“First, Do No Harm”
The title is a key principle medical students are taught, but can be applied to US Presidents as well as physicians. Since 1913, there have been 17 US Presidents. 16 were elected by US voters to the office and one became President with the approval of Congress thru the 25th amendment process. 9 of these 17, (6 Democrats and 3 Republicans), failed badly the principle of “first, do no harm.” The other 8, (6 Republicans and 2 Democrats), at least did no major harm.
Some people, with a lack of historical knowledge or short memories, think no one has had problems before like we have today. What we actually have today is an accumulative effect of harm done by administrations for the past century. I usually completely agree with Rush, but today I heard him say everything wrong is all the fault of the Democrats. I wish it were so, but history reveals it is the fault of an ideology that members of both political parties embraced. It’s the fault of the liberals, and it really took off starting in 1913.
Woodrow Wilson 28th US President March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921
During his time in office two new cabinets were formed, Department of Commerce and Department of Labor. A new division of the US Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, began. He signed the first legislation creating a debt ceiling. He signed the Espionage Act of 1917 that allowed the government to censor news reporters. A Republican Congress allowed the Sedition Act to expire in 1921. The Espionage Act of 1917 remained on the books and was amended to cover news media. The Obama administration has used it on six different occasions – twice as many as all their predecessors combined.
Herbert Hoover 31st US President March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
During his time in office he signed into law the Davis-Bacon Act. The Davis–Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law that establishes the requirement for paying the local prevailing wages on public works projects. It applies to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Due to the way the data were collected at that time and due to the fact that construction trades were heavily unionized at that time by craft unions, prevailing wage effectively meant union journeyman wage. Unions operate by negotiating for higher wages, and then working to restrict those eligible for the higher wages to union membership. Craft unions did not admit black apprentices, and therefore black laborers did not have the opportunity to advance to journeyman status. Therefore, the requirements and mechanisms of the Davis–Bacon Act necessarily prevented black laborers from participating in federally funded construction projects. Through the years the unions and the NAACP have come together to the point of a vote by the NAACP in 1993 supporting the Davis-Bacon Act. However, nonunion laborers are still currently barred from participating in federally funded construction projects.
Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd US President March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945
FDR served longer than anyone had before him, and shortly afterward the 22nd amendment was added to the Constitution that puts term limits on the office to prevent this from happening again. This lengthy time in office provided him with more time to do harm than the others. During his time in office he signed into law the National Labor Relations Act, (Wagner Act). The act established the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to protect the rights of workers to organize, bargain collectively, and strike. Lately the NLRB has flexed its muscles in allowing a new Boeing plant to start up in South Carolina.
Lyndon B. Johnson 36th US President November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
During his time in office he signed into law the Economic Opportunity Act as part of his Great Society war on poverty. This led to the creation of thousands of local Community Action Agencies that were intended to help people navigate their way through getting as many federal government benefits as they could. Two new cabinets were formed, Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Transportation.
Richard Nixon 37th US President January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
During his time in office two new departments were created, Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He signed into law the Endangered Species Act. He also signed into law the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act which, coupled with the 1917 debt ceiling legislation, makes it impossible to cut the national debt from what it was when you first took office.
Jimmy Carter 39th US President January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
During his time in office three new cabinets were formed, Depart of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Education. His ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Spike Dubs, was kidnapped by members of Setami Milli. The Setami Milli were a Maoist rival Communist faction to the pro-Soviet Communists — specifically the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan or PDPA. The PDPA, with an assist from the Afghan army, had taken power in a violent 1978 coup d’état. In the cross fire between pro-Soviet Communists and Maoist Communists, Ambassador Dubs was shot to death.
Bill Clinton 42nd US President January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
During his time in office he signed into law the Financial Services Modernization Act. The Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 allows companies working in the financial sector to integrate their operations and invest in each others businesses and consolidate. This includes businesses such as insurance companies, brokerage firms, investment dealers, commercial banks etc. In allowing financial institutions to grow to Godzilla-sized proportions, Gramm-Leach-Bliley helped ensure that we would have properties that were “too big to fail.” Rather than choosing to enforce rules that kept these institutions apart, the deregulators chose to create monster bankeragasurance businesses whose downfall (and existence) was enough to threaten the whole system.
George W. Bush 43rd US President January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
During his time in office a new cabinet was formed, the Department of Homeland Security. One of the activities of DHS is to make a body cavity search on passengers of commercial airlines. The money and plans are there to expand this to include passengers of trains and buses.
Barack Obama 44th and current President of the United States
So far, he has signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. The law creates new government-regulated markets, restricts plan design, dictates rating-structure changes, creates a complex federal entitlement program, and imposes penalties on employers and individuals who don’t comply. Healthcare reform impacts every business in America, regardless of size; and every individual, regardless of income. He also signed into law the Dodd-Frank bill which creates a new bureau, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This new bureau is the broadest financial reform since the 1930s, covers financial institutions and business practices that affect every American, from domestic and foreign banks to insurance firms, mortgages, the credit card industry and more. It contains roughly 1,500 provisions, including about 398 rule-making requirements.
His ambassador to Libya was killed by al-Qaeda linked terrorists. Abdallah Dhu-al-Bajadin, who has been identified by U.S. officials as a known weapons expert for al-Qaeda, said in a recent online posting that U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed by lethal injection after a botched plan to kidnap him in Benghazi failed on September 11, 2012. According to Dhu-al-Bajadin, the plan was based on abduction and exchange of high-level prisoners.
Some may be offended that the divide is not by political party but instead by political ideology. It is what it is. One final point that we can agree with Rush about.
So this UK Telegraph headline, “You Have to Wonder: Will Obama See Out His Full Term?” That’s not the question. The question is: Will America last through Obama’s full term? That’s the question, to me.
Will the country survive the implementation of Obamacare? Will the country survive all this spying and all this data collecting? Will the country survive amnesty? Will the country survive every plan this man has? That is the question. The question is not will he serve out his second term ’cause that’s a no-brainer.
Cross-posted at Unified Patriots