With all the moral authority of an adulterer opining on why other people should respect their wedding vows, IRS Chief Dan Werfel has stated that he doesn’t want Obamacare but has no problem forcing the American public to get it.
As it stands now, Government employees (including Congress and the President) are exempted from Obamacare. So while John Q Public has to face the onerous task of being forced to change their healthcare choices, the employees of the government simply say, “eh…no thanks.”
This got me thinking of “Two America’s”. Though it is often overlooked by the media there is definitely two Americs’s when it comes to the laws that the average citizen has to follow and those that those in government can ignore.
Recently in New York, with the ridiculously named SAFE Act, Gov. Cuomo signed a bill that exempts not only law enforcement from owning “assault” rifles but also RETIRED law enforcement. Making first class citizens out of cops while everyone else is relegated to 2nd class peon is bad enough, but somehow, even after you give up the badge you still get to keep your superior status.
On a federal level, if viewed as a business, Congress gets special exemptions from labor laws as well:
Congress is exempt from:
- Whistleblower Protections: Congress passed the Whistleblower Protection Act in 1989, which protects workers in the executive branch from retaliation for reporting waste, mismanagement or lawbreaking. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act gives similar protections to private-sectors workers. But legislative-branch workers — a category that includes congressional staffers as well as employees of the Library of Congress, the Architect of the Capitol and other offices —don’t get the same protections.
- Subpoenas for Health and Safety Probes: The Occupational Health and Safety Act empowers the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate health and safety violations in private-sector workplaces. If an employer doesn’t cooperate, the agency can subpoena the records it needs. The Office of Compliance, the independent agency that investigates such violations in the legislative branch, doesn’t have the power to issue those subpoenas.
- Keeping Workplace Records: A number of workplace-rights laws — the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and others — require employers to retain personnel records for a certain period of time. But as arecent report on the congressional workplace notes, “Congress has exempted itself from all of these requirements.” Congress is also exempt from keeping records of injuries and illness the way private-sector employers are.
- Prosecution for Retaliating Against Employees: If a private-sector employer retaliates against a worker for reporting health or safety hazards, the Department of Labor can investigate and, if necessary, sue the employer. Congress’ Office of Compliance doesn’t have that power — legislative-branch employees must file suit personally and pay their own legal fees.
- Posting Notices of Workers’ Rights: Workplace-rights laws require employers to post notices of those rights, which often appear in office lunchrooms. Congress is exempt from this requirement, though this has little real-world impact. The Office of Compliance sends legislative employees the same information each year, formatted “in a manner suitable for posting.”
- Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Training: The No Fear Act requires agencies in the executive branch to provide such training to employees, but the legislative branch is exempt.
- The Freedom of Information Act: The public can request information from federal agencies, but Congress, the federal courts and some parts of the Executive Office of the President are exempt.
Now, while I can understand National Security when it comes to the FOIA, some of the other things are just lazy.
Then of course there is the apex of “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality of those in government who are gun control zealots.
Obama doesn’t think that armed guards in school is the answer and as such pushes his gun control agenda. Yet his daughters go to this school:
That’s not the bird watching club. Those are armed guards there to protect the students of this school of privilege, Sidwell Friends School. Obama doesn’t think your children deserve the same protection. Yet…this school is in Washington DC. It has some of the most stringent gun control in the nation, why would Obama feel it necessary to send his children to such an armed school if gun control if gun control is going to stop the bad guys?
Then we have the Tyrant Bloomberg. He hate’s guns. He spends millions around the country to try and crush the right to keep and bear arms. In a city of 8 million only about .000268% of its citizens are granted a license to carry concealed per year. And even then you need money or connections to make it happen.
Yet, with all this hate for guns and every bit of liberty they stand for, Bloomberg still rides the subway without fear.
Let’s play a game. How many armed guards does Bloomberg have in this picture?
The answer..FIVE. You have the two suits in the foreground, the two at the mid car doors and the one uniform at the back to the right.
Hell, I wouldn’t worry about riding the subway if I had a whole detachment of armed security. Yet, in his mind HE deserves the armed escort while you should just be a good little victim and die horribly by some bad guys hand so he can push his anti gun agenda. But he’s too important to be exploited by the gun control crowd so he uses guns to protect himself.
What a class act Bloomberg is.
Once again, no matter what topic it is covering, our government and its elected officials have no problem passing laws…
…it’s only the citizenry who would have the audacity to think that those laws should be applied to everyone equally.
Even Doc Holliday’s hypocrisy went only so far.