Sorry, I’m a little behind due to my road trip through what’s known in Washington only as “fly over” butt I’ll try to catch up:
First, of course, was last week’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act that has some people’s head in a tizzy just because it gives Big Guy the power to suspend habeas corpus and detain U.S. citizens pretty much at will. Butt we don’t need to worry about that because Big Guy has assured us he won’t use those powers (unless he has to).
Then of course we have the three recess appointments to the NLRB and Richard Cordray as Czar of the new “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” – an agency dreamed up by Lizzie Warren, class warrior and protector of the little people. People seem to be complaining that these appointments aren’t constitutional just because, well, Congress wasn’t technically in recess or something. Honestly, can you believe the conservatives’ insistence on rules and following rules? Don’t they know that Big Guy’s agenda is too big and too important to be thwarted by silly little sticking points such as constitutionality?
“I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer. I’ve said before that I will continue to look for every opportunity to work with Congress to move this country forward. But when Congress refuses to act in a way that hurts our economy and puts people at risk, I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them,” Mr. Obama said.
“I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer”? Is that legal? Some people don’t seem to think so:
“The precedent that would be set by this cavalier action would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our Constitution,”
Then there was the announcement yesterday of our new slimmed down military. Lady M is so totally onboard with this, as it tracks right along with her program for ending obesity in America – where ever we find it - in just one generation. Who ever thought that she and Big Guy might actually be able to accomplish that objective?
As for Big Guy, he just saw it as logical next step towards redirecting funds from the military to his civilian national security force:
We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
So if there’s anyone out there surprised by Big Guy’s latest deconstruction of what used to be “our national security force to achieve our national security objectives,” it’s only because they weren’t paying attention. I mean it’s not as if Big Guy didn’t announce his plans back on the campaign trail in ‘08. Shame on you if you if you just mistook it for more political swagger.
On the other hand, if you assumed that Big Guy is just full of swagger, you could be forgiven, as he certainly has demonstrated a good deal of it:
I think he sometimes does it just to throw the R-words off their game. And conceal his true motives.
Butt I have to admit, lately he’s been sporting a pretty bodacious swag:
“just as strong, just as powerful, just as well funded”
Note: uniforms by Armani