Apr 11

Government shutdown averted: Congress agrees to budget deal, stopgap funding

By Paul Kane, Philip Rucker and David A. Fahrenthold | The Washington Post | April 9, 2011

Congressional leaders agreed late Friday to a compromise that will keep the federal government funded for the remainder of the fiscal year — averting a government shutdown less than an hour before it was set to start. Continue reading →

Apr 11

GOP lawyer drafts Obama impeachment

by Ben Smith | Politico | April 6, 2011

A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by some Congressional Republicans. Continue reading →

Mar 11

Government Shutdown Grows Likelier

by Carol E Lee and Janet Hook | Wall Street Journal | March 29, 2011

Talks between congressional leaders and the White House on a deal to fund the government for the rest of the year appear to have slowed, with Democrats and Republicans loudly bickering over the fate of their negotiations. Continue reading →

Mar 11

Morning Roundup – March 22, 2011

The unconstitutional war with Libya continues as its consequences slowly start to come in to focus.

  • National Review:  Cost of (unauthorized) Libya Operation Already Piling Up – We will need to borrow and print more money to wage this conflict.  Over $100 million spent the first day on bombs.  Billions will be spent without congressional authorization.
  • Financial Time:  Gold key to financing Gaddafi struggle – Meanwhile, Gaddafi, seems to have been smart enough to maintain physical position of his gold.  With a reported 143 tonnes has the “real” money needed to wage war for sometime.  I suspect other dictators will think twice before depositing their gold in western bullion banks in exchange for paper claim checks.
  • Time of India:  Russia, China call for immediate ceasefire in Libya – Either Russia or China could have prevented this action with a UNSC veto.  Perhaps, they allowed us to go forward in an attempt to weaken us militarily, financially and diplomatically.
  • Rolling Stone:  U.S. Bombs Libya, Helps … Jihadists?! – I guess we still haven’t learned.  I suppose it won’t be long now before we are arming al Qaeda in Libya, and not too long after that they turn our own weapons on us.

Mar 11

Obama wages war on Libya without Congressional approval

President Obama has engaged in waging war on the nation of Libya.  He has done this when Libya has not attacked and does not pose any direct threat to the United States.  He has done so without the explicit approval of Congress.  As a student of constitutional law, surely the president knows this is an impeachable offense.  Even members of his own party are objecting to this action.  As then Senator Barack Obama said in 2007:

The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation

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