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FEMA: Burned Out Family Can’t Rebuild

Meet the Taylors, a Sacramento family whose home burned down last August. After dealing with the devastation and emotional trauma the family discovered that FEMA had changed the rules for their area and now would require their home be built 20 feet above ground in order to meet the new flood zone designation. While the fire damage was covered by their insurance the new building requirements were not.

“The city won’t let me fix my house because of FEMA regulations,” Jennifer Taylor said in an interview to Fox News in November. “This is so wrong.”

We bought this home in 1998 because FEMA had certified the levees as 100-year flood protection,” Taylor told FoxNews.com. “Homes are just not being fixed here. … There’s at least a handful of us in this situation.”

In 2008 FEMA revisited flood prone areas and decertified the levee.

Watch their documentary and understand their frustration with the government.

Follow the Taylor’s challenge on Facebook: BurnedOutInNatomas

Hurricane Sandy: Obama’s Social–Worker–in–Chief Moment

Obama urging the National Weather Service to find more bad weather before the election.

Hurricane Sandy — much like Barack Obama — turned out to be an over–hyped phenomenon that failed to deliver. Our portion of the storm in Northern Virginia was so weak the Multicultural Commissars didn’t even bother to give it a Hispanic name, like last summer’s “derecho” (formerly known as “severe thunderstorm”).

I tried to lend a hand and come up with a culturally–sensitive name, but Spanish for “Sandy” is still “Sandy,” making it tough to appear cutting edge during a TV broadcast.

“Hurricane” translates as “huracán” and the resulting “Huracán Sandy” fails to advance the cause of linguistic arrogance. It doesn’t compare with changing the perfectly good name of “Bombay” to “Mumbai.” All that did was confuse millions of Americans looking for a particular large city in India. (The Indians already knew where it was.)

Besides, where does one draw the line? Does the “pecan sandie” cookie become the “sandie pacana?”

There were houses smashed by downed trees in my neighborhood — certainly a disaster for the affected homeowners — but nothing to compare with the “derecho.”

Even during the height of the hype, my household preparations were limited to bracing for a potential power outage. Since our family has never associated bowel movements with natural disasters, we even missed the ‘Assault on Food Lion.’ Because we don’t feel compelled to buy a pallet–load of toilet paper anytime it’s overcast for three consecutive days.

The local paper wrote of a Dominion Power repairman that just missed being drowned by rising floodwaters. But who noticed the unsung American Disposal Services crews braving wind and rain to pick up household trash during the beginning of the blow? While government employees, enjoying the shutdown, watched from their front window.

Naturally Obama’s media amen chorus and the administration itself, are doing their best to politicize the storm. There was extensive damage in New Jersey and New York. So the WaPost proclaims, “Storm provides Obama with a commander–in–chief moment.” Which only goes to show the mainstream media (MSM) thinks we’ll believe anything.

The attack on the consulate in Libya provided Obama with a genuine “commander–in–chief” moment where he could have affected events on the ground, which is something “commanders” do. But Obama failed miserably.

Hurricane Sandy provides him with a Social–Worker–in–Chief moment, a situation with which community organizers are much more comfortable. Obama took a helicopter tour while the wind was still blowing. Yet FBI investigators had to wait weeks before they could visit the ruined consulate in Libya, only to discover the scene hopelessly compromised by hundreds of journalists and sightseers who didn’t wait for administration approval.

And to show benighted conservatives how fortunate we are to have Obama in the White House, the WaPost adds: “Rarely, if ever, has a president had to deal with such a major disaster so close to Election Day…”

What’s “rare” — in fact unprecedented — is the MSM allowing an administration to take a bye on a disaster like Libya so close to an election. Governors in New York and New Jersey call Obama for help and he’s Johnny–on–the–spot. SEALs in Libya call for backup during an attack that kills four Americans, including the ambassador, and get an administration brush off.

If only Libya had a few more votes in the Electoral College.

The story also includes a breathless blow–by–blow of his day.  During a videoconference Obama uses the MSNBC slogan as he orders the bureaucracy to “lean forward on this.”

Then he holds a conference call with utility executives and “underscore(s) the urgency of restoring electricity,” as if the people at PEPCO were unaware their customers depend on electric power.

This is busy work in a pathetic effort to look engaged and presidential. It compares unfavorably with Obama’s trip to a Las Vegas fundraiser the evening we learned of Ambassador Stevens’ death.

The New York Times editorial page weighed in with, “A Big Storm Requires Big Government,” possibly indicating the NYT believes severe weather to be a recent invention.

Maybe they have a point. How could we do without FEMA officials “embedded in states’ emergency operations centers” getting the latest from local police, local fire and local officials. Then trying to decide how to give tax dollars taken from the states, back to the states after Uncle Sam has taken his cut for overhead, motivational speakers and government employee awards.

How did we survive disasters before Jimmy Carter’s FEMA got involved?

When I think of the abandoned buildings, the decaying harbor and the rusting trolley cars — all this could have been prevented if only Washington had helped after the San Francisco earthquake.

To say nothing of the vast desert, formerly known as Chicago, after the fire of 1871…

How To Heal America’s Festering Wound

 I can’t imagine how anyone in America today can’t see what is going on, can’t see what is happening to their freedom. Sadly, too many people don’t want to see what is happening, but ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Not only will the problem not go away, it will fester and get worse like a wound that doesn’t get washed, medicated, and bandaged.

The festering wound that too many people don’t want to see is the government, both political parties. This wound has been left by We the People to fester and get infected for far too long. It is time we began treating the wound. I have a plan laid out later in this article.

I just read about another government plan to “protect us”. Janet Napolitano is calling for a plan to control mass migration of “immigrants”.

The administration spins this plan as a national security measure, and uses the Presidential Policy Directive on National Preparedness for their justification. Napolitano and her enablers, in both parties, are being “humane”, thinking about those “poor Mexicans” who have it so tough in Mexico. Our government can’t take care of what they have now, can they? We have to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid to survive now, yet the regime wants to add to the list? And in the name of “caring for those poor immigrants” they let American citizens do without, and threaten to make them do with less, all in the name of being “humane”.

This plan is another nail in the coffin of freedom yet I continually hear people dismiss these nails with, “it can’t happen here”, “it won’t happen here”, “I don’t think we really have much to worry about, the government cares about us”.  Anyone want to buy a bridge in NYC?

The festering wound I refer to is the tyranny being implemented now and planned for the future by the government, and the apathy of all too many citizens. The washing needed here is prayer; the disinfectant needed is knowledge of the real issues. The medication is letting elected officials know we are watching and we are knowledgeable. The wound dressing is voting almost all of those in Congress out of Congress. More on this later.

Having humanity and compassion as character traits is admirable. I may not sound “humane” or “compassionate” in some of my viewpoints, but I am actually more humane and compassionate than the liberals. I want everyone in this nation to prosper, to climb the economic ladder, not wallow in poverty and hopelessness. I desire to see a nation where anyone can succeed if they have the desire and the drive to succeed. I want to take care of those who truly can’t take care of themselves, physically or mentally, and I am totally in favor of helping those who just need a hand up. This isn’t what we are seeing today. We are seeing the systemic destruction of our nation, our lives, and our freedoms. We are seeing the government take more control of our society. We are seeing people subjugated because they feel “entitled” to the possessions of others and are being pandered to by both political parties. This isn‘t about fairness, it is about control.

Now back to my earlier medical reference. The “festering wound” is what has been done in the past, what is being done now, and what is “planned for” in this plan for mass movement of people, among other tyrannical moves by the federal government. They speak of “immigration” but is that their actual concern? Couldn’t that mass migration be any person or any group of people? What is to stop them from “migrating” non-Hispanic people to another area and turning the southwestern portion of the United States into another province of Mexico? Hitler started with Jews, then progressed to Gypsies, Homosexuals, and any non-Aryan person. Hitler murdered 11 million people in the name of “compassion”. The Israeli government, under appeasers they call “moderates”, have removed settlers from areas and turned those areas over to Muslims. The result seems to be that those areas are now missile launching pads, but what the heck, “fairness” was implemented.

Although there is denial from some politicians, Sections 1031 and 1032 of the National Defense Administration Act (SB 1867/HR 1540) seem to be aimed at American citizens, not aliens. We now have legislation that appears to allow the military to arrest any citizen, without just cause, without charges, without warrants, and hold them indefinitely inside or outside the United States.
Indefinitely means “until the war on terror is over”.  And when will that fine day occur? They are also actively planning an “internet kill switch” to give a China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, etc. type of government control of the internet. I wrote about this a little over a year ago when Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) introduced legislation for this purpose, “for national security reasons”. Last month we had the test of the National Emergency Alert System that gave government agencies complete control of all radio and television broadcast signals. We now know that it is possible for the Goebbels Commission (FCC) to seize control of all broadcast signals at one time. Isn’t that encouraging to freedom loving people?

The FEMA camps that people have laughed at or denied are now being brought into a usable state. The “conspiracy theory” that I wrote about over a year ago is now fact. The government is looking to companies like Halliburton to staff these camps. Remember Halliburton in Iraq? The government has solicited bids for personnel to staff the camps. Have you seen pictures of these camps? If not, you should. They are eerily similar to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. I suspect that these camps aren’t only for illegal immigrants. I could go on for days about what is being done by government, by both political parties, but if you don’t see the light now or still deny the facts then that would be wasted time and space.

Now, what to do about the festering wound. The first thing we need to do is wash the wound. We need to look at the damage and see what needs to be done. To see the damage clearly and to acknowledge the extent of that damage is the first step. We wash the wound with clear vision by asking God to open our eyes to truth, the truth of God and the truth of our situation. We need wisdom to properly treat the wound. We get the wisdom of how to treat the wound through prayer. Every religion I know of prays. What or who they pray to is not the issue here, so don’t get lost in dogma. I am a Christian so I pray to the God of Abraham, through Jesus Christ.

I pray for the vision of a clear heart and a clear mind to see the truth and to see the issues as they truly are. I pray that I will have the Wisdom of Solomon to work in the proper manner to solve the problems I see, the courage of David to actually deal with the problems, and the compassion and the practicality of Jesus in dealing with the problems. Jesus wasn’t all compassion, He had a practical side also. I pray for protection for my country, my family, my friends, and myself.

The next step is to take the vision and wisdom received through the prayers and treat the wound. We use the vision and wisdom to learn about what the government is doing in the name of these wonderful “utopian” plans to take care of everyone in the world. Study some recent history. Take a good look at the 20th Century. Look at where other nations have gone and how they got there. Use your vision and wisdom to find out exactly what is being done that you aren’t being told about or what has been done that you have ignored in the past.

We treat the wound by first washing and assessing damage, then disinfecting it. We disinfect the wound by learning what the Constitution says, what our founding fathers did, how they set this nation up. We disinfect the wound by learning what legislation is being passed, how the wording affects citizens, and what bureaucratic regulations are being created to implement said legislation. We don’t just listen to what politicians and bureaucrats say in sound bites, we look at what they are doing behind the talking points and rosy analogies, and look at what they are doing behind closed doors.

We disinfect the wound by keeping in contact with elected officials and let them know we are watching, what we expect of them, and what the results will be if they choose to ignore us. We use the antiseptic of our involvement to remove the infection that has been festering for much too long. Again wisdom comes into play as we need the wisdom to know how to go about said disinfection.

We can all disinfect at all levels of government, in various capacities. School board, City, and County elections have abysmal voter turnouts and we wonder why they don’t seem to care what we think. You can disinfect the government by keeping in contact with all levels of elected officials.

Let them know where you stand and that you will vote them out if they don’t represent you properly. Write, call, fax, or e-mail Congress members, and other elected officials at all levels, often. Let them know you are here and you vote.

Cleaning and disinfecting the wound doesn’t accomplish much if that is all we do. Next we must medicate and bandage the wound by standing up and volunteering to serve our communities. At the local level get involved by running for school board seats, city councils, county government, etc. Some can get more involved at the state level. Run for office if you can at any level of government. So far we still have government Of the People, By the People, and For the People. It is up to us to keep it that way.

Help heal the festering wound that is infecting America. Use prayer to gain the vision and the wisdom to know what the damage is, and the courage to do what is necessary to treat the wound. Be the medicine and dressing on the wound you just cleaned up and disinfected. Be a part of the healing of your nation, of the future of your children and grandchildren.

We can do this but it needs to be done as a team. The Medical-A Team is God, assisted by We the People. Just as doctors and nurses work together to heal bodily wounds and infections; We the People can work together, Under God, to heal our political wounds and infections.

First we look to God, we plead our case, and we ask for His forgiveness and mercy (2 Chronicles 7:14). Then we follow His wisdom, and act through that wisdom with courage to make the changes needed to survive as a free nation. This is the answer to our future, are you willing?

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
December 19, 2011

Letter to Congress: S.1867/HR 1540

Please copy this letter, put your name on it and send it to your congressional delegation. Your freedom is at stake. Put this on top of S. 679 that takes congressional oversight away and you have the final ingredient needed for tyranny to take over in America. I am e-mailing this to my representatives today.

December 10, 2011

Sen. Coburn, Sen. Inhofe, Rep. Boren,

I am writing about the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1867/H. R. 1540). This legislation authorizes the President of the United States to order the military to arrest and detain American citizens for “suspected” terrorist activities or sympathies. It also provides for indefinite detention, at sites either inside or outside of the United States, without charges being preferred against said citizen. Apparently, according to a White House statement, Obama objects to the alien detainee provisions of this legislation. That is just great, our esteemed leader objects to alien detention but not citizen detention! That tells me a great deal about the design and purpose of this legislation. All that is necessary to enact the provision of this legislation is for a neighbor to denounce a citizen as a “possible terrorist”. History is full of denunciations; the French revolution, the Salem witch trials, the Russian revolution, Nazi Germany, China, Cuba, North Korea, etc.

By passing this legislation you are effectively negating the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. This legislation has also begun the active search for private companies to staff the FEMA camps that have been built as a result of S. 645, passed in 2009 I believe it was. At the time I protested the building of these camps, designed just like the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The response was that these camps were built for housing victims of natural disasters. I didn’t buy that lie then and I don’t buy it now. These camps are for the subjugation and imprisonment of American citizens who will not bow down to a tyrant.

If the government intent is housing victims of natural disasters, why the razor wire and barbed wire? Why the double fence with a guard and dog run between the fences? Why the huge iron gates with the massive locks and chains? Why the guard houses outside the compound? Why the machine gun capable guard towers? Why the proximity to railroad tracks, just as in Nazi Germany? Am I to understand that civilians being housed after their homes have been destroyed have to be fenced in like animals? Sounds like Bovine Scatology to me.

And why all of a sudden does Congress and the Obama regime begin staffing these camps? This new legislation comes out, after the camps being around for 3 years, and suddenly it is important to begin staffing them right before the 2012 elections? Would this have anything to do with Governor Beverly Perdue (D- North Carolina) calling for the suspension of elections? Would this have anything to do with Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-ILL), and others, calling for the suspension of the Constitution so Barack Obama can “do what he needs to do” to “transform this nation”? Is this in preparation for those who disobey martial law provisions?

Would this have anything to do with the provision in Obamacare providing for a civilian “defense force” equal to or greater than the United States military, equipped as well or better than the United States military and pledging their loyalty to Obama? Has this happened before in history? I seem to remember Hitler’s Brown Shirts, the SS, and the Gestapo. I remember the KGB and their terror campaign against anyone who spoke up for freedom, or was even suspected of thinking about freedom.

If the government is concerned about ”homegrown” muslim terrorists it doesn’t need FEMA camps divided into 10 districts with hundreds of camps scattered throughout the nation. There aren’t that many muslims, much less muslim terrorists in America. Of course, with the current regime not acknowledging muslim terrorism that can’t be the reason for the camps can it?

And what does the current regime, and many in Congress, consider the threat to America? Let’s take a look at what the Department of Homeland Security considers a threat: Military veterans, especially combat veterans and those with special operations training, white males, Christians, NRA members, people missing fingers (?), those who are against abortion on demand, TEA Party members or supporters, anyone with extra food and water in case of emergencies, gun owners, and on and on. Need I go on with the list?
That our government is targeting American citizens with this bill is plain enough. The Obama regime, along with the Democrats and RINO’s in Congress, has been targeting conservatives for several years and now we see this being brought into a clearer focus.

It is bad enough that these things are happening but to see the votes be 93-7 in the Senate and 406-17 in the House is staggering, and frightening. Now I understand that the versions are being forged into a single bill behind closed doors. Once again We the People see our government doing things behind closed doors, subjugating us by subterfuge. Transparancy? Not in Washington D. C.

All of a sudden Lindsey Graham and John McCain come out and say they didn’t realize that this bill provides for the repeal of sodomy and bestiality regulations in the military. It is bad enough that these regulations are taken out but for two of the leading proponents of this to now say they didn’t know what is in the bill is appalling once again. Do they, or you, know what else is in the bill? Is this “we have to pass it so we can find out what is in it” legislation again? Does anyone read anything in Washington or does everyone go on talking points by those who write such tripe?

This is what Operation Fast & Furious was all about wasn’t it? Manufacture an excuse to abolish the 2nd Amendment and begin the systematic confiscation of all firearms. Adolph Hitler did this as a prelude to his massacre of millions, Stalin did this as a prelude to his massacre of millions, and guess what, every other despot who desires to subject his citizens to tyranny first rounds up any method of self-defense before slaughtering citizens wholesale.

You have essentially declared war, in the normal back room manner, on We the People, the citizens of the United States. I believe Congress and the administration either don’t understand the gravity of what you are doing or don’t care. Our nation was forged when farmers and woodsmen who desired to live in freedom stood up against a tyrannical government and won their freedom from King George and England. We the People will not be subjugated again. Our forefathers have fought war after war against tyranny, first to stop the tyranny, and many more times to prevent it from returning.

The Revolutionary War won our freedom, the War of 1812 preserved it. The Civil War won freedom for slaves, black and white. World War II preserved the freedom won in the first wars by stopping the tyranny of Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo. And now while our brave soldiers are fighting tyranny in foreign lands their government is busy subjugating their families back home.

This will not be allowed to stand. You can kill thousands of us, you can imprison millions of us in the FEMA camps but you will never be able to subjugate the will of the American people. We have known freedom for too long to let it go by the wayside now. Americans are not going to give up their guns and passively walk into the gas chambers as the Jews did in Nazi Germany. We the People will not stand idly by and see our freedoms taken by despots, regardless of which political party they belong to. You will have to fight us in the streets, the country, and wherever you find us. There are millions of us ready to defend our freedoms, and the freedoms of our fellow citizens, with our lives. We will not surrender to tyranny peacefully.

Congress needs to scrap this legislation and go back to the drawing board. In the first place, these “comprehensive” bills have more trash than substance in them because no one reads any of them due to the length and the fact that reading legislation takes time away from “more important things”. Any provision that allows citizens to be treated other than provided for in the Constitution should be summarily tossed into the garbage can. Our national defense can be provided for without subjugating the American people to summary arrest without charge, without trial, without just cause.

The same Republicans who gave us the Patriot Act are now tightening the screws even more. I assume this will continue until we fight back. I don’t condone violence and don’t wish to see it come to that but We the People can only take so much before we won’t back up any longer. The TEA Party arose out of abuse by government, choosing to peacefully protest government tyranny. Unlike the Occupy Wall Street clowns, TEA Party people rallied in peace, without assaults, without vandalism, without rapes, without attacking police, without arrests. That should prove the patriotism of TEA Party minded people and show government that we expect to be heard without resorting to violence.

Don’t misunderstand and take the peaceful rallies of conservatives as a lack of resolve. Peaceful doesn’t mean cowardly, it means willing to work within the system to make changes. Peaceful doesn’t mean we will willingly march to the slaughter house.
I look forward to hearing that this situation has been resolved and that We the People are not going to be forced to fight a second war for independence.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
Sincerely,

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma

Mack: FEMA Flap Just Latest of White House Lies

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) blasted President Obama and White House officials this afternoon for lying to the American public and employing scare tactics in order to coerce Congress into passing more unnecessary spending. In a letter to fellow members of Congress, Mack cites the Administration’s use of “false numbers and moving timelines” in their attempt to gain more funding for FEMA.

Mack stated: “The American people and each of us should be outraged by this recurring game being foisted upon us by an Administration that believes there is no difference between telling the truth and telling a lie when it suits their purposes.”

Sadly, this is not the first time the White House has knowingly lied to the American people to get what they wanted. This President personally promised “shovel-ready” jobs in 2009 for a stimulus that produced no jobs and is a drag on the economy. That same year he promised lower health care costs if Congress passed his health care bill, only to see costs soar. More recently, he moved the debt ceiling deadline a full two and a half months, from May to August, and threatened to stop benefits to veterans and social security checks to seniors, prompting Americans to question whether the ultimatums from and motives of this White House are valid.

“Democrats and Republicans alike need to let the President and his White House know that we are fed up with their lies and tired of their tactics,” Mack added.

A copy of Congressman Mack’s letter can be found below:

September 27, 2011

Dear Colleague:

It is clearer than ever that this Administration cannot tell the truth.

In this latest example, the President and his advisers used false numbers and moving timelines to scare both the public and the Congress into taking action on legislative matters under false pretenses.  They even duped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid into believing that FEMA would run out of money when they knew it wasn’t true, making him lie to the rest of the Congress.  It’s a disgrace.

The American people and each of us should be outraged by this recurring game being foisted upon us by an Administration that believes there is no difference between telling the truth and telling a lie when it suits their purposes.

Democrats and Republicans alike need to let the President and his White House know that we are fed up with their lies and tired of their tactics.

Sincerely,

CONNIE MACK

Member of Congress

White House adviser: Obama and Senate powerless against TEA Partiers .. or something

The White House is now admitting that it is powerless against the TEA party freshmen in the House of Representatives. David Plouffe, a senior Obama adviser said “We’re not going to make progress on the deficit, on things we can do right now for jobs, on tax cuts, unless those 30 or 40 Tea Party members of the Republican House stop being the focal point of our discussion”.

So unless the Conservative freshmen quit leading, the Obama administration and Democrat Senate can’t get anything done. Controlling half of Congress and the White House isn’t enough, without a mandate – Obama is impotent.

By Plouffe’s admission, the White House is now realizing what almost 200 million Americans already know – Obama is unable to lead and Harry Reid is nothing more than a do-nothing obstructionist. Now, they are trying to spin the news as some in Congress are stepping-up to fill the void left by an ineffective President and Senate. Elections do have consequences Mr. Plouffe.

This  “blame the TEA partiers” kerfluffle is over the latest in an almost three year string of continuing resolutions (CR) being used to fund the government until the Democrat-led Senate passes a budget – if Harry Reid’s band of do-nothings ever passes a budget.

At just over a trillion dollars, this CR left the House with $3.7 Billion to fund FEMA for disasters which was offset by $200 million in cuts to alternative energy subsidies – one of Obama’s so-called loopholes.

Plouffe also used the “stop playing politics” line now becoming tired rhetoric from the current administration. He said that the House version of the bill would cost jobs. How? By cutting the gifts to green energy companies?  Solyndra anyone?

While Plouffe and Reid are complaining that the TEA partiers are holding the government hostage, so far the House freshmen are the only ones driving responsible funding bills. The GOP-led House is the only body to pass a budget.

After the bill was voted down in the Senate, leader Harry Reid offered a substitute that re-instated the tax payer subsidies and grants to alternative energy companies. While a procedural vote is scheduled for Monday, the bill is expected to suffer a quick death as it does not offer any offsets to the increased spending that it requires.

Whining seems to be the modus operandii of the Obama administration lately:

  • Complaining that the top 1% don’t pay enough in taxes (they pay 38% of all income taxes)
  • Whining to the Congressional Black Caucus that they are whining (this is probably accurate)
  • Complaining that Conservatives are getting too much attention (more than twice the number of Americans identify as Conservative vs. Liberal Mr. President)
  • Crying that the TEA Party freshmen won’t let him spend as much as he wants (elections have consequences)

The President may want to listen to his own speeches. In his most recent address to the Congressional Black Caucus he told them to “quit complaining, quit crying..” – it is often best to take your own advice if you want others to follow Mr. President.

Campaign Of Selfishness And Accountability

Wednesday the House voted 230-195 to stop a $3.7 billion dollar bill to keep government running through November 18th. An odd pairing of Democrats and Tea Party Republicans helped to stop this bill from passing. Now, before you get to excited and think that the Democrats have seen the light… think again!

The Democrats were opposed to the bill because it contains cuts to a loan program that helps to manufacture non-gasoline powered and hybrid cars. Tea Party Republicans were opposed to the bill because it did not show that they were serious about cutting spending. Now, I understand that not passing this bill could potentially “shutdown” the government at the end of next week. However, I actually believe that this is a great time to discuss domestic and foreign aid funding as well a balanced budget.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is at the end of its rope to fund its aid efforts for victims of recent natural disasters as well as its ongoing support of infrastructure projects that fall under its wings here in the U.S. All the while we continue to fund many billions of dollars internationally on rebuilding, medical, food, and educational projects.

When do we say enough is enough? When do we cut off aid to other countries while we are unable to pay the interest on the debt that we currently owe? If you could not afford to pay your bills would you open a credit card to help others pay theirs? While this may come across cold hearted; these are the difficult choices that lay in front of us. It is time that we begin to make the selfish choice to help ourselves.

If we are once again to become the greatest nation ever known to man-kind we must first dig ourselves out of the crater that we find ourselves in. By being selfish on several key fronts including international aid we will be able to regain our footing.

I propose that we all start to mail BLANK check registers to congress. One by one they will begin to flow in until they are overwhelmed by them! They will certainly begin to get the picture that we expect them to start using these just as we must in our daily lives. We must send the message that when the balance is zero they can no longer spend.

So I ask you this: Who is ready to follow with me in a campaign of SELFISHNESS and ACCOUNTABILITY? My first check register is in my mailbox, is yours?

Progressive U.S. Senate Piles on the Debt with 2012 FEMA Bill.

Pretty much everyone in the country wants to fund FEMA ( Federal Emergency Management Agency) to ensure the money is there to help the areas of America that need to recover from the numerous natural disasters of late. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and the subsequent flooding from them have left many towns ravaged and they are in need of federal dollars to help rebuild and repair. Those facts are non-debatable. What is debatable is how this help is to be paid for during the current recession, and that discussion is getting flat out ugly as partisan politics took center stage this week in the U.S Senate. Progressives, led by fake Democrat Harry Reid simply want to pile another $7 billion dollars onto the federal debt chart, while some Republicans have called for responsible cutting in spending to pay for the FEMA funding bill, instead of just borrowing more money from China and other countries. This reminds me of seeing ex-Speaker, Liberal Nancy Pelosi bragging on national TV about the Democrat’s supposed “Pay-Go” policy where they promised to pay as you go when spending the taxpayer’s dollars.

 

If they have been paying as they were going for the past 5 years of what amounts to Liberal rule in Congress since 2007, then explain to me just how has our national debt skyrocketed by some $7 trillion dollars since then? In an article from 2010, which does not include the massive debt of 2011 under Obama and the Liberals, we see this headline:
Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, ‘No New Deficit Spending’  To quote the San Fran Nanny Queen:

“After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: Pay as you go, no new deficit spending,” Pelosi said in her speech from the speaker’s podium. “Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.”

We are constantly barraged with fake Democrats spewing false rhetoric such as above, while in fact being proven to have done just the opposite. Are Americans ignorant enough to actually believe this propaganda? Apparently so, as I witnessed a recent poll that basically said some 59% of Americans now believe that our massive debt explosion was the result of Republican spending. Since Barack Obama has been running our country for almost 3 years now, with fake Democrats given complete control of Congress in the 2006 elections, and while Harry Reid still controls the U.S. Senate today, how can anyone be naive enough to think it’s the Republicans fault for all that debt? As they say in the Liberal propagandists handbook, tell a lie enough times and some people will believe it as the truth. So how is Nancy Pelosi’s lie about Pay-GO working out today the Democratically controlled U.S. Senate? While many Republicans introduced legislation to actually use the Democrat’s vaunted “Pay-Go” to find ways to pay for the FEMA funding bill, Liberal Harry Reid and some progressive RINO-Republicans voted to just put the FEMA bill on the national debt card once again! This Senate bill appears to be some kind of ploy to force the U.S. House of Representatives to go along with the progressive debt-spending of the U.S. Senate. Again, must I remind people that under the U.S Constitution, all spending bills must originate in the House? They are using this fake FEMA bill to try to bully the U.S. House of Representatives, period.  In an article from FoxNews.com, we see Senator Tom Coburn calling out the progressive hypocrites from both parties, on this proposed new debt spending for FEMA:

With the nation running a $14.7 trillion debt, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma led the charge to fully pay for the $6.9 billion Senate bill, a fairly unprecedented move.
“We’re almost schizophrenic. We say we need to cut spending, but we say we don’t want to find $7 billion to pay for it. We just want to borrow it,” Coburn accused. And though he has, himself, voted in the past for disaster funding with no offsets, the senator said Thursday, “We’re in a new day. We’re in a new world. (emphasis mine)

FoxNews themselves are also seen right there pushing the progressive debt-spending agenda in the last sentence of that quote. Although Coburn has voted for spending without off-sets before, Fox seems to ignore the mandate of the 2010 elections where the people said they are very concerned about our massive debt-burden and voted against the progressive agenda of more debt-spending, especially during the current stagnant economy. FEMA spending bills during times of vibrant economies and federal revenue increases has absolutely nothing to do with the urgency to get spending under control of today. Has Fox forgotten that our credit rating has been downgraded under the weight on Obama’s progressive spending for the first time in history this year already? Shame on you Fox, that is not fair and balanced reporting there.

Further proof that this debt-laden FEMA Senate bill is a propaganda effort with political motivation at it’s roots is also supplied in the above linked FoxNews article, where Obama-puppet, DHS Chief, Janet Napolitano deemed it necessary to weigh in on the Democrat’s attempt at politicizing the Senate FEMA bill:

At an Aspen Institute event in Washington today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, in a somewhat rare, impassioned tone, underscored the urgency of the situation.
“The fight we’re in now is to get money for the disaster relief fund. We do not have enough money, given the number of disasters we’ve had this year, to finish the fiscal year, and to do all the things we have to do,” the secretary strongly warned.

We have DHS-ATF employees selling guns to drug cartels, southern border states screaming for help to protect their citizens from the criminal illegal immigrant invasion from Mexico, and this clown deems herself an authority over Congressional legislation and tries to tell them what they should or shouldn’t do? This is just further proof that the Obama administration is trying to manipulate our Congress through media propaganda once again. Need I remind Ms. Napolitano that she is an appointee of Barack Obama, and was not elected by we the people here?  She needs to keep that attempt at propagandizing Congressional leglislation to herself, and stay out of our Congress’ business. With her current ignoring of Federal Immigration laws to the detriment of our society, Ms Napolitano belongs in prison, not on national TV lecturing the American people on what is right or wrong for this country!

Senator Rand Paul tried to cut back on U.S. foreign aid spending as a way to pay for the Senate FEMA funding bill, but Harry Reid was joined by several progressive Republicans to deny that common-sense approach to actually “Pay as you go” as the Democrats like to say. “We cannot send welfare to other countries that we don’t have,” Paul pleaded, noting that bridges need to be rebuilt in his own home state before money goes to build them in other countries. Harry Reid is caught red-handed politicizing this Fema bill proposal, as I stated earlier:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., stripped the 2012 funding from a larger annual spending bill to move it in a standalone measure, an unusual move that Republicans say was designed to score political points

Senator John Cornyn also brings up some valid points during this heated debate on the Senate political-football of the Fema debt-spending proposal, instead of actually paying for the 7 billion in spending in the bill:

“Obviously the disaster funding is important. I support funding FEMA. What’s frustrating, though, is this is gamesmanship on the part of Senator Reid,” accused Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex, whose own state has been ravaged by wildfires. “He knows, and we all know, that in the Continuing Resolution that will pass the House next week that there are appropriations for disaster funding that do not increase the deficit

Cornyn also said that next year the FEMA spending bill should go through the actual regular appropriations process. Does he mean that next year Congress will actually produce a budget for the first time in 3 years there? I,ll believe that when I see it.

Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) unintentionally let the truth come out when he said:
“I’m for paying for it if we can find a way to pay for it,” Blunt told Fox, “But if you want to take any line in the upcoming budget, since it’s going to require borrowing money, and say ‘none of it’s paid for’ in any line, because we don’t get to a balanced budget under anybody’s current plan in the next decade – I don’t think that’s much of an argument.” (emphasis mine)

This bill is said to be to fund FEMA for next year. Sen. Blunt states that it will require borrowing money to pay for it. NEXT YEAR. Our country is now so broke that we can not even find a way to pay for $7 billion in FEMA funding for next year. In looking at the total summary of this 2012 FEMA funding bill outlined here, and seeing the fact that progressives from both parties, led by the nose by Barack Obama and Harry Reid are saying that this bill will be put onto the already debt-laden backs of the working class and their children through more debt-spending should be quite informative, even to the most naive of citizens. Then again, we have some 59% of this country that want to put this nasty debt-spending responsibility onto the shoulders of the conservatives in our Congress. The facts simply do not line up with that often-stated ignorance there. Vote grassroots conservative in 2012 and we just might have a chance to pull out of this fiscal nightmare.

FEMA's Missing, But Not Why You May Think

Americans are asking, “Where’s FEMA?  Why aren’t they involved with the Gulf Oil Spill”.  The answer is as sad as it is strange.

Oddly enough, there’s been no formal request from any of the Gulf State Governors to declare the BP Oil Spill a “Federal Disaster Area”.  Instead, there have been numerous requests for aid that would normally follow the formal declaration of a disaster, but without the official declaration.  Governor Jindal (R-LA) asked the Small Business Association to, “..declare an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration that entitles local business owners to apply for federally subsidized loans” and asked the Department of Defense to “..approve funding for at least 90 days of military duty in Title 32 USC 502(f) status for up to 6,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving on active duty ..”.
Even though there’s been no disaster declaration, FEMA is offering aid by guiding victims through the claims process on the DisasterAssistance.Gov website.  But, make no mistake, claims go to BP not through the Federal government.
“The Administration will continue to hold BP responsible for all removal costs and damages associated with the BP oil spill, including efforts to stop the leak at its source, reduce the spread of oil and protect the shoreline and mitigate damages, to the maximum extent possible under the law.
Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and other applicable laws, BP is accountable for processing and paying all removal costs and applicable damages incurred by individuals, business, and state and local governments as a result of the BP oil spill. Individuals may file a claim online or over the phone with BP, and may then be asked to visit a claims office location to provide documentation.
So now instead of where is FEMA, the question is, why isn’t this disaster a “Declared Federal Disaster”?  According to the Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, Michael Greenberger Federal law “gives the president enough leeway .. If this threatens substantial harm to the health and safety and economy of the state, I think he could use the Stafford Act,” Greenberger said, in reference to the main disaster response law.
Well now we have one expert opinion stating that the Oil Spill could qualify as a declared disaster, but none of the Gulf State Governors have made the request as yet.
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