Dereliction of Duty by Congress and Obama

Will Rogers once said, “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” Today, however, we could use more of that government to protect our southern border. One of the prime responsibilities of the federal government is to protect citizens from foreign invasion. And it is the responsibility of our legislators to read and understand bills before they vote, something few did for the “bailout” bill and for Obamacare. We are just now beginning to see the consequences of this dereliction of duty.

Instead of using funds for its prime duties, the Obama administration and Congress spend our money, very inefficiently, on political and politically correct projects.

For instance, how much did the feds spend to fight Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070, a law which was thought necessary by the failure of the feds to do their job? At the same time, the “Justice” Department will not pursue blatant voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party.

More examples:

Government regulations will cost the economy $789 million to establish “critical habitat” for the arroyo toad in California.

Obama has committed $2 billion more of the taxpayers’ money to pursue his solar energy fantasy by subsiding solar plants in Arizona, at a cost of $386,000 per job, which is more than seven times the median household income in this country. Pajamas Media opines, “It would be bad enough for the federal government to subsidize the construction of solar power projects if they worked. It would still be an inefficient use of resources; it would still exceed its constitutionally enumerated powers; it would still be an immoral redistribution of wealth to politically connected companies. But at least in that case American taxpayers, somewhere, might get a Hoover Dam out of the deal. In this instance, that’s simply impossible. There is no known solar technology that can reliably deliver large-scale power in a cost-effective way. There is nothing even in the research stages that promises that result anytime soon… This is nothing less than a sheer waste of public funds to create a mere appearance, a chimera to satisfy the vanity of a powerful Green demagogue longing to appear visionary.”

And unless Congress acts, we are about to pay much more for government. The largest tax hike in history will take place January 1, 2011:

If Congress does not extent or make permanent the “Bush” 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief regulations, all personal income tax rates will rise. The child tax credit will be cut in half, the “death tax” of 55% of inheritances over $1 million will return. Capital gains tax will rise from 15% this year to 20% in 2011. The tax on dividends will rise from 15% this year to 39.6% in 2011.

Obamacare results in twenty new or higher taxes . Congress’ failure to index the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) to inflation will ensnare 28 million middle-class families versus 4 million last year. Taxes will also increase for businesses large and small.

“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” –John Marshall

Obama and Congress are shirking their duties and expanding government much beyond Constitutional authority. They seem to have forgotten their oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” We should remind them. These practices will ultimately destroy our economy and our freedom.

1070 Active in Rhode Island

Arizona’s controversial law SB 1070, which allows police to investigate the immigration status of people stopped for other possible infractions, has drawn national attention and a federal lawsuit. SB 1070 has caused boycotts of Arizona businesses and perhaps self-serving indignation from politicians.

So why haven’t the feds gone after Rhode Island? According to a story in the Boston Globe, Rhode Island state troopers have been enforcing a 1070-like policy for years.

“From Woonsocket to Westerly, the troopers patrolling the nation’s smallest state are reporting all illegal immigrants they encounter, even on routine stops such as speeding, to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.”

“There are police chiefs throughout New England who hide from the issue . . . and I’m not hiding from it,’’ said Colonel Brendan P. Doherty, the towering commander of the Rhode Island State Police. “I would feel that I’m derelict in my duties to look the other way.’’

“In 2008, [Rhode Island] Governor Donald L. Carcieri, issued an executive order mandating immigration checks on all new state workers and ordering State Police to assist federal immigration officials.”

“In 2009, Doherty took it a step further and enrolled in the 287(g) program, which designated four troopers as immigration task force agents to assist in investigating drug and human trafficking and other crimes. They also help regular troopers report illegal immigrants to ICE.”

The Obama administration’s failure to enforce federal immigration law has made 1070-like state policy necessary, and the feds are taking umbrage, and hypocritically making political hay.