Saturday, May 14, 2011

Guest Article - The Hit List

Are You On Obama’s "Enemies List?"
By Howard Rich - chairman of Americans for Limited Government

"Wherever possible President Barack Obama has sought to dilute or disguise the ideological war his administration has been waging against capitalism over the past twenty-seven months. As a result, his massive bureaucratic bailout became an "economic stimulus." His takeover of the financial markets was labeled "Wall Street Reform." His socialized medicine plan became the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” act (which of course would magically shrink, not expand deficits). And his massive energy tax increase was cleverly billed as a "cap-and-trade" emissions marketplace.

Yet when Obama’s union goons on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) challenged aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s right to locate a new facility in the right-to-work state of South Carolina, all subtlety evaporated.

There, in a black-and-white complaint, is indisputable evidence that the Obama administration is waging war against the American free market on behalf of union thugs and entrenched government bureaucrats. It’s a costly war, too – one that’s being funded by trillions of tax dollars (and trillions more in deficit spending).

Obama’s silence on the NLRB-Boeing issue has been deafening. Rather than rebuking this unprecedented imposition on a company’s right to move new business where it sees fit – Obama has hidden behind his goon squad like a fashionable gangster unwilling to get his hands dirty.

Earlier this week, he was abruptly – and deservedly – called out for these tactics by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

"Mr. President, do you have an enemies list?" Paul asked. "Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina appears to be a Republican state, has two Republican senators? Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina is a ‘right to work’ state? Are they on your enemies list?"

Paul didn’t stop there – blasting Obama for his recent threat to require government contractors to disclose donations to groups that participate in political activities.

"The president has said now that he’s going to ask contractors who do business with the government ‘Who have you contributed to?’" he said. "Mr. President, do you have en enemies list? Will you now punish contractors who have given money to Republican candidates? I’m concerned – there are two Republican Senators from Kentucky. Are we on your enemies list? Is Alabama on your enemies list? Is Texas on your enemies list?".

Paul’s invocation of a Nixonian "enemies list" provides a useful framework for examining the conduct of this administration – which is simultaneously trying to muzzle and strong-arm corporate and individual citizens.

Who else is on Obama’s enemies list?

What about shareholders in General Motors – whose assets were wiped out when Obama’s creative bankruptcy maneuvering handed control of the company to the government and the unions?

What about America’s private health care insurers, who in addition to being saddled with costly new government mandates were overtly threatened last year by Obama’s Medicaid czar Kathleen Sebelius?

More broadly, what about individual citizens who beginning in 2013 will be compelled to purchase health care insurance or face stiff fines?

What about American motorists, who face soaring gas prices due to Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling and his refusal to support expanded domestic energy exploration?

What about the 13 million Americans who remain unemployed despite Washington’s costly efforts at economic "stimulation?"

And what about the American taxpayer – whose per capita share of the national debt now totals more than $123,000?

Perhaps the more useful question would be "who isn’t on Obama’s enemies list?" – other than bureaucrats and union leaders obviously.

In his relentless pursuit of a dependent citizenry, Obama is attempting to impose his will upon both the free market and the "marketplace of ideas. Not only is he trying to dictate where private companies can expand their operations – but he’s simultaneously attempting to muzzle their ability to protest against such overreaching.

Sen. Paul deserves credit for standing up to both of these threats – and exposing the underlying motivations associated with each of them."

Friday, May 13, 2011

Right To Work Act

Obama Is Pro Union
Let's face reality, Obama is in bed with all labor unions. They donated MILLIONS of dollars to his presidential campaign and will do so again in 2012. When Obama took over the auto industry, he "negotiated" so that the Unions became 1/3 owners of Government Motors (GM) and Chrysler. Meanwhile shareholders settled of 10 cents on the dollar. Union workers kept their jobs and gained partial control over their employers. Gee, that was a fair deal huh?

Now Obama is telling private business (Boeing) where they can't open a factory. He's trying to stop them from opening a new factory in South Carolina because they DO NOT FORCE WORKERS TO JOIN UNIONS! THIS IS STILL A FREE COUNTRY! The government has no business telling it's citizens where they can and can't open and run a business.

National Right To Work Act
The National Right to Work Act will change this lop-sided union/government arrangement. Each year, labor unions siphon-off over $8 BILLION dollars from workers paychecks. These workers are FORCED into joining the union or loose their jobs. Some choice. This by the way, also applies to teachers unions. The National Education Association (NEA) just endorsed Obama for 2012 and "asked" members to donate and support Obama! For years unions have weaseled money from their memberships and then used the money to elect their favorite candidates who are pro Union! Hence, protecting their power over and over again. This incestuous relationship has got to stop. (Recall the damage it has caused in Wisconsin).

National Right To Work Committee
The National Right to Work Committee has been fighting unions for over 50 years. They need your support to halt union abuses. Their goal is to mobilize 14 million Americans to stand up for freedom of choice in the work place and support the National Right To Work Act legislation. This will NOT force workers to join unions. Their goal is to:
  • Mobilize 14 Americans to sign the Work To Right Petition.

  • Run newspaper ads and launch Internet campaigns to support this cause.

  • Run TV and radio commercials

  • Inform favorable columnists and talk show hosts to help change public opinion.

Action To Take
Visit the Site. Follow the link and electronically sign the petition to get lawmakers on YOUR side. Make a donation to help stop big labor from their corruption. Any amount helps. It all adds up.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Want To Cut Wasteful Govt Spending?

Start Here...
Sell the US Post Office. That's right. Sell the US Post Office to the highest bidder. Make them compete with private industry. The US Post Office is the second largest employer in the USA next to WalMart! They employ over 300,000 people! The Post Office is a perfect example of government inefficiency. The government cannot deliver the mail as well as Fed Ex or UPS!

But Wait...
Hey wait a minute. The Constitution mandates that Congress establish the Post Office. It's the law of the land. Yes, that's true and it is a reason why the Constitution should either be amended or a bill passed keeping the Post Office and privatizing it! Look at their record.

Quick Summary
The Post Office was necessary in the 1700s because mail was the only means of communication other than word of mouth! Over time the Post Office grew and prospered as the nation did for generations. In the beginning, the Post Office was self-sustaining! It actually made a profit. Imagine that.

In 1840, the cost of the mail was determined by weight and distance. For example, a 1 ounce letter from New York city delivered to Boston cost 14 cents and took 5 days to get there.

In the 1850s a private entrepreneur created a mail delivery company that competed directly with the Post Office. At the time, the Post Office only delivered to the local Post. The new company actually delivered mail to your house! So what did the government Post Office do to compete? It lowered prices. Even though it cost 14 cents to deliver a letter, they lowered the price to 3 cents! This scheme worked for a while but failed over time. So then what did Congress do? They made it ILLEGAL for the private company to exist! However, they continued to only charge 3 cents per letter. This brainy idea caused them to run in the red for many years.

Then in 1913, the Progressives passed the Federal Income tax law. Wahla! The Post Office had a new means to keep afloat by using taxpayer dollars to subsidize their losses! This methodology kept up through the 1960s. The 5 cent stamp of that time has now risen to 44 cents. It still isn't enough. So, Congress has to bailout the Post Office by giving them more and more money each time they mismanage their business.

This past week the Post Office informed Congress that they used over $2 billion dollars in 3 months and will be broke AGAIN by September when they will have exhausted their annual budget which should have lasted until December.

What's more interesting is the fact that the Post Office has never re-paid the money that they have "borrowed" from the taxpayers. They Never generate a profit or wealth. No, instead, they keep "borrowing." They are a true example of how government runs a business!

Why Hasn't Congress Dumped Them?
Simply because the 300,000 employees are also voters! They also belong to the government union that has quite nice pensions and retirement benefits. (Another reason why government unions are a BAD idea).

Who Do You Count On?
Ask yourself this question: If you must use an over night service, do you use the Post Office or depend on FED EX or UPS?

Action To Take
Save the government endless BILLIONS of dollars. Sell the Post Office tomorrow! Stop the bleeding of taxpayer dollars that are wasted over and over by this monstrous institution. Let competition improve the product. If it fails - it fails! No more colossal bailouts.

Ask Congress why they won't do this. Perhaps because it makes too much sense!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Return the Gold Standard

Brief History
For over 180 years the USA used the gold standard to back-up the dollar. People who loaned money to the US could be assured that they would receive return payment in gold, if necessary. This made the US dollar a safe commodity. People all over the world knew that the dollar was a safe "investment."

Then along came the Progressives - namely Woodrow Wilson in the early 1900's. He talked Congress into establishing a national bank called the Federal Reserve. This is a privately owned bank, run by private bankers. In 1913, Congress passed control of our monetary system to them - hook, line, and sinker. And now for just about 100 years the Fed has been in control of America's monetary system.

Founding Fathers (namely Thomas Jefferson) feared that this would happen and warned of the consequences. Nevertheless, it happened. We see today that the Fed does whatever they please because they are not accountable to Congress or the government. This explains how they can raise and lower interest rates, print worthless money, and buy [monetize] our own debt). We don't even know who really runs the Fed (other than Ben Bernanke the Federal Reserve Chairman). For all we know, George Soros may have a piece of the action!

Then in the 1970's, Richard Nixon decided to drop the gold standard completely as an experiment. So we see today how that's working out.

Because of what Congress did in 1913 and Nixon in the 70's, we cannot even audit the Federal Reserve. They are accountable to no one! There is no government control and they remain a privately owned institution. And, of course Obama's perfectly OK with all of this because he is also a Progressive. He wants to destroy the middle class and re-distribute America's wealth because he wants to"Fundamentally Change America."

Quantitave Easing (QE1, QE2, QE...)
Under Bernanke's watchful eye, we have watched as he has systematically de-valued our dollar using what he called "Quantitative Easing (QE1)" which is a fancy phrase for trashing our money! In QE1 & QE2, the Fed has deliberately loaned American dollars to foreign countries with little hopes of getting it back along with printing money in record quantities. The bottom line is that this technique of Financial Management has resulted in the devaluation of the dollar. This in-turn has lead to world-wide inflation because the dollar is the world currency. This explains in part, why food, clothes, and now gasoline prices are shooting through the roof. Thank Ben Bernanke and Obama's Timothy Geithner (Treasury Secretary) for supporting one another!

Reel Them In Again
Since Congress has no courage to attack the Federal Reserve Bank head-on, they should try getting control back in another way. Return the gold standard. This would stabilize the dollar and help nullify the irresponsible behavior of the Fed. The gold standard would also restore confidence among foreign investors. More importantly, it would discourage reckless Federal spending!

Action To Take
Tell Congress to support bringing back the gold standard immediately. AND, tell them to pass a balanced Budget Amendment!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

More Obama Lies

Obama Campaigns on Our Border
Obama gave a great political speech about all the good work he has done to build a wall on the border and protect America by adding more soldiers than ever before. Unfortunately, he removed them shortly after he sent them. AND, he also forgot to mention that he ordered the construction of a border fence to be halted because it saved money. He also pushed hard (again) for passage of the Dream Act which gives AMNESTY to young ILLEGALS.

Why All the Fuss?
Obama makes speeches that are full of lies. He claimed that our oil production is higher now than before he took office. If you check government stats, this was untruthful. Gasoline prices are 37% higher in the last year because he refuses to halt the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf. But what he neglects to say is that he gave Brazil $2 Billion dollars so they can drill in deep water. He has deliberately, blocked restarting drilling in the Gulf, but his administration has allowed foreign countries to begin drilling there! The oil they find on our shores, we will buy. Incredible!

Obama wants to create a new tax on your automobiles. He wants to tax the miles you drive regardless if you have a green car or not. All this during a deep recession.

Obama's Policies Are Not Working
Obama promised that HIS Stimulus would not let unemployment go over 8%. It topped out at over 10.2% and is now floating around 9%. He also promised new jobs and we have HIGH unemployment continuing. He has allowed the Federal Reserve Bank to de-value our money causing serious inflation that Americans feel at the grocery store, at the gas station, and while buying clothes. He has the nerve to tell us that things are getting better, but we see reality and it's not pretty. It's just the opposite of what he says. Sadly, he doesn't care!

Don't Listen To HIS BS
Obama is already in campaign mode. He's actively trying to raise $1 Billion dollars for his next campaign. He's going around giving speeches that are full of plain BS. Don't believe the lies any more. Listen to what he says, and then verify with the facts. Obama is full of bologna and is feeding it to you if you believe him. Trust only after you verify!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Next Time You Fly

Make a Copy of This
The next time you fly and have to pass through airport security (alias - TSA), remember this:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

(The key words here are "probable cause")


"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."


"No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

So Before You Submit

Consider This
Does TSA have probable cause to search you? Were you charged or accused of anything illegal? Have you been indicted? Are you a suspect of a crime? Did you refuse to be radiated and photographed by electronic devices? Is it a crime to refuse? Was a warrent issued in your name? Then why are they wanting to seach you? What are you being charged for?

So before they begin to illegally search your body and rub and touch your private body parts, you may want to recite these laws of the land and ask them not to violate your rights. It's obvious that TSA hasn't read them or has no knowledge of them or hopefully, they wouldn't be so anxious to break the law. Be sure and get the name of the person/persons who are doing the searching. You're going to need it.

If possible have a friend photograph or video record their actions. This IS NOT ILLEGAL IN A PUBLIC PLACE. There is no law that prohibits photography in a public place. But wait a minute, TSA just arrested someone at the Denver airport over this past weekend for "suspicion of interfering with a transportation facility." That's a BOGUS CHARGE! There is NO SUCH LAW on the books! It's just an excuse for TSA to violate YOUR Constitutional rights.

How Long Before We Revolt?
So if you travel by air, how long will it take before you actually get fed-up with these ILLEGAL government activities? Do you have to wait until the TSA molests your children in a public place? Really, just what will it take?

America, you are watching your personal freedoms dissolve in front of you. Will you ever take a stand before it's too late? So far, the answer is "No."

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Corruption at the Highest

Closed Shop
The nation's largest union (National Education Association [NEA]) is "asking" their members to support the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama as President of the USA. Asking is actually a big joke! What they don't mention is the fact that the union will donate millions of dollars that they forcibly collect from members despite their wishes. So if you do not want to vote for Obama, that's going to remain a secret. However, even if you don't vote for Obama, the union will use YOUR union dues to donate to his campaign anyway!

How can this be? Well, teachers are unfortunately, part of what is known as a "closed shop" union. This means that if you are employed by a school district that has a teacher's union, you MUST join as a condition of employment. You have no choice, you MUST become a union member and pay local, state, and national dues. You really have no say in what the union does with those dues. It's left up to the leadership to decide. Nice Huh?

Is This Fair?
We all know that Obama is in bed with the nation's unions. He makes no bones about it. So is it fair to the union membership to be forced to pay dues that are used to support political candidates that they do NOT want to back? The answer is "NO." That's coercion!

Why should a teacher be forced to join a union in the first place? Shouldn't they have the choice whether to join or not? Is it constitutional to do this? How is it that unions have this power to literally force people to pay them dues and then use that money anyway they want? Shouldn't teachers have a choice whether to join a union or not?

How Does This Happen
Unions "negotiate" teacher's contracts. These contracts stipulate the teacher's working conditions, salaries, class sizes, fringe benefits, and yes, these contracts state that all teachers have to join and pay dues as a condition of employment. So this "benefit" isn't for the teachers, it's for the UNIONS!

Do you honestly believe that unions would ever consider removing this part of their "negotiated" contract? Hardly, because it gives them unilateral powers over their new members! It also raises BILLIONS of dollars nationally for the NEA!

In a word, this activity is a form of corruption! Unions have gotten away with it for a long time. It gives them unprecedented power! They know it and use it to THEIR advantage - not the teachers! This is why all teachers should demand the removal of any closed shop wordage in any of their contracts. It would be interesting to see how many teachers would then actually want to join a union - let alone give them money! It would also be interesting to see what would happen to the NEA if this actually happened. Chances are they would collapse under their own weight. And, OMG! Obama wouldn't be getting the BILLION dollar support that he got the first time around!