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Opinion: Obama administration is dictating, not leading

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

With a Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare looming large in the background, this current administration is running full speed ahead to implement as much of the controversial law as possible, despite a host of political and legal objections.

Just last week, the Obama administration -- with no fanfare -- quietly funneled $300 million to the Internal Revenue Service to hire new agents to help implement the new law. This transfer of funds comes on the heels of an earlier transfer of $200 million to the IRS.

But recently, our own Rep. Jo Ann Emerson gained approval on a 246-182 House vote to prevent just such action. Her bill was later dropped to avoid a government shutdown. But the intent of Congress was crystal clear on the measure.

Despite the opposition, the Obama administration is churning full speed ahead to implement a law that may well be found unconstitutional. By providing the funding now, the Obama administration will have much of the apparatus in place to shove the law forward, regardless of the inconvenience of a Supreme Court ruling.

The IRS last year asked Congress for funding to hire 537 new employees to administer just part of the ObamaCare legislation.

It was Emerson's committee that said no to the request by a lopsided, party-line vote. But this administration found this vote a mere annoyance to their overall plan. So they diverted money now, despite the vote.

It's hard to put into words the power grab on health care and a host of other issues favored by the Obama administration.

We vote to send representatives to Congress to have our voices heard in the federal government. And then, when our representatives work diligently to be our voices, the Obama administration says our voices are unimportant and they pound forward with their overreaching plans.

When the ObamaCare law was enacted, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was allocated $1 billion to implement enforcement provisions in the new law. But seeing a train wreck on the horizon, this administration plans to spend every penny of that billion dollars before this year's presidential elections -- a full year before the controversial law takes full effect.

This administration sees the hurdles ahead both legally and politically. And thus, they are in a full speed mode to spend all allocated funds as early as possible before something hits the fan.

Then the Obama army can whine that good taxpayer dollars have already been spent and what a shame it would be to unwind the law and waste those precious resources.

Here's hoping this administration has to explain to the American public why they spent our taxes on an unpopular health care plan without Congressional approval -- much less the approval of the American public.

As each day passes, I find myself in awe of the arrogance and backroom wheeling and dealing of an administration clearly out of control and hellbent on dictating instead of leading.


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Hmmm! No comments. I guess like me, no one else reads this guy. HIRE A WRITER!

-- Posted by wrcactus on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 8:16 AM

We have to many IRS employees on the payroll now, more waste of the taxpayers money.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 8:48 AM

Huh - yet you said nothing when the Bush administration was "arrogance and backroom wheeling and dealing" and that "administration clearly (was)out of control and hellbent on dictating instead of leading."

Too bad, because now when you write about President Obama it just seems like blah, blah blah ('cause he's not our guy doing it).

-- Posted by Username1 on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 1:01 PM

Just last week, the Obama administration -- with no fanfare -- quietly funneled $300 million to the Internal Revenue Service to hire new agents to help implement the new law. This transfer of funds comes on the heels of an earlier transfer of $200 million to the IRS.

But recently, our own Rep. Jo Ann Emerson gained approval on a 246-182 House vote to prevent just such action. Her bill was later dropped to avoid a government shutdown. But the intent of Congress was crystal clear on the measure.

Despite the opposition, the Obama administration is churning full speed ahead to implement a law that may well be found unconstitutional. By providing the funding now, the Obama administration will have much of the apparatus in place to shove the law forward, regardless of the inconvenience of a Supreme Court ruling.

The IRS last year asked Congress for funding to hire 537 new employees to administer just part of the ObamaCare legislation.

It was Emerson's committee that said no to the request by a lopsided, party-line vote. But this administration found this vote a mere annoyance to their overall plan. So they diverted money now, despite the vote. END QUOTE.

So I guess now Emerson will take this out of her campaign speech and talk about her votes to raise the debt limit and also fund the massive growth of government she made last year? No, I think she will continue to try to make people think she is trying to cut spending while voting for more of it. This is like cutting down all the trees in the forest and bragging about planting a seedling. Emerson has voted for more big government for years.

While I certainly support efforts to cut spending and the number of employees at the IRS, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the massive spending and borrowing approved by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.

16 years in office and 16 trillion in debt.

Can the media and Jo Ann fool the voters one more time? Maybe not...

Bob Parker

Republican candidate

August 7th primary

Missouri's 8th district

-- Posted by electbobparker.com on Wed, Apr 11, 2012, at 4:32 PM


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