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There have always been criticisms of a president's policies, demeanor, actions, and ability, since George Washington was sworn into office. It's as American as baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolet. The Obama derangement syndrome has infected about 20% of the voters and is quite different from normal criticism. These folks will call President Obama anything but Mr. President. Obama derangement syndrome is alive and well in our libertarian /Republican County, but it can be controlled with credible information.

The criticism that has been leveled at this president supersedes normalcy. The symptoms of Obama derangement syndrome can be, but is not limited to a posting of lies, hyperbole, red baiting tactics, and relentless charges of wrongdoing without furnishing substantial proof. The right-wing supporters of President Bush often said that the left had Bush derangement syndrome because they blamed everything under the sun, on President Bush. I'm not going to deny that there was some of that but not to level that is being leveled at President Obama. In this hyper partisan world we live in, that is to be expected, but I'm free to correct some myths, instead of letting them stand as facts.

I just finished reading a blog titled “Is the Obama Administration extending the power of the office of the president?… by Alton Easton.

I guess, he meant that president Obama was extending his powers by influence because he has only signed 54 executive orders in his two years, compared to 280 executive orders his predecessor signed in eight years. That's not including President George W. Bush’s 750 signing statements that pretty much said that although Congress passed a law, he would use his presidential discretion to abide or not. I didn't hear any outcry from the so –called constitutionalist.

Mr. Easton said at the direction of the president, the FCC announced they will regulate the Internet. I've not seen any article that stated it was at the direction of the President or that the FCC wanted to control the Internet. They did vote and the democrats won over the republicans by a vote count of 3-2. The new rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to be discriminate against rival contact our services, such as Internet phone calls, online video, or play favorites with web traffic, according to Fox News online. Net neutrality laws have their pros and cons but president Obama did say the plan” will help preserve the free in open nature of the Internet why encouraging innovation, protect the consumer choice, and defending free speech.” The recent action was an attempt at compromise that was crafted by Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman(D-CA), as well as a broad net neutrality principles first established by the FCC under the previous administration in 2005.

The net neutrality bill is not to be confused with the Cyber Defense bill, which will give president Obama the authority to shut down Internet activity if our country is under cyber attack. I don't think anyone was upset when presidential authority was used to ground all civilian aircraft after 9/11. I don't expect any disagreement with the president shutting down the Internet if the defense department tells him that we are under a cyber attack. Who would mind if hackers broke into a nuclear facility and had the capability of shutting down all the cooling tower pumps?

The Obama Administration would have loved to enforce our greenhouse gas regulations with a bipartisan bill but the oppositions’ coal and big oil lobbyist would have none of it, so the EPA announced its new green house emission standards to be implemented in 2012. Texas emits more greenhouse gas than any other state, and the EPA will take unprecedented action to directly issue greenhouse gas permits to the industries in Texas, due to the state's unwillingness to comply with the new greenhouse gas regulations that go, in effect, January 2, according to an AP report. The right wants to blame the president as if it is some sort of totalitarian act but the EPA director, Lisa Jackson, said “we’re following through our commitment to perceive in a measured in a careful way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans and contributes to climate change. The standards will help American companies attract private investment to the clean energy to upgrades that make their companies more competitive in creating good jobs here at home.”

I'm not picking on Alton Easton because he fills a void for those who are right of center. The topics he wrote about are debatable, but he is using the same talking points the GOP will use when they make their case against the administration. The republicans are going to try to repeal all the reforms the Obama administration passed, but they know that the American voter will not stand for a partisan witch hunt, so that’s where Frank Luntz comes in. Mr. Lutz advised them to use the words “job-killing” as the reason to hold many hearings to repeal legislation and regulations.

The word liberty can and does many things but to some, it only has one meaning for some; arbitrary exercise of authority; if that is the case, then you ought to stock up on cases of Tums. If these everyday legislative and court challenges upset them; where were they when the Patriot Act was passed?

In the 1930s through the 1970s, those who trusted government were in the high 70%, after the Reagan years; it has been in the 17% range. President Reagan never let a chance go by when he didn't say that government was the problem; not the solution. These words paved the way for demonizing unions, government programs, and regulatory reform. It also set the conditions for privatization, deregulation and trickle down economics'. President Reagan's ideology is the backbone of today's Republican Party.

We have some serious economic problems that will take members of both parties to solve. In the coming weeks, you will see the same power plays by both parties but as the president's economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, said yesterday,”“"As I say that's not a game." Goolsbee went on. "I don't see why anybody's talking about playing chicken with the debt ceiling. If we get to the point where you've damaged the full faith and credit of the United States.”

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