Obama Crime Syndicate Extorted Cash for Friends

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Those who love government, love it, in part, for its authority to regulate evil private sector industries. Of course this is redundant, because as we know, all private sector endeavors are inherently evil. All private sector corporations would purposely poison, maim and/or kill all of their customers if it weren’t for government regulation forbidding them from doing so.

So when our government watchdogs sniff out a company which has produced a faulty product or otherwise swindled the innocent, you can bet a hefty financial penalty will follow suit.

Yet, as we’ve known for years, and others are now discovering, the Obama government was not as much an industry watchdog as it was possibly the world’s largest crime syndicate.

Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire reports on a Fox News story that broke just Wednesday. “Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations,” Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch told Fox. “It’s a shakedown. It’s corrupt, pure and simple.” read more

Can We Please Repeal Dodd-Frank Already

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As most are aware, the government’s response to the mortgage/banking crisis was the passage of the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” commonly known as Dodd-Frank, for the namesakes and supposed authors of the bill, Chris Dodd and Barney Fwank.

Dodd-Frank was signed into law on July 21, 2010, by our dear former president Obama. Practically the day after passage, Republicans came forth en masse to protest the law and vow to repeal it.

Well – it’s been 7 years – how bout it.

Just yesterday Senator Orrin Hatch declared  Dodd-Frank to be, “worse than Obamacare. I think it’s one of the worst bills that’s ever been passed through Congress.” Hatch added that, “To treat all these banks like they’re a bunch of crooks and you have to watch everything they do is, I think, beyond the pale.”

Naturally, those on the left are all a-twitter, insisting that the infinitely more competent federal government must continue to keep these “crooks” and incompetents on Wall Street in check. Without government intervention, Wall Street and Mortgage banking would look like the Wild West.

So who’s right and who’s wrong, and just why did we need the over-burdening Dodd-Frank law to begin with? read more

Trump Hopes to Slash the Unconscionable Cost of Bringing Drugs to Market

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This week President Trump had a widely publicized meeting with the bosses of Big Pharma.

The Daily Mail reported that the CEOs met with the president at the White House on Tuesday, and said “he expects them to lower drug prices and bring jobs back to the United States.”

“You folks have done a terrific job over the years, but we have to get prices down for a lot of reasons. We have no choice,” Trump said.

Thus far Trump has done some pretty great things – last being his pick for supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. If he is confirmed, which is likely, and acts according to his history, he will be a voice for the Constitution for decades to come.

However, of course the drug companies have a choice. And to date their choice has been to move elsewhere. And that hasn’t been much of choice. I suppose a better explanation would be to say that our government has forced drug manufacturers to move, just like many other industries, to avoid the crippling taxes and regulations past administrations have saddled them with. read more

Unionization Will Kill Free Market Ride Sharing Like Uber and Lyft

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If one were to look in an Encyclopedia (like Google for old folks) for the modern-day definition or explanation of free-market capitalism – beside the detailed explanation, might be the logos of the ride sharing services Uber and Lyft.

These services are the virtually unregulated, non-unionized, and much less expensive version of the taxi. This is the real free-market at work and it’s proving to work quite well without government and/or thuggish Union oversight.

Practically anyone can become a driver for one of these services. One must be at least 21 years of age, have a 4-door sedan or equivalent, have a valid driver’s license and insurance, a minimum of three years driving experience and pass a motor vehicle and criminal background check. Do that and you have yourself a part or full time job.

Uber is one of those “only in America” ideas that can only spawn in a free-market. In less than seven short years the company went from triumphantly tweeting that it had made its first $5 on March 27, 2010, less than four months after it began, to having a worth of almost $70 billion worldwide. read more

States Sue Feds Over New Life After People Regulations

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A few days ago I heard Mark Levin discussing a lawsuit filed by 18 states over new federal government rules expanding the scope of “critical habitat” for endangered and threatened species.

The rules aren’t actually that new anymore, as they were published on February 2, 2016 and took effect on March 14, 2016. Still, I’m sure very few are aware of them, which is just the way the federal government likes it.

According to the Federal Register, these “final rules” are meant to, “amend portions of our regulations that implement the Endangered Species Act of 1973.” Isn’t that nice.

This is yet another exhausting example of the erection of progressive framework. The original “Endangered Species Act” was passed into law in 1973, under the progressive Nixon administration. This set up the original framework, which is all they ever need to get started. read more

Has Trump Scored Another Win with his EPA Selection

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Trump appears to be scoring a lot of points with the right, regarding his recent Cabinet selections. Just days after he selected Dr. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), he appears to have scored another potential winner. To learn more of Dr. Price, you may link to my article profiling him here.

This latest Trump selection is for the business and industry-killing Cabinet position of head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As we know, the EPA has done more than practically any other agency to set back the American economy and kill any attempted recovery. The current Director, Gina McCarthy, is a radical environmentalist with, amongst other things, a stated goal of killing off the entire American coal industry, not to mention oil, fracking, and any other industry she finds objectionable.

Her regulatory authoritarianism has been virtually unmatched and unchallenged. And she is evidently far from done. McCarthy is going down swinging in the waning hours of the Obama reign. I recently quoted her as saying: “As I’ve mentioned to you before, we’re running — not walking — through the finish line of President Obama’s presidency,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote agency employees the day after the Nov. 8 election. “Thank you for taking that run with me. I’m looking forward to all the progress that still lies ahead.” read more

The Midnight Ride of Barack Revere

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republicans are coming! The Republicans are coming! Such is the cry echoing through the halls of the White House and offices of Obama’s unelected regulatory bureaucrats.

Now that Donald Trump has vanquished Hillary and the Republicans maintain control of the House and Senate, reports are that Obama is set to ram through 98 additional Executive actions and regulations, also known as “Midnight Actions,” before leaving office. I’m shocked…that it’s only 98.

“Federal agencies are rushing out a final volley of executive actions in the last two months of Barack Obama’s presidency, despite warnings from Republicans in Congress and the reality that Donald Trump will have the power to erase much of their handiwork after Jan. 20,” reports the Politico. read more

The Clintons Caused the 2008 Collapse

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Last night, pitching great and Boston Red Sox hero, Kurt Schilling, was on Fox with Neil Cavuto. As he is running to displace current socialist hack Elizabeth “Fauxahontas” Warren in the Senate in Massachusetts, there was very little baseball discussed, beside the fact that Cavuto is a Yankees fan. Anyone familiar understands that the Red Sox and Yankees are one of America’s greatest sports rivalries. The two teams, and their fans, are not fond of one another.

As Schilling is also a Trump supporter, the discussion centered on the presidential race, the debate, and Hillary Clinton to be precise.

Schilling is plain spoken and not afraid to speak his mind. He said, in effect, that Hillary is the gift that keeps on giving – that it is easy to catch her in a lie because that’s pretty much all she does.

The discussion turned to the economy and Schilling reiterated what Trump had said during the debate regarding Hillary having 30 years to fix the economy, but has apparently waited until now to do anything about it.

Both he and Trump are absolutely right to bring this up. The problem is that Trump doesn’t appear to have a grasp on specifically why. And if he does, he declined to share it with 84 million viewers. read more

The Feds to Regulate Homeless Shelters

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Earlier this week ThinkProgress gleefully announced  some really great news as they reported on yet another usurpation of the Constitution by the Obama administration. This time it’s Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD – which constitutionally shouldn’t exist) turn to impose illegal regulations.

Their target is homeless shelters. Yes – homeless shelters – many of which are not even run by state or local governments, but by religious charities.

It seems homeless shelters all across these United States are discriminating against a certain group of people. I wonder if you can guess which group? I’ll give you a hint – even two.

Hints: It’s all the rage today and Bruce Jenner. You are correct. ThinkProgress is reporting that our federal government wants to protect “transgender individuals from discrimination by homeless shelters. The thought of ensuring that transgender people can find shelter if they need it has enraged many conservatives.”

Has it really? We evil conservatives are angry over homeless transgenders and wish to bar their entrance to homeless shelters. Really? read more

Has Obama Found a Way To Build His Civilian National Security Force?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember what Obama said during a speech in 2008? “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

We all assumed he would attempt to build one from the ground up – from nothing. Well, we may have been wrong about that. Oh, not his intention – just the method to his mad end.

Rather than build his “Civilian National Security Force” from scratch, it now appears he may instead be opting for a hostile takeover. Most don’t realize it, as his takeover is happening in real time. Things are much easier to spot when seen in an historic perspective. It’s never easy to spot these trends as they happen.

Many don’t see the successful federal usurpation of police departments across the nation. Could this be the “Civilian National Security Force” that Obama said he wanted? Could be. To date, several city and town police forces have been taken over and are now being effectively run by the federal government – and all it takes is a single “claim” of police wrongdoing for the feds to swoop in and take over. read more