John Ransom

In January, Barack Obama promised that he’d use “a phone and a pen” to institute presidential executive actions presumably on important issues like immigration reform, tax reform, Obamacare, the Progressive Global Issue-of-the-Day, and gender reassignment surgery in the military.

It’s now August, and right on cue, Obama’s beginning to research the federal statutes to figure out how to do it, especially in regards to illegal immigration, which Capt’n Obvious now says is a broken system.

Duh. He’s the one who broke it…more.

“In the face of that kind of dysfunction, what I can do is ... scour our authorities to try to make progress,” said Obama according to the Columbus Dispatch.

As usual our backward president has it backwards…again.

Fire! Ready! Aim!

No wonder the guy hates guns.

It’s a little late in the game to start researching options for executive action when you promised bold actions back in January…of 2009. But if we’ve learned to expect one rule from Obama that’s never broken, it is this: it’s never too early—or too late-- to pander to your base.

And that’s actually what’s going on here. No one is really burning the midnight oil reading laws in the White House. This White House? Reading laws? I don’t think they even know how to find the federal code, yet alone read it. They might be the only humans in existence who have mastered the art of not even reading the words they write and read aloud-- if one can judge from intel talking points, laws they’ve written, treaties they negotiate, and speeches the teleprompter gives.

Obama sucks as president, but he’s not a bad campaigner, assisted as he is by the almost Pavlov-type response he gets from the people he exploits. I’m not saying that Obama doesn’t love his base. He just loves his base like an alcoholic loves liquor: he abuses it.

In fact, constituent abuse is Obama’s favorite method of governing.

He abuses blacks, he abuses Hispanics, and he abuses women.

The statistics don’t lie. By almost every measure the only constituency that Obama doesn’t abuse are the backroom billionaires trying to get rich on crony energy deals…or richer, rather…again.

It’s harder today to make ends meet as a woman, as a black, or as an Hispanic than ever before if you look at the employment numbers, which is the only indicator that really matters.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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