Register | Login   
   
 
 


 

Click to visit our Pro-Life page

    Minimize
 
 

    Minimize
 
News Archives By Catagory
Acorn (14)
Agenda 21 (29)
Big Government (972)
Birth Certificate (196)
Book (1)
Business (245)
C4F Past Events (32)
Cap and Trade (83)
Carl Paladino for Governor of NY (268)
Carl Vincent (3)
Catholic (191)
Census (10)
Committeemen (6)
Communism (469)
Community (23)
Conservative (652)
Corruption (374)
Crime - Riot (375)
Defend Traditional Marriage (105)
Education Articles (337)
Elections (742)
Environmentalism Articles (393)
EPA (186)
Featured Articles (275)
Federal Power Grab (307)
Financial Meltdown (1167)
Fraud and Waste Articles (254)
Freedom (585)
Free Speech Articles (213)
Friends of Seniors (2)
GOE - Gathering of Eagles (11)
Governor's Race NY (268)
Governor Chris Christie NJ (12)
Health Care Articles (847)
Home Schooling (12)
Humor (11)
Illegal Immigration Articles (286)
Internet take over (72)
Judicial (234)
Legislation (135)
Lisa Douglas WC Leg. 2nd Distr. (17)
Local Politics (658)
Media (227)
Military (343)
Monroe Tea Party (11)
NY District 19 Congressional Race (29)
NYS Constitution Lobby (4)
New World Order (23)
Newsletter (2)
One World Government (47)
Opinion Articles (80)
Political Articles (2002)
Polls (74)
Preparedness (11)
Presidential Race 2012 (1076)
Press Release (28)
Privacy Issues (39)
Pro-Life Articles (591)
Racism (164)
Radicals (1732)
Regulation (247)
Religion and politics (889)
Ricki D. (68)
Sarah Palin (130)
Senate - NY (37)
Social Articles (318)
Socialism Articles (263)
Supreme Court (8)
Taxes (265)
Tea Party Movement (876)
Tea Party Rally (89)
Tea Party Youth (11)
Treaty (8)
Trump (25)
TSA (51)
Unions (257)
Videos (1121)
War on Terror Articles (1118)
2nd Amendment Articles (274)
    Minimize
 
News & Articles


27

Morning Bell: Big Government Strikes Back

Link

The 111th Congress, the most unpopular Congress in the recorded history if the United States, ended last week with a flurry of legislative activity that set a record for a lame duck Congress. Some in the media are eager to make the case that last week’s events portend a new era of bipartisan accomplishment, led by the White House, that will extend into the 112th Congress. They are half right.

Last week’s events in Washington were a preview of lawmaking in 2011, but Congress was not where the real action was. While the media was distracted by the last breaths of a defeated leftist majority in Congress, it was the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that gave true picture of how the Obama Administration will advance their agenda in 2011.

First on Tuesday, the HHS unveiled new price controls for the health insurance industry. Using new powers granted by Obamacare, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that starting next year, health insurance companies must receive permission from the Obama Administration before they can raise rates by more than 10 percent. The experts at HHS believe these price controls will help decrease rising health care costs. They are wrong. Price controls attack the symptoms of runaway costs, not the cause. As any Econ 101 student can tell you, they will cause only shortages, not better health care. This is only one of thousands of new powers Obamacare granted the HHS. Left unchecked, there are many new health care regulations to come.

Later on Tuesday, the FCC released its “net neutrality” rules, which will allow the federal government to begin regulating the Internet. This despite opposition from Congress and a contrary federal court ruling. Dissenting FCC commissioner Robert McDowell described the unprecedented power grab last week: “Nothing is broken that needs fixing, however. The Internet has been open and freedom-enhancing since it was spun off from a government research project in the early 1990s. Its nature as a diffuse and dynamic global network of networks defies top-down authority. Ample laws to protect consumers already exist.” And just how competent is the Internet’s new rulers? Just before the FCC decision, visitors to the commission’s Web site couldn’t even access the 1,900 pages of documents pertaining to the net neutrality ruling. The very commission seeking to regulate the Internet saw its Web site go down due to “scheduled maintenance.”

Then on Thursday the EPA announced that it will begin regulating power plants and oil refineries in an attempt to stop global warming. The new regulations will seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions by making it more expensive to turn fossil fuels into energy. But the Obama Administration did not stop there. Later in the day, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the Bureau of Land Management was issuing new rules that would make it harder to develop natural resources on government-owned land. Both of these measures will not only drive up the cost of electricity but will also make us more dependent on foreign sources of energy.

The ability of the Obama Administration to step up their leftist agenda even after it was thoroughly “shellacked” at the polls is not an accident. It is the purposeful design of the Progressive movement, which has been working to undermine the Founders’ vision of our republic for over a century now. Thomas G. West, contributor to The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science, explains:

The Founders thought that laws should be made by a body of elected officials with roots in local communities. They should not be “experts,” but they should have “most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society” (Madison). The wisdom in question was the kind on display in The Federalist, which relentlessly dissected the political errors of the previous decade in terms accessible to any person of intelligence and common sense.

The Progressives did not intend to abolish democracy, to be sure. They wanted the people’s will to be more efficiently translated into government policy. But what democracy meant for the Progressives is that the people would take power out of the hands of locally elected officials and political parties and place it instead into the hands of the central government, which would in turn establish administrative agencies run by neutral experts, scientifically trained, to translate the people’s inchoate will into concrete policies.

This will be the fight of 2011: the unelected central planning “experts” of the Obama Administration versus the newly elected House of Representatives and state and local governments. The people are not powerless. Congress still has the power of the purse and can withhold funding for implementing Obamacare or writing global warming regulations. There is also the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to review and overrule regulations issued by government agencies. State and local governments can also thwart the federal administrative state by asserting their rights whenever possible. We can return power from Washington back to the people. Saying good-bye to the 111th Congress is a great first step.

Quick Hits:

  • Liberals fear that their failure on this month’s spending bill may come back to haunt the Obama agenda in 2011.
  • According to Gallup, each of the 10 states losing congressional seats as a result of the newly announced 2010 census reapportionment process is politically Democratic, and five of the eight states gaining seats skew Republican.
  • Members of Congress collect big campaign checks while they are writing new laws.
  • A series of unprecedented Christmas Eve bomb blasts and attacks on churches have left at least 38 people dead in Nigeria.
  • China’s central bank raised interest rates Saturday for the second time in less than three months as authorities ramp up efforts to tame inflation.

Comments

There are currently no comments, be the first to post one.

Post Comment

Only registered users may post comments.

Join citizens4freedom on facebook and share us with your fb friends.

    Minimize
 
Facebook Live Stream

    Minimize
 
 

Your kind donation helps C4F in this fight for freedom.

God bless you! God bless and restore our republic!

Let's stand for freedom!

    Minimize
 
   

 

 

 

 
Click to see the US debt visualized
 

 
April 18, 2014
 
YOU ARE HERE:    Articles
 
Copyright 2011 - Citizens4Freedom
 Terms Of Use  |  Privacy Statement