From whence, in the Constitution, does the President derive the power to regulate commerce by executive fiat? I am simply dumbfounded by the implications of the following article, presented as if it were a positive thing, on the President’s action today against “For Profit” Schools. I have no idea what a “for profit” school in this context might be. Honestly, I don’t care and it doesn’t matter. The point is he signed an executive order which completely exceeds his power as Executive to make new law…..
But on the other hand, I think it’s safe to assume that Obama was NOT talking about his own almae-matri in Cambridge 02138 and Chicago 66307. A few years ahead of our de facto President, the marvelous Kansan-Kenyan Hawaiian who grew up in Indonesia, I attended Harvard and the University of Chicago myself. Since leaving these schools, their administrations remember to talk to us (the alumni) about nothing so much as their endowments and how to raise their endowments and whether Harvard’s $32 BILLION dollar endowment is really up to meeting the challenges of the future, considering that it’s actually DOWN $5 billion from its $37 billion peak in 2009 (coincidentally or not, that was the last year my son Charlie IV attended summer school there, obviously there’s a connexion, must have been that the school has suffered because nobody paid anything close to his summer tuition fees ever since then…certainly it nearly broke the Homeland Security Bank Chez Lincoln….). (See Harvard Magazine, May-June 2011: http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/09/harvard-endowment-rises-to-32-billion). Obama would never attack the hands the shaped and formed his presidency at these two elite institutions in which my family has something of a history pre-dating his. Harvard University and the University of Chicago, after all, were indeed the places that fed Obama, Loved Obama, Protected Obama (to paraphrase the introductory “movie-within-the movie” played at the beginning of the Hunger Games).
In any event, I repeat: From the standpoint of democratic process and constitutional government—-and whether Obama is trying to Suppress the “Not-for-Profit” Endowment building processes of Harvard and Chicago (and Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Stanford, Tulane, SMU, Vanderbilt, Emory, Duke, etc.) or whether this has to do with institutions about which I know very little like the “University of Phoenix” or similar mass-marketing projects—the President of the United States has no power to enter an Executive Order such as described herein below:
Obama Cracks Down On For-Profit Schools That Prey On Veterans
By Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News –
In front of thousands of service members, President Obama today signed an executive order aimed at protecting veterans from for-profit educational institutions trying to “swindle” and “hoodwink” them instead of providing the education they deserve.
Speaking to the Army’s Third Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga., the president, with his wife at his side, described how some for-profit institutions target veterans, bombarding them with emails and phone calls, promising advanced degrees and future job placement.
“You’re dealing with folks who aren’t interested in helping you. They’re not interested in helping you find the best program. They are interested in getting the money. They don’t care about you; they care about the cash,” he said. “That’s appalling. That’s disgraceful. It should never happen in America.”
The order, part of the president’s ongoing “We Can’t Wait” executive action campaign, is intended to crack down on these improper recruiting practices and to strengthen student protections for veterans.
“The executive order I’m about to sign will make life a whole lot more secure for you and your families and our veterans – and a whole lot tougher for those who try to prey on you,” the president said.
The order requires colleges that participate in the G.I. Bill program and the Department of Defense’s tuition program to provide veterans with the “Know Before You Owe” form, a document that outlines the financial aid available to student and how much debt they will likely take on.
The order also directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to trademark the term “G.I. Bill” to prevent educational institutions from fraudulently marketing their programs to beneficiaries of the program.
While members of Congress have introduced legislation to address these same issues, today’s action was intended to cast Obama as a take-charge president willing to circumvent gridlock on Capitol Hill.
If, indeed, “today’s action was intended to cast Obama as a take-charge president willing to circumvent gridlock on Capitol Hill” it should more properly be characterized and denounced everywhere as the act of an unprincipled economic dictator who despises democracy and loathes the democratic process. I hope that I will live to see Obama punished severely in a Court of Law, with processes and judgments far fairer and more just than those he presides over. I hope that when Obama is arrested, he will be informed of the charges against him and allowed to consult with any attorney or counselor of his choice, that he will be indicted fairly by a Grand Jury not controlled by any United States Attorney or any prosecutor, whose deliberations are not only public but open and interactive with the will of the people, and that Obama will be tried by a jury of literate citizens who understand both the law and the constitution, and sentenced by that same jury and not some political hack appointee, a formerly successful high dollar real-estate lawyer or U.S. Attorney who decides to don a robe and take a pay cut in exchange for absolute power and immunity. In short, I hope that Obama will be arrested, charged, prosecuted, and sentenced for his treason against the Constitution in a resurgent, rennaissant America which has thrown off all of the terrible laws and customs which Obama is imposing, including of course, but not limited to the National Defense Authorization Act which allows for indefinite detention without charges even of American Citizens—whether Obama deserves fully to belong to that highly diverse and privileged population of the human race, or not….