Government Incompetence

The Texter-in-Chief

If you need a new cell phone soon and don’t have a strong desire to get texted by President Obama, you may want to get around and buy one soon. Starting next year all cell phones will be required to have a special chip that will allow government agencies including the president to text you. This is being implemented as part of a revamped emergency notification system. The UK Telegraph reports:

From next year, new phones and other hand-held devices will be required to be fitted with special chips to receive the alerts, which will also be sent by state and local authorities. Users will be able to opt out of every type of alert except those from the president, said the Federal Communications Commission.

The system will include alerts about missing children and will supersede all other phone traffic to avoid delays.

Ok, so we can opt out of all of this except for messages from the president? Where does the president get this right from? Maybe I have overlooked the constitutional power of the president to text when reading the Constitution.

WE INTERRUPT THIS ARTICLE FOR AN IMPORTANT ALERT FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA: …

Just kidding.

Most likely the government will use this new power like it does so much else – incompetently. Alerts will go out after the tornado hit. But there is potential for tremendous abuse. How about on election day a targeted message to registered Democrats in closely contested elections to go to the polls?

You say it can’t happen? Well, probably not on a national level, but in places like Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago where the dead routinely vote, I don’t see such abuse so far fetched.

And who can assure us that these new chips do not also track our location. Apple may be doing this already (although what they really track appears to be cell tower usage), but at least now we have a choice of phones. Starting 2012 the only choice will be the one with the government chip in it.

Ten days ago we rejoiced at President Obama’s correct decision to assassinate Osama bin-Laden. It was nice that he made a decision we could wholeheartedly endorse and that Obama had continued to utilize the tools and information infrastructure created by the Bush administration to fight the war on Islamofascism. It was a little embarrassing to hear the Obama administration’s contradictory statements explaining what happened so that they didn’t have to admit to the lunatic left that they simply wanted to kill bin-Laden and turn him into fish food. But we can’t get too worked up about this given the major achievement of killing the number one terrorist.

But don’t expect Obama’s success to change his agenda of controlling more and more aspect of our lives. Today it is the president’s new power to text. A few days ago it was a tracking device in your car so that you can be taxed on the miles you drive regardless of the fuel consumption. I did not make this up. The White House actually floated such a proposal a few days ago only to distance themselves from it in face of the controversy it raised. Their concern is that gas tax revenue will plummet when government subsidized hybird and battery-operated cars will reduce fuel consumption. And of course knowing our location at any point in time has lots of other potential abuses. Just wait for the mandatory tracking implant that you need to accept in order to be treated under Obamacare. (Note to leftist readers: I realize this is not part of Obamacare now. I just extrapolate from current policies to make my point.)

This blog focuses a lot on the coming financial crisis if we do not address out of control government spending. We should not overlook the dangers of increased tracking by government of our every move and the Obama administration’s desire to subject us to messages from the government regardless of our desire to opt out.

The Tea Party movement has just begun to challenge the decline of freedom in the United States. We have a long way to go.

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“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ”
– Benjamin Franklin

You may have seen this latest video (via Hot Air) of the shameful behavior of the TSA which should stand for Totalitarian Surveillance Authority.

If this were to happen to my daughter I would probably go to jail.

Why are Americans behaving like sheep led to be slaughtered when facing increasing government interference in our lives? Is there a point at which Americans will simply stop accepting the government’s actions and rise up against such abuses of power? Or are people so stupid that they actually believe that the TSA groping us when we board planes has anything to do with safety or preventing terrorism? It seems like many Americans have become total wimps when it comes to confronting the creeping totalitarianism of the Obama regime. There comes a point when blaming the politicians is not enough. A majority of voters elected Obama. Do people that throw overboard a freedom-focused culture of two centuries and accept government meddling in more and more aspects of their lives still deserve to be free?

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President Obama today announced that he is running for a second term. No surprise there.

On the same day his Attorney General Eric Holder announced that 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tired in front of a military tribunal in Guantanamo Prison. A remarkable turnaround from Obama’s campaign promise to close Gitmo in the first year of his administration and his announcement in 2009 that Khalid Sheik Mohammed would be tried in New York City. On this point at least, Obama has had to face the foolishness of his position and reverse himself much to the fury of left wing of his party.

Obama kicks off his reelection campaign not only on the same day as the Gitmo trial announcement, but also in the same week in which House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveils the Republicans’ 2012 budget. Ryan proves that he is a leader by proposing reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, reforms that are critical for these programs to survive. Republicans will soon move beyond the do-nothing President and Senate Democrats who call $60 billion in cuts for 2011 extreme. Ryan will propose trillions of cuts in federal spending, cuts proportional to the problem we have that, if enacted, will turn America back to fiscal sanity. The President, of course, as usual is unwilling to lead and wants to avoid discussion of real change in Washington.

Here is the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s spoof on Obama’s 2012 campaign:

At least, unlike the real announcement today this add shows the President.

And here is Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty’s response to Obama’s announcement:

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Florida Pundit took a little break from blogging over the past month. I kept expecting that our politicians would start getting serious about cutting the size of government, but progress is slow and consist of tiny baby steps. House Republicans have proposed to cut $60 billion in discretionary spending. The Democrat-controlled Senate and our Spectator-in-Chief Barak Obama have not proposed any cuts. I guess that makes the House Republicans the better alternative, but when you cut $60 billion from a $3.7 trillion budget and a $1.6 trillion deficit, this looks less than impressive.

What happens if we don’t act? Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) asked just this question of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about a month ago. Watch this. It is scary:

Crisis could come quickly and precise timing is impossible to predict. On Tuesday everything could be ok and on Wednesday collapse could be upon us. So what do we do to demonstrate that we are serious about the problem?

Republicans now have shown with several two or three week extension that they are not the evil monsters who want to spoil your vacation by shutting down Yellowstone and other national parks. It is time to stop temporary extension and insist on Democrats to stop acting like spoiled brats.

We should insist on a few condition to any budget that is passed for the rest of the year: stop funding of the implementation of Obamacare, prohibit the EPA from regulating CO2, stop all funding of NPR and Planned Parenthood. Yes, the last two are relatively small amounts, i.e. just a few hundred million dollars – not even a rounding error in federal spending, but they are indicators if any government program can ever be stopped. If these conditions mean that Democrats will shut down the government, we need to be prepared to let them and make clear who the party to blame is.

Then Republicans need to get beyond working on remedies for the Pelosi-Reid Congress’s failure to pass a budget for 2011 last year. The next opportunity to put in place processes and conditions to shrink the government is when raising the debt ceiling comes up next month. Starting in April Republicans also need to focus on rolling a budget for 2012 that will cut spending all areas including entitlement spending.

I believe Americans are ready to support changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security especially if Republican explain that if we don’t change these programs there won’t be anything left and the collapse of these programs will quickly become inevitable. Yes, there is the risk that not enough Americans will listen and voters will re-elect Obama and the Democrats in 2012. If that were to happen, at least we will know we have tried to save the United States from permanent long-term decline. If we do nothing, the end of the United States as we have known it is inevitable.

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While Republicans in Congress are falling short of their promise to cut at least $100 billion in spending for the rest of the fiscal year, Republican governors are starting to address the root cause of many of our states teetering on becoming the American equivalent of Greece. They are changing unsustainable terms for benefits and pensions of public employees.

Chris Christie of New Jersey has become just about the most popular politician in the country during his first year as governor by pursuing austerity in the state budget. Now, a new crop of governors including Rick Scott in Florida and John Kasich in Ohio are following similar paths. Rick Scott has turned down billions of dollars in federal taxpayer money to subsidize building of a high speed rail line which would ultimately cost the Florida taxpayers billions and for which there is no demonstrated economic need.

But the fastest rising star among the new governors is Scott Walker of Wisconsin whose challenge to public employee unions sparked protests by government employees in Madison, the state capital. All fourteen Democrats in the state senate have fled the state in order to deny Republicans a quorum to vote on Walker’s proposed bill. President Obama has again entered the debate on a state issue by attacking the side voted into office last November and defending public employee unions. Governor Walker’s response to Obama has been that the president should be focused on the deficit in Washington. Effectively he told the president to mind his own business.

Here is Governor Walker explaining what he is doing (via The Right Scoop):

Walker is standing by his proposal which still offers terms to public employees more generous than those enjoyed by most employees in the private sector. He also insists that there have to be some limits on the public unions’ collective bargaining rights so that state and local governments can meet the demands of the voters of Wisconsin and eliminate government spending they cannot afford.

We desperately need in Washington the clarity on the issues and resolve to address them that governors like Scott Walker and Chris Christie bring at the state level. Will Republican leaders in Congress join their freshman colleagues who were elected with Tea Party support and draw a firm line on cutting federal spending in every area including entitlements and defense?

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