The President’s Enumerated Powers, Rulemaking by Executive Agencies, & Executive Orders

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Here is the latest article from my retired Constitutional lawyer friend in middle Tennessee……

“none of the House Republicans seem to know that our Constitution sets the agenda, and don’t know that our Constitution also enumerates the powers delegated to the President, they are allowing Obama to carry out his “agenda” to transform our Country into a fascist dictatorship.”

On election night, November 2, 2010, Rep. John Boehner said in his victory speech:

…While our new majority will serve as your voice in the people’s House, we must remember it is the president who sets the agenda for our government. … [emphasis added]

Next morning, Ezra Klein commented in the Cult of the President lives on:

I’d like Boehner to show us where in the Constitution it says that the president sets the agenda for the government.

But Boehner is not as astute as Ezra Klein, and does not know that it is our Constitution which sets the “agenda” for the federal government. The agenda the Constitution sets restricts the federal government to war, international relations & commerce; and domestically, the establishment of an uniform commercial system: a monetary system based on gold & silver, weights & measures, patents & copyrights, a bankruptcy code, and mail delivery (Art. I, Sec. 8, cls.1-16). 1

And because none of the House Republicans seem to know that our Constitution sets the agenda, and don’t know that our Constitution also enumerates the powers delegated to the President, they are allowing Obama to carry out his “agenda” to transform our Country into a fascist dictatorship.

What are the Enumerated Powers of the President?

The powers of the President are “carefully limited” and precisely defined by our Constitution. In Federalist Paper No. 71 (last para), Alexander Hamilton asks,

…what would be … feared from an elective magistrate of four years’ duration, with the confined authorities of a President of the United States?…[emphasis added] 2

The answer to Hamilton’s question is this: There would be nothing to fear if Presidents obeyed the Constitution. But they don’t obey it because the dolts in Congress don’t make them obey it!

Well, then! Here is the complete list of the President’s enumerated powers:

Read the entire article at Canada Free Press


Democrats’ cameras seized by police at Chabot Town Hall meeting


I predict if this type things continue, there will be lawsuits …….

Monday night, at a “town hall” meeting in North Avondale featuring U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, video cameras owned by two Democratic activists were seized by a Cincinnati police officer at the direction of Chabot’s staff.

A Chabot spokesman said the had the cameras seized “to protect the privacy of constituents” at the event, although there were at least two media outlets at the North Avondale Recreation Center filming the meeting.

Tim Burke, the chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, has written a letter to Cincinnati City Solicitor John Curp asking for an explanation of “the legal basis for the seizure and the enforcement by Cincinnati police of rules created by the Congressman.”

Hand-written signs were taped to the doors to the hall where the Monday night meeting was held saying that no video cameras were allowed inside.

But David Little, a Cincinnati Democrat working with ProgressOhio, a liberal organization, and Liz Ping, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio House last year, were taking video at the event. Little was using an IPhone video camera while Ping, who was taping the meeting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was using a flip video camera mounted on a stand. About 100 persons were present – most of whom were clearly not supporters of the 1st District Republican congressman.

A Cincinnati police officer was present at the request of Chabot’s staff. Chabot spokesman Jamie Schwartz said that the House Sergeant at Arms has advised members of the House to coordinaate with local law enforcement on all public events.

Burke also filed a public records reuest for all records relating to Chabot’s use of the city facility, any instructions given to law enforcement officials regarding videotaping, and any record relating to the seizure of the cameras.

Schwartz said that a staff member asked the police officer to take the cameras being operated by Little and Ping. The seizure can be seen clearly on a YouTube video. The cameras were returned to the two Democrats after the meeting.

“The officer was very nice about it; and we politely and cordially defended our right to record a public official speaking in public in a public building,” Little said. “What are they afraid of?”

Schwartz said that sometimes at the town hall meetings, citizens ask questions about their own personal situations and the Chabot campaign did not want them videotaped. The media cameras were allowed to continue to roll, Schwartz said, “because they can be expected to respect people’s privacy.”

But, at this meeting, as at other recent Chabot town hall events, participants were required to sign in as they entered and write out questions for the congressman. Members of the staff chose which questions he answered at Monday’s meeting.

By the time Chabot holds his next town hall meeting at Westwood Town Hall Monday, Schwartz said, the rules will have changed. People will be allowed to ask questions of the congressman directly and cameras will not be seized.

“We’ll just advise the audience that if they have something of a personal nature they want to discuss with the congressman, they come up afterwards and the congresssman will stay around as long as it takes to talk to them,” Schwartz said.

Bailed-Out GM Gives $10 Million for MLK Monument

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General Motors has been very benevolent since receiving $50 billion of taxpayer funds less than two years ago. GM, the GM Foundation and Chevrolet are donating more than $10 million towards the building of a Martin Luther King, Jr. monument in Washington, DC. Following is a list of just some of GM and GM Foundation recent giveaways.


money flow

  • $40 million for “clean energy projects.”
  • $4.5 million for college scholarship programs to benefit students; criteria list includes being female, being a minority or being a military member.
  • $27.1 million to United Way for restructuring of Detroit schools.
  • $1 million to Haiti earthquake relief.
  • $70,000 to the United Negro College Fund
  • $2 million to Detroit for community recreation centers near Chevy Volt manufacturing plant.
  • $41,000 to groups associated with lawmakers with a $36,000 majority going to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

The GM Foundation is legally separate from the company, but is fully funded by GM. If the GM Foundation has to make philanthropic distributions, there may be better causes, such as assistance to GM bondholders suffering hardship after having their rights sacrificed for the benefit of the United Auto Workers.

Perhaps most controversial is GM’s return to political contributions. There has been much debate on whether or not a corporation that is partly owned by the US Government should be allowed to contribute to political campaigns. In GM’s case, money was donated to both Republicans and Democrats with the majority going to Democratic candidates in last year’s elections.

National Legal and Political Center

General Motors Refuses To Honor Pre-Bankruptcy Warranties In Court Case: Argues Old GM Versus New GM Precludes Responsibility

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Unbelievable !!!

General Motors Co (GM.N) is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over a suspension problem on more than 400,000 Chevrolet Impalas from the 2007 and 2008 model years, saying it should not be responsible for repairs because the flaw predated its bankruptcy.

The lawsuit, filed on June 29 by Donna Trusky of Blakely, Pennsylvania, contended that her Impala suffered from faulty rear spindle rods, causing her

rear tires to wear out after just 6,000 miles. [ID:nN1E7650CT]

Seeking class-action status and alleging breach of warranty, the lawsuit demands that GM fix the rods, saying that it had done so on Impala police vehicles.

But in a recent filing with the U.S. District Court in Detroit, GM noted that the cars were made by its predecessor General Motors Corp, now called Motors Liquidation Co or “Old GM,” before its 2009 bankruptcy and federal bailout.

The current company, called “New GM,” said it did not assume responsibility under the reorganization to fix the Impala problem, but only to make repairs “subject to conditions and limitations” in express written warranties. In essence, the automaker said, Trusky sued the wrong entity.

“New GM’s warranty obligations for vehicles sold by Old GM are limited to the express terms and conditions in the Old GM written warranties on a going-forward basis,” wrote Benjamin Jeffers, a lawyer for GM. “New GM did not assume responsibility for Old GM’s design choices, conduct, or alleged breaches of liability under the warranty.”

David Fink, Trusky’s lawyer, declined to comment.

John Penn, a former president of the American Bankruptcy Institute who is not involved in the case, said the question of “successor liability” is common for manufacturing companies that go through bankruptcy.

International Business Times

The San Francisco Bridge That’s Being Built In China

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Hard to compete with slave labor………………


China will send the final four segments of the new Oakland Bay Bridge 6,500 miles to California next month as the 2,050 foot project enters its final phase.

China, a savvy, confident bidder of construction and engineering projects throughout the world is now bringing that experience to bear in the U.S.

According to the Guardian,

Bay Bridge

…five of the world’s top 10 contractors, in terms of revenue, are now Chinese, with likes of China State Construction Engineering Group (CSCEC) overtaking established American giants like Bechtel.

CSCEC has already built seven schools in the US, apartment blocks in Washington DC and New York and is in the middle of building a 4,000-room casino in Atlantic City. In New York, it has won contracts to renovate the subway system, build a new metro platform near Yankee stadium, and refurbish the Alexander Hamilton Bridge over the Harlem river.

Chinese engineering companies have several things going for them:

  • Financing, companies are mostly state owned and have much easier access to the large sums required in contracting
  • They transfer Chinese workers who work much more cheaply
  • They use construction machinery built in China
  • Because of the large profit margin, they hire globally renown architects to demonstrate they can deliver better designs than anyone else
The main barrier to full Western expansion is seen as cultural, but likely something the Chinese will master with time and experience while doing business in the U.S.
Update: An article was forwarded from Foreign Policy after this post went up this morning and mentions some salient points.

California saved $400 million dollars by going with the Chinese workers who make $12 a day toiling from 7 a.m. till 11 p.m., seven days a week, and sleep in a company dorm room.

Ron Paul Is Worthy Of Press Attention, And His Ames Result Has Nothing To Do With Why














Ron Paul finished second in the Iowa Straw Poll, with a vote count that both exceeded his previous effort and that came perilously close to Michele Bachmann. The political media does not seem to know what to do with this phenomenon, other than to dismiss it or explain it away. And so, your post-Ames “Ron Paul coverage” has largely been “covering whether there should be some Ron Paul coverage at all.”

In favor of covering Ron Paul, you’ll find Politico’s Roger Simon, who says Paul hasbeen shafted,” and the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, who last night lengthily documented what amounts to a longstanding blackout of Ron Paul coverage, ranging from passive avoidance to smarmy dismissal.

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On the other side, you have Kevin Drum and Steve Kornacki. Their argument against giving Ron Paul any further attention is simple. He’s a niche candidate, will perform like a niche candidate, and the fact that the Ames Straw Poll is a forum that allows for his niche candidacy to attain something approaching significance is a bug in that particular system of adjudication. Here’s Drum:

Paul has a small but fervent fan base that hasn’t grown noticeably since he ran and flamed out in 2008, and he has a well-known (but meaningless) ability to fire up this little fan base for assorted minor events like this. That’s his organizational ability and everyone is keenly aware of it. At the presidential level, he deserves about as much respect as Harold Stassen.

Read more @ Huffington Post

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Selectively Edits Video To Make Perry Look Racist

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