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Why Libertarians must vote Romney

I will take a stab at this even though you probably won’t like my answer. Libertarianism is focused on civil liberty. I like many people feel strongly about my individual rights. The problem is that Libertarianism is more a political philosophy than a working model for government. Civil liberty is only one element of a government model. I am not sure about over the course of history but least in modern times there has never been a “Libertarian” country that I am aware of. 

America is a republic. Our republic is an attempt as evidenced by our founders to take the best of a variety of government models and merge them into one. We have elements of democracy and libertarianism that have been incorporated into our republic. The three branches of government combined with the Constitution were designed to protect our civil liberties. As we all know our republic and the civil liberties that Americans used to enjoy have been hijacked. Too much freedom in the eyes of most modern day politicians is bad because it takes away their control. 

So now for the answer to the question; why Libertarians should vote for Romney?  If you believe in all you espouse; you have to vote for Romney. 

 Here’s why – we need to buy time. Surely you do not believe that Romney is the militant that Obama is where it comes to government regulation or government control. He is also not a progressive socialist. It’s true that he (Romney) may turn out to be another new world order guy like the Bushes but he loves the country enough to not sell us out to Putin once he has “more flexibility”. 

Here are a few other things to consider: 

There will likely be one or two Supreme Court appointments in the next four years. Do you really want Obama making any of these appointments? Here is a scary thought – Eric Holder or Tony West as a nominee. 

Obama will push for further reduction of our nuclear capabilities to level the field and reduce our power internationally. I am pretty sure Romney won’t. 

Obama will sign us on to more U.N. treaties that will continue to erode our national sovereignty. Think – L.O.S.T. Treaty and the U.N. Small Arms Treaty for starters not to mention some form of international income tax. 

Romney will help us slow down, maybe even help us avoid economic collapse. Obama is intent on redistribution and economic destruction of individual wealth. At least we know that he is a capitalist. 

To quote Minnesotan Mitch Berg, “All the principle in the world does you no good if you are standing in soup line, if the government has confiscated your guns and branded you a terrorist for stockpiling food with the blessing of the Supreme Court. The vast majority of the people will sell the Rights of Man down the river for a pack of cigarettes, a bottle of booze or a bowl of gruel.” 

I like most people, I am tired of holding my nose and voting; but what choice do we have? The question remains when are we going to do something about the real problem? We can’t wait to get worked up once every 4 years and bitch about the choices. We need to change things at the local and state level starting Nov. 7th and work every day for the next 4 years to change our course.  It is time for all high minded, philosophical Libertarians to get involved on a daily basis and work for the change you desire. We must start taking our country and our liberty back from self-interested politicians. But first we have to buy time. Don’t waste your vote on a meaningless statement we need to slow down the progressives now. 

“The saddest epitaph which can be carved in memory of a vanished liberty is that it was lost because its possessors failed to stretch forth a saving hand while yet there was time.” Justice George Sutherland, Constitutional Defender 1938 

Wake Up, America! Restore the Republic by Rejecting Socialism and the Progressive Agenda!

Gimme Back My Bullets

Working through the backdoor, radical leftist groups, the administration, the EPA and Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein are carefully designing regulations to control the use of lead in products. While we all recognize the dangers associated with the use of lead in some products there is a hidden agenda in this effort.

The real target in this effort maybe unlegislated gun control. Using environmental concerns as their launching pad several environmental groups are asking the EPA to ban bullets, lead shot and even fishing sinkers claiming they contaminate the environment. The proposal relies on support from studies which claim that lead shot, ammo, sinkers, etc are killing animals that eat the lead fragments or other animals that were shot and contaminated by the ammo that killed them. These groups are citing the Toxic Substances Control Act as the vehicle to create these regulations. 

The proposed regulations are a stretch and conflict with existing language within the act. There also is no precedent for the EPA to involve itself in regulations that interfere with second amendment gun rights. The NRA has already weighed in on this sending the EPA a letter pointing out that they are overstepping their authority. 

You have to give these guys credit for creativity. If you can’t implement gun control legislation due to a lack of support then go after the ammunition on the basis of lead and render the guns useless. While there maybe alternatives to lead most would fall into the category of military grade ammunition such as the armor piercing variety which would create safety issues for law enforcement so that would also be shot down (no pun intended). 

Fundamental transformation is underway! It is time to stop it in its tracks! 

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left! 

“The maintenance of the right to bear arms is a most essential one to every free people and should not be whittled down by technical constructions”. — North Carolina Supreme Court, State v. Kerner (1921) 

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyrany in government”. — Thomas Jefferson 

“Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant”.  — James Madison

The Chicago Climate Exchange, Pt. 1: An Elitist Redistribution Scam

The amazing thing about elitist scams are how under the guise of social justice they make the elite richer and more powerful. Socialism historically is predicated on a group of elitists building a society that reduces all of its’ citizens to a common standard of living. The resulting society does not value the individual, their rights or their achievements.

Currently the global and U.S. elite are pushing their climate change/green agenda with the threat of a global catastrophe. With this as their launching pad they have set in motion hundreds of laws and regulations, both domestically and through the U.N. designed to drive the world toward some form of “global governance” all while making themselves richer and more powerful in the process.

With this as a back drop, let’s talk about the latest scam brought to you by: the President, Goldman Sachs, Van Jones, Al Gore, George Soros and Franklin Raines just to name a few. Without further delay, let me introduce you to – The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).

So what is the Chicago Climate Exchange? Well, if the financial projections are right and the administration can ram through some form of “Cap & Trade”, it will be a $10 trillion cash machine.

According to a Fox News story by Fred Barnes, “While on the board of a Chicago-based charity, Barack Obama helped fund a carbon trading exchange that will likely play a critical role in the cap-and-trade carbon reduction program he is now trying to push through Congress as president.”

As a members of the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation, both Obama and Valerie Jarret served and were key players in providing nearly $1.1 million in two separate grants that were “instrumental in developing and launching the privately-owned Chicago Climate Exchange, which now claims to be “North America’s only cap and trade system for all six greenhouse gases, with global affiliates and projects worldwide.”

So why does a private foundation fund a private business? Who invests in a business that gets its’ start up funds from a private foundation? The list is impressive but we will get back to that in a minute. First a little history on CCX, from their website:

“The institution that is today the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) began with a grant in 2000 from the Joyce Foundation, a leading philanthropy based in Chicago known for its innovative approach to public policy issues, which supported the inception, creation, feasibility and design of CCX. The support was provided as part of a series of special Millennium grants made by the Foundation to catalyze, support and reinforce ideas, concepts or institutions of lasting intergenerational significance.

An initial grant of $347,000 was made to the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University to provide technical support to Dr. Richard Sandor and colleagues to examine whether a cap-and-trade market was feasible in the U.S. to facilitate significant greenhouse gas reductions, using a voluntary regional Midwest model from which national and international lessons might be drawn.

A second grant of $760,000 was provided in 2001 to proceed with a design phase, which ran through 2002 and involved more than one hundred professionals in the corporate, public, non-governmental and academic sectors, who worked with Dr. Sandor, his colleague, Dr. Michael Walsh, and others to develop a core set of rules, protocols and design elements that would underpin and shape a pilot reduction and trading design.

In 2003, CCX launched trading operations, with the following 13 Charter Members:

American Electric Power, Baxter International Inc., City of Chicago, DuPont, Ford Motor Co., International Paper

Manitoba Hydro Corp., MeadWestvaco Corp., Motorola Inc., STMicroelectronics, Stora Enso North America

Temple-Inland Inc., Waste Management Inc.

Through their CCX membership, the above organizations were first in the world to make legally binding commitments to reduce all six greenhouse gases, in the world’s first multinational multi-sector market for reducing and trading greenhouse gases.

CCX is a U.S. corporation, and today remains the only emissions reduction and trading system for all six greenhouse gases and the only operational cap and trade system in North America. CCX has nearly 300 Members from all sectors and Offset Projects worldwide. See full Member list.

In 2005, CCX launched the European Climate Exchange (ECX), now the dominant exchange operating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. CCX also launched the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE), a CFTC-regulated futures exchange that offers standardized and cleared futures and options contracts on emission allowances and other environmental products, the world’s first environmental derivatives exchange. Since 2006, CCX, ECX and CCFE have been owned by Climate Exchange Plc (LSE: CLE.L), a publicly traded company listed on the AIM of the London Stock Exchange. Richard Sandor is Chairman of Climate Exchange Plc.”

It all sounds so innocent on the surface but when you dig a little there is cause for concern. This story will be two parts because it is complicated and troubling.

We’ll start with a little background on Cap & Trade. What is cap and trade?

The Cap – It is a system that sets a limit or a cap on emissions generated by fossil fuel use. Companies and residences will be given an emission limit based on either a formula or a historical profile. Over time the limit would be reduced to achieve a target that in theory would reduce the cumulative global output to 80% of 1990 actual output by 2050.

The Trade – Companies and individuals (residential allotments) that perform below their allocated levels can bank the unused units and sell them to companies that exceed their allocated units.

Besides the ones already mentioned, some of the other key players in this story are:

Al Gore, founder of the London-based Generation Investment Management, GIM purchased a huge stake in Chicago Climate Exchange. They are the fifth largest shareholder. Former Vice President Al Gore partnered with people from Goldman Sachs such as David Blood, Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris to name a few.

Franklin Raines, the disgraced former CEO of Fannie Mae is now a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise Community Partners. The stated mission of Enterprise, “We create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through fit, affordable housing and diverse, thriving communities. Central to our mission is Enterprise’s fundamental commitment to give people living in poverty an opportunity to move up and out. We believe that these opportunities are best provided in communities with a diverse mix of affordable and market housing options, access to jobs and social supports, and a strong commitment to the environment and civic participation.”

However, before leaving Fannie Mae, Raines used Fannie Mae funds, in other words, taxpayers money to buy technology to measure and manage carbon credits. Patent No. 6904336 was approved by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for this technology on Nov. 7, 2006 the day after Obama and Democrats won the election and took control of the House. The patent, which Fannie Mae co-owns with Cantor Fitzgerald subsidiary CO2e.com. The patent gives Fannie Mae a leg up on the fledgling carbon trading market. The result is a quasi government agency now has a major financial stake in the success of cap-and-trade legislation.

The patent, gives Fannie Mae proprietary control over an automated trading system that pools and sells credits for residential carbon reduction upgrades like solar panels and high-efficiency appliances. These credits can be bought by companies and utilities that don’t meet emission reduction targets. Under Cap & Trade, the EPA will determine arbitrary CO2 standards that could affect every manufacturing company in country. Is it a stretch to think that Fannie and CCX will come to a licensing deal of some sort on this technology – or is the deal already in place?

There are concerns on Capitol Hill. Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Issa (R-CA) have been asking a lot of questions saying, “ We are troubled by evidence that, while Fannie Mae was funding hundreds of billions of dollars in risky mortgages that were a primary cause of the financial crisis, it was simultaneously pursuing a patent to capitalize on the potential of legislative efforts that would have the effect of increasing costs to millions of Americans.”

Rep. Issa also said, “Fannie Mae appears to have served as a full-blown liberal think tank for crony-capitalist ideas. While the crony-capitalist Democrats who ran Fannie Mae like Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson used these kinds of ideas to enrich themselves, it was the American taxpayers who were left holding the bag after they failed. It’s disturbing that Fannie Mae executives were positioning themselves in 2005 for financial gain from an Obama Administration cap-and-trade system, but given the huge amount of campaign contributions Fannie Mae poured over President Obama it should be no surprise.”

And then there’s Goldman Sachs who owns ten percent of the CCX and its 10 Trillion a year potential. More on them later.

Additional players who we will cover in part 2 of this story: Goldman Sachs, Maurice Strong, Dr. Richard Sandor and Joel Rogers.

So the Chicago Climate Exchange will become the next NASDAQ. They will trade in the greatest derivative ever conceived – an immeasurable unit of gas. Or as I have heard it said, puffs of air! A $10 trillion market of nothing but trading certificates!

Theoretically, the system would be adopted worldwide and the total global cap would be designed to reduce global warming. This sounds great right? But wait it turns out that global warming might not even be real. This is not about saving the Earth. There’s a lot of money and power riding on climate legislation.

Cap & Trade will be just another tax and financial burden on the citizens of the U.S. It is an international wealth shifting program designed to weaken the U.S. economy, make elite richer and secure their power for years to come. Remember these are the same people that said:

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, a primary power behind UN Agenda 21, architect of the Kyoto Protocol and CCX Board Member.

“I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.” and…

“Adopting a central organizing principle means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, to halt the destruction of the environment.” – Al Gore, founder of GIM and major investor in CCX

Wake up, America! Something is very wrong with this picture. Write your representatives and tell them we are not interested in Cap & Trade or subsidizing the cost of switching to alternative energy systems on an artificial schedule. We can be good stewards of the earth without destroying our country or making the elite richer. Through American innovation we will continue to move toward cleaner energy and more thoughtful environmental policies but not at the expense of our own economic security or personal liberties. This is a scam! This is redistribution of wealth and an elite power grab. More to come…

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” – Ronald Reagan

Connect the Dots – Your Freedom has been Hijacked!

So here we are; today we are on the verge of the “fundamental transformation of America”. America is being stolen from its’ citizens and most remain unaware of the magnitude of what is happening. While many worry about how they are doing in their NCAA basketball pool or how they will spend their Sunday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a healthcare reform bill which will alter the course of life in America.

If you still do not believe that the scope of this bill has this much impact on our country let me connect the dots for you. Since the election of President Obama the following things have happened:

  • We allowed the passage of a $787B economic stimulus bill. This bill according to the administration would ensure that unemployment would stay below 8%. Since the bill passed unemployment has been well north of 9% and above 10% at times. Worse yet most of the money has been wasted on meaningless projects.
  • The federal government has taken over two-thirds of the domestic auto industry and then wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on the phony “Cash for Clunkers” auto stimulus plan that had more benefit for foreign automakers than the domestic ones.
  • The T.A.R.P. program passed at the end of the Bush administration was the first step in nationalizing the domestic banking system. Now the government is regulating all manner of financial transactions under the guise of protecting consumers. A big part of the original meltdown was the government’s excessive involvement in the housing market through Fannie and Freddie. Have they learned their lessons after that train wreck? No! Instead they are busy trying to reinflate the housing market.
  • Using the EPA the government has declared cabon dioxide a harmful gas and is on the path of regulating energy and the environment without regulation to further its’ agenda – bigger, more controlling government.
  • The FCC is working on a bailout plan for the mainstream media as well as regulations to destroy free speech. Clearly in their sights – the internet and conservative talk radio.
  • Recently the President signed a land grab order.  Using the “1906 Antiquities Act” he ordered the federalization of 10 million acres of land in the west. This land grab will inhibit our ability to gain energy independence by cutting off access to needed resources.
  • The President continues his focus on “climate change” and “Cap & Trade” rather than job creation and economic growth. Instead the Congress keeps upping the ante on entitlements such as free healthcare, education and extending of unemployment benefits. Today the the national debt stands at $12.6 trillion. The ratio of debt to GDP  is now 88.1%. Our interest on the debt is accumulating at rate of $191 billion per year against revenue of $2.2 trillion per year. Revenue won’t grow unless employment increases. There are officially 14.9 million people unemployed. The actual number of unemployed is 26.1 million. Over 39 million of our citizens are now on food stamps.
  • Moody’s has repeatedly warned the government for the past 18 months that if we don’t reduce the debt and curtail government spending we will lose our national AAA credit rating. This will cause our interest rates to sky rocket and eventually our interst srevice of the debt will bankrupt the country. Yet the spending continues to increase. Our current entitlements (Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, Federal Pensions) plus the interest on the debt now exceeds $1.9 trillion per year. This is unsustainable and will destroy our economy sooner than later.
  • Today, the House will vote on Healthcare Reform and higher education funding. In effect this bill will broaden the federal government’s control over both. More unfunded spending liabilities and government mandates will be the result. Education and Healthcare are not rights! Rights come from God not governments.  This bill also includes the funding to hire 16,000 new IRS agents to aid in the enforcement of the new laws. (Jobs by the way that are funded by taxes and do not create new revenue)

So America, can you connect the dots? In just 18 months we have watched the tightening of federal controls on states and citizens that is unprecedented in American history. Our freedom and our liberty is being usurped by an over reaching federal bureauracy that has put us on a fast track to socialism or maybe even communism.

The federal government has taken almost complete control of: our banks, Wall Street, the media, transportation (the car companies), the environment/energy (via the EPA), housing, higher education and now maybe healthcare. You should be livid or at the very least scared to death.  We are a few short steps away from a European socialist government. But this government will be unsustainable because it will result in bankruptcy.

However, before that happens we will slip into a nasty decline that will destroy the fabric of the greatest country in the history of the world. At the end of this ride will be the need for a “global solution” because most of Europe will join us in bankruptcy. The answer will be what the global elites have wanted all along… A global government that decides how much freedom and what liberties we can enjoy. Conspiracy theory, you say? That could never happen, you say?

Really? If anyone had told you in January of 2008 that we would be where we are today, would you have believed them? We are running out of time! Connect the dots… the federal government and the Progressives who are running it are hijacking your freedom! Wake up, Act Now! We are at the edge of the cliff but there is still time to save the Republic if we organize to take the country back. This can not be done without pain or sacrifice.

It is time to face the truth. The only way out of the mess we are in is to cut – spending and taxes – a lot! We have built a model that is unsustainable. We have to come to grips with the idea that big government is not the answer – it is the problem. I am not just talking about the federal government either.

  • The federal government will have to reduce its’ services to only those which are essential – national defense, infra structure and basic services. Social programs and luxury pork barrel spending must be eliminated.
  •  State governments must get smaller too. States need to narrow their focus to the basic services they should provide.
  • We are going to have to rely on communities to pull together and help their own. People are going to have to learn to fend for themselves. Everyone is going to have to sacrifice to fix this problem.
  • Each citizen must be allowed to keep as much as possible so they can reinvest in their savings, communities and build business that will restart the economy.

This is the only sane road back to prosperity. The alternatives involve deals with the devil which will lead us to a loss of sovereignty, a world government or some form of socialistic government where we can all live together as peasants.

Again I will include the famous speech by Ronald Reagan warning about the situation we find ourselves in:

A Time for Choosing

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”. – Ronald Reagan

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!

UPDATE: Next 5 Things- #2 Employees Free Choice Act

Recently there was a report in the Las Vegas Sun called, Prospects For Organized Labor’s Legislative Agenda Rapidly Fading. According to the report organized labor is disappointed the Obama administration and the Democrats for a lack of progress on their “agenda items”, after their significant investment in the 2008 elections. Their agenda centerpiece was the Employees Free Choice Act or “Card Check” which would effectively end secret ballots in union elections. This legislation would give the unions a significant tool in driving up their membership because it exposes employees against a union to harassment tactics because their opposition is no longer protected by a secret ballot. Most experts now say that the bill can not pass as stand alone legislation.

However, the unions won’t give up that easily. Now there are rumors that the unions will attempt to leverage “moderate Republicans” to help pass the legislation by using “other tactics” such as embedding it in one of the proposed new jobs bills currently being discussed.

We with the recent defeat of Obama nominee, radical labor lawyer Craig Becker for a position with the NLRB, the unions are scrambling to salvage a win. We must watch closely and hold our representatives accountable for stopping it. This can not pass – if it does it will be a death blow to many small businesses and a job killer on all levels. The American public is clearly against this legislation and support the privacy a secret ballot ensures.

One additional note: Obama is now considering a recess appointment for Becker. These type of appointsment are not uncommon except that usually the candidate was not just voted down. Since Becker was rejected by our elected representatives, if Obama slams him through anyway – it is another clear example of how well he listens. 

Update Sources:
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Will-Dems-try-and-slip-card-check-legislation-into-upcoming-jobs-bill-83903662.html#ixzz0fFJOUS7W 

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/feb/06/union/ 

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Original Post below: 

January 18, 2010 ·

As I’ve been writing for several months, our way of life, our freedom, our liberty and the America that we all love is under attack from the Socialist Left. They are led by President Obama, a Harvard educated community organizer who grew up in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics. As we have discussed previously, he has a plan and he built a team around him to execute it. He is counting on your passive – “that can’t happen in America attitude” to provide a window of opportunity for him to “Fundamentally transform America!”

Remember – his team is mostly the Czars who work inside the Executive Branch of the Government and are only accountable to the President – no congressional/judicial oversight or approval- and sure as hell – no transparency!

The President likes to discuss policies in general terms describing how the administration might interpret and administer proposed programs. All the while deftly avoiding discussion of the contents of the bills which might become law. Think back – tax cuts for 95% of Americans, transparency and the veto pen to stop pork barrel spending policies, all of which have or are changing because “the situation changed”. As a result we must be vigilant because healthcare reform is not the only game changing bill on the table. Keeping up with these guys is like playing 3 card monte with a street hustler. Don’t be distracted by one hand because the other is up to something too.

Remember the administration is following the community organizer’s handbook. The plan is to overwhelm the system. This is why there is such a rush to pass all this legislation. The plan – overwhelm the system because they are betting we can’t organize fast enough to stop everything.

So here is part 2 of a 5 part series on the Socialist Left’s agenda to “transform” the American Way of Life. These items are the building blocks for a national shift to socialism. This agenda must be stopped – our freedom and liberty depend on it.

In part 1 of the series we covered the plan to reintroduce Immigration Reform. In part 2 we will discuss The Employees Free Choice Act or Card Check.

The Employee Free Choice Act, or “card check,” has been introduced in the past three Congresses, but it always failed to win the 60 votes needed to pass the controversial legislation in the Senate.

The proposed law gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up (“card check”) or an election by secret ballot. Critics warn that this will lead to employee intimidation to sign cards and will deny individuals the right to a secret ballot. The secret ballot has been the safety valve in the organizing process. Employees could go along with process to allow a vote by signing the organizing petition but had they always had the safety of the secret ballot to protect their individual vote. As a manufacturing manager for 30 years I have had a front row seat to union organizing efforts twice. In both cases, employees were under tremendous peer pressure to sign the petition. However, both times the union was defeated by the secret ballot. It seems like the process worked as it was supposed to each time.

Supporters say the legislation will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions by helping workers form unions. However, employers say that “card check” will kill jobs because small to medium size companies will not be able to afford unionized shops and in many cases the incremental costs will drive them out of business.

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” – Hillary Clinton

Shouldn’t this apply towards something as important as a union election too? After all the signing the card means that you want to hear more. After both sides present their case you go cast your vote in private.

So why do we need this law? First, it will help the unions get easier victories and build their dwindling membership. Oh, yeah and the labor unions strongly support the democrats. Can you say UAW and SEIU? This is as much about politics as it is about employee’s rights.

There is one more aspect to the bill that is equally as troubling as the secret ballot issue. That is the method by which negotiations would be handled under the bill. If the employer and the union did not reach a deal in 120 days, a government arbitration panel could intervene and take over the negotiations.

For many, the government arbitration clause looks to be a deal breaker. As long as that provision is in the bill Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says, “I don’t know how anybody can talk compromise.” He added, “If it wasn’t for the political power of the national unions, this wouldn’t have a chance. But they are powerful.”

A new development that makes this bill even more dangerous is the recently negotiated exemption from the proposed 5.25% luxury tax that will apply to “Cadillac health plans”. Under the terms of the agreement, “Cadillac health plans” that are negotiated through a collective bargaining agreement are exempt. This could turn into another tool for union organizers to use to entice new members.

Ironically, during the 2008 elections anti card check ads featured the leading liberal of his time – former S.D. Sen. George McGovern as their spokesman.

Even George could not get behind elimination of the secret ballot to protect the privacy of each employee. We must fight this legislation. With unemployment already tracking at over 10% nationally, we can not afford to lose more jobs. This legislation is bad for business, it is un-American and since when are we against a secret ballot? Write your Senator and tell them –just say no!

Unfortunately, Congress is currently littered with a variety of proposed legislation that supports the administration’s social reengineering agenda. Write your representatives and tell them we are not interested in an American makeover or living in a socialist nanny state. We must send them a clear message that these bills must not pass. We must be vigilant in identifying these bills and fighting them. After all, the only thing at stake is the American Dream!

Restore the Republic, Reject Socialism!

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

The Next 5 Things: #3 FCC Diversity and Net Neutrality

This is an update of a post from October 2009.

The attack on free speech and a free market media is underway. The administration will attack using an effective combination of legislation and regulation. The alternate media such as cable news, talk radio and the internet are the life line of conservative communications so we must fight back against the government’s plan to increase its’ control and involvement in private media.

Ever heard of Free Press? Until recently I hadn’t either. Here is a blurb from their “About Us” page of their web site:

“Free Press: Reform media. Transform democracy.”

“Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.”

Look at the above statement carefully. Do you see the recurring theme of this administration? (Transform, Organize, Diversity & Public)

Free Press has three main units; Free Press, Save the Internet and Save the News.

What we have next might be the administration’s mission statement for attacking the First Amendment – Free Speech!

Free Press’s executive director Josh Silver wrote a position paper called “Public Media’s Moment” which spells out to President Obama how to take advantage of the opportunity to reshape our national communications structure:

“The growing crisis facing commercial journalism and public media’s unique ability to address it… makes such reform all the more urgent… you have a rare opportunity to achieve real change and reinvent public media.” Adding: “Just as the economic crisis has put an end to free market fundamentalism, so too should the failure of commercial media to adequately serve the public interest end the myth that government has no role in fulfilling society’s information needs.”

Remember this is an administration that lives the creed “never let a crisis go to waste”.

Here is what Free Press working on:

Media Ownership

Public Media

The Future of the Internet (Net Neutrality)

Quality Journalism

Civil Rights and Media Justice

Building the Media Reform Movement

For more visit the following links:

http://www.freepress.net/

http://www.savetheinternet.com/index.php

And now for their scariest sub-group of all:

SaveTheNews.org   Here is “What we stand for” from their website:

“The crisis facing journalism does not call for a bailout, but for a far-reaching national journalism strategy to save the news. The national journalism strategy must be aggressive but carefully planned, bold but targeted. And it must not be guided by profit-seeking or nostalgia, but rather by core public interest principles.

We need to explore how the federal government can best support the future of investigative journalism, beat reporting and quality news in America. This is not about newspapers, it is about newsrooms. It is not about protecting old institutions, it is about serving local communities. 

We understand that the future of this industry will likely consist of a diverse collection of models, and we recognize the need for experimentation and innovation now and in the future.

Based on our analysis, we have identified five promising policies that should be the top priorities for policymakers:

NEW OWNERSHIP STRUCTURES. Encouraging the establishment of nonprofit and low-profit news organizations through tax exempt (“501(c)(3)”) and low-profit limited liability company (“L3C”) models.

NEW INCENTIVES. Creating tax incentives and revising bankruptcy laws to encourage local, diverse, nonprofit, low-profit and employee ownership.

JOURNALISM JOBS PROGRAM. Funding training and retraining for novice and veteran journalists in multimedia and investigative reporting.

R&D FUND FOR JOURNALISM INNOVATION. Investing in innovative projects and experimenting to identify and nurture new models.

NEW PUBLIC MEDIA. Transforming public broadcasting into a world-class noncommercial news operation using new technology and focused on community service.

We make no claims that these models, alone or collectively, will automatically provide a panacea to the crisis in journalism. However, we believe that these alternatives are worth further consideration, study and action. All of these models, to varying degrees, attempt to circumvent market failure with structural alternatives that seek to democratize media. Furthermore, they all could be accomplished via specific policy interventions and are politically viable, though formidable challenges exist. Most importantly, we hope that by highlighting these options, we can begin a truly public conversation about what the future of journalism should look like and point policymakers and regulators toward an agenda that will save the news and serve the public good.”

http://www.savethenews.org/

As scary as each of the individual points are consider this statement: “We need to explore how the federal government can best support the future of investigative journalism, beat reporting and quality news in America.”  Is the hair on the back of your neck standing up yet?

Now think back to the comment’s of the FCC’s resident Commie Mark Lloyd, its’ newly appointed Diversity Officer:

In his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America, Lloyd called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs. These funds would be given to public broadcasting outlets to allow them the same funding to support their operations as a private company would have, in other words, corporate wealth redistribution. Money is not the only thing that Lloyd wants redistributed, he wants to “regulate much of the programming on these stations to make sure they focused on ‘diverse views’ and government activities.”  Hmmm, “diverse views” and “government activities.” He is a fan of Hugo Chavez and his state run media so… I wonder what he means by “government activities”?

Let’s not forget that this is a White House that refuses any interaction with Fox News and has all but made them an official enemy of the administration. In fact they have demonstrated that they will go after anyone that dares to question or challenge their agenda. Think – Fox, Chamber of Commerce, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and health insurance companies.

Are you sensing a theme? How about social reengineering through media control? I say it every post and I’ll say it again now, this is another threat to YOUR American way of life!

This is the government moving toward policies that control the media, the internet and free speech. These policies will redistribute wealth and control all the messaging.

Radio and the internet are the primary tools for exchange of conservative ideas and conversation. We can not let them take our voices away. We must fight back and stand up for our rights. Liberty and freedom are ours to lose if we don’t get involved; in the end we will only have ourselves to blame if we do nothing.

Restore the Republic, Reject State Run Media and the loss of free Speech!

“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville

The Next 5 Things: #1 – Immigration Reform

Part 1 of a 5 part series:

As the attack on America continues the far left knows they are guaranteed only another 10 months of a controlling majority in both houses of Congress so they don’t have time to waste. They are going straight to the Cloward/Piven playbook and plan to “overwhelm the system.”

Besides the things that are already underway such as health care reform and cap & trade, there is much more in store. We begin with the first of five new agenda items for the administration and the “progressives” or socialists as I like to call them: Immigration Reform.

From the website USAmnesty.org

“The proposed immigration amnesty would benefit the 12 to 20 million undocumented aliens (illegal immigrants) currently living in the United States. An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their acts of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working with false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status (Green Card) for breaking immigration laws.

The United States has granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants through different amnesty and laws. Before the first amnesty in 1986, amnesty was only given on a case by cases basis. Amnesty was never given to a large group of individuals. The first (and supposedly one-time only) amnesty in 1986 gave about 2.8 million illegal immigrations the opportunity to change their status through the Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA).”

“We are not going to ship back 12 million people, we’re not going to do it as a practical matter. We would have to take all our law enforcement that we have available and we would have to use it and put people on buses, and rip families apart, and that’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about. So what I’ve proposed… is you say we’re going to bring these folks out of the shadows. We’re going to make them pay a fine, they are going to have to learn English, they are going to have to go to the back of the line…but they will have a pathway to citizenship over the course of 10 years.” – President Barack Obama

According to his Organizing for America website:

“Barack Obama has played a leading role in crafting comprehensive immigration reform. Obama believes the immigration issue has been exploited by politicians to divide the nation rather than find real solutions. This divisiveness has allowed the illegal immigration problem to worsen, with borders that are less secure than ever and an economy that depends on millions of workers living in the shadows.”

The President is supported by groups such as The Immigrant’s List, from their website:

Immigrants’ List is a Political Action Committee (PAC) dedicated to electing members of Congress who support common-sense immigration reform. Our members believe in a fair and just immigration system that unites families, promotes fair employment practices, recognizes the value of immigrants to important sectors of our economy, and restores American’s status as a welcoming country for those who seek freedom from persecution and a better way of life.

So what will the administration and the Democrats propose? Here is what we know so far:

Create Secure Borders – Obama and the liberals say they want to preserve the integrity of our borders. They support additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.

Improve Our Immigration System – Obama and the liberals say they want to fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of immigrants who are allowed in each year to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill.

Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally – Obama and the liberals say they will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

Bring People Out of the Shadows – Obama and the liberals say they support a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and to gain the opportunity to become citizens.

Work with Mexico – Obama and the liberals say they believe we need to do more to promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.

This doesn’t sound too bad, right? Now look closer and think about what this means.

First, it is worth pointing out that we already have laws and policies under which all of these people could have applied to enter our country legally. It was a choice that they made to enter illegally and there should be a consequence for breaking the law.

That said, here are a few other points to consider.

I think everyone agrees that we need better border security for reasons that go way beyond illegal workers sneaking in to get a job. However, we can create secure borders without spending a fortune by properly enforcing our existing laws and making better use of our national guard by having them protect the homeland rather than fight in foreign wars.

With our current economic and unemployment crisis, now is not the time to bring more job seekers into the country. As for separating families, if you are here legally this isn’t a problem. If you aren’t, then you should be deported. If you had children while you were here illegally, your children should not automatically be granted citizenship. The current system is not perfect but probably only dysfunctional if you refuse to play by the rules.

As for bringing people out of the shadows – this needs to happen but not with the end game being amnesty but rather securing our country. How can a system work that allows undocumented immigrants to pay a fine, learn English, and to gain the opportunity to become citizens work? It seems flawed when the those for whom the system was designed to create opportunities are here under false pretenses to start with. Do we want to invite law breakers to become citizens?

Last but not least, we have spread ourselves so thin around the world that we can’t take care of our own citizens – I ask you, is it really our job to fix Mexico? And… it doesn’t end there. Once these rules are in place it won’t apply to just those from Mexico, it will apply to all illegal aliens.

Of course, if you oppose their agenda you will be branded a racist or a right wing extremist. Furthermore, this will provide another distraction and polarizing issue as we head into the midterm elections. We can not afford another 12 million dependents for our social programs, welfare or health care system. Citizenship for foreigners is a privilege to be earned. I say this because with citizenship comes rights and these sacred rights should only go to those who have committed to citizenship and loyalty to America, not just someone who needs a job, that is what work permits are for.

Remember the guy who is running the show was a community organizer and a student of Cloward/Piven and Alinsky. Here are a few of the tactics which are being employed:

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon… Keep the pressure on… The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself… The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition… Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Wake up, America! Restore the Republic, Reject Socialism!

“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.” – Barbara Jordan