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Regulators R Us: Feds Crank Up Regulations — on Everything

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Get set for the Obama administration’s post-election tsunami of business-killing, job-killing, economy-killing federal regulations. It’s already begun. Take a look at, the administration’s regulatory website. The home page informs us that in the last 90 days, the administration has posted 5,934 new regulations.

Yes, our federal bureaucrats have been very diligent. The above-mentioned website informs us of their daily productivity of regulations over the past 90 days:

Today (121)

Last 3 Days (274)

Last 7 Days (371)

Last 15 Days (826)

Last 30 Days (1,915) 

Last 90 Days (5,934)

How will these regulations affect you, your family, your job, business, ranch, or farm? You may not have federal SWAT teams descend upon you, as has happened to dairy farmers and natural food store operators who dared to sell raw milk products not approved by the federal Food & Drug Administration (see here and here) or the hundreds of other Americans subjected to Gestapo-type treatment for running afoul of the volumes of murky and convoluted regulations that fill the 169,301 pages of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) published in the Federal Register. However, even if your home, farm or business is not personally “visited” by agents of the FDA, EPA, OSHA, SEC, or any of the myriad other federal agencies, you will pay a huge price nonetheless, both in economic costs and in loss of freedoms.

A cost analysis by the Small Business Administration in 2008 found that the cost to our national economy of compliance with federal regulations was an astronomical $1.75 trillion!

That was in 2008. The cost, of course, has escalated dramatically in the four years since that study was conducted. We should note also that the 169,301 pages of federal regulations referenced above covers only those promulgated through 2011; it does not include thousands of pages added in 2012. Nor does it include the thousands of pages that are expected to soon be dumped into the pipeline by bureaucrats who had been instructed to hold off until after the election. 

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2011 the Code of Federal Regulations increased by 11,327 pages — a 7.4-percent increase. The regulatory burden is now a crushing weight on the entire economy, a hidden tax which is equivalent to roughly half the current federal spending and equal to the entire federal budget of the late 1990s. 

A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce entitled Project No Project found that a broad range of energy projects “are being stalled, stopped, or outright killed nationwide due to a broken permitting process and a system that allows nearly limitless opportunities for opponents of development to raise challenge after challenge.”

The impact has been truly mind-boggling. The Chamber of Commerce study reported: 

In total, the 351 projects identified in the Project No Project inventory could have produced a $1.1-trillion boost to the economy and created 1.9 million jobs annually during the projected seven years of construction. Moreover, these facilities, once constructed, would have continued to generate jobs, because they would have operated for years or even decades. 

That’s nearly two million jobs annually, just in the energy sector, that are being killed by the federal regulatory straitjacket. 

In an op-ed in the Washington Post on November 13, attorney Keith A. Ashmus noted that the regulatory cliff rivals the fiscal cliff among small business owners’ biggest concerns. And it is almost certain to get worse, if Team Obama has its way. 

“Following President Obama’s reelection and the continuation of the current majorities in the House and Senate, we can expect continued difficulty moving initiatives forward legislatively in Washington,” noted Mr. Ashmus. “That means more regulatory activity, unrestrained by the any concerns about the president’s reelection. The Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board are likely to go after employers, large and small, with regulations that make it more difficult to manage workforces and obtain outside help understanding the legal requirements concerning unions.”

Obama Regulatory Plan: Sly, Not Shy

Not that President Obama has been shy about using executive branch regulations to get the Big Government programs he has been unable to get passed legislatively. In fact, following the 2010 congressional elections, in which the Democrats suffered historic losses in the House of Representatives, the Obama White House indicated it was going to move ahead with its agenda by executive fiat. The New American reported on this unconstitutional regulatory usurpation plan at the time. (See Obama Eyes “Executive Orders” to Circumvent Congress.)

However, with the economy imploding, unemployment skyrocketing, and with eyes fixed firmly on the 2012 presidential election, President Obama began a major effort, in 2011, to make it appear he was sensitive to the needs of job producers, especially stressing his administration’s commitment to easing the regulatory red tape that is so fatal to small and medium businesses that create most of our jobs.

Amid great fanfare, on January 18, 2011, President Obama signed “Executive Order 13563 — Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.”

If words signified genuine intent, then there would be cause for rejoicing. The executive order stated, inter alia: 

Our regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety, and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. It must be based on the best available science. It must promote predictability and reduce uncertainty. It must identify and use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. It must take into account benefits and costs, both quantitative and qualitative. It must ensure that regulations are accessible, consistent, written in plain language, and easy to understand. It must measure, and seek to improve, the actual results of regulatory requirements. 

That was balm to the ears of struggling producers. Six months later, on June 13, President Obama launched follow-up public relations effort, signing “Executive Order 13576 — Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government.”

President Obama and members of his Cabinet made repeated ovations about the importance of small businesses and reducing the burden of regulation. Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got on the bandwagon. In a speech to Arab leaders in New York on September 28, she sang the praises of deregulation as the solution to economic stagnation in the Middle East: 

On the economic front, we are zeroing in on small and medium-sized enterprises because they are the growth engines in any economy. They create the bulk of new jobs and they spread wealth more broadly through more communities….

So the OECD is helping emerging democracies find ways they can loosen regulations and make it easier to start or expand a small business. 

Regulation reform figures prominently on the White House’s 21st Century Government: Campaign to Cut Waste website. It is also a major feature of the White House’s Open Government Initiative, which says it’s all about “Transparency, Collaboration, Participation.”

To this end, President Obama issued a “Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies.”  It is entitled: “Transparency and Open Government.” The opening paragraph reads: 

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. 

Where’s the Transparency?

The White House’s Open Government Initiative web page is filled with self-congratulatory entries lauding the administration’s supposed triumphs in bringing transparency and efficiency into all departments, agencies, and programs of the federal government. Sounds great, but what’s the real story?

On November 13, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced that it had filed suit in federal court to force the Treasury Department to release more than 7,300 emails believed to discuss a massive new “carbon tax” that Obama administration allies in Congress are expected to propose in the upcoming lame-duck session.

“Although President Obama repeatedly promised openness and transparency in government, even liberal watchdogs have despaired that his has become one of the most secretive administrations ever,” said Christopher Horner, an attorney, CEI senior fellow, and author of the recent book The Liberal War on Transparency. “This administration has attempted to conceal its involvement in this proposal not just until the elections were over but beyond, to the point where disclosure will come too late to meaningfully inform the public. This shameful lack of transparency must stop, beginning with the administration coming clean about its effort to impose a massive, harmful new energy tax.”

But it’s not just the secret carbon tax that the administration is stonewalling on. Wayne Crews, the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s regulatory expert, says its next to impossible to get a glimpse of the tidal wave of federal regulations about to be unleashed. In a November 1 column published in Forbes, the CEI regulation watcher stated

Despite the written commitment to transparency and two executive orders since January 2011 instructing federal agencies to review and roll back rules, it’s hard to tell what federal regulatory agencies are doing in the aggregate and relative to one another.

That’s because the Spring edition of the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, published since forever (or at least 1981), never appeared. 

“Now it’s November and almost time for the Fall Agenda and its supplemental Regulatory Plan,” notes Crews. “So the Agenda is two editions behind. Not only that, the Administration’s final 2012 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates never appeared.”

Members of Congress are not at all happy about that, but the “transparency” president seems determined to keep his regulatory agenda behind opaque barriers. On October 25, four committee chairmen from the House of Representatives sent a stern letter to Mr. Boris Bershteyn, President Obama’s Acting Administrator for the Office of  Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) requesting once again information about the long overdue Spring 2012 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions and the 2012 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulation. These documents “that provide basic regulatory transparency, and are required to be published by law, remain outstanding,” they note.

The chairmen are: Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary; Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; Howard Coble (R-N.C.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law; and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs. The chairmen’s letter pointed out that a month earlier (September 21) they had sent a letter to OIRA requesting information on the status of the overdue regulatory reports only to be told that agencies were still “compiling the most updated information.”

This was puzzling, said the chairmen, since the OIRA had set April 13, 2012 as the “firm deadline” for completion. “Due to the impending election,” says the chairmen’s letter, “it does raise concerns that the Administration is holding back this information for fear it will be met with dissatisfaction by the public, or even worse, perceived as breaking the Administration’s promise of regulatory reform.”

The sorry spectacles cited above, of citizens being forced to sue the federal government in court to obtain regulatory records, and committee chairmen of Congress — the elected “people’s representatives” — being forced to plead with bureaucrats for a peek at regulations, graphically illustrate the absurdity, the dangerous absurdity of our federal regulatory system.

The Unconstitutional Fourth Branch of Government

In 2011, Congress passed 81 bills into law. During the same period, federal agencies promulgated 3,807 regulations — rules that are treated as if they are binding law. These agencies are under the executive branch, which means they are under the president. However, under the U.S. Constitution, the president has no authority whatsoever to make laws. Neither do any of his subordinates. The president’s role is to faithfully execute (i.e., administer) the laws passed by Congress, provided of course, that said laws comport with the Constitution.

The very first sentence of Article I, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution states: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” It is difficult to get plainer and more definitive than that: “All legislative powers.” Congress is the legislative branch, and it possesses “all legislative powers.” The executive and judicial branches have their own peculiar jurisdictions and purviews, but their powers do not include lawmaking. Nor does the Constitution allow the Congress to sublet or delegate its lawmaking authority to the president, bureaucrats, or judges.

Nevertheless, Congress (and the American people, whose duty it is to vigilantly monitor Congress) have allowed the executive branch to stealthily, steadily build an enormous fourth branch of government — the federal regulatory agencies — that have usurped legislative, executive, and judicial powers. According to our Founders, this is “the very definition of tyranny.” James Madison, frequently referred to as the “father of the Constitution,” addressed this issue in essay No. 47 of The Federalist, noting:

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. 

So, it should not be surprising to find federal bureaucrats acting, well, tyrannically, since they have been allowed to accumulate “all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands.” Consider. An agency (FDA, EPA, OSHA, etc.) issues regulations (legislative), then sends out agents to monitor and enforce the regulations, demand compliance, levy fines, make arrests (executive), and if a citizen wishes to contest the regulatory action, he must appeal to an agency tribunal (judiciary).

That was the plight faced by Mike and Chantelle Sackett of Priest Lake, Idaho, who were stopped from building their dream home because the EPA had arbitrarily declared their property in a residential area to be a “wetland.” Moreover, the EPA threatened the Sacketts with fines of $75,000 per day, if they didn’t restore the property to the natural condition dictated by the agency. Thankfully, after a nearly five-year battle, the Sacketts received relief through a U.S. Supreme Court decision, in March of this year.

Congress has completely abdicated its responsibility. It has allowed executive branch agencies to get away with usurping powers for so long that it has become an accepted practice. Now the chairmen of committees of Congress are reduced to the pathetic practice of beseeching third-level bureaucrats of myriad agencies simply to be allowed to examine the mushrooming multitude of regulations that are being fastened upon the citizens of this land.

The regulations are as unconstitutional as the agencies that issue them. Not only should virtually the entire Code of Federal Regulations be abolished, but all of the unconstitutional regulatory agencies as well. 

As James Madison famously explained in The Federalist, No. 45, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined” and “will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.” 

“The powers reserved to the several States,” Madison continued, “will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” Which is to say, that if the people decide some sort of government regulation is necessary to deal with a particular concern, then, under our constitutional system, it is to the state or local governments they should look for solutions.

The federal government’s powers, besides being delegated to it by the states, are also enumerated.  Hence, the federal government’s jurisdiction, Madison explained in The Federalist, No. 14, “is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.” All other powers are retained by the states or the people. 

This is a principle that was well understood in the Founders’ time and was later reaffirmed in the Tenth Amendment, which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Since federal powers are limited to those “few and defined” found in the Constitution, Congress may not pass laws that trespass on the innumerable powers reserved to the states and the people. “No legislative act … contrary to the Constitution can be valid,” Alexander Hamilton noted in The Federalist, No. 78. “To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

If this constitutional principle applies to legislative acts of Congress, it most certainly applies to the massive regulatory maze erected by unelected, unaccountable, and unconstitutional agencies of the executive branch.

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By Fred Dardick

For years the left accused George W. Bush of being a criminal, and yet what were his crimes? Starting a war in Iraq? It was hardly the act of a single man or party. John Kerry may pretend otherwise, but half the Democrats in Congress voted to authorize the war including Kerry himself. The Patriot Act and Guantanamo Bay? After almost four full years into the Obama administration and the Patriot Act is still law and Guantanamo Bay is still open, with neither going anywhere anytime soon. Apparently Bush wasn’t nearly the criminal liberals hoped he would be, on the other hand Obama most certainly is.

Ever since Obama took office we have witnessed the dismantling of our nation by a man who takes his golf game more seriously than his daily intelligence briefing. The sheer volume of his illicit actions is in many ways overwhelming. You might be able to come up with a few examples during a conversation, but who could possibly keep track of them all? So I have been doing the job the mainstream media won’t, keeping a list of every dastardly deed Obama has pulled since he made it into the public eye. From using massive voter fraud to steal the 2008 Democratic primary to his sponsoring of a Marxist inspired Kenyan constitution that is guaranteed to lead that country to ruin, it’s all here for your consideration (or consternation depending on which side of the aisle you belong).

Why 140 Obama crimes? Because 100 weren’t nearly enough to encompass the multitude of illegal acts, immoral actions and downright despicable decisions that have come to signify Obama’s time in office. Be warned. This list will make you angry. So have a drink, pop a valium or do whatever you need to do to calm yourself before reading why Obama is, without question, the most corrupt President in American history.

The Early Years

  1. Obama and Bill Ayers waste over $300 million in educational grants meant to improve minority academic outcomes on radicalizing school children.
  2. Obama didn’t write Dreams from My Father, Bill Ayers did.
  3. Directing tens of millions in Illinois state dollars to corrupt Chicago slumlords.
  4. Opposing legislation that required medical care for late-term abortion babies born with a “reasonable likelihood of sustained survival”.
  5. Michelle Obama’s patient dumping scheme at The University of Chicago Hospitals.
  6. Obama’s 2005 home purchase with the assistance of convicted felon Tony Rezko.
  7. Obama’s 2006 trip to Kenya to campaign for his “cousin” and mass murderer Raila Odinga.

The 2008 Campaign

  1. As the son of a foreign national Obama is not constitutionally eligible to be President of the United States.
  2. Obama’s theft of the 2008 Democratic primary.
  3. Providing up to date campaign donor lists to ACORN that were more complete than the ones he gave the FEC.
  4. Accepting millions in illegal foreign and domestic campaign contributions.

The First 100 Days

  1. The trillion dollar Obama stimulus program that was little more than a handout to public sector unions and down payment on the fictional “green energy” economy.
  2. Millions in stimulus funds spent on Democratic Party propaganda.
  3. The 40 plus White House czars who are not accountable to Congress or the American people.
  4. Reassigning control of the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department directly to the White House.
  5. Protecting union interests and defrauding bondholders during GM bankruptcy proceedings.
  6. Discriminatory practices against white and rural owned dealerships during the reorganization of GM and Chrysler.
  7. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar canceling 77 properly filed oil field development contracts approved by the Bush administration.
  8. First of many gold plated vacations on the taxpayer dime.

Department of Justice

  1. Abandoning the War on Terror.
  2. “Felony Stupid” Operation Fast and Furious.
  3. Race based voter fraud policies and dismissal of voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party.
  4. Refusing to purge voter lists of dead and ineligible voters as required by law.
  5. Disenfranchising military voters by refusing to enforce the MOVE Act.
  6. Politically biased hiring practices in the Civil Rights Division that favors liberal candidates over attorneys with a conservative background.
  7. Unfounded criminal prosecution of CIA officers for torture.
  8. Unlawful dismissal of the CAIR terrorist cases.
  9. Trying to prosecute foreign caught terrorists in US civilian courts.
  10. Using the FACE Act to curb the free speech rights of abortion protestors.
  11. Suing an Illinois school district for not granting leave to a first year Muslim teacher who demanded three weeks off in middle of the semester for pilgrimage to Mecca.
  12. Persecuting Christians in Michigan in violation of the principles separating church and state.
  13. Attempting to intimidate the Gallop Organization from releasing unemployment data that was critical of the Obama administration.


  1. Firing Inspector General Gerald Walpin for investigating sexual predator and Obama friend Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.
  2. Politicization of the FOIA process by the Department of Homeland Security.
  3. Selective processing of FOIA requests based on political affiliation by the Department of Justice.
  4. Proposed FOIA regulation that would allow the government to lie about the existence of documentation.
  5. Obstruction of a Congressional investigation by the National Labor Relations Board.
  6. Blocking GAO investigations into fraud and abuse in the federal government.

State Department/Foreign Policy

  1. Failing to secure a US military presence in Iraq following the war.
  2. Massively escalating the war in Afghanistan.
  3. Obama’s shadow war in East Africa.
  4. The lopsided START agreement with Russia.
  5. Empowering Iran to stomp out the Green Revolution and pursue an industrial sized nuclear weapons program.
  6. Siding against the people and constitution of Honduras by demanding the reinstatement of legally deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.
  7. Arming Israel’s enemies in the Middle East and endangering its military superiority in the region.
  8. Publicly revealing Israel’s involvement in the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists to NBC News.
  9. Making anti-Semitism cool again.
  10. Betraying Great Britain over the Falkland Islands.
  11. Spending $18 million to help produce a Marxist inspired Kenyan constitution that legalizes abortion, promotes Sharia Law and stamps out freedom of speech.
  12. Throwing Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood wolves.
  13. Lying about not having prior knowledge on release of the Lockerbie Bomber and then trying to pin the blame on BP.
  14. Promising to support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and then going back on his word.

The United Nations

  1. Unsanctioned by the US Senate war in Libya.
  2. Trying to hand over control of international arms sales to the UN.
  3. Making it illegal to go to war without UN permission and placing US military personnel at risk to international prosecution.
  4. Redistributing US income to the international community on a never before seen scale.
  5. Supporting international efforts to criminalize free speech criticism of Islam.
  6. UN supported slaughter of farmers in Honduras and Uganda to make land available for carbon credits and biofuel production.


  1. Increase in discretionary spending that began when Democrats took Congress in 2006 and accelerated under Obama to record levels that now make up the lion’s share of our current annual deficit.
  2. Expanding health care expenditures that according to the CBO will exceed all other federal discretionary spending by 2016.
  3. Overseeing a 46% increase in food stamp use that increases government dependence and creates millions of new loyal Democratic voters.
  4. Keeping his campaign promise to cause electricity (and gas) prices to “necessarily skyrocket”.
  5. Massive increase in federal regulations under Obama that will cost up to 3 million jobs and $488 billion.
  6. New IRS licensing regulation that could put up to 350,000 tax return preparers out of work.
  7. Doing absolutely nothing to address the biggest potential catastrophe facing our nation: the debt crisis.


  1. Preventing the extraction of up to 3 trillion gallons of oil buried under federal land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, more than enough to end US dependence on foreign oil and supply our energy needs for a couple hundred years.
  2. Falsely indicating that a panel of experts had agreed with the Energy Department’s Gulf Coast drilling moratorium when in actuality none of them supported the measure.
  3. Implementing a third oil-drilling moratorium after the first two were thrown out of court creating a de facto Gulf Coast offshore drilling ban in opposition to two judicial rulings.
  4. Energy Department wasting billions on guaranteed to fail green energy companies and then lying about it to Congress.
  5. Putting off a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that could bring affordable energy to the US and create thousands of jobs.
  6. Banking America’s financial future on a green energy economy that creates no jobs, is prohibitively expensive and will cause whatever manufacturing we have left to move overseas where energy is cheaper.


  1. Preventing US industries from taking full advantage of our rich oil, coal, natural-gas, and timber  natural resources with expensive and unnecessary regulations.
  2. EPA implementing multi-billion dollar cap and trade regulations even though they failed in Congress and will have almost no effect on global carbon emissions.
  3. Using disproven science to support EPA plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing.
  4. Sue and Settle” fraud in which the EPA pays environmental groups to sue for regulations and then immediately settle out of court to implement green agenda they would not otherwise pursue on their own.
  5. Department of Interior attempt to grab control of millions of acres of public and private land in Western states by designating them national monuments.
  6. Implementing “green energy” regulations that will cost the US 1.44 million jobs.
  7. EPA cross-state air pollution rule that was struck down in federal court because it went far beyond the agency’s powers as granted by Congress.
  8. Shutting down the $30 billion national nuclear waste disposal site at Yucca Mountain for political reasons.
  9. Using fake data to make electric vehicles seem more fuel efficient than they really are.
  10. Handing over control of the oceans to the federal government via executive order.

National Security

  1. Obama’s pledge to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he will have “more flexibility” after the election to cave on contentious issues like missile defense.
  2. Diverting money away from a critically needed ballistic missile defense system due in 2013 for one that won’t be ready until 2020 at best.
  3. Ordering the FBI to read foreign caught terrorists their Miranda rights thus encouraging them to keep silent.
  4. UN Ambassador Susan Rice and the White House lying about the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya, insisting it was a spontaneous mob action when in reality it was a well designed terrorist attack.
  5. Trying to give the federal government the right to detain American citizens for an indefinite period of time without due process.
  6. Declaring a drawdown date for Afghanistan before the surge was even implemented.
  7. Multiple national security leaks from the White House including details on cyberattacks against the Iranian nuclear weapons program and the Osama bin Laden raid.
  8. Disclosing the death of Osama bin Laden before reviewing information gathered at the Abbottabad compound for actionable intelligence.
  9. Catch and release policy for terrorists since the administration won’t lock them up at Guantanamo Bay.
  10. Department of Homeland Security spending millions on monitoring the web for critics of its policies.
  11. Trying to strip provisions out of the Iran Sanctions Bill that provides compensation to victims of the 1983 Hezbollah bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut.
  12. Obama skipping out on more than half of his daily intelligence briefings instead relying on written reports distributed on his iPad.
  13. Forcing 157 Air Force Majors near retirement to retire early without full benefits in opposition to longstanding Department of Defense policy.
  14. Proposed nuclear scientist exchange program with China that was a golden invitation for espionage and would compromise our nuclear secrets.


  1. Halting the deportation of young illegal immigrants via executive order after the DREAM Act stalled in Congress.
  2. ICE Director John Morton prohibiting officers from enforcing US immigration laws outside the institutional setting leading the ICE      union to vote “no confidence” in his leadership.
  3. Providing false data that made it seem illegal immigrant deportations were at an all time high under Obama.
  4. Failure to secure our borders and holding border states and residents politically hostage during a time they are being overrun by a narco-paramilitary invasion.
  5. Refusing to sue sanctuary cities for violating US immigration law while proceeding with a lawsuit against the State of Arizona for enforcing US immigration law.
  6. Proceeding with criminal charges against Border Patrol agent Jesus Diaz, Jr. for “violating the constitutional rights of an illegal alien drug smuggler” even though he had already been twice cleared by investigators.
  7. Labor Department PR campaign offering legal assistance for illegal immigrants facing wage discrimination.


  1. Obama recess appointment of union lawyer and activist Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which is supposed to act as an unbiased arbiter between businesses and private sector employees.
  2. Politically motivated NLRB lawsuit against Boeing for establishing a 787 production line in the right to work state South Carolina and then lying about it to Congress.
  3. NLRB micro-union decision that allows as few as two to three employees within a company to unionize based on job description alone.
  4. Allowing “ambush elections” that cuts the time employers have to respond to a unionizing effort from 40 days to as few as 17.
  5. NLRB card check decision that bans secret ballot elections and opens up unionizing efforts to abuse.
  6. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis overturning regulations that required unions to disclose financial information on executive compensation and data on “no-show” jobs.
  7. Appointment of former SEIU official John Lund to the Office of Labor-Management Standards where he proceeded to cut the number of labor union investigators by half and advise unions how to circumvent reporting requirements.
  8. Requiring replacement workers during a union strike to file their personal information with the Department of Labor making them vulnerable to retribution by union officials.


  1. Using the reconciliation process meant for taxes, spending and debt legislation to pass ObamaCare in the Senate after Scott Brown won the special election in Massachusetts.
  2. Buying votes for ObamaCare including the “Cornhusker Kickback”, “Louisiana Purchase” and “Gator Aid” and spending $2.8 billion to secure the support of the AARP.
  3. Vastly underestimating the financial burden of ObamaCare that at will cost American taxpayers and businesses up to $1.8 trillion annually.
  4. Spending $8.3 billion on a phony “demonstration project” that puts off devastating cuts to Medicare Advantage until after the 2012 elections.
  5. DHS issuing over 1,200 waivers to politically connected businesses and unions making them exempt from expensive ObamaCare requirements while sticking the rest of America with the bill.
  6. Establishing a 15 member Independent Payment Advisory Board that will have nearly unchecked power to set prices, implement rationing and make whatever healthcare decisions they want without any meaningful oversight from Congress or input from the American people.
  7. Obama’s false promise that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” when in reality millions will lose their current coverage within 3 years according to the administration’s own estimates.
  8. Hiding the fact that ObamaCare is the largest tax increase in American history with 75% of the costs falling on those who make less than $120K a year.
  9. Legalizing taxpayer funding for abortion in violation of the Hyde Amendment.
  10. Making Catholic organizations pay for contraception in violation of their beliefs and the First Amendment which guarantees freedom of religion.
  11. The Community Living Assistance Services and Support provision of ObamaCare that is so prohibitively expensive that even HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits it is unworkable.
  12. HHS gutting of work requirements for able bodied adults receiving welfare as mandated by 1996 welfare reform law.
  13. Recess appointment of healthcare radical Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) without even a token attempt to put him through the Senate nomination process.
  14. CMS threatening Texas and Indiana with loss of Medicare grants should they stop handing money over to Planned Parenthood.

Crony Capitalism

  1. White House pressuring a 4 star Air Force general to change his testimony when he was set to testify against Democratic donor owned LightSquared.
  2. Pressuring the OMB to approve $535 million loan for Obama donor owned Solyndra even though there wasn’t enough time for a proper risk assessment.
  3. Directing almost 80% of EPA green energy loans to Obama donors.
  4. $443 million purchase of an experimental, exceedingly expensive and totally unneeded smallpox vaccine from longtime Democratic donor Ronald O. Perelman.


  1. Publicly calling out private citizens who oppose Obama’s reelection campaign as “betting against America”.
  2. New national education standards that call for sexual education to begin in kindergarten.
  3. Using No Child Left Behind waivers to cement control of public school education by the federal government.
  4. FCC second try at net neutrality regulations after their first attempt was thrown out of court.
  5. FCC abusing its power to approve telecom mergers to implement new regulations.
  6. Setting a new record for nominating unqualified judges to the federal courts.
  7. Rewriting the Export-Import Bank charter allowing it to compete in the domestic loan business even though Obama had no statutory power to do so.
  8. White House job offer to Rep. Joe Sestak to encourage him to drop out of the 2010 Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.
  9. Unlawful recess appointments in January 2012 while Congress was still in session.
  10. Desecrating 9/11 by renaming it National Day of Service to deflect attention away from pro-national defense conservatives towards anti-military community organizers.
  11. Making the Dalai Lama exit the White House through a service entrance past piles of garbage in an effort to appease China.
  12. Awarding the Medal of Freedom to Marxist Dolores Huerta while at the same time banning Polish anti-communist hero Lech Walesa from attending the ceremony.

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