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Federal Government: Embarrassing to the Point of Painful

As the so-called “government shutdown” drags on, one thing is hard not to admit: the Obama Administration is acting in a manner that is attempting to extract the maximum amount of pain on the American people. While many are wondering how it came to this point, those of us who actually paid attention in Social Studies, Civics and American History classes – school subjects that are, today, given little, if any, attention –
understand it’s because the US Constitution and the purity of the original governmental process has been raped by the opportunistic political class.

Our nation has always had a robust political discourse, commencing from before we were even a documented nation. We have always been represented by a passionate, spirited political class; strong in their beliefs, but educated and knowledgeable enough to legislate and govern for the good of all the people. Today, this is not the case.

Today, we have a political class that insists on the importance of ideologically motivated political “achievements” over the honest representation of the American people; loyalty to political faction – of which each and every Framer and Founder warned – over loyalty to those who delivered them to power via the ballot box.

Today, we literally have people in the political class that have an inferior command of the English language, an inferior and under-performing understanding of the principles of the Constitution and the Charters of Freedom, and a devotion to Progressivism; a non-indigenous, Marxist-based ideology that believes the State is the Alpha and the Omega; the giver of rights and the final arbiter of freedom and liberty.

Today, we have a government that does not – does not – serve the American people, evidenced – in a singular point – by the overwhelming and sustained majority of Americans who do not want the Affordable Care Act implemented on any level.

FOX News reports:

Is the Obama administration employing a make-it-hurt strategy to gain political leverage in the budget battle on Capitol Hill?

Republicans are making that charge as the stalemate drags on, and point to the Pentagon furlough of 400,000 civilian staffers — even though Congress passed and the president signed a bill to supposedly keep them on the job…

Republicans argue that the intent of the law was to keep them on the job, and that the Obama administration “narrowly interpreted” it against congressional intent in order to furlough more employees.

It’s one example of how, Republicans say, the administration is making the partial shutdown of government services worse than it needs to be. Many have complained about the National Park Service cordoning off even open-air monuments in Washington, DC, such as the World War II Memorial.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), responded to criticisms by saying, “It is time for Speaker Boehner to stop the games.”

Shamefully, FOX also reported that correspondence on this situation has stalled because, as Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), stated, “Unfortunately, most of the staff who draft congressional correspondence are furloughed.”

A few notes on this shameful situation.

First, and to be equally critical to both sides, if “staffers that draft congressional correspondence” have been furloughed, perhaps those elected to Congress should learn to (and actually) write their own correspondence.

Second, to the Progressives, Democrats and our embarrassing President, it is never “game-playing” when the taxpayer’s money is being spent. It is “game-playing” when members of our military who have been maimed and permanently injured can’t get medical care because the politically opportune refuse to entertain appropriations passed through a traditional method (not every spending bill has to be an omnibus package, in fact traditionally, the 12 appropriation bills have been passed separately).

House Republicans “screwed the pooch” when they didn’t advance ACA funding as a separate, stand-alone appropriations bill from the start. When House Speaker Boehner stated that this Congress would operate under “regular order” he should have stated that the House would be de-bundling all legislation into stand-alone pieces, shining the light of truth and accountability on everything that passed across the House floor. Sadly, traditional, inside-the-beltway pork politics prevailed and the practice of bundling legislation to appease the politically greedy has delivered us to this point.

Truth be told, had the political class not blindly followed the Progressive Movement into ratifying the 17th Amendment, none of this would have ever come to pass. But, then, the Commerce Clause wouldn’t have even come close to allowing much of what the Federal government has done that encroaches into our daily lives.

Additionally, if Harry Reid would have operated lawfully, the omnibus appropriations package would have already been legislated, as he is – is – bound by law to have produced a budget by April 15 of each year. He has not done so since before Republicans took control of the House.

The sad, but glaringly true, fact is this. Our government has become too big and too bureaucratic. Our government has manipulated and strayed from the boundaries of the US Constitution, which is a mandated blueprint for limiting government.

Until We the People insist on repealing the 17th Amendment so as to re-employ constitutional protections for the States, and until Congress re-visits the Federal government’s grotesquely over-reaching interpretation of the Commerce Clause, it will be up to the States to save the nation, either by Constitutional Convention (which in and of itself is very dangerous were the original words of the Constitution to be manipulated by the opportunistic) or by, God forbid, secession.

And it is with tears in my eyes for our country; for freedom; for liberty itself, that I acquiesce to the notion. Buy, my God, are we to allow the greatest achievement of freedom in the history of the world be extinguished at the hand of ideological bullies?

The words of Patriot Patrick Henry said so very seriously then, are just as cogent today:

“Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Cornyn STAR Act Will Create Jobs by Keeping US Educated Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals in America

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WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Compete America, a coalition dedicated to ensuring thatthe United States has the highly educated workforce it needs to continue to lead the world in innovation and job creation, issued the following statement on Senator John Cornyn’s recent introduction of the “Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century” or STAR Act:

“We applaud Senator Cornyn for recognizing that in these difficult economic times we must recruit and retain job creators in the United States,” said Compete America Executive Director, Scott Corley. “In US universities across our nation, we are graduating the world’s top engineering and scientific minds.  Among those graduates with Masters and PhDs in STEM related fields, half or more are from another country.  We are training the world’s best minds only to have our immigration system send a very clear message: go home and compete against America.”

The Cornyn STAR Act would give priority to employment-based immigrants to the US who are trained in US universities, providing tremendous relief to our overburdened employment-based system while incentivizing foreign Masters and PhD students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM to keep their talents in America.  “We see a clear link between talented, highly skilled foreign professionals and job creation in the United States,” said Peter Muller, Director of Government Relations for Intel.  “We know that this job creation will play a critical role not only in the continued recovery of our current economy but in the future of America’s growth as a world economic leader.”

“Senator Cornyn is a key leader in the United States Congress.  His interest in reforming our highly skilled immigration system is an important first step in the effort to move forward on key immigration reform this year that will benefit our country in a time of need,” said Gene Irisari, Director of Government Relations at Texas Instruments.  “We believe this legislation is important for America, and we look forward to working with Senator Cornyn and his colleagues in both parties to enact reasonable and balanced immigration reforms this year.”

Compete America thanks Senator Cornyn for taking this strong stand in favor of economic growth and new jobs.

To learn more about the benefits of highly educated foreign-born professionals to the U.S. economy, visitwww.competeamerica.org.

Lessons Learned From LEOSA

The National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 passed in the House of Representatives last week. Although it’s safe to say the bill won’t pass through the Democrat-controlled Senate or be signed by President Obama, the bill is good law and, if all goes well for Republicans next year, the GOP will certainly make another attempt to pass it after January 2013.

I was one of those people who applauded the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act of 2004- the national reciprocity act for active, retired, and disabled police officers- because I believed it would eventually create momentum for a national CCW reciprocity law. Some of my fellows believed LEOSA would be a giveaway for cops, and national concealed carry for “the rest of us” would never happen.

However, seven years of national experience with LEOSA have revealed some problems with the language of that law- language which I’m thankful hasn’t been replicated in the NRTC Act.

The biggest concern was carry rules. I’m glad House Republicans didn’t attempt to create a set of federal carry rules for interstate concealed carry, as were created for interstate peace officer carry. LEOSA’s intent was to relieve peace officers from the need to memorize 50 states’ distinct and often-contradictory regulations on when and where an individual may carry weapons. As expected with any federal compromise measure, the interstate carry regulations are less-restrictive than some states’ rules, and more restrictive than others, leading many retired police officers to keep (and pay for) both a LEOSA qualification and a state CCW permit, and often an out-of-state non-resident permit as well, in order to maximize the places and times where they may carry when they travel.

In other words, a provision offering a single set of carry rules- which was intended to alleviate compliance concerns- actually became an additional layer of expense for some retired police officers.

It also goes without saying that federal carry rules, if instituted for private persons, could (and probably would) be amended by future Congresses to create headaches for us.

NRTCRA’s “clean bill” approach- granting simple reciprocity between states which issue carry licenses- eliminates this added layer of complexity. This means responsible gun owners will have some homework to do before traveling with a handgun- but then, this is nothing new to us.

There is a pitfall to this approach: Those of us who are actively involved with self-defense rights know the legal burden placed on ‘packers’ to comply with state and local laws. The concept of “substantial compliance”- the idea that a person’s ‘reasonable attempt’ to comply with the law is satisfactory- is foreign to gun laws. We’re already accustomed to “perfect compliance”.

If NRTC eventually becomes law, I anticipate some problems with casual concealed carriers who unintentionally violate carry rules in another state. This is a message we will need to push to keep our compatriots out of trouble: The “close enough” principle which allows us to drive 32 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone doesn’t apply to firearms laws, especially in states like California and New Jersey, where law enforcement agencies already look for petty excuses to harass law-abiding gun owners.

Stated differently: If NRTC becomes law, this greater freedom will mean greater responsibility, both for gun owners and for those of us who educate them and advocate on their behalf. Luckily, this greater freedom/greater responsibility concept is also nothing new to us.

Also, please visit this link for my thoughts on the “states’ rights” argument against national reciprocity.

Progressive Senators Gang Up on Rand Paul to Allow EPA to Apply Cap and Trade by Fiat

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky submitted a resolution in the U.S. Senate on Thursday which would have stopped the EPA ( as in Extreme Political Activists) from enforcing the very same cap and trade laws that were previously voted down in Congress. The EPA regulations Senator Paul was trying to block is just the latest one titled, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.(CSAPR) This new rule will become the law of the land on Jan. 1st, 2012 for the main category of mandated pollution regulations, and May 1st, 2012 for the remaining categories, as you can see in the EPA above link.

Not only did all Senate Democrats vote this resolution down, but the progressive puppets of the Republican party also joined in to allow the EPA to ignore our Congress and pass cap and trade laws by executive fiat. The vote failed by a tally of 56-41, with Republican Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire; Scott Brown of Massachusetts; Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine; Mark Kirk of Illinois; and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee all voted against Paul’s resolution. If your Senator is on this list, give them a call and ask them just why they chose to allow the EPA to bypass Congress and once again illegally pass cap and trade laws by executive fiat?

Whether you agree with the new regulations or not, the U.S. Constitution declares that it is Congress, and only Congress, who is authorized to pass laws onto the people. Check out How a bill become law. In it we see the following facts:

Under the chairmanship of George Washington, the Constitutional Convention established a strong federal government in 1871. Lawmaking powers were vested in a national congress.

Article I of the Constitution gave “all legislative powers” to Congress, and specified that laws could originate either in the House or the Senate. The only exception was revenue bills, which had to originate in the House. ( emphasis mine)

The conservative grassroots movement that elected the likes of Scott Brown and Kelly Ayotte to the U.S. Senate in the 2010 elections apparently did not help to get conservatives into office, but instead elected Progressive Republicans – a great example of how politicians will say anything to get elected today, and when they get a whiff of power, they turn their backs on the very people whom elected them. Brown and Ayotte campaigned on a platform of government that obeys the U.S. Constitution, yet they vote to allow the EPA to trample that very same constitutional law that says only Congress will pass laws in this country.

The new Cross-State Air Pollution law that will be forced onto Americans in 2012, resulting in Barack Obama’s promised “skyrocketing electricity prices” surely must apply to every state in the country right? It is based on air pollution blowing across state lines, so it must apply to all states. Not quite, as the following map shows us. Is your state on that map?

When looking at the above map of states whom will see skyrocketing electricity prices next year, we must use common sense in asking two very simple questions:

First, why isn’t the smog capital of the United States being put under these new illegal cap and trade laws? That’s right,the Liberal Obama-supporting state of California isn’t getting slapped with these new pollution regulations. Are we so ignorant as to not see the problem with that fact here today? The new laws are based on pollution blowing from one state to another. Does the EPA expect us to believe that California’s world famous smog will stay in California and somehow not blow into, say Arizona?

Secondly, what about Mexico’s pollution blowing into Texas? Are the wizards of the EPA telling us that they can control that too?

Lastly, let’s move on to the blatant false propaganda that the EPA website contains about the massive costs to the American people that this law will create. Senator Paul’s above-linked informative site says this:

These new regulations will cost over $2 billion and over a course of a decade or more may well exceed $100 billion. We add these new regulations to over $2 trillion worth of regulations already on the books.

To which the EPA tries to deny with false and very impossible-to-prove statistics about supposed savings in healthcare that will result form the CSAPR in the following chart:

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule provides cleaner air and healthier lives for millions of Americans

“Estimated Annual Number of Adverse Health Effects Avoided Due to Implementing the Proposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR)

Health Effect Number of Cases Avoided Premature mortality 13,000 to 34,000 ( between 13k and 34k? Talk about guesswork there)    Non-fatal heart attacks15,000     Hospital and emergency department visits19,000    Acute bronchitis19,000    Upper and lower respiratory symptoms420,000    Aggravated asthma400,000    Days when people miss work or school1.8 million (yes, I took the liberty to correct the spelling mistakes the geniuses of the EPA have on their info-site)

So, we are being led to believe that this new EPA law will save between 13,000 and 34,00 lives by 2014, simply by supposedly regulating state to state air pollution.  What happens if a hurricane blows into the U.S from South America and brings all that pollution with it from countries who basically have no pollution laws? What happens to those false numbers then? What happens if the Gulf of Mexico winds blow all of their pollution into Texas for say, 10 straight months? How many lives will this farce of a stealth cap and trade law save then? Yes , as we see right here, the CSAPR is all built upon one massive cap and trade lie, period. There are no concrete, proven savings that can be counted from this scam. The one thing that all Americans that live in the EPA cherry-picked states that this new law applies to next year can count on is fewer jobs and skyrocketing electricity prices. Look at the bright side, there’s one promise Obama has kept.  

Get ready folks, the man who says he will not tax the middle class and poor just did just that, and it is coming in two short months in the form of skyrocketing electricity costs, thanks to the U.S. Senate Progressives of both parties allowing the EPA to pass this cap and trade law illegally.

2012 just can’t get here fast enough !

 

Gov.Jerry Brown Vetoes Babysitter Bill, Signs Gardasil Mandate

I recently wrote an article exposing the 600 bills waiting on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.  The sheer number of bills combined with their stifling and oppressive content caught the attention of a lot of readers.  Many people were shocked by some of the proposed bills that included a bill to establish a Fitness Award in schools, one banning minors from using tanning beds, and a California “Dream Act” that would allow illegal alien students to receive state aid for college.  Even Governor Brown has mentioned that the number of bills California lawmakers have sent him is a bit out of control.

One bill in particular caused quite a stir here in the state of California: The Babysitter Bill.  This bill would allow (require) babysitters and in-home caretakers to unionize.  It would have effectively ended the childcare industry in California by requiring parents to follow union employment standards.  That would mean date night would require two babysitters, one to relieve the main sitter every two hours for a mandated fifteen minute break and lunch breaks.  Also, parents would be asked to provide health insurance and workman’s comp insurance.  Maybe its just me, but dinner and a movie with my husband once a month is not worth the cost of a dental plan for my college-student sitter.  We’ll just do pay-per-view, thank you very much.

As it turns out, Governor Brown has decided to veto the Babysitter Bill, along with several others, including one that would have criminalized child skiing and snowboarding without proper head gear.  Oh, did you need to read that again?  Yes, there was actually a bill on Brown’s desk to monitor every kid on every slope in California-stan to make sure they have the proper head gear.  In reference to that bill  Brown said:

“While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state.  Not every human problem deserves a law. 

I believe parents have the ability and responsibility to make good choices for their children.

I never thought I’d say this, but Brown makes sense! Of course, he lost any “common sense” points by signing other job-killing, questionable bills such as:


SB 651- eliminates the requirement that homosexual “domestic partners” live together; allows minors to become “domestic partners”.

SB 397 – permits online voter registration (opening up for more fraud).

SB 126 – forces farmers to allow agricultural workers on their private farms to unionize without witnesses or elections.  If one worker decides to unionize, the rest will be forced to do so as well.  Californians can expect food prices to raise significantly in the coming months.

But the most disturbing bill Governor Brown signed into law has to be AB 499, which allows school staff, nurses, and others to push the HPV vaccine upon girls as young as 12 years old, without parental consent. With all the attention paid to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Gardasil mandate, it seems strange that this isn’t a bigger deal in the news.  Schools will be allowed to give girls a vaccination for a sexually transmitted disease without parental consent or even notification.  As the mother of a 4 year old daughter I find that absolutely chilling.

Jerry Brown seems to be walking a strange tightrope in the state of California.  As a Democrat he is still beholden to the unions that basically run the state, but as Governor he is privy to the dearth of inside information regarding California’s fiscal state.  Brown is no idiot.  He knows that California is dying, and every new bill regulating the day to day lives of average earners is another nail in the coffin.  But Brown is also a typical, self-interested liberal.  In the end, its his own job and legacy that matters to him.  He’ll continue to alienate and destroy the actual producers in this state for as he can, until one day California will simply collapse under the weight of its own regulation.

600 bills.  725 new laws.  “Prosperity” sure comes with a lot of red tape these days.

 

American Jobs Act [Full Text]

The White House finally posted the American Jobs Act of 2011.

At 155 pages, it is considerably smaller than major Democrat-sponsored legislation that has cropped up in the past few years and should be easy enough to get through.

Incidentally, the web site that was set up for the bill, which was spotlighted in a previous CDN article, does NOT have a link to the full plan. In a blatant attempt at misdirection, they offer a link to “download the full plan” which takes you to a 6-page pdf consisting of basically the same talking points the White House issued a few days ago.

American Jobs Act

If you want a copy you can download yourself, CDNews has a copy here.

Just a quick note about the American Jobs Act website itself: It shows a clear distinction in the split in thought between mainstream America and the Beltway culture in general and Democrats in particular with its links where people can see the “impact” on women, Latinos, and African-Americans. Philosophically speaking, this is a despicable habit because it only seeks to separate people into inequality groups instead of counting everyone as simply “Americans” and reinforcing the idea that we are all created equal.

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Conservative Youth, Truth .. and Charity

As a Conservative activist and mother, one of the most important things to me in my political interaction is the education of the voters and representatives of the future. Twitter is an amazing medium for connecting with a wide range of age groups within our considerable #tcot circle. While I made it a conscious goal to pay attention to what the younger generation(s) were tweeting and talking about, I never imagined how passionate I would become in watching their passions.

Some months ago I saw a retweet of @OHCONSERVATISM (Andrew Staroska) and was impressed. If I recall correctly, it had something to do with the valuation of silver at the time. It was enough to get me interested, since his avi looked like he was about 17 and I am fairly certain silver isn’t even mentioned in high school outside of glitter eyeshadow and tagger gear anymore.  It didn’t take too many conversations with Andrew to realize that he was not only an impressively aware 2o year old ( not 17), but who as also passionate about  the failure of the political process and his involvement in educating everyone he could reach on Twitter.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that Andrew was helping build something incredible with fellow young conservative, Michael Simpkins!  Not only are these young conservatives involved, out there, accessible, they are also giving all donations to their endeavor through April 15th to aid Without further ado, I give you:

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The Good Stuff:  I (Michelle) interview Michael and Andrew (M&A) on their fantastic project:

Michael Simpkins (M):, 21 CEO and Founder from Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A full-time student majoring in international business.

Andrew Staroska (A):, 20 COO and Founder from Piqua, Ohio. A full-time
student majoring in political science.

Michelle: In the interest of enlightening readers, who is behind TAB and what are their ages, roles, and real world locations,  occupations and / or majors, and political party affiliation?
M&A: We are both conservatives
Michelle: How did you meet and how was TAB born?
M&A: We both went to Lehman Catholic High School from 2004-2008 We both loved talking politics and on December 14, 2010 TAB was born. We first launched the site on January 1, 2011.
Michelle: Does TAB have an official mission statement?
M&A: We aim to provide the most up to date information on news and current bills in the United States Congress, by providing briefs and full text of all relevant bills up for debate. Our goal is to better educate
citizens on current events in Washington D.C.
Michelle: I’ve noticed your involvement in events like CPAC and Redstate : Why do you attend and how is event attendance funded?
M&A: It’s a great way to meet and interview members of the conservative movement and gain insight from leaders across the country. Traveling to events is truly a labor of love on our part and comes out of our
own pockets.
Michelle: Would you consider yourselves equally active in local, state, and national policy?
M&A: We are currently focusing on national policy and while we touch on state policy issues, we hope to expand the site to be able to get more involved in local agendas in the next couple of years.
Michelle: Do you each work on certain aspects of politics (ie economy, tax, trade, immigration policy..) or is it whatever you feel the need to address kind of thing?
M&A:We both have our strengths in different issues, for example Andrew focuses on Legislation, while I focus on Net Neutrality and the Economy, but our ultimate goal is to address the issues facing Americans today.
Michelle: Where do you see TAB in a year? in five?
M&A: Within the next year we would love to increase our viewer-ship and expand to provide more coverage in state and local governments. In five years, we’d love to be a mainstream conservative site for people to obtain critical information on news and up to the minute congressional legislation.
Michelle: Do you have a unified pick for POTUS in ’12?
M&A:You know, 2012 is a long way away and we’re carefully watching all the candidates. I can say that Herman Cain is certainly a candidate we’ve been watching closely.

Michelle: Does it bother you that I am drawing attention the fact that you are a younger generation getting involved?

M&A: Of course not! What’s happening in government affects our future and the younger generation needs to be aware of what’s going and how it affects them in every aspect of their lives from student loans to

Michelle: Advice for other Conservative youth on where to begin to get involved or educated?
M&A: Check out TruthAboutBills.com, we are always looking to expand and get others our age involved. If you’re interested in a particular candidate, call their office or call the Young Republican/College
Republican chapters and get involved. That can be as easy as making phone calls, to running for a position in a local chapter or even volunteering on a campaign. Never take no for an answer!

These guys, and the rest of TAB, are just getting started. Keep an eye on them on twitter (@TruthAboutBills) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Truth-About-Bills/156338291079179 )