Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lyin' and Legislatin'

Trusting a politician tell you what is and is not in bill - or what the bill will do - is the equivalent of trusting a used car salesman when he hands you a pen and tells you there's no reason to read the contract. Understand that a court asked to interpret legislation looks to the plain language in the bill and, if the language is clear, than nothing else matters. The bottom line, what a politician tells you about legislation in a speech on t.v. is utterly meaningless. You have to read the bill to determine whether it does or does not do what the politician claims.

With that in mind, here is a bit of late blogging on two lyin' legislators - Congressman Jim Obertar and our President, Obama. Both are spinning utter fantasy for the public and lying through their teeth in the process.

Congressman Obertar is first up. He wants to modify the Clean Water Act by changing the jurisdiction of the federal government from all "navigable waters" in the U.S. to all "waters." Oberatar claims that this will not act to fundamentally alter the reach of the government. Anyone who believes that is an utter fool. It would be harder to imagine a more extensive power grab. It would erase federalism and give the federal government stand alone power to regulate the vast majority of the land mass of the U.S. This from the panel at Fox News:

(H/T Hot Air)

Then there is Obama, telling the nation that anyone who claims that his proposed financial regulations contain virtually unlimited bailout authority is lying. Actually, the plain language of the bill clearly contains provision that do precisely that. It allows Treasury to act unilaterally to nationalize any business it sees fit and take over their debts, bypassing Congress and the bankruptcy courts. This marks a major change to our regulatory structure, it give the federal government permanent bailout authority, and when Obama demagouges the issue, he is lying through his teeth.

(H/T Hot Air)

When you look at things like this, it is hard to believe that the polls show that the number of people who trust our politicians today stands at 22%. I don't know who makes up that 22%, but they are kool-aide drinkers indeed.

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