Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama Says "Shall Not Infringe" Is An Outdated Concept


President Obama is all about gun control now that he has solved the U.S. economic problems and gained peace in the Middle East and Africa.  Although there are federal, state, and local laws/regulations/ordinances regarding guns and gun ownership, President Obama felt compelled to issue "executive orders," which supposedly have the weight of Constitutional law in his mind, to further constrain We The People from exercising our basic rights.

Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions [source]
Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.  [PRIVACY?]
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.  [PRIVACY?]
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.  [PRIVACY?]
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.  [CRIMINALS OR JUST PEOPLE WHO OWN GUNS?]
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.  [PRIVACY?]
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.  [PRIVACY?]
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.  [ANTI-GUN PROPAGANDA?]
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).   [PRIVACY?] 
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations. [DOES THIS INCLUDE STATE AND LOCAL INVESTIGATIONS?]
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.   [DOES HE MEAN CREATE A NEW FEDERAL SYSTEM?  AGENCY?]
11. Nominate an ATF director.  [TO INVESTIGATE "FAST AND FURIOUS?"]
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.  [WILL "FIRST RESPONDERS" INCLUDE HOMEOWNERS WITH GUNS?  HOMEOWNERS WITH GUNS MADE ILLEGAL BY NEW YORK?]
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.  [CONFISCATION?]
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.  [OR KNIFE VIOLENCE OR BLUNT INSTRUMENT VIOLENCE OR EXPLOSIVES VIOLENCE OR FIST VIOLENCE OR HUMAN ANGER OR CRAZINESS?]
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies. [DISABLE OR CRIPPLE PRIVATELY OWNED FIREARMS?]
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes. [REQUIRE DOCTORS TO ASK ABOUT GUNS?]
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.  [REQUIRES THEM TO DO SO?]
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.  [WHO WILL DO WHAT?]
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.  [PUT YOUR HEAD BETWEEN YOUR KNEES AND KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE?  WHAT ABOUT ARMED SECURITY GUARDS?]
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.  [THOSE SERVICES THAT HAVE BEEN CUT BACK?]
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.  [MEANING?]
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.  [MORE REGULATIONS THAT DO WHAT?]
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.  [HAS THERE ACTUALLY BEEN ANY "DIALOGUE" WITH ANYONE BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION?]
Many people will say that all of those sound just fine... common sense, if you will.  An innocuous question here, a regulatory roadblock there, minor restrictions here, tying gun control to health care there.  Nothing to take away the 2nd Amendment, just chip away at it some more.

Here is what a senator from Oklahoma has to say:

[h/t Noisy Room]

Lets face it.


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Go back to 1999-2000 and see what the Fed did. They are following the same pattern for 2005-06. If it ain't broke, the Fed will fix it... and good!
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"Uncertainties about the economic outlook are unusually high right now," he said. "These uncertainties require flexible and pragmatic policymaking -- nimble is the adjective I used a few weeks ago."

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"The odds of a recession are now above 50 percent," says Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's "We are right on the edge of a recession in part because of the Fed's reluctance to reduce interest rates more aggressively." [see my comments of September 11]
January 7, 2008 The real problem now is that consumers can't rescue the economy and manufacturing, which is already weakening, will continue to weaken. We've gutted the forces that could avoid a downturn. The question is not whether there will be a recession, but can it be dampened sufficiently so that it is very short.
January 11, 2008 This is death by a thousand cuts.
January 13, 2008 [N.Y. Times]
“The question is not whether we will have a recession, but how deep and prolonged it will be,” said David Rosenberg, the chief North American economist at Merrill Lynch. “Even if the Fed’s moves are going to work, it will not show up until the later part of 2008 or 2009.
January 17, 2008 A few days ago, Anna Schwartz, nonagenarian economist, implicated the Federal Reserve as the cause of the present lending crisis [from the Telegraph - UK]:
The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.
January 22, 2008 The cut has become infected and a limb is in danger. Ben Bernanke is panicking and the Fed has its emergency triage team cutting rates... this time by 3/4%. ...

What should the Federal Reserve do now? Step back... and don't be so anxious to raise rates at the first sign of economic improvement.
Individuals and businesses need stability in their financial cost structures so that they can plan effectively and keep their ships afloat. Wildly fluctuating rates... regardless of what the absolute levels are... create problems. Either too much spending or too much fear. It's just not that difficult to comprehend. Why has it been so difficult for the Fed?

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