It’s not the debt ceiling, that’s only the symptom of the problem- spending.
From CNET News:
Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.
By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults “arrested for” certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.
“We should allow law enforcement to use all the technology available to them…to reduce expensive and unjust false convictions, bring closure to victims by solving cold cases, better identify criminals, and keep those who commit violent crime from walking the streets,” said Rep. Harry Teague, the New Mexico Democrat who sponsored the bill.
But civil libertarians say DNA samples should be required only from people who have been convicted of crimes, and argue that if there is probable cause to believe that someone is involved in a crime, a judge can sign a warrant allowing a blood sample or cheek swab to be forcibly extracted.
“It’s wrong to treat someone as guilty before they’re convicted,” says Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute. “It inverts the concept of innocent until proven guilty.”
“Suspension of the rules is supposed to be for praising the winner of the NCAA championship or renaming Post Offices,” Harper says. “Things like collecting Americans’ DNA are supposed to be fully debated in Congress.”
In a surprise move, as the U.S. Congress was expanding the FBI’s DNA database, the U.K.’s new coalition government was pledging sharp curbs on its own databases.
Read the rest of the article here.
Why has this not been reported in the news media? Currently, the feds can violate your rights under the 4th and 5th amendment with DNA collection through the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 signed by President Bush. This new legislation creates an incentive for state and local governments to follow suit, cash bribes in the way of grant program money will be available for the agencies that sign up for the collection. If your local or state government chooses not to be party to this legalization, the feds will taking names. For the moment there seems to be no penalty, but the future is always unclear with this administration. This legislation morphs “innocent till proven guilty” to “guilty till proven innocent and we now have your DNA.”
Where did your Congress critter stand on the issue, check here. For those in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District, no fear our fascist non-representative Pete (I haven’t seen a pay-for-pay deal I didn’t like) Visclosky voted in favor of the legislation; as did all the lockstep Democrats.
If you don’t think this will affect you, think again. As we have seen, the federal government takes small steps toward tyranny, in the name of creating an utopia society; the next step will be collection from those detained for non-serious crimes, then with driver license renewal, all in the name of keeping the nation safe. That is how they operate, we have only a slightly thug government, more accurately described as a nanny state. The ends justify the means and that tenet means trampling on your rights as a citizen is inconsequential as long as they get what they want; because they know whats best for you, your state and our society. Make no mistake this is solely the first baby-step towards a national DNA data base, in the future they will point to cases which will validate this intrusion in to your life.
Why the use of some parliamentary move to swiftly move this to the floor for a vote? Was Congress afraid that IF the people knew about this legislation, a firestorm of letters and calls would ensue?
And a nagging question begs to asked… If the Republicans believe in the Constitution and the principles of freedom it embodies, why were they not screaming and having their voices heard?
This legislation has yet to come before the Senate, hopefully constitutional voices will finally be heard.
Those that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Update: After the Event at End
We are pleased to host a question and answer period for Rob Pastore.
Congressional Candidate Rob Pastore welcomes the opportunity to meet with constituents to discuss your concerns as patriots. Rob is running in the U.S. House of Representatives, District 01, in the May 4th primary on the Republican ballot and then will face Pete Visclosky in the November general elections. The same Pete Visclosky who ignored the voice of his constituents and voted in favor of the House health care bill on Sunday evening.
Leave your index cards at home.
This will be an open forum; allowing the individuals who attend this gathering the opportunity to present their concerns and be part of the discussion. Rob looks forward to this gathering and interaction with constituents on the issues facing the 1st Congressional District and the direction of our country.
Congressional Candidate Rob Pastore website:
Meeting date: Saturday, March 27th, 2010
Time: 1:30pm to +/- 3:00pm
Location: Valparaiso Library
103 Jefferson Street
Parking is available on the street and in gated lots to the West and North of the library building. The library lots are small. Look to park on the street or in a parking lot nearby. Many of the nearby lots have free 2 hour parking.
Be an active participant in our republic and learn about the leaders who will represent you in Washington.
See you there!
From the Wall Street Journal:
When lawmakers travel overseas on official business they are given up to $250 a day in taxpayer funds to cover meals and expenses. Congressional rules say they must return any leftover cash to the government.
They usually don’t.
Why should they, it’s not their money? Just look at some of the entitlement these jokers work from as a frame of reference…
“If that was the policy, you could never get many members traveling,” said Rep. Solomon Ortiz, a Texas Democrat. Mr. Ortiz said he had never returned any money.
Here’s a great idea, maybe these elected officials should just stay home and work their job?
What exactly are the House Democrats thinking passing the Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2010? Oh yes, these nitwits just passed a bill which spends $50 million dollars to purchase a cotton plantation; not just any old cotton plantation but one that the exists in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Fiscal responsibility… sure when donkey’s fly. In case you are wondering where your Representative came down on the bill, check here. For Hoosiers in the 1st Congressional District, yes Pete (I haven’t found a spending bill I won’t vote for) Visclosky voted for passage of this bill.
I don’t care what the reason, it is appalling that the House thinks nothing of wasting tax dollars. If the Gasperi family wanted to make sure this land was not developed then they could have sold it to private investors with a stipulation that the land was not developed. Ahh, but that makes to much sense, instead they place us (tax payers) on the hook for $50 million plus annual maintenance fees of $1 million.
November can’t come fast enough.
Update at end…
“No tax on the middle class,” was the Obama mantra prior to the election. Did you union, blue collar workers feel all comfy cozy that you would not see more money flushed down the toilet in Washington? Ha.. little did you know.. buddy you aren’t middle class, you’re one of those in the elite snotty upper class that the real middle class thinks deserves to be hit with increased taxes. What you only make around $45,000 or $55,000/ year.. tough, Washington needs help paying for their health care reform ( what Senator can we bribe now) legislation.
WASHINGTON – signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they’ll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end health insurance plans to pay for for millions of .
In a meeting at the White House, Obama expressed his preference for the insurance tax contained in the Senate’s health overhaul bill, but largely opposed by House Democrats and organized labor, Democratic aides said. The aides spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. (emphasis mine)
Something most union workers do not know.. what does the health care plan you have cost the company? Hmmm… puzzled?
Here’s a scenario, approximately 8 years ago my union was told by the company that our health care cost them $1,200 per month/ employee which they used as a bargaining chip to lower pay increases.
The Senate is set to vote on their version of an Ominbus bill today. The House passed their version of the bill on Thursday. The House bill was a …
…1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure would provide $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments, awarding increases averaging almost 10 percent. On top of that comes more than $600 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
The 221-202 vote to approve the House-Senate compromise bill sends it to the Senate, which may pass it this weekend and ship it on to President Barack Obama. Not a single Republican voted for the bill.
The generosity comes on top of an infusion of cash to domestic agencies in February’s economic stimulus bill and a $410 billion measure in March that also bestowed budget increases well above inflation. (emphasis mine)
When is the Congress going to understand that deficit spending will ruin the economy? Back in February Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, said that spending bill…