Barack Hussein Obama has a little less than one year remaining in his office – Constitutionally speaking, of course. That is a whole lot of time for him to continue on his solemn mission of fundamentally transforming this nation – into what he told us not. We had to read his books or listen to a few clips from his speeches to get a clue as to where he might intend to head our ship of state. Some of his documented background, from which we might have gleaned a closer look into his identity, was not available to us. Actually a whole lot of Mr. Obama’s history was not available to us – because it was, and still is, sealed by orders of the Courts. To this day we know much more about 18th and 19th Century presidents’ lives than we do about Mr. Obama’s.
Usually the biggest blows struck (depending upon one’s point of view) by exiting governors and presidents come in the form of pardons for convicted or accused criminals – or perhaps jihadis in this day and age. Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich. California Governor Jerry Brown’s father, Edmund G. Brown, Sr., commuted the sentences of 23 convicted murderers, including that of Erwin “Machine Gun” Walker.
The final days in office give a president or governor an opportunity to “go rogue”, if he or she is so inclined. It’s impossible to predict what Mr. Obama might do as he retires from the presidency.
However, we do know in the present day that he intends to cut aerial Mexican border surveillance by one-half. It is Mr. Obama who was at one time an advocate of more electronic surveillance, in lieu of building that stupid wall which the left-wing tells us just won’t work. Now, inexplicably, the President is going in the opposite direction. I won’t speculate as to his purpose. You, my readers, are at full liberty to do so. The Texas Tribune gives us a report:
Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday to explain why the agency plans to reduce its aerial surveillance on the Texas-Mexico border.
In a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, the lawmakers said the cut to a requested 3,850 hours of aerial detection and monitoring in 2016 amounts to 50 percent less coverage than recent years.
“Given the recent surge of migrants from Central America and Cuba along the southern border, we believe DHS should request more surveillance and security resources, not fewer,” Abbott and Cuellar wrote in a letter.
The pair also reminded Johnson that in September, Abbott’s office asked the DHS for more aerial resources and U.S. Border Patrol agents but that the request was never acknowledged.
A DHS spokesperson said the agency would respond “directly” to the governor and the congressman. …