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Dear Readers, I have backed off on my postings because I have been so busy getting into my new home. Unpacking boxes is actually more work than packing them! and I am not really up to the job but just keep slowly plunging ahead. Plan to have my home in some kind of liveable order this time next year. So am surely watching the news and keeping up my reading but not posting as much. This particular piece I thought you as computer nuts like me would be of interest to you. It’s getting really really bad people and and we are in a deep depression because of this Obamanation policies. The only reason there are no bread lines like in the 1930′s is because we now have Social Security, unemployment Comp up to 99 weeks, food stamps and all kinds of social programs. the fact that the money to pay for these things is being borrowed from China and India seems to be of no real concern to anyone. In fact the mobs lining up for food stamps in Philadelphia the other night don’t know this fact and surely don’t care. They will be the mobs that cause the riots that Yuri Bezmenov ( Yuri Bezmenov, Former KGB agent on bringing Communism to America ) talks about in his outline of how America will be defeated. Obamanation is taking over and contr4olling us now people.BB
Grassfire Nation Update
Dear Concerned Patriot,
Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
took what is being called “the final step” towards implementing
their illegal Net Neutrality regulations.
You may recall, that back on December 21, the FCC bypassed
government regulations and seized control of the Internet –
delivering what many believe is a knockout blow to one of
the last, great free-market frontiers our nation and the
world has ever seen.
According to the organization Less Government, regardless
of a multiple lawsuits, a move by the House of Representatives
and a D.C. Circuit Court unanimously ruling that the FCC
had no authority to take control, the fed is still
arrogantly pushing forward toward full implementation of
their Net Neutrality regulations on November 20!
The FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations would be job-killers –
likely stifling the $30 billion annually that investors
pour into Internet development and advancement and hundreds
of thousands of jobs.
And that’s not the worst of it… As we warned several months
ago, these regulations will lead to the FCC’s control Web
Should we expect anything less?
Considering government growth and control is surging while
private sector job opportunities continue shrinking! Now
Americans are in danger of losing their free speech rights
through this latest FCC Net Neutrality power-grab!
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a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution that would
effectively kill the illegal, job-killing Net Neutrality
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Again, after signing, please alert your friends and family members.
Since this has not been publicized by the liberal media, many
Internet users are likely unaware of the huge threat looming
overhead. You can help change that by sending this message
to them and encouraging them to take action with you by
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Internet,” click here:
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Dear Readers I am bringing you this newsletter as written. I hope you all understand that an Internet Kill Switch held by our government would kill the People’s communication system. There would be no Tea Party Movement without the Internet! Doesn’t it seem especially provident that at this time when the greatest threat to America has been placed directly in the White House We the People just happen to have the only weapon that can defeat this evil? The Internet is the People’s Voice—–alive and FREE! Keep it that way! BB
Internet Kill Switch Coming Soon!
Obama To Take Control Of The Internet This Week?
ALERT: Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead Obama is pushing revamped Internet Kill Switch bill to silence anyone and everyone who opposes his regime! Obama says he needs to take away our Internet freedoms to protect us from terrorism. Stealing our online freedom does not protect us from terrorism; it’s the perfect excuse for Obama to control the web.
Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (D-ME) reintroduced an extensive cyber-security legislation that would give Obama unprecedented power over the World Wide Web. Interestingly enough, in the latest version, the Senator’s got rid of the Internet Kill Switch provision. In reality, they just gave the power to shut down the Internet to Homeland Security! Don’t let the new version of this bill fool you. If this bill passes, Obama will still have total control over your Internet!
Internet Kill Switch To Destroy Conservative Voice?
Gaddafi killed the Internet in Libya. The Chinese government has limited their Internet access to prevent anti-government protestors. And Egypt issued a complete Internet blackout. Why are the Liberals fighting tooth and nail to shove this freedom crushing bill through Congress? Because they want to GAG the mouths of every American who speaks out against them!
Protests in our own country are spreading like grass fire. Pro-union nuts are swarming capitals across the U.S. commanding bankrupt states give into their outrageous demands. Tea Partiers are showing up at the rallies and fighting back against the union thugs. I can just imagine Obama losing sleep because people who care about the future of our country are speaking out. Patriotic Americans are saying “Enough is enough” – LOUD AND CLEAR.
There’s no better way to control the people than to kill their access to news and information. And there’s no better way to shut down the fiscally conservative, pro-freedom movement than to destroy what created it – the Internet. Believe me; I’m sure Obama wasn’t pleased when the Tea Party began rolling out their demonstrations across the country. You can bet he wants to prevent an embarrassment like that from happening again. That’s why he wants the power to shut down the Internet.
Big government wants to control the websites you visit, your access to real information (not propaganda,) and your right to log onto the Internet as you please. If we let the government get their hands on our access to the World Wide Web, there will be no end to their freedom-grabbing pillage.
Liberals Want To Block Your Access To Certain Websites
The revised version of the proposed bill (called the Lieberman-Collins bill) would establish a White House Office of Cyberspace Policy. The job of this new bureaucracy would be to implement: “Instruments of national power relating to ensuring the security and resiliency of cyberspace” and with the enforcement of security standards to be developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) across public- and private-sector critical infrastructure systems.”
In other words, Obama will be able to use a “security breach” as an excuse to pull the plug on Internet access for over 20 million Americans. ‘
But Obama won’t be able to directly shut down the Internet. If he declares a “cyber emergency,” the Department of Homeland Security will issue an order to shut down the Internet for him! After all, Homeland Security works for Obama! Do you really want Napolitiano in charge of your Internet access? The Liberals are using some pretty crafty language.
“Big Brother Is Watching You” – George Orwell, author of the book 1985.
Liberals Want U.S. To Adopt Communist China Internet Policy
This proposal not only gives Obama complete control over the Internet, but it gives him the authority to reign over the telecommunications networks. Sen. Lieberman remarked, “The President will never take over –the government should never take over the Internet.” Yet, he said some drastic measures must be taken to avoid a potential mass scale cyber-attack. He continued, “Right now, China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in case of war. We need to have that here too.”
We do not need a Communist-style Internet take over. I don’t know if Sen. Lieberman is aware, but China doesn’t only exercise Internet restrictions during a time of war. They prevent access to certain sites and information EVERY DAY! China enforces strict Internet censorship through 60 laws and countless draconian administrative regulations. These laws gag critical opinions, corruption exposes and speech that protest their government. The communist country employs 50,000 people who act as Internet police, scouring the web for offenders to punish.
Obama and his Liberal buddies have already nationalized two Chrysler and GM and pretty much usurped the entire banking industry. Now, they want to get their hands on the last bastion of freedom – the Internet. Enough is enough! We must stop Obama’s Internet grab before it’s too late!
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Rules and Regulation Insanity is a disease that is at epidemic proportions in Washington. Our huge unelected and largely under-”regulated” federal workforce has nothing to do but push pencils around on paper and then they make what they write on this paper a law (regulations) which We the People have to live by. The regulations are so all invasive I have no doubt at all that I break several laws a day just sitting in my own home. And, these regulation reproduce themselves like rabbits because every regulation needs more regulations to regulate the regulation!
Obamacare is the granddaddy of regulations. The bill itself has thousands of regulations written in it and that is even before the bureaucrats get their hands on it to regulate how the regulations will be regulated. Progressives want this type of all invasive government because they believe the mass must be controlled. Of course the regulations do not apply to the elite. A fine example is Michelle Obama’s regulating what we Americans east. she already has the schools under her guidelines and now she is going after the restaurants and even our homes by taxing what we purchase for our own home consumption. But have you gotten a gander at what was served at the Obama Super-Bowl Party? There was enough fat served at that gathering to to bring Jack Lalanne back to life screaming.
This is also a reason Obama and the Progressive need to keep Obamcare on the books long enough for the regulations to get into laws and well embedded in the system to be called on when needed at some future date. The Republicans do however have a plan to deregulate as much as possible in the next two years. It isn’t likely that the House will pass many bills that make it thru the Senate or the White House but they can perhaps whittle away of the guts of laws by whittling away at the regulations. BB
A few weeks ago, President Obama purported to promise an overhaul of the Federal regulatory regime, pledging to look at bloated and outdated piles of red tape in order to make the tough cuts necessary, in his mind, to stimulate economic growth.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Obama stated, ““Regulations do have costs; often, as a country, we have to make tough decisions about whether those costs are necessary…But what is clear is that we can strike the right balance. We can make our economy stronger and more competitive, while meeting our fundamental responsibilities to one another.”
But as Big Government demonstrated just a few short weeks ago, the progressive left did not respond favorably to the President’s call for balance between public welfare and private-sector growth. Progressive special interest groups have outlined, instead, a plan of attack on Obama’s regulatory agencies, demanding an iron-fisted regulatory regime designed to punish some of the nations most prolific industries. A few short examples:
- Just days before Christmas, the FCC voted in “Net Neutrality,” an unprecedented power grab on par or greater than Obamacare. Under this scheme, the FCC essentially gave itself regulatory power over telecommunications companies, a job it was never intended to do.
- Speaking of Obamacare, contained within it’s own regulatory scheme is a terrifying Medicare reform project called IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. IPAB consists of 15 unelected officials charged with making drastic cuts to Medicare benefits – cuts that don’t require Congressional approval and can only be reversed by a Congressional supermajority. (These are the so-called Death Squads. BB)
- On the education front, it seems that the Department of Education has been relying on the advice of noted short-sellers as it and Congress formulates policy on for-profit colleges. New rules like the “gainful employment” rule threaten to punish students for choosing not to attend favored non-profit schools and universities in favor of career-oriented schools. (The career oriented schools are the only ones turning out students who are ready to go to work. They are the community colleges and technical schools that have professionals teaching the classes and no one doing “research” for government grants. Also at these favored un9iversities and colleges the classes are taught by student assistants while the professors are doing the “research” and campaigning for research grant dollars. These favored Universities and colleges are also populated by the “elites”. BB)
- Across the country, the National Labor Relations Board has been threatening legal action against state legislation designed to protect workers from “Card Check” legislation at the behest of the Obama Administration.
- Although the Clean Air Act was never intended to regulate carbon emissions, the EPA is threatening to use it to punish energy-producing industries that it doesn’t like, like biomass, a plan that could cost Americans nearly a million jobs. At the same time, the EPA is revoking permits for clean coal operations, and despite promising to restore oil and gas production in the Gulf, the Obama Administration has failed to issue new drilling permits, resulting in a de-facto moratorium on domestic oil production.
The Republicans have just introduced draft legislation that could force the Obama Administration to live up to it’s promises to investigate regulatory overreach and institute real, job-saving reforms.
Just last week, House Republicans released a three page draft bill calling on “certain standing committees to inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders from agencies of the Federal Government, particularly with respect to their effect on jobs and economic growth.” You can download a copy of the draft legislation here, from Politico, which also notes in it’s Playbook:
[N]ext week, the House majority will instruct 10 committee chairs to begin an oversight process on federal regulations that could impede job growth: 1099, EPA, tax policy, etc. Each chair will go to the floor and outline oversight plans. “They will have a series of hearings, they will conduct oversight,” the aide said. “This is an effort that we expect to go for the next several months. It will result in a report coming from each committee chairman, saying, ‘Here’s our findings. Here’s jobs, jobs, jobs recommendations.’
The bill specifically targets for investigation regulations, executive and agency orders that impede job creation, discourage innovation, hurt economic growth, harm investment, limit access to capital or cut into the US’s international competitiveness.
The bill also seems to call into question a number of the regulations listed above, as it targets actions and orders that create economic uncertainty and impede economic progress like those being issued daily from the EPA, bills and agency actions like IPAB that fail to meet standards of transparency and oversight, actions like Card Check that impede labor-management relations and actions, like Net Neutrality, that lack specific authorization for execution.
This legislation, if passed, will be key in forcing the Obama Administration’s hand, and it will show American voters just how dedicated the Obama Administration is to real reform, and real job growth and creation. (If this bill is held up in the Senate or vetod by Obama the American people should finally see Obama’s game plan clearly! BB)
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Obama and his Socialist cohorts are coming quickly for the People’s Grapevine! If not for the Internet there would not have been a Tea Party Movement, nor would We the People know what the Obama Administration was doing to destroy America. The Internet makes it possible for common people to communicate with each other and to research for information. The lame duck congress is trying to push this law thru before the Republicans take over the House in January. This is unlawful censorship! BB
See the entire article from the Cato Institute below:
Posted by Timothy B. Lee
On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act . Its backers, including Hollywood and the recording industry, are hoping to rush the legislation through Congress during the current “lame duck” session. The legislation empowers the attorney general to draw up a list of Internet domain names he considers to be “dedicated to infringing activities,” and to obtain a variety of court orders designed to block access to these sites for American Internet users.
To understand the proposal, it helps to know a bit about the Domain Name System, or DNS, that is the focus of the bill. The DNS is the Internet’s directory service. Computers on the Internet are assigned (mostly) unique numbers like “220.127.116.11,” but these numbers are not convenient for human users to remember. So instead websites use domain names like “cato.org,” and our computers use the DNS system to automatically translates these names into their corresponding IP addresses. DNS is a distributed system; thousands of Internet Service Providers operate DNS servers for the use of their own customers.
Under COICA (Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act), when the attorney general accused a domain name of being “dedicated” to copyright infringement, the courts would issue orders not against the owners of the domain name (who may be overseas) but against domain-name registrars and the operators of DNS (Domain Name System) servers here in the United States. This means that thousands of systems administrators would be required to maintain a large and constantly-changing list of blacklisted domains. This is a significant and unfair administrative burden on private parties who have absolutely no connection to infringing activities.
The legislation falls far short of constitutional due process requirements. Legal injunctions would be issued upon the attorney general’s mere accusation of “infringing activities.” Not only would the owner of the domain name not have an opportunity to contest the allegations, he would not even have to be notified. And the parties who would receive notice under the legislation—DNS registrars and server administrators—will typically have no knowledge of or connection to the accused domain, which means they would have neither the knowledge or the motivation to dispute unreasonable orders.
This is especially problematic because we are talking about constitutionally-protected speech here. The Supreme Court has long held that prior restraints of speech are unconstitutional. The websites on the government’s blacklist may have a large amount of constitutionally-protected speech on them, in addition to allegedly-infringing material. Not only does COICA(Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act) not require the government to prove its allegations before a domain name is blocked, it doesn’t require the government to ever prove them.
Earlier this year, my colleague Jim Harper praised Secretary Clinton’s speech making Internet freedom a centerpiece of the Obama administration’s diplomatic agenda. Secretary Clinton was right to lecture foreign governments about the evils of Internet censorship; her former colleagues in the US Senate should listen to her.
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Obamanation is out to take all of our liberties from us and they have made tremendous gains in their war on human freedom and dignity. With Obamacare they took over 16% of our economy and with the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill just passed and signed by President Obama they took over control of the rest. He who controls the money controls the nation! I truly believe it is too late for the ballot box in November because by then they will have consolidated their gains by taking over the only weapon we have left: freedom of the press or free communications.
With a Presidential Decree Obama already has the power to take over and/or shut down the Internet. In fact I have read several accounts where he has already shut down over 100 sites but I can not verify this with any sources that I have full confidence in. I do know the Obama Administration is out to get FOXNEWS, the ONLY TV news outlet that is reporting the news.
Glenn Beck feels this SNAFUS over Sherrod is a prelude to shutting down the media. I personally smell bad cess with this whole story. The Obama Administration and the NAACP are both claiming that FOX NEWS caused the whole mess and firing of Sherrod by reporting her racist sounding video clip. Not true. Obama demanded her firing according to her own words BEFORE anything about the story was broadcast on FOXNEWS so how could they be to blame? Another history rewrite to fit their needs perhaps. I would like to know what Beck knows for him to say this.
Of one thing we can be sure of however and that is right before evil overtakes a country and the country’s government the last thing they do is take over all forms of public communication. This is when you will know it has finally come. I hope patriots are ready to act at this point. BB
by Adam Thierer
There are many battle fronts in the war for human freedom, but perhaps the least-appreciated of these is the battle over America’s communications and media marketplace and whether free markets or government mandates will ultimately rule them. This battle takes on added importance since all other public policy debates depend upon an unfettered press and robust, independent channels of communication.
What many on the far Left have long understood, and many defenders of freedom have failed to appreciate, is that the battle for control of media and communications policy is fundamentally tied up with the broader war for control of our economy and society. “Instead of waiting for the revolution to happen, we learned that unless you make significant changes in the media, it will be vastly more difficult to have a revolution,” argues the prolific Marxist media theorist Robert W. McChesney. “While the media is not the single most important issue in the world, it is one of the core issues that any successful Left project needs to integrate into its strategic program.”
Normally we wouldn’t need to pay attention to what unrepentant ‘60’s radicals or neo-Marxist university professors think about media and communications policy. In this case, however, it is essential we pay attention. First, McChesney is right in one sense: history reveals that almost every successful effort to impose sweeping controls over an economy / society was accompanied by government efforts to control press and communication systems. If the State is going to have any luck gaining widespread and far-reaching control of an economy, gaining more control over “the Press” — which means all of us these days — becomes an essential part of the “strategic program” for control. Second, we need to pay attention to these radicals because McChesney and the group that he and John Nichols of The Nation co-founded — the insultingly misnamed Free Press — have given this fight new immediacy with their relentless agitation for media and communications policy “reform.” And they are not the only ones.
Worse yet, as I pointed out in my previous essay here, these reformistas now have an audience with the Obama Administration. They are regularly invited to testify before the FCC, FTC, and in Congress or have a private audience with policymakers and regulators, and some of the central figures from this movement (and Free Press in particular) now hold key positions within the government and have the ear of key tech policymakers at the highest levels of power.
It is time, therefore, for us to better identify and understand the growing “cyber-collectivist” threat to our liberties, for this threat is real and imminent. We see this threat manifest itself in policy battles over “Net neutrality” regulation of communications networks; efforts to “save journalism” through a massive infusion of State subsidies; proposals to impose a variety of “localism” or “diversity” requirements on local media outlets; efforts to abolish virtually any sort of copyright / IP protection; and in a renewed war on commercial advertising and marketing, which have traditionally sustained a free, independent press in America. These are just a few of the fault lines in a battle that puts our core First Amendment values and capitalistic freedoms at stake. We have to understand the enemy before we can repeal its advances and make the case for real media freedom.
What is real media freedom? If we were to believe radicals like Free Press, McChesney, and Nichols, “media freedom” means a media and communications world wrapped in regulatory red tape and shackled at every juncture with meddlesome mandates handed down from Beltway bureaucrats. Of course, such a contorted view of “media freedom” shouldn’t be shocking coming as it does from an organization founded by an avowed Marxist like McChesney, who has said that “the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control” and that “What we want to have in the U.S. and in every society is an Internet that is not private property, but a public utility.” Sure, because public utilities have been soooo efficient and innovative in other contexts!
There is another — and much more accurate — view of what “media freedom” is really all about. In our 2008 book, A Manifesto for Media Freedom, Brian C. Anderson of the Manhattan Institute and I defined “media freedom” as follows:
For media consumers, it’s the freedom to consume whatever information or entertainment we want from whatever sources we choose, without government restricting our choices. For media creators and distributors, it’s the freedom to structure their business affairs as they wish in seeking to offer the public an expanding array of media options, for both news and entertainment. And for both consumers and creators, media freedom is being able to speak one’s mind without restraint, and without the threat of FCC or FEC bureaucrats telling us what is “fair.”
What would an agenda for real media freedom or media policy reform look like? Again, Brian Anderson and I mapped one out in our Manifesto for Media Freedom:
- Embrace the dazzling variety of modern media—a media cornucopia that gives people the freedom to choose among a rich and growing array of information and entertainment options. Never has it been easier to become an informed democratic citizen.
- Reject any effort to re-impose the Fairness Doctrine, either within Congress or at the FCC—it is anti-free speech, subject to political abuse, and would substantially reduce the variety of voices (especially on the right) contesting in the modern agora.
- Liberate media operators from archaic restrictions and mandates that limit their flexibility to respond to the radical changes taking place in the media marketplace.
- Say no to new “localism” or “public interest” mandates that would impose yet greater regulatory burdens on broadcast television and radio operators already struggling to remain competitive in the new media universe. These mandates should also be dismissed as sly attempts to re-impose Fairness Doctrine-esque content controls on the market.
- Allow Broadband Internet providers to manage more actively the data pulsing through their cables, fiber optics, phone lines, and wireless connections and so create a twenty-first century telecommunications infrastructure. Net Neutrality is a bad idea — a form of infrastructure socialism that will stifle innovation and threaten a big Web slowdown.
- Don’t fear new media!
- Reject “a la carte” mandates on cable and satellite providers that would decimate the vibrant diversity of programming on pay TV today, and hit family-friendly and religious broadcasters particularly hard.
- Reject federal, state or local efforts to regulate video game content, or get rid of the industry’s excellent voluntary rating system and impose a government ratings system in its place. Parents have all the tools they need to monitor their children’s video-game consumption without expanding the Nanny State.
- Encourage parental empowerment and education-based strategies to address concerns about online child safety instead of banning social networking websites or other online content.
- Take steps to roll back the most onerous elements of modern campaign finance law and, at a minimum, protect new media outlets and forms of political expression from speech-stifling restrictions.
And there are many other priorities, but these are the big fights for now. We must remain vigilant in our fight to protect our First Amendment freedoms and capitalistic rights from radical cyber-collectivists like Robert McChesney, Free Press, and their allies within the Obama Administration.
I have warned before that these people are attacking America on several fronts at the same time. They tend to get the people focused and bogged down on one issue and go full speed ahead on another. They also prefer to “slip” entire take overs or pieces of the “puzzles” as I have referred to them into bills that are totally unrelated to the original bill (education take over in the Health Care Bill). This is in the works behind the scenes:
The FTC on Steroids: Will the ‘National Nanny’ Take Over the Internet and the New Information Economy?
Posted by Jim Harper
Writing on the TechLiberationFront blog, Berin Szoka warns of the extensive Internet regulation that could come with huge grants of authority to the Federal Trade Commission in H.R. 4173, the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.”
Congress is about to reinvent the FTC as the “National Nanny” it was well on its way to becoming back in the 1970s. Today, the FTC is not merely the general overseer of our economy, but the key regulator of the Internet. If the Senate passes Rep. Frank’s bill with its so-called “improvements” to the FTC Act, future generations will look back and wonder why, without even taking the time to consider what it was doing, Congress radically transformed Internet governance as an afterthought to financial regulatory overhaul.
Posted February 24, 2010on:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A modest job-creation bill advanced in the Senate on Monday as the chamber’s newest Republican bucked his party and sided with Democrats on a $15 billion package of tax cuts and highway spending.
Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.
When I saw this story yesterday all I could think was “You damned opportunistic bastard!” I knew Scott Brown would do this the first chance he got. He is not a Republican, not even a moderate Republican, and his vote for the Massachusetts fiasco of a health care program is proof of that. He is merely an opportunist who is bright enough to see the way the wind was blowing and so he sang the Conservative against the Obamacare tune to get elected. Of course he was head and shoulders better than his opponent and considering what the country has always gotten out of Massachusetts by way of politicians I guess this is the best we can expect.
Brown joined the Maine sisterhood of turncoats and two others who know they don’t stand a chance of being reelected this year so why not stick it to the American public one more time.
Ben Nelson (Dem. Nebraska) also voted No. I guess the butt kicking his home state gave him over that “buy my vote” for the Senate Health Care plan finally got the message thru to him. The message is: “NO MORE SPENDING! STUPID!”
I was so mad that continuing to blog was not the thing to do so I read and did my spring door wreath and cussed some more.
Today I found out that Scott Brown is a turncoat to others too.
The four other GOP senators who broke ranks—Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, George Voinovich of Ohio and Christopher “Kit” Bond of Missouri—also were criticized on Tuesday. But Brown was the big target on conservative Web sites, talk shows and even the Facebook page his campaign has promoted as an example of his new-media savvy.
“We campaigned for you. We donated to your campaign. And you turned on us like every other RINO,” said one writer, using the initials for “Republican-In-Name-Only.”
The conservative-tilting Drudge Report colored a photo of Brown on its home page in scarlet.
The new senator responded by calling into a Boston radio station.
“I’ve taken three votes,” Brown said with exasperation. “And to say I’ve sold out any particular party or interest group, I think, is certainly unfair.”
So we find out he is a Democrat in temperament too: Hi is a whimpy whining, two-faced Jackass!
The senator said that by the time he seeks re-election in two years, he will have taken thousands of votes.
But when he faces re-election in two years he will find himself out on his ear because by that time even the voters in Massachusetts will have had enough of people who think they know whats better for the public than the public understands.
“So, I think it’s a little premature to say that,” he said.
The measure featured four provisions that enjoyed sweeping bipartisan support, including a measure exempting businesses hiring the unemployed from Social Security payroll taxes through December, and giving them a $1,000 credit if new workers stay on the job a full year.
The $5000 credit for each new employee that was in the original $85 billion bill was of absolutely no help to small businesses. They need cash up front to be assured they can meet their payrolls before they can take on any more orders and therefore hire any more workers. To get this cash up front they need the banks to give them credit. the banks are hoarding money because Congress keeps spending. If Congress would just stop spending the banks would perhaps feel more confident and start lending.
However the exemption from the Social Security payroll tax which is 7 1/2% of the employees income does give some upfront relief.
It would also renew highway programs through December and deposit $20 billion in the highway trust fund.
This is of absolutely no benefit to job creation at all because any federal money used for any state or local projects must adhere to the Davis-Bacon Act which requires that union workers be used for the project or that union scale wages and benefits be paid. This so greatly increases the costs of the project that states and localities don’t have the matching funds available to apply for federal funds. And of course since our President and our Congress are so well paid by the Big Labor Unions they are not about to exempt these funds from the Davis-Bacon Act.
It faces a final Senate vote Wednesday.
It passed today in the Senate by a 70 to 28 vote. Now it will have to be reconciled with the House version which is $158 Billion
Snowe and Collins hail from economically ailing Maine, and they can’t stray too far from the Democrats who populate much of New England. And Voinovich and Bond also are from states hard hit by the recession.
What they don’t understand is that the American public are not as uninformed as they used to be. The Internet has provided the average person the means to with a few clicks do a whole lot of research and learn about the bills themselves rather than relying on what their Congressmen tell them and the propaganda of the Main Stream Media. The Tea Party Patriots movement has even moved into New England and Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. All of these turn coats facing re-election will pay and the two not facing re-election have always been turn coats so nothing is new. they will be replaced in 2010 with real Conservatives.