Wednesday, February 25

Emperor pushes for "cooperation" with congress, then vows to veto two key bills

The day after last November's huge election win for Republicans the emperor held a press conference.  Some highlights:
The Emperor:  "I’ve suggested to [congressional Republicans] before that where they think there’s areas of cooperation, I’d like to see us get some things done.  [T]he fact that they now control both chambers of Congress...means that...they have more confidence that they can pass their agenda and get a bill on my desk.  It means that negotiations end up perhaps being a little more real because they have [a] larger majority... in the House and they may be able to get some things through their caucuses that they couldn’t before.
     But the bottom line [is] number-one goal is just to deliver as much as I can for the American people in these last two years.  And wherever I see an opportunity, no matter how large or how small, to make it a little...more likely that somebody is finding a good-paying job-- even if I’m not getting a whole loaf, I’m interested in getting whatever legislation we can get passed that adds up to improved prospects and an improved future for the American people."
So, "areas of cooperation."  "Negotiations end up being a little more real."  'If I see an opportunity to make it more likely for someone to find a good-paying job...I'm interested in getting whatever legislation we can get passed...'

Lofty words.  Let's see what he's done to put those words into action.

Congress just passed a bill authorizing the long-blocked (by the previously Dem-controlled senate) Keystone pipeline.  Emperor I-want-jobs-for-Americans immediately vetoed it.

His press secretary has announced that the emperor will veto any bill funding the supposedly oh-so-vital department of homeland security if it contained any provision blocking or restricting the emperor's amnesty plans for five million illegal aliens.

The emperor has directed his Democrat appointees at the Federal Communications Commission to pass the 330-page set of rules charmingly mis-named "net neutrality," without making those rules public or giving the public the opportunity to discuss them and make comments.  This is stunning in its audacity and dictatorial nature:  Historically, agencies proposing new rules or regulations have make those public and offered comment periods of around 3 months before they actually issue new "rules."  But that's not the emperor's style.

After a federal judge issued a decision barring the emperor from proceeding with his illegal amnesty, the emperor has quietly ordered his agents to continue to spend money and sign contracts to get this done.  

Even Nixon obeyed court orders.  But the emperor doesn't.  Because he's always gotten away with it.

The "net neutrality" rules are a classic imperial move to control the internet.  If they can get away with this, the next step is requiring people who post opinions to get a federal license.  Hmm....


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