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For 2010 – Let FREEDOM Ring!

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: General Info | Tags: |

Happy New Year

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The Audacity of Dopes: Your Tax Dollars At Work

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

Here is a look at the 2010 Fiscal Year Government Budget, obtained from a very informative website called  USgovernemtspending.com .

Doing the calculations you will find for the US government, spending equals $11,625.45 per capita with public deficit on the federal leval at a whopping $46,799.29 per capita. For a family of four, that means the federal debt is $187,197.16 for this fiscal year.

As if that is not scary enough, lets consider what happens when you add state and local government into the equation: Total government spending is $20,726.45 per capita or $82,905.80 per family of four. Gross public debt for federal, state and local governments is $57,149.56 per person or (you may want to sit down) $228,598.24 per family of four.  

Let’s keep in mind the median household income in the U.S. for 2009 was $50,303. When adjusted for inflation, that parallels the 1997 median household income. With unemployment of 10% in this country, and no real signs of improvement on the horizon, the median income for 2010 is expected to fall to around $47,800.

Keep in mind this is for this fiscal year and before Health Care Non-Reform and before Crap and Tax, before the untold bacon fat thrown into the mix by your well paid government representatives.  You know, the ones who say our previous life styles are “unsustainable”.  I think they need a dictionary and a mirror.

Legislation passed by your elected federal officals will be increasing the amount of tax dollars withheld from that shrinking amount. There are forecasts that inflation or even worse, hyper-inflation will begin to set in sometime in the coming year as well.

Did you get a raise? No?? mmm.. well those you elected to represent you in Washington did. Not only do they get their so called “Cadillac” health care plan you so generously provide for them, along with their very generous pension plan, they also got a raise. The 2009 salary for members of the House and Senate was $174,000, including the $4,700 pay raise they received in January, 2009. House and Senate Minority and Majority leaders receive $193,400. Queen Nancy, Speaker of the House, received $223,500.  It’s estimated they will receive a 3% pay raise for 2010.

This is audacity, alright.  They should have called it the “Audacity of Dopes”.

Let’s make our new year’s resolution to seek a little “economic justice” of our own.

Here is the chart from usgovernmentspending.com

Details, using numbers from FY10 US budget. Includes state and local “guesstimates.”

 
GDP: $14,728.8 billion(1) United States Federal
State and Local Government Spending
US CA >
Pop: 308.9 million
-5yr -1yr   Fiscal Year 2010 in $ billion   +1yr +4yr

 

Change View: people default radical census COFOG Fed
(2)
Gov.
Xfer(3)
State
(3)
Local
(3)
Total   
[–] Pensions 754.1 0.0 172.8 40.3 967.2  
—[+] Sickness and disability 8.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 8.1  
—[+] Old age 746.0 0.0 172.8 40.3 959.1  
[–] Health Care 846.8 -299.3 428.6 131.1 1,107.2  
—[+] Medical service (Seniors) 457.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 457.8  
—[+] Medical service 0.0 -23.4 106.7 125.9 209.2  
—[+] Public health services 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.3  
—[+] R&D Health 36.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 36.6  
—[+] Health n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Vendor Payments (Welfare) 348.2 -275.9 321.9 5.2 399.4  
[–] Education 149.5 -79.9 272.5 692.2 1,034.4  
—[+] Pre-primary thru secondary education 77.9 -79.9 8.5 636.8 643.3  
—[+] Tertiary education 20.1 0.0 225.3 43.4 288.8  
—[+] Education not definable by level 51.5 0.0 38.8 12.0 102.3  
—[+] Subsidiary services to education 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D Education 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Education n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
[–]

Defense

871.9 0.0 0.8 0.0 872.7  
—[+] Military defense 712.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 712.9  
—[+] Civil defense 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Veterans 108.9 0.0 0.8 0.0 109.7  
—[+] Foreign military aid 9.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.9  
—[+] Foreign economic aid 40.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 40.2  
—[+] R&D Defence 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Defence n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
[–] Welfare 419.6 -50.4 151.6 91.9 612.6  
—[+] Family and children 91.3 0.0 13.0 9.3 113.5  
—[+] Unemployment 91.8 -3.9 63.3 0.1 151.3  
—[+] Housing 56.9 -46.5 14.3 39.9 64.5  
—[+] Social exclusion n.e.c. 179.6 0.0 51.8 42.7 274.2  
—[+] R&D Social protection 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Social protection n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 9.1 0.0 9.1  
[–] Protection 55.7 0.0 102.5 192.4 350.6  
—[+] Police services 29.7 0.0 13.6 87.6 130.9  
—[+] Fire-protection services 0.0 0.0 0.0 45.5 45.5  
—[+] Law courts 18.1 0.0 34.5 29.4 82.0  
—[+] Prisons 7.8 0.0 54.4 29.9 92.1  
—[+] R&D Public order and safety 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Public order and safety n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
[–] Transportation 106.9 -55.1 103.7 114.1 269.6  
—[+] Transport 106.9 -55.1 103.7 114.1 269.6  
[–] General Government 25.6 -1.3 34.8 68.8 128.0  
—[+] Executive and legislative organs, financ 19.3 0.0 34.8 68.8 123.0  
—[+] General services 6.3 -1.3 0.0 0.0 5.0  
[–] Other Spending 214.3 -41.4 89.8 425.5 688.2  
—[+] Basic research 17.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 17.9  
—[+] General economic, commercial and labour 36.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 36.2  
—[+] Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 32.6 -2.5 14.2 12.2 56.5  
—[+] Fuel and energy 15.0 -0.1 16.3 87.4 118.7  
—[+] Mining, manufacturing and construction 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Communication -1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 -1.4  
—[+] Other industries 0.0 0.0 5.5 1.1 6.7  
—[+] R&D Economic affairs 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Economic affairs n.e.c. 19.9 0.0 2.2 6.4 28.5  
—[+] Waste management 0.0 0.0 3.0 24.7 27.6  
—[+] Waste water management 0.0 -2.6 1.4 60.0 58.8  
—[+] Pollution abatement 10.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.9  
—[+] Protection of biodiversity and landscape 10.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.9  
—[+] R&D Environmental protection 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Environmental protection n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Housing development 30.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 30.2  
—[+] Community development 28.0 0.0 0.0 1.7 29.7  
—[+] Water supply 11.3 -0.9 0.4 75.5 86.4  
—[+] Street lighting 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D Housing and community amenities 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Housing and community amenities n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Recreational and sporting services 3.9 0.0 6.3 40.7 50.8  
—[+] Cultural services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Broadcasting and publishing services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Religious and other community services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D Recreation, culture and religion 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] Recreation, culture and religion n.e.c. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] R&D General public services 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0  
—[+] General public services n.e.c. -1.2 0.0 40.5 115.7 155.0  
—[+] Transfers of a general character between 0.0 -35.3 0.0 0.0 -35.3  
[+] Interest 135.9 0.0 53.8 68.0 257.7  
[+] Balance 10.9 0.0 67.2 36.1 114.2  
[+] Total Spending 3,591.1 -527.3 1,478.2 1,860.5 6,402.4  
[+] Federal Deficit 1,258.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1,258.4  
[+] Gross Public Debt 14,456.3 0.0 1,153.0 2,044.2 17,653.5  
               
Notes:

budgeted guesstimated
(1) US Budget FY10 Table 10.1
(2) Budget of the United States Government
(3) State and Local Government Finances


 The table shows overall budgeted federal expenditures from the president’s budget for major functions for the specified fiscal year. Also included are estimates of state and local spending.

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Holiday Wishes From the Obama’s

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

I don’t mean to be disrespectful, and I hope the President and his family are enjoying their luxury vacation in Hawaii, but no matter what he says he comes off as disingenuous to me. His wife comes across the same way.

Unless of course, he is pushing his socialistic/communistic agenda – then he sounds sincere. Is it me? What do you think? Please leave comments here to let me know. I certainly would not want to be biased, and I know, even though I disagree with nearly all of his policies and actions, I am not a racist. I just find him mechanical and without heart. I find him lacking sincerity, real compassion, connectedness with the American people and dangerous to freedom loving American citizens.

I thought you would find it interesting, in a psychological, look-into-his-soul kind of way, to see the following statements made by the President around holiday wishes.

RAMADAN WISHES:

On behalf of the American people – including Muslim communities in all fifty states – I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem.

Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with a simple word – iqra. It is therefore a time when Muslims reflect upon the wisdom and guidance that comes with faith, and the responsibility that human beings have to one another, and to God.

Like many people of different faiths who have known Ramadan through our communities and families, I know this to be a festive time – a time when families gather, friends host iftars, and meals are shared.  But I also know that Ramadan is a time of intense devotion and reflection – a time when Muslims fast during the day and perform tarawih prayers at night, reciting and listening to the entire Koran over the course of the month.

These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.

For instance, fasting is a concept shared by many faiths – including my own Christian faith – as a way to bring people closer to God, and to those among us who cannot take their next meal for granted. And the support that Muslims provide to others recalls our responsibility to advance opportunity and prosperity for people everywhere. For all of us must remember that the world we want to build – and the changes that we want to make – must begin in our own hearts, and our own communities.

This summer, people across America have served in their communities – educating children, caring for the sick, and extending a hand to those who have fallen on hard times. Faith-based organizations, including many Islamic organizations, have been at the forefront in participating in this summer of service. And in these challenging times, this is a spirit of responsibility that we must sustain in the months and years to come.

Beyond America’s borders, we are also committed to keeping our responsibility to build a world that is more peaceful and secure.  That is why we are responsibly ending the war in Iraq. That is why we are isolating violent extremists while empowering the people in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That is why we are unyielding in our support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security. And that is why America will always stand for the universal rights of all people to speak their mind, practice their religion, contribute fully to society and have confidence in the rule of law.

All of these efforts are a part of America’s commitment to engage Muslims and Muslim-majority nations on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect. And at this time of renewal, I want to reiterate my commitment to a new beginning between America and Muslims around the world.

As I said in Cairo, this new beginning must be borne out in a sustained effort to listen to each other, to learn from each other, to respect one another, and to seek common ground. I believe an important part of this is listening, and in the last two months, American embassies around the world have reached out not just to governments, but directly to people in Muslim-majority countries.  From around the world, we have received an outpouring of feedback about how America can be a partner on behalf of peoples’ aspirations.

We have listened. We have heard you. And like you, we are focused on pursuing concrete actions that will make a difference over time – both in terms of the political and security issues that I have discussed, and in the areas that you have told us will make the most difference in peoples’ lives.

These consultations are helping us implement the partnerships that I called for in Cairo – to expand education exchange programs; to foster entrepreneurship and create jobs; and to increase collaboration on science and technology, while supporting literacy and vocational learning. We are also moving forward in partnering with the OIC and OIC member states to eradicate polio, while working closely with the international community to confront common health challenges like H1N1 – which I know is of particular to concern to many Muslims preparing for the upcoming hajj.

All of these efforts are aimed at advancing our common aspirations – to live in peace and security; to get an education and to work with dignity; to love our families, our communities, and our God. It will take time and patient effort. We cannot change things over night, but we can honestly resolve to do what must be done, while setting off in a new direction – toward the destination that we seek for ourselves, and for our children. That is the journey that we must travel together.

I look forward to continuing this critically important dialogue and turning it into action. And today, I want to join with the 1.5 billion Muslims around the world – and your families and friends – in welcoming the beginning of Ramadan, and wishing you a blessed month. May God’s peace be upon you.

CHRISTMAS WISHES:

PRESIDENT:  Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas.  As you and your families gather to celebrate the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to send greetings from our family—from me, from Michelle, from Malia and Sasha—and from Bo.

FIRST LADY:  This is our first Christmas in the White House, and we are so grateful for this extraordinary experience.  Not far from here, in the Blue Room, is the official White House Christmas Tree.  It’s an 18-foot tall Douglas-fir from West Virginia and it’s decorated with hundreds of ornaments designed by people and children from all over the country.  Each one is a reminder of the traditions we cherish as Americans and the blessings we’re thankful for this holiday season.  

PRESIDENT:  That’s right, especially as we continue to recover from an extraordinary recession that still has so many Americans hurting: parents without a job who struggled to put presents under the Christmas  tree; families and neighbors who’ve seen their home foreclosed; folks wondering what the new year will bring.   

But even in these tough times, there’s still so much to celebrate this Christmas.  A message of peace and brotherhood that continues to inspire more than 2,000 after Jesus’ birth.  The love of family and friends.  The bonds of community and country.  And the character and courage of our men and women in uniform who are far from home for the holidays, away from their families, risking their lives to protect ours.

To all our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen—I have no greater honor than serving as your Commander in Chief.  I’ve been awed by your selfless spirit, your eagerness to serve—at the Naval Academy and West Point.  I’ve been energized by your dedication to duty—from Baghdad to the Korean Peninsula.  Michelle and I have been moved by your determination—wounded warriors at Walter Reed and Bethesda, fighting to recover, to get back to your units.

And I’ve been humbled, profoundly, by patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  In flag-draped caskets coming home at Dover.  In the quiet solitude of Arlington.  And after years of multiple tours of duty, as you carry on with our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, your service, your readiness to make that same sacrifice, is an inspiration to us and to every American.

FIRST LADY:  And so are your families.  As First Lady, one of my greatest privileges is to visit with military families across the country.  I’ve met military spouses doing the parenting of two—keeping the household together, juggling play dates and soccer games, helping with homework, doing everything they can to make the kids feel OK even as they try to hide their own fears and worries. 

I’ve met kids who wonder when mom or dad is coming home; grandparents and relatives who step in to care for our wounded warriors; and folks trying to carry on after losing the person they loved most in the world. 

And through it all, these families somehow still find the time and energy to serve their communities as well—coaching Little League, running the PTA, raising money to help those less fortunate than they are, and more. 

But even these strong military families can use a hand, especially during the holidays.  If you live near a military base, you can reach out through your workplaces, your schools, your churches.  There are so many ways to help—with child care, with errands, or by just bringing over a home-cooked meal.  Even if you don’t know a military family nearby, your family can still help by donating or volunteering at organizations that support military families.

PRESIDENT:  You can also reach out directly to our forces around the world.  Kids can make a card that will bring a smile to an American far from home.  Adults can send a care package or a pre-paid phone card that makes the tour at little easier.  Every American can do something to support our troops, even if it’s as simple as just saying thank you.  For more ways to let our troops know you care, go to www.whitehouse.gov

So to all our men and women in uniform spending the holidays far from home—whether it’s at a base here in the states, a mess hall in Iraq or a remote outpost in Afghanistan, know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.  And this holiday season—and every Holiday season—know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure you can succeed in your missions and come home safe to your families.

FIRST LADY:  And to all Americans, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas.

PRESIDENT:  Merry Christmas, everybody.

KWANZAA WISHES:

Michelle and I send warm wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season.

This is a joyous time of year when African Americans and all Americans come together to celebrate our blessings and the richness of our cultural traditions. This is also a time of reflection and renewal as we come to the end of one year and the beginning of another.

The Kwanzaa message tells us that we should recall the lessons of the past even as we seize the promise of tomorrow.

The seven principles of Kwanzaa — Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith — express the values that have inspired us as individuals and families; communities and country.

These same principles have sustained us as a nation during our darkest hours and provided hope for better days to come. Michelle and I know the challenges facing many African American families and families in all communities at this time, but we also know the spirit of perseverance and hope that is ever present in the community.

It is in this spirit that our family extends our prayers and best wishes during this season and for the New Year to come.

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How Can They Catch Them When They Won’t Even Call Them What They Are?

Posted on December 28, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

 
The system worked? Really?
 
Is he a terrorist? Even though the would be bomber claimed to be an operative of Al Qaeda, Napolitano says it would be inappropriate to speculate as to whether he is a terrorist or not ???
 
Let’s see, in a plane, attempting to ignite a bomb, from Nigeria, recently in Yemen, his family says he’s got Anti-American Islamic fundamentalist ties warns US of his intentions to commit a terrorist act. Sounds like a terroist to me.
 
Just as  Major Nidal Malik who, ironically, served on the Homeland Security Policy Institute Task Force, offering advice on the topic to President Obama, shot thirteen people at Fort Hood while shouting Allah Akbar, but the government said he should not be considered a terrorist. The Government stalled congressional investigation into the shooting, commencing only recently.
 
 
According to Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), there was a suggestion of links between Abdulmutallab and radical US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, who had contacts with the US army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people at a Texas military base in November.

“He may have been in contact with the American imam al-Aulaqi,” Peter Hoekstra, the most senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Congress for Michigan, told AFP.

“There are reports that he had contact and that he was recently in Yemen. The question we’ll have to raise is was this imam in Yemen influential enough to get some people to attack the US again.”

But how long will it take the government to call a terrorist a terrorist?
 
After the incident on NW Flight 253, the bomber, subdued by passengers, was treated at the University of Michigan Burn Unit, a top notch facility many citizens can not afford to receive treatment at, was arraigned in a civilian court with taxpayer funded attorney’s. This on your dime, despite the fact he is from a wealthy Nigerian family and was caught in the act of attempting to blow up a plane filled with passengers. 
 
President Obama made a television appearence today, while enjoying a family vacation at a reportedly $4000 a night hide-away in Hawaii, to say he’s on it.
 
 
Then the President went back to golfing immediately following the public statement.
 
Apparently he looks for terrorists like OJ looks for the “real killers”.
 
Comforting.
 
Perhaps the government should spend less time worrying about taking away our liberties and start worrying about taking away terrorist’s liberties… just a suggestion.
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Progressive Policies in Play

Posted on December 27, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , |

 

This is a story I have covered before, in a piece called “The Purposeful Dumbing Down of the Democratic Base”.  Born and raised in the metro Detroit area, it’s a story I have seen unfold.  I agree with Steven Crowder’s assessment that, if left unchecked, this is the future of America.

…Unfortunately, [Detroit, Michigan, and Buffalo, New York] may be alone at the top of the poverty rate list, but they’re not alone in their love for Democrats. Cincinnati, Ohio (third on the poverty rate list), hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1984. Cleveland, Ohio (fourth on the list), has been led by a Democrat since 1989. St. Louis, Missouri (sixth), hasn’t had a Republican since 1949, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (eighth), since 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (ninth), since 1952 and Newark, New Jersey (10th), since 1907. The only two cities in the top 10 that I didn’t mention (Miami, Florida, and El Paso, Texas) haven’t had Republicans in office either — just Democrats, independents or nonpartisans.

Over the past 50 years, the eight cities listed above have had Republican leadership for a combined 36 years. The rest of the time — a combined 364 years — they’ve been led by Democrats. Five of the 10 cities with the highest poverty rates (Detroit, Buffalo, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Newark) have had a Democratic stranglehold since at least 1961: more than 45 years. Two of the cities (Milwaukee and Newark) have been electing Democrats since the first Model T rolled off the assembly line in 1908. Two cities, 100 years, all Democrats…

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, the asylums in those cities must be as full as the soup kitchens…

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Our Mobster-Style Government

Posted on December 27, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , |

After watching all the bribery, back door deal making, arm twisting, name calling and no doubt Chicago style blackmailing going on in Washington, DC during the Health Care “Reform” assault, something became perfectly clear.
 
This is how our government works – our government in action.
 
This is what has become “business as usual” in our nation’s capital and no doubt in many of our state houses as well.
 
Something else occurred to me. 
 
This must be why government is now pushing “card check” legislation to disallow secret ballots for unions.
 
Can you imagine what this country would look like if our businesses were run this way? Bribing, blackmailing, arm twisting or worse threats to workers who do not want to be extorted by the unions? We really would transform into corrupt third world country quickly.
 
The America we knew is quickly slipping away.
 
We must fight even harder. Nothing else must be allowed to pass in Washington, DC.  Our government is out of control. Our nation
is sure to follow if we don’t stop this run away train NOW !
 
Along with term limits and other MASSIVE needed reforms in government, the public needs to MANDATE the end of “canvasing the vote” in Congress. It’s nothing more than mobster style politics and it needs to stop!
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Citizens Be Damned

Posted on December 26, 2009. Filed under: General Info |

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Merry Christmas From Soldier For Liberty

Posted on December 24, 2009. Filed under: General Info |

 

Freedom

 is

the

greatest

gift

of

all !!!

 

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A Soldier’s Silent Night

Posted on December 23, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , |

To all who serve, and to their families who sacrifice, Thank You and Merry Christmas!

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Apparently Whoring for Healthcare Is the New Trend

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , |

What is this country coming to?

Whoring in DC to pass health care legislation seems to be catching on. You won’t believe this campaign from MTV Rock the Vote:

Recommending sleeping with people to bring them on board to support their health care reform? Really?

If they were to educate themselves, they would find out youth is being sold down the river. Right next to seniors.

Educate yourself, seriously!

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Circumventing Congress

Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , |

When Congress meets in the middle of the night to do it’s dirty work, when it votes against an estimated 56% of the citizens it is supposed to represent, when members of Congress whore themselves for their votes, when deals are made behind closed doors to purchase votes at our expense, Congress leaves the people no other alternative but to circumvent their actions in any lawful way possible.

Rest assured, there will be increased unemployment in Washington DC late next year. Make no mistake, the voters WILL remember.

Until such time, protections are needed.

To that end, many states are rushing to exert their Tenth Amendment rights. The Tenth Amendment, ratified in late 1791, states:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

At present, 37 states have either passed, or have pending, legislation to protect their sovereignty from the federal government. According to the Tenth Amendment Center, they are as follows:

   
  Alaska

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR27 (Passed 37-0 on 04-06-09) (Senate

Passed 19-0,  on 04-19-09 – Awaiting Transmittal to Governor)

 Signed by Governor on 07-10-09

   

Arizona

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR2024 (Committee voted Do-Pass on

04/14/09) Passed House, 34-24 on 06-10-09

   

Arkansas

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR1011 (failed in committee on 03-04-09

passed committee 04-01-09 failed House vote, 54-34)

   

Colorado

Sovereignty Resolutions: SJM09-011 (postponed by committee)

 

 

 

Florida

Sovereignty Resolutions: HM19

  Georgia

Sovereignty Resolutions: HR280 HR470 HR773 SR632 (Passed Senate

43-1 on 04/01/09)

  Idaho

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJM004 (Passed House 51-17 on 03-23-09

Passed  Senate on 04-07-09)

   

Illinois

Sovereignty Resolutions: SR0181

  Indiana

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR37 SR42 (SR0042 Passed Committe 8-0 on

04-01-09) (SR0042 Passed Senate 44-3 on 04-09-09)

  Iowa

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR-1

  Kansas

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR1609

  Kentucky

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR168 HCR172 HCR10 (pre-filed for 2010

session)

  Louisiana

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR-2 (Passed Senate, 32-0 on 05-11-09,

 transmitted  to House) (Passed House 59-12 on 06-24-09)

   

Massachusetts

Sovereignty Resolutions: Introduced 05-26-09

  Michigan

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR4 SCR4 September 17, 2009 – Senate

unanimously  passed 2 sovereignty resolutions

  Minnesota

Sovereignty Resolutions: HF997

  Mississippi

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR69 House – passed committee 05-06-09,

 scheduled  for vote (HCR-69, Amended, Passed 80-39 on 05-07-09 –

new text to follow) SC630 (SC-630 Passed 05-07-09) (HCR69 – Motion)

   

Missouri

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR13 (passed house on 03-23-09) (senate

 public hearing 04-07-09)

   

Montana

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJ26 (Failed 51-49 on 02-24-09) Resolution

 reintroduced  as HR3 (HR3 Passed House Committee on 04-21-09)

 (HR3 failed to pass in house, 50-50)

   

Nevada

Sovereignty Resolutions: AJR15 (Committee 04-11-09: “No Further Action

Allowed”)

  New Hampshire

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR-6 (resolution failed in house on 03-04-09:

 216-150)

  New Jersey

Sovereignty Resolutions:ACR238 – introduced 06-22-09

  New Mexico

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR27 (tabled in committee)

  North Carolina

Sovereignty Resolutions: H849 Introduced and referred to committee

  North Dakota

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR3063 (passed house 52-40 on 04-07-09)

(passed senate 25-20 on 04-20-09 – returned to house, amended)

(passed House by voice vote on 04-27-09)

   

Ohio

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR11SCR13 Passed Senate, 19-12 on 09-29-09

  Oklahoma

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR1003 (passed house on 02/18/09) (senate

 version  passed 25-17 on 03-04-09) (Joint version passed Senate,

29-18 on 04-15-09  – awaiting signuture of governor) (Vetoed by Gov)

   

Oregon

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJM0017

  Pennsylvania

Sovereignty Resolutions: HR95 SR51

  South Carolina

Sovereignty Resolutions: H3509 (passed house on 02-26-09) (senate –

referred to subcommittee)S-424

   

South Dakota

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR1013 (passed house on 03-03-09 by a

vote of 51-18)  (passed senate on 03-05-09 by a vote of 20-14)

   

Tennessee

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR108 (Senate version passed 31-0 on

 05-04-09)(Passed House 85-2 on 05-26-09) (Senate Passed HJR108

31-0 on 06-12-09) Signed by Gov. on 06-23-09

   

Texas

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR-35SCR-39HCR-50 (05-19-09, HCR50

 returned to  committee) (HCR50 Passed committee on 05-20-09)

 (HCR50 passed 98-36 House on 05-30-09)

   

Virginia

Sovereignty Resolutions: HR61

  Washington

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJM4009

  West Virginia

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR49

  Wisconsin

Sovereignty Resolutions: SR-6

 

Ten States have introduced legislation to protect the rights of gun owners. The leader in this movement was Montana, which was the first to exempt itself from any moves by Congress by passing a law saying any guns manufactured within the state, readily identifiable as so, and kept within the state, would not be subject to Congressional mandates. Tennessee followed promptly on it’s heels. Other states to introduce the same or similar legislation, according to the Tenth Amendment Center are: Alaska (HB 186), Florida (HB-21), Kentucky (HB87), Michigan (HB-5232), Minnesota (HF 2376), Missouri (HB1230), Ohio (HB-315), Pennsylvania (HB 1988), South Carolina (S. 794), Texas (HB 1863) and Utah (bill number not available).

Other examples of States fed up with Washington mandates are the 14 states which have passed medical marijuana laws, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. 

Twenty five states have passed legislation opposing the REAL ID Act, although the federal government is not enforcing this act at the present time.

In regard to the Health Care Legislation currently being crammed down our throats by the President and Congress, six states have already introduced legislation to declare various provisions void within their states.

Five states have introduced legislation to allow the Governor of the state to recall their National Guard. Five states have also introduced legislation to nullify federal legal tender laws by authorizing payment in precious metal or paper note backed by such.

At some point, the Congress makes themselves irrelevant.

Recent presidents, including the current, have hastened this with the overuse of unconstitutional executive orders and czars, which Congress has done absolutely nothing to stop.

Committing acts of treason, should, by all rights hasten Congress’ suicide as well, although I see no one in power objecting to treasonist acts being committed.

While the people are objecting strongly, government and the media are pretending to be deaf and blind. Dumb, well, let’s see what happens in November 2010.

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Like Thieves in the Night

Posted on December 20, 2009. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , , |

According to reports, the Senate is set to vote on cloture for the health care bill at 1:00 AM, a few hours from now.

I view this as another assault on taxpaying Americans, no matter what side of the fence you’re on.

Only thieves and whores do their work at such an hour.

Need I say more on the subject? Those are the kindest words I have for those running the health care “debate”, which is actually no debate at all.

This from an Administration which promised transparency.

After a 17 day debate, or more aptly named “the extortion period” where by no actual “debate” took place, but rather the time spent by Democrats strong arming and purchasing votes from their democrat colleagues, the 2074 page bill, including the new “Manager’s Amendment”, Senator Reid has decided to go for cloture vote overnight tonight. The vote on the actual bill may come as soon as Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas America!

One sixth of our economy will go blindly into the government’s hands should this bill pass. The Senators, just as the Representatives before them, see no need to actually read the bill, nor make an informed vote. Party before people. Zombiehood before Patriotism. Treason before Good Conscience.

The “Manager’s Amendment” was apparently cobbled together by Democrats behind closed doors. National Right to Life presented the following information:

The Manager’s Amendment to the Senate health care restructuring bill offered by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on December 19 contains two provisions that intensify the rationing already present in the Reid Substitute. See http://www.nrlc.org/HealthCareRationing/ReidSubstitute.html .

– Taking a significant step closer to the powerful Federal-Reserve-Board-like Federal Health Board envisioned by former Senator Tom Daschle, Obama’s original nominee for health czar, the Manager’s Amendment renames and expands the authority of what the Reid Substitute called the “Independent Medicare Advisory Board.” Its new title is the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” [Section 10320(b), p. 189] and it is directed to make recommendations to “slow the growth” in PRIVATE (non-federal) “health expenditures . . . that the Secretary [of Health and Human Services] or other Federal agencies can implement administratively.” Section 10320(a)(5), adding Section 1899A (o)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act, p. 188. To the extent these are effective, they will limit the ability of private citizens to spend their own money to protect their own lives, by obtaining health care or health insurance that is not rationed.

– Section 10304 (p. 152) empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to impose “efficiency measures,” in addition to the “quality measures” already provided for under the Reid Substitute, on health care providers. Much of the professional literature advocates the use of “quality of life” standards that devalue the lives of older people and people with disabilities in such measures. While there are limits on the use of comparative effectiveness research to justify denial of treatment based on quality of life criteria under Section 6301( c) of the Reid Substitute, the quality and efficiency measures are not made subject to these critically important anti-discrimination protections.

A more detailed analysis of these rationing-promoting elements of the Manager’s Amendment follows:
 

INDEPENDENT PAYMENT ADVISORY BOARD AUTHORITY TO RECOMMEND, AND HHS SECRETARY TO LIMIT, RIGHT TO USE ONE’S OWN MONEY TO SAVE ONE’S OWN LIFE

Under the Reid Substitute’s Section 3403 (pp. 1000- 1053) as modified by the Manager’s Amendment Section 10320 (pp. 180-90), the “Independent Payment Advisory Board” will have sweeping powers.

As originally set forth in the Reid Substitute, the Board was called the “Medicare” Advisory Board, and its mission was focused on cutting Medicare reimbursement rates (see below) – a duty it retains. However, the Manager’s Amendment dramatically expands its authority, so as to work to limit nonfederal health care spending, as well. Starting in 2014, “and at least once every two years thereafter,” the Board is to make recommendations “to slow the growth in national health expenditures” other than Federal health care programs – recommendations “that the Secretary or other Federal agencies can implement administratively,” as well as recommendations for legislative action. To the extent these are effective, they will limit the ability of private citizens to spend their own money to protect their own lives, by obtaining health care, or health insurance, that is not rationed.

For 2015, unless Medicare spending is projected NOT to keep up with the rate of medical inflation (specifically, unless it is projected to come in at or below a “target” set at the midway point between medical inflation and the average inflation rate for all goods and services , the “Consumer Price Index-Urban”), the Board is to specify how to cut Medicare payments by either the difference from the target or half a percent, whichever is less.

For 2016, the Board is to specify how to cut Medicare by the lesser of the difference from the target for that year or 1 percent, and for 2017 by the lesser of the difference from the target for that year or 1.25 percent.

For 2018 and subsequent years, the target shifts to the growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, and the Board must specify how to cut Medicare payments by the lesser of the difference from that target and 1.5 percent.

Each year, the Secretary of Health and Human Services must implement the Board’s directives unless Congress, within a given deadline, legislates an alternative set of restrictions to accomplish the same result. However, Congress could not reduce the net of the targeted cuts unless three-fifths of both chambers voted to do so. The bill goes so far as to forbid a future Congress from repealing these provisions, except for a one-time opportunity in 2017! Section 3403, adding Social Security Act Section 1899A(d)(3)( C), p. 1020.

How is the Board to bring about these Medicare reductions? On its face the bill instructs the Board not “to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums . . . , increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing . . . , or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.” Section 3403, creating Social Security Act Section 1899A(c)(2)(A)(ii) , p. 1004. Predominately, the reductions will have to come in reimbursement rates for health care providers.

This is likely to have either – or, more likely, both– of two rationing effects. First, an increasing number of Medicare providers, being paid further and further below their costs of providing care, would stop accepting new Medicare patients. Second, the Board could change the way reimbursement rates are structured, away from a fee-for-service model toward a “capitated” model, for example, under which practitioners are paid a set annual amount per patient, or toward an “episode” model somewhat similar to the DRG payment system for hospitals, under which a set amount is paid per illness or injury. In either of these cases, the physician or other health care provider would have a strong financial incentive to limit treatment, especially if it is costly. So, in compliance with the statute, the Board itself would not be “rationing” treatment – instead, it would be compelling health care providers to do so.

“EFFICIENCY” MEASURES THAT MAY LEAD TO DISCRIMINATORY DENIAL OF TREATMENT BASED ON DISABILITY, AGE, AND OTHER QUALITY OF LIFE CRITERIA

Section 10304 (p. 152) empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to impose “efficiency measures,” in addition to the “quality measures” provided for under the Reid Substitute, on health care providers. These measures are to be incorporated “in workforce programs, training curricula, and any other means of dissemination determined appropriate by the Secretary.” Section 3014(b) adding Social Security Act Section 1890A(b)(1)(A) (p. 709). They are to be used in the calculation of value-based purchasing from hospitals, and renal dialysis services must abide by them or be penalized. Health care providers, including hospices, ambulatory surgical centers, rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, physicians and hospitals must provide reports, generally made publicly available, based on these measures. Consequently, they exercise considerable influence on how health care providers practice medicine, and consequently on what treatment patients do – and do not – receive.

In the medical and bioethical literature, quality and efficiency measures are often based on “quality of life” standards that discriminate on the basis of age and disability. See http://www.nrlc.org/news/2009/NRL07-08/CompEff.html . Accordingly, during the period when the group of six Senators were negotiating in an attempt to achieve a bipartisan health care bill, agreement was reached to make anti-discrimination language applicable to the results of comparative effectiveness research. See note 1 at http://www.nrlc.org/HealthCareRationing/SenFinCommBill.html . This language remains in the Reid Substitute, Section 6301( c), adding Social Security Act Section 1182 ( c), (d) and (e) , pp. 1685-87.

However, the quality and efficiency measures are NOT made subject to the same limits on employment of quality of life criteria that are applied to the use of comparative effectiveness research under Section 6301( c) of the Reid Substitute. Consequently, the Secretary is free to formulate such measures in a way that has the effect of rationing treatment on the basis of disability, age, or other “quality of life” criteria, as advocated by many mainstream bioethicists.

According to examiner.com In order to get to the 60 votes needed, at minimum, the following Senators prostituted themselves:

  • Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) got full Federal coverage for new additional Medicaid recipients forever.  That’s estimated at $45 million for the first decade of the bill.  Nebraska’s population is 1,783,432, about 0.5%  of the US population of 304,059,724.
  • Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) got $10 billion increased funding in the Community Health Service clinic system.
  • Ben Nelson and Carl Levin (D-Michigan) got an tax exemption for non-profit insurance companies in their states, only.  Not so much for the other 48.
  • Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) got additional Medicaid funding for Vermont and Massachusetts.
  • Pennsylvania, New York and Florida won protection for their Medicare Advantage funding that no other states got.  In fact, there are cuts in Medicare Advantage programs in the other 47 states.
  • Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) had already won $300 million in Medicaid funding.

 
There’s plenty of whoring going around. These are only the known indiscretions and bribes. According to Reid, it’s just business as usual.
 
 
National Right to Life goes on to point out the following:
 
Limiting Senior Citizens’ Right to Use Their Own Money to Save Their Own Lives

The Reid bill duplicates the House bill provision that would effectively allow federal bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to bar senior citizens from adding their own money, if they choose, to the government contribution in order to get private-fee-for-service Medicare Advantage (MA) plans less likely to ration life-saving treatment.

Medicare—the government program that provides health insurance to older people in the United States—faces grave fiscal problems as the baby boom generation ages. Medicare is financed by payroll taxes, which means that those now working are paying for the health care of those now retired. As the baby boom generation moves from middle into old age, the proportion of the retired population will increase, while the proportion of the working population will decrease. The consequence is that the amount of money available for each Medicare beneficiary, when adjusted for health care inflation, will shrink.

Three alternatives exist.

In theory, taxes could be increased dramatically to make up the shortfall – an unlikely and politically difficult proposition. The second alternative—to put it bluntly but accurately—is rationing. Less money available per senior citizen   would mean less treatment, including less of the treatments necessary to prevent death. For want of treatment, many people whose lives could have been saved by medical treatment would perish against their will. The third alternative is that, as the government contribution decreases, the shortfall could be made up by payments from older people themselves, so that their Medicare health insurance premium could voluntarily be financed partly by the government and partly from their own income and savings. What most people do not realize is that, as a result of legislative changes in 1997 and 2003 undertaken at the instance of the National Right to Life Committee, this third alternative is now law. Under the title of “private fee-for-service plans,” there is an option in Medicare under which senior citizens can choose health insurance whose value is not limited by what the government may pay toward it. These plans can set premiums and reimbursement rates for providers without upward limits imposed by government regulation.

This means that such plans will not be forced to ration treatment, as long as senior citizens are free to choose to pay more for them. For more on the background of this program see here.

Medicare covers everyone of retirement age, regardless of income or assets. Yet, because of budget constraints, the Medicare reimbursement rates for health care providers tend to be below the cost of giving the care—a deficit that can only accelerate as cost pressures on Medicare increase with the retirement of the baby boomers. To cope with this, providers engage in “cost shifting” by using funds they receive in payment for treating privately insured working people to help make up for what the providers lose when treating retirees under Medicare. Thus, comparatively low-income workers often effectively subsidize higher-income retirees.
However, when middle-income retirees are free voluntarily to add their own money on top of the government contribution, through a private fee-for-service plan, they stop being the beneficiaries of cost-shifting and become contributors to it.

This program faces potential elimination under the Reid substitute. Section 3209 indirectly amends the section in existing law allowing private fee-for-service plans to set their premiums without approval by CMS by adding, “Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring the Secretary to accept any or every bid submitted by an MA organization under this subsection.” [1] This allows CMS to refuse to allow private-fee-for-service plans that charge what CMS regards as premiums that are too high – or, literally, allows CMS to refuse to allow private-fee-for-service plans (or any other MA plans) altogether, for any reason or no reason.

With this dangerous provision in the Reid bill could lead to elimination of the only way that seniors have to escape rationing – taking away their right to spend their own money to save their own lives.

Limiting Exchange Users’ Right to Use Their Own Money to Save Their Own Lives

In the Reid Substitute, a new provision –Section 1003 — will effectively allow state bureaucrats to limit the right of Americans who are NOT on Medicare to use their own money to save their own lives.[2] With minor modifications, Section 1003 adopts the House bill provision allowing an exchange to exclude “particular health insurance issuers … based on a pattern or practice of excessive or unjustified premium increases.”[3]

Originally, state-based “exchanges” were designed to allow comparison shopping among all insurance plans that provided the basic benefits. Under Section 1003, however, exchanges would be authorized, in effect, to limit the value of the insurance policies that Americans using the exchanges may purchase.
Not only will the exchanges be allowed to exclude policies when government authorities do not agree with the premiums, but they will be able to look at any increases plans charge, outside the exchange – and remove those insurers from the exchange. This would create a “chilling effect,” deterring insurers who hope to be able to compete within the exchange from offering adequately funded plans even outside of it, limiting consumers’ access to adequate and unrationed health care.

When the government limits by law what can be charged for health insurance, it limits what people are allowed to pay for medical treatment. While everyone would prefer to pay less – or nothing – for health care (as for anything else), government price controls in fact prevent access to lifesaving medical treatment that costs more to supply than the price set by the government.

Under a scheme of premium price controls, health insurance companies will ration lifesaving medical treatment as they are squeezed more and more tightly each year by the declining “real” (that is, adjusted for health care inflation ) value of the premiums they take in. These day-to-day rationing decisions will have the most direct and visible impact on the lives – and deaths – of people with a poor “quality of life.”

“Shared Decisionmaking” – Advance Care Planning By Another Name?

The Reid bill does not include provisions paralleling those in the House bill designed to create incentives for “advance care planning.”[4] Instead, Section 3506 provides funding to develop “patient decision aids” that are supposed to help “patients, caregivers or authorized representatives . . . to decide with their health care provider what treatments are best for them based on their treatment options, scientific evidence, circumstances, beliefs, and preferences.”

Under the Reid bill, the Department of Health and Human Services would contract with an “entity” that is to “develop and identify consensus-based standards to evaluate patient decision aids for preference sensitive care . . . and develop a certification process” for these “patient decision aids.” [6] Additional grants and contracts would be awarded to develop such “patient decision aids” which are to include “relative cost of treatment or, where appropriate, palliative care options” and to “educate providers on the use of such materials, including through academic curricula.”[7] Money would be awarded to establish “Shared Decisionmaking Resource Centers . . . to provide technical assistance to providers and to develop and disseminate best practices . . .”[8]

While there is language stating the materials are to be “balanced” to help patients and their representatives “understand and communicate their beliefs and preferences related to their treatment options,”[9] the concern, is the same as that with the promotion of advance care planning: Given the strong views many in the medical community have about poor quality of life and the considerable emphasis on saving costs, these measures will in fact subtly or otherwise “nudge” in the direction of rejecting costly life-saving treatment

The Medicare Commission

The Reid bill provides for an “Independent Medicare Advisory Board,” given the task of ensuring senior’s Medicare meets budget goals (that will tighten each year).

For fiscal years 2015 through 2019, the bill sets a target rate of growth for Medicare midway between medical inflation and average inflation; for subsequent years the target is the growth in Gross Domestic Product per capita plus 1%.[10]
To the extent the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) project that Medicare growth rates would exceed these targets, the Board would have to act to reduce the gap by specified percentages varying by year. This gap-reducing would likely come at the expense of reduction of Medicare Advantage benefits, and reductions in payments to doctors and so forth.

The Congressional Budget Office notes, “The provision would place a number of limitations on the actions available to the board, including a prohibition against modifying eligibility or benefits, so its recommendations probably would focus on [r]eductions in subsidies for non-Medicare benefits offered by Medicare Advantage plans; and [c]hanges to payment rates or methodologies for services furnished in the fee-for-service sector by providers other than hospitals [but hospitals would be included beginning in 2020], physicians, hospices [but hospices would be included beginning in 2020], and suppliers of durable medical equipment that is offered through competitive bidding.[11]

The recommendations of the Board would automatically go into effect unless Congress, through an expedited procedure, adopted another means resulting in the same reductions; to waive this would require a 3/5 vote. It would also require a 3/5 vote to repeal or amend the provisions of the Reid bill establishing the Board and its duties and authority; in 2017 there would be an expedited procedure essentially guaranteeing a vote on a proposal to repeal the Board, but this vote would require 3/5 of each House to pass.

Assisted Suicide?

On assisted suicide, the language agreed to unanimously by the Senate Finance Committee that specifically said that federal dollars “shall not pay for or reimburse” any health entity for assisted suicide does NOT appear in the Reid bill. The Reid bill only retains the provision preventing discrimination against those who refuse to participate in assisting suicide.[12]

Why was the prohibition on funding assisted suicide stripped? The argument may be it is “unnecessary” because the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997 (ASFRA) bars such funding by any “funds appropriated by Congress for the purpose of paying (directly or indirectly) for the provision of health care services ,”[42 U.S.C. Sec. 14402(a)] and it states, “The provisions of this Act supersede other Federal laws (including laws enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act [enacted April 30, 1997]) except to the extent such laws specifically supersede the provisions of this Act.” [13]

However, the provision was adopted unanimously in the Finance committee, emphatically affirming federal policy of no funding for assisted suicide, and removes any danger that some administrator or court might say the broad benefit mandates in the health care bill repealed the ASFRA limits by implication. What possible purpose was served by stripping it out?

The Secretary and Quality Discretion

There is language in the Reid bill that protects against discriminatory use of comparative effectiveness research on the basis of age, disability or terminal illness.[14] However, this important language has not been made applicable to the multiple provisions under which the Secretary can impose “quality” measures. [15]

Section 1559 [16] states that on the basis of race, age, sex or disability, [17] “an individual shall not . . . be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under,” health programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Perhaps ominously, however, this anti-discrimination language is preceded by “Except as otherwise provided for in this title (or an amendment made by this title) . . . .” That is why it is critical to apply the anti-discrimination language from the Comparative Effectiveness provisions to the indicated provisions in note 15. 

Numbered Notations found here.  They go on to discuss “Comparative Effectiveness” and Rationing”  here.

 

According to the most recent poll, 51% of Americans do not want this bill. I am confident when citizens full understand what’s in this poison pill, the number can only climb from there. Especially given the 13 known tax hikes contained in the bill and estimates of cost up to 2.5 trillion dollars or more. The latest CBO estimates strongly differed from previous estimates.

Reuters synopsized the changes this way:

Here is a summary of those proposed changes and revised cost estimates made public by the Congressional Budget Office on Saturday.

COST ESTIMATES

* The Congressional Budget Office said the legislation, with the proposed changes that are being offered as an amendment to the bill, would cost about $871 billion over the first 10 years. Those costs would be more than offset by $483 billion in spending savings and $498 billion in revenues over the period. CBO said the bill would reduce the deficit by about $132 billion between 2010 and 2019.

PUBLIC OPTION

* The proposed government-run insurance option would be dropped from the bill. Instead, the federal government would contract with insurers for two national or multi-state health insurance plans that would be offered through the new insurance exchanges. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which oversees health policies for 8 million federal workers and their families, would manage the public plans.

One of the plans is to be non-profit. The CBO said it was unclear whether insurers would be interested in contracting with OPM to offer these plans and said the proposal would have little impact on federal costs or enrollment on the exchanges.

ABORTION

* The abortion provision that aimed to ensure public money would not be used to pay for elective abortion services would be changed with more restrictive language that strengthens the firewall against the use of public money for abortion services.

SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDITS

* The small business tax credit for healthcare coverage would be sweetened so that more firms would qualify. The tax credits would be available in 2010, a year earlier than originally proposed. The income threshold would be increased so that they will be available on a sliding scale to firms with fewer than 25 workers and an average wages of less than $50,000. Employers with 10 or fewer workers and average wages of less than $25,000 can get the full credit.

MEDICAL LOSS RATIO AND INSURANCE COVERAGE

* Insurers’ profits and administrative expenses would be capped by a requirement that they pay a minimum amount of annual premium income on medical benefits. Insurance plans for large groups would have to spend at least 85 cents out of every dollar on medical costs. Small group and individual plans would have to spend at least 80 cents on the dollar for care.

* Insurers would immediately be prohibited from excluding health coverage for children due to pre-existing conditions.

INDUSTRY FEES AND PAYROLL TAXES

* The amendment calls for a slightly higher Medicare payroll tax for high-income people than the underlying bill. Instead of a 0.5 percent increase in the tax for individuals earning $200,000 and couples earning $250,000 or more, the amendment calls for a 0.9 percent increase in the tax.

* A proposed tax on elective cosmetic surgery and treatments would be dropped. Instead a 10 percent tax would be imposed on indoor tanning beds, which health experts say can cause cancer.

* Proposed new taxes on insurers and medical device makers would be delayed by one year under the amendment. But they would be ramped up over time. The bill originally proposed a $6.7 billion a year tax on the health insurance industry. Now the new tax would start in 2011 and gradually increase to $10 billion in 2017. Medical device industry will pay $2 billion a year starting in 2011 and $3 billion after 2017.

 

So much for democracy, so much for freedom, so much for liberty – these are merely a part of history at this point.

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Death to America: The Kool Aid They’re Drinking is Grape

Posted on December 18, 2009. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We’ve been telling you for months about how Cop 15, and global warming alarms in general, are nothing more than socialist (or worse) scams to redistribute wealth. 

Socialist dictator Hugo Chavez leaves no doubt.

Rather than blaming his and other corrupt governments around the world for their troubles, they of course, blame the US.  Even though we have given billions and billions of our own money to help these countries, the majority of it goes to line the pockets of wealthy, evil dictators, such as Chavez.

The progressives in Washington, however, side with the socialists on this. They feel it appropriate to pay the lions share of the one hundred billion dollar annual pay off.

Our government is complicit. When not stealing on behalf of the banks, when not throwing money away on pet pork projects, when not commondeering our corporations and delivering regulatory and financial suicide bombs to our small businesses, they are simply handing our money over to those who would do us harm.

Americans must get educated as to the actual facts, get involved, or simply pour another glass of grape kool aid. Bottom’s up.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s speech on climate change to COP15 meeting in Copenhagen:

 

From: Links.org – international journal of socialist renewal

By Hugo Chavez, translated by Kiraz Janicke for Venezuelanalysis.com

Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark

December 16, 2009

President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez:

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, Excellencies, friends, I promise that I will not talk more than most have spoken this afternoon. Allow me an initial comment which I would have liked to make as part of the previous point which was expressed by the delegations of Brazil, China, India, and Bolivia. We were there asking to speak but it was not possible. Bolivia’s representative said, my salute of course to Comrade President Evo Morales, who is there, President of the Republic of Bolivia.

[Audience applause]

She said among other things the following, I noted it here, she said the text presented is not democratic, it is not inclusive.

I had hardly arrived and we were just sitting down when we heard the president of the previous session, the minister, saying that a document came about, but nobody knows, I’ve asked for the document, but we still don’t have it, I think nobody knows of that top secret document.

Now certainly, as the Bolivian comrade said, that is not democratic, it is not inclusive. Now, ladies and gentlemen, isn’t that just the reality of the world?

Are we in a democratic world? Is the global system inclusive? Can we hope for something democratic, inclusive from the current global system?

What we are experiencing on this planet is an imperial dictatorship, and from here we continue denouncing it. Down with imperial dictatorship! And long live the people and democracy and equality on this planet!

[Audience applause]

And what we see here is a reflection of this: Exclusion.

There is a group of countries that consider themselves superior to us in the South, to us in the Third World, to us, the

underdeveloped countries, or as a great friend Eduardo Galeano says, we, the crushed countries, as if a train ran over us in history.

In light of this, it’s no surprise that there is no democracy in the world and here we are again faced with powerful evidence of global imperial dictatorship. Then two youths got up here, fortunately the enforcement officials were decent, some push around, and they collaborated right? There are many people outside, you know? Of course, they do not fit in this room, they are too many people. I’ve read in the news that there were some arrests, some intense protests, there in the streets of Copenhagen, and I salute all those people out there, most of them youth.

[Audience applause]

Of course young people are concerned, I think rightly much more than we are, for the future of the world. We have — most of us here – the sun on our backs, and they have to face the sun and are very worried.

One could say, Mr. President, that a spectre is haunting Copenhagen, to paraphrase Karl Marx, the great Karl Marx, a spectre is haunting the streets of Copenhagen, and I think that spectre walks silently through this room, walking around among us, through the halls, out below, it rises, this spectre is a terrible spectre almost nobody wants to mention it: Capitalism is the spectre, almost nobody wants to mention it.

[Audience applause]

It’s capitalism, the people roar, out there, hear them.

I have been reading some of the slogans painted on the streets, and I think those slogans of these youngsters, some of which I heard when I was young, and of the young woman there, two of which I noted. You can hear among others, two powerful slogans. One: Don’t change the climate, change the system.

[Audience applause]

And I take it onboard for us. Let’s not change the climate, let’s change the system! And consequently we will begin to save the planet. Capitalism is a destructive development model that is putting an end to life; it threatens to put a definitive end to the human species.

And another slogan calls for reflection. It is very in tune with the banking crisis that swept the world and still affects it, and of how the rich northern countries gave aid to bankers and the big banks. The U.S. alone gave, well, I lost the figure, but it is astronomical, to save the banks. They say in the streets the following: If the climate were a bank it would have been saved already.

[Audience applause]

And I think that’s true. If the climate were one of the biggest capitalist banks, the rich governments would have saved it.

I think Obama has not arrived. He received the Nobel Peace Prize almost the same day that he sent 30 thousand soldiers to kill more innocents in Afghanistan, and now he comes to stand here with the Nobel Peace Prize, the president of the United States.

But the United States has the machinery to make money, to make dollars, and has saved, well, they believe they have saved the banks and the capitalist system.

Well, this is a side comment that I wanted to make previously. We were raising our hand to accompany Brazil, India, Bolivia, China, in their interesting position that Venezuela and the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance firmly share. But hey, they didn’t let us speak, so do not count these minutes please, Mr. President.

[Audience applause]

Look, over there I met, I had the pleasure of meeting this French author Hervé Kempf. Recommending this book, I recommend it, it is available in Spanish – there is Hervé – its also in French, and surely in English, How the Rich are Destroying the Planet. Hervé Kempf: How the Rich are Destroying the Planet. This is what Christ said: it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. This is what our lord Christ said.

[Audience applause]

The rich are destroying the planet. Do they think the can go to another when they destroy this one? Do they have plans to go to another planet? So far there is none on the horizon of the galaxy.

This book has just reached me, Ignacio Ramonet gave it to me, and he is also around somewhere in this room.

Finishing the prologue or the preamble this phrase is very important, Kempf says the following, I’ll read it:

“We can not reduce global material consumption if we don’t make the powerful go down several levels, and if we don’t combat inequality. It is necessary that to the ecological principle that is so useful at the time of becoming conscious, ‘think globally and act locally,’ we add the principle that the situation imposes: ‘Consume less and share better.’”

I think it is good advice that this French author Hervé Kempf gives us.

[Audience applause]

Well then, Mr. President, climate change is undoubtedly the most devastating environmental problem of this century. Floods, droughts, severe storms, hurricanes, melting ice caps, rise in mean sea levels, ocean acidification and heat waves, all of that sharpens the impact of global crisis besetting us.

Current human activity exceeds the threshold of sustainability, endangering life on the planet, but also in this we are profoundly unequal.

I want to recall: the 500 million richest people, 500 million, this is seven percent, seven percent, seven percent of the world’s population. This seven percent is responsible, these 500 million richest people are responsible for 50 percent of emissions, while the poorest 50 percent accounts for only seven percent of emissions.

So it strikes me as a bit strange to put the United States and China at the same level. The United States has just, well; it will soon reach 300 million people. China has nearly five times the U.S. population. The United Status consumes more than 20 million barrels of oil a day, China only reaches 5-6 million barrels a day, you can’t ask the same of the United States and China.

There are issues to discuss, hopefully we the heads of states and governments can sit down and discuss the truth, the truth about these issues.

So, Mr. President, 60 percent of the planet’s ecosystems are damaged, 20 percent of the earth’s crust is degraded, we have been impassive witnesses to deforestation, land conversion, desertification, deterioration of fresh water systems, overexploitation of marine resources, pollution and loss of biodiversity.

The overuse of the land exceeds by 30 percent the capacity to regenerate it. The planet is losing what the technicians call the ability to regulate itself; the planet is losing this. Every day more waste than can be processed is released. The survival of our species hammers in the consciousness of humanity. Despite the urgency, it has taken two years of negotiations for a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, and we attend this event without any real and meaningful agreement.

And indeed, on the text that comes from out of the blue, as some have called it, Venezuela says, and the ALBA countries, the Bolivarian Alliance say that we will not accept, since then we’ve said it, any other texts that do not come from working groups under the Kyoto Protocol and the Convention. They are the legitimate texts that we have been discussing so intensely over the years.

[Audience applause]

And in these last few hours, I believe you have not slept, plus you have not eaten, you have not slept. It does not seem logical to me to come out now with a document from scratch, as you say.

The scientifically substantiated objective of reducing the emission of polluting gases and achieving an agreement on long-term cooperation clearly, today at this time, has apparently failed, for now.

What is the reason? We have no doubt.

The reason is the irresponsible attitude and lack of political will from the most powerful nations on the planet. No one should feel offended, I recall the great José Gervasio Artigas when he said: “With the truth, I neither offend nor fear.” But it is actually an irresponsible attitude of positions, of reversals, of exclusions, of elitist management of a problem that belongs to everyone and that we can only solve together.

The political conservatism and selfishness of the largest consumers, of the richest countries shows high insensitivity and lack of solidarity with the poor, the hungry, and the most vulnerable to disease, to natural disasters. Mr. President, a new and single agreement is essential, applicable to absolutely unequal parties, according to the magnitude of their contributions and economic, financial and technological capabilities and based on unconditional respect for the principles contained in the Convention.

Developed countries should set binding, clear and concrete commitments for the substantial reduction of their emissions and assume obligations of financial and technological assistance to poor countries to cope with the destructive dangers of climate change. In this respect, the uniqueness of island states and least developed countries should be fully recognized.

Mr. President, climate change is not the only problem facing humanity today. Other scourges and injustices beset us, the gap between rich and poor countries has continued to grow, despite all the millennium goals, the Monterrey financing summit, at all these summits as the President of Senegal said here, revealing a great truth, there are promises and unfulfilled promises and the world continues its destructive march.

The total income of the 500 richest individuals in the world is greater than the income of the 416 million poorest people. The 2.8 billion people living in poverty on less than $2 per day, representing 40 per percent of the global population, receive only 5 percent of world income.

Today each year about 9.2 million children die before reaching their fifth year and 99.9 percent of these deaths occur in poorer countries.

Infant mortality is 47 deaths per thousand live births, but is only 5 per thousand in rich countries. Life expectancy on the planet is 67 years, in rich countries it is 79, while in some poor nations is only 40 years.

Additionally, there are 1.1 billion people without access to drinking water, 2.6 billion without sanitation services, over 800 million illiterate and 1.02 billion hungry people, that’s the global scenario.

Now the cause, what is the cause?

Let’s talk about the cause, let’s not evade responsibilities, and let’s not evade the depth of this problem. The cause, undoubtedly, I return to the theme of this whole disastrous panorama, is the destructive metabolic system of capital and its embodied model: Capitalism.

Here’s a quote that I want to read briefly, from that great liberation theologian Leonardo Boff, as we know a Brazilian, our American. Leonardo Boff says on this subject as follows:

“What is the cause? Ah, the cause is the dream of seeking happiness through material accumulation and of endless progress, using for this science and technology with which they can exploit without limits all the resources of the earth.”

And he cites here Charles Darwin and his “natural selection”, the survival of the fittest, but we know that the strongest survive over the ashes of the weakest.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, we must always remember, said that between the strong and the weak, freedom is oppressed. That’s why the Empire speaks of freedom; it’s the freedom to oppress, to invade, to kill, to annihilate, and to exploit. That is their freedom, and Rousseau adds this saving phrase: “Only the law liberates.”

There are countries that are hoping that no document comes out of here precisely because they do not want a law, do not want a standard, because the absence of these norms allows them to play at their exploitative freedom, their crushing freedom.

We must make an effort and pressure here and in the streets, so that a commitment comes out of here, a document that commits the most powerful countries on earth.

[Audience applause]

Well, Mr. President, Leonardo Boff asks… Have you met Boff? I do not know whether Leonardo might come, I met him recently in Paraguay, we’ve always read him.

Can a finite earth support an infinite project? The thesis of capitalism, infinite development, is a destructive pattern, let’s face it.

Then Boff asks us, what might we expect from Copenhagen? At least this simple confession: We can not continue like this. And a simple proposition: Let’s change course. Let’s do it, but without cynicism, without lies, without double agendas, no documents out of the blue, with the truth out in the open.

How long, we ask from Venezuela, Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, how long are we going to allow such injustices and inequalities? How long are we going to tolerate the current international economic order and prevailing market mechanisms? How long are we going to allow huge epidemics like HIV/AIDS to ravage entire populations?

How long are we going to allow the hungry to not eat or to be able to feed their own children? How long are we going to allow millions of children to die from curable diseases? How long will we allow armed conflicts to massacre millions of innocent human beings in order for the powerful to seize the resources of other peoples?

Cease the aggressions and the wars! We the peoples of the world ask of the empires, to those who try to continue dominating the world and exploiting us.

No more imperial military bases or military coups! Let’s build a more just and equitable economic and social order, let’s eradicate poverty, let’s immediately stop the high emission levels, let’s stop environmental degradation and avoid the great catastrophe of climate change, let’s integrate ourselves into the noble goal of everyone being more free and united.

Mr. President, almost two centuries ago, a universal Venezuelan, a liberator of nations and precursor of consciences left to posterity a full-willed maxim: “If nature opposes us, let’s fight against it and make it obey us.” That was Simón Bolívar, the Liberator.

From Bolivarian Venezuela, where a day like today some ten years ago, ten years exactly, we experienced the biggest climate tragedy in our history (the Vargas tragedy it is called), from this Venezuela whose revolution tries to win justice for all people, we say it is only possible through the path of socialism!

Socialism, the other spectre Karl Marx spoke about, which walks here too, rather it is like a counter-spectre. Socialism, this is the direction, this is the path to save the planet, I don’t have the least doubt. Capitalism is the road to hell, to the destruction of the world. We say this from Venezuela, which because of socialism faces threats from the U.S. Empire.

From the countries that comprise ALBA, the Bolivarian Alliance, we call, and I want to, with respect, but from my soul, call in the name of many on this planet, we say to governments and peoples of the Earth, to paraphrase Simón Bolívar, the Liberator: If the destructive nature of capitalism opposes us, let’s fight against it and make it obey us, let’s not wait idly by for the death of humanity.

History calls on us to unite and to fight.

If capitalism resists, we are obliged to take up a battle against capitalism and open the way for the salvation of the human species. It’s up to us, raising the banners of Christ, Mohammed, equality, love, justice, humanity, the true and most profound humanism. If we don’t do it, the most wonderful creation of the universe, the human being, will disappear, it will disappear.

This planet is billions of years old, and this planet existed for billions of years without us, the human species, i.e. it doesn’t need us to exist. Now, without the Earth we will not exist, and we are destroying Pachamama as Evo says, as our indigenous brothers from South America say.

Finally, Mr. President, and to finish, let’s listen to Fidel Castro when he said: “One species is in danger of extinction: Humanity.”

Let’s listen to Rosa Luxemburg when she said: “Socialism or barbarism.”

Let us listen to Christ the Redeemer when he said: “Blessed are the poor for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, we are capable of not making this Earth the tomb of humanity. Let us make this earth a heaven, a heaven of life, of peace, peace and brotherhood for all humanity, for the human species.

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much and enjoy your meal.

[Audience applause]

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Youth Indoctrination Progressive Style

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , , , , , |

 

 

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. 

As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in 19 U.S. locations and one in Johannesburg, South Africa. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.

Major corporations and businesses participate in our mission by serving as strategic partners, team sponsors, and national leadership sponsors.

Together we’re building a citizen service movement that is larger than our organization, our lifetime, and ourselves.

“You have to have folks with our students every single day, making a difference in their lives. That’s what City Year does, with its diversity, with its long term commitment, with its passionate young people. There’s no one else I know of in the country who is having that kind of impact.” – US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan -Former CEO of Chicago Public Schools

As a partner of City Year, you will not only invest in City Year and our dedicated corps members, but also the communities and neighborhoods we serve. City Year has been fortunate to develop strong strategic partnerships across many sectors. 

City Year is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. AmeriCorps offers Americans of all ages the opportunity to devote a year to community-based service in areas of education, health and human needs, public safety, disaster preparedness, and the environment.

National Leadership Sponsors are the companies—and the people—increasing the service and scope of City Year as its closest strategic and premiere partners. In addition to their time, expertise and ideas, National Leadership Sponsors invest at least $1 million in City Year over two years.

City Year is proud to call these companies our National Leadership Sponsors:

 Aramark, Bank of America, Cisco Foundation, Comcast, CSX, Pepsi, Timberland, TMobile and Deloitte.

 

City Year corps members serve full-time at one of 19 locations across the United States as tutors and mentors, running after-school programs and leading youth leadership programs.

At each City Year location, you will participate in physical service projects as part of a team. All city year sites have a corps member team dedicated to engaging citizens in physical service projects in the communities you serve.

Through transformational physical service projects, you will engage community members of all ages and show them the difference they can make by giving back.

City Year corps and staff start each morning by gathering at a central location for “Unity Rally” – an opportunity to wake up and prepare for the hard day’s work that lies ahead. PT is the highlight of Unity Rally, but it is more than just doing jumping jacks or lunges. It is a demonstration of corps members’ commitment to each other and to their communities. 

When you come together to start your day, you are reminded that you are not in this alone, that you can rely on your team members, and that making a difference is a group effort.

City year now serves twenty communities.

  

 

AmeriCorps

 

Earlier this year, Congress voted to expand Americore. Under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, Americore upped the number of available “slots” from 75,000 to 250,000. While Democrats voted wholely in favor of the bill, 26 Republicans joined in with their support. This is the bill that also named 09/11 as a National Day of Service instead of a National Day of Mourning.  Michele Bachmann, in April,  expressed on a local radio talk show that the AmericaCorps program.. will morph into a mandatory service program, with young people sent to indoctrination centers for “re-education.”

“It’s under the guise of “volunteerism,” Bachmann told host Sue Jeffers on KTLK-AM in Minneapolis during an April of this year. “But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. We had about 75,000 people involved in AmeriCorps before, this adds another 250,000 people, so more government employees – but what’s even more concerning about it is the focus is on young people.”  

“The original language of the bill was mandatory service for government,” she continued. “Right now the language is voluntary, but just this last week a Democrat colleague introduced a bill to make this mandatory.

  

“I believe when is all said and done … there’s a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concern is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go and work in some of these politically correct forums.

  

“So it’s very concerning. It appears that there’s a philosophical agenda behind all of this. And especially if young people are mandated to go into this, as a parent I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this. Again – a huge power grab and it’s at a cost of billions of dollars.”

 

According to their website, workers get room and board and about $100/week during the term of their service. That’s seems like payment, confirming what Ms. Bachmann said. 

 
 
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Maurice Strong – The Interview

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Enemies of The State | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday we talked to you about the “Earth Scouts” and showed you the newly released interview from Muarice Strong. Today we have the rest of that interview.
 
Maurice Strong, George Soros, and others of their ilk are involved in a campaign toward One World Order. They are almost there.
 
While they pretend to be on a mission to empower low income and poverty stricken individuals, they are merely propelling their agenda forward into a hefty profit for
themselves. As with the Democrat party, and certain Black Activists, they merely use the guise of their David and Golliath epic battle to hypnotize another generation
into believing the lies they tell and laughing all the way to the bank.
 
Tomorrow we will highlight what the current administration is doing to that end, but today let’s listen to Maurice Strong in his own words.  If you are just learning about him, please see the links provided in yesterday’s column for a further education.
  
  
Maurice Strong Thoughts on RIO+20 in 2010 (birth of the Earth Charter)
 
 
 
 
Maurice Strong Thoughts on Climate Change
 
 
 
 
Maurice Strong Thoughts on Peace and Sustainability
 
 
 
Maurice Strong and His Motivation in Life
 
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Maurice Strong and the Indoctrination of Our Youth

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Enemies of The State | Tags: , , , |

This is a multipart series on the indoctrination of the youth of America. We will be continuing this series for the next few days. The above video is important to illustrate what history has to teach us on this issue.

Introducing The Earth Scouts

Here is the 329 page book distributed to “troop” leaders across the country for the Earth Scouts.

The Inside Cover states: Resources for families bringing up children in the spirit of the Earth Charter. Illustrations on the cover page tout Participatory Democracy, Economic Justice, Human Rights, Respect for Nature, Peace and Non-Violence

The guide was made possible through a grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Florida. CBHC is funded through tax dollars.

It is important you visit the link provided, however, allow me to provide small snippets of the first few pages in order for you to understand their stated goals.

The Earth Scouts are groups of 5 to 15 children ages 3 to 15 and their adult facilitators, committed to live the ideals of the Earth Charter The Earth Charter is a set of principles. It is a vision for a human race that aspires to live in peace, practice respect for human rights, and pledges to consume resources with wisdom and concern for all life now and in the future.

Earth Scouts participate in planning their own activities to fulfill their mission: Changing the world one fun badge at a time.

Earth Scouts learn and practice skills that will serve them throughout their lives. They experience cooperative work and group decision making that will improves self-esteem, and offer safe-passage on each child’s journey from self-centeredness to respect for the interconnected web of life.

Earth Scouts learn about people who have identified problems and created their own strategies to act on those problems effectively. They learn about policies and practices in their own neighborhood, city, state, nation and global community that interfere with the ability of people to live together happily and healthfully. Earth Scouts co-create their own strategies to address issues of mutual concern. These strategies may be as simple as doing research or as dynamic as passing a new law.

Earth Scouts co-create these strategies in groups that are supportive and cooperative. The goal of Earth Scouts is to empower participants to be leaders, invite them to fully embrace their role as members of local and national communities and institutions, and inspire the courage to live true to your beliefs even if it means being different.

Earth Scouts learn and grow together, becoming a values-oriented peer group bonded by the shared experience of transforming concern into action.

…Our goal for Earth Scouts is to support families evolving their own sustainable lifestyles, by bringing you activities, stories of successful community service dreamed up and carried out by youth, group process tips, explanations of the Earth Charter, and the experiences of other Earth Scout Communities. Our definition of family for this book is broad: loving people who join together in the hard and important work of raising children. Living by the principles in the Earth Charter, and trying to be a caring and responsible member of our Global Human Family requires creativity and a supportive community. We hope you find tools and ideas for both in the pages of this book.

…The National Earth Scouts organization is a program of the non-profit organization Earth Charter Communities, USA, and pursues the mission of supporting Earth Scouts groups with informational resources, and networking assistance. Individual scout communities are independent both financially and authoritatively. In other words, the national organization does not determine policies, or dictate programs, fundraise for individual groups or collect money from them. The national organization does unify Earth Scout communities under one identity and purpose: the official Earth Scouts Mission Statement. As such, it is the Earth Charter document itself that provides individual scout communities with the guidelines to shape how they conduct scout activities and fundraising. The national office only supports and promotes Earth Scout communities that operate in alignment with Earth Charter values and principles.

 

They credit the book to Earth Charter Communities  founder, Jan Roberts. The idea for Earth Scouts, they say, was “willed into existence” via Jan Roberts by “inviting people to share her vision as a gardener would tirelessly gather, plant, and tend a fertile plot of land.”

Jan Roberts, according to zoom-info, “has been working with grassroots leaders throughout the US, where political support for the Charter has been weaker than in many other countries” and ” is a longtime civic activist, former private practice psychotherapist, and founder of several nonprofits, including women’s and behavioral health agencies.Jan serves as founder and president of the Institute for Ethics & Meaning in Tampa.The Institute serves as the national organizing body for Earth Charter grassroots activities in the United States. The Earth Charter is an international people’s Declaration of Interdependence that was written by over 100,000 people in 78 countries over the course of 12 years.The concept of the Earth Charter is that all life is interdependent,” Roberts said.”It’s not only about cleaning up the air and the water, but it’s also about economic and social justice.” Here is the one minute Public Service Announcement:

Their slogan is “Changing the world one fun badge at a time—youth working together to make the Earth Charter a reality at home and in the community.”
 

Who is the face behind the earth charter?  Maurice Strong.

If you don’t recognize that name, it’s crucial you make his acquantance: Maurice Strong  1 2 3 4 5 6 

Here he is in a very recent interview discussing the Earth Charter:

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Defending Our Country Against Treasonist Acts

Posted on December 14, 2009. Filed under: Enemies of The State, General Info | Tags: , , , , , , |

The President took the following oath:

 “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The Constitution specifies in Article VI, clause 3:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

For other officials, including members of Congress, it specifies they “shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation to support this constitution.” At the start of each new U.S. Congress, in January of every odd-numbered year, those newly elected or re-elected Congressmen – the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate – must recite an oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

This oath is also taken by the Vice President, members of the Cabinet, and all other civil and military officers and federal employees other than the President.

TREASON (per Black’s Law Dictionary) :

A breach of allegiance to one’s government, usually committed through levying war against such government or by giving aid or comfort to the enemy. The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance; or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power. Treason consists of two elements: adherence to the enemy, and rendering him aid and comfort.

TREASON (per Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

Act of handing over, to hand over, betray.

I ask you, have they not committed treason? Our government is defined and embodied by the Constitution of the United States of America. I have shown you the oath they have willing and knowingly taken, but one they have trampled upon.

Spending our country into purposeful bankruptcy with bailout, stimulus, omnibus, omnibus II, health care non-reform, cap and trade non-solution to non-problem, possible Copenhagen agreement, amnesty to law breaking illegal aliens, trial of war criminals in the United States with Miranda rights, seizing our assets (water and natural resources), and on and on and on.

Is this NOT treason?

Take a stand America! This is not about politics. This is about YOUR COUNTRY!

How can you allow our loved ones to defend America abroad and not have the courage to defend America at home?

WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY!

Today is the National Day of Prayer.

Today is Code RED.

Today give a patriots Christmas Wish for Congress.

Today the Second American Revolution Begins.

Today you can choose not only to write your Senators and Representatives, but you can expose them. Visit our sister site http://www.watchdogcentral.org and see who’s buying off your government.  You can post wrong doing by those in a position of power on our forum.

There are many ways to get involved. America needs you! Are you merely a citizen, or are you a Patriot? Only you can answer that question, but answer with your heart.

 

The oaths of nations worldwide can be seen on Wikipedia.

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ANNOUNCING WATCHDOG CENTRAL

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Watchdog Tools | Tags: , , , |

I appreciate you stopping by Soldier for Liberty as often as you do. While I am happy so many patriots are interested in learning about what threatens our freedoms as Americans, I felt it was time to get everyone involved.

Today, I am proud to announce a new website, one I hope you will also visit often and participate in. Of course, we will continue to serve you here on the Soldier For Liberty site as well.

WATCHDOG CENTRAL located at  http://www.watchdogcentral.org  is a tool you as a citizen can use, but is also appropriate for fellow bloggers, reporters or researchers.

There are tons of tools to fight corruption, unearth wasteful government spending, learn about those who wish to “fundamentally change” America.

The tools are categorized by use. There are tools used to dig up dirt on people, groups, government, make connections between entities, and figure out who to tell what you’ve learned. We have a document bank, a video vault, a daily “drudge” style blog, and most importantly, we have a forum.

We’re hoping you will feel comfortable dropping in and looking around. Please, while you’re there, stop by the forum and chat.  Share what you know or learn what others have found.

I hope you will bookmark the site for reference.

The site is free to use, but we do appreciate donations, and will be adding sponsors to the site soon.

Please, get involved. Help us take back our country from the hands of deceipt and corruption, or at least educate yourself to what the threats really are.

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More Green Kool Aid Antidote

Posted on December 10, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

How interesting it was to come across this post today from The Met Office in Britain.

We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities. The evidence and the science are deep and extensive. They come from decades of painstaking and meticulous research, by many thousands of scientists across the world who adhere to the highest levels of professional integrity. That research has been subject to peer review and publication, providing traceability of the evidence and support for the scientific method.

The science of climate change draws on fundamental research from an increasing number of disciplines, many of which are represented here. As professional scientists, from students to senior professors, we uphold the findings of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which concludes that ‘Warming of the climate system is unequivocal’ and that ‘Most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations’.

Then they post a fairly impressive list of scientists, rumored to number around 1700, who “signed” their little statement.  Impressive, that is, until you learn The Met Office admitted that many of the signatories did not work on climate change. Impressive until you hear one of the signatories told The Times he felt pressured to sign as The Met Office has a history of appointing and working only with scientists who share their views to substantiate man made global warming. Impressive, until see the list of scientists on the other side of the matter, and read some of the comments in the newest update to the Senate Minority Report.

The Petition Project actually was launched nearly 10 years ago, when the first few thousand signatures were assembled. Then, between 1999 and 2007, the list of signatures grew gradually without any special effort or campaign.

More than 31,000 scientists across the U.S. – including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s in fields such as atmospheric science, climatology, Earth science, environment and dozens of other specialties – have signed a petition rejecting “global warming” the assumption that the human production of greenhouse gases is damaging Earth’s climate.

“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate,” the petition states. “Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

Here are some comments from the recent update of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Minority Staff Report Original Release: December 11, 2008

Presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland

Updated: December 22, 2008; January 27, 2009 & March 16, 2009

Highlights of the Updated 2009 Senate Minority Report featuring over 700 international scientists dissenting from man-made climate fears:

“I am a skeptic…Global warming has become a new religion.” – Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.

“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical…The main basis of the claim that man’s release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models. We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system.” – Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology, and formerly of NASA, who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years.”

Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” – UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.

“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds… I am really amazed that the Nobel Peace Prize has been given on scientifically incorrect conclusions by people who are not geologists.” – Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University and a board member of the UN-supported International Year of the Planet.

“So far, real measurements give no ground for concern about a catastrophic future warming.” – Scientist Dr. Jarl R. Ahlbeck, a chemical engineer at Abo Akademi University in Finland, author of 200 scientific publications and former Greenpeace member.

“Anyone who claims that the debate is over and the conclusions are firm has a fundamentally unscientific approach to one of the most momentous issues of our time.” – Solar physicist Dr. Pal Brekke, senior advisor to the Norwegian Space Centre in Oslo. Brekke has published more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles on the sun and solar interaction with the Earth.

“The models and forecasts of the UN IPCC “are incorrect because they only are based on mathematical models and presented results at scenarios that do not include, for example, solar activity.” – Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico

“It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don’t buy into anthropogenic global warming.” – U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.

“Even doubling or tripling the amount of carbon dioxide will virtually have little impact, as water vapour and water condensed on particles as clouds dominate the worldwide scene and always will.” – . Geoffrey G. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Auckland, NZ.

After reading [UN IPCC chairman] Pachauri’s asinine comment [comparing skeptics to] Flat Earthers, it’s hard to remain quiet.” – Climate statistician Dr. William M. Briggs, who specializes in the statistics of forecast evaluation, serves on the American Meteorological Society’s Probability and Statistics Committee and is an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review.

“The Kyoto theorists have put the cart before the horse. It is global warming that triggers higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, not the other way round…A large number of critical documents submitted at the 1995 U.N. conference in Madrid vanished without a trace. As a result, the discussion was one-sided and heavily biased, and the U.N. declared global warming to be a scientific fact,” Andrei Kapitsa, a Russian geographer and Antarctic ice core researcher.

“I am convinced that the current alarm over carbon dioxide is mistaken…Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science.” Award Winning Physicist Dr. Will Happer, Professor at the Department of Physics at Princeton University and Former Director of Energy Research at the Department of Energy, who has published over 200 scientific papers, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.

“Nature’s regulatory instrument is water vapor: more carbon dioxide leads to less moisture in the air, keeping the overall GHG content in accord with the necessary balance conditions.” – Prominent Hungarian Physicist and environmental researcher Dr. Miklós Zágoni reversed his view of man-made warming and is now a skeptic. Zágoni was once Hungary’s most outspoken supporter of the Kyoto Protocol.

“For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?” – Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008 International Geological Congress who has authored 130 plus peer reviewed papers, and is currently at Uppsala University in Sweden.

“Gore prompted me to start delving into the science again and I quickly found myself solidly in the skeptic camp…Climate models can at best be useful for explaining climate changes after the fact.” – Meteorologist Hajo Smit of Holland, who reversed his belief in man-made warming to become a skeptic, is a former member of the Dutch UN IPCC committee.

“The quantity of CO2 we produce is insignificant in terms of the natural circulation between air, water and soil… I am doing a detailed assessment of the UN IPCC reports and the Summaries for Policy Makers, identifying the way in which the Summaries have distorted the science.” – South Afican Nuclear Physicist and Chemical Engineer Dr. Philip Lloyd, a UN IPCC co-coordinating lead author who has authored over 150 refereed publications.

“Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.” – Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.

“All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.” – Geophysicist Dr. Phil Chapman, an astronautical engineer and former NASA astronaut, served as staff physicist at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is a dangerous nonsense…The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning.” – Environmental Scientist Professor Delgado Domingos of Portugal, the founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast group, has more than 150 published articles.

“CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another….Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so…Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.” – Dr. Takeda Kunihiko, vice-chancellor of the Institute of Science and Technology Research at Chubu University in Japan.

“The [global warming] scaremongering has its justification in the fact that it is something that generates funds.– Award-winning Paleontologist Dr. Eduardo Tonni, of the Committee for Scientific Research in Buenos Aires and head of the Paleontology Department at the University of La Plata.

“Whatever the weather, it’s not being caused by global warming. If anything, the climate may be starting into a cooling period.” Atmospheric scientist Dr. Art V. Douglas, former Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and is the author of numerous papers for peer-reviewed publications.

“But there is no falsifiable scientific basis whatever to assert this warming is caused by human-produced greenhouse gasses because current physical theory is too grossly inadequate to establish any cause at all.” – Chemist Dr. Patrick Frank, who has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles.

“The ‘global warming scare’ is being used as a political tool to increase government control over American lives, incomes and decision making. It has no place in the Society’s activities.” – Award-Winning NASA Astronaut/Geologist and Moonwalker Jack Schmitt who flew on the Apollo 17 mission and formerly of the Norwegian Geological Survey and for the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Earth has cooled since 1998 in defiance of the predictions by the UN-IPCC….The global temperature for 2007 was the coldest in a decade and the coldest of the millennium…which is why ‘global warming’ is now called ‘climate change.’” -Climatologist Dr. Richard Keen of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado.

“I have yet to see credible proof of carbon dioxide driving climate change, yet alone man-made CO2 driving it. The atmospheric hot-spot is missing and the ice core data refute this. When will we collectively awake from this deceptive delusion?” – Dr. G LeBlanc Smith, a retired Principal Research Scientist with Australia’s CSIRO. (The full quotes of the scientists are later in this report)

Did you take note of the British Court Decision that excoriates Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth?

According to UK’s New Party Website

The decision by the government to distribute Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth has been the subject of a legal action by New Party member Stewart Dimmock.  The Court found that the film was misleading in nine respects and that the Guidance Notes drafted by the Education Secretary’s advisors served only to exacerbate the political propaganda in the film.

In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 3.) Nine inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.

The inaccuracies are:

  • The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming.  The Government’s expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
  • The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years.  The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
  • The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming.  The Government’s expert had to accept that it was “not possible” to attribute one-off events to global warming.
  • The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming.  The Government’s expert had to accept that this was not the case.
  • The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice.  It turned out that Mr Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
  • The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant’s evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
  • The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching.  The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
  • The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
  • The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand.  The Government are unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim.

It goes on to say there were 20 inaccuracies found. Lord Monckton prepared a witness statement for the trial.

Lord Monckton, as discussed here earlier this week, noted in his recent speech, an unbiased forecast puts “global warming” at 0.5 degrees over the next hundred years, a statistically insignificant amount.

Still not convinced? Have you seen the Climategate emails? It had been rumored these were obtained by some mysterious Russian hacker. Truth is, we now learn, the documents came to light by the hands of a whistleblower on the inside. Although this puts to rest the reasoning behind the Lame Stream Media’s attempt to sequester the emails, not printing them because they were illegally obtained, most have yet to put them on display. They are on display here by clicking the link earlier in this paragraph.

In an interesting column, John Coleman – KUSI-TV, Weather Channel Founder, posted on What’s Up With That, a top tier scientific blog the following:

The 21st century Goliath is Global Warming. It is a powerful six-legged monster. In no order of strength, those legs are:

(1) The big money climate change scientists and their powerful institutions from governmental centers to Universities,

(2) The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which is a Geneva-based, highly funded bureaucracy controlled by one-world government political activists,

(3) Environmentalists who seek to use threats of climate chaos to stop the use of fossil fuels and return to a simpler, more “natural”, primitive lifestyle,

(4) Government at all levels whose political leaders find dealing with global warming is their opportunity to save us all from disaster cementing their status and success,

(5) The media populated by people who love to warn us of impending disaster and give us the advice we need to cope, who believe in Al Gore and his political party and who know that “the sky is falling” is the best headline of them all,

(6) Al Gore, who uses his status as a successful former Senator and Vice President to provide a platform to promote his message of doom and gloom, a message he learned in his only college science class and must have truly believed for many years but should see now is only an empty threat.

The total financial resources and power structure behind Goliath are staggering.

Goliath now occupies Copenhagen. For the 15th time, Goliath is meeting to publicize his long list of threatened consequences if do not head his demands. The ice will melt, the coasts and islands will flood displacing millions and killing tens of thousands; the polar bears and eventually thousands of other species will die as habitats are destroyed; hurricanes will become superstorms wrecking havoc on the coastal cities killing tens of thousands; heat waves will kill more hundreds of thousands as they grip the planet; drought and heat will destroy our agriculture starving untold millions more. He tells us this is because of our carbon footprints left by our burning of fossil fuels emitting exhaust of carbon dioxide.

Fifteen thousand “delegates” are attending Goliath’s conference coming by hundreds of private jet aircraft, riding in over a thousand limos, occupying every hotel room for miles around and all living on expense accounts paid by taxpayers and stock holders. They are making speeches, politicking one another and most importantly negotiating how much the people of each of their nations will reduce their carbon footprints in coming years, having a major impact on all our lifestyles.

Meanwhile, here at home The Environmental Protection Administration, part of Goliath’s government leg, just classified carbon dioxide as a pollutant that is an endangerment to our lives. And the US Congress is working with the President on legislation known as Cap and trade that will make all of us pay taxes for our carbon footprints.

Goliath is a rich and very powerful monster. He thrives on carbon dioxide.

Green Kool Aid turns out to be a lot like Grape.
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Talk About Social Injustice – Taxpayer funded jobs go to prisioners

Posted on December 9, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , |

Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Pete Hoekstra and Dave Camp put out a press release:

The president recently held a “Jobs Summit” at the White House. Topping the agenda was the creation of “green jobs.” With the unemployment rate in Michigan hovering above 15 percent and the nation at 10 percent, a great deal of hope is being thrust upon the renewable energy industry and the promise of “green jobs.”
It appears, however, the administration is content with having those jobs performed by prisoners as opposed to law-abiding citizens.

They went on to discuss UNICOR (the trade name for Federal Prison Industries, Inc.) whose mission of Federal Prison Industries, Inc. (FPI) to employ and provide job skills training to the greatest practicable number of inmates confined within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The program falls under the Department of Justice. Reps. Hoekstra and Camp went on to say:

… Unfortunately, most Americans remain unaware of the Federal Prison Industries’ (FPI) exploits. FPI employs cheap prison labor — compensating inmates at wages of between 23 cents and $1.15 an hour — to assemble products purchased by federal agencies under a mandatory source arrangement.

Mandatory source status means if a federal agency needs to purchase a product offered by FPI, the agency must buy it from FPI, even if the price is higher, the quality lower or the delivery longer than that of commercial products.

In looking at their list of literally hundreds of items, shown below, at least 50% are labeled as “Mandatory” meaning “Federal customers are required to give procurement priority to FPI, when UNICOR is able to provide the desired product, within the required time frame, and at a competitive price. When FPI is unable to meet the customer’s price, delivery and quality requirements, a waiver is granted.” Competitive price is not defined on the website. The press release continued:

FPI has used its competitive advantage for years to expand its business into such industries as furniture, vehicular components and textiles. …The furniture industry and automotive parts suppliers know this battle all too well. Now FPI has set its sights on the renewable energy sector, a.k.a. “green jobs.”

President Obama has committed to spending $150 billion from taxpayers over 10 years for renewable energy incentives and jobs, but FPI is undercutting the taxpayers’ investment and siphoning job opportunities.

We have all heard the President, most recently at the “Jobs Summit” say he was going to turn unemployment around using weatherization and other “green” jobs. Maybe he didn’t see the Van Jones videos. Van Jones, Obama’s fired “Green Jobs Czar” said numerous times, on video, the green jobs would be given to the inmates.

He calls it social justice. I call it injustice. Justice would be criminals being punished for breaking the law. Instead they are rewarded with luxuries law abiding citizens do not have. Things like a college education, free medical, vision and dental coverage, and now even our jobs. That’ll teach them!

They get to keep the money they earn, and according to the government website, they have used the money to pay off restitution, child support, etc.. Here’s a thought, maybe they should have to use the money for rent, food, education, etc…????? -to reimburse the taxpayers for expenses we incur to incarcerate them and provide them services. That’s actual justice. The website boasts they are even able to send money home to their families. How nice. EXCUSE ME??? The Reps go on to say:

In 2003 and 2006, the U.S. House passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote (350 to 65 and 362 to 57 respectively), a bill we introduced to eliminate FPI’s mandatory source status.

The bill allowed private sector companies and their law-abiding employees to compete on a level playing field with FPI. However, the Senate failed to send it to the president for signature.

… In eight years under the Bush administration the Justice Department failed to connect the dots on the negative economic impact of the rapidly expanding FPI. President Obama appears willing to let FPI — which operates under the executive branch — to continue to grow. FPI’s FY2009 Annual Report shows that sales continued to surge to $889 million. More disconcerting, however, is its board’s aggressive vision for future “expansion into the renewable energy sector.”

If the president and lawmakers want to continue touting the virtues of “green jobs,” or any other jobs for that matter, they should focus on badly needed jobs for law-abiding citizens.

We will soon reintroduce legislation in Congress to curb FPI’s unfair advantage and support for private sector firms and their non-inmate workers. Americans deserve an opportunity to bid on federal contracts funded by their own tax dollars.

Here is the list of jobs and services FPI provides. (note even help center and phone bay services are provided):

THE UNICOR BUSINESS GROUPS

The Clothing and Textiles Group (CTG) provides a wide range of products, the majority of which are procured from a distinct cadre of customers on a contractual basis. Individual orders can likewise be placed through the CTG’s on-line store. Items include military clothing such as army combat uniforms, physical fitness apparel, shirts and cold weather gear. In addition, specialty bags (for helmets, tools and the United States Postal Service), body armor, gloves, household items (mattresses, towels, linens, custom drapes, bedspreads), as well as screen printing, embroidery services and textile repair services are offered.

The Electronics Business Group (EBG) is heavily relied upon by the Nation’s military to provide cost-effective, precision manufacturing. Product lines include cable assemblies and wire harnesses, circuit boards, electrical components and connectors, lighting and power distribution, fiber optics, communications and plastics/molding technologies and, more recently, solar panel manufacturing.

The Fleet Solutions Group (FSG) provides a complete range of fleet modernization and remanufacturing programs including tactical vehicle and vehicular components manufacturing (RESET/RECAP), retrofitting and conversion services, as well as fleet asset services.

The Industrial Products Group (IPG) offers a diverse range of products which include agency seals, traffic /architectural signs, vehicle tags, name plates/tags, filtration services, and lockers, pallet racking and catwalks, prescription and safety eyewear, security fencing, as well as a wide variety of recognition and promotional products.

The Office Furniture Group (OFG) offers a full spectrum of products to furnish virtually any environment, from reception/lounge areas, dormitory settings and medical offices, to executive suites. Product lines include systems/modular workstations, wood case goods, file and storage offerings, office accessories, and seating appropriate for all venues. And all OFG factories have achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification.

The Recycling Business Group (RBG) offers electronics recycling which meets all federal, state and local requirements. If an item cannot be reused, it is broken down into recyclable component parts. The RBG is ISO 9001:2000 certified by the International Standards Organization. Currently, eight processing centers and six collection sites are located throughout the country, and during Fiscal Year 2008, the RBG processed more than 37 million pounds of obsolete and excess electronics from both the private and public sectors which saved precious landfill space.

The Services Business Group (SBG) offers a full range of services which include data and document conversion, digitizing, electronic imaging, printing and bindery, contact center/help desk support, forward/reverse logistics, as well as warehousing and distribution.

I am certain they will tell you, the nearly 22,000+ inmates currently employed by FPI are not taking jobs away from the citizens, but I ask you, doesn’t this list show jobs in which the unemployed would certainly be interested?

Just to put the dot one the i, here’s a look at the growing unemployment situation in this country, by moving graph.

Between losing  jobs to illegal immigrants, prisoners and a bad economy, is it any wonder unemployment is so high?

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