Wasteful Spending…and Buying
September 1, 2009
Highway 65 runs through the
Ozarks, and it is quite beautiful.
Since Obama’s Stimulus bill passed, there has been a
manmade addition. There
is a sign where the road is being resurfaced
that reads “Made Possible By the Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009”.
I have traveled that stretch of highway several times a
year for several years and can tell you it needed no repair.
I currently reside in Columbia,
MO, where our local government is “beautifying” the
streets…adding raised grass medians where there was once
painted concrete, ”improving” the crosswalks, (most of which
were already bicycle and wheelchair accessible) requiring the
moving of stoplights a mere few feet.
Columbia is a foot traffic and bicycle-friendly town.
This is going on while one of our main thoroughfares is
in desperate need of repair.
They “improved” that throughway about 3 years ago by
scraping the surface down to the concrete, and calling it done!
I am not against beautifying any city IF our country has
the money to do it, BUT our country is so far in debt we may
never crawl from under it!
So, I ask, should we be wasting money?
My dad would argue that
“beautifying the city” is stimulating the economy; after
all, it is giving those people something to do, for which they
get paid, so they can, in turn, purchase goods and
services…so, I guess in a round about way, he is right.
BUT should the stimulus money be spent in such a way? Should the “infrastructure” be repaired if it really
doesn’t need it, just to “stimulate” the economy?
According to www.brillig.com,
at the time of this writing, our National Public Debt is
$11,730,801,000,000-plus, that reads…11 trillion, 730 billion,
801 million plus dollars! Can
you even begin to comprehend this?
Divide that by the TOTAL population of the United States
of America and that comes to more than $38,000 PER EVERY man,
woman and child! Multiply
that by the number of people living in your household and you
start to get an ugly picture!
What is going on? Well…according
to the Obama Administration, and the Bush administration too,
something had to be done!
First, government officials
decided that some businesses were too big to fail so our
government went into the housing, insurance and banking
businesses and the automotive industry by “bailing out” some
of these type businesses. Our
representatives gave money to the very people whose
ill-conceived business and financial practices disintegrated our
entire economy. Why
would they do that? Anyone
with ANY amount of common sense would not have considered it!
Then…with the economy in ruins,
government officials decided that we needed to stimulate it,
because people were not spending.
Well…common sense, again, comes into play…NO ONE HAS
ANY MONEY…OF COURSE THEY AREN'T SPENDING IT! The businesses receiving bail out funds, and others since,
have laid off hundreds of thousands of people, who are now out
of work…and suffering, but are the executives that made the
bad decisions having to endure the stress and humiliation of
losing their jobs? Of course not! They
are still receiving mega pay and bonuses!
President Obama is a very
charismatic, handsome guy.
He never had my support, however, because he does not
believe in We-the-People. That
was made very clear when he chose to vote for several egregious
pieces of legislation, including the FISA Amendment Act.
Yet, others see him as the savior of this Country.
According to Open Secrets, the Obama campaign raised
nearly $750 million. That
is a lot of money for a job with a compensation package of
$569,000 (That is $2,276,000 for a 4-year term or $4,552,000 for
an 8-year term.) As
critical thinkers, we need to ask ourselves why it takes nearly
$750 million to get a job that pays less than 1% of that.
By examining some easily
researchable facts, thanks to www.OpenSecrets.org,
we can actually start to paint a fascinating picture.
AT&T is THE top all-time
donor to politicians. From
1989 through 2008 the employees of AT&T, have donated
$43,206,447 to those folks running for government office.
Does anybody wonder why Congress sold the people of the
United States down the river to give AT&T and the other
telecoms retroactive immunity with the passage of the FISA
As we peruse more pieces of
information, again, we find some other enlightening facts.
Obama’s campaign for President raised over $23.2
million JUST from the Banking and Finance Industries.
Of that, over 10% was donated by employees with Goldman
Sachs, Citigroup, JPMorgan, UBS Ag, and Morgan Stanley.
Add the Insurance and Real Estate industries and his
combined haul from Finance, Insurance and Real Estate was well
over $39.4 million (receiving nearly $10.4 million from the Real
Estate and receive $2.27-plus million from the Insurance.)
No wonder Obama voted FOR Bush’s bailout!
(McCain raised over $28.9 million so don’t feel bad for
Take a look at what is going on
now. There is a
huge debate over Health Care reform.
Many want it, many don’t and others, still, are calling
for Tort Reform. What’s
the connection? Obama
collected well over $18.6 million from several health related
industries for his 2008 Election bid.
Who wants the bill passed?
What about Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi? Well,
she faired ok, receiving around $612,000 from the Finance,
Insurance and Real Estate industries.
What is more telling for her, though, is her list of
assets. On her 2007
Personal Financial Disclosure (the most current on Open Secrets)
Ms Pelosi owns AIG and Bank of America assets valued up to
$566,000. Her Real
Estate assets range up to $1 million! Do you think she was going to let the bank or real estate
Representative Chris Dodd seems like
a very likable guy …but take a look under the surface.
From 2003 to 2008 Mr. Dodd, the current Chairman of the
Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, received
donations in the neighborhood of $10 million from the industries
of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. In normal circles, this would amount to a conflict of
interest. Not only
that, he received a VIP Loan from Countrywide, the mortgage
company now owned by Bank of America (who’s employees invested
$119,250 in Dodd). Also
Dodd’s wife works for a company linked to AIG.
Considering these last two pieces of information, could
they be conflicts of interest, as well?
By the way, the
new buzz-phrase for the Democrats with regard to Healthcare
Reform is “Not Deficit Neutral,” as in they will not pass or
sign a bill that is not deficit neutral.
I have now heard several say exactly that at their
respective Town Hall Meetings.
Unfortunately, the program will have to be paid for in
some manner (the early proposal for cost on Healthcare Reform is
around $1 trillion over ten years) and our country is already
experiencing a huge deficit, so I’d like to know how they plan
to accomplish that! And,
that brings to mind the amount of money employees of the Health
Professional Industry donated to the 2008 election cycle:
more than $95.8 million (split nearly evenly between
Democrats and Republicans)!
Add in the
likes of George Soros and friends (and people like them) and the
money starts to make some real sense.
Soros and some of his high-profile friends have funded
some interesting organizations.
The Center for American Progress (a “think tank”
headed by former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta) is funded
in part by Soros, along with friends Peter Lewis of Progressive
Insurance, Herb and Marion Sandler, formerly of Golden West
Financial and presently of Pro Publica (a “media newsroom”
specializing in “investigative journalism of public interest.”),
and Steven Bing, a Real Estate developer and film producer. Their hands are in many other pots, Sandler’s is involved
with ACORN, Soros and Lewis’ with America Coming Together (a
527 Group) and MoveOn.Org and all have quite the donations to
the 2008 Election Cycle. Soros,
openly known to dislike George W Bush, donated both individually
and through his Management Fund (by way of 527’s) $10,050,000
during the 2008 election cycle.
This tiny tip of the iceberg is
beginning to paint a very wicked picture! This Constitutional
Republic is moving backward, not forward…our country is
becoming Socio-Fascist. As citizens, we need to recognize it and do something
about it. Do we
want to be truly free or would we rather be slaves to a
government that does not represent us?
First, it is more than obvious
that money needs to be TOTALLY REMOVED from the political
process and system. Second,
we need to understand that when things are mandated, that is not
freedom, that is slavery…and third, we need be responsible for
our own actions. When
will we put a stop to the nonsense on the Hill? When will we finally draw our line in the sand, stand up and
say “No more!” When
will we realize that we have to actually participate in the
running of the government that represents us?
Many people have done just that, with regard to
Healthcare Reform, and at least our representatives have been
forced to listen! If
we do not step up, we will get the representation we
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General Information about the
President of the United States
TARP Recipients Paid Out $114
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Dodd's Wife a Former Director of
Bermuda-Based IPC Holdings, an AIG Controlled Company
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The Healthcare Debate
August 12, 2009
I will admit
it; I do not have insurance.
Am I worried? Not really. My
family tries to live as healthy a life as we can.
I will also go on the record here by saying that I do
hold very positive thoughts, pray, if you will, regularly, for
the health and safety of my children, family and friends.
Do I wish I had
health insurance? Sometimes I do. But,
I don’t want to raise anyone else’s taxes to get it and I
don’t want someone else to pay for it.
Do I feel the Federal Government has the right to
legislate that I get health insurance?
No, I do not.
people cannot afford insurance is that the medical industry
(this includes the pharmaceutical industry) is so out of hand.
Remembering back to when I was a child and even a bit
later into my 20’s, I remember that doctors charged a fair
price for health care. We
didn’t have people suing doctors at the drop of a hat.
AND, doctors were willing to let you pay a percentage up
front and make payments for the rest, if you could not afford to
pay all of it up front. Did
I have health insurance back then?
Yes, but it was affordable.
BUT, there was no co-pay this and prescriptions for $5
that and other stuff.
Doctors go to
school for a long time to learn their trade.
Some choose it because of a genuine desire to help
choose the profession because of the money to be made.
Either way, the cost of going to school is tremendous.
Some would argue that they chose that profession, so what
does that have to do with it?
They put in the time so they should get paid for it.
Let me tell you
what I remember, though. When
people could afford health care, you went to the doctor when you
were ill, and also for a yearly check up.
The first thing
I remember driving up the cost of healthcare was that people
started suing the doctors for malpractice, a lot.
Now, I am not one to begrudge a person who has been taken
advantage of, but the judgments and settlements were out of this
insurance went through the roof, sending the cost of healthcare
on an upward spiral. AND,
even if doctors were/are found innocent, there was/are still the
attorney fees and the time out of the practice.
(I wonder if doctors get the opportunity to counter-sue
for the loss of money and time???)
Next, I noticed
that as more and more people found it difficult to afford
insurance, whether it was because they did not make enough to
afford it or the rate of divorce, or whatever the reason, single
parents and low-income families could get on Medicaid. That
seemed to be a really good thing.
But, as this kept happening, I personally know of doctors
that abused the system, and to a great degree!
It seemed to
me, and I will admit that I am not a government administrator,
that if the government was going to dole out money, they would
at least try to track it. Many
people in my area knew that if you were going to see this one
doctor, who took Medicaid patients, your initial visit would be
at least $125 to $150 dollars.
That is in the early ‘90’s.
And, it didn’t matter why you were there, there were no
was common knowledge. That
particular doctor’s office was one of only a few in the city
where I lived that took Medicaid at the time.
He ran every test known to man for children, even if they
didn’t really need it. Did
the government investigate him…ever?
No, he continued to practice, bilking the government for
every dime he could get…wasn’t his money and it wasn’t the
money of his patients, so what did it matter?
everyone else’s money. Shortly before and following that point, I saw healthcare
costs skyrocket and the treatments become more and more useless.
I say that to state this, government got involved, albeit
trying to do something worthwhile, and the cost of maintaining
your health became out of reach.
In defense of
doctors, and I can’t believe I am about to do this, but bear
with me…Doctors decide their course of action, first and
foremost, by what we tell them.
If we go to the doctor and are less than honest with
them, they may not have the facts they need to determine what
the next step should be and what is really wrong with us.
So, to that end, should the doctor be held responsible
for his diagnosis if you do not give him all the facts?
No…your healthcare begs the active participation of
your healthcare provider AND you!
If we want true
healthcare reform, we need to concentrate on prevention.
We need to make better decisions about our own
lifestyles. If we
choose to drink ourselves into a drunken stupor, that should be
our right, but we should also be responsible for the results of
the drinking. That
goes for smoking and eating too much and everything else.
We need behavioral specialists to quit assigning
everything a “disease” status.
And, we need to be responsible for what we do.
There are some
other factors I am willing to concede to that could very well
contribute to some of our health related problems.
needs to stop adding chemicals to our drinking water that
depress the major organs of our bodies…Did you know that
fluoride and chlorine negatively affect your thyroid? Why, yes they do…among other things. AND, if you garden and do not use filtered water to water
your garden, you are adding those chemicals to your lovely
produce, as well. And
showering in the toxic chlorine/fluoride solution…hot water
causes your body to absorb the toxins through your skin.
Have there been
enough studies to actually tell us the harm or good of
genetically modified foods?
I understand the reasoning that has been used to justify
genetically modified foods…to increase the production rate of
food, so we have enough for everyone on the planet…Why not try
something novel…let farmers farm!
I read where
some farm lands have been (and probably still are being) signed
up for the Conservation Reserve Program, thus being paid
(through the government) not to farm.
I spoke to a lady that told me the government pays her
farmer friends not to farm on their land, but I do not know if
it has to do with the same program.
I also read the same thing is going on in England, and I
am willing to bet it goes on all over the planet.
that even make sense? We
need food and the world is paying farmers not to grow food!
This could actually help curtail the rotten economy, help
farmers AND help world hunger…but then…I am not an expert…
President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority
Leader Steny Hoyer and many other Democrats are ramming
healthcare reform down our throats as if to drown out our meager
screams to stop with the nonsense.
Pelosi and Hoyer wrote an article in USA Today calling
all of us who are drowning out opposing views “un-American.”
My question to them is, do they feel they fall into the
un-American category? Healthcare reform proponents are not listening to those of us
who are against it. In
fact, recently, one man trying to attend a Town Hall Meeting it
was beaten up in St Louis.
AND a reporter on the scene stated that those against
Healthcare reform were not being allowed into the meeting.
has not been very successful at managing its own business and
truly needs to just bow out of the process…we do not need
healthcare reform any more than we need any other over-bloated
government program. We
need less government participation in our everyday lives.
Let us live our lives freely and independently of big
brother’s intrusion. We,
as responsible citizens, NEED to be responsible for our own
government needs to be held responsible for its actions…Period!
research and investigation:
An interesting History
of Medical Malpractice
Your Thyroid Working Properly
The Thyroid and Fluoride
The CRP: Paying
Farmers Not to Farm
Pays $1.3 Billion to People Who Don't Farm
Beat Patriot at Obamacare Town Hall in St Louis
Divided We Fall
July 18, 2009
My daughter was so looking
forward to starting school this fall with her friends. We
home school part time and she attends the local high school part
time. We received mail from the school yesterday with her
registration packet in it and she started reading through it
with glee. However, the more she read, the less gleeful
It appears there is a new form to
be filled out. As my daughter read through the form she
became more and more agitated. The note reads:
"...new guidelines for the
US Department of Education regarding the collection of data on
race and ethnicity for public school students and staff.
The Federal Government, which requires all states to collect
this information, has developed a new way to report ethnicity
and race that includes new categories."
"It goes on to say:
"The federal government has
developed these new categories in order to provide a more
accurate picture of the nation's ethnic and racial
diversity. This will enable individuals to be identified
in ethnic and racial classifications and in more than one racial
"The data with the new
ethnicity and race categories will be used in the same manner
that such information is currently used. For example, the
federal government uses racial and ethnic data in reporting and
analyzing test results. The new categories will replace
all existing categories for use in state and federal data
collections that include data on ethnicity or race."
It is nearly impossible for me to
believe that in 2009 race is still an issue! I grew up in
the '60's and '70's, starting school in 1965. My dad grew
up on a farm and my mother is a US citizen born overseas.
They did not teach me that there was any differences between me
and other people, black, white, Indian, or any other. I
was taught to treat EVERYONE with respect...AND I was reared in
the South! In my family, we were not taught to nor allowed
to refer to anyone by race. I made friends with
everyone...everyone! As I got older, I saw that certain
people were treated differently. I really never understood
that, because of my upbringing.
In High School, I boycotted the
"Senior Dance," because, while it was called the
"Senior Dance," not all the Seniors were
invited. Arguing with my friends didn't help. They
told me that I was invited, and could invite anyone I
wanted...accept for the black Seniors. There were even
Seniors from other schools attending, but not all the Seniors
from my school. Later, I found out that the black Seniors
were going to have their own party, and several people boycotted
that dance as well.
Remember "Divide and
Conquer?" To this day, I do not understand
this! How do we plan to unify we when are constantly
dividing ourselves? When we classify ourselves as
something other than the Human Race, we ARE divided. We
will never, NEVER, achieve unity in ANY form until we stop this
nonsense and become the HUMAN RACE! What effects one of us
effects all of us. THIS is the information all the
politicians, including the ever-effervescent Obama are
missing! Want to make a difference? Want change you
can believe in? Then STOP categorizing people. Treat
EVERY person o t his planet with dignity and respect and start
referring to all of us as the HUMAN RACE! At that
point, we will have Unity!
Another What? Is ANYONE
July 7, 2009
Rep. Steny Hoyer, according to Bloomberg
News, told reporters in D.C. that we should be open to
another stimulus program. Has anyone been paying
attention? The Bush-era bailout was a complete
disaster...and we can't blame all of that on Bush (even though
we might like to!). Do you remember back in late September
2008 when they were debating the $700 Billion bailout?
According to Rep.
Brad Sherman, the House was told several really scary
things, and even threatened with Martial Law unless the thing
was passed! Then-Secretary of the Treasury Henry
impending-market-crash Paulson speculated that if the bill
didn't pass, the market would take a 3000-point dive...Well, the
bill passed, the market has fallen WAY more than 3000 points,
and some of the already irresponsible companies that got bailout
funds as taxpayers were told to tighten their respective belts
paid for lavish jaunts to destinations some of us could only
dream of AND paid BONUSES to their employees.
Do we remember what the
"bailout" was supposed to do? Yes...bail out
some businesses, but also to help banks so they would loan more
money so that people would feel confident in the economy and
STIMULATE it...Fast forward to the beginning of the Obama
Administration just a mere few months after the bailout.
The Democratically led Congress made the case for Obama's
"Stimulus" package. The package was gargantuan,
but Congress and the Obama administration were able to pare it
back to a mere $787 Billion. The debate was
entertaining...mainly because Democrats were arguing with the
Republicans saying they needed this new "stimulus
package" because of the disastrous "Republican"
bailout. The Democrats blamed the Republicans for the lack
of oversight in the Republican version, yet Congress, at the
time, was Democratically led. Democrats in Congress
criticized Bush, claiming he let them down on oversight, and
Congress itself didn't place its own person in the allotted
We need to remember a few MAJOR
details about the "Republican" bailout. First,
you may want to revisit Rep.
Mark Burgess' remarks on the House floor in late September
when he told the House that "House Republicans were cut out
of the process" and that he, personally, had been thrown
out of more meetings than he thought possible. Second, 73%
of the House DEMOCRATS and 80% of Democratic Senators voted FOR
the "Republican" bailout while only 46% of House
Republicans and 69% of Senate Republicans voted for it.
Third, and this is important, then-Senator Barack Obama, Senator
Chris Dodd, then-Senator Hilary Clinton, Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer ALL voted
FOR the "Republican" bailout. Regardless of
whose administration it was, this WAS a Democratic bill!
More to the point, we have had
the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the
$787 Billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 pass
within five-ish months of each other, and we are STILL in dire
straits. We now have the highest unemployment figures
since August 1983 (that is 26 years!). And Rep Steny Hoyer
thinks we need to be open to another "stimulus"
Steny, I've got a bridge I'd like
to sell ya...and maybe, just maybe, California would be willing!
And it took the Supreme Court
to tell us this was Unconstitutional?
June 26, 2009
There was several bits of
disturbing news today. First Farrah Fawcett died after her
long battle with cancer. Then Michael Jackson died of an
apparent heart attack. These two people were icons in the
entertainment industry. And while the news of their deaths
was somewhat of a shock, that was not the disturbing news.
What disturbed me, a mother of two teenaged daughters, was that
it took the Supreme Court to rule that a strip search of a 13
year old girl was unconstitutional. How, may I ask, can
there even be any question?
Now a college student, Savanna
Redding is finally getting some partial justice! Another
student at her Middle School reported that she had gotten two
prescription strength ibuprofen from Redding, so the vice
principle escorted Redding to his office and searched her
backpack. When he found nothing, the teenaged Redding was
taken to the nurses office and told to disrobe, then told to
move her bra around and shake out her panties, exposing her
breasts and her pelvic area, according to reports. Nothing
While the justices found that the
search was against Redding's Constitutional rights, they also
cited that the vice principle Kerry Wilson and the nurse could
not be held liable in court. What a bunch of bull!
All I have to say is they better be darn glad it wasn't one of
my daughters or I would OWN that school district! The
shining light in this was the stand taken by Justices Ruth Bader
Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens. Ginsburg stated that,
"Wilson's treatment of Redding was abusive and it was not
reasonable for him to believe that the law permitted it."
What is it about people that they
do not understand what is permissible and what isn't? How
in any realm of reason did Wilson and the school nurse think
strip searching a 13 year old on the word of one student could
be legal? I must say, I am at a loss! What is our
school system coming to when those in positions of authority
have no more common sense that this?
Again, they best be glad it
wasn't my daughter, cause they would be in one world of hurt!
Journalism at its finest!
June 17, 2009
A friend brought something
interesting to my attention today. Apparently a writer for
the Washington Times needs to do a bit more research...but from
the looks of things, if she is paying any attention at all, she
is getting educated quite quickly via reader
Written yesterday, the article
in question, written by Patrice Hill, is a shining example
of what journalism has become and why people are losing faith in
our mainstream media. And, if my own experience in
researching news holds true, this article will be snatched,
revised and be reposted, minus the blatant error, and no one
will be the wiser.
The beginning of the very first
sentence is a lie. It reads, "The Federal Reserve,
already arguably the most powerful agency in the U.S. government..."
The question we should all be asking is, "Does Ms Hill
really not know that the Federal Reserve is not
"federal" or is she, and the Washington Times, by
extension, feeding the public blatantly false information so as
to keep them from realizing what is going on?
My friend, Paul Sheridan,
concluded this, "It is a BLATANT attempt to misdirect and
divert the American idiot into thinking that the Federal Reserve
Act of 1913 was somehow representative of the interest of the
American taxpayers and patriots." He may very well be
right! Sheridan, a hero by all rights, is understandably
concerned. He called the Washington Times, and had to make
three phone calls before getting someone who would at least hear
Lets spell a few things out...for
Ms Hill and the Washington Times. The Federal Reserve is
the third in a series of "banks" that attempt to
handle the financial goings on of the country. The
Constitution gives Congress the power to coin our money and,
through the insistence of our first Secretary of the Treasury,
Alexander Hamilton, our Congress turned over it's duty to the
First, and ultimately the Second, Bank of the United
States. Both failed miserably. (Please see Life
On The Edge Of A Bubble for more information.) Our
money is now in the hands of the utterly inept Third Bank of the
United States, more commonly known as the Federal
I will be watching the Washington
Times, as they told Sheridan that they would run another article
to "straighten this out." I wait with bated
breath to see if they got the message, and the education, that
they sorely lack! As for the integrity of journalism...I
put no faith in them what-so-ever!
Could this Be Related?
June 11, 2009
The price of gas is on the rise,
but then, you'd have to have been living under a rock the past
few weeks not to have notice. Why is it that that the
price of everything is going up just when everyone is struggling
to stay afloat? Do people not realize this is a
There is a report out today that
says that household
net worth is off by $14 trillion. What? Makes me
glad I do not own a home right now...There was a report in
September that the housing market crash is in direct correlation
with the rise of gas prices to over $4 a gallon (average) last
year. (See America
Obsolete here.) So, with the rising gas prices, are we
going to have even more problems?
People need to work so they can
pay their bills. People might pay their bills late, but
they are not going to quit a perfectly good job, so it seems we
are in a catch-22. Gotta get to work, so I am going to
have to pay the ridiculous price to get there. BUT, the
cost of gas is so high, it is really eating away at my
budget. I am going to feed my family, and go to work, so
now what? On top of that, businesses are losing money
because they no one can afford their products anymore, so now,
they are either cutting back employee hours (again, eating into
their overall budget) or laying off their work force to the
point that they can barely function, yep, you guessed it, eating
into the layed-off workers overall budget.
Well, I am here to tell you this
whole sordid "game" we have going on stinks!
Wait, though. I have a novel concept...We all need to find
a way to quit playing their game! I realize this is easier
said than done, but we have to find a way to play a fair game,
leaving behind those who want to cheat us. Those who pass
laws and then take no blame for the results. Those who
make bad decisions, then get their buddies in Congress to pass
the cost on to the American citizens.
It is my belief that if we work
on it, we will be able to find a solution. Let's get to
Pay Attention...Get Outraged!
June 4, 2009
We are constantly reading and
hearing about the failing economy. Jobless rates are sky
high, and people are losing their homes. And what the heck
are they doing on The Hill? Well, they aren't representing
us, that's for sure! I must ask, how do these people
continue to get elected? We complain and complain but come
election day, we elect the same jokers that knifed us in the
back in the first place.
have defended the working men and women of this country to many
a "patriot," because I realize that we are all so busy
trying to make it that we are practically zombies when we get
home from work, only to find more work, and children and/or
animals to look after. We don't really pay attention to
the news...it serves as back ground noise. I wouldn't
worry too much about it. Main stream news lost touch with
its audience, and reality, a long time ago!
I will tell you this, though, IF
we do not start paying attention to what is going on, we are
going to wake up one day and not recognize the country in which
Here is some of the why you need
to be paying attention...We are broke, as a nation.
Why? Because of bad leadership by those we elect to
represent us and because of poor personal decisions on our own
part. I am as guilty as everyone else...but no one is
paying me to fix things. AND, if they WERE paying me as
much as we pay our representatives, I would for darned sure get
to fixing things...I'd FIND a way!
We have had several
administrations just royally screw us over with their
out-of-control spending. The Democrats blame the
Republicans and the Republicans blame the Democrats. Let
me tell you that if you have not been paying attention and have
just emerged from your zombie state to find this once-great
country in a mess, they are ALL to blame!
the president of "change we can believe in," hasn't
changed much, but maybe his residence. Instead of doing
something useful, he and his democrats have passed another
massive spending bill, after the first one didn't do what it was
supposed to...Congressional Democrats blamed the first massive
bailout on Bush and the Republicans...yet they seem to have
forgotten that Obama and Biden voted for it, along with Pelosi
and a large majority of the Democrats...After all, in 2008 the
Democrats held the majority in Congress, and it passed
that, one of the first things Obama did was approve a drone
strike against Palestine, something left over from the Bush
administration...He made promises on the campaign trail to not
hire lobbyists in his white house, then turned around and hired
several. Obama rejected torture, but his administration
will not prosecute anyone for waterboarding prisoners. And
the spending...His bailout is chock full of waste, in a time
when we need all the money we can get...What the heck?
Lest you think I am just picking
on our newest entry in the President-of-the-United States game,
Former President George W. Bush and his nasty little
administration entered us into an illegal war with Afghanistan
and Iraq that is devastating our troops and has cost us
$864-plus Billion dollars, and counting...and that's just a
starters. Congress could have stopped President Bush, as
is their legal right, not to mention their duty, to do, but they
chose not to perform the task to which they were
elected...representing our best interest.
with the help of the Bush administration, pushed through
legislation that attacked several of our very basic rights in
USA PATRIOT Act and it's "Improvement and
Reauthorization" cost us our freedom of speech, our right
to privacy, our right to a speedy trial, our right to NOT be
incarcerated with out a grand jury indictment, our right not to
endure unusual punishments. They passed legislation that
stripped us of our right to Habeas Corpus and another that ended
Posse Comitatus. They passed a law requiring a "Real
ID" instead of our usual drivers license...And then enter
the introduction of the bill I, and many others, refer to as
thought crime legislation...Thank goodness Congress as a whole
did not see fit to pass this bill, although I must say, I have
heard the language put forth in the Violent Radicalization and
Homegrown Terrorism Act in other places, making me wonder if
they just introduced it to say, well it didn't pass, making us
all feel better about it, only to find out they have decided to
incorporate the thinking of the bill into actions in other ways.
Bush administration was not forth-coming during several
investigations into wrong doing, and when the people in this
country thought they would get a fair shake by returning the
Congress to the Democrats at the 2006 mid-term elections, boy
did they get a shock! Their "fearless leader,"
Rep Nancy Pelosi, was quick to let them know that the justice
they craved was "off the table." Unfortunately
for the 110th Congress it has been dubbed the Do-Nothing
Congress...And rightfully so...Except for a couple of
things...they passed some legislation that should never have
been introduced in the first place.
implore you to try and pay attention to what is going on around
you. Many of us are already angry. Many of us know
something isn't right. There are plenty of other sources
for news. Start with our resources
page. There are several places to get info about what
is going on in the world. Listen to some alternative
media. When you have been initiated into the real
goings on, maybe you can check out one of these educational
films. But most importantly, please, please let's quit
electing people that are so out of touch with us that they think
by bailing out Wall Street and faulty businesses they are
helping us! I read in USA Today the other day that the new
national debt per household is $668,000-plus, $546,000-plus is
Federal debt. Please pay attention and get outraged!
PLEASE...for all our sakes!
A Trillion Dollars
With the $700 Billion Bush
Bailout plan, the $787 Billion Obama Stimulus plan and the new
possibly $1 trillion Obama bailout, it is high time people
understand just what “a trillion” is. If they truly understood this, I think they would all be as
livid as I! (Bear
with me, because this does not make for great reading…but it
is extremely enlightening!)
We can all agree that we would be
sitting really pretty if we had a six-figure income, right?
Let’s say we made a consistent $150,000 a year,
starting at age 18 until we retired at age 75.
I’ll do the math…We would have made $8,550,000 in our
life. That is not bad, but lets say we stumbled upon something
really crazy and made a consistent $250,000 per year for the
same period. We
would have made $14,250,000 for our life’s work.
Now, keep in mind, that is with absolutely NO raise for
the 57 years of work…Now, lets think about this, 100,000
people can work for $150,000, or 70,000 people for $250,000, for
the 57 years and that would STILL not be $1 trillion.
The population of the United
States is estimates at 305,982,756 at the time of this writing.
The population of the world, at the same time, is
would take more than 3,251 US populations, or 147 world
populations, to get even close to 1 trillion people.
Have you grasped what a trillion is yet?
Ok, lets look at something else.
If we divided $1 trillion by the population of the United
States, EACH person, that is each man, woman, and child, would
receive $3,251. Now,
THAT would stimulate the economy!
Now let’s averaged by household, there are
approximately 117,687,214 households in the US.
That means that EACH household would receive more than
$8,497. What could
you do with that?
Let’s get social, shall we?
As of 2007, there were an
estimated 671,859 homeless people in the United States.
With $1 trillion, we could give EACH homeless person
According to I Care About
Orphans, there is an estimated 127,000 children awaiting homes
in the United States. With $1 trillion, we could give EACH child more than
In 2006, it was estimated that
there were 36,500,000 people in the US living in poverty.
With $1 trillion, you could give EACH person living in
poverty more than $26,000.
Are you grasping what $1 trillion
Or, in more abstract terms, a trillion grains of sand would weigh over 73 tons…it
would take 62 days for light to travel a trillion miles…1
trillion dollar bills taped end to end it would stretch from
Earth to the Sun at its farthest distance from the Sun.
Former Presidential Candidate
Mike Huckabee had some interesting figures.
According to him, with $1 trillion, we could buy 1000
boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for every for every single person in
the United States or we could put 8,000,000-plus students
through a four-year Private College.
Huckabee came up with this, but I did some re-figuring
for more current estimates and according to the market values
which appeared on Forbes for early Feb, 2009, with $1 trillion,
we could actually purchase Microsoft ($168B), Walmart ($188B),
Google ($107B), Coca-Cola ($100B), Pepsi Co ($80B), Apple, Inc
($83B), and Time Warner ($35B) and still have $243 Billion left
over to purchase even more businesses!
Do you get it yet? $1
trillion is $1,000,000,000,000, that is 1,000 billions.
Warren Buffett, the richest man in the world according to
Forbes, is worth $62 billion.
That is not even CLOSE to $1 trillion!
So, the next time our Elected Officials tell you they
need anywhere near $1 trillion, please remember what $1 trillion
is really worth!
National Alliance to End
I Care About Orphans
Household Income Rises, Poverty
Rate Declines, Number of Uninsured Up
If You had $1 Trillion
The World’s Billionaires
illustration of a Trillion:
Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and Others…The Circle of
There is a very tight
financial circle spinning in perpetuity.
There are players on the inside and there are others on
the outside, forever looking for some sort of break, trying to
figure out just how to stop this insidious circle from
spinning…Like a financial tornado sucking money into it, but
never throwing any out, it lays waste to the true productive
economy. Thus is the disaster that is the current United States
It was reported
by several outlets that AIG, after receiving $170 billion-plus
in taxpayer-funded bailout money, is paying “bills.”
Some of those “bills” were in the form of
bonuses…$168 million in bonuses, to be exact.
But, the most disgusting “bills” paid by AIG, in my
opinion, were the ones they paid to Goldman Sachs, Bank of
America, CitiGroup, and a few others.
Yes the very same companies to which our government (from
here on out, I will use the term lightly, as it doesn’t seem
able to “govern” anything!) took the liberty of bailing out,
along WITH AIG…
That is, AIG
paid, according to a report meant for transparency, Goldman
Sachs $12.9 billion, Merrill Lynch $6.8 billion, Bank of America
$5.2 billion, Wachovia $1.5 billion, Morgan Stanley $1.2
billion, JP Morgan $400 million, among others.
The funny thing about this is that ALL these institutions
also received bailout money from the “government,” as well,
so they have now received a double dose!
Please tell me I am not the only one to find this utterly
On top of that,
AIG paid several foreign banks, as well.
France’s Societe Generale received a whopping $11.9
billion, Deutsche Bank in Germany received nearly that at $11.8
of England faired well at $7.9 billion and the Swiss UBS
received $5 billion, among others…so, our much-needed money is
going overseas! Now,
granted, it was the dim-witted US financial institutions that
caused the global meltdown, but come on!
Add to that,
AIG paid itself $2.5 billion, and it paid AIG International $600
before we go too much farther, technically speaking Maiden Lane
III paid AIG the $2.5 billion, as well as portions of the other
payouts, but Maiden Lane III was set up for AIG by the New York
Federal Reserve office to handle AIG business…so…the way I
see it, they are the same company!
Why is it so
hard for our “government” to let AIG fail and let other,
(yes, smaller) companies pick up their slack?
Why is this a bad idea in the “land of opportunity?”
Our “government” has committed money to the favored,
yet utterly worthless, AIG several times, and AIG is still
“government” isn’t, however.
Our “government” is shifting from a Constitutional
Republic to a Fascist state right before our eyes and there
seems to be little we can do about it…AND, our
“government,” on behalf of the US taxpayers, now owns an 80%
controlling share of AIG…as a result of the huge bailout.
Maybe that sheds some light on it!
Over the past
six months, our “government” has committed money (that
wasn’t theirs to commit) to AIG, to the tune of $170 billion.
To put the $170 billion into perspective, that is about
$555 PER PERSON living in the US right now.
A family of 4 has paid approximately $2,220 JUST to AIG
in this bailout fiasco! How
many of us have lost jobs because of the nefarious dealings of
AIG and all the others that caused this economic disaster?
Let’s put things another way…The War in Iraq, at the
time of this writing, has only cost us (I use that lightly as
well!) right around $656 billion.
Our economy is
tanking and while it was not our “policies” that caused it,
our representatives are dedicating our funds to these shoddy
businesses to fix it, all the while letting the criminals at the
helm of these derelict companies get away with barely a slap on
the wrist. These
companies and our “government” make unwise decisions and we
pay for it. I guess
it is easy to make daring mistakes if you have a guarantee that
someone else will pay for them!
AIG sells insurance, among other things.
During the first round of support for AIG, my brother
made the statement that he already had insurance, so why is he
paying for a service that he doesn’t need and will not use?
Not only that, why is he having to pay so much more for
this unused service than he pays for the insurance he already
questions! On the
other hand, he did say that if we are bailing out AIG, then we
should get free Insurance coverage from them.
Makes sense to me!
with all these inside-the-circle payments, that AIG is a legal
This is an
incessant circle of destruction that is continually fueled by
more and more taxpayer money…how do we stop this vicious
electing idiot lawmakers that cannot write a decent piece of
legislative if their lives depended on it!
Stop electing lawmakers that are willing to make YOU
tighten your belt when they are unwilling to make failing big
business do the same. Stop
electing lawmakers that are IN the circle to begin with!
Bonus Money at Troubled A.I.G. Draws Heavy Criticism
Treasury Chief to Try to Block A.I.G. Bonuses
$75 Billion in Bailout Payments
The Payment Report for AIG:
A.I.G. Lists Which Banks It Paid With U.S. Bailout Funds
outraged over AIG bonuses
Government Bailout, Warned Of 'Run' On Insurance Cos
The Case for
Saving AIG, by AIG
AIG DISCLOSES COUNTERPARTIES TO CDS, GIA AND SECURITIES LENDING
The Kick Them
All Out Project
of Robert B. Willumstad Before The US House of Representatives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Oct. 7, 2008
so The “Change” Begins
Finally, we have change in Washington, D. C.
Entering into this year with the words of my father,
“Obama is our new president, and we need to give him a
chance,” I am trying to do just that.
The problem for me, though, is that as much as I would
like to believe we are going to get something we can believe in
with President Obama, I know Senator Obama’s voting record.
So the question on the table is, will we see change we
can believe in, or will it be a replay of the Democratic victory
of Congress in 2006? That
remains to be seen.
Obama began in a positive light by signing an executive order
to close Guantanamo Bay within a year. He also signed an Executive Order regarding guidelines for
hiring lobbyists for his administration.
Now, THAT is change we can believe in, for sure!
But what about his actions surrounding both of these
highly anticipated Executive Orders?
While Obama has rejected the Bush administration’s torture
tactics, the taxpayers are paying government lawyers to defend
Torture Memo draftsman John Woo.
WE are also paying to defend Donald Rumsfeld, John
Ashcroft, and Paul Wolfowitz, among others.
While it is legal for our government to defend its
present and former employees, the federal law governing that
does not apply if said representation is in direct conflict with
the interests of the United States.
So…is torture in the interest of the United States or
not? Obama can
legally reverse that Bush administration stance and save the
taxpayers having to defend them.
Will he consider it?
Will that become change we can believe in?
Ok, those may argue, Guantanamo Bay is closing, so why
continue on and on about it?
A recent study found that inmates there WERE treated
humanely…so, is waterboarding torture or not?
I know we heard from Eric Holder that he believes it is.
So how can this Pentagon Report be accurate?
A Defense Department Review did the investigation, so was
it an unbiased review? Plus,
what will happen to the inmates still there?
There is a report of 17 inmates from China who have been
there, for seven years. It
has been found that their incarceration there is “grossly
unfair,” yet the United States says “it has no power to
order their release.” They
cannot be sent back to China and the Untied States will not let
them immigrate to our country.
What will happen?
And what about the strict guidelines for hiring lobbyists?
President Obama stipulated certain rules for hiring
former lobbyists, including that they cannot have served as a
lobbyist within two years for rules of law that might come under
their particular job description.
Yet within two weeks of taking office, he has put several
former lobbyists in his Cabinet.
Geithner appointed Mark Patterson, former Goldman Sachs
lobbyist, as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack was,
as recently as a year ago, a lobbyist for the National
Teacher’s Association. Deputy
Defense Secretary William J Lynn III was, within the past two
years, a lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon.
Deputy Director of Health and Human Services William Corr
was, within the past two years, an anti-tobacco lobbyist.
And there are more…
Some would argue that, out of the thousands of jobs needing
to be filled, a handful of lobbyists can’t hurt anything, but
that is just giving leeway to a rule that Obama, himself,
specified. Why make
rules you cannot hope to keep?
In doing so, aren’t you inviting ridicule?
Is this the type of change we are looking for?
Within his first week, President Obama gave orders for a
drone attack against Palestine.
Yes, he was after al-Qaeda members, and the reports say
the attack took out a handful.
The first article, however, said that out of fifteen
killed, seven were operatives, five were civilian adults and
three were children. That
is eight killed as “collateral damage.”
Then came an article that reported twenty-two deaths.
Either way, the collateral damage for that video
game-style attack was astronomical.
And, since the strike was conducted from an “operations
room” in the United States, only the relatives were left to
mourn the civilian casualties.
Why, with all the technology we have today, can we not
prevent such percentages of collateral damage?
And…this little aggression was started by the Bush
Let’s consider the nomination and subsequent approval of
Timothy Geithner for Secretary of Treasury.
Now, I do not miss Henry Paulson, but Geithner brought
baggage. The man
that will oversee the Internal Revenue Service forgot to pay
misunderstood the law. If
he can’t understand it, how can we?
Add to that, the IMF gave him the money to pay the
taxes…unlike the rest of us who must find ways to come up with
the money to pay ours. AND,
Geithner had a housekeeper that became an illegal immigrant
while in his employ. How
many business owners have Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
raided and harassed because they hired an illegal?
What kinds of fines have they had to pay?
What about Geithner…we know he supposedly paid fines
for back taxes, but what about having an illegal in his employ?
Did he pay any fines?
Was he harassed?
As for other appointments, Obama has had no less than four
nominees withdraw their names for appointments, two of which had
tax issues and one of which had ethics issues.
These are people Obama and advisors are trying to choose
to hold offices that will affect us all.
As far as ethics issues go, Senator Roland Burris comes to
appointment to fill Obama’s seat in the Senate was the undoing
of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
If you remember, he was impeached and is standing trial
for seeking bribes, among other things…and Burris himself, is
now under investigation for charges of perjury. While this has little to do with Obama himself, it is that
atmosphere in which Obama has previously served. Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff, were
contemporaries, as Emanuel sent suggestions for Vicki Jarrett to
replace Obama in the Senate.
And what about the Stimulus plan, the new Bank Bailout plan,
and the thought that there will be a need for even more
the business world in which most of us reside, when a business
is mis-managed and cannot pay it’s bills, it is liquidated,
not given more and more money.
Yet the Bush administration passed, with the help of a
Democratically-led Congress, a $700 billion bailout plan for
Wall Street and Business. This
didn’t represent the people.
The Bush administration bailed out banks, insurance
giants and home lenders, deeming them too big to fail, and
taking controlling interests in some.
The Democratic Congress, while complaining about the
expenditures of the Bush bailout, voted for them, and when Obama
was elected President, went on to write their own bloated
spending legislation (lovingly called a “stimulus plan”) to
the tune of $787 billion, much of which is sheer nonsense.
Where is the change there?
This is just the tip of the
spending iceberg for this Congress.
As Congress (remember, Democratically-led) complains
about the lack of “oversight” and details of Bush’s
bailout, (which, remember, Geithner helped draft) they had a
hand in the lack of oversight.
Add to that, Geithner recently rolled out his estimated
$1 trillion plan for a new bailout, minus details…but, of
course, Geithner is too important, so maybe some believe that he
knows what he is doing.
Investor and Financial
commentator Jim Rogers has other thoughts.
He points out that Geithner was head of the Federal
Reserve in New York, the very “entity” that should have been
supervising Wall Street, and he missed it…the biggest
financial crisis this country has seen in decades.
I have high hopes for President Obama, as he seems to have so
much goodwill toward America.
Unfortunately, Obama, in his first several weeks as
President, is questionable.
I realize he is in new territory, so I am willing to give
him a little time, but up to now, he hasn’t given us much
change. It really
is just more of the same. The
hope is fading and I see that we have just another man making
government bigger and doing little, if anything, to bring about
Guantanamo detainees treated humanely, Pentagon report says
New Guantanamo Bay Challenge for President Obama
Eric Holder: Waterboarding is
Prisoner Dilemma: Reject Torture, Defend Torturers
'Obama trying to whitewash Gitmo disaster'
Ex-Goldman lobbyist now Geithner's right-hand man
Obama finds room for Lobbyists
Obama’s Pledge to Reform Ethics Faces an Early Test
Obama 'orders Pakistan drone attacks'
airstrikes kill 22 in Pakistan
Continues Drone Strikes in Pakistan, Civilian Deaths
may force Geithner's approval
Illinois Gov. Quinn Calls on Burris to Resign
Emanuel talked directly to gov: source http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1337789,CST-NWS-rahm18good.article
Rogers - Bloomberg Interview (February 11, 2009)
Late Change in Course Hobbled Rollout of Geithner's Bank Plan
Genocide of a Nation…With Full Support of the United States
I recently read that one of my heroes, Kevin Barrett, is
leaving the country. Barrett
is a strong proponent of 9/11 truth and an even stronger
enthusiast for human rights.
He cited several things, pictures of dead babies on the
news overseas, probably the most exasperating, but he mentioned
something else that should hit all of us square between the
eyes, as well…the American Dream is dead.
He, like so many of us, is just plain fed up with the
lack of conscience of this country’s leadership.
I have to say, that I can’t blame him.
We, in the United States, pride ourselves with the knowledge
that we are a civilized society.
We feel that we are humane, compassionate and care for
those less fortunate than ourselves.
In his final press conference, Outgoing-President George
W Bush told us that America is compassionate.
I am here to say that that notion could not be farther
from the truth. Bush
said that if we don’t believe it we should ask China or Africa
or India about the compassion of America.
What about the Palestinians?
Should we ask them?
Rep Nancy Pelosi along with her hoard of bi-partisan
co-sponsors, pushed through H Res 34, Israel’s Right to Defend
Itself. Did any of
these Representatives ask we-the-people if it was okay for the
United States to take sides in this conflict, because I thought
they represented us! It appears they represent Israel, though…yet we pay their
salaries… Shouldn’t The Gaza Strip have the same right to
In his comments about this egregious piece of legislation,
Rep Ron Paul told Congress that they have a moral obligation to
both Israel and the Arab Nations, because “we provide help and
funding for both,” yet as a country, the House has chosen to
During Bush’s press conference, when asked about peace
between Israel and Gaza, Bush says that he is for a
He goes on to define a “sustainable ceasefire” as
“Hamas stop(s) shooting missiles into Israel.”
What if Israel stops shooting missiles into the Gaza
A very observant journalist asked about how other countries
around the world view the United States. Bush goes on to say
that he does not feel the entire world views the US as immoral,
and that, if we wanted to, we could become popular by blaming
everything going on in the Middle East on Israel.
Israel has broken the past several ceasefire agreements,
so who should be blamed for that?
According to an article by Global Research, Israeli Defense
Minister Ehud Barak had the Israel Defense Force start
preparation for this latest slaughter in The Gaza Strip six
month before its December 27th beginning, preparation that,
incidentally, was started during a ceasefire.
The article also says
“…Operation ‘Cast Lead’ is a carefully planned
undertaking, which is part of a broader military-intelligence
agenda first formulated by the government of Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon in 2001.” Wait,
2001? It goes on to
say that the operation “is intended, quite deliberately, to
trigger civilian casualties.”
And Israel is not to blame for this?
The “sustainable ceasefire” has to be at the
disarmament of Hamas, but not Israel?
And, by the way, since when does the United States get to
decide who can be “armed” and who can’t?
I may have missed this in Civics class!
According to secret documents obtained by
Reuters, the Pentagon is seeking the services of a merchant ship
to transport 325 20-foot containers of “ammunition” from
Greece to Israel by the end of January.
The manifest says only that the shipment contains such
hazardous substances as explosive materials and detonators.
Pentagon spokesperson Air Force Lt Col Patrick
Ryder confirmed the shipment and said it was not in support of
the Israel-Gaza conflict, yet a London senior military analyst
stated that the timing was “irregular.”
A shipping broker in London stated that a 3000-plus ton
“in one go” ammunition shipment is pretty rare. The Pentagon
recently made a December delivery of 989 20-foot containers to
Israel, as well, but Hamas needs to disarm?
Rep. Paul reminded House members
of the US involvement in the creation of Al Qaeda, as well as
its indirect involvement in creating Hamas.
And Hamas is to blame?
He also reminded the House that the US pushed for
Democratic elections in the Palestinian State, and they followed
the process, electing the Israel/US created Hamas, and now they
(the Palestinians) must be killed for it.
Paul, of course, was making a point, not advocating the
actual deed, but the rest of the House, with the apparent
exception of Paul, Kucinich and three others, is advocating the
actual deed through blind support of Israel.
During the first days of the attack, Former Presidential
Candidate Cynthia McKinney was aboard a private boat attempting
to deliver medical supplies to the war-torn Gaza Strip when an
Israel Patrol vessel rammed the private boat.
McKinney said the purpose was one of peace and that the
boat was clearly not engaging in terrorist activities, yet the
Israeli’s rammed them. She said that this paled in comparison to what the
Palestinians were going through and reminded the CNN audience
that this was also not the first time Israelis attacked a
friendly American boat. Remember
the USS Liberty? (Because
I guarantee you the survivors remember it well!!!)
Recently, Rep. Dennis Kucinich spoke out about the tragedy in
Gaza. He told the House that some fifty percent of Gaza
inhabitants are under the age of fourteen.
That is younger than my youngest daughter.
Some of his words will live on in my memory for the rest
of my life. “We
cannot avert our eyes without staining our soul.”
He is right! We
call ourselves a nation created by God, and Israel is quick to
claim they are “God’s chosen.” This travesty against the Palestinians is not godly at all.
It is heinous and barbaric.
Kucinich went on to say that “this is a humanitarian
crisis of the highest magnitude.”
He also confirmed that Israel is using aircraft and
weapons supplied by the US which “imposes a moral obligation
for this congress to speak out.”
He is right…again.
The current death toll reported by one outlet as of January
14th, 2009, is 13 Israeli casualties, 3 civilian and
1010 Palestinian casualties.
Of that, 311 are children and 100 are women. For those
concerned, that means 31% of the casualties are children and 10%
are women, but how many civilian men?
It didn’t say that.
I have read several places on the Internet that say Hamas
has brought this on the Palestinian people themselves.
the other day it was reported that several schools in the Gaza
Strip were targeted by Israeli attacks.
So Israel has the right to target schools, and hospitals,
clinics and refugee settlements?
Why would they attack a school or hospital or clinic, or
refugee settlement? What
has that got to do with Hamas?
What is going on in the Gaza Strip is genocide, pure and
simple. In all the
barrage of rockets and missiles and whatever else Israel could
shove down Palestine’s throat, “Israeli death squads,”
according to another article, started moving through a
Palestinian village separating the men from the women and
children and then slaughtering the men, including young adults
and teen-aged boys, shooting them in the back.
Paul, Kucinich and McKinney have stated that the US has
basically supplied the weapons that Israel is using to kill
Palestinians…at least 41% civilian women and children.
Again I ask, why would our government supply arms to
Israel, yet ask Palestine to disarm?
This doesn’t make sense!
Where does President Elect Obama stand on the situation he is
about to inherit? He
has said that he does support Israel’s right to defend itself,
and I am not saying that they shouldn’t, but if we afford
Israel the right to defend itself then we must afford the
Palestinians the same rights.
After all, this attack was planned in 2001, and was being
prepared for during a ceasefire.
Israel broke this ceasefire…And, given the casualty
rates that have been reported, Israel is killing far too many
“women and children.” What
country is proud of collateral damage to the tune of 41% women
McKinney has a plea for President-Elect Obama.
She is asking him to please “say something…about the
humanitarian crisis that is being experienced right now by the
people of Gaza.”
It is apparent by the vote on H Res 34 that this country is
sorely lacking integrity. The
United States has just sworn in a new Congress, one that is
supposed to bring about positive change.
Yes, I remember, Obama’s campaign slogan, “Change We
Can Believe in.” But didn’t some of the newly elected Representatives tout
change, as well? Yet,
one of the first pieces of legislation they pass, and quite
handily, I must say, is the support of Israel…there is no
change in that!
It is time we took a page from Rep Paul’s playbook, which,
by the way, is not a new idea, and stood down with regard to
other governments. Have
we learned nothing about the blowback, as Paul recently pointed
out, which is certainly not worth it?
The United States must stand down…stay out of the
affairs of other country’s.
Let them rule themselves.
Let them work out there differences, the only exception
being of a TRUE threat against the United States.
Since when did the United States become the police of the
world? Is that a roll we really want?
I don’t think we do…the cost is just too high!
H Res 34: Recognizing
Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza
Bush’s Final Press Conference is
available on YouTube in parts or in its entirety. The text:
Ron Paul - Israel Created Hamas to weaken Arafat ’s Fatah
Video: Cynthia McKinney: The Gaza Strip Relief Boat Attacked By
The Invasion of The Gaza Strip: "Operation Cast
Lead", Part of a Broader Israeli Military-Intelligence
In Shallow Graves in Al-Qarrara Village - Lies Fathers and
Sons - Victims of an Israeli Massacre
plans massive arms delivery to Israel
The Obama Factor in Israel's Gaza War
Israel accused of using white phosphorus in Gaza - 11 Jan 09
Kucinich: 50 Percent of the
Population of Gaza Under 14 Years of Age!
USS Liberty Memorial Website
Congress and the Taxpayers
What is up with AIG? The taxpayers, by way of the government
and without being asked, have given AIG more than $122 Billion
in funds (the amount is actually said to be more like $152
Billion) to keep the failing insurance giant afloat, and yet AIG
cannot seem to tighten its belt. American Insurance Group, a
company originally founded in China, has been caught spending
hundreds of thousands of dollars in perks for executive, top
producers and independent advisor retreats since its taxpayer
Taxpayers may be aware of the lavish resort visits, but are
they being given a choice on whether or not they want to
continue funding the irresponsible AIG?
The tab for the first extravagant get-a-way was $440,000. Of
that, the expenditures were reported to be $200,000 for rooms,
$150,000 for meals $23,000 for spa treatments and $7,000 in
Greens fees. So, lets get this straight, they spent all that
money to stay in a resort, all that money for food, all that
money for spa treatments, and yet there is still $60,000
unaccounted for. Maybe they spent it in tips! Since we are being
forced to “help” AIG, I think it only right that we know
what happened to the remaining $60,000! And…I am quite sure
that with the stress taxpayers are under with regards to our
collapsing economy, our losing our homes, our lack of funds to
purchase food, we might like a nice get away ourselves, but we
cannot afford one.
AIG tried to keep the next big outing secret, even staff
members of the resort at which the new outing took place were
told not to mention AIG by name. There were no AIG logos or
signs to be seen. However, an ABC affiliate caught them on tape.
This time, they spent $343,000.
AIG Company spokesperson Nick Ashoon maintains that these
“meetings” are essential to their business and success. It
is customary, according to Ashoon, to treat top producers and
independent producers to retreats. Even AIG CEO Edward Liddy
stated that gatherings such as these were “standard
practice” in their industry. However, Maryland Representative
Elijah Cummings is asking questions, and demanding answers.
Cummings suggested, “if AIG truly wants to become as it claims
‘an ethical steward of the public’s investment,’ AIG must
change its business practices…and it must…show it is truly
willing to be transparent to the public that has saved it.”
Cummings states that the first step in that endeavor is to
provide him with answers to his requests and for AIG to accept
the resignation of newly appointed CEO Liddy.
Liddy, a former Goldman Sachs Director, took over AIG on
September 18, 2008 at the appointment of another Goldman Sachs
employee, former CEO and now Secretary of Treasury Henry
Paulson. Add to this that Neel Kashkari, in charge of dispersing
the $700 Billion aid, was also a former Goldman Sachs employee
and one must wonder if there is some serious hanky panky going
New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has taken a
hard-line stance in his approach to AIG. In a letter to Liddy,
Cuomo makes it his position clear; there should be no funds paid
to AIG executives until the taxpayers are repaid, in full, with
interest. He also states that “rebuilding trust in our capital
markets requires executive compensation packages that are
rational, fair and based on bona fide performance measures…”
He goes on to state that these packages should “no longer
create improper incentives for executives to over leverage their
companies and manipulate the books for their own short-term
In a letter from Representative Henry Waxman to Liddy, Waxman
points out that there were a couple of other “such events.”
In light of the fact that AIG is clearly mishandling funds at
this point, I must ask again, have the taxpayers been given a
chance to say “no” to the bailouts? Have they even been
given the opportunity to say to which companies the bailout
money should go?
As part of the stipulations for considering approval of the
bailout, the White House was supposed to appoint a special
inspector general and Congress was supposed to choose an
independent oversight panel, all of which has yet to be done,
now more than six weeks after the bail out was passed. The
purpose of these positions was to avert government waste and
corruption. Congress is upset that the White House has not yet
appointed the special inspector general, but Congress has failed
to appoint the independent committee. Perhaps Senator Charles
Schumer said it best when he stated that, “Considering how
taxpayers’ money around Washington isn’t respected, a day
shouldn’t go by without having an inspector general checking
To top all of this off, now it appears that the $700 Billion
will not be used for the purposes for which it was passed.
That’s right. Paulson has decided that a change in direction
should be taken. According to a November 12, 2008 New York Times
article, Paulson and the Department of Treasury has “abandoned
the original strategy behind its $700 billion effort to rescue
the financial system” in favor of a lending program run by the
Federal Reserve. Now, if that isn’t a scary thought! In
addition, Paulson, after demanding that the entire $700 Billion
be available at once, has said he may leave half the money for
President Elect Obama’s Administration to dole out as they see
fit. Paulson, the former CEO, is exhibiting sure signs of a
politician as he sold Congress on the bailout using one logic
and has now scrapped part of it and is moving in a different
The taxpayers should be up in arms about the disregard with
which government, as well as the businesses government has
chosen for the taxpayers to “bail out,” has conducted
itself. Sure, there are key people in government trying to get
things done “properly,” but wouldn’t “properly” have
been to let the mis-managed businesses fail and to let other
similar businesses pick up the slack? After all, if small
businesses, you know the mom and pop businesses that fulfilled
the American Dream, fail the government does not run to their
aid. If we, as individual citizens fail, we cannot petition
government to bail us out. How is it right that big, mis-managed
business gets preferential treatment and We-the-People get the
shaft? Aren’t We-the People the government? Then again, maybe
that is a delusion…
Another AIG Resort "Junket": Top Execs Caught on
AIG Fights Back on $440,000 Resort Trip; Says No Corporate
Executives Attended 10/08/08
$85 Billion Loan to save AIG from Bankruptcy Fed Reserve NY
Agreement signed 09/23/08
After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort 10/07/08
AIG's Federal Bailout funds Now Total $152.5 Billion 11/10/08
Wall Street CEO's Total compensation for 2007
Letter from Cuomo to Liddy about AIG Compensations
Letter from Henry Waxman to Liddy
Liddy's Forbes Profile...Goldman Sachs...
Clayton Dubilier & Rice Edward M Liddy
Cummings letter to Liddy
Bailout lacks Oversight Despite Billions Pledged
U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer
Hill sources: Treasury won't use full bailout
Biggest Waste of Taxpayer Money Ever!
Against the wishes of most American’s, the Senate, followed
by the House, approved the $700 Billion bailout package,
attached, oddly enough, to HR 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental
Health And Addiction Equity Act of
fitting, even though the bailout has nothing whatever to do with
mental health. Even
more peculiar is the added bonus of energy legislation to the
afore mentioned bill.
What, under the sun, is going on in D.C.???
Well, it appears our government is moving in a peculiar
direction…away from the Constitutional Republic under which we
were founded and the Constitutional Democracy we have become to
some xenomorphic adaptation of a communist- fascist state by
“investing” and buying into the Mortgage, Insurance and
The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, as it has
been dubbed, is the direct work of President George Bush and
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson. The past several weeks
have seen our government not only bail out these industries, but
the Feds are also taking ownership interests in them, all at
taxpayer’s expense. Now
our government “owns” some of the largest industries in our
anyone but me find that utterly disturbing? They ARE trying to
make it clear that the taxpayers will not be responsible for
this bailout. Really???
And where, pray-tell, does our government get the money
to operate??? Taxes!!! In my
humble opinion, they have already spent far too much time and
resources in all this nasty bailout!
Wall Street, as anyone who was around for the end of the
1980’s knows, is a gamble.
But wait! Could
a stock market crash affect people we “know?”
might be a problem! Secretary
of the Treasury Henry Paulson was the CEO of Goldman Sachs, from
1999, when the
company went public, to 2006.
must have a retirement portfolio, and I am willing to wager that
part of his retirement package contains a good amount of Goldman
Sachs stocks. Why
in 2005, alone, his compensation package was $37 million!
Not too bad for an English Major with an MBA!
And…That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Neel Kashkari, tapped to handle the government’s jump into
the financial world, is also a former Goldman Sachs Vice
barely 35 years of age and holding an Engineering Degree and an
MBA, Mr. Kashkari is now handling $700 Billion dollars of
Let us move into some specific areas of contribution and see
what we find. According
to the latest information from Open Secrets, which is The Center
for Responsive Politics, under the Commercial Banking industry
figures we can find that this industry contributed $2,366,119 to
Obama and $2,091,291 to McCain.
This is a whopping $4,457,410 from just bankers and their
contributions from employees of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley
alone are $1,080,901. McCain’s
figures aren’t quite as bad at $469,422, but still we see how
voting against this egregious legislation might put both
candidates at odds with the industries of their contributors.
If that isn’t enough, according to Representative Brad
Sherman, there were private conversations in the House designed
basically to scare legislators into voting for the bailout.
He stated that if the Bailout wasn’t passed on the
first vote, the market would see between a 2,000 to 3,000 point
drop on the very first day, and would continue dropping by
thousands after that. He also stated that some members were told there would be
“Martial Law in America” if the bailout didn’t pass. The facts are that the Dow Jones did drop, but by 778 points,
not the fabled 2-to-3,000 point drop.
According to a CNN article, that drop does not even make
it in the top 10 percent of market declines.
So, I must ask, where did the fear mongerers get their
figures??? Do they KNOW
something we don’t know…Are they hiding something or
creating something??? Now,
several weeks after the bailout legislation passed, we have seen
a nearly 3,000 point drop.
That was only supposed to happen IF the
legislation DID NOT pass.
What, may we ask, happened???
Since We-the-People have been stabbed in the back by our
treasonous representatives, lets compare the vote for the
original House bill, HR 3997 Defenders of Freedom Tax Relief Act
of 2007, to the newly passed HR 1424.
For HR 3997, the Ayes were 205 and the Nays were 228.
For HR 1424, the Ayes were 263 and the Nays were 171.
So, who jumped ship?
Who bowed under the pressure of Paulson/Bush/Pelosi?
For starters, it appears that four Reps from Arizona,
Shadegg, Pastor, Mitchell, and Giffords, along with four Reps
from Illinois, Rush, Jackson, Weller, and Biggert switched.
Next, California gave us seven more jumpers and Texas had
five. All in all,
twenty-six states saw at least one of their Representatives
mis-represent their constituent’s best interest and vote for
the disastrous legislation.
Even in the midst of it, we know there were Reps who new
better, but in the end were coerced into treachery. However, there were a few we could count on.
Representatives Defazio and Tiahrt knew better and voted
no, but Rep. Rangel, and Rep Campbell, both complained about it,
yet both voted yes, twice.
Rep Shelia Jackson Lee knew it was less than perfect, but
she changed her vote from No to Yes, going against her better
judgment, as did at least 55 other Representatives.
According to a poll conducted by CNN, 45% of people poled
opposed the bailout, with 16% undecided.
Only 38% of US Citizens were in favor of this disastrous
piece of legislation, yet Congress passed it without regard to
its constituency, apparently more concerned with business.
Well…Congress was not put in place to protect the bad
judgment of business; it was put in place to represent the
people of our fine nation.
In that, Congress has failed, and this is far from the
It is time to replace the puppets in DC.
If you have been paying attention, you should be
absolutely outraged. In
November, ALL of the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the
Senate is up for re-election.
It is time for Congress to know we mean business.
Let us Take Back Washington…before it is too late!
Goldman Sachs Bribed Senate to Pass Bailout
HR 1424 the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity
Act of 2008
Industry Financial Contributions
Rep Brad Sherman Speech
Stock Market Close 09/29/08
Vote for HR 3997
Vote for HR 1424
Customers Boycott AT&T After Congress Grants Telecom Immunity
am not sure people really understand just what took place in
Congress this summer with regard to the NSA illegal wiretapping
put, AT&T, Verizon, and the other telecom companies that,
according to articles in the USA Today and the Washington Post,
participated in an ongoing illegal spy network, will now receive
retroactive immunity back to 2001 for breaking the law at the
Bush Administration’s request.
HR 6304 is a treasonous and outright assault on our
Fourth Amendment right to privacy; yet our Congress voted for
this legislation with almost 70 percent of the members having
never been briefed on the President’s illegal data-mining
program to begin with.
citizens found out about the seditious actions of the Bush
Administration and the Telecoms in a December 2005 article by
The New York Times. Surprisingly,
it seems, many people missed that article until the
administration started spouting off about acquiring immunity for
the lawbreaking Telecoms. The
administration says they needed the aggressive program to combat
while the Bush Administration and AT&T, specifically, claim
they did nothing illegal, one has to wonder why it was that
close to a dozen “former and current government officials”
were concerned “about the operation's legality and
oversight,” according to the NY Times article.
Congressional approval was also viewed as politically risky
because the proposal would be certain to face intense opposition
on civil liberties grounds…” states the article.
You would think that people who swore an oath to uphold
and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and
domestic would have realized the illegality of their actions!
With the blessings of President Bush, senior
administration lawyers, and others, they chose to blatantly
attack a fundamental right of being an American; our right to
reported in May 2006 that President Bush did authorize the
NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program and that AT&T,
Verizon and BellSouth were “working under contract” soon
after the “terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001,”
according to their source. However, in a Washington Post and a Los Angeles Times article
about the insider trading conviction of Qwest CEO Joseph
Nacchio, we find out that Qwest (one of the only large telecoms
to deny the government spy request) was approached about the
program in February of 2001, over six months BEFORE the
September 11, 2001 tragedy.
If, as these articles state, the much-needed illegal
program to combat terrorism started PRIOR TO the attacks, why
weren’t these attacks prevented, and, since they weren’t,
why was the unlawful program continued?
at the fact that my family has been a loyal AT&T customer
for decades, we decided to take a stand:
we are canceling our service.
Having had many elongated conversations with the
courteous people in Customer Service at AT&T, it has come to
our attention just how many people in this huge company, have no
idea or understanding of what their employer has done.
In talking with many of my own family and friends, it is
clear that very few people, in fact, comprehend the
egregiousness of the past several years of abuses by the NSA and
conversing with AT&T about our desire to be released from
our contracts, we were told they had no intentions of releasing
us from our contracts, because they did nothing wrong, they did
not release any of our information and they had read the
“stories” on the internet, too.
Internet rumor, is it?
Then why, I asked, did Congress have to pass HR 6304,
giving the telecoms retroactive immunity for the program, if the
telecoms did nothing wrong!
And you know, the AT&T representative said something
that I could actually agree with…
“Congress passes laws all the time that are
So if as you say, AT&T did nothing wrong, address the
1) Why did
Judge Anna Diggs Taylor’s ruling find the program illegal and
specifically state that the secret program was acknowledged by
the Bush Administration, “undisputedly inaugurated by the
National Security Agency” and “without benefit of warrant or
other judicial approval?”
2) Why didn’t Judge Vaughn
Walker dismiss the Tash Hepting v AT&T case altogether?
Why did Judge Walker, in the same case affirm “AT&T
and the government have for all practical purposes already
disclosed that AT&T assists the government in monitoring
3) Why does the Hepting v
AT&T ruling state, in official court documents, that
“Considering the ubiquity of AT&T telecommunications
services, it is unclear whether this program could even exist
without AT&T’s acquiescence and cooperation” and
“AT&T’s history of cooperating with the government on
such matters is well known.”
4) Where are the official
certifications required to prove that what you did was legal?
After all, you could have saved time in court and the
cost of your lawyers by just producing these certifications.
5) Judge Walker, citing the Keith
Decision, said the Supreme Court made it perfectly clear that
the “Fourth Amendment does not permit warrantless wiretaps
to track domestic threats to national security.”
Now, AT&T, you were saying
something about an Internet rumor?
While the Congress voted to give AT&T retroactive
immunity for their “alleged” illegal actions, I do not.
It is time to fess up and take responsibility for your
actions in this assault on our Right to Privacy.
The government has, through the
words of Donald Kerr, the Principle Deputy Director of National
Intelligence, told us that we must change our definition of
we should now define privacy as “government and businesses
properly safeguarding people's private communications and
financial information.” Did
everyone get that? Our
government has now “privatized” privacy.
And you thought this was the United States of America!
“government” may have dismissed AT&T’s treasonous
actions, but you forget, we are the government and we will not
forgive or forget what has happened! We are the ones who hold AT&T, and every telecom that
acted illegally accountable for their actions.
In addition, we hold all the Congressmen and women that
voted for the immunity of the Telecoms accountable.
And, just as I will not support a candidate for President
that cannot follow the Constitution, neither will I conduct
business with a company that has the means to circumvent it.
Your actions are deplorable!
Since the American people have
been left with no other choice, in light of the immunity granted
to AT&T and the other participating telecoms by HR 6304, the
American people must now take the kind of action that only large
corporations truly understand.
We must affect their profit margin – their bottom line!
Don’t continue to use the services of companies that
continue to this day to violate core American principles and the
U.S. Constitution. Boycott
these companies now.
Here’s how we dumped
AT&T and why we did it:
AT&T Talking Points:
USA Today, May 11, 2006, NSA has massive database of
Americans' phone calls
Washington Post, Nov 1, 2007, Roadblock for Telecom
New York Times, Dec 16, 2005, Bush Lets U.S. Spy on
Callers Without Courts
Washington Post, Oct 13, 2007, Former CEO Says U.S. Punished
Phone Firm, Qwest Feared NSA Plan Was Illegal, Filing Says
Los Angeles Times, Oct 13, 2007,
Pre-9/11 wiretap bid is alleged
Judge Anna Diggs Taylor Ruling in the NSA Secret Program
Hepting v AT&T Corp, Case No C-06-672 VRW, Judge Vaughn
Boston Globe, Nov 11, 2007, Intel
official: Expect less privacy
Washington, You’re Fired
Odds of Change:
A Statistical Look at Our Democrat’s Voting Records
According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, a
statistic is a “collection,
analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of
numerical data.” What
is more interesting still is its etymology, from the German word
meaning “study of political facts and figures” and the Latin
“of Politics.” With
that in mind, lets do a statistical study of the voting record
of those who would bring about “change” – the Democrats.
It is no secret that the Republicans have passed their fair
share of rubber-stamped bills and ignored the collective will of
the United States people, but the Democrats would have us
believe that they alone have acted in a patriotic and
constitutional manner. They ask us to believe that they are listening to our
collective voice. They
claimed that they would make change, starting with the 2006
mid-term elections and more recently with the Nomination and
subsequent “election” of Barack Obama to the White House.
Can they back up those claims with good old-fashioned
math? Let’s look
at some statistical information based on voting data collected
over the past 8 years.
The USA PATRIOT Act was passed in
a time of national distress, and as such, was given a title that
made Americans feel good about the reality of this intrusive new
spy bill. In truth,
this outrageous bill directly contradicted no less than five
amendments contained in our U.S. Bill of Rights. Statistically, 69% of the House Democrats and 96% of
Democratic Senators voted FOR the first PATRIOT Act.
In contrast, 22% of House Democrats and 77% of Democratic
Senators voted for the Re-Authorization.
In comparison, we do see a slight improvement on behalf
of the Democrat’s collective vote for this bill, but will this
“shift” turn into an upward trend?
The Real ID Act was hotly
contested by both political aisles because it’ sought to
establish a defacto-National ID Card, limiting and tracking the
movement of U.S. citizens.
While the Real ID Act did not pass on its own, author
James Sensenbrenner (who also sponsored PATRIOT Acts 1 and 2)
had it attached to an Emergency Appropriations bill (HR1268)
where it passed, virtually un-debated.
80% of the House Democrats and 98% of the Senate
Democrats voted FOR this bill. Compared to the votes on the USA PATRIOT Act Reauthorization,
that’s a collective downward shift in Constitutionally
principled voting by 47%. There
does seem to be a rather dramatic change in the collective
voting habits of our nation’s elected Democrats.
Unfortunately, this data represents is a huge shift away
from the safeguards set into motion by our nation’s founding
documents, NOT a return to them.
Furthermore, by examining legislation passed under the 2006
Session of Congress, we will see a similar split-pattern taking
shape. The John
Warner Defense Act (ending Posse Comitatus) and the Military
Commissions Act (removing Habeas Corpus) would be the top two
bills removing more constitutional protections.
Respectively, the statistical data shows that 84% of
House Dems and 100% of the Senate Dems voted to end Posse
Comitatus, while, 16% of the House Dems and 26% of the Senate
Dems chose to support the ending of Habeas Corpus.
And what of our Presidential Hopefuls?
McCain voted to end both, while Obama only voted to end
Posse Comitatus, making it illegal for the President of the
United States to station active military troops in cities
throughout the United States during any self-declared emergency.
Remember, 100% of the Senate Democrats voted to end Posse
Let’s shift our focus to the 110th congress and
the much hoped for changes in government that the 2006 mid-term
elections promised. Weren’t
the Democrats going to fix the FISA Laws, Restore Habeas Corpus
(S.185), and impeach the President of the United States for
leading this country into an illegal war and for violating U.S.
law by ordering the NSA and FBI to data-mine the daily
communications of every person in the United States? Instead of seeing Democrats racing to the House floor to
repeal such bad legislation, we would now see them racing to
sponsor their own versions of bills that were far worse than the
ones proposed by Republicans in the first place.
Also introduced during this session is the most damning piece
of legislation to ever make it’s way to the halls of Congress:
the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2007, HR1955, and its Senate equivalent
S.1959. For the
first time, American citizens will be psychologically profiled
and indexed based upon their religious, social, and political
database will be used to “predict” whether or not the target
may be a potential “homegrown terrorist” and indexes these
results based upon the individual’s ability to persuade the
mind or behavior of another person – your ability to win an
argument. The House
version, sponsored by California Democrat Jane Harmon, was
supported by 98% of the House Democrats.
The Senate version has not made it for a vote, yet.
Next we have HR 6304, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a
blatant attack on our Fourth amendment right to privacy.
This heinous act of government sanctioned intrusion and,
among other things, retroactive immunity to the TeleComm’s for
their part in the illegal wiretapping of US citizens, smacks of
fascism at its core. Yet,
45% of House Democrats voted for this legislation.
It has not come up for a vote in the Senate yet, but both
of our Presidential hopefuls have said they support it.
What happened to our precious change?
It would appear that the only thing that has noticeably
changed is our Democrat’s willingness to subject the American
people to an ever-growing mountain of bad legislation that
strips away our freedoms and expands the roll of government in
our everyday lives.
While the Democrats continually play the
“blame-the-Republicans” game, it becomes a matter of fact
versus fiction. The
fiction is that Republicans alone are to blame.
The fact is that 67% of our Democrats have collectively
voted for legislation that removes critical components of our
U.S. Bill of Rights. Democrats
are as much at fault as the Republicans in the demise of our
liberty, yet here we are again faced with another election where
citizens are forced to vote for the lesser of two evils, if
there truly is such a thing.
Statistically speaking, we’ve had change in DC, just
not the kind we asked for.
Isn’t it time that we stand up to the bullies in D.C. and
start actively seeking alternatives to the “status quo”
will those new candidates be?
Where will they come from?
Who will support them?
We know what the status quo will bring us…the same old
broken promises of the past seven years.
It’s time to run for office, it’s time to vote in
mass, and it’s time to support candidates who are your
neighbors, friends, and colleagues.
It is time for new blood in Washington.
It’s time for representation that we can be proud of.
Want to see some of these elected representatives “duke it
out” on civil liberties?
Want a game plan for replacing most of our House of
Pelosi: Bush Impeachment “Off the Table”
Rep Dennis Kucinich Articles of Impeachment
All of the votes for bills presented can be found by
searching www.house.gov and www.senate.gov,
or the convenient www.govtrack.us.
HR 3162 (107) USA PATRIOT Act of 2001
HR 3199 (109) USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act
HR 418 died, but attached to HR 1268 (109) Emergency
Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief
Act of 2005
HR 5122 (109) John Warner Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal
S 3930 (109) Military Commissions Act of 2006
HR 2863 (109) Department of Defense Appropriations Act of
2006 – Containing the Detainee Treatment Act (protecting
HJ RES 114 (107) Authorization for use of Military Force
Against Iraq Resolution for 2002
HR 4939 (109) Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for
Defense, The Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Relief
HR 1955 (110) Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism
Prevention Act of 2007 (Related to S 1959 Bill of the Same
HR 6304 (110) FISA Amendments Act of 2008
House Passes Spy Bill; Senate Expected to Follow
Al Gore Speech, Video and Text
A Blueprint For True Change in DC
Pink Slips, and A Plan to Take Back Washington
release of the new politically charged documentary, Washington,
You’re Fired, is generating the proverbial “fire under the
butt” syndrome for all who watch it.
This “clarion call to arms,” as the film has been
referred to, is stirring the ire of not only the voting
population, but the young, as well.
The youths of our nation seem to understand just what is
at stake, for it is their generation that will be handed the
torch of liberty and expected to keep that flame burning
constantly and brightly.
citizenry charged film verbalizes what Americans have been
feeling for over a decade and sets a plan into motion to shape
changes that will rescue the U.S. Constitution.
Its poignant and unpartisan approach is forcing audiences
to think outside of the political-party box and come up with
creative solutions. No
matter your political party - if you are frustrated,
shell-shocked, and otherwise politically disenfranchised…
Washington, You’re Fired is THE film that you’ve been
Republican-led and Democratic-led Congresses have given us
legislation that has damaged the fundamental principals of our
U.S. Constitution and warped our Bill of Rights beyond
eating bills such as the USA PATRIOT Act, the Military
Commissions Act or the John Warner Defense Act are not just the
work of a power hungry President.
These bills were passed into law by Congressmen and
Congresswomen that WE elected and trusted to represent US.
film points out several things that non “career politicians”
can do to make a difference.
Some people are shocked to find out that these
suggestions are actually a real, workable plan to re-take our
country and breathe fresh life into our Congress.
away, there are several things you can do.
Learn what your rights truly are.
Use the resources at www.bordc.org and either join or
start a local Bill of Rights chapter.
There are many different things available on this website
to help make your group a success.
If that is not to your liking, start or join a Fire
Congress Meet-Up. Make
sure your voices are heard in your local government.
Choose a person from your group to run for a local
office. Use your
newly founded group to help get this person elected.
Also, have your group start communications with your
city, state and national representatives.
Write letters. Make
also, that on the national level, even though the
representatives on certain committees come from other states, if
they are deciding on legislation for all the citizens of the
United States, they do represent you, so contact them, as well.
For example, Jane Harmon, of California, sponsor of the
Violent Radicalization and Home Grown Terrorism Act (HR 1955),
represents all of us. Obviously
not well, however!!! Contact
her. Let her know
that she is out of line and that she does not represent you.
As a citizen of the United States, you expect better
John Conyers. He is
the ranking member of the Judicial Committee.
If you support impeachment, he is the one to contact.
He, as a member of this committee, represents all of us.
He needs to hear our concerns.
bear in mind, the mainstream media must also be held
would suggest that you start communications with your local
media. Contact all
your local media and make them aware that you and your group no
longer plan to let them run roughshod over us. Let them know
that if they will not report the truth, there are viable
alternatives to their “exclusive” reporting.
Make sure you give them a list of your alternative media
addition, let them know that you, and your group, will boycott
them. They must
stop reporting junk and report the truth.
They must remember that the backbone of this country is
not the career politician, but We-the-People; you and me.
for information about your rights and the Constitution, these
are a few of the many helpful websites out there that have
information you need to know.
Bill of Rights Defense Committee (lots of free downloads and
Center for Constitutional Rights and Justice FAQ’s
Civil Rights dot Org Research Center
the information on these websites.
Research the Bill of Rights and the Constitution and make
sure you and your group understand just what is at stake.
These freedoms and rights are unalienable; they are yours
by the very right of your birth in this once-noble country.
Make sure that your new group is aware that these rights
cannot be given up, or taken.
They belong to you!
few others are (including independent media!):
Supports the firing of Congress, Join or start a Fire Congress
There TV with Kate and Richard Mucci
www.meria.net Meria Heller
www.rprradio.com Ron Paul
www.wtprn.com/ We the People
Out (many issues)
Freedom Fighter Radio
In Your Face Radio
you, me, and everyone, unite, we CAN make a difference!
It is certainly not impossible.
It will take work, though.
There are so many of us that have had enough of the lack
of representation that if we ban together, we CAN make this
happen. It is up to
you and me!
more information, please visit www.takebackwashington.com
and get involved today!