We have a WINNER! There were many, many contenders.. all of them worthy of their regulatory “chops”.. but in the end.. only one regulatory roustabout could be deemed “Most Maddening”. Read all about it here!
The White House and its liberal allies are planning a comprehensive public-relations campaign for the second anniversary of Obamacare and the Supreme Court oral arguments that will take place later this month. A four-page strategy memo obtained by The Heritage Foundation outlines the strategies and messaging planned for the coming weeks.
The memo, which is published below, includes a day-by-day breakdown of how the White House and liberal advocacy organizations want to frame the debate. The New York Times first reported on the Obama administration’s coordination efforts, including a White House meeting last week with more than 100 people present. The Center for American Progress, Families USA, Health Care for America Now, and Protect Your Care are among the groups mentioned on the memo.
As the two-year anniversary approaches on March 23, the memo urges advocacy groups to stress these two points:
• “Remind people that the law is already benefiting millions of Americans by providing health care coverage, reducing costs and providing access to healthcare coverage. This message will include the ideas that these are benefits that politicans/the Court art (sic) are trying to take away from average Americans.”
• “Frame the Supreme Court oral arguments in terms of real people and real benefits that would be lost if the law were overturned. While lawyers will be talking about the individual responsibility piece of the law and the legal precdedence, organizations on the ground should continue to focus on these more tangible results of the law.”
During the three days of oral arguments, the groups plan to provide space for a media filing center as well as radio and TV broadcasts at the United Methodist Building, adjacent the U.S. Supreme Court. The court will begin hearing arguments on March 26 and conclude on March 28.
Liberals aren’t the only ones with plans to mark the anniversary and oral arguments. Americans for Prosperity will hold a “Hands Off My Health Care Rally” in Washington, D.C., on March 27, the second day of arguments at the Supreme Court.
The four-page memo is below.
Now you know. Tell your friends about your advance knowledge of the leftist playbook and how Obama plans to manipulate the “news”, and by extension, America. Remember the true “COSTS” of this Obamanation kick in HARD after the elections. Funny the coincidence, eh?
Democrats are now admitting that they consider the Constitution should be ignored in order to impose this “new right”.. bestowed by Congress. Huh? Either we have a Constitution, or we don’t. She swore to uphold the Constitution, but clearly didn’t mean it. Where does our supreme law of the land declare our rights come from? Congress? Nowhere does it say that.. but it does unequivocally set forth our rights and from where they derive. Nowhere does it say government shall have the right to impose a product purchase on citizens. They just deemed it so. Where does that slippery slope take us? Who knows? History shows us over and over that the road to Hell is paved with “good intentions”.. and she just showed us how this happens. Just ignore the Constitution and we can start making up all kinds of special “rights” and kill anyone who balks at compliance. Hitler’s socialist Germany, Mao’s Communist Chian, Stalin’s Communist Russia.. are just a few examples that come to mind.
Constitutional lawyer makes the case that Obama’s increasingly presumptive grab of power reminds us why the Constitution was put in place.. as an effort to stop would by tyranny, no matter how “well intentioned” the claim.
Listen up, America…
This is what Tyranny looks like. In America.
Government using it’s power and influence to stifle open discussions that “cross the line”. The crime? Asking legitimate questions about illegal immigration. On the other hand, the fed will not take any action to secure our borders. Who’s “Us”? Who’s “them”? .. Seems the feds have switched sides.
Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.
Shell has spent five years and nearly $4 billion dollars on plans to explore for oil in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The leases alone cost $2.2 billion. Shell Vice President Pete Slaiby says obtaining similar air permits for a drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico would take about 45 days. He’s especially frustrated over the appeal board’s suggestion that the Arctic drill would somehow be hazardous for the people who live in the area. “We think the issues were really not major,” Slaiby said, “and clearly not impactful for the communities we work in.”
The closest village to where Shell proposed to drill is Kaktovik, Alaska. It is one of the most remote places in the United States. According to the latest census, the population is 245 and nearly all of the residents are Alaska natives. The village, which is 1 square mile, sits right along the shores of the Beaufort Sea, 70 miles away from the proposed off-shore drill site.
The EPA’s appeals board ruled that Shell had not taken into consideration emissions from an ice-breaking vessel when calculating overall greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Environmental groups were thrilled by the ruling.
“What the modeling showed was in communities like Kaktovik, Shell’s drilling would increase air pollution levels close to air quality standards,” said Eric Grafe, Earthjustice’s lead attorney on the case. Earthjustice was joined by Center for Biological Diversity and the Alaska Wilderness League in challenging the air permits.
At stake is an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil. That’s how much the U. S. Geological Survey believes is in the U.S. portion of the Arctic Ocean. For perspective, that represents two and a half times more oil than has flowed down the Trans Alaska pipeline throughout its 30-year history. That pipeline is getting dangerously low on oil. At 660,000 barrels a day, it’s carrying only one-third its capacity.
Production on the North Slope of Alaska is declining at a rate of about 7 percent a year. If the volume gets much lower, pipeline officials say they will have to shut it down. Alaska officials are blasting the Environmental Protection Agency.
“It’s driving investment and production overseas,” said Alaska’s DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan. “That doesn’t help the United States in any way, shape or form.”
The EPA did not return repeated calls and e-mails. The Environmental Appeals Board has four members: Edward Reich, Charles Sheehan, Kathie Stein and Anna Wolgast. All are registered Democrats and Kathie Stein was an activist attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund. Members are appointed by the EPA administrator. Alaska’s Republican senator thinks it’s time to make some changes.
“EPA has demonstrated that they’re not competent to handle the process,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “So if they’re not competent to handle it, they need to get out of the way.”
Murkowski supported budget amendments that would have stripped the EPA of its oversight role in Arctic offshore drilling. The Interior Department issues air permits to oil companies working in the Gulf of Mexico.
The EPA.. So how did we get to this place? Government interference in the private sector has gone far beyond the pale. What we have is the growing abuse of power by a government agency emboldened by a Marxist embracing President, who is further supported by like minded elites in the Senate. This is another step toward our “government” confiscation of personal property- and full on theft of property- just as Marxism insists must happen. Wake up America. Freedom is being turned over to elites who are determined to take control via “government”, our property.. which includes not only our possessions, but also the opportunity to create and keep that which we create. It starts with “licensing”.. “Permits”.. and from there government continues to pile regulation upon regulation as if government has jurisdiction over ALL means of production.. just like Marxism teaches. The progression to Tyranny follows.. where we all become subject to elites- who decide for you what your “rights” are. .and uses power of force to take away anything, or everything- including that property called you life.