Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Economics of Disaster

Does the government work for us or do we work for the government? Tonight, the government and the truth.

While FreedomWatch was off in late August, some newsworthy events captivated our attention. In Libya, Col. Kaddafi was deposed by a violent revolution in which the United States and Great Britain took sides. We and the British supplied arms and money to the rebels, we recognized them as the official government of Libya, and we bombed the daylights out of military and civilian targets. We directly caused the deaths of thousands of innocents.

All this was done on the order of the President alone: There was no congressional declaration of war, as the Constitution requires. There was no congressional authorization to spend funds, as the Constitution requires: The President just invaded another country on his own.

In 2006, just five years ago, then-President George W. Bush and then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised Col. Kaddafi as a partner in the war on terror; and we have given him millions every year right up to the time we started bombing.

Last week we learned that our CIA and the British MI-6 were collaborating with Libyan intelligence even after the President started bombing. Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing? Apparently not.

Also last week, the east coast was battered by Hurricane Irene and the Gulf Coast was battered by Hurricane Lee. The President and Cousin Janet visited not far from where I live in New Jersey, and promised federal aid to those most in need. Congressman Ron Paul came under some fire for criticizing them and for arguing that it is not the responsibility of the federal government to re-build homes destroyed by hurricanes. He's right. If the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, as it proclaims itself to be, then the federal government can only do what the Constitution authorizes it to do. There is simply no authorization in the Constitution for the feds to give cash away to those who need it. more