This week Americans celebrate the U.S. Constitution
Sept. 9, 2011
Sept. 17-23 is the U.S. Constitution Week, The U.S. Constitution is a written document that embodies the basic principles and laws of our nation that determines the powers and duties of the government and guarantees certain rights to the people.
The Constitutional Convention opened in the Philadelphia State House on May 25, 1787. It was one of the most remarkable bodies of men ever to assemble anywhere. Twelve states were represented by 55 delegates. George Washington was chosen president of the Convention. Except for brief adjournments to allow its committees to execute tasks imposed on them, the Convention was in continuous session until its work was done and approved by “unanimous consent of the States present.”
All the major issues in dispute were disposed of by compromises which made possible the establishment of a national republic with a government of limited and delegated powers, and which did much to determine the fundamental and unique features of the United States system of federal and state governments.
On Sept. 12, 1787, the Convention concluded the work of writing the Constitution and gave the completed draft to a committee on style to polish the language. The notable literary quality of the Constitution, an unusual feature in documents of state, is due principally to the pen of Gov. Robert Morris of Pennsylvania. On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 delegates ... the other delegates being opposed or absent ... signed the Constitution and sent it to the Congress of the Confederation. The Convention then adjourned.
Obama believes that spending trillions of dollars of taxpayer money and increasing taxes on those who create jobs is the solution for creating jobs at the rate of $675,000 per job created. Small businesses, not government, are the nation’s job creators. Even those who have just a fundamental understanding of the economic development process know that tax increases and unrealistic regulations are job killers.
The spending binge in Washington is holding our country back and keeping our economy from creating long term jobs. Washington’s inability to get spending under control creates uncertainty for our job creators. It’s discouraging investment in small businesses and eroding confidence in our economy.
Approximately one-fourth of our domestic oil and gas supply comes from deep water Gulf of Mexico production. In the wake of the BP oil spill, Obama’s administration issued a six month federal ban on deep-water oil drilling. That moratorium and the environmental regulations implemented after the BP oil spill has cost thousands of jobs and is devastating the Gulf Coast’s economy.
The moratorium on drilling has expired, however, Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency’s subsequent job killing regulations is a reckless policy that threatens thousands of U.S. jobs, reduces the safety of future domestic energy production and has severe negative implications on U.S. energy independence and security.
Obama and his fearmonger supporters are of the opinion that we have to choose between safety and jobs. That is a ridiculous, irrational, nonproductive and false choice. We must preserve jobs while demanding safe and efficient energy exploration producing affordable gasoline and natural gas. The two can peacefully co-exist.
The hardworking people in the energy industry who play by the rules and follow all the safety guidelines, and those of us who utilize their product for mobility and winter heat should not be punished by those in government with a far-left philosophy who are willing to use their temporary power to bring our nation and its people to its economic knees to satisfy their socialistic agenda.
(S) Max J. Thibodeaux Jr.