Friday Follies: Obama’s pen vs a 6yr old’s life, ATF abuse, Language wars and the not-transparent administration

March 21, 2014

”Tis that time once again when we take stock of the inane and foolish put upon us by those forced to navigate life with an amount of gray matter just slightly larger than that found in your average toad.”

#5  In New York Harbor there stands a Lady with a plaque at her base that states: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

And in that spirit did millions of immigrants from every corner of the Earth start new lives in this, the United States of America.

For instilling the exact opposite of that spirit, the Hempstead, Texas school board starts off this week’s Follies.  Bowing to pressure from Hispanics not wanting to assimilate the school board voted to not renew the contract of Middle School Principal Amy Lacey.

Lacey’s “crime”?  She dared to announce over the school intercom last December that going forward students were to speak English rather than Spanish on the school campus.

From the Houston Chronicle article:

“When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity,” says Augustin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18, “it sends the message that the child is not wanted: ‘We don’t want your color. We don’t want your kind.’ They then tend to drop out early.”

And thus is the difference between Hispanic “immigrants” of today and the millions of immigrants of yester year.

To the immigrants that built this great nation, one of the very first priorities was to not just learn English, but to speak it, talk it, use it.  English is the American language.  English is the language of commerce.

If you wanted to succeed, you learned English.  If you wanted to be American, you learned English.

Of course the claims of racism were shouted to all who would listen.  Yet who are the true racists?  Is it not racist to come to a new country and then refuse to assimilate into that new country?  Is not demanding that America give up its traditions, its culture, its language to accommodate the wishes of one ethnic group in itself the epitome of racism?

No, Mr. Pinedo, it’s not that the children are not wanted, it’s that we want them to succeed, to be American.  Clinging to old country culture and language and refusing to assimilate dooms each and every one of those children to a life of poverty and government handouts.

Those of us demanding English don’t do so out of racism, we do so because it’s the right thing to do.

And yes, there’s that whole respect thing as well.

Quite frankly, Mr. Pinedo, it is you and yours that is the only immigrant population in this nation’s history that not only has decided it is your “right” to cross into this country illegal, but to then also have the gall to begin placing demands on the very taxpayers that are paying for all the services you so eagerly take advantage of.

America has a right to demand assimilation from those who wish to be here.

No other nation on Earth allows the type of porous border America has with Mexico and no other nation on Earth tolerates such behavior from those who break its immigration laws.

That’s not racist, that’s fact.  And it’s a fact you and your allies have been allowed to ignore for far too long.

#4  The ATF is at it again.  Yes, THAT ATF.  The same ATF that got Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed and still has thousands of guns missing from its Fast and Furious debacle.  This time the target was four Ares Armor stores in San Diego County, CA and the company’s polymer 80 percent lower receivers for AR-15’s that the government says are illegal.

Never mind that Ares owner was granted a temporary restraining order three days prior to the raid to stop the ATF searches, this is the federal government.  It will do what it wants, when it wants.

From the Fox5sandiego report:

“There were women and children inside our retail establishment when the (ATF) agents came in with guns drawn,” said Ares Armor Executive Officer Dimitrios Karras. “They came into our firearms manufacturing facility saying, ‘Arms up!’  like they were invading Iraq.”

If this isn’t the government tyranny that our Founding Fathers fought a revolution over, then what is?

#3  How are you spending your $2,500 in health insurance premium savings?

Oh, wait……….According to an eHealth report premiums since Febrruay 2013 have risen faster than in the previous 8 years COMBINED!

Critics will point out that the report doesn’t include the generous government subsidies that actually lower premiums for many Americans but in this columnist’s opinion, the HHS shouldn’t be allowed to quote subsidized prices as a “savings’.

Some taxpayer, somewhere had to PAY for that subsidy, making the whole thing even more disgusting.

So now along with the all the “if you like…….you can keep……..” lies, turns out the President didn’t really mean the $2,500 in savings line either.  Perhaps another “lie of the year” award for 2014?

#2  While we’re on the path of campaign rhetoric morphing into Presidential lies, remember the one from his very, first day?  You know the one where he promised that his administration would be the “most transparent in history”?

Turns out that Mr. Transparent’s underlings have rejected a record number of  Freedom of Information Act requests this past year.

It would be one thing if those were just old words now forgotten with all the hubbub and hustle of the White House.  But he doubled down on it just a month ago during a google hangout:

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama assured the woman. “I can document that this is the case.”

Obama likes to tout White House visitor logs as an example but then conveniently omits that lobbyists now just meet administration officials across the street at Caribou Coffee or some other “off-site” venue.

While America is still waiting for the President’s documentation a new report by the AP pretty much shoots it full of holes.  (oops, was that a g.u.n. reference?)

But on this one, Obama can’t blame the bloated government bureaucracy.

The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday that all the way back on April 15, 2009, then White House Counsel Greg Craig instructed executive branch agencies that any Freedom of Information Act requests involving “White House equities” should be directed to White House officials for review first.

Reporter Mark Tapscott notes:

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.

So it looks like the Obama administration has been set on re-writing laws at will since the very beginning.

#1  Will Obama use his pen and the phone to save a 6 year old boy’s life?

Jack Fowler is a 6 year old boy dying from a rare form of Hunter syndrome that has a decent chance of survival if allowed to receive a life-saving drug via injection rather than the FDA approved IV method.

Michael Astrue is a former general counsel, and Social Security commissioner who was CEO of the company that developed the drug before, over his objections, his company was bought out by Shire Pharmaceuticals.

Asture makes it blatanlty clear in a Weekly Standard piece:

President Obama should end this standoff right now. First, he needs to call FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg and make sure that there are no facts outside of the public domain that would make Jack Fowler a poor risk for a compassionate use exemption. Second, assuming that conversation goes as it most probably will, President Obama should ask Commissioner Hamburg to pick up the phone and call Shire’s new CEO, Dr. Flemming Ornskov, and tell him that whatever his nervous regulatory executives are telling him is untrue, and that the FDA would genuinely welcome their support of a compassionate use application for Jack Fowler.

Almost surely, that phone call will save Jack from a death penalty that is the indirect product of a nontransparent and unpredictably administered regulatory process. It is important, though, that President Obama not stop there; his time is too valuable to keep making these kinds of calls.

President Obama should have his lawyers draft an executive order that will keep sick children off Death Row. In that order he should direct the FDA to convene an advisory committee with several ethicists and a hefty dose of patient advocates to advise the FDA on a public list of experimental drugs presumptively approvable under the compassionate use exemption. The current compassionate use rules, which were thoughtfully revised under this administration, are fine as far as they go, but they do not address the nontransparency that enables unpredictable decisions that cause unnecessary deaths.

President Obama can do something heroic if he simply shows his respect for human life by directing that life-and-death decisions under his control are made openly, honestly, and compassionately. He does not need new legislation—it is just a question of using the authority he already has.

How about it Mr. President?  You’ve been all over the airwaves of late bragging that you have a “pen and a phone and you’re prepared to use it”.

How about for once in your failed, incompetent Presidency you actually do one thing that could actually HELP someone.

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