I don’t begrudge actors making loads of money. It’s not costing me anything. When their work is good, I benefit by being entertained. When it’s bad, I don’t watch.
The thing that does tick me off is when actors spout off about things they don’t know that will cost me money and a loss of freedom.
People who are worth a lot of money are often above the effects of government intrusionist policies. For example, Bryan Cranston of Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad fame has a net worth of $25 million. Good for him. He could lose half of it and still live a very comfortable life.
It troubles me when I read something like this about him:
“Cranston said that Obama is doing the right thing in using his executive powers to push through other elements of his agenda, such as increasing the minimum wage.
“Asked by [Katie] Couric if Obama could learn anything from the president who followed John F. Kennedy, Cranston cheered: ‘I think our president is actually doing something now with the executive orders that is something Lyndon Johnson would definitely do if he ran up against a brick wall. He would just push it through, because it was something that he believed in and he knew it was the right thing for him to do.’”
It’s easy for him to spout off about the government forcing businesses to pay a certain wage. He’s not going to be affected by it. When he was doing Breaking Bad, he was being paid around $225,000 per episode. It’s easy to sound magnanimous with other people’s money.
Executive Orders have been abused by both parties. That’s why Republicans aren’t making a big fuss over Obama’s executive orders since they want their president to be able to legislate when he’s in power.
Here’s the problem:
“There is no constitutional provision or statute that explicitly permits executive orders. . . . An executive order of the President must find support in the Constitution, either in a clause granting the President specific power, or by a delegation of power by Congress to the President.”
It takes years to get an Amendment to the Constitution passed, and yet a president can issue an Executive Order that can have the same effect.
For both parties, the Constitution is a prop, and we’re the ones being scammed by the political carnival barkers from both parties.
Cranston says that Lyndon Johnson “would just push it through, because it was something that he believed in and he knew it was the right thing for him to do.”
Every tyrant believes in his policies. They all claim they’re doing the right thing. What politician ever ran on this campaign slogan?
Vote for Me and I’ll Do the Wrong Thing
The Constitution was designed to limit the power of government not empower elected officials to do what they believe is right. “In questions of power,” Benjamin Franklin wrote, “let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”