President Obama is going out of his way to pee in the pool before the new owners can jump in.
The president is doing everything possible to make things more difficult for President-elect Trump to enact his agenda. He is setting records for the number of criminals whose sentences he’s commuting, and for the number of illegal immigrants his administration is allowing into the country. Moreover, he recently decreed that hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans are off limits to oil and gas exploration and drilling.
He also recently announced that a once-mandatory program for registering immigrant men from predominately Muslim countries, which he previously suspended, has been formally scrapped. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), launched after 9/11, required men from Middle Eastern countries- and North Korea- to register with the federal government upon their arrival in the U.S. The process also included fingerprinting and photographs, as well as a requirement to notify the government of any address changes. Why would we want to know who’s here from Syria or Libya for example? Or where they might be? They’re probably just hanging around Christmas markets right now, anyway.
Back to the clemency issue for a moment: On December 19th alone, the president granted clemency to 231 felons, the highest number of clemencies granted in a single day in the history of the nation. Since he took office, Obama has commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, 395 of whom were serving life sentences. His recent one day total of 231 is more than some presidents have totaled in their entire time in the White House. In addition, he has pardoned another 148 people.
And now we learn of a new report alleging that a recent congressional investigation “has determined that the Obama administration fired a top scientist and intimidated staff at the Department of Energy in order to further its climate change agenda,” according to the Washington Free Beacon and other news outlets. The report further claims that the administration ordered top officials to obstruct Congress in order to forward this agenda. The chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Rep. Lamar Smith (R. Texas), issued the report which also illustrates how senior administration officials retaliated against a leading scientist and plotted ways to block a congressional inquiry regarding research into the impact of radiation. The dismissed DOE scientist was pink-slipped for “being too forthright with lawmakers,” according to the Beacon’s article. Can’t have that!
“Instead of providing the type of scientific information needed by Congress to legislate effectively, senior departmental officials sought to hide information, lobbied against legislation, and retaliated against a scientist for being forthcoming,” Smith said in a statement.
The investigation concluded that “DoE placed its own priorities to further the president’s Climate Action Plan before its constitutional obligations to be candid with Congress,” states the report, which went on to say, “The committee further concludes that DoE’s disregard for separation of powers is not limited to a small group of employees, but rather is an institutional problem that must be corrected by overhauling its management practices with respect to its relationship with the Congress.”
Drain the swamp! (And the pool).