The following is an excerpt from the book-blog “U.S. Constitution: “Sine Die“. It sets up what is now actually happening. The list of executive branch regulations is growing exponentially and is heaping great cost on the fragile U.S. economy at a time when we need less regulation and lower cost to survive.
“Congress Abdicates Its Lawmaking Power”
In 1913, the progressive socialists destroyed the vertical checks and balance between the States and the federal government, with the seventeenth amendment. Just as in 1913 with the action against the States, today, a critical milestone on the path to a socialist government and economy for the progressives was to destroy the horizontal checks and balance and the separation of powers among the branches of the federal government. This has clearly picked up pace in the last eighteen months, with the progressive socialists chairing just about every committee in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. With the extreme progressive socialist leadership of Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reed in the Senate, the progressives enabled the passage of two major bills with no one given time to read the bills – yet like lemmings fellow progressives and liberals voted for; a health care bill; and a financial regulation bill. Neither bill was truly about health care or financial regulation. These bills were all about progressives taking over the economy and collapsing the separation of powers in the federal government.
These bills, combined, create numerous new federal agencies and thousands of rules to be written by executive branch and independent agency bureaucrats appointed by the Executive Branch – not by Congress. Bureaucrat written rules will now carry the force of law. These new and existing executive branch and independent agencies are empowered to write unchecked regulations – they have been empowered to write a massive amount of invasive law. Essentially the progressives in Congress just transferred, by law, their Constitutional legislative authority to the Executive Branch and to independent agencies, like the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, also known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The Executive Branch and independent agencies now have the capability of writing law unchecked by your elected representatives and to selectively enforce existing law to control the future of this nation.
The horizontal balance brought about by the separation of powers and the checks and balances among the branches of the federal government are gone. The vertical check on the federal government by the States is gone. The executive branch and the CFPB are now able to control all aspects of our financial transactions, capital markets, and our health. They will grow more powerful in 2012 as they write more new law. The President and his appointee at the CFPB can now actually penalize one or more businesses or industries and even seize companies it considers a threat to our economy, without due process. Where is the freedom from seizure found in the Bill of Rights? As the new central government grows, our individual liberty will continue to shrivel until it is gone.
The progressives will now pick up the pace on their march to move us to failed socialism for the sake of power and world wealth redistribution. The executive branch can and will engineer events that will continue to move our economy to total collapse and thus with a groundswell of despair from suffering citizens, the public will readily accept a totalitarian government’s help and an abandonment of what remains of the Constitution. This will be the end game of the progressives and it is around the corner. History repeats itself and if you look at how totalitarian government comes into power, you will find that it is by promising suffering citizens a bright future – “if you will just follow us”. First, however, the progressives need to create the suffering and this is well underway. Our economy is at a crossroads – continue the Obama and friends progressive socialist prescription, and they will have achieved this goal of extreme suffering. Shall we rename this once great nation “The National Socialists of America” or “The EBCG of America” – “The Executive Branch Central Government of America”?-
It the last few months the Obama administration has enacted regulations:
- severely limiting oil drilling in this country,
- knocking on the door to impose a version of “Card Check”,
- allowing an expansion of the use and volume of ethanol in a gallon of gas, despite its disruption of the food supply, increasing food prices, and being deterious to the engines it powers,
- using the EPA to further regulate the biomass industry and requiring expensive controls on power company and industry emissions, raising energy costs when this country needs to seek cheaper energy to restart our manufacturing base,
- adding to consumer product safety, and ear safety regulation and cost,
- reinterpreting the laws on illegal immigration to minimize deportation on non-criminal illegal immigrants,
- implementing “Net Neutrality” is the first step of taking over the internet,
- opening up the opportunities for trial lawyers to sue the meat and the poultry industries, again adding to prices,
- providing tax breaks for trial attorneys,
- and instituting onerous and costly heavy truck fuel economy standards.
(Source: The American Spectator, December 2011/January 2011, pages 23 through 25)
So many of these federal regulations have been enacted over the overt objections of Congress, it is safe to say that we have lost our federal republic form of government. We have gone from limited power with the states still in charge to unlimited power centered in the executive branch with a feckless Congress and powerless states. This must change or we are doomed to a new form of government, with central planning at the executive branch, a continued weak economy, people dependent on the state, and loss of individual freedom in the free market: Socialism.