Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Friday, March 30, 2012

His Majesty's Own


As CEO of the United States government, Barack Hussein Obama needs to get his Executive Branch to function towards its objectives. That is the function of a CEO.

There is a problem of financial crimes, which not only assail law and order, but also place a strain upon public finances and the country's economic health. And so, on 17 November 2009, the President issued Executive Order 13519, establishing a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) consisting of diverse Federal agencies. The concept is a good one (though the creation of such a large and complex organization runs the risk, a very high one, of additional strain upon and dysfunction of the government bureaucracy).

FFETF has been working diligently, bridging the bureaucratic and cultural barriers among the agencies so that they can root out financial crimes. And they have some nice results to show (including, but not limited to, here and here). Nice work, guys and gals!

For the law-abiding taxpayer citizen, what is there to not like about FFETF?

One thing that bothers me is that it is referred to in the above-linked Department of Justice press releases as "President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force," as though BHO has some sort of personal proprietary interest in the organization.

In England, they have lots of "Her Majesty's Own" groups, military and otherwise. But that is what a monarchy is all about. The King or Queen (and princes and princesses and other nobles), as the personification of the body politic, has his or her own retinue groups.

If the FFETF is preficed with the qualifying "President Barack Obama's," then one must wonder whether (A) doesn't that smack of the monarchy we rejected as our form of government back in 1776; (B) Barack Hussein Obama still has a proprietary interest in the FFETF after he leaves office; and (C) does BHO really intend to leave office in the first place, or is this just a prelude to a dictator's power grab.

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