Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
The Greatest Ponzi Scheme of All
06-17-2010, 11:30 PM,
Exclamation  The Greatest Ponzi Scheme of All
A Further Perspective (Our Caudillo President)
By Ben Stein on 6.16.10 @ 6:10AM <= (Gotta love these numbers)

As I write this on Monday night, there are rumors around that BP will agree to President Barack Obama's demand that the oil giant "voluntarily" put about $30 billion into a fund to be administered by the government to compensate victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

Now, no one disputes that this is a real disaster and that BP acted irresponsibly in commissioning Trans-Ocean and Halliburton to drill for oil in waters so deep that if a failure occurred there would be no way to fix it -- at least until major damage had been done. BP, Trans-Ocean, and Halliburton, as well as the individuals involved, have much to answer for.

But the action of the President in demanding this immense transfer of the stockholders' wealth without any legislation or court decision is extremely worrisome.

We live in a Constitutional Republic. The President's job under the Constitution is to enforce the laws made by the elected Congress. His job is not to create new laws and enforce them all by himself. His job is as magistrate under the Constitution, not as Caudillo. He is not the law. He is supposed to enforce what Congress decides.

The BP behavior is reminiscent of how, immediately after assuming office, Mr. Obama, with no Congressional authority or administrative allowance, simply made a phone call to fire the head of GM. When I called the White House press office to ask under what law or regulation Mr. Obama was acting, I was told he did not need a law. If the government put a lot of money into GM, it could call the shots at GM, I was told. But under what authority, I asked. "None needed," was the final answer.

Without any new legislation, President Obama has used returned TARP money as a political slush fund to prop up favorite industries. This is the same problem: serious executive action without legislative authority.

The same goes for Mr. Obama's demand that BP pay the lost wages of oil and gas workers suspended from work because of the moratorium on Gulf of Mexico underseas drilling. There simply was no legislation allowing this kind of specific demand. Mr. Obama's demand was in the nature of a threat, more than a Constitutional act.

Of course, every President tries "jawboning" to restrain steel company price increases or something similar. But to create specific enactments and actions without any authority -- now Mr. Obama's specialty -- is so at odds with the law of the land that it terrifies me. These are not the acts of a teacher on Constitutional law. These are the acts of a big city boss or a third world dictator. If you want to know why business has pulled in its horns and hunkered down, and why people at tea parties and elsewhere are scared, look no further than Barack "I Am The Law" Obama.

Is there anyone in Congress to stop him? Is there anyone in a black robe to stop him? Or is everyone already too scared to challenge the Duce in the White House?
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats. H. L. Mencken

06-17-2010, 11:44 PM, (This post was last modified: 06-17-2010, 11:44 PM by h3rm35.)
RE: The Greatest Ponzi Scheme of All
If BP hadn't volunteered to do it, they'd end up in a lengthy court battle that they would lose, have to pay more money (probably), look bad to the public, and numerous details that I'm sure they (and their cohorts) would love to keep hidden would be exposed to the light of day on the public record.

BP is in major damage control as their stock price plummets, so it's not surprising that they capitulated. If they hadn't capitulated, the DoJ would take it to the judicial system. This is a red herring.

Oh yeah, and while I'm at it, Ben Stein is an ass, and there's no link to the original.
[Image: conspiracy_theory.jpg]

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  The Greatest Depression Has Only Begun Solve et Coagula 0 510 06-20-2011, 01:49 PM
Last Post: Solve et Coagula
  State pension Ponzi scheme unravels drummer 0 572 06-25-2010, 12:08 AM
Last Post: drummer
  Are We About To Witness The Greatest Banking Consolidation In U.S. History? h3rm35 1 774 05-28-2010, 02:01 AM
Last Post: Scorpio
  Wall Street's 10 Greatest Lies of 2009 FastTadpole 0 523 12-30-2009, 05:12 PM
Last Post: FastTadpole
  Entering the Greatest Depression in History: More Bubbles Waiting to Burst Solve et Coagula 0 541 08-08-2009, 11:02 PM
Last Post: Solve et Coagula
  Britain a ‘Bigger National Ponzi Scheme Than the U.S.’; on the Brink of an Economic Depression hilly7 0 475 01-28-2009, 07:38 PM
Last Post: hilly7
  Financial Meltdown: Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History Solve et Coagula 2 800 01-23-2009, 01:10 AM
Last Post: DJOldskool
  The Music Industry’s New Extortion Scheme alibasho 43 4,283 05-02-2008, 03:37 PM
Last Post: stanteau

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)