Reviews the First Month of Obama’s Lame Duck!!
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One month ago, Americans awoke to outstanding news – the Republicans had taken the Senate and gained even more seats in the House. While we have been industrious here at USB in furthering the cause leading to that victory, we cannot rest on our laurels. And in fact, with recent actions by an increasingly lawless President, we realized that this is only the first step in achieving a major victory in 2016. To advance that agenda, let’s look at the first month of Obama’s lameduck session before Republicans totally control Congress.
First, President Obama seemed to be extending an olive branch with a Congressional leaders’ luncheon at the White House the week after the mid-term elections. But as was reported immediately afterwards, Obama was anything but conciliatory, making it very clear that he would veto any bills that he found “impossible” to sign; that is, in Obamaspeak, still the language of “give me what I want.”
His long threatened immigration reform wasn’t long in coming. As a matter of fact, after dozens of admonishments in speeches across the country where he insisted that he could not take immigration action through the Executive Branch, that is indeed, exactly what he did. The White House has defended President Obama’s unilateral decision to legalize the presence of 4 million+ undocumented immigrants as consistent, even in scope, with the executive actions of previous presidents. In fact, it is increasingly clear that the sweeping magnitude of Mr. Obama’s order is unprecedented. Central to the Administration’s argument is the contention that 4 million+ covered by the president’s order, some 36 percent of the estimated undocumented population of 11 million, is in line with the percentage covered by a comparable action by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. At that time, there were about 3.5 million illegal immigrants in the country; Mr. Obama, administration officials and their allies have said that about 1.5 million of them - the spouses and children of previously amnestied immigrants - benefited from Mr. Bush’s move. There is every reason to believe that the WH estimate is wildly exaggerated and based mainly on what appears to have been a misunderstanding at the time. When the measure was announced, Bush administration officials estimated the number who would be affected at around 100,000. While that was followed by some fuzziness and upward revisions, the actual number affected by the 1990 order was clearly a fraction - perhaps a couple of hundred thousand people, at most - of the 1.5 million that Obama administration officials have cited. This is not a game of gotcha; facts matter, even in Washington, and so do the numbers. Under close scrutiny it is plain that the White House’s numbers are indefensible. It is similarly plain that the scale of Mr. Obama’s move goes far beyond anything his predecessors attempted. Unlike Mr. Bush in 1990, whose much more modest order was in step with legislation recently and subsequently enacted by Congress, Mr. Obama’s move flies in the face of congressional intent.
And then, to add insult to an already injurious policy towards small business owners, because nothing says freedom like a whole bunch of stupid rules from “smart people” that want ordinary folks’ businesses out of competition with the big boys? At least 15 major regulations (of 3,000+ total) with associated projected costs of roughly $34 billion were released immediately after the mid-terms with more scheduled for implementation in December and January. Among them are a series of contentious Environmental Protection Agency regulations, including a final rule imposing new limits greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and standards for ground-level ozone. Various labor, energy and ObamaCare regulations also made the list.
It is very clear to me that 2016 can’t come soon enough!!
Malcolm C. Lunn
United Small Business of America
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