Debates and Free Stuff—-(read more)

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Dec 292011
 

When Obama ran for office there were not as many debates among Democrats as there are now among Republicans. This may be bias against the Republicans. But if this true or not, it doesn’t matter, because it appears that having alot of debates is turning out to be a good thing. It’s giving  the citizens a good look at the people who may be leading the country.

But it must be said that the first real surprise of the debates is that the Republicans seem to be having trouble finding a Republican. The reason for this, may be that there are no real Republicans out there, or maybe its that Republicans have finally figured out (like the Democrats) that you win elections by giving away free stuff (with taxpayer’s  money). Stuff  like section 8 housing, food stamps, heating allowances etc., some Democrats even want to give away free diapers. Then when they get into public office  they get all those great benefits of being a Congressman; straight time pensions, great free health care, kickbacks, insider trading tips– the list is endless because they give themselves all the free stuff. Or, maybe the Republicans finally figured out that helping the rich and the corporations is a really bad idea, because the corporations then send jobs to other countries. This has the people angry and so not likely to vote for them.

This is why every Republican that makes it to the top of the polls, then starts talking like a Democrat to give away free stuff to get elected. And so far every candidate that rose to the top of the polls was quickly knocked off  his perch because he started talking like a Democrat. A majority of citizens realize the mess the country is in, and they blame the Democrats and their social spending for this mess, but the Republicans also spend alot by giving business interests all kinds of tax breaks and other favors. General Electric paid no taxes last year.

First Mitt Romney was top of the heap, probably because  he’s  a  real smooth talker. But his history of setting up government health care, shows the mindset of what got us in the current mess. So he’s stuck at the same level in the polls. Then it was Rick Perry, but then it was realized that he wants to give low cost college tuition to illegals and force medical treatment on teenage girls ( just like a Democrat), so he’s now off the top of the heap.

Then it was Newt Gingrich on top of the heap. A great speaker, but with many skeletons in his closet. His main advantage is the fact that he balanced the budget when he was the speaker of the House and had to fight the Bill Clinton administration to get it. He’s sliping  from the top spot and  fellow Republicans are attacking him, claiming he’s a progressive and his statement that he wants to give amnesty to illegals that have been here for over 25 years, and his desire that everybody have a home, seems to prove this. So he’ slipping.

So, since its a revolving door on the top of the heap, who’s next in line for the top spot.

The first of these  is Ron Paul. He certainly does not talk like a Democrat, he doesn’t want to give away anything free to anybody.  Also, he does not have a bunch of special interests groups tacked onto him like the others.  He’s been gaining steadily because the citizens want to stop the gravy train express to bankruptcy, especially since we’re now 15 trillion in debt; but he keeps making the same mistake, that if not corrected, will loose the race for him; that is his position on terrorism which many see as weak and ineffective.

After 911, the government went after the terrorists in a big well publicized attack, but now the terrorists have been beaten down to the point that they may not be able to launch major attacks on the scale of 911, but they remain very dangerous because many sources say they want to acquire nuclear weapons. Since Ron Paul is the strongest supporter of the Constitution among the candidates running for the Presidency, it ‘s becoming an ever more urgent question as to why he’s not stating that America use the Constitutions authorized use of “Letters of Mark and Reprisal” against terrorism.

The use of “Letters of Mark and Reprisal”  is perfect for the present terrorist threat. If this method is used it means contacting the good people in countries where terrorists are active and help them find these terrorists and bring them to justice. “Letters of Mark and Reprisal” would be simple and not so costly in lives and resources as we are now spending. If Ron Paul can promote this, he certainly would have a chance at the presidency.

The other Republicans, Michael Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum are real Republicans, they don’t want to give away free stuff. They want people who break the law to answer to the law. They also want a balanced budget and to get rid of Obama Care; real Republican type stuff. Most likely when Newt Gingrich gets knocked off the top, they will have their chance.

Or in the end, America might do what it does too much of; vote for the lesser of two evils. But it’s obvious that Americans are getting tired of this and looking for something else. That something else just might be the continuing trend to electronic democracy; by this I mean the increasing use of the mass media in politics. First by increased use of polls to gauge voter sentiment and now the increasing use of televised debates.

The people are starting to realize that the magic man is not coming to save them, that they must get involved in government. What’s next could be interesting.

Jose Lugo, editor DDTV.ORG

Nullification Letter——(read more)

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Dec 142011
 
      An Open Letter to State Legislators
 
     Most of us learned in school about checks and balances between the branches of the Federal government, such as a presidential veto of a bill in Congress, or Congress overriding a veto. But what should be done if any of the branches of the federal government impose unconstitutional laws or mandates on your State, such as forcing us to buy health insurance, or taking over private pensions or 401K plans? Are you willing to enforce the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to nullify those mandates?
     Nullification is a resolution by a state that it will not comply with any unconstitutional Federal law or mandate. It is not about overthrowing Constitutional order, it is about operating within it, to enforce the Constitution. It also has the advantage of avoiding lawsuits and U.S. Supreme Court intervention. Contrary to what you may have been taught in law school, the Supreme Court is not the final arbiter on Constitutional issues. Thomas Jefferson said that if the Federal government had a monopoly on Constitutional interpretation, it would naturally read the Constitution in it’s own favor. He insisted that the States were entitled to make ultimate Constitutional determinations, because the alternative was a central government monopoly that would “swallow up the States”. His Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 are about nullification. This is not a new concept.
     It is important to keep in mind that the U.S. Constitution provides for a Federal government of sovereign States, not a national form of government, as evidenced in the ratification debates. The 10th Amendment states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. The Federal government’s powers are limited to those few enumerated in the Constitution, mostly in Article 1, Section 8.
     There are several clauses in the Constitution frequently used to try to justify an unconstitutional law or mandate. The “general welfare” clause in Article 1 Section 8 is not an unlimited power because a list of specific powers delegated to Congress does not give general power to do whatever it wants. James Madison said that is like saying that Congress can do A, B, and C, plus whatever it wants.
     The “commerce clause” was intended to regulate trade between States only, it has no Constitutional control over activities within State borders. Commerce was mentioned 63 times in the Federalist papers at the time of the ratification of our Constitution. The intent was well known by our Founding Fathers.
     The “necessary and proper” clause is only for carrying out delegated Constitutional powers, nothing else.
     The “supremacy” clause in Article 6 is only for laws and treaties that are Constitutional, it does not mean that the Federal government can make laws to trump any other law.
     The President’s Executive Orders and Signing Statements are also for Constitutional objectives only, to carry out existing laws, not to rewrite laws or create new laws.
     For more information and sample legislation, please go to tenthamendmentcenter.com.
 
      Pat Miketinac 
      Brooksville FL

A Real Jobs Plan—–(read more)

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Dec 052011
 

A Real Jobs Plan

The first thing that has to be done to create jobs in America is to correct the wage difference between foreign workers and American workers with the current cost of foreign labor being way lower than American labor, so that manufacturers  can make a profit in America and so bring jobs back to America.

The main stumbling block to this is the fact  that Americans will have to pay for products made with high cost American labor, and so far they have proved beyond any doubt that they are not willing to do this. If you look in most American stores you will see that most products are made in foreign countries. This is not because of greedy shopkeepers or an anti-America conspiracy, its because Americans refuse to pay the high cost of products made with American labor. If Americans were to pay for products made at the cost of American labor, this will cause huge inflation in manufactured goods and to counter this inflation, the government must stop the crazy spending binge its on and spend less than it takes in so that taxes can be cut in a responsible way. But so far the government can not do this. Politics, you know.

Another problem of getting jobs back to America is one I have been writing about for a long time now, that Republicans like the current situation where business take advantage of low foreign wages to get products made at the lowest cost possible and then sell them in the high price American market. This makes for huge profits for business interests that give campaign contributions to Republicans so they can  keep them in office to keep doing favors for them.

The jobs issue can be corrected with tariffs that do not choke off all trade, because foreign trade does create jobs, but too many low cost products coming into America only destroys jobs. But just enough tariffs to level the wage difference between America and low wage countries so that a fair trade atmosphere can be created, will definitely create more jobs. But nobody is talking about this because Congress and the American people are hooked on cheap foreign labor.

Another alternative will be  Congress passing legislation to counter the exchange rate manipulation that China is doing, and Congress is now in the process of doing this; but exactly how they are going to do this remains unclear at this time. But either way, if China stopped its currency fooling around, this will not fix the whole problem; it will  have only a minuscule effect because you can’t trust China to fix a problem that is counter to their interests. America has to fix this to take care of  its own people.

Another way to create jobs in America is really politically incorrect, but it is a fact that there are about 12 million illegals in America, so get rid of the illegals and millions of jobs will be available! But this will not happen because the Republicans want the cheap foreign labor, because this is what the people who give Republicans money for their campaigns to stay in office want. As for the Democrats, they know that illegals mostly vote Democratic, so they want as many of them as they can get in America. Funny thing though, the much hated Tea Party has taken a clear stand against illegals by stating that they must be deported. Could this mean that the Tea Party is the only political entity that represents main stream America, you know, the  tax paying majority who are paying the bill for all the short sighted policies  the government is making?

The last time America had a normal economy was in 1950, but just after that products started being imported from low wage countries and American factories started closing. Back then Americans paid the cost of products made with American labor. They didn’t have as many possessions back then as they have now, they were lucky to have one radio and one car. They had small houses and they didn’t go on many vacations as we do. They fixed things instead of throwing them away, or did without  them. But that was a normal economy, it was balanced with Americans making products for Americans. Today we have more toys, but fewer  jobs and a skyrocketing national debt. Clearly we were better off with a simpler way of life. 

So, the point here is that Americans will not vote for any politician who advocates bringing Americans back to a 1950 economy (they like their toys), but neither are Americans willing to pay the higher price of American made goods. So, America will either go into a permanent malaise like Japan, or with massive debts and  ineffective government collapse into another great depression. Then the price of American labor will be reset to a lower more competitive rate, but this will destroy a lot of American lives in the process.

We have had the $878 Billion stimulus program that did nothing and now all we’re getting from presidential candidates are some cute little jingles like  999  and another $447 Billion Jobs plan. These will not work,  because they are not touching the low foreign labor cost that is the main problem . The American people have to drink some strong coffee and wake up, the government is just offering us smoke and mirrors to solve the problems they created, while America is going down the drain.

The only way anything has been accomplished in America is when the American people get together and do something about it. Smooth talking politicians eating $16 muffins while getting $500 hair cuts, and their  multi-million dollar ad agencies working to get them in office are not helping anything.

In the mean time, the clueless one in the White House still hasn’t figured out that the garbage his Harvard professors told him about re-distributing the wealth was a historically proven failure BEFORE he was born.

Jose Lugo, editor ddtv.org