The Truth Comes From Unexpected Sources

Posted by courage On June - 25 - 2011

John Conyers, an entrenched Congressman of 47 years from Michigan doesn’t understand why the newly elected Representatives in the House would <gasp> remain committed to pledges they give their constituents.

“This is the first time that I can remember being confronted by members
of the Congress, my colleagues, who say, ‘I don’t care if I get
reelected or not, I want to cut the budget by $100 billion or
whatever,’” said a bewildered Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who was first
elected to Congress in 1964. “I’ve never seen that kind of a member
before. … It’s a dangerous point of view from my perspective.”

What Conyers forgets or perhaps has never understood, words spoken to others have meaning.  When someone makes promises to individuals or constituents you are bond by your honor to uphold those pledges.
Of course  individual’ like Conyers, who have drank long from the straw of Congressional power, forget that WE-THE-PEOPLE  control government not the other way around.  They are elected to serve to represent us.. period.
Perhaps honor or if you prefer integrity is lost on some members of Congress?

Conspiracy Theories: The Overview

Posted by courage On December - 27 - 2010

Recently I have been privy to more than a couple discussions, both virtual and in real life about government detention camps.  Much of this speculation and chatter surrounds the canceling of an encore performance (otherwise known as rerun) of a Jesse Ventura, Conspiracy Theory episode entitled “Police State.”

First let me say outright, this type of discussion gives me a wrenching headache.  Theories by their very nature can be void of facts; their sole purpose is to explain a circumstance or occurrence typically based on generally accepted principles independent of the thing being explained.   The connections advocated in theories may be legitimate or they may be based in fallacies of logic.   The fallacies are normally based on a predetermined position by the theorist.  Often times with conspiracy theories, the creator of the logic train places enough factual and verifiable information in its conceptualization to create the appearance of logic and truth.

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Anyone with two functioning brain cells can sense the cover-up being played out in Washington over the Sestak bribe.  After months of delay, the White House yesterday used a standard “dump” day to release their “investigation” of Representative Sestek’s claim he was offered a job in the White House to drop out of the Senate race.  This move by the White House was designed to clear the field for the White House supported (Benedict) Arlen Specter to run unopposed in the Pennsylvania Democrat primary. The White House’s report which barely filled a page and half leaves many questions unanswered and presents additional questions as to the operational schema of the Administration.

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Ethical Void in the White House

Posted by courage On March - 4 - 2010

Politicians are fickle… one day they are against particular legislation, the next day they have some epitome from backroom arm twisting or outright bribes and are now in favor of the legislation.

Yet there is fundamental ideology which regardless of the issue should remain intact.  Notice I say “should,” because these  core beliefs are the basic tenets which create the fabric of our ethics.  These codes of behavior, how we transverse through the world display the character we embrace as an individual.  When one swings from one extreme to the next.. they are ethically void, lacking of any compass which offers indications as to their character or trustworthiness in dealing with others.

They will say anything  which allows them to move closer to their hidden agenda.  The only truth they know is a fleeting utterance which morphs as they continually sway, speaking in sound bits and never facing the consequences of the words which betray the people they claim to support.

Word of the day RECONCILIATION…

Health care legislation presently in Congress will fundamentally alter any previous understanding we have of our health care needs.  The tactic being suggested by Democrats with of using reconciliation with a 50 + 1 vote in the Senate was never intended for legislation of this magnitude.  Even Senator Byrd (D), one of the original authors of the parliamentary procudure of reconciliation, has publicly stated that the procedure was “never meant” for this type of sweeping legislation.

So I find myself going back.. is there an ethically void in the White House?

Federal Payroll Scheduled to Hit 2.15 Million… Largest EVER

Posted by courage On February - 2 - 2010

Does this number surprise anyone?  Bureaucracy breeds top-heavy weasels who will be seen popping in and out of holes throughout the United States.  How do unions fit in this scenario?

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that a majority of American union members now work for the government. The pattern of unions adding members in government while losing members in the private sector accelerated during the recession. The typical union member now works in the Post Office, not on the assembly line.

Representing government employees has changed the union movement’s priorities: Unions now campaign for higher taxes on Americans to fund more government spending. Congress should resist government employee unions’ self-interested calls to raise taxes on workers in the private sector.

Is the sizable increase in federal workers a pay-back to unions who supported Obama?  First the government makes it their duty to assure you use the “correct” light bulbs in your home; next they attempt to mandate the minimum type of health insurance you must purchase, now we have a government which is gorging itself and increasing in size on the taxpayer’s dollar.

The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.

The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.

Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.

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“I’m shocked that the ‘tea party’ hasn’t focused on it yet, and the Obama administration only has a thin sliver of time to deal more directly with it, I believe,” said Paul C. Light, who studies the federal bureaucracy as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor at New York University. “When you talk about big government, you’re talking about a big employer.”

The new figures are contained in the budget that Mr. Obama sent Monday to Congress.

Mr. Obama says the civilian work force will drop by 80,000 next year, mostly because of a reduction in U.S. census workers added in 2010 but then dropped in 2011 after the national population count is finished. That still leaves 1.35 million civilian federal employees on the payroll in 2011.

From 1981 through 2008, the civilian work force remained at about 1.1 million to 1.2 million, with a low of 1.07 million in 1986 and a high of more than 1.2 million in 1993 and in 2008. In 2009, the number jumped to 1.28 million.

Since Obama took office in 2009, the federal government added an average of 6,666.666.. employees each month.  Eerie?  You bet.  And how does this fit in with a USA Today article from early December.. you remember, the one that stated:

The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.

Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

The free money wagon in Washington bureaucracy has exploded, while average people struggle to pay bills and find work, federal employees are living high on the hog supplied by your tax dollars.

Obama talks a good game about fiscal responsibility, heck some people probably believe the lies words which easily flow from his mouth when he makes announcements about cutting the deficit, about understanding the concern the American public feels with the run-away money train in Washington.  Behind the shiny veneer though is a charlatan, a carnival barker, quick to encourage confidence yet void of empathy to the shattered hopes who have placed faith and trust in him.  There is no doubt there is reason behind his madness, there is purpose, for the moment it is hidden behind illusion.  But as with all illusions, as with all scam artists, as with all those who seek to perpetrate deception on the American people.. the illusion will fade, the scam artist will be exposed and the American people will rise up and declare: This is the country of WE-THE-PEOPLE.

Madam Speaker… YOU LIE !

Posted by courage On January - 6 - 2010

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress’ work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations.

C-SPAN wrote a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday asking that TV cameras be allowed to film negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform legislation.

But Pelosi said Congress has already been transparent throughout the process.

“There has never been a more open process for any legislation,” Pelosi said at a press conference. (emphasis mine)

How can she even begin to say this with a straight face?  What can only be described as backroom deals which resulted in bribes for key Senatorial votes, that is “transparency?”  Congress believes the American people fools and unable to see through the blatant corruption that now overflows, like a backed up sewer from Washington.

Pelosi also hinted that holding informal negotiations–likely without TV cameras–might be the most practical way to push the legislation through.

“We will do what is necessary to pass the bill,” Pelosi said.

I’m sure you will, including.. additional bribes, threats and guarantees to particular caucus groups which cater to special interests.  Can we say… Immigration reform, instead of actually enforcing the current laws.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), assistant to the Speaker, said the healthcare bill had been “subjected to unprecedented level of public scrutiny.”(emphasis mine)

And what have the American people been consistently saying the summer?  They don’t want Congress or the administration cramming this insane bill through Congress.  Most recent Rasmussen poll shows, 42% of registered voters are in favor of reform, while 52% oppose.  I would suggest that the public scrutiny is only the accumulated efforts of patriots, who spent countless hours pouring over the legislation and digging through the 2,000 plus page documents;   something that many elected officials did not even bothered to do, before voting in favor of the bill in the House.  Case in point, my own slime ball non-representative Visclosky, whose own office told me you had to be “special,” to read the legislation.

“We don’t even know if there’s going to be a conference committee,” he said, alluding to the likelihood that Democrats will reconcile the two bills behind closed doors.
Pressed on whether C-SPAN cameras would be allowed in negotiations, Van Hollen hedged.

How many time did Obama state that the hearings on health care would be transparent?  He suggested repeatedly all the negotiations would be  carried on CSpan, now we are subject to corruption and special interests groups having a seat at the table , while the voice of the American people is ignored.

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Mr. President and Congress… it is you who are without shame!  The American people see this and 2010 will be the start of the cleaning process to remove the dirt, the shameless and the corruption from Congress.

You Lie

king+obamaIn the United States of America we have something called a government, we have a Constitution, we have a voting public, we have precedent, we have something called “responsibility” and we have elections. The Democrats seem to have forgotten all of this, or maybe they just refuse to recognize it, they have declared themselves KING.  The audacity is breathtaking, as they seek to takeover 1/6th of the United States economy.  The arrogance unbounded, as they ignore the American people. The corruption, culminated through bribery of elected  officials is obscene.

Democratic leaders are looking to forgo a formal, public conference to merge the House and Senate’s health care overhaul bills, giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House free rein to hammer out the final measure behind closed doors and thwart Republican efforts to stymie it.

The maneuver gives Democratic leaders the ability to quickly work through hundreds of differences between the 2,000-page bills and to keep control over the deals they will need to make on politically touchy topics such as abortion, taxes and Medicare cuts.

“A true conference could take longer than it seems leaders in the Senate want to spend on this,” said a Senate Democratic aide.

Democratic aides say the final decision hasn’t been made, but the party’s congressional leaders will talk with the president this week. Democrats are pursuing a final vote in both chambers on the president’s top agenda item in time for his first State of the Union address later this month.

Of course, lets hand the President another grand photo-op at a historic juncture in this countries history.  Historic only in regards to the unconstitutionality of this legislation.  No where in history has the federal government mandated individuals to purchase from a private company any item, nor is there precedence to impose financial penalty for failing to enter in to a private contract with a public company.  We have a government drunk on its imagined power, willfully neglecting their oath of office to defend the Constitution.  This is tyranny.

Cornhusker Kickback Senator Nelson: “Call Off the Dogs”

Posted by courage On January - 3 - 2010

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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill, and urged him to forgo any legal action, POLITICO has learned.

According to a copy of a memo sent by McMaster’s chief of staff to other GOP state attorneys general detailing the call, Nelson asked McMaster to “call off the dogs,” a reference to recent threats by the state AGs to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Medicaid provision in the bill that benefits Nebraska at the expense of other states.  (emphasis mine)

Isn’t it interesting that questioning the Constitutionality of the health care legislation is considered at threat?  Considering that Congress is required to take an oath to uphold the Constitution, why would the Senator feel concerned enough to contact the Attorney General of South Carolina?  Of course we know what led up this…

Under the terms of a deal Nelson cut with Senate leaders to secure his crucial vote for the health care package, Nebraska would be exempted from having to pay for the coverage of its new Medicaid enrollees—leaving the federal government to pick up the tab. The deal is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over the next 10 years.

It should be noted that the exemption carries no expiration date, meaning that the other 49 states will be picking up the tab forever on all new Medicaid enrollees in Nebraska.  Cornhusker Nelson may have thought this a grand display of his political backroom talents but almost immediately after the Senate vote, Nelson was was shown losing by 31% against any challenger.  Seems that even Nebraskans who would benefit for this slick maneuver were not pleased with this overt misuse of  power.

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