The Everlasting Phelps

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Obama’s New Executive Orders

January 16th, 2013

So Obama released his Executive Orders to Prevent Maniacs From Being Maniacs today.  I’ve taken the time to translate the summaries into plain English below:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

Tell the government to follow the law.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

Tell the regulators to stop the stupid and useless regulations.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

Pay the states back for the unfunded mandates that the Feds keeps making.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

Tell the Attorney General to do his job.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

Start another unfunded mandate. (See #3.)

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

Tell FDLs how to do something no one is ever going to bother to do.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

Do the same thing the NRA already does, only half as well at twice the cost.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Do what Underwriters Laboratories already does, only half as well at twice the cost.

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

Tell the Feds to do their jobs.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

Tell the DOJ to do its job.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

Tell myself to do my job.

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

Spend more money.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

Tell everyone to do their goddamned jobs.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Tell the doctors to figure out why it isn’t the feds’ fault that they aren’t doing their jobs.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

Figure out a way to push “smart guns” that don’t exist and wouldn’t be useful as guns if they did.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

Tell everyone that Obamacare doesn’t actually mean what it says.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

Tell everyone that, seriously, Obamacare doesn’t actually mean that.  We had to pass it to find out what was in it, after all.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

Tell everyone that I’ve been a partisan hack for the last month every time I said the NRA was crazy to want to post more cops in schools.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

Do the same thing that every police agency in the country has already done, only half as well and at ten times the cost.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

Tell doctors what they already know.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

Tell people what the parts of Obamacare that don’t say anything say.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

Tell HHS to do their job.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Hand the rest of the job of telling everyone to do their jobs off to someone else so it is no longer my job.

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  • tom ellis says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm

     

    i thought the whole thing was nonsense… but you nailed it…
    fell out of my chair laughing so hard.. thanks, tom

  • mbecker908 says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

     

    “half as well & at twice the cost”

    You partly corrected this on it’s last instance (ten times the cost), I would have edited the phrase to “failing to do anything productive at 100 times the cost.”

    Other than that minor quibble, an excellent summary.

  • Barry says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

     

    If only they could issue them in plain English in the first place. Thanks.

  • Billabong says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

     

    To summarize your summary:

    1. There’s not much we can do outside of the safeguards we already have in place.

    2. Find ways to grow government corruption.

    3. I am President, and aren’t I great?!

  • Lordlex says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:19 pm

     

    What a succinct summary.

    Nailed it!

    Thank you!!

  • marc savard says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

     

    didn’t Obama affirm the Heller decision by saying that he agrees that an individual has a right to keep and bear arms? I can’t find a transcript yet. If so, isn’t that huge?

  • Loren says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

     

    Well stated.

  • DH says on: January 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

     

    Nice translation work. The good news is that Obama did not precipitate a constitutional crisis by trying to do something beyond his authority like banning “high-capacity” magazines (where “high” means “greater than 10 round”).

  • SPQR says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

     

    Brilliant summarization.

  • Donald Sensing says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

     

    You hit it on target here. However, I disagree to some level with your assessment of number 6. Here is why.

  • Tully says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:12 pm

     

    ***18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

    Tell everyone that I’ve been a partisan hack for the last month every time I said the NRA was crazy to want to post more cops in schools.***

    We already HAD that, part of the Community-Oriented Policing System, and it was a decent program. Maybe the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress shouldn’t have DEFUNDED the Cops In Schools program. Which they did. Needed the money to subsidize their green buddies in failed electric-car companies or something.

  • Rich K says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:16 pm

     

    That’s brilliant and is now being linked everywhere I travel today on the net,Thanks

  • Kaitian says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

     

    16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

    Actually the reason for this is : Tell doctors that it is okay to break the law even though we want them to follow the law that I pushed. How does this make sense? It doesn’t! Everyone is breaking the law anyways and doctors have to pay their fair share and go to prison at the same time!

  • DON FULANO says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

     

    Great effort to make the Obama Administration less opaque than usual.

    Too bad Congress doesn’t hire you to prepare legislation.

  • Vivian Louise says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

     

    I like the part where to protect “the children”, Obama further impoverishes “the children” to save just one of “the children” using policies that will likely cause further mayhem. It’s liberal policy making all wrapped up in one juicy crap burrito.

  • Deoxy says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

     

    half as well at twice the cost

    If only it was that good!

    half as well and at ten times the cost

    If only it was even THAT good!

  • Dave P. says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:43 pm

     

    You’re working from the official White House *summary* of his proposals. Read the full text. It’s a hell of a lot worse than you think.

    He pretty explicitly says a number of disturbing things, including banning private transfers that aren’t facilitated by an FFL, ending the C&R program, banning the possession of “armor piercing” rounds, and requiring all health care records to be included in the NICS database.

    ALL that can be done via executive order.

    Wake up, folks. We just got screwed.

  • Edmund says on: January 16, 2013 at 2:58 pm

     

    I was thinking almost the exact same things as I was reading the list on another website… then I see this, and I’m thinkin’, “This guy’s a GENIUS!”

  • Pete says on: January 16, 2013 at 3:14 pm

     

    He forgot EO #24: “Endeavor to Persevere”

  • Siroblio says on: January 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

     

    12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

    This has already doen by FEMA. I took it online for a course in administrative studoes.

  • Siroblio says on: January 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

     

    *studies*

  • Phelps says on: January 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

     

    He pretty explicitly says a number of disturbing things, including banning private transfers that aren’t facilitated by an FFL, ending the C&R program, banning the possession of “armor piercing” rounds, and requiring all health care records to be included in the NICS database.

    ALL that can be done via executive order.

    Negative. Those are things he has called for Congress to do, because he can’t do them by EO. First, it would be unconstitutional, and second, it would start an insurrection he can’t win.

  • LadyLiberty1885 says on: January 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

     

    Thank you, Sir.

    That is all.

  • Martin says on: January 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

     

    Correct Phelps. I’ll bet they are scared stiff by the sheer volume of gun purchases since they started their gun control campaign. Insurrection is right – the moment they attempt to collect my guns, they’ll be reported stolen, and I will from that point forwarc consider the US Federal Government to be my sworn enemy. I suspect there’s about 100 million like me.

    Hopefully now this is fixed, Obama can focus on less important things like 23 million unemployed, and $16,400,000,000,000.00 in unpayable debt.

  • Dave P. says on: January 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

     

    Phelps, I wish I shared your optimism.

    I think it’s a mistake to think that the Constitution is an impenetrable bulwark that’ll prevent Obama from taking drastic and sweeping measures against guns.

    I’m guessing that 5 years from now, this’ll be another frog-boiling story.

    Perhaps the folks who took up arms against GCA ’68, or the first AWB will deliver our nation again! Or maybe we can count on the folks who stood with the Davidians against the FBI, or the men of action who flanked the ATF during the Ruby Ridge siege and saved Vicki Weaver’s life. Remember that?

  • Dave2 says on: January 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

     

    LOL!!…Number 11….. if only.

  • conrad6 says on: January 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

     

    Most of these EO’s will be interpreted by the agencies, as Obama surely expects, to mean “hire more staff to supervise hugely expensive database, IT and management consulting contracts”.

    No actual output relative to gun safety will be expected, but the side effects of crony capitalism, a larger federal debt and higher taxes are considered by the Administration to be good things in themselves.

    Great post, Phelps.

  • Oldcrow says on: January 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

     

    Now we see one of the benefits of having the village idiot as the President! He could have done a lot more damage through use of NFA but is to stupid to know it. Much sound and fury accomplishing nothing. HA hahahha gun grabbers your messiah once again fails you.

  • Motion view says on: January 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm

     

    1. Institutionalize the dangerously mentally ill.

    It is the only thing the government should be doing to reduce violent crime, and Obama and his ACLU allies will never, ever let it happen.

  • Walter Sobchak says on: January 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

     

    I say the NRA won this round. 12 and 18 is exactly what they proposed.

  • Rick C says on: January 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

     

    You don’t think #18 really means “cops,” do you?

  • ed in texas says on: January 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm

     

    There’s actually a progession going on here.
    #6 :Is the setup for later gun regulations and backgroud checks on personal sales and gifts.
    -Remember, govt programs never go away, they just look for something to do.-
    #14 : The CDC study. Want to bet what they official result is? Health and safety risk.
    Which leads to…
    #16 : Will these doctor’s questions be official, or can you decline to discuss?
    And -ta-da…
    #21 : Your health insurer and ACA supplier gets to ask specific questions regarding health risks, aka smoking, drinking, drugs. They add gun ownership to list, and want specific answers, as in type, serial numbers, and ammunition availability. They’re not the govt, so no rights apply. Price of coverage would be based on the answers, coverage could be denied/cancelled based on answers or the lack thereof.

    Now tell me I’m paranoid.

  • Walter Sobchak says on: January 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

     

    Rick C:

    In Tennessee, nut job tries to get his mass shooting on only to be shot dead by an armed school resource officer.

    http://www.saysuncle.com/2013/01/08/the-mass-school-shooting-that-didnt-happen/

    h/t instapundit

  • John Russell says on: January 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm

     

    #16 does seem to be at odds with “Obamacare” Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c. Im sure the smart kids will get this all figured out.

    ‘‘(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.—øAs
    added by section 10101(e)(2)¿
    ‘‘(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS.—A wellness
    and health promotion activity implemented under subsection
    (a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information
    relating to—
    ‘‘(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed
    firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property
    of an individual; or
    ‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm
    or ammunition by an individual.
    ‘‘(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION.—None of the authorities
    provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection
    and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that
    Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection
    of any information relating to—
    ‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or
    ammunition;
    ‘‘(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or
    ‘‘(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.
    ‘‘(3) LIMITATION ON DATABASES OR DATA BANKS.—None of
    the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient
    Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by
    that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used to
    maintain records of individual ownership or possession of a
    firearm or ammunition.
    ‘‘(4) LIMITATION ON DETERMINATION OF PREMIUM RATES OR
    ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.—A premium rate may not
    be increased, health insurance coverage may not be denied,
    and a discount, rebate, or reward offered for participation in a wellness program may not be reduced or withheld under any
    health benefit plan issued pursuant to or in accordance with
    the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment
    made by that Act on the basis of, or on reliance upon—
    ‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or
    ammunition; or
    ‘‘(B) the lawful use or storage of a firearm or ammunition.
    ‘‘(5) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR
    INDIVIDUALS.—No individual shall be required to disclose any
    information under any data collection activity authorized
    under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an
    amendment made by that Act relating to—
    ‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or
    ammunition; or
    ‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm
    or ammunition.
    ‘‘(d) REGULATIONS.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment
    of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Secretary
    shall promulgate regulations that provide criteria for determining
    whether a reimbursement structure is described in subsection
    (a).
    ‘‘(e) STUDY AND REPORT.—Not later than 180 days after the
    date on which regulations are promulgated under subsection (c),
    the Government Accountability Office shall review such regulations
    and conduct a study and submit to the Committee on Health, Education,
    Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on
    Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report regarding
    the impact the activities under this section have had on
    the quality and cost of health care.

  • David says on: January 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

     

    I see the translation on #18 a little differently: “See what a great leader I am! I’ve given my opposition what they want! Plus added 115,000 new union jobs.” Other than that, great post!

  • theBuckWheat says on: January 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

     

    Obama can issue an executive order to his officials to completely explain Fast and Furious. He could also issue and executive order expressing his shame about the number of mainly Mexican lives that program cost, and to pay survivor’s pensions to the several thousand wives and orphans the program leaves in its wake.

    Maybe Congressman Darrell Issa ought to hold his next press conference about Fast and Furious with some widows and orphans of the hundreds of Mexican victims as backdrop. That would be very fitting.

  • buckeyeJoe says on: January 16, 2013 at 10:12 pm

     

    Was the commentary really needed in the story?? I don’t like the any of the new proposed laws but many of the exo orders seem to be reasonable.

  • Minnetonka Moose says on: January 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm

     

    #13 – prosecute David Gregory!

  • Phelps says on: January 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm

     

    Was the commentary really needed in the story?? I don’t like the any of the new proposed laws but many of the exo orders seem to be reasonable.

    The whole thing was commentary. It isn’t a news story. The news story is linked, and without the commentary, it’s just copyright infringement.

    I don’t think you have found the post you were looking for.

  • Mr. D says on: January 17, 2013 at 5:39 am

     

    Outstanding.

  • TJ Conwell says on: January 17, 2013 at 7:42 am

     

    I don’t care who you are or what party you affiliate with — that was the funniest and most basic explanation I have seen in 24 hours. Well done! :-)

  • GASPowered says on: January 17, 2013 at 9:05 am

     

    #19 – Interesting that these are usually gun-free zones.

  • Gideon Raines says on: January 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

     

    Prosecute those, such as Eric Holder, who break already existing gun laws which result in injury or death to others.

  • Brian Nebeker says on: January 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

     

    I fail to see how most of these items can be called Executive Orders. I think they just published his To Do list. Half of them are remember to check my To Do List more often and make sure others are doing their jobs for a change.

    17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

    In my experience as a foster parent in 3 states, I don’t know if it is state of Federal law but in the states I know of all health care and child care providers are * required * by law to “reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.”. So how does telling people the same thing with softer language change anything.

    As for a doctor asking about my guns. I don’t own any but even if I did it not his business. This can only lead to more intrusion such as requiring information about my guns which is then passed back the government so they can double check me or decided that the guns I have are not longer legal.

    In the end it all looks like TSA all over again. Make more rules that do nothing to solve a problem but making a nussance of yourself to justify your employment.

    With one exception:

    18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

    Many schools already have them and just because the NRA said it first does not mean it does not make sense. The one thing I give Obama credit for is being able to see when someone elses point of view makes sense.

  • Phelps says on: January 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

     

    The one thing I give Obama credit for is being able to see when someone elses point of view makes sense.

    Well, a few years ago I would have given him credit. Now I just see it as him realizing he had an opportunity to put more public union employees on the payroll.

  • Chris says on: January 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

     

    I’ll open by saying that, for me, the second amendment is more complex in today’s world than it was when it was written. I say this only because I have to be honest and say that I’m not opposed to gun control. I’m not in favor of it, either. I think it needs some serious and rational discussion, addressing how things have changed in today’s world, what we believe the founding fathers intended when they wrote it (and specifically, how and why they worded it the way they did), and what, if any, level of incresae to the public safety is even realistic to expect if gun control were enacted.

    Okay, that said, let me focus on my point regarding the need for rational discussion and how it applies to this post. It’s actually really simple. Obama is clearly being completely irrational here, since there is absolutely no value in his order, and the author of this post was completely rational and concise in pointing this out. Very nicely done. You and I may not agree overall (and, again, I can’t say that I have a satisfactory answer for myself on the overall issue anyway, so, hey, who knows – we might agree), but I’d rather have a discussion with you than with anyone who believes that these orders are of any value whatsoever.

    One last thought – given that the guns that were used at Sandy Hook were STOLEN, I would like to see someone press Mr. Obama to explain how any of these orders would have made any difference whatsoever in preventing that tragedy?

  • Phelps says on: January 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

     

    I think it needs some serious and rational discussion, addressing how things have changed in today’s world, what we believe the founding fathers intended when they wrote it (and specifically, how and why they worded it the way they did), and what, if any, level of incresae to the public safety is even realistic to expect if gun control were enacted.

    As for what the founders intended it to say, they’ve explained it extensively and explicitly in the Federalist Papers, notably Federalist No. 29:

    There is something so far-fetched and so extravagant in the idea of danger to liberty from the militia, that one is at a loss whether to treat it with gravity or with raillery; whether to consider it as a mere trial of skill, like the paradoxes of rhetoricians; as a disingenuous artifice to instil prejudices at any price; or as the serious offspring of political fanaticism. Where in the name of common-sense, are our fears to end if we may not trust our sons, our brothers, our neighbors, our fellow-citizens? What shadow of danger can there be from men who are daily mingling with the rest of their countrymen and who participate with them in the same feelings, sentiments, habits and interests?

    The Founders were clearly entirely unconcerned with the average person having the same impliments of war as the state, because they were the people they dealt with every day and trusted (just as we trust each other in a our daily lives.) What they were fearful of was a state with a standing police force, the posse comitadus they refer to constantly.

    I’ll end with a prophetic section from Federalist No. 46:

    The only refuge left for those who prophesy the downfall of the State governments is the visionary supposition that the federal government may previously accumulate a military force for the projects of ambition. The reasonings contained in these papers must have been employed to little purpose indeed, if it could be necessary now to disprove the reality of this danger. That the people and the States should, for a sufficient period of time, elect an uninterupted succession of men ready to betray both; that the traitors should, throughout this period, uniformly and systematically pursue some fixed plan for the extension of the military establishment; that the governments and the people of the States should silently and patiently behold the gathering storm, and continue to supply the materials, until it should be prepared to burst on their own heads, must appear to every one more like the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggerations of a counterfeit zeal, than like the sober apprehensions of genuine patriotism.

    Extravagant as the supposition is, let it however be made. Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops. Those who are best acquainted with the last successful resistance of this country against the British arms, will be most inclined to deny the possibility of it. Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.

    Switch that out with a regular army of 3 million (the actual number, which is remarkably close to 1/100th) vs 80 million gun owners and I think the point still stands.

  • Frank Welch says on: January 18, 2013 at 3:45 am

     

    Let’s try a ban on all guns. We could start by taking guns from the Secret Service, all police agencies, and all armed guards for a “trial period” of “12″ months. If crime/violence decreases, and the President, Members of Congress, and the far left wing elite in Hollywood feel safer, everyone else should feel good about surrendering their guns. Then we’d be back to a kinder, gentler nation!

  • Bart says on: January 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

     

    As long as the president has a slush fund for overtime, there will never be a lack of government employees willing to volunteer for his projects. We are not going to reform human nature. But we can drain the swamp. We can give fair notice to lenders and investors that they should not expect repayment of their corrupt loans made to tyrannical government officials for unlawful (unConstitutional) purposes. On Facebook, search the Center for Principled Repudiation.

  • john hancock says on: January 18, 2013 at 6:21 am

     

    Best translation of obamas crap ever. He says the NRA is insane but then turns around and tries to do what they have been trieing to do for years. He is just mad that there are guns protecting other familys than his own.

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