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This is from Maggie Thornton of Maggie’s Notebook (Maggie Thornton) : Thank you for info Maggie. BB
Notice how a liberal Federal Judge over-rules Congress. BB
Posted: 19 Mar 2010 02:52 PM PDT
Peter Orszag, Obama’s director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ordered resumed funding for ACORN. With recent news that ACORN, a community organizing group that Barack Obama once worked for has gone underground, changed their tainted name…and somehow is back in the saddle with taxpayer monies.
After several ACORN offices across the U.S. were videotaped giving advice on how to avoid paying business taxes and how to hide the fact that the business was prostitution of 13-year-old girls smuggled into the U.S., Congress cut off funding.
ACORN took it to court and won a temporary injunction by Judge Nina Gershon, which has now turned into a permanent injunction.
ACORN has been charged with election fraud in Nevada. Two ACORN workers in Wisconsin are charged with election fraud. Ohio has filed a RICO suit against ACORN. Read here about ACORN’s fraudulent voter registrations. Read Gateway PunditBigGovernment for a link to Orszag’s letter directing the spigot open, and asks why the DOJ cannot achieve a stay in this case until the appeal is concluded. for Obama’s past association with ACORN. Read
Welfare for decades has made marriage obsolete by offering assistance to only poor women and children. If there was a man in the house then no help. So men left. Eventually even tho babies kept being born there were no men in the families and no marriages. The 1996 welfare reform bill addressed this problem by allowing assistance to families. At the same time it got millions off of the welfare roles. There were also programs in states that encouraged marriage because time has taught us of the many problems created in single parent families, especially to the children. States who offered these programs to encourage marriage and discourage single parent families were rewarded with more federal funding. Obama’s budget turns this around entirely. Instead states are rewarded with more funding by having larger case loads! CAN’T YOU SEE THE STATES SENDING SOCIAL WORKERS OUT ONTO THE STREETS TO DRAG IN NEW WELFARE RECIPIENTS TO GET THESE NEW FEDERAL DOLLARS!? BELIEVE! IT WILL HAPPEN!
Now President Obama is proposing $2.5 billion more to extend this supposedly temporary emergency fund. (last year’s stimulus bill that created the $5 billion TANF Emergency Fund. Once again, states are being paid to increase their caseload (80 cents on the dollar for every new case they receive beyond their numbers for 2007 or 2008). Although the President links the need for this emergency money to the current recession, the truth is that the 1996 welfare reform includes a $2 billion nest egg for tough economic times such as this. (And lest it be forgotten, the government already increased welfare spending for FY 2010 by $174.6 billion.) Moreover, the new funding would not even be dispensed to states based on their unemployment rates but merely doled out based on the size of their caseload.
Unfortunately, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has jumped on the bandwagon, proposing an even greater expansion to the welfare system. His legislation would allow states to collect as much federal money as needed to support their growing caseload (provided that the state does not receive more than 50 percent of its annual TANF dollars). The cost of this would dwarf the President’s $2.5 billion request. Both Obama and McDermott are sending a clear message to states: increase your welfare rolls and you will be rewarded handsomely by the federal taxpayer.
Not only does the President plan to expand welfare, but he has also eliminated a program that aims to reduce the prevalence of single motherhood, one of the greatest contributors to poverty in the United States. The Healthy Marriage grant program provides help to those from low-income communities to learn skills for building strong marriages. To replace this program, President Obama has introduced his “Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund.” While this sounds similar in name, it is in fact just another jobs program, focused very little on fatherhood, marriage, or families.
The 1996 welfare reform encouraged individual liberty, promoting work and freedom from government dependence. Now, the current administration is moving backwards and pulling its most vulnerable citizens with it. True welfare should help everyone: the taxpayer, who is allowed to keep more of his or her paycheck, and the welfare recipient, who is lifted off the dole and up to independence.
The more people who depend on government the more power over the people this government has. Of course this is not a sustainable course so eventually the government will fail, but since this is the aim of the Progressives in order to turn the United States, the last stronghold of freedom and independence, over to the World Government then the Progressives and their current leader Barack Obama are right on course. Hear me: Obama’s budget and all of his provisions in the budget will pass with no debate or concern from either party. BB
The best thing that happened to education during the past 100 years was George Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Program. It wasn’t perfect because no program as broad as this one could be perfect. There were areas that needed work. I’m not sure yet but President Obama just may be on the right track to correcting some of the problems. The fact that the teachers unions are against his plans is a big PLUS as far as I am concerned! The second thing I really approve about it is the provision that teachers be evaluated and not “helped to become proficient” as in the Bush plan, but simply fired as in the Obama plan. It is about time We the People face up to and demand that incompetent people be gotten rid of. Teachers and doctors seem to be untouchables no matter how bad they are at their jobs.
The administration’s proposals would also rework the law’s teacher-quality provisions by requiring states to develop evaluation procedures to distinguish effective instructors, partly based on whether their students are learning. These would replace the law’s current emphasis on certifying that all teachers have valid credentials, which has produced little except red tape, officials said.
Obama also wants to follow individual students progress regardless of the groups progress. This may lead to outstanding students be given the opportunity to enroll in charter schools or better performing schools and not being held back because they are stuck in a certain “group”.
Under the current law, testing focuses on measuring the number of students who are proficient at each grade level. The administration instead wants to measure each student’s academic growth, regardless of the performance level at which they start.
Under the proposals, schools would also be judged on whether they are closing achievement gaps between poor and affluent students. No sanctions exist now for schools that fail in this area. Under the new proposals, states would be required to intervene even in seemingly high-performing schools in affluent districts where test scores and other indicators identify groups of students who are languishing, administration officials said.
Rewarding high performance has caused school districts to look at around at their best performing schools and follow that plan in order to qualify for more federal dollars. Guess what? Charter schools outperform non-charter schools in almost all cases. (charter schools are public schools but they are independent in how they are operated. In other words they operate like private schools without having the school administration and school board to contend with!) This provision of rewarding the best outcomes is causing states to ramp up their charter schools programs. North Carolina only has 100 Charter Schools at present and of course teachers unions and school boards and administrations are against them. The state legislature just may override these protests to get more money and inadvertently do the best thing possible for our children!
The proposals would require states to use annual tests and other indicators to divide the nation’s nearly 100,000 public schools into several groups: some 10,000 to 15,000 high-performing schools that could receive rewards or recognition; some 10,000 failing or struggling schools requiring varying degrees of vigorous state intervention; about 5,000 schools that would be required to narrow unacceptably wide achievement gaps; and perhaps 70,000 or so schools in the middle that would be encouraged to figure out on their own how to improve.
“No Child Left Behind” focus on proficiency in reading and math. Teacher complained they were teaching to the test. My thought was well better teaching to the test than teaching nothing! If a child can read he will be able to do well any subject; if he can’t read you can push all kinds of history books and lectures at him all day and half the night and he still will not understand or know history. The same goes for math. If he can not add, subtract, multiply and divide even keeping a check book will be beyond him. I am not sure Obama’s goal is any better. It will allow teacher to teach as they want but in order to show improvement on the tests they will still have to spend more time and effort on the basics.
President Obama would replace the law’s requirement that every American child reach proficiency in reading and math, which administration officials have called utopian, with a new national target that could prove equally elusive: that all students should graduate from high school prepared for college and a career.
Guess we will have to wait and see what happens here. It seems to me so far that regardless of the administrations touting a total revamping of No Child Left Behind Obama is merely closing some of the loop holes that have needed corrected. And again I say with glee: the teacher’s unions are against it!
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R. Utah) has sponsored a bill in the House to fire any federal employees who are tax cheats. There are 100,000 of these people who together owe us $1 billion. There are 700 in the Capitol and 50 in the White House.
Rep. Chaffetz is one of my congressmen to watch. He ran on a promise to cut spending and he is doing his best to do just that. He has voted against every spending bill and sponsored more bills like the one above to cut spending and balance the budget. He promised he would not be bringing home any “pork” and he has also kept that promise by refusing any ear marks. And, he sleeps on a cot in his office rather than renting a Washington apartment saving money and flying home often to his family and district.
I don’t expect a lot of Chaffetz’s sponsored bills to be passed in our current congress but I do expect him to be in Congress for as long as he wants to be if he continues his conservative back to the Constitution views. BB
In June 2007, Chaffetz announced he would challenge the 3rd District’s six-term incumbent, Chris Cannon, for the Republican nomination. Chaffetz said that Cannon “has failed us for not instituting conservative principles”, specifically mentioning stronger measures to prevent illegal immigration.
In the primary on June 24, 2008, Chaffetz defeated Cannon by a vote of 60% to 40%. Chaffetz’s victory was shocking on several fronts. Cannon was endorsed by George W. Bush, the state’s two U.S. Senators (Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett) and almost all of the state Republican establishment. Cannon outspent Chaffetz by 6 to 1, had a paid staff, as well as the endorsement of all three of the local newspapers. In contrast, Chaffetz won no significant endorsements and refused to buy meals and trinkets for his supporters. He had unpaid staff and a grassroots organization of more than 1,000 volunteers. He received the bulk of his campaign contributions from individual donors, and his campaign was 100% debt-free.
Chaffetz faced Democrat Bennion Spencer in the 2008 general election, along with Jim Noorlander from the Constitution Party. Chaffetz easily won election with 66% of the vote (to 28% and 6% for Spencer and Noorlander, respectively). Chaffetz also received the highest percentage (66%) of any of the three Representatives from Utah, with Rob Bishop (R, 1st District) winning with 65% and Jim Matheson (D, 2nd District) winning with 63% in their districts. However, the 3rd is one of the most—and by some measures, the most—Republican districts in the nation, and it was generally believed Chaffetz had assured himself of a seat in Congress with his primary win.
Chaffetz announced at the start of the Congressional term in 2009 that he would be sleeping on a cot in his office rather than renting a Washington, D.C. apartment. Chaffetz said, “I’m trying to live the example that it doesn’t take big dollars in order to get where we want to go. I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that’s maybe a little bit more comfortable.” His family will continue to live in Alpine. “We are now $10 trillion in debt. $10 trillion. Those are expenses that have to be paid at some point”, he said. If he can tighten his belt in these tough economic times, Chaffetz said, Congress should be able to as well.
Upon hearing that U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009, Chaffetz said he had “lost all respect for the award”, claiming “it used to be one of distinction, but [now] it is hard to give it any credibility”.
In November 2009 Chaffetz co-sponsored a bill in the House with Rep. Jim Matheson to block the importation of foreign nuclear waste into the United States, putting him directly at odds with Rep. Rob Bishop and Utah’s Senators Bennett and Hatch who had historically supported importing foreign nuclear waste into Utah with restrictions. Chaffetz also surprised many in Utah by announcing he opposed the increase in troops in Afghanistan, and believed the best approach would be to bring the troops home from Afghanistan.
In December 2009, Chaffetz championed legislation to limit the use of full-body imaging scanners at airports. Chaffetz’s bill, which passed the House and now waits for Senate approval, would limit the use of full-body imaging scanners unless a metal detector first indicated a need for more screening. The images have come under intense scrutiny from privacy groups for supposedly invading privacy by letting security administrators view images of undressed passengers. Salt Lake City is one of only a handful of airports using the technology. 
Chaffetz favors residential building and energy development over endangered species protection for the greater sage grouse, a bird whose population has shrunk from 16 million 100 years ago to about 200,000 today. According to Chaffetz, “The only good place for a sage grouse to be listed is on the menu of a French bistro.”
In 2007, a court ruled that political tampering by Julie A. MacDonald, then-deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, had “tainted” the bird’s assessment, and a new review was ordered. In March 2010, the U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar assigned the bird “warranted but precluded” status, paving the way for its future protection.
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American tax payers have dished out over $107 Billion in contracts to who are violating our own government’s sanctions against Iran over the last decade. If more proof is needed that our government is corrupted and care nothing for the safety of the American citizens then this is surely it. Of course the President is always blamed because it is on his watch. This attitude is both right and wrong. The President is in charge and must therefore accept and be responsible for what goes on during his term in office. At the same time the entrenched bureaucrats in Washington do what they damned well please as has been seen again and again. The bureaucrats also do as Congressmen getting “campaign contributions” tell them to do in order to keep their jobs or be promoted. So making much noise and hullabaloo Congress passes laws, some time goes by, then the real powers go back to doing business as usual. Corruption in the government is so very wide spread and no one is ever punished when the rules are found to have been broken! Congress needs to be held accountable for much of this because it is Congress that is closer to these matters and are being paid off by these companies to continue to receive these lucrative contracts.
For years, the United States has been pressing other nations to join its efforts to squeeze the Iranian economy, in hopes of reining in Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Now, with the nuclear standoff hardening and Iran rebuffing American diplomatic outreach, the Obama administration is trying to win a tough new round of United Nations sanctions.
But a New York Times analysis of federal records, company reports and other documents shows that both the Obama and Bush administrations have sent mixed messages to the corporate world when it comes to doing business in Iran, rewarding companies whose commercial interests conflict with American security goals.
What upsets me the most is that $15 billion of this has gone to Iran’s oil industry instead of developing our own oil fields. It is the oil that is Iran’s chief, in fact only, revenue. Revenue that is being used to create a nuclear arsenal that all know will certainly threaten world peace. And the other beef I have is that most of the companies are based in foreign countries (multi-national companies) instead of companies based in the United States. Taxes and jobs therefore are being paid for with our dollars and going to foreign countries! And yet our government is spending the nation into unsustainable debt with Stimulus and Jobs Bills when all that would have to be done is to give these lucrative contracts only to companies that have remained in the United States. One little change in our laws and then a stiff penalty like firing any bureaucrat that gives a contract to any but an American company (strict enforcement of the law) would go a long way, perhaps all the way, to giving employment to the 4 million currently unemployed. It would also end our dependence on foreign oil. Go to :The records show for a list of these companies and the contracts they have currently.
Besides the $102 Billion in contracts these companies have been given almost $5 billion in grants and other bennies.
Beyond $102 billion in United States government contract payments since 2000 — to do everything from building military housing to providing platinum to the United States Mint — the companies and their subsidiaries have reaped a variety of benefits. They include nearly $4.5 billion in loans and loan guarantees from the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency that underwrites the export of American goods and services, and more than $500 million in grants for work that includes cancer research and the turning of agricultural byproducts into fuel.
In addition, oil and gas companies that have done business in Iran have over the years won lucrative drilling leases for close to 14 million acres of offshore and onshore federal land. (I wonder how many of these companies are exclusively American companies? We Americans need to put a stop to padding the profits of multi-nationals. BB)
This is a long article but well worth reading to give you an idea of just how duplicitous our government has been and is continuing to be. BB
>>Politicians of both parties need to go. They have all gotten lazy, arrogant and feel entitled to the high life at our expense.
Posted February 26, 2010on:
We the People have our jobs cut out for us starting right now and preparing for a take over of both parties in the November elections. No matter if you are a Republican or Democrat your elected officials are NOT looking out for your interests. Every last incumbant in Washington needs to go as they have all become infected with the Washington Elititus. Washington Elititus: Diseases which have one or more of the following characteristics: they are permanent, leave residual disability, are caused by non-reversible pathological alteration. The alteration is from humanity to humanoid. Most often referred to as Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic classification system used in the United States, as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.” The narcissist is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, and prestige.Narcissistic personality disorder is closely linked to self-centeredness.” (wikipedia)
This same disease can be found in all walks of life and all professions, but is most destructive to the welfare of others when found in politicians as they use your tax dollars to feed their needs. It is unfortunate that all but a very small handful of our elected officials has surcumed to this disease. It is also rampant among non-elected officials in Washington also. some estimate that as many as 70% of government employees suffer from excessive beliefs and behaviors of Washington Elititus. The only cure is the drastic action of cutting the diseased one from the population and returning them to an atmosphere where they are soon divested of the means to indulge themselves.
Nancy Matthis explains in the following post what the effects of Washington Elititus are and how We the People must treat it. BB
By Nancy Matthis | Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 5:02 am
Both major US political parties are self-perpetuating power brokers, long divorced from the welfare of citizens. While ordinary folk struggle to make ends meet in a failing economy totally created by these same self-serving politicians, they live high on the hog.
You will recall the trip a bevy of Democrats made to the January climate conference in Copenhagen. Nancy Pelosi shepherded a large group abroad in private jets, where they stayed in five-star hotels eating caviar and lobster and riding in limousines. This luxury living was all at the taxpayers expense, of course.
Now we learn that the Republicans are also living large. Citizens who wanted to end the Democratic profligacy of the incumbents filled the Republican party coffers with political donations. In January the Republican National Committee took in about $10 million, which donors no doubt hoped would fuel victories in the mid-term elections. But the RNC spent most of the money holding their regular winter meeting in Hawaii, a conference that had previously been held in Washington DC where all the pols were already.
From Politico — Michael Steele’s spending spree angers donors:
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.
Most recently, donors grumbled when Steele hired renowned chef Wolfgang Puck’s local crew to cater the RNC’s Christmas party inside the trendy Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, and then moved its annual winter meeting from Washington to Hawaii.
For some major GOP donors, both decisions were symbolic of the kind of wasteful spending habits they claim has become endemic to his tenure at the RNC. When Ken Mehlman served as the committee chairman during the critical 2006 midterm elections, the holiday party was held in a headquarters conference room and Chic-fil-A was the caterer….
The idea that they are somehow different from — read “better than” — the rest of us seems to be a disease that overtakes politicians after a few weeks in office or in the corridors of political party power. One can only hope that the developing force of the Tea Party movement will counterbalance the elitism of the two established political parties. An article in The American Interest expresses the potential:
When the system seems stuck or dysfunctional and the pressure builds up for change, this is when populists rise up against elites and the suspicion of elites and government that seems to be part of America’s DNA comes to the fore.
See Also: from American Thinker Worse than Awful
Hot Air — Michael Steele: My critics are racist
Los Angeles Times — Could living large hurt GOP chances in November?
The Congress and President are going down a very dangerous road by separating the State of Hawaii into what is in effect two separate governments whose goals will most likely be directly opposed to each other. Is this a beginning for other ethnic groups? As A. Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself can not stand.” The quotation ” A house divided against itself cannot stand,” which is taken from Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against …”.
This people is the beginning of a house divided against itself and is the first step in divide and conquer that the Progress/Liberal/ Socialist/ communist have in mind for the United States. BB
The U.S. House is expected to vote today on the creation of the largest tribal entity in U.S. history under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, despite last-minute opposition by Hawaii’s governor, Linda Lingle (R), and serious questions regarding the bill’s constitutionality. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promised to sign the legislation.
The bill would establish a separate, race-based governing body to represent Native Hawaiians in negotiations with state and federal governments. As The National Review writes, the Act would:
Notably, Gov. Lingle reversed course after more than seven years of support for the Act (also known as “the Akaka Bill”), citing recent amendments to the legislation she says aren’t in the best interest of Hawaiians:
The basic problem as I see it, is that in the current version of the bill, the ‘governmental’ (non-commercial) activities of the Native Hawaiian governing entity, its employees, and its officers, will be almost completely free from State and County regulation, including free from those laws and rules that protect the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people, and protect the environment. ’Governmental’ activity is a broad undefined term that can encompass almost any non-commercial activity.
“This structure will, in my opinion, promote divisiveness and litigation, rather than negotiation and resolution.
The Akaka Bill also drew fire from five members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, who sent a letter to House leadership on Monday urging opposition to the proposal. In their letter, they reasserted objections to the bill they initially raised in August of last year. From the August 2009 letter:
We do not believe Congress has the constitutional authority to “reorganize” racial or ethnic groups into dependent sovereign nations unless those groups have a long and continuous history of separate self-governance. Moreover, quite apart from the issue of constitutional authority, creating such an entity sets a harmful precedent. Ethnic Hawaiians will surely not be the only group to demand such treatment. On what ground will Congress tell these other would-be tribes no?
And in their letter yesterday, the commissioners also questioned the manner in which the bill came to a vote, stating that it was “slated for a hasty House vote [that] was apparently negotiated behind closed doors…”
In NRO’s “the corner,” Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, who was a signatory to the letter, writes that the precedent the Akaka Bill sets is a dangerous one:
The bill is not only constitutionally defective and morally repugnant, but by logical extension it opens the door for members of other racial classifications to petition the government for sovereign status.
While the House is poised to pass the bill, concern over those constitutional questions and the precedent the Akaka Bill would set are quite significant. The U.S. Constitution stands for the proposition that all Americans should be treated equally under the law. It certainly stands to reason, then, that Congress shouldn’t be in the business of granting different ethnic groups special treatment under the law in direct contravention of Constitutional principles.You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
This November we have to throw them all out of office, Republicans and Democrats alike because they just don’t get it. The Republicans are trying to take over the Tea Party Patriot movement and think they are making all the right noises. But they, in fact all of Washington, have forgotten that the Internet has changed the playing field. No longer can past actions be hidden or covered up or explained away.
Those who didn’t vote for Obama or the Democrats because they didn’t buy the rhetoric coming from the liberal Senator in Congress and a man whose entire work history was in fields related to radical Progressivism, and those who did vote for him and are now aware of his lies, lies and more lies just are not as naïve as they once were. We have learned not to trust the media, any media! Because every source we thought we could trust have betrayed us. Snopes and FactCheck are leaning Left, there is only one broadcast news organization I feel relatively safe with (FOXNEWS) and not one of the newspapers in the country that I have become familiar with has my complete trust and certainly the politicians have betrayed us. (I do blog on newspaper articles but only after checking and finding the story on several sources first because of this distrust.) So not trusting we have started searching out the truth for ourselves and the Internet has made that easy.
Here is a prime example of why we can not allow seated Republicans to usurp the Tea Party Patriot movement, but must find honest people to run for office and then give them our total support in the primaries so we can weed out the double talking incumbents:
“Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presently a darling among Republicans for his pro-growth policies, has long made known his dislike of the 2009 Obama stimulus plan as a ‘wasteful spending spree.’ Nice rhetoric for sure–and as it turns out not very pure. In October 2009 the congressman wrote a letter to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in favor of a grant application in his district, which, according to Ryan, would ‘place 1,000 workers in green jobs.’”
We can find out thru the Internet every ear mark ever deal and every vote of any congressman for the past umteen years! So when the say one thing and do another you know you have spotted a two faced liar who will sell you out as soon as he is put back in office.
People don’t want their Congressman taking money the treasury just doesn’t have and spending it on nonsense. Alaskans didn’t want the “bridge to nowhere”, Nebraska told Senator Ben Nelson what he could do with that sweet deal he made with Harry Reid where he sold his vote for the Senate Health Care bill if Nebraska no longer had to pay for Medicare ever. He thought he was a hero and went home to get his buns kicked. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R Utah) promised he would bring nothing home from Washington and he hasn’t and the voters in his district highly approve of him and the way he is voting. Many Democrats who have gotten old in office are now “retiring” to spend time with the family which translated means they know they can not get re elected.
I think the Conservative Political Action Committee made a good choice in having Glenn Beck as their keynote speaker. Beck doesn’t trust either party and is just looking for honesty in anyone seeking office. We the people are also just looking for honesty from our elected officials but we are not going to get it from those tainted with the Washington basting brush. BB