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REAL ID, the PASS Act, and Audit the Fed

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Quote of the Day: “Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.” — John V. Lindsay

Subject: REAL ID, the PASS Act, and Audit the Fed

The people of Iran are risking their lives, and in some cases losing them, in a bid to gain their freedom. We need not risk so much to restore and retain our freedom, but for that to remain true we must vigorously use our right to petition our government for a redress of grievances. This means…

We must relentlessly increase our pressure, telling Congress to obey the Constitution, and to undo the constitutional violations they’ve already committed. Our pressure must keep increasing until the politicians demonstrate their submission to the Constitution. To make that happen…

We must apply more pressure each month than we did the previous month. We’re now nearing the end of June. To make sure we exceed the 36,512 messages we sent last month we’re going to ask you to hit Congress on two issues today, the REAL ID Act and Congressman Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill.

The de facto national ID card that the REAL ID Act would create, seems to be going nowhere. The people don’t want it, and 25 states are refusing to impose it. This has been a significant victory for the idea that the people can pressure their government into submission. But… More

They think reading the bills is a joke

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Without DownsizeDC.org’s Read the Bills Act (RTBA), Congress has every incentive to make bills as long and convoluted as possible. This allows them to combine reasonable-sounding proposals with special-interest favors. And then, when the bill doesn’t work as intended, their solution is always to pass yet another long, convoluted bill.

But under RTBA…

* Congress will have an incentive to make bills as short and clear as possible
* Fewer bills will get passed, meaning government won’t grow at such a cancerous rate
* The final version of every bill will be posted on the Internet for at least seven days before a vote, giving the public and the media a chance to read and comment

Tell Congress to pass DownsizeDC.org’s Read the Bills Act.

Use your personal comments to tell your Congressional employees that…

* You object to long, convoluted bills like H.R. 2454.
* You’re offended by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s speed reading joke
* You’ll hold them accountable if they vote for this bill without reading it

To exceed the 36,512 messages we sent last month we need to send at least 1,645 messages today. You can do so using our quick and easy Educate the Powerful System.

We also invite you to add your website or blog to the Read the Bills Act Coalition. It’s an effortless way to promote RTBA. In return we’ll link to your site on our home page and mention it in a Downsizer-Dispatch reaching more than 25,500 subscribers. You can learn how to join the coalition here.

Today, we welcome one new member to the Coalition:

* North Bay Patriots

You can also see how much legislation Congress passed last week by seeing the blog version of this Dispatch.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how we’re growing, check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.

James Wilson
Assistant to the President
DownsizeDC.org

Bailouts for trucking companies?

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Quote of the Day: “Security is mostly superstition.” — Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Subject: Bailouts for trucking companies?!!!

When we predict bad results from new government programs some people tell us our fears are exaggerated, or misinformed. It happened when we opposed the Iraq war with our “Truth About War” website, and dared to claim that Hussein had NO weapons of mass destruction.

But we were right.

Recently, many said we were wrong to oppose the TARP bailouts. It was a crisis after all. Sadly, our fear that TARP would be the proverbial camel’s nose in the tent, seems also to be coming true. Get this…

A trucking firm, YRC Worldwide, has applied for a TARP bailout (see the third item in this linked blog post).  

Will they get the $1 billion they’re asking for? Many say no, but we’re not so sure. Here’s why…

YRC’s problem is its union pensions, not its trucking business. The Wall Street Journal says “roughly half of YRC’s contributions to a multi-employer union pension fund cover the costs of retirees who never worked for the Overland Park, Kan., company.” This matters because…

The Democrats, like the Republicans, work for big special interests. Unions are among the most important clients Democratic politicians have. So you can expect the Democrats to bailout unions, just as the Republicans wanted to bailout banks.

We’re not taking sides. Many bad decisions have been made by all the BIGS — big business, big labor, and big government, but . . .

YOU shouldn’t have to pay for any of those mistakes! Instead…

The politicians need to let the bankruptcy process do its curative work. This process wouldn’t necessarily . . .

* Close a company or a union, or . . .
* Leave anyone holding an empty bag

The bankruptcy process works because it restructures payments and/or distributes assets to creditors in a fair manner. It also gives people an incentive to be careful in the future. 

Businesses and/or whole industries routinely survive bankruptcy to become stronger than before. This happens because the bankrupt companies improve or get purchased by better firms. For instance, as Professor Mark J. Perry points out on his excellent Carpe Diem blog . . .

564 American car makers have either failed or been purchased by other companies over the past 100 years. This process of supposed destruction has been highly creative, making the auto industry stronger, not weaker. Imagine where we’d be if these companies had been bailed out, or allowed to use tax money to avoid being purchased.  

Failure, mediated by the bankruptcy process, is an ESSENTIAL part of a vibrant healthy economy. We need to purge the toxins from our economy, not perpetuate them. We need to end TARP, and all other bailouts. Let’s cut off this camel’s nose before the whole beast comes in and topples the tent.

Please use DownsizeDC.org’s quick and easy Educate the Powerful System to tell your Congressional employees to oppose bailouts.

Use your personal comments to specifically oppose applying the TARP program to YRC Worldwide, and for TARP to be repealed.

Our goal this month is to pound Congress with  more than 31,730 messages. That means we must hit Congress with x,xxx messages today.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how much we’re growing please check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.

Jim Babka, President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

Keeping Score

We’ve grown again, by 59 net new members over the weekend, and by 991 net new members so far this year. The Downsize DC Army now stands at 25,340 — 34% of the way to 26,000!

YOU can make the army grow even faster by following our quick and easy instructions for personalized recruiting.

The economy is so bad the Mafia has started laying off judges

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Quote of the Day: “The economy is so bad the Mafia has started laying off judges.” — anonymous Internet joke

Subject: The myth of good intentions

A bill with a nice-sounding title, such as the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA),” passes Congress. Later, when its defects come to light, even the law’s victims assume that the bill had “good intentions,” but was “poorly written.” I saw this sentiment expressed often while reading blogs about the CPSIA.

But I think these assumptions about “good intentions” are a little naive. After all, if Congress really had “good intentions” they would have taken the time and care to write a better bill that wouldn’t have deprived poor children of second-hand winter coats. The fact that they didn’t tells me that . . .

Their motive was good publicity, not good intentions.

That’s why they rushed to pass a poorly-written law without reading it. As we’ve pointed out, had the “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA) been in force, Congress would have crafted a much better bill.

Yet members of Congress claim that RTBA is impractical, even though it could have prevented the destructive aspects of the CPSIA and the AIG bonus provision in the scam-stimulus bill, while still allowing them to pass as much as 8,000 pages of legislation each year.

The more Congress refuses to introduce, consider, or pass the RTBA, the less we can credit them for “good intentions.” We must tell our personal elected representatives that . . .

  • If they pass bills with secret provisions inserted at the last minute, they’re just as guilty as the person who snuck it in.
  • If they did not read a bill before voting for it, they are not motivated by good intentions.
  • They are morally responsible for the unintended consequences of the poorly-worded laws they pass.

From early February through March 26, both the House and the Senate passed over 3,500 pages of legislation they didn’t read. As taxpayers and law-abiding citizens, you and I are “on the hook” for Congress’s phony good intentions. Please use our Educate the Powerful system to ask your representatives to pass DownsizeDC.org’s “Read the Bills Act.”

Use your personal comments to object to the fact that they passed 3,500 pages of legislation over two months, without reading it. Tell them they’re the ones now on the hook:

  • If they vote for massive bills without reading them, we’ll remember.
  • If they continue to ignore our demands to introduce the “Read the Bills Act,” we’ll remember.

If you’ve used our Educate the Powerful System before, the best way to send your message, given our current technical difficulties, is to log-in using the log-in button at the top of our home page. http://www.downsizedc.org/

Then, click on the campaign button on the navigation strip at the top of the page, then click on the “Read the Bills” campaign button at the top of the left hand column. That will call-up the page for sending your message.

If you’re sending your first message to Congress, click on this link, fill out the simple registration form for first time users, and send your message.

Ask your friends to do the same by forwarding this message.

You can also spread the word by joining the Read the Bills Act Coalition. Details on adding your blog or website to the Coalition are found here.

This week we welcome five new members to the Coalition:

To see the list of bills Congress passed, look below my signature in the blog version of this Dispatch.

Thank you for being part of the Downsize DC Army.

James Wilson
Assistant to the President
DownsizeDC.org

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Downsize D.C. against NAIS

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Media Alert! Jim Babka will appear on the Liberty Roundtable tomorrow morning. See the Postscript for details.

Quote of the Day: “The USDA claims it needs to be able to move fast in case of an outbreak of disease. At first blush it sure sounds fine and good, until you consider that people are in the middle of a major epidemic on US dairy farms, and the USDA hasn’t moved at all to stop it.” – The National Association of Farm Animal Welfare

Subject: From “Voluntary” to Mandatory

Johne’s disease is a contagious infection of the small intestine of hoofed animals.

Moreover, the USDA’s 2009 budget . . .

  • Slashes the already miniscule funding for Johne’s disease eradication 
  •  While increasing funding for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)

The rationale for NAIS is that it will better protect America’s food supply. But at what cost?

  • More government surveillance powers
  • More expense for ranchers, farmers, and exotic pet owners
  • Less freedom and privacy: If one calf briefly strays, a report must be filed. If a horse-owner goes for a trail ride, a report must be filed.
  • NAIS is supposed to control disease outbreaks, but it does so at the expense of disease eradication programs.

No wonder the people aren’t buying it. NAIS was introduced four years ago as a “voluntary” program, but the lack of “volunteers” has the USDA playing hardball. It’s proposing rule APHIS-2007-0096 that would . . .

  • Require participants in other USDA disease control programs to adopt a NAIS Premise ID number
  • Phase in a requirement that newborn livestock be issued eartags under a uniform NAIS numbering system

Our assumption that this “voluntary” program would be made mandatory was a big reason DownsizeDC.org launched its anti-NAIS campaign three years ago.

Please join us in fighting this bureaucratic over-reach.

  • Tell Congress to abolish NAIS
  • Remind them that Congress never approved NAIS in the first place, but Congress does have the power to de-fund the program
  • You can also note that NAIS funding is being increased while Johne’s Disease eradication programs are being cut. This undermines the rationale for NAIS
  • Make your representatives aware that NAIS is one step closer to being mandatory.

You can send your message using our Educate the Powerful System.

Please also take an extra step. Strike at the root of the mischief-making powers of unelected bureaucrats. Tell Congress to pass DownsizeDC.org’s Write the Laws Act.

Thank-you for helping us Downsize DC!

James Wilson
Assistant to the President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

P.S. DownsizeDC.org President Jim Babka will be on Liberty Roundtable, with Sam Bushman & Friends, just after 9 AM Eastern (8 AM Central, 7 AM Mountain, 6 AM Pacific) on Wednesday morning (Jan. 28). The show is heard on several stations, but the best way to listen is online at http://www.accentradionetwork.com/chooseplayer.htm

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