Regarding the US National Debt …

by Robert Arvay

The house is on fire. It’s burning. If we do not do something, and very soon, the entire building will be burned to ashes. We won’t have a house (read, country).

This is what the Democrats and the RINOs are saying: Let’s not resort to extreme measures to put out the fire. Let’s be reasonable…

I mean, after all, are we actually going to put water where it might ruin the carpets? Are they crazy? That would be heartless, draconian, and extremist. Only a Fire Department (read TEA Party) nut case would even suggest such a radical measure.

Reduce spending? Are they crazy? What would the nation do without Cowboy Poetry Festivals? Why, we would have to close down national parks. We would have to close public libraries. We would have to reduce spending in so many areas that, God forbid, some people might begin to suggest that we reduce Congressional salaries and perks for our House of Lords — um, Senate, I mean.

Of course, we all realize that the house is on fire, but there have been little trash can fires all over the house for years, now. What is suddenly so different? Alright, alright, so finally, one of the drapes caught fire, and we had to borrow from the neighbors to replace it. Sure, the sofa went up in flames, but so what, we put a new one on the children’s credit card. True, there is a lot of smoke coming out of the roof, but if we install an energy efficient fireplace and chimney, that will solve that problem. We can charge it to our grandchildren’s Master Card.

Calm down, everybody. There is no emergency, nothing to worry about, at least not yet. Everything is under control. Silence those alarm bells that Standard and Poor set off. Turn off those flashing red lights on that annoying chartreuse truck outside. Ignore the smoke that is gathering near the ceiling (hey, we can just raise the debt ceiling!).

And, for crying out loud, don’t tell anyone that the gardener is an illegal alien. On the contrary, we need to give him a pay raise. (We can put that on the baby’s Visa card. Visa, you know, it’s one of those government documents that the maid doesn’t possess.)

After all, the chandeliers are fireproof. You see? There is no reason to worry, none at all.

By the way, it’s getting a bit warm in here, probably the fault of global warming. Turn up the air conditioner, so we can cool down… and just ignore those sparks coming out the air vents. Water? Actual water? (Read spending cuts.) What extremist nonsense will the TEA Party come up with next?

There’s More to the Constitution than the 2nd Amendment, and 10th Amendment, Welcome to Article VI

by Bob Schneider, April 17, 2011

Article VI of the US Constitution is perhaps one of the most under-read, and misunderstood articles of the entire document, yet is one of the most important. Called “The Supremacy Claus”, the article makes no mistake about who, and what is in charge. This isn’t just words from 1789, with no meaning today, other than historical perspective, this article puts to rest fears many people have, such as “creeping Sharia”, and is why the military actions in Libya are not unconstitutional. First, the text of Article VI:

All Debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Obviously the first clause relates to debts incurred under the Articles of Confederation, which governed us during our Revolutionary period. The real meat of the document starts the real meat of the article. This is the Supremacy Clause, and it lets the states know Federalism is a two way street. Under this clause, no state may engage in their own foreign policy, nor may their state constitutions usurp The US Constitution, nor may any laws usurp the Constitution or be made higher than the US Constitution.

The US Constitution shall be the Supreme Law of the Land. This clause is also why “creeping Sharia” is a myth, a conspiracy theory, and as long as there is a Constitution, impossible to usurp our Constitution, or laws.

This clause is also why Oklahoma’s vote in their election to dismiss Sharia in Oklahoma courts unnecessary, and in fact maybe even unconstitutional. A smart lawyer could argue that law violates Article VI at the worst, and at the best, is a solution in search of a problem. In any case, that law is toxic to any company in Oklahoma engaged in international business.

It also empowers treaties entered into, and ratified by the Senate, to be part of the law of the land. In our ratification of the UN Charter in 1947, this clause is what makes the USA’s role in Libya not unconstitutional.

Under the charter, we agreed if the vote of the Security Council was called, and force was called for, the USA could participate forthwith. I say could, because it is still our option to participate, or not participate. The Senate ratified that treaty with the UN, so that provision is now part of the law of the land, and therefore no vote on whether to send our military is needed, since it occurred in 1947.

Last clause is of particular interest, and especially if you support Herman Cain. This clause shows he is unqualified to be President, because he has already violated the last sentence of the last clause. He said he would not appoint any Muslim to an executive office in his Administration. That is a violation of this clause, and a not even a debatable violation of the clause. It is an impeachable offense, and he did it even before being sworn into office. For those who say they love the constitution, and want candidates who won’t violate The Constitution, that rules out Herman Cain, by his own words. This clause is also why Keith Ellison, the first Muslim Member of Congress, could use a Qu’ran owned by Thomas Jefferson to take his oath of office. The Constitution is not a document which you can selectively abide by the parts you like, and discard the parts you don’t, like some law-smorgasbord. You have to take it all.

“The Signing of the Constitution of the United States” By Howard Chandler Christy Courtesy Architect of the Capitol: Copyright 1985 United States Capitol Historical Society

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Stop Government Spending And Reduce Your Tax Bill

The constraints placed upon government by the framers of our Constitution exist only on the faded parchment that lies in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.; a document that launched the greatest, most successful experiment in the history of government. Politicians have succeeded – with cooperation of the American electorate – in unleashing an omnipresent government from the confines of that Constitution to rule every aspect of American life.

We find ourselves enslaved in our own country due in large part to a culture of dependency by elements of society and an equal culture of corruption by our political leaders and their minions, the bureaucrats.

The power of a government to tax its people is at the heart of their power to control and regulate behavior, transfer wealth, and redistribute income; in essence, to punish and subjugate its citizenry.

Without the power to tax, politicians lose their power over the people. Higher taxes directly result in more control. Lower taxes result in less control. They know this all too well and use it to make more promises; Prescribing to the old adage of “always leave them wanting more.” It all begins with; give us all your income and wealth, and we will provide for your every need. Therefore, the simple secret of lower taxes is to reduce spending by demanding government stay out of our lives.

The temptation to abuse that power to tax has long placed government at odds with those who have the legitimate right to constrain and control government at all levels; the American people.

The dividing of citizens into certain classes to cull the successful from the herd has long been a winning strategy for government to quench their unending thirst for the funding necessary to fulfill politicians’ promises of something for nothing. The federal government carefully selects, and then excludes enough voters from paying income tax, for example, as a means to buy support and votes to continue their redistributive socialistic change.

Taxes should always be set to the lowest rate required to maintain constitutionally mandated and allowable services by the government. Politicians have corrupted the original intent of taxation and use tax law to penalize success, reward mediocrity, pick winners and losers, and grow the size of government. They become more and more imaginative, cunning, and deceitful in their hunger for the fuel to run their ego machine.

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the federal income tax a permanent fixture in the U.S. tax system. The amendment gave Congress legal authority to tax income and resulted in a revenue law that taxed incomes of both individuals and corporations. The withholding tax on wages became law in 1943. That year the federal government got its greedy hands around the throats and bureaucrats into the pockets, of every American.

It is today a behemoth with tax laws so large and convoluted that no one (not ever IRS employees) understands them, and just to hire enough experts to try for compliance, costs billions of dollars per year. The entire structure of the IRS with its unlimited power to destroy individuals, families, and businesses gives power to the IRS that the framers of the Constitution could never have envisioned.

The hidden costs of taxes are higher than the overt ones are. Underhanded, hidden taxes, fees, regulations, and costs of compliance multiply the prices of goods and services. Additionally, deficit spending and policies by the ultra-secret Federal Reserve to flush the economy with nonexistent funds devalues the dollar and causes inflation, which is nothing but another insidious tax.

Taxpayers must demand an end to the Federal Reserve System’s secrecy and an end to the buying of government debt (monetizing) by the Fed., which is purposeful inflation of our currency. Essentially, we are consuming our own flesh in a desperate attempt at surviving without enough outside food source (or in government’s case, income)

Beware of, and research carefully, all ideas of tax reform. Many proposed changes to the tax code by politicians are nothing more than attempts to increase revenue by raising more revenue; not reducing the money extracted from the sparse pockets of Americans. No matter the tax system, government spending and corruption are the problems. It begins and ends in those sweet honeycomb chambers of government with too many queens living off the hive.

Politicians and the recipients of taxpayers’ money avoid most tax cuts by screaming their talking points and the code words of liberalism; “tax cuts for the rich…”, “they want people to starve…”, “We need to invest in…” we’re working for the American Dream…” , “ they are against the working man…”. 

However, it does not end with the federal government. State and local governments have likewise built greedy, mega-government bureaucracies that forever scream, “Feed me”! The very last thing they consider is reducing the size of their dynasty. Their big hammers they use to keep the funds flowing are threats to cut off critical services, mass demonstrations, and intimidation. Government’s natural default response is to raise taxes or borrow money and not cut spending.

By law, most local and state governments must balance their budgets. They get around this by floating bond levies for roads, bridges, schools, bus services or anything else they cannot afford because of bloated bureaucratic inefficiency and progressive ideologies.

When government begs for your support of bond levies, ask yourself, is this something I believe is a good expenditure; is it a necessity or a luxury? Then, vote accordingly! Remember, every bond levy is a new credit card opened in our name; we must repay the loan plus interest. Eventually, taxes will increase or other services forfeited to pay the bill. When they tell you everyone wins, and it will cost nothing; they are lying.

All politicians, government officials, and bureaucrats, speak of tax cuts (or allowing money to remain with its rightful owners), as government spending. Think of that, allowing you to keep your own money, is government spending. This arrogance is universal in all progressive liberal circles, and accepted by many in the conservative political arena, as well. This incredible contempt could only leave us to conclude that they hold the belief that all money, income and wealth belong to the government. They are nice enough to allow you to keep the portion that they deem sufficient; now quit whining!

By eliminating politicians’ spending, we regain our financial independence, reduce taxes to a level required to operate essential government in our Constitutional Republic, and empower Americans to reassert and reclaim their independence from tyranny. The only mechanism available to us to reduce the size of government, thus reduce taxes, is the power of the vote. The 2012 election may be our last chance to reverse the deadly course in which our country is heading. Elect only those people with whom you have kindred ideology in the support of Constitutional principles and demand monumental spending cuts.

Jim Mullen

http://freedomforusnow.com

http://www.examiner.com/x-54993-Parkersburg-Conservative-Examiner

Happy Passover

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

 

Tonight is Passover, the Jewish people’s celebration of their deliverance from bondage and their Exodus to the Land of Israel. Passover contains poignant spiritual and historical meaning for Jews, but it also reminds all of us of mankind’s universal aspiration to be free from bondage and oppression. Today, in the same region where the story of Exodus took place, Arabs suffering under despotic regimes are seeking their own freedom and self-determination. As Jews in Israel, the Middle East’s only liberal democracy, gather for Passover, we hope for the spread of freedom and peace throughout the region. On this Passover holiday, our family sends our best wishes to the Jewish community. Chag kasher V’Sameach. Happy Passover. And next year in Jerusalem.

– Sarah Palin

(We thank our channel partner, US4Palin.com , for providing Governor Palin’s Facebook post)

 



PUSH ‘EM UNTIL THEY CRY: Citizens Taking on Congress

“Push ‘em until they cry.” Such was TV character Frank Barone’s method of childrearing, as expressed in the hit comedy series Everybody Loves Raymond.

“Then you know you’ve pushed enough.”

Perhaps this is an example of draconian parenting, but it is nonetheless good advice for us when it comes to dealing with Congress.

Of the $3.8 trillion Congress planned to spend in fiscal year 2011 – which ends in September – it has cut slightly over one percent, or $38.5 billion, so far. Government continues to operate for just under another week, and few will notice the difference in its day-to-day operation.

Many of us are disappointed, to say the least. Outrage is more of what I sense among my fellow conservatives.

But I ask you to stop and think whether even this amount would have been achieved had we not awakened and badgered our Congressmen about the issues that concerned us over the past few years, had we not spoken so loudly at the polls last November, and had we not been on the phone and on our computers in the last few months letting Congress know where we demanded cuts be made.

Now, with the so-called “shut down” averted, legislation will be drafted that will stipulate how our government will fund its operations for the remainder of the fiscal year.

President Obama’s current budget for fiscal year 2011 will overspend at the highest rate this country has ever experienced, creating a $1.65 trillion deficit. The recently cut $38.5 billion is little over 2 percent of that figure, which still leaves a deficit of over $1.61 trillion.

Apparently, there’s a lot of pushing left to be done, and no one has even begun to cry.

There remain many ways – ways that the Obama administration and many members of Congress hope we will forget – to solve this spending problem.

We should remind ourselves of our pet peeves and continue to contact our Senators and Representatives about them, suggesting ways to cut budgets, eliminate waste or fraud, and possibly eliminate them altogether. One of mine happens to be the National Endowment for the Arts. As a former art teacher, newspaper artist and designer, I see no need for such an agency.

There are several federal agencies that support the arts in the U.S. By support, I mean the government chooses to favor certain artists and types of art, whether we agree with government’s taste or not. Plus, the Stimulus package included $50 million for employment in the arts. All the artists I know find their own jobs.

Will shutting down or trimming such an agency “shut down the government”? No, of course not.

Sure, it will cause some members of Congress to cry. They will have to explain why they can’t guarantee any more money for a friend’s special project or why no-talents creating offensive displays can no longer be supported.

However, too many taxpayers are hurting. Too many of us have drawn up new budgets to survive this economy and tightened our belts until tears come to our own eyes.

We’ve been pushed, so we just have to keep pushing back. Harder.

 

Cynthia Toney is a Contributing Writer and Editor, The Bold Pursuit

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Obama’s Energy Policy

by Jim Mullen

Barack Obama is doing the liberal limbo in a desperate attempt to remain under the radar in a sneak attack on the American people. His new energy policy is the same energy policy that he promulgated from his early budding as a community organizing, Marxist from Chicago. It is, and always has been, about redistribution of income and wealth and his support of environmental extremists.

Notwithstanding his clever rhetoric, Obama’s policies are best summed up quickly and succinctly; kill coal, stop drilling for oil and gas, regulate, regulate, regulate, and of course demonize and diminish anyone in the energy business. He envisions windmills and solar panels replacing traditional forms of energy, as well as burning more of our food in automobiles. By subsidizing Mega Corporate farms even more than the $5 billion per year currently wasted on this misguided folly, food prices will continue to climb.

Causing energy prices to rise by restricting and eliminating supplies of all fossil fuels has long been Obama’s stated goal. He’s on record declaring he would like to see high gasoline and electric prices and his Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” The idea being to make gasoline and other fossil fuels so expensive that alternative energy sources will become viable.

It’s obvious if these people have their way; exorbitant prices for food and energy will be the accepted norm and will allow further intervention and control by the federal government over the purse strings and activities of all Americans.

What are Americans to do for energy in the decades it takes for the mass production of “Obama-energy”? The answer, it would seem, is to throw his hopes, dreams and promises into the national furnace and fuel tank. Or perhaps channel the hot, ideological winds of liberalism into the silent turbines that powers the nation.

Imagine the possibilities. Obama simply sprinkles his magic Marxist-dust on the marketplace and miraculously, coal mining and drilling for oil and gas become unnecessary. Indeed, he rids our land of the nuclear menace and snail darters swim freely where those nasty hydro plants once gave us clean energy. It sounds a lot like his 2008 megalomaniacal moment from his speech, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal.”

Meanwhile, back in reality, USA, Americans pay the cost for another star in the crown of Barack Obama, King of the Progressives. Gasoline has more than doubled under the rule of Obama and prices for food continue to rise unabated. His announced plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is a subterfuge. His every word addressing the nation’s energy situation is either an outright falsehood or misdirection by deception.

He uses the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce his presidential decree of cap-and-trade and enlists the Democratic controlled Senate to block any Republican moves at reining in the dictatorial EPA. Even Jay Rockefeller, the liberal Democrat from coal-rich W.Va. defies his constituency and joins Obama and the EPA in their war on coal.

The President is providing billions of U.S. dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, he refuses to drill for oil domestically, fully realizing that it would have an instant and long-term downward push on oil prices.

He claims credit for the highest domestic oil production since 2003, but fails to mention present day increases are a result of the Bush policies for planning and drilling. The country will reap the disastrous rewards from the Obama administration and the current Democratic Party’s energy policy for decades, just as we presently suffer from the acquiescence to eco-terrorists by the Democrats in years past.

His moratorium on off-shore drilling is illegal as declared by two federal courts. Nonetheless, it continues today even after he declared it lifted. Deepwater permits are down 88 percent, with only two new ones issued since that time.

Democrats and Barack Obama spew endless platitudes and rhetoric about their concern for the working people. However, their deceitful actions cause irreparable harm to the country. We must all be aware of their intention to punish Americans by increasing prices and taxes, redistributing wealth and appeasing environmentalists. Obama’s words have no meaning, but his actions have deadly consequences.  

Unless Americans stand up and stop Obama and the progressive Democrats, we will become just another Marxist state; or worse yet, a second-world nation reigned supreme by a very elite ruling class of thugs and dictators.

Jim Mullen

http://freedomforusnow.com

http://www.examiner.com/x-54993-Parkersburg-Conservative-Examiner

It’s Make or Break for the GOP

by Robert Arvay

The time has come.  The next few hours will make or break the Republican Party.  It’s where the rubber meets the road, where we separate the men from the boys, the sheep from the goats— insert your own cliché.  They’re all appropriate.

If the Republicans cave in on the budget battle, it’s all over for them.  They will no longer have any credibility on fiscal issues.  And the people who will deliver the coup de grace will not be the Democrats, but rather, other Republicans.

Shortly after the Republicans wave the white flag, there will be no Republican party, none except in name only.

The Tea Party will rise.

To be sure, this will probably result in the reelection of Obama, and as a consequence of that, the destruction of the US as an economic powerhouse.

While that is a truly chilling prospect, the alternative is even worse.  The alternative will be a nation streaking headlong into ruin, but worse than that, a nation with no hope of recovery.  And without a cadre of principled leaders, we will have no hope of ever extracting ourselves from the morass into which the Democrats have sunk us.

Make no mistake about it.  For the Republicans to hold fast on the budget crisis will cause them to be blamed for any government shutdown.  It will cause Republicans to lose reelection, to lose their positions of power.

But what good is a position of power, without the power?

Power is useful only when it is exercised.  Power is moral only when exercised for good.  The power to retreat is not power, but cowardice.  The power to surrender is not power, but treason.

The Tea Party is now our only hope.  Only the Tea Party office holders are showing strength, courage and resolve in the face of withering enemy fire.  If they hold fast, we may suffer early defeats, we may suffer painful casualties.

But at least the nation will have a chance.  At least, as the nation suffers devastation at the hands of Democrats, there will be a small group of patriots whom everyone will recognize for what they are— men and women to whom principle is more important than prestige.

We will have someone to turn to.  We will have hope.

And the Republicans?  They will take their place alongside the Whigs and the Know Nothing Party (yes, there really were two such parties) in the hall of infamy.  They will have failed us.  And all for what?  To meet with the approval of those who sold out their nation for positions of prestige.

There are worse things than defeat in a good cause.  It’s time to be brave, Americans.  It’s time to be willing to suffer for our posterity.  After all, our ancestors endured much worse for us than economic hardship.  We must be willing to do the same for our descendants.

The time has come.

Mr. Bill and the Lesson in the Art of Negotiation

 

by Michael Stanton, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 5:55am

Mr. Bill is a friend of mine with whom I have fly-fished. He started calling me Sasquatch because of the noise I made walking through the woods. He is also a very charming and talented fellow.

Now Mr. Bill ties flies at Federation of Fly Fishers events all over and I ran into him at the National Conclave several years ago in Kalispell Montana. When he ties flies, he frequently will give his latest creation to an earnest onlooker, particularly if it is a young lad or lass. One such lad stood there watching him for over an hour, spellbound by the feathers, biots, and generally the wealth of talent before him. When his father came to get the lad, Mr. Bill gave him a couple of flies to remember his visit. The lad thanked Mr. Bill and went on his way.

Another onlooker who had been heckling Mr. Bill asked if he could have a fly too. Mr. Bill said, “I don’t think so” very calmly and quietly, as is his chosen manner.

This onlooker looked surprised. “Well, how about if I paid you five bucks for one?”

Mr. Bill with a look of disdain on his face peered over his cheaters at the man and said, “I will sell you a fly for ten,” just to get rid of this person.

“Ten Dollars? You have to be crazy! It’s not worth that much,” the onlooker said loudly. By now, a crowd was watching the negotiation. Obviously, the onlooker hadn’t realized the poker game he had entered into.

The look of disdain turned to an impish grin and Mr. Bill said “Twenty Dollars.” Quickly the onlooker peeled off a $20 Bill and handed it to Mr. Bill who then culled one of his “mistakes” and handed it to the man.

As the onlooker walked away, I said to Mr. Bill, “That was interesting to watch! You really didn’t want to sell him a fly.”

“The fool, I would have given it to him if he had been more friendly but he was so obnoxious, I figured I would test him.”

“How high would you have gone?”

“Until he walked away.” was the answer back. “So do me a favor Sas, Put this money in the jar for the youth program donations.”

Such is the lesson on negotiation learned at the side of Mr. Bill. Now looking at the way our Republican Majority in Congress is handling their negotiations on the budget they could learn the lesson too. Don’t negotiate from weakness now. You have something everyone wants. Just because there is a Democrat Senate Majority, that doesn’t mean the Democrats in the Senate don’t hear the drumbeat of 2012. You were given an opportunity in 2010 and that should inspire you with the strength of your convictions. Negotiate like Mr. Bill.

Reprinted with permission