Saturday, February 22, 2014

Economic Issues, Political Musings and Constitutional Rights

Birth certificate: Obama has one of the best political strategy teams in recent history. He did not release his birth certificate because Trump scared him or anyone forced him. There is an underlying reason that behooves the President to release that piece of paper at this time. Trump better stop patting himself on the back and so should any of the "birthers." Honestly they are about to get the Obama boot up their butts.

Natural Born Citizen- enough already with stupidity. We have serious problems in this country and it is time that people look to some serious answers instead of playing ridiculous ignorant games.

Obama College records/Law school transcripts/passport visas: sorry but who cares. The man has been President since 2009 and we already know what he thinks and how he operates. We knew who his friends were along time before he got elected. We know who he chooses as advisors and his leftist radical agenda for our country and especially his inadequacy in foreign policy. That the majority of the American populace did not care to actually pay attention to these issues when he was running the first time, says more about the lack of seriousness of the US electorate than the lack of transparency on behalf of the Presidential team.

Budget Battle: Quite frankly both parties suck. The Ryan budget is draconian and the President's budget is devoid of reality and the detriment of the deficit. Standard and Poor's threat should be enough that both parties learn the word compromise. The majority of the country while they want to take care of the deficit also believes that the government should be there as a safety net. The irony of both budgets is that while entitlements for the people are slashed perks to the Congress and their cash cows and supporters are barely touched. Why is it that corporations like GE paid no tax last year, but those of us who are privately successful are the targets of the President? Meanwhile watch this video with Alan Simpson and Erskine Boles, both of whom chaired the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, about what needs to be done.

Libya: WTF, that is all.

Syria: WTF again- I guess the "responsibility to protect doctrine" does not apply to friends of Iran or Iran itself for that matter,  with the Obama administration. On another note, even before this recent slaughter, Syria was one of the most repressive regimes in the world. How they are unchallenged, especially by the US, for a seat on UNHRC only shows how the US should not even be on that committee. Belonging and paying for the UN is a totally different matter, another reality devoid of any sense what so ever. Well at least, as long as the UN remains a corrupt criminal enterprise for tyrants, dictators and oligarchs.

Royal Wedding: Furthermore, it was reported that the UK has withdrawn the invitation to the Syrian ambassador's to the Royal Wedding. Question to the UK Foreign Office, why were they invited in the first place? The Foreign Office invited every Middle East dictator and tyrant but forgot to invite leaders of democratic nations and even past Prime Ministers of England. Are those that lead the foreign policy of the UK  devoid of any sense what so ever? It seems that they have taken the same  "leave of senses pill" that is being ingested by those at Foggy Bottom.  

Meanwhile I am very glad for the young couple and wish them untold happiness (remember the royal family and the Middletons are paying for the event mostly themselves to the tune of 10 million dollars).

Palestine: Now that the pretense has been dropped and the PA (Fatah) has rejoined forces with the openly genocidal Hamas, what will the US do as far as the peace process? Will they allow a vote in the UN? Will they continue to send over 400 million dollars of our hard earned American tax money to theses modern day Nazis? Will the US continue to give the PA weapons and training? Or will they true to form, blame everything on Israel and say that "Israel's hardline stance to build settlements and refuse to commit suicide by just moving back to the 1948 armistice lines, forced the poor misunderstood Palestinians to go completely openly evil." By the way, if anyone had been paying attention to the media and politics of the PA they would have noticed that the PA was quite good at this Nazis propaganda actuality themselves. They do not need help for that from Hamas.

Oil: We can't drill offshore in the US but we can underwrite offshore drilling in Brazil. We don't want to be dependent on foreign nations for our oil, but Obama was thrilled to tell Brazil how we are going to buy our oil from them. We are not allowed to access our potential energy sources here in the US according to the President, the only thing we can do is fund, solar, wind and buy electric cars. Meanwhile, he takes a 17 long gas-guzzling-car caravan to an electric car factory to teach us all about earth day and energy efficiency. (You can't make this stupidity up.) In my home town, a gallon of regular is now $4.25. Tell me why the gas and oil companies get tax breaks?

Food: Have you been to the food store lately? Just know as food prices go, so goes the economy, even if for some reason food prices are not figured into the consumer price index (CPI). Now that I don't get at all. After housing, it is what people spend most of their budget on. If you do not have disposable cash because you are spending more and more on food, there is no money for luxuries, vacations and the things that are figured into the CPI. They say food prices are too volatile to include in their calculations...well duh. But wouldn't you think that somewhere some Nobel prize winning economist, instead of telling everyone else how stupid they are would figure out how to include into the CPI one of the things on which we spend most of our money.

DOMA: Get over it. Just because Congress passes a law does not mean it is Constitutional and quite frankly does not mean anyone has to defend it. It is not, as some say, akin to John Adams defending the Soldiers at the Boston massacre. This is not a criminal case, where everyone is entitled to representation. While reprehensible clients have been represented to defend aspects of the Bill of Rights, be it GITMO internees, Nazis, the KKK or as of right now Pastor Terry Jones, but that is not the reality of DOMA.There is an underlying Constitutional right in DOMA, but it is the infringement on the humanity of all citizens of this country and the cynical attempt by some in Congress to continue the second class status of those whose sexual orientation differs from the majority.

Duty to defend: A major law firm has resigned from defending DOMA. It has caused a huge hullabaloo. However, it brings up the question of the right of an attorney to not represent a client it finds reprehensible as long as that refusal to represent does not harm the client. Another ethical issue is the question of attorneys perpetrating a fraud upon the court which means if the attorney new that the client was guilty of a criminal offense are they not obligated to tell the court? There is a pull between attorney-client privilege and the fact that attorney are officers of the court and obligated to uphold the law. In fact the issue is so hot button, that many criminal defense attorneys do not ask their clients if they are guilty or not. They defend with the information at hand and while accessing the law.

Here the issue in DOMA is if you as an attorney believe the law to be unconstitutional are you obligated to defend it? If there was a law that stated it was a citizen's obligation to kill red-headed people would you have to defend it because it was passed by Congress? I think not. I would also hesitate to guess that you would have the right to defy that law and to hold it up to the ridicule it would deserve in addition to calling out the purveyors of that law as unAmerican.

Lastly and as I have said before, in our system of checks and balances, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of what is and is not Constitutional, not the Congress. Congress can pass any number of laws that it likes, however, it does not mean they are allowable under law. Just because they are elected and represent the people of this country does not mean they are not venal ignorant morons devoid of any sense of ethics or understanding of law. Their purpose is to get themselves reelected and to pander to whatever their constituency requires. It is why the Supreme Court exists. It is why there is an executive branch. Congress can do an endrun around the court once a ruling is handed down, but it must comply with the ruling and the rules set out by the Court. Simply put it is called JUDICIAL REVIEW.

Anyway these are some of my latest musings going on in the world. You don't have to agree with my assessment. But being that this is the United States of America and as yet, I have not lost my freedom of speech be it to the leftist-political correct machine nor the rightist-conservative-disenfranchisement machine (honestly I see them as just different sides of the same coin), I will  call them both out about their hypocrisy and self-righteousness. I guess you can figure out why I call myself an independent.