Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Executive Orders

The president has mad his speech, and the use of children as human shields seems to have worked. I'd comment, but here's an executive summary that puts the whole thing in perspective. Entertaining and worth the read.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
Tell the government to follow the law.

Widen the existing database on legal gun owners.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
Tell the regulators to stop the stupid and useless regulations.

Abolish any thought of privacy you harbored regarding your medical records. Now the Norks will be able to steal them from the BATF in addition to the national health.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
Pay the states back for the unfunded mandates that the Feds keeps making.

Or, far more likely, threaten to withhold money they would otherwise be entitled to.

Bold type is my comment. Government is evil, uncaring, greedy and incompetent. Expect the worst and you will seldom be disappointed.

1 comment:

Brad K. said...

Now, on that first one, what I see is the President nullifying any and all restrictions that applied when data was gathered -- things like privacy.

The US Census prides itself on keeping all collected information confidential, most especially from commercial or governmental use, for 70 years. That assures that folk will answer the danged thing, instead of shooting a g-man(or g-woman, etc.). This order may well have destroyed that privacy barrier.

And recall the IRS has all bank records. If you use a credit card, debit card, check, or anything else that touches a bank or similar institution -- the IRS has it. If the person you deal with withdrew the cash, or deposits the cash, the IRS gets the record. Especially if the amount is over a few hundred, they check into that. The order lets the "background check" function (how is that for a black-hole of a name?) sift through, and track more gun sales that you might think.

There is nothing benign about this laundry list of "we don't have time to obey the Constitution, or restrict Ourselves to mere legal processes."