Criticism of Obama is exaggerated

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All the comments and letters The Augusta Chronicle publishes accusing President Obama of doing what he wants and not following the Constitution lead me to believe a solid majority of Chronicle readers don't understand Congress has the constitutional authority to deliberate, vote on and pass absolutely anything into law it wants. This is what I'm told is known as "democracy."

And the only checks on Congress are the Supreme Court and a presidential veto. If the president doesn't veto a piece of legislation, it's up to the Supreme Court to decide whether it's constitutional, and kill it or not.

So, then, how is President Obama turning his back on the Constitution? He sends bills to Congress. Congress has indeed democratically passed many of them -- as it did for the last president. Congress did recently, however, democratically vote against Obama's request to extend unemployment benefits.

Did Obama assert the "dictatorial powers" I constantly hear he has, and force Congress to extend them anyway? Nope. For all the constant wigging-out that "we need to take our country back from the evil dictator," has Obama, like Andrew Jackson, dictatorially defied a single Supreme Court ruling during his tenure? Nope.

If Obama wasn't minutely following the Constitution, wouldn't congressional and Supreme Court conservatives be howling for his impeachment? Has anyone heard anything about impeaching Obama -- aside from followers of Rush Limbaugh, who, by himself, ironically, seems to be more powerful than our entire government?

Possibly there have been no hoots for impeachment because congressional and Supreme Court conservatives are, thankfully (unlike Limbaugh), forced by reason to know the difference between Obama actually committing treason, and simply disagreeing with his ideas Congress democratically passes into law.

Nathan Kirby

Augusta

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willie7
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willie7 07/12/10 - 11:13 pm
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Thank you Mr. Kirby a million
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Thank you Mr. Kirby a million times!!!!!!!

KSL
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KSL 07/12/10 - 11:32 pm
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It would behoove Mr. Kirby to

It would behoove Mr. Kirby to look up the definition of Democracy and square that up with current polling.

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carcraft 07/13/10 - 01:41 am
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We are not a Democracy Mr.

We are not a Democracy Mr. Kirby we are a Republic. Are you a product of the liberal education system of America? Congress does not democratically pass anything, no vote by the people is taken on any law! Mr. Kirby The federal government used to be limited by the constitution but that concept is long passed unless we are talking about controlling immigration in Arizona, but Arizona's laws are OK because they were passed by a democratic process and mimic the US laws passed by a democratic process! LOL

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mrrhodes89 07/13/10 - 03:36 am
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But still though, has he done

But still though, has he done anything that is unconstitutional? I keep hearing people say that they're taking "their" country back come November. I guess they must've realized that they were the ones who gave "their" country away. Where have these people been for the last 8 years? Warrantless wire-tapping? Tax-cuts that according to most Republicans, don't need to be included in the defecit? Bringing democracy to Iraq, when quite honestly, it took America over 200 years to get it right over here? (and we're still a long way away from where we should be.)

Now I'm not going to say that Obama is infallable, as I still don't see how his healthcare plan is going to pay for itself. He broke his primary campaign message of transparency and accountability with his handling of the healthcare legislation. But for the majority of Republicans to villify the man out of pure spite is wrong. Hypocritical. They will say no to anything that he or any other democrat promotes. The president could come out on tv right now and say that "water is the necessary foundation for life and that all Americans should drink plenty of water" and I can guarantee you that somebody will make the claim that the president is trying to tell you how to live your life.

We need to get beyond this petty partisan bickering. I know that there are some great ideas on how to move this country forward from both sides of the aisle. I recently saw Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) on the House floor bringing light to the fact that several important federal mandates had not been reauthorized, even though the House has spent over 300 hours on the House floor voting to rename post offices. I've also watched other House Republicans scream for the Democrats to produce a budget. I believe that a budget should be produced also. But when asked for their proposed budget, Republicans produced a document with absolutely no figures. That's petty partisan pandering.

Its times like these when I start to think that Congress should not have a clear majority, cause it leads to doing whatever the party wants. That's who they need to be taking their country back from; not Congress, but these political parties that promote these antiquated values that really can't work for everyody. Instead of voting along party lines, representatives should go back to how things were: REPRESENTING THE MEMBERS OF THEIR DISTRICT. They're so concerned with keeping their jobs to the point of where they forget to do their jobs. That is where America drops the ball. That is what truly needs to change.

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bettyboop 07/13/10 - 04:01 am
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AC..come on now did you print

AC..come on now did you print this in order to embarass Mr. Kirby?

csrareader
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csrareader 07/13/10 - 04:39 am
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Keep drinking the Kool-Aid,

Keep drinking the Kool-Aid, Nathan.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/13/10 - 04:42 am
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An Obama & Alvin Green

An Obama & Alvin Green supporter for sure...

onecatfish
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onecatfish 07/13/10 - 05:11 am
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(No subject)
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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/13/10 - 05:20 am
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Mr. Kirby, do you research
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Mr. Kirby, do you research before you make comments? If so, you might care to look a little deeper.

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Rhetor 07/13/10 - 05:57 am
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Typical. A reasonable letter,

Typical. A reasonable letter, and the conservatives reply with insults and name-calling. Grow up.

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OnlyinAgs1 07/13/10 - 06:10 am
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LOL funny thing is when a

LOL funny thing is when a conservative letter is published the progressives attack their letter as well. IMO these local Obama Derangement Syndromers spew some of the most hateful venom, sure it's his policies they say. I hope and pray in November a lot of Republicans are elected maybe that bitterness, anger, hate and detest for Obama might go down a few levels, that's MIGHT.

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55 F-100 07/13/10 - 06:12 am
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Nathan, keep humming your

Nathan, keep humming your song............ummm...ummm...ummm...Barrack Insane Obama.

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johnston.cliff 07/13/10 - 06:33 am
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With obama in the white house

With obama in the white house and Dem control of the congress, both houses, no impeachment will take place. Come November, both houses of congress won't be under Dem control. This will stop the socialist rush, but the lame duck congress will pass every hurtful law obama wants between November and January. obama should be arrested and jailed for stealing General Motors.

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overburdened_taxpayer 07/13/10 - 06:35 am
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I'm guessing Mr. Kirby found

I'm guessing Mr. Kirby found it somewhere in the Constitution that the government can require a citizen to buy a product like health insurance from a non-government entity? Nope? I didn't think so.

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overburdened_taxpayer 07/13/10 - 06:38 am
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OnlyinAgs1 - I see you are

OnlyinAgs1 - I see you are coming around and hope the Republicans take control again. You're finally seeing what damage the other party has and can do. GOOD FOR YOU!

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Rhetor 07/13/10 - 06:53 am
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Overburdened taxpayer, 1.,

Overburdened taxpayer, 1., note that the law does not impose a requirement per se to buy health insurance, but rather people who don't have health insurance will pay higher taxes--reasonable, since they will surely show up in the ER at public expense, thus overburdening your taxes (thanks, btw, in part to Reagan's health care law), 2. given your moniker, are you grateful for the huge Obama tax breaks? (Did Fox forget to report about those?)

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TheQueenRules 07/13/10 - 07:06 am
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Thank goodness that there are

Thank goodness that there are citizens in Augusta who actually have actually read The Constitution. Thank you Mr. Kirby! I must say that I am a bit surprised by the vitriol posted in response to your letter. Let's just hope that these folks continue to waste their time hunting for Obama’s birth certificate rather than going to the polls to vote!

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csrareader 07/13/10 - 07:07 am
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Rhetor, give me an example of

Rhetor, give me an example of the HUGE tax breaks imposed by the Socialist in Washington? You will get extra points for honesty.

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justus4 07/13/10 - 07:11 am
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A thoughtful letter. It
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A thoughtful letter. It provides some balance in a "fever" environment of hate and prejudice, which is being hear day & night and exaggerated to the gills for ratings and viewers. Balance is important to avoid tipping over on one side and this Letter offers an example of such...Oh, and that so-called "criticism" is actually very useful - it's a great measure of our Nation's progress.

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johnston.cliff 07/13/10 - 07:22 am
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I've seen tax cuts that put

I've seen tax cuts that put the burden of unfunded mandates on the states. I've seen tax cuts that make businesses afraid to invest in growth. I've seen tax cuts that have small businesses closing or reducing in size to afford the tax cuts. I've seen tax cuts that punish the productive and reward the non-productive.
Are those the tax cuts you're referring to, Rhetor?

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nofanofobama 07/13/10 - 07:23 am
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1-example--tarp money was by

1-example--tarp money was by law only to buy out troubled assets from banks..period..obama and tax cheat geighter used the tarp money for a whole host of bailouts including govt motors and chrysler..they had no jurisdiction by tarp law to do this..taxpayer money was used basically to prop up the unions as a payback for their support. plus the rightful benefactors from a bankruptcy are bond holders...they basically got 10 cents to the dollar..these bonds represented retirement for teachers and firemen in other parts of the midest..this was a deviation from law and set back contractual laws for years to come..no obama is a thug from chicago no more no less...

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nofanofobama 07/13/10 - 07:28 am
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RHETEOR--there are provisions

RHETEOR--there are provisions in the obama care law that states if you do not carry insurance you will be fined...whats the difference its still a mandate on the individual to spend money..however i agree that those who chose not to buy insurance should how be held accountable..but obama care is a disaster that is unfolding b/4 our eyes..

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Chillen 07/13/10 - 07:31 am
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Can someone please cite the

Can someone please cite the passage in the Constitution that says our government has the authority to force America citizens to buy something? And if they don't they face a fine and/or jail time?

Just wondering.

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nofanofobama 07/13/10 - 07:37 am
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queen rules**i am not one of

queen rules**i am not one of the birthers...but i do fault obama for his stupid stampede to socialism..but obama ran on complete transparency and a new type of leader. why doesnt he just reveal his transcripts and grades from harvard or anything else including his official birth certificate. why is everything such a secret with this guy..it would shut up the birthers and silence this aspect of criticism of our prez..

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Chillen 07/13/10 - 07:42 am
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Washington Post-ABC News

Washington Post-ABC News Latest Poll (released July 13th).

"Nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy."

"About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working."

"Those most likely to vote in the midterms prefer the GOP over continued Democratic rule by a sizable margin of 56 percent to 41 percent."

"On the question of Obama's leadership, 42 percent of registered voters now say they have confidence that he will make the right decisions for the country, with 58 saying they do not"

"Obama's overall standing puts him at about the same place President Bill Clinton was in the summer of 1994, a few months before Republicans captured the House and Senate in an electoral landslide."

It's all over but the crying.

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Nativeson1 07/13/10 - 08:03 am
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Excellent letter Nathan and

Excellent letter Nathan and good point about Jackson! Some people will never be satisfied unless they have a boogeyman in their life... And what better boogeyman than a mulatto POTUS.... LMAO!

TheQueenRules
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TheQueenRules 07/13/10 - 08:11 am
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Dear NoFanofObama, I can

Dear NoFanofObama, I can understand why Obama's style is offensive to many people (myself included) - he often comes across as arrogant and aloof. When he tries to come across as a "common man" by saying that he wants to know"whose [filtered word] to kick" in regards to the BP fiasco, he seems to miss the mark. However, the focus on his birth certificate or his transcripts or his blood type are just intended to be distractions from the real issues. I cannot blame him for ignoring it. I would too.

I also take issue with your "stampede to socialism" comment. The country is a far cry from a socialist country, even if Obama's policies are implemented. Have you ever lived in a country with universal health care? I have. I had top notch medical care for 4 years and I never paid one red cent for a doctor's visit, a prescription or any other medical service. I almost did not move back to the US on account of the substandard medical services provided in the country. It is a shame that Americans tend to believe the propoganda shoveled out by the insurance industry. Those of us who have experience outside of the United States know better than to believe their lies.

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FaceTheMusic 07/13/10 - 08:28 am
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Excellent letter, Mr. Kirby.

Excellent letter, Mr. Kirby. It took the Repubs eight years to screw up the country; I'm willing to give Obama four years to fix it.
Chillen - you "conveniently" left out part of the ABC poll you quote: When asked "How much confidence do you have in Republicans versus Democrats to make the right decisions for the country." Sixty-seven percent said they had "just some or none at all" confidence in the Democrats, while 72 percent they had "just some or none at all" confidence in the Republicans.

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dominionfs 07/13/10 - 08:42 am
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While I don't agree with the

While I don't agree with the direction Obama is taking, I have to admit I was not too happy about Bush either. Or Clinton, or Pappy Bush or Reagan and Carter. Arguing about a the superiority of a Republican or Democrat president ( or congress ) is akin to arguing whether Bebo or Bozo is the most qualified clown to run the circus.
It has been said that a nation deserves the government it elects. If that is so, then what does it say about us?

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