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Obama's Changes Leave Us Worse Off

James Walsh By Friday, 03 May 2013 11:46 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Barack Obama is delivering on his 2008 campaign slogan, “Change you can believe in.” The result, however, is a negative one that promises to impact every aspect of life in the United States.  
Hundreds of changes are being introduced, some on a weekly basis — changes that receive little publicity but that have the potential to erode U.S. culture, heritage, identity, and financial solvency.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The most notorious “change” is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” In 2010, then-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., infamously said, “We have to pass the bill, so that you can find out what’s in it.” Democrats then held a majority in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and apparently many failed to read the legislation before ramming it through without a single Republican vote. 
The president now admits that Obamacare implementation may have some bumps. A leading Senate Democrat recently put it clearer when he warned that Obamacare is heading for a “huge train wreck.”
The arrogance of Democrats who abdicated their oath of office by voting for the Obamacare legislation unread has no precedent. Obamacare is proving to be damaging to all segments of the U.S. population, especially to the middle class.
Lawsuits are pending as to the constitutionality of parts of Obamacare — parts other than the insurance mandate that was ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Immigration Reform
The United States is ready for common-sense immigration laws that are enforceable and enforced to protect the nation’s sovereignty, national security, financial solvency, cultural heritage, and unity.
The Obama administration, however, has demonstrated contempt for the legislative process in immigration matters. Bypassing the regular order for legislation, the president has his secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) administratively stopping deportation of illegal aliens by bureaucratic decrees through the use of “Prosecutorial Discretion” and “Deferred Deportation.”
Although the president maintains that the U.S. border is secure, testimony of witnesses before congressional committees suggests otherwise. The Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol testified that apprehensions on the border are up 13 percent thus far in the 2013 fiscal year. This means that illegal alien crossings are up 39 percent or more, as Border Patrol estimates are that for every illegal border crosser apprehended, a minimum of three enter illegally.
Border Patrol agents have filed lawsuits in federal court, claiming that the Obama administration is forcing agents to violate their oath of office. Pursuant to DHS directions, they are being forced to release apprehended illegal border crossers, some of whom likely are terrorists.
The U.S. Senate attempt at comprehensive immigration reform is a beginning, but lacking are details on enforcement. Meanwhile the piecemeal legislation being proposed by the U.S. House appears to be more feasible than yet another unread mammoth Senate bill that, if passed as is, would be subject to years of litigation.
Foreign Affairs
The Obama administration appears to be sitting on the sidelines when it comes to foreign affairs. For example, genocide continues in Syria, as Islamic extremists take control of anti-government forces. The U.S. position on the civil war remains unclear, since the Assad government crossed Obama’s “red line” with chemical attacks. The president is considering options.
On September 11, 2012, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya, by Islamic terrorists. The Obama administration has opted to dismiss these killings as nothing of consequence. In January 2013, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in congressional testimony on the Benghazi murders, extended her hands and said with exasperation, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
The Obama administration has stonewalled efforts by Congress to get pertinent testimony about the Benghazi murders. Reports are surfacing that Department of State and Central Intelligence Agency personnel with first-hand knowledge of the murders have been threatened with reprisals if they tell the truth about Benghazi. Some career federal employees have hired lawyers to protect them from Obama retribution.
A story going unreported by the mainstream news media is the smashing of Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley’s career. Dooley, a highly regarded instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College, dared suggest that Islamists were involved in terror against the United States. 
A board of review, consisting of three generals and two colonels, had approved Dooley for promotion, when Islamic organizations in the United States demanded that the Obama administration make an example of him. Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, an Obama appointee, overruled the Army’s recommendation and denied Dooley his promotion.
The Obama administration means to assure that all government agencies, including the U.S. military, cease and desist criticism of Muslim terror actions. You can believe it: President Obama is changing the United States, but not necessarily for the better.
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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President Barack Obama is delivering on his 2008 campaign slogan, “Change you can believe in.” The result, however, is a negative one that promises to impact every aspect of life in the United States.
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