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Congress Just Passed Nightmare Legislation that Strips Trillions in Wealth from the Middle Class

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By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: December 30, 2019 ~

Broken Piggy BankFive days before Christmas, while the impeachment debate distracted voters, the President signed into law the so-called Secure Act – which was a sickening bi-partisan attack on the wealth-building capability of the middle class.

Making the dirty deed even more Grinch-worthy, the attack on the assets of the middle class comes after the Trump tax overhaul in 2017 gave a windfall to the super wealthy by doubling their estate tax exclusion from $11 million per couple to $22 million. Now someone has to pay for that and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have stealthily decided it’s going to be Millennials – who are already buried under student loan debt with a meager average net worth of $8,000.

The only people that will gain security from the Secure Act are the Wall Street wealth advisors who are already looting two-thirds of the average 401(K) over a worker’s career through fees; the insurance industry that browbeat members of Congress into signing the legislation into law and got an insurance annuity payout option included; and the lawyers who will rack up millions of new billable hours from rewriting trusts that no longer make any sense as a result of this wholesale sell-out of the middle class in America.

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Get Your Head Out Of Your False Left vs. Right Paradigm

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Don Bowman

 

OPINION:

I cannot believe, after successive presidency’s reflecting both supposed political ideologies and party’s, that anyone is still buying into the right vs. left, Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs. conservative, BS. And it is BS.

Playing on, at times, extreme religious beliefs, or manufactured propaganda meant to frighten you in to accepting another war of aggression, or professed moral righteousness, we are encouraged to vote for one party or the other. Along with the tossing about of the words socialism and communism and the chronic hysteria that accompanies those words, many of us are convinced that our votes really matter or that things will actually change as a result. Actually, they do change…they always get worse. Makes no difference which wing of the this one party system you vote for.

Combining church and state?

We have a 1st amendment prohibiting that and for good reason.

Let me say that the lunacy emanating from churches in today’s world is enough to make a rational, reasonable man’s head explode. When I see blanket statements such as “Democrats hate Conservatives and Christians”…Really?? Really America? How many of you actually believe that? Or how about, “conservatives hate Democrats and they are satanists?” Are you really that easily manipulated and stupid? But if you need one, the barrage of idiotic religious drivel from either side of this combination of church and state, or, the lack thereof, is really obnoxious.

That’s Socialism! That’s Socialism!

First, let’s clear one thing up right off the bat! America is in no danger of becoming a socialist or communist nation. We are heading full steam ahead More

Why They Push to “Privatize” Everything…Especially on the Federal Level

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Marti Oakley   PPJ Gazette copyright © 2019

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Ever wonder why the government, that spends billions if not trillions each year on wasteful agencies and programs, then allows those agencies to become so dysfunctional, so costly they become a detriment to the public? This is an intentional plan in action with a very much desired end result. Privatization. This means, that some special, well connected “stakeholder” who will make massive amounts of money bilking the public is ready and set to go. The word stakeholder is a word used to describe those who have a vested monetary interest in profiting by any means necessary and they have bribed, bought, groomed, and pampered any elected official willing to sell you out. And bear in mind that no private interest would be remotely interested in taking over any of these services or agencies if the potential for unlimited and unregulated profits was not part of the deal.

The reason that the federal government and its agencies contract out work to private corporations; work they should be quite able to perform in and of themselves (considering this is the reason they were put in office in the first place) and the vast amount of money squandered each year, is to limit the information the public can gain access to under FOIA or other inquiries. What that private corporation will hide behind is “proprietary rights” and “trade secrets”. Unconstitutionally ceding their business, power and authority to a private corporation provides protection from prying eyes and mountains of unconstitutional and unlawful activity can be safely kept out of the public eye through privatization.

So called “deregulation” , sold to the public as necessary if the economy is to survive, is simply a means by which corporations are allowed to operate without those precious regulations, codes, laws, or other bothersome rules the rest of us are bound by. Supposedly, regulations make business too difficult for them to operate. And you saw the benefits of deregulation in 2008 when Wall Street oversaw the disappearance of millions and billions of dollars of other people’s money…money which was never recovered. The corporate world claimed that those regulations were an interference with “free trade”, and “capitalism”.

60% of all corporations PAY NO TAXES. But somehow they do receive multi-million dollar tax refunds each and every year. How does “free trade and capitalism” sound to you now? Free breaks for them and the capital flows into their accounts. All the while you, the over regulated and taxed individual fights to keep enough of your income to survive on. [2]

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Social Security: Call it What it is…Our Earned Retirement Program that We Funded Ourselves!

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A woman dies at age 65 before collecting one benefit check. She and her employer paid into the system for almost 50 years and she collected NOTHING. Keep in mind all the working people that die every year who were paying into the system and got nothing.

And these governmental morons mismanaged the money and stole from the system, so that it’s now going broke.
BEAUTIFUL! And they have the audacity to call today’s seniors “vultures” in an attempt to cover their ineptitude. DISGRACEFUL!

The real reason for renaming our Social Security payments is so the government can claim that all those social security recipients are receiving entitlements thus putting them in the same category as welfare, and food stamp recipients.
THIS IS WORTH THE FEW MINUTES IT TAKES TO READ AND DIGEST!
F.Y.I. By changing the name of SS contributions, it gives them a means to refute this program in the future. It’s free money for the government to spend under this guise.
The Social Security check is now (or soon will be) referred to as a Federal Benefit Payment ?
I’ll be part of the one percent to forward this. I am forwarding it because it touches a nerve in me, and I hope it will in you.

Please keep passing it on until everyone in our country has read it.
The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.”
This is NOT a benefit. It is OUR money , paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too ! It totaled 15% of our income before taxes.(This should be enough for you to forward this message, If not read on.)

If you averaged $30K per year over your working life, that’s close to $180,000 invested in Social Security.
If you calculate the future value of your monthly investment in social security ($375/month, including both you and your employers contributions) at a meager 1% interest rate compounded monthly, after 40 years of working you’d have more than $1.3+ million dollars saved.

This is your personal investment. Upon retirement, if you took out only 3% per year, you’d receive $39,318 per year, or $3,277 per month.

That’s almost three times more than today’s average Social Security benefit of $1,230 per month, according to the Social Security Administration. (Google it – it’s a fact). And your retirement fund would last more than 33 years (until you’re 98 if you retire at age 65)! I can only imagine how much better most average-income people could live in retirement if our government had just invested our money in low-risk interest-earning accounts.
Instead, the folks in Washington pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever did (or Lyndon Johnson).

They took our money and used it elsewhere. They “forgot”(oh yes, they knew) that it was OUR money they were taking. They didn’t have a referendum to ask us if we wanted to lend the money to them … and they didn’t pay interest on the debt they assumed. And recently they’ve told us that the money won’t support us for very much longer. (Isn’t it funny that they NEVER say this about welfare payments?)
But is it our fault they misused our investments? And now, to add insult to injury, they’re calling it a benefit, as if we never worked to earn every penny of it. This is stealing!

Just because they borrowed the money, doesn’t mean that our investments were for charity!
Let’s take a stand. We have earned our right to Social Security and Medicare. Demand that our legislators bring some sense into our government.
Find a way to keep Social Security and Medicare going for the sake of the 92% of our population who need it.

Then call it what it is:


Our Earned Retirement Income .

Smoke and Mirror Phone Scams

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Sam Jojola

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“On January 31, 2018, at 12:09 P.M. (PST), I received a 47 second message on my land line from a private number advising that a close family member they named was referred to their office for “legal action” including the “filing of a lawsuit or a “complaint” with “the court”. The articulate male caller said that “you” need to “immediately contact the legal department at (844) 744-7375 and reference file number 00-268”xxx. The caller concluded “this is a time sensitive matter” and “my calls are logged in, submitted as proof”.

“The court.” “The legal department.”… How stupid could they possible be?”

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Summary

Phone scams are getting more sophisticated with bogus debt collectors, fraudulent IRS calls, charity fraudsters, and bogus computer technicians claiming “your Windows program is infected”. Having experienced these calls prompted me to share my thoughts on what I learned from them, my response and how I will contact both the FTC and the California Attorney General’s Office with the most recent event.

I am also contacting Congressman Ted Lieu, along with Senators Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris and see if I get a response with any action they plan to take.

Cancer Charity Fraud

Google “cancer fraud telemarketers” and a disturbing series of pages appear that chronicle untold millions of dollars scammed from innocent victims:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/05/20/187-million-cancer-charities-scam-5-reasons-why-it-took-the-feds-so-long-to-catch-on/?utm_term=.dca79f762c55

My experience with a telemarketer claiming to raise money for cancer several years ago led me to contact the California Attorney General’s office with a detailed complaint after I obtained very specific information from the low level fraudster who told me too much about who was behind the fund he was working for, including who was running the scam and the address where they really lived and where they were calling from. I Googled the name of the cancer fund they represented and a host of fraud reports appeared that prompted me to follow through with my complaint.

Many weeks later, I did receive correspondence from the California Attorney General’s Office regarding this fraudulent organization and what action was taken.

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ALL 2017 SALES TAX RATES ARE GOING UP IN THE GREAT LATE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

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So where are the protests? Is it just “politically correct” and “tolerable” for all of the lower 1/3 to pay more excessive taxes to Jerry Brown who is now the self appointed, deputy/controller and King of the great late State of California and will he later be
running for President of California if it becomes a new nation? This kind of idea has a very distasteful flavor and has a ring to it which is likened to our beloved KGB director/dictator, Valdimir Putin of Russia, doesn’t it?

Yes it is true. Jerry Brown likes taxing everyone down to the bone for his poverty stricken Utopian, welfare state, while living up to his Alma Mater standard. After graduating from St. Ignatius High School in 1955, he then entered Sacred Heart Novitiate, a Jesuit seminary. He later attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1961 before earning a J.D. at Yale Law School in 1964. Karl Marx would have been be proud. But let’s not forget, it’s not just the lower 1/3 who is footing a tax bill to cover a 179.5 billion dollar budget which is also meant to also cover 2.4 million government employees on “glorified welfare.”
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Sustainable Cowboys or Welfare Ranchers of the American West?

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Source:  THE DAILY PITCHFORK

Report analyzes taxpayer bailout of U.S. public lands ranching [Part II of a series on ranchers]

by Vickery Eckhoff

Cliven-Bundy-on-Horseback-e1423775080754-620x264 Public lands livestock operators each cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars in subsidies over the last decade. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Five hundred million dollars[1]. That’s what 21,000[2] ranchers who graze their livestock on America’s iconic western rangelands are estimated to have cost US taxpayers in 2014 — and every year for the past decade. This averages out to an annual taxpayer subsidy of $23,809 per rancher — approximately a quarter of a million dollars each since 2005. So why does this small subset, representing just 2.7% of US livestock producers, protest the “welfare rancher” label?

 The public lands grazing program is welfare.

That $23,809 — and it’s a lowball figure — is a form of public assistance similar to other welfare programs. The only difference is, it doesn’t arrive as a check in the mail. It instead represents a loss covered by taxpayers: the very large difference between what public lands ranchers pay in fees to the US government and what public lands grazing costs taxpayers every year. But it’s still a subsidy, as a newly updated economic analysis, Costs and Consequences: The Real Price of Livestock Grazing on America’s Public Lands, makes clear. And the recipients aren’t low income; a large number are millionaires and some are billionaires and multi-billion dollar corporations. Cattle barons, if you will.

Public lands ranching costs western ecosystems, wildlife and taxpayers.

“Several federal agencies permit livestock grazing on public lands in the United States, the largest being the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Agriculture’s United States Forest Service (USFS).

The vast majority of livestock grazing on BLM and USFS rangelands occurs in the 11 western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Rangelands are non-irrigated and generally have vegetation that consists mostly of grasses, herbs and/or shrubs. They are different from pastureland, which may periodically be planted, fertilized, mowed or irrigated.”

READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

Internet Sales Tax Bill

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Dear Internet User,

The Federal Government has calculated the sales tax owed on your internet purchases for 2013. More

If You Want To Keep Your Doctor, Change the Senate

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strip bannernew-logo25Jane M. Orient, M.D.

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• The outlook for the survival of representative government in this country is so dismal that lifelong Democrat and veteran talk show host Bob Just has called on Democrats to boycott the election. It’s the only way to wrest control of his party from radicals with a Marxist worldview, he believes.

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ObamacareHurtAlthough the Administration’s unilateral changes in the law have postponed many painful features of ObamaCare until after the election, it is already very unpopular. The White House public relations/media juggernaut is in high gear to suppress the bad news and trumpet any benefits. Millions more privately insured Americans will soon see their policies canceled; the individual mandate penalty/tax will kick in; the crushing burdens of new taxes on businesses, medical devices, and insurance premiums will reverberate through the already stalled economy; and more and more independent physicians will have to close their practices owing to new requirements.

My favorite bumper sticker for this campaign season is “Keep your doctor, change your senator.”

Monica Wehby, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, is trying to unseat a one-term Democrat in Oregon. Dr. Wehby has been very active in the American Medical Association, trying to change its pro-ObamaCare stance. More

Internet Tax Moratorium Held Hostage by “Dirty Harry ” Reid

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Editors Note:  Please join the effort to make “Dirty Harry” Reid bring the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act up for a vote in the Senate.

Americans for Tax Reform

Go here to sign the Petition: ATR Petition

Follow us: @taxreformer on Twitter

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Without further Congressional action, states and localities will begin taxing Internet access as soon as December 11th. A permanent moratorium, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, has passed the House with a simple voice vote, demonstrating bipartisan agreement about the importance of a tax-free Internet.

Unfortunately, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid has refused to introduce the bill to the Senate, preferring to hold out for a remote sales tax increase through the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA), a highly controversial issue. Polling shows Americans overwhelmingly oppose Reid’s scheme to tax online sales, but a large majority of Americans can get behind a permanent continuance of a tax-free Internet.

Nonetheless, in a classic show of divisive politics, Harry Reid has held hostage the freedom of the Internet to pass a tax increase on Americans that buy products online or over the phone.

No American wants to pay more taxes, but taxes on access to the Internet is bad economic growth policy, not just tax policy. Here are the top four reasons why a permanent Internet tax moratorium is necessary to stop this.

1. Keeping the Internet tax free encourages online innovation and digital entrepreneurship. Online investment and tech startups would be disincentivized to the point of obscuring the open and inventive Internet we all know and love. The United States is a global tech leader due to our private development and deregulation of online ventures. A tax moratorium also promotes innovation in cost-defective expansion of broadband access. An Internet access tax would be another cost paid by customers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that would ultimately turn companies away from creating new developments in the tech space. Taxing Internet access would serve to hamper this industry in much the same way other great American industries (auto, manufacturing) have been hamstrung by government interference.

2. Taxing the Internet would have a harsh impact on lower income families. This is the demographic that a tax-free Internet serves to help and assist in seeking employment. Raising the cost of the Internet through a usage tax would diminish the overall number of users. A recent study predicted that a 10% increase in price can be expected to illicit a 15% reduction in adoption. This negative growth is the antithesis of a free Internet.

3. An Internet access tax would raise the costs of all Internet-related business. Whether it be the price of ISPs the cost of running and maintaining a website, or transaction fees of e-commerce including online shopping, a usage tax would hurt all Internet users in much the same way that rising gasoline prices are felt throughout the economy, raising the cost of using the Internet would be seen by all online participants.

4. Access taxes would be yet another permanent part of the government shakedown. If the moratorium expires, state and local governments will be able to tax access to the Internet. If the ban is allowed to expire and governments start taxing access (which they certainly would), these funds would be built into state budgets with vested interests devoted to keeping these taxes in place. As every previous tax has proven, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Permanently extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act is a crucial step in safeguarding long-term American Internet prosperity and continued online growth. Americans for Tax Reform, Digital Liberty, and supporters of Internet freedom throughout the country endorse a permanent moratorium on Internet access taxes.​

 

The IRS: Jurisdiction over you?

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TS Radio: Walter Burien discusses hidden CAFR accounts

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Join us Tuesday morning, August 7, 2012, at 10:00 CST!

Due to major technical difficulties this show will air at a later date.

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Occupy Wall Street – Why I Must Be Stupid.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Apparently there are so many smart people out there that I’m blessed by my ignorance. The whole “non-demand demands” of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) just confuses the heck out of me. I’m thinking “What do OWS folks stand for?”, but the best I can come up with before the Union Co-Op and Prezzie support group started was here.   Let’s just take a look one-by-one:

Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Free trade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.

Awesome! Everyone will have more fiat money to purchase fiat imported goods which will in turn support Amerika! Oh. Not so much. Let’s move on to the next.

Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors. More

Job Growth, Educational Opportunities, Stimulate The Economy – In Egypt?

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I truly tried to come up with a better commentary once I read this tidbit from the U.S. Trade and Aid Monitor report, but alas even my satire does not top this blurb:

The expansion of community-college systems nationwide could improve students’ career options while supporting economic growth, according to the Obama Administration. Consequently, the federal government is exploring the possibility of financing such a modernization project—not in the United States, but in Egypt. More

Passing Legislation Chicago Style : New “Black Hand” Emerges

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Back before most of us were born a group of Thugs roamed the streets with Tommy guns and fast cars. Cruising the streets they owned,  the term “mob rule” was created. Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Detroit – these good ol’ boys ran the Nation’s crime gangs slicker than snail spit. Descended from the original Black Hand in the 1750’s, the American Mafia ruled uncontested for decades. Until of course a bigger Crime Boss came to town.

Not liking the competition for control, the Federal RICO Act effectively drove underground the Bosses and their ilk.  Nature deplores a vacuum and flowing in to control the Cities was the largest organized crime unit – The Federal Government.

After 25 years of non-commisaro activity, apparently the Gang has reformed. Only this time, they are elected not through bullets nor related by blood – they’re elected across this Nation every 2, 4 or 6 years – by the American Voters.

One only hopes this “Gang of Six” does not end up as Antonio Caponigro  who acted without “authorization”  of the Commission in 1980 took action against another member: More

Why Bloggers Make A Difference

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Lynn Swearingen (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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“I personally write for several reasons.

Pointing out the ridiculous actions of governmental agencies utilizing our tax dollars is amusing.

It is empowering to stop the enacting of Legislative change through making available information internet users may not be aware of.”

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Bloggers. They are everywhere and have been since the day Al Gore supposedly invented the Internet nigh on 30 years ago. While “Snopes.com” may dismiss the charges of exaggerated claims by the now defunct Assistant Leader of the Free World, it stands to reason that once the “information superhighway” was unleashed anyone with a piece to say now had access to the whole www thing. Therein lies the problem: What insanity to cover when so much information is available?

Should one perhaps bemoan the plight of the enslaved Honeybee forced to toil for the evil master?

Unfortunately, like factory farmers, many beekeepers take inhumane steps to ensure personal safety and reach production quotas. It’s not unusual for larger honey producers to cut off the queen bee’s wings so that she can’t leave the colony or to have her artificially inseminated on a bee-sized version of the factory farm “rape rack.”

Rape rack? Goodness what glorious alliteration although a more measured tone should, and could, be read at one of my more favorite bloggers site by David Rukin: More

New Illinois State Motto : Nice Place to Visit – Can’t Afford To Live There.

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Illinois Legislature Votes To Increase Income Tax By 66% : SB 2505

Instead of the proposed 75% Income Tax increase and $1 on a pack of smokes – Illinois Lawmakers have graciously assented to a 66% Tax Increase while allowing the residents of Illinois to keep their “cheap” habit.

“Quinn’s office said the higher taxes will generate about $6.8 billion a year – a major increase by any measure. In percentage terms, 66 percent might be the biggest increase any state has adopted while grappling with recent economic woes.

It will be coupled with strict 2 percent limits on spending growth. If officials spend above those limits, the tax increase will automatically be canceled. The plan’s supporters warned that rising pension and health care costs probably will eat up all the spending allowed by the caps, forcing cuts in other areas of government.” More

The Debt Ceiling : 71 Days

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



At the end of the month or year, many of us must look at our individual budgets and sigh. Again due to rising food, fuel, tax increases, or just the general cost of surviving we must “create” more money. We comb through the tangible assets we have and determine which are essential for our continued effort to stay afloat as it were. Maybe Grandma’s silver Tea Pot goes up on EBay, those books one would never part with go on Amazon, and Craigslist becomes our second job.

We cut expenses.

Instead of driving through the inevitable “easy” meal of fast food – we learn that Mac N Cheese from a box isn’t so difficult.

Department Stores become a thing of the past as we comb through second-hand shops to find a “retro” outfit or learn to hem and modify what we have.

Maybe we consider putting in a Garden instead of stopping by the produce department for our thrice weekly sales. More

Death tax? You ain’t rich enough for the “death Tax”, Mabel

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Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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At the request of several of our readers, and in light of the Republicans holding the unemployed hostage while they attempt to extort the  public on behalf of the uber wealthy…….we revisit this article.  Apparently there are still a large number of individuals that believe they will fall victim to the “death tax”.  In your dreams sweetie!  If the Republicans get their way…you’ll be lucky if you can even afford to breathe!

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Unless that farmer has a net worth…all his income plus real property value, minus all his debt that results in a net worth of 3.45 million or more, there is not a rat’s chance in hell they will be subject to any “death tax”. Simple estate planning can avoid all of this.  And what farmer, after having navigated the market manipulations of USDA, FDA, Farm Bureau and a host of other government agencies intent on depriving him of his life’s work, doesn’t make plans for the untimely event of his passing, making sure his heirs receive the results of that work?  Still, its nice to see someone finally concerned about our farmers.

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You don’t make enough to qualify for special treatment under what is called the “death tax”.  The marketing of the term “death tax” and selling it to middle America as something that would affect them and their annual salaries, and what ever real assets they had accumulated is strictly a Republican disinformation tactic. This bogus marketing campaign has been promoted by Republicans to protect rich donors and their buddies and in many cases, themselves.  More

What Small Business Wants

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Submitted By Dan Martin

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The most egregious of their useless proposals revolve around the current the tax debate — whether to include the top 2 percent in reversing the Bush tax cuts. The sanctimonious claim is “this would hurt small business” — and this suggestion is incredibly wrong and even detrimental.

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What small business really wants (it’s not what all those senators claim)
By Myles Spicer | Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
Recently on TV there was a rerun of a popular movie produced in 2000: “What Women Want,” starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Very briefly, Gibson has “shocking” experience (literally) and is able to get into the “heads” of women and read their thoughts. Not a great move, but high grossing and of interest to me because it involved an advertising agency — my core profession for over 40 years.

It also coincided with the continuing claims by many members of Congress about what needs to be done to assist small business, who will be the drivers of our economy to get us out of this funk. Frankly their comments are inane, fictional, silly and inept. Why? Because virtually none of them really knows the dynamics of small-business challenges, and consequently do not or cannot get “into the heads” of true small-business people. Frankly, their statements are politically based, and have little to do with reality or an intelligent analytical basis of small business needs. More

The Value Added Tax: A Hidden New Tax to Finance Much Bigger Government

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Although I totally disagree with this man’s description of Social Security as an “entitlement” program, attempting to paint it as some form of welfare, the remainder of his assessment is quite accurate. 

The greatest unfunded libaility we have is the federal government…the same government which has stolen and estimated 3 trillion from Social Security since the Johnson administration.  It becomes “unfunded” because they have no way and never intended to pay it back without turning yet again, to the working class to replenish the theft of  FICA taxes invested in Social Security. 

Social Security becomes a “liability” when the funds stolen exceed those coming in; a threshold we will reach in 2035. 

Three Hots and A Cot for D.C. Tots

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Warning: The first link in this OpEd has a D.C. Weather Loop. Like most items in D.C. it operates slow and will eat up your time with waiting. If you must verify the source – ensure you grab something to drink first. I provide it for verification that yes indeed the information is true.

Washington D.C. schools, you know the ones that are not good enough for POTUS and FLOTUS offspring, have a new plan for the most economically challenged residents. Jobs? No. Less Governmental interference? No.  “Free” food – in fact 3 meals a day formulated by a chef for their delicate little palates: More

The Fed Owns the U.S. Gov’t – The U.S. Gov’t Controls its Employees – Social Security Made Americans into Federal Employees

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    “Besides the sovereignty issue that the Federal Reserve had to deal with, the federal government has no jurisdiction over intrastate commerce.  Actually, this is a consequence of American sovereignty – there would be no sovereignty if the federal government could rule Americans in their commercial endeavors.  The Constitution in Article I, section 8, only grants the federal government jurisdiction “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”.  This is known as foreign commerce, interstate commerce, and trade with the Indians.”

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 If the actions of the federal government in Washington, D.C., seem at odds with the Constitution and, as well, at odds with the general public’s views and desires, you must know that the Federal Reserve now owns the U.S. government.  Owning the U.S. government was not enough to enslave Americans due to their inherent natural-born sovereignty.  So the Federal Reserve has also created Social Security in order to destroy that sovereignty.  This is the basis of EVERYTHING that the government is doing.  By applying for a S.S.# an American entered into an employment contract.  There are no Constitutional restraints concerning the government’s own employees.  

          The Federal Reserve bankrupted the U.S. federal government in the 1930′s.  This is clearly evidenced by the law itself:  title 11, U.S.C., “Bankruptcy”, is implemented by title 11 C.F.R., “Federal Elections”.  The Federal Election Commission is charged with implementing the laws of bankruptcy.  Our elections are simply to elect a bankruptcy “administration” – the Fed is in charge, so it really doesn’t matter who gets elected.  President Obama ran his election on the “change” platform, but once elected, he increased the bailout money to the same people and increased the number of troops overseas.  Nothing has changed at all because the Fed has ordained what will be done.  Republican or Democrat, it would not have mattered who won the election.  

          The following is from the Congressional Record of March 17, 1993: 

          “It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent.  H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress session of June 5, 1933 – Joint Resolution to Suspend the Gold Standard and Abrogate the Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States and the official capacities of all United States governmental offices, officers, and departments and is further evidence that the United States Federal Government exists today in name only.” 

          As the Congressional Record states above, the gold standard could no longer be upheld.  This means that the federal government no longer could pay gold to back up the dollar – there were too many dollars in circulation.  This is bankruptcy.   

          After bankrupting the government, the Federal Reserve then moved to enslave all Americans and make them pay the interest on their (counterfeit money) loans to the government.  

          However, bankrupting the U.S. federal government wasn’t enough to make Americans pay the Fed’s interest because the American is sovereign, not the federal government.  This has been held by the Supreme Court in several decisions, such as, United States v. Lee, 106 U.S. 196, Hale v. Henkle, 201 U.S. 43, Julliard v. Greenman, 110 U.S. 421, and Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 Dall. 419.  It is expressed quite clearly within Julliard v. Greenman as follows: 

          “There is no such thing as a power of inherent Sovereignty in the government of the United States.  In this country sovereignty resides in the People, and Congress can exercise no power which they have not, by their Constitution entrusted to it:  All else is withheld.”    More

Letting Homes Burn In Tennessee – An Ongoing Problem.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Apparently “letting homes burn”is “old news” in Obion as the Fire Department stood by in ’08 and let another families life be destroyed.  Thankfully neighbors on either side sprayed the mafia-style “fee protected” homes with garden hoses while they waited 40 minutes for the Department to show up: More

How to Read the Internal Revenue Code:THE SEARCH FOR LIABILITY IN THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE

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THE SEARCH FOR LIABILITY IN THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE

The federal government has no jurisdiction over intrastate commerce because the Declaration of Independence is the organic law of the land and its main tenet is that “all men are created equal”. To make the importing of articles from the U.S. possessions fall under the foreign commerce clause, the U.S. possessions are treated as foreign countries (see 26 USC §§ 2014(g), 865(i)(3), and 872(b)(7) for examples). More

Department of Labor begins hearings today: How to confiscate your retirement savings and make you think its a good deal

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EBSA News

Release Date: August 26, 2010
Release Number: 09-1234-NAT
Contact Name: Gloria Della
Phone Number: 202.693.8664    202.693.8664    Email: Della.Gloria@dol.gov

U.S. Department of Labor publishes agenda for September 14-15 joint hearing on lifetime income options for retirement plans

Washington — Today the U. S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) released the agenda for the upcoming joint hearing with the Department of the Treasury on lifetime income options for retirement plans. Accompanying the agenda are copies of the witnesses’ requests to testify and testimony outlines. The hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on September 14 and 15, 2010. The hearing will be held in the Labor Department’s main auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C.

A live webcast of the hearing will be available on EBSA’s Web site at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa.

The agenda and requests to testify are available on EBSA’s Web site at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa. Individuals planning to attend the hearing should provide contact information by email to e-ORI@dol.gov and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the hearing to expedite entrance into the building.

U.S. Department of Labor news releases are accessible on the Department’s Newsroom page. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202.693.7828            202.693.7828     TTY 202.693.7755               202.693.7755     The Labor Department is committed to providing America’s employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit the Department’s Compliance Assistance page.

New CCC – Didn’t Work Last Time Either.

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Vowing to find new ways to stimulate the sputtering economy, President Barack Obama will call for long-term investments in the nation’s roads, railways and runways that would cost at least $50 billion.

The infrastructure investments are one part of a package of targeted proposals the White House is expected to announce in hopes of jump-starting the economy ahead of the November election. Obama will outline the infrastructure proposal Monday at a Labor Day event in Milwaukee.

While the proposal calls for investments over six years, the White House said spending would be front-loaded with an initial $50 billion to help create jobs in the near future.

Funny how History rhymes when it is not repeating itself.  A “general” discussion on how the programs, edicts and Government measures did not work to pull the economy out of the Great Depression. A war was needed. Too bad we quit in Iraq and aren’t really at “war” in Afghanistan. More

Are “Guaranteed Requirement Accounts” in Your Best Interest?

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

For the purposes of this satirical piece, one will need the following definitions to assist in decoding the secret methods of stripping away the populations nest egg.

SSA : Sorry Suckers All gone : Formerly known as Social Security Administration

AARP : Another Association Ripping off People : Formerly known as American Association of Retired People

GRA : Grab Retirement Assets  : Guaranteed Retirement Accounts

Introduced in the past have been Bills indicating that American Corporations are being irresponsible with their employees monetary investments (401K/IRA) and that the simple little American Folk need protecting from the big bad businesses. In order to do this, Administrations in the past have helped the under-informed idiots (us) by setting up programs that are designed to “help” us save for retirement. Seeing as the Federal Government has done such a fine job with the SSA program (never mind that for the first time since the overhaul in 1983 the program is in the red, is projected to be “less bad” and then recover nicely until it fails again in a few years) – history shows that another “assistance program” might not be such a great idea.

“While defined contribution plans have some strengths relative to defined benefit plans, participants in defined contribution plans bear the investment risk because there is no promise by the employer as to the adequacy of the account balance that will be available or the income stream that can be provided after retirement.” And furthermore, “The Agencies are considering whether it would be appropriate for them to take future steps for them to facilitate access to, and use of, lifetime income or other arrangements designed to provide a stream of income after retirement.”

We’ll just put that little data point at the back of our “unevolved-cannot-make-decisions-for-ourselves” brains until we work forward with this problem. More

Health Care Reform Has Passed : The Hikes Have Begun.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Flashback: February 2009

The Obama administration and Poizner’s office were prompted to act after Anthem members with individual policies – those who are not covered through employer-sponsored or group plans – were told last week that they would have to pay premiums up to 39 percent higher than their current rates. The Woodland Hills (Los Angeles County) company would not say how many people will be affected, but Anthem has as many as 800,000 individual policyholders – more than any other for-profit insurer – in the state.

Obama reacts

President Obama appears to be using Anthem’s decision to increase rates to bolster efforts to revive the stalled health overhaul effort in Congress. In a CBS interview with Katie Couric on Sunday, Obama referred to Anthem’s hikes as a reason why reform is needed.

Today: Anthem Blue Cross is allowed to move ahead with rate hikes

California insurance regulators cleared the way Wednesday for Anthem Blue Cross to implement scaled-back rate hikes after a previous increase was canceled amid an uproar over its size. More

Illegal Immigration and Animal Identification : Linked Through Policy If Not Practice

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

One of the only consistent issues with the current Administration is that their inconsistency keeps one off balance. It is difficult to “know your enemy” if the Rules of Engagement keep migrating.

In line with the plot contained within George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a community is formed based on “freedom for all theory”. Slowly through manipulation of the rules by the “rulers”, enforcers bring to bear unendurable suffering to ensure the “good of all” through the protectionism of the ruling class. When said rulers make errors or mistakes in planning, either the previous rulers are blamed or a mystical outside force is pinpointed as the cause of the faulty administrations failure. In a twist of fate even more damming is the eventual piecing off (or actual sale) of the less powerful members of the ruling party to sustain the greed or power held by the despots. Sound familiar yet? More

Six Months to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History

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Courtesy of Rebekah Sutherland

Archived from Americans for Tax Reform   

 

From Ryan Ellis
Thursday, July 1, 2010 4:15 PM

In just six months, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011: More

Incumbent = “Income Bent”

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Got a joke for you. When is a Politician running for State Treasurer after his bank partnership fails, he squirms out of those pesky taxes while receiving a refund of $30,000, and is touted as a Democratic hopeful for the position likely to be elected?

Answer: When he comes from Illinois and his Republican counterpart not only lied about his military service, but also about his experience as a Educator.

Personally I don’t think that is very funny, but I bet these 39 individuals fired from their DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Service) positions are probably wondering how that happens as well. More

Where is that illusive US Treasury? Can you say Puerto Rico??

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By: Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Note:  This article originally appeared 4-28-10.  In the brief time that has passed,27  CFR 250.11, cited as the legal definition of the Treasury Secretary has somehow mysteriously and without explanantion, been wiped from the Code of Federal Regulations.  It has also been wiped from all legal websites carrying copies of CFR and USC.  250.11 was titled “definitions” and described the Secretary of the Treasury as one in Puerto Rico, and the IRS as an enforcement arm of the IMF>>>>>>>

See also: Treasury Secretary does not work for the United States

THERE IS NO US TREASURY! The US Treasury office, the enforcement agency of the IMF/World Bank, is actually located in Puerto Rico and is not a US agency. 

Looking in 27 CFR 250.11 again for the definition of “Secretary” as found in all the above. The defining term for “Secretary” is, “The Secretary of the Treasury of Puerto Rico.” That man is, not Timothy Geithner.

Who does timothy Geithner work for ?

“The Chief Financial Officer of the government, the Secretary serves as Chairman Pro Tempore of the President’s Economic Policy Council, Chairman of the Boards and Managing Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, and as U.S. Governor (note: they do not refer to him as the US secretary or as his position being that of a cabinet secretary to the president) of the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.”

The identity of the Secretary is not found in title 26 U.S.C. The only reference to the identity of the Secretary of the Treasury is in 27 C.F.R. at section 250.11 (definitions) which specifically states: The defining term for secretary is: “Secretary means Secretary of the Treasury of Puerto Rico”. More

The Income Tax and American Servitude

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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The Income Tax and American Servitude
by Jacob G. Hornberger

With April 15 almost upon us, this would be a good time to remind ourselves of how the income tax contributed to the destruction of American liberty.

We should first keep in mind that with the exception of the Civil War, the American people lived without an income tax from the beginning of the United States until 1913, when the 16th Amendment was adopted.

This was not an accident. Americans living during that period of time understood that freedom and an income tax were contradictory notions. If people wanted to live in a free society, it would have to be a society in which government was prohibited from levying taxes on income. Conversely, if people wanted to live in a society in which government is taxing income, then the price they pay is the loss of freedom. More

The Answer is No. The Time is Now

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by: Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2o10 ALL RIGHTS RSERVED

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If I had the opportunity to sit in each living room of America, this would be the conversation I would have with each individual who believe they have no power.

America – why are we making this so difficult? The endless discussion, the banter back and forth, the reconciliation game being played in Washington, D.C., Republican, Democrats, Constitutionality?

The answer, though simple, is quite clear once the muck is removed from the discussion. No. Polite, firm and insistent. “No Thank you Mr. Republicrat. The answer to Health Care Reform is No. The answer to an increase in Taxes? No.”  Not a qualified maybe, not a “wait and see”, the answer is No.

Can one not see the return of the Republican’s to the discussion is no more than their attempt to grab what little power and money not already jingling in the pockets of the Democrats? The call sweeping the Nation now  is – “The Vote in 2010 is going to wipe out the corruption in Washington, by replacing the Democrats with Republicans.” Do you really believe that?

I say the answer is No.   No incumbents.   Each and every one of them has contributed to the conflagration that currently abides in this Nation. If you truly believe that through the election process a single one is going to carry through for your wants or needs, take the blinders off and open your eyes.

The only path to the return to simple Government of the People By the People is the People.

Not promises, additional Regulatory Practices, endless debate or bargaining. More

An Idea To Express Your Displeasure Over Health Care Bill

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by: Lynn Swearingen (c)copyright 2010

U.S. Dime

If one is upset over the Recent Vote on Health Care, Kevin “Coach” Collins has a pretty good idea today on the Collins Report.

“Stupak lied!

In the dust and fury of the past few days the brazenly cynical Mr. Stupak showed his middle finger to you. On Friday afternoon when it was sure to be lost in the noise, Stupak announced his price and it was a rather cheap one befitting the character of the man himself. His envelop held just $726,409 for improving three airports in his district. So there you have it, you were suckered.

Giving Judas what he deserves

Now it’s our turn to “slip a little something” to this sticky fingered Judas.

Since he’ll now be in a tough re-election fight he’ll need donations. I will be sending him my contribution of thirty dimes which will serve as the 30 pieces of silver his model settled for…”

Mr. Collins application is for a different reason than my own – I truly believe that the entire Health Care Bill is a massive spending bill disguised to destroy the very fabric of our Social and Economic Structure, however one can find much more eloquent dissertations elsewhere. I tend to be more straight forward and the concept of expressing my displeasure leans to the literal.

I will be sending my 30 dimes to my state Legislator who sold out at the last moment. Who knows why he chose to. As far as I know there is no big massive monetary reward waiting in the wings here.

I haven’t decided what message to include to ensure he understands. Perhaps

“It may be my obligation to forgive you for your treasonous actions, however you can ensure I will never forget. Spend this well Sir. Your opponent will be receiving 100 fold for his/her campaign.”

If one does choose to do express their displeasure, please do not forget to send dimes that were minted after 1965. Ones minted pre ’65 actually were made of silver and are worth more than a dime. Save your coins for trade if need be when the Dollar becomes useful for visits to the Lavatory versus the local big box store.

Congressional bribery……isn’t that still a felony?

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Congressional leaders routinely use your tax money to bribe other members of Congress, buying votes to enact legislation that couldn’t pass otherwise. The so-called healthcare bill is the latest example.

Please send Congress a letter using an anti-bribery argument to oppose the cancerous healthcare bill.

You can copy or borrow from my letter to Congress to write your own . . . More

Not Quite Two-Thirds of the Way There

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Depending on whether you want to believe the WSJ News Alert at 3:00 PM today or CNNMoney.com, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today at $10,018.58 or at $10,015.86.

Nickels and Dimes.

The real news stems from this statement in the WSJ Alert: “The 10000 level on the Dow is still 29.4% below its record close of 14164.53 hit on Oct. 9, 2007.” It never ceases to amaze me that our money mavens can ignore the Time Value of Money any time it suits their purposes.

Comparing apples to apples, here are the real numbers. The current value of $14,164.53 adjusted for the current inflation rate of 3.58% (you could look it up) is $15,222.49, making the difference between today’s close and the all-time high (adjusted for inflation) $5,206.63.

This is 34.204 percent short of the all-time high. To put that in perspective, the difference between 29.4% and 34.204% times a median annual income of $58,000 comes to $2,786.32.

Remember this EVERY time you read ANYTHING about the economy, especially if the government has released it. If it does not take into account the Time Value of Money, it is not worth the paper or the bandwidth it is written on.

(c) 2009 Dan Martin

Sovereignty Hypocrisy

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I have recently come to suspect that the “sovereignty” being declared from the federal government by several states is a sham – a clever ruse designed to placate the people while their states actually prepare for the coming martial law.

In part, I have based this suspicion on the fact that, among those states declaring their supposed “sovereignty” have been several that have been busily passing new gun control laws that claim to “protect” their respective citizens from gun confiscations during martial law (a very telling statement in itself), while, at the same time, actually facilitating it.

But, there is yet more evidence that some of the same states declaring “sovereignty” from the federal government are otherwise cooperating with the federal government.

Take, for example, the unemployment benefits extended to the states by the new stimulus bill passed by the Obama administration. While there are five states (Alaska, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Idaho) whose governors have said they will refuse the acceptance of those funds on principal, the remaining forty-five states have not done so. Among them is Oklahoma, the first state to issue a declaration of sovereignty. It has not only accepted those funds, but is already distributing them, as of February 28th.

While Mississippi’s governor is among those refusing the funds (and Mississippi is also one of the states declaring sovereignty), its SB2036, a law that supposedly prevents gun confiscations during martial law, actually facilitates the confiscation of guns by leaving it up to a police officer’s sole discretion. Considering what we know about cops having been trained to take our guns in recent years, I leave it to you to decide whether this Mississippi law does anything to protect Mississippi’s gun owners or not. Refusing the stimulus funds (at least for unemployment benefits, anyway – we don’t know what other funds Mississippi may or may not be accepting from the stimulus pie), while it may seem aligned with the purposes of declaring state sovereignty, is easily done if the long-term plan is for martial law – a situation in which those extended unemployment benefits will no doubt be revoked, anyway. But, preparing for martial law by hurriedly passing laws that help to implement it – as SB2036 actually does, despite the claims to the contrary, is a glaring contradiction of the entire purpose and principle of declaring state sovereignty, is it not?

As for Louisiana’s record, the Katrina debacle speaks volumes about their willingness to go along with federal plans for martial law – they’ve already done it, during the martial law practice run that was the response to Katrina, during which firearms were seized from the population of New Orleans, leaving law abiding citizens (many of whom were not affected by the flooding) without any means to protect themselves from looters for weeks.

Dear Sen. Klobuchar….Neil (the mad orator) has a few questions for you

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Should somebody lock me up soon?

Senator Klobuchar,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2/11/09

I see that you voted for the monstrous spending bill “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” yesterday & it is my understanding that e-verify was not allowed to be added to the bill. I am very disappointed, both with the dollar amount & that e-verify was not part of this bill. I have 6 very serious questions to ask:

1)      Why did the Senate (you) not require that e-verify be part of the final Senate version of this Stimulus Bill, when saving & creating jobs is the #1 priority at the present time?

2)      What was magical to you about meeting the $800 billion dollar figure required for this bill (why not the $400 billion level proposed by Senator McCain or why not use a trillion dollar figure)?

3)      Is it your belief that our government can spend our way out of this major economic meltdown?

4)      Do you believe that it is the long term goal of the Federal government to have all the “responsible” people in our Country pay the way/reward the greedy & irresponsible living here (to make them whole again – with no debt or losses)? Where the Govt. guarantees in good times or bad, no business small or large will ever fail again. Where every responsible or irresponsible, legal or illegal citizen in this Country is entitled to anything they want & our Government should find somebody or some group of people to pay for it.

5)      Do you think there is a “point of no return” on taxpayer bailout & stimulus money that our Federal Government is willing to spend (where our credit dries up globally & the U.S. dollar becomes totally worthless)?

6)      Is there a point in time, or a dollar amount where you will personally say “enough is enough, we just can’t keep piling all this debt onto our kids & grandkids? Where you actually break ranks with the President & your party & say that all we are really doing here is creating another bubble down the road for someone else to deal with?

I thank you in advance for taking my questions seriously; I look forward to your responses.

 

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