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Obama’s Most Foolish Law Signed This Day

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USA – April 1, 2019

During his two terms as president, Obama signed a number of controversial acts into law.

During his first term, Obama pushed through three major pieces of legislation, all net negatives according to the estimate of analysts from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) created an immense tangle, incorporating several unsustainable features into health-care—a rich package of mandatory minimum benefits, community ratings, mandatory coverage of preexisting conditions, and poor integration of federal and state programs. Today the ACA is still in distress. In 2010, the Obama administration also passed the Dodd-Frank legislation to stabilize the financial markets after the 2008 debacle. On balance the legislation did more harm than good by concentrating too many assets in banks deemed too big to fail. The third major piece of legislation was the America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA), which again counts as a negative. The AIA was fiercely opposed by small inventors on the grounds that it weakened patent rights and would make it harder for them to pursue patent protection, including injunctive relief.

Obama’s record on labor and employment law was also abysmal, as Richard A. Epstein noted.

In 2010, Obama, a self-described "fierce advocate" for gay rights, signed legislation enabling gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. Overall, according to a tally by the Human Rights Campaign, Obama's administration has made more than 125 changes to regulations and policies to expand LGBT rights, and he appointed more than 250 openly LGBT people to federal positions, including 15 judicial appointments and nine high-level diplomatic posts.

In 2016, the Obama administration issued a final rule designed to block states from withholding federal Title X money for Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, which have been under threat of defunding because they provide abortions among other services.

Another highly disputable act which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 1, 2014 is the Protecting Access to Medicare Act.

The American Medical Association (AMA) had supported the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, instead of this bill. AMA president Ardis Dee Hoven argued strongly in favor of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014, calling the current SGR "fiscally foolish" and "fatally-flawed." Even the House Doctor's Caucus opposed the bill, however minority leader Nancy Pelosi said that she supported the bill because she thought Republicans would use the situation, if the Medicare cuts went into effect, to attack ObamaCare.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, reduced the number of people without health insurance, but 29 million individuals probably did not have health coverage in an average month, the Budget Office said, as USA Really wrote last year.

“Obama made only marginal, even negligible gains, and did not achieve the progressive, political breakthrough he promised,” said Nikhil Pal Singh, Associate Professor in the Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University.

Still, the most idiotic and foolish Executive Order that Obama signed according to White House’ tradition on April Fools' Day in 2015, is his E.O. 13694, which declares “a national emergency to deal with the threat of hostile cyber activity against the United States.”

The Executive Order authorized the Secretary of the Treasury “to impose sanctions on individuals or entities that engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities that create a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States.”

In December 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) “took action” in accordance with this E.O. 13694 against the USA Really news agency and its then-chief editor Alexander Malkevich.

“USA Really, which is operated by Alexander Aleksandrovich Malkevich, engaged in efforts to post content focused on divisive political issues but is generally ridden with inaccuracies. In June 2018, USA Really attempted to hold a political rally in the United States, though its efforts were unsuccessful. As of June 2018, Malkevich was a member of Russia’s Civic Chamber commission on mass media, which serves in a consultative role to the Russian government. Based on this activity, USA Really was designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for being owned or controlled by the Federal News Agency LLC, while Malkevich was designated pursuant to E.O. 13694, as amended, for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, USA Really,” OFAC’s press-release said.

The American MSM has been targeting USA Really month after month, accusing its reporters of being “Russian trolls” interfering in midterm elections, and so on. As a result of this global smear campaign, USA Really’s accounts were forcibly removed from all social platforms.

Media outlets like the Verge repeated their favorite fake: “In June, the cybersecurity firm FireEye found significant ties between USA Really and Russia’s Internet Research Agency, a notorious troll farm named in a recent Mueller indictment. USA Really is operated out of the same St. Petersburg office as the IRA, and much of the technical work on the website was done by employees of the Federal News Agency, which has been linked to both the IRA and the Kremlin.”

Finally, all this bad comedy is over. After 22 long months of this witch hunting campaign called “the investigation” into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has, in effect, admitted that he has hit a dry well.

Mueller and his high-priced legal brain-trust spent millions in taxpayer money for an investigation that turned out to be nothing more than just promotion of the media and the Deep State’s propaganda.

The four-page summary issued by Attorney General William P. Barr declared: “The Special Counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

“In the report, the Special Counsel noted that, in completing his investigation, he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic accountants, and other professional staff. The Special Counsel issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed nearly 500 search warrants, obtained more than 230 orders for communication records, issued almost 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, made 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and interviewed approximately 500 witnesses,” Barr wrote. Barr also confirmed that there was insufficient evidence to make an obstruction accusation against the president.

Despite the complete failure of the tin foil hat Deep State’s investigators, no one should fall for the illusion and wait for their fake apologies. Neither Russia nor USA Really will ever get one from the DOJ, OFAC or Obama for these absolutely unprecedented attacks full of hatred and toxic lies.

Author: USA Really