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Karen Peters
Karen Peters, Conservative Corner
Local columnist Karen Peters continues in her multi-part series relating to Congress, and what need (if any) exists for such an entity in the United States.

By: Karen Peters, Columnist
“The Conservative Corner”

Karen Peters, Conservative Corner

Tyranny is defined as the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power.  As an Obama spokesman said, “There are thingshe can do without Congress, and he will do them.” Obama recently asked appointees to” identify all thoseareas in his newest Jobs Bill in which they can act administratively withoutadditional congressional authorization and just get it done.”


1)      President Obama has at least 45 czars, allprotected by the Freedom of Information Act from disclosure of their activities,or oversight by Congress.

2)      President Obama signed an executiveorder authorizing the transfer of all 172 Guantánamo detainees to the nextchief executive of the United States of America.  Obama had pledged to close Gitmo because itis immoral to treat foreign enemy combatants in mean ways, and yet he directedthe killing of an American citizen (al-Awlaki) without the benefit of eitherimprisonment or military tribunals.  Thisaction was decided by a secret “kill panel” whose decisions are not necessarilypublished.

3)      Any Secretary of Health and HumanServices is empowered by Obamacare to decide with no Congressional vote whatcare will and will not be covered and what new regulations will be mandated.  This leads to rationing through so-calledDeath Panels.

4)      Obama’s Agriculture Secretary TomVilsack recently told members of the National Restaurant Association thatAmericans need to “adjust their tastes so that they like the kind of food thegovernment believes they should eat—and we have to make sure that what we do iscreate the appropriate transition.”  So itis now government’s job to decide for us what we will eat.  Our US Senate recently voted to stop Obama’sproposal to limit the amount of potatoes served on school lunch lines.

5)      Our President recently launched“Attack Watch” on his website, a new vehicle to have citizens report to himthose fellow citizens who say mean things about him.

6)      The AmericanCancer Society has noted, “The federal government has never beforeattempted to define what constitutes essential medical benefits for Americanswith private insurance.”  And yet theyare now planning, through Obamacare mandates, just what private healthinsurance policies may cover.

7)      The Food and Drug Administration justannounced a coming ban on over-the-counter inhalers for asthmatics, as part ofan agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop depleting the ozonelayer.  So sorry, asthmatics.

8)      The Administration admits to 219pending major regulations from Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank financial law andothers, each to cost more than $100 million per year.  The President has personally identified the“Big Seven” regulations which would each impose burdens of over $1 billion peryear.

9)      Department of Health and HumanServices is demanding that insurance companies submit detailed health careinformation about their patients, endangering our privacy.

10)  Our President threatened to make theentire state of Texas a no-fly zone if that state criminalized the TSAscreenings.

11)  The EPA is asking taxpayers to fundup to 230,000 new government workers just to process all the extra paperwork,at an estimated cost of $21 billion.

12)  A bill has been offered which wouldseal the Presidential records of Obama, just as his college records have beensealed.

13)  Hundreds of animals are about to beadded to the Endangered Species list, even disrupting the building of the fenceon the Mexican border.

14)  The extra paperwork and nearly$10,500-per-employee compliance costs are far from the only regulatory hurdlesfrom government regulations over the trucking industry.

15)  81,205pages of regulations are in place to improve farming.  Look for the UN Agenda 21’s “sustainabledevelopment” as key words.

16)  Deputy U.S. Attorney General JamesCole says Obama has decided to “pull back all training materials used for lawenforcement and national security communities, in order to eliminate allreferences to Islam that some Muslim groups have claimed are offensive.”

17)  Interagency Working Group on FoodMarketed to Children has mandated new rules that will cost the food industry morethan $28 billion in revenues and manufacturing in just its first year, denying to Congress the report required prior to enactment.

America – the land of theused-to-be free.


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