during the 1930s. Peter Ferrara at The American Spectator calls Obama and company out on the carpet for what looks to be sabotage of the American economy. And, now that Republicans will be in charge of the House in January, Obama’s Department Secretaries, chairmen and directors seem to want to do things that Congress couldn’t or wouldn’t do even when Democrats had a majority. Pay attention, folks, Obama has no intention of paying attention to the results of the 2010 election. What’s our recourse? Ferrara suggests impeachment – not of the president – but of his appointees.

Obama’s unreconstructed, throwback Keynesian economics from the 1970s and even the 1930s was a proven failure 30 years ago. Bringing it back as if nothing has happened since the Keynesian intellectual high water  mark in the 1960s is public policy malpractice so extreme that it deserves sanctions. But Obamanomics has now gone beyond this silliness to outright assault on critical areas of our economy.  Snip –

For over 200 years, the American economy has fallen into periodic recessions and then recovered in a normal business cycle…

…on average since World War II, now 65 years ago, recovery from recession has arrived just 10 months after the recession began. The longest previous postwar recession was 16 months.

But as of last Friday, nearly 3 years after this latest recession began, the unemployment rate was still rising, flirting with double digits at 9.8%. African Americans suffered with an unemployment rate at 16%, Hispanics with unemployment at 13.2%. Instead of a recovery after a previous recession record of 16 months, the unemployment rate has now remained stuck at 9.5% or above for a postwar record 16 months. This is why the record of Obamanomics is starting to look more like a depression than a recession. Snip –

The number of unemployed rose to 15.1 million last month, with another 9 million “working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job,” according to the (Bureau of Labor Statistics.)..Snip –

… (John) Lott wrote, “Unfortunately, the bad news today is that not only is the number of unemployed rising, the number of people who have given up and left the labor force is also still going up. More than 500,000   Americans have left the labor force since September — a shocking rise in such a short period of time for a so-called ‘recovery.'” Moreover, “2 million Americans have either become unemployed or left the labor force since April.” Those are signs of continuing economic deterioration rather than recovery, again 3 years after the recession began. Snip –

The economy has continued to deteriorate rather than recover because from the beginning the recession was countered with the proven failed nostrums of Keynesian economics. That, again, is the doctrine that what promotes economic recovery and restores growth is increased government spending, deficits and debt…

…It doesn’t work in part because if the government has to borrow, or worse tax, $1 trillion out of the economy, spending that additional trillion back into the economy leaves the economy no better off on net. In addition, all that government spending doesn’t do anything to change the fundamental incentives that really drive the economy…

What actually drives economic recovery and growth is increased production, which results from increased incentives to produce, and reduced costs burdening production. That involves reduced tax rates, which allow producers to keep a higher percentage of what they produce. It also involves reduced regulatory costs and reduced costs of government spendingObama refuses to consider any of this because it involves reducing rather than expanding the power of government, and he is rigidly opposed to that ideologically. Snip –

…What does it say about their economic policies that we are now seeking to extend unemployment benefits past two years to how long, three years? What effect does that have on unemployment? Obama and the Democrats can’t figure that out? Or are they deliberately trying to trash the economy?  Snip –

The economy is even now straining to break through the Obama bonds holding it back from economic recovery. With $2 trillion in corporate cash reserves, $1 trillion at least in excess bank reserves, and the 2010 elections putting an end to any further New Left immaturity getting through Congress, extending the Bush tax cuts just could be enough to allow a bounding recovery to resume. Just remember that American economic history is that the deeper and longer the downturn the stronger the recovery.  Snip –

…the Obama Administration is plunging headlong into doing all it can to further prevent economic recovery.

Just look at the above line – intentionally preventing economic recovery – now who in their right mind would actually want to do that? Especially if you’re the president of United States – why would that be something you’d want put in place? You’d only want something like that if you’re an ideologue, someone who wants to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America from a freewheeling, independent-minded, freedom-loving, free-market-based society into a regimented, group-think, dependent, socialistic society who bows down to those in charge instead of questioning them and holding their feet to the fire. What other conclusions can you actually draw from the following recent developments?

Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a 7 year moratorium on oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and up the east coast…Salazar is consequently depriving America of 7.5 billion barrels of oil and 60 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. To ensure their access to a reliable supply of oil at the time, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. That’s shows what a serious attack on the American people this policy is.

EPA Director Lisa Jackson is imposing cap and trade by regulatory decree, despite its thorough democratic rejection by a Democrat-controlled Congress and the American people in 2010. The result will be mass retirements of the coal plants that produce half of America’s electricity, skyrocketing electricity costs, and an indefinite moratorium on major energy, manufacturing, and construction projects. Once fully implemented, this bureaucratic coup will effectively be a $1 to $2 trillion tax increase on the American economy, destroying millions of jobs and trillions in GDP…

Dick Morris and others have noted:

…the EPA is “virtually making economic growth illegal in large parts of the United States.”

…FCC Chairman, and Obama law school pal, Julius Genachowski is plotting to seize the Internet under the guise of “Net Neutrality” regulations to be revealed at an FCC meeting on Feb. 21, as reported last week…

The Wall Street Journal noted last weekend that the FCC is moving ahead with these regulatory decrees “despite a federal court ruling in April that said the FCC lacked authority from Congress to restrict how Internet service providers manage traffic on their networks.”…Snip –

…National Labor Relations Board member Craig Becker, former Associate General Counsel for the SEIU and the AFL-CIO, who plans to lead the Obama majority on the Board to adopt regulations for forced unionization by depriving workers of secret ballot union certification elections…

…HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is using Obamacare to effectively seize control of the health care industry, drive up health costs, kill still more jobs, and drive out of business your health insurance provider, whether or not you like it.

This is where Ferrara calls for impeachment of the heads of departments for abuse of office in direct opposition to the American peoples’ interests.

Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution provides, “The President, Vice-President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

The House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings against Interior Secretary Salazar, HHS Secretary Sebelius, EPA Director Jackson, FCC Chairman Genachowski and his buddy Copps, and NLRB Board member Becker, for abuse of office contrary to the public interest. Such impeachment is not limited to violations of current law.

I hope something comes of this. I thought the Congress’ only recourse was starving the beasts of these departments with the power of the purse. I didn’t realize you could impeach Obama’s appointees. I say it’s time to threaten them with this kind of action before they actually put these policies in place. They’re effectively writing laws without authority to do so, and seem to only want to hinder the country and its people through their abuse of power. This is a war to save the Republic from fascists and totalitarians who don’t give a fig what the American people want. The only thing worse than having to fight a war against an enemy outside the country is having to fight a war against the enemy within. Will Republicans have the strength to do it? Perhaps with the new Tea Partiers in their midst they’ll find some courage and insight to finally figure out that this is no longer business as usual in Washington, D.C. — this is a revolution brought on by the Left. Let’s see what happens. We must not disengage. This might be the most important two years of our country’s life.  Read it all here:  http://spectator.org/archives/2010/12/08/the-madness-of-obamanomics#comment_441358

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