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The huge Farm Bill was defeated.  80% of the Farm Bill was for Food Stamp spending and only 20% related to farms and farming.  The  Republican led House is now proposing to split the Food Stamp program or SNAPS from the Agriculture Department so that a closer watch can be kept on this outrageous spending.  Of course they were put together in the first place in order for both farm and rural congressmen and Food Stamps which are primarily urban Congressman would vote together to pass these outrageous bills.  This is a favorite  Washington ploy: buying the votes!  Just look at the Immigration Bill and how the Senators loaded it down with pork ( or pay offs) for everyone before it got passed.  Remember the Republican House refusing to pass the first version of the  Hurricane Sandy Bill to help the hurricane victims in the northeast to rebuild because on 30% of the funds allotted were to go to the hurricane victims while the 70% of pork funding in it was for things as unrelated as a new roof for a building in D.C.  Many, including Gov. Christie of New Jersey blamed the Republicans for stopping this outrage and believed that anything  the greedy big spending Democrats wanted was okay as long as something went to the right people.  It is this kind of thinking and this kind of voting that has gotten our country to the brink of bankruptcy!  This is the name of the game in the Farm Bill which the Republican House members voted down and it is the same game being played with the Democrats Senate version of an Immigration Bill.

The following newsletter from heritage has some very good information from various writers on these topics.  Also more information on Obama’s plans for raising all of our energy prices which will not only affect our  electric and gasoline bills but our food and clothi8ng bills as well because all industry requires the use of energy and if energgy costs go up the cost of all goods and services must aslo go up.  Check them out>  BB

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Immigration Bill Riddled With Pork
Breitbart.com

Jim Carafano
Derrick Morgan
Genevieve Wood
Jessica Zuckerman

Family Fact of the Week: What the Record-Low Marriage Rate Means for Americans’ Well-Being
Heritage.org

Jennifer Marshall
Ryan Anderson
John Malcolm

Gay rights clash: Obama, African host are at odds 
AP

Jennifer Marshall
Ryan Anderson 
Charlotte Florance

Abortion tables may turn in Texas on Monday
Politico

Jennifer Marshall
Ryan Anderson
Andrew Walker

House Leaders Consider Splitting Food Stamps From Farm Bill
Bloomberg

Diane Katz
Daren Bakst
Rachel Scheffield

Obama refuses to barter for Edward Snowden
BBC.com

Steven Bucci
Paul Rosenzweig
Ariel Cohen
Peter Brookes
Jim Carafano

 

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Cost of a Climate Policy: The Economic Impact of Obama’s Climate Action Plan

I thought I was pretty well up on what is happening in our country because I really try hard to keep up and do a lot of reading, but now way was I even close to knowing what is happening to everyday people just like me and you.  This article from the Heritage Foundation is an eye opener and a blood pressure raiser. Be sure and go to all the referred sites for all the information.  The time for We the People to act is now when we have the momentum with the Tea Party and other groups up and moving.  Time for you to get involved too before it has gone too far for the United States and Americans to turn the tide towards tyranny around and defeat those who would imprison us in a country no American wants to live in.  Sincerely, Brenda Bowers  BB

The Government vs. YOU

06/14/2013

Every day, more Americans get trapped by big government. In addition to groups targeted by the IRS, upstanding citizens going about their normal lives are suddenly targeted by law enforcement authorities and charged as criminals. Just a few examples:

 

 

 

USA-v-YOU

These are only a few of the shocking incidents The Heritage Foundation chronicles in our new project, USA vs. YOU. Experts at Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies reveal the stories of 22 people from all backgrounds, races, and income levels victimized by carelessly written laws.

Get the FREE e-book USA vs. YOU now >>

When criminal laws are created to “solve” every problem, punish every mistake, and compel the “right” behaviors, this troubling trend is known as overcriminalization. Ultimately, it leads to injustice for honest, hard-working Americans at every level of society.

Public interest groups from across the political spectrum recognize how this flood of criminal laws violates our basic liberties. Diverse organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the American Center for Law and Justice, and Right on Crime, among others, have joined with Heritage to reaffirm the true purpose of America’s justice system: to ensure public safety and protect the innocent.

When was the last time you saw the ACLU work together with a faith-based group like Justice Fellowship? WithUSA vs. YOU, the problem is grave enough to bring together unlikely allies. And we’re delivering this bipartisan message just as the House of Representatives has launched a task force aimed at correcting this issue.

This morning, Heritage Senior Legal Fellow John Malcolm will testify at the first hearing of the Overcriminalization Task Force—shining a spotlight on the scope and severity of this threat to our liberties. Ending the practice of trapping our citizens with unnecessary laws will be no easy task, with an estimated 4,500 criminal law offenses and 300,000 criminal regulations on the books.

Experience the stories of Americans like you treated unjustly – download the FREE e-book now >>

Over the next six months, Members of Congress from both parties will study this issue in depth, hold hearings, and—with the right encouragement—take steps to enact real reform.

This new effort includes tools for you to raise your voice and make a difference in defending our liberties. So explore the documented stories in USA vs. YOU, follow the links, and take real action today to help turn the tide.

Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day at Heritage Libertad.

Quick Hits:

  • President Obama has changed his policy on Syria, saying that Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons and that the U.S. will provide military support to the rebels.

 

 

 

  • Investigative journalist James O’Keefe has produced some shocking stories of corruption. In a new book, hedetails his undercover work with Project Veritas.

 

  • For decades, inappropriate IRS behaviors have been revealed. Each time, the agency has assured the public that it takes these breaches “very seriously.”

 

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Farm Subsidies) | Cato @ Liberty.

One of the biggest and most wasteful pork filled slush programs is the  $30 billion annual farm  subsidies program.  And one of the biggest porkers for this program just happens to be Rep. Frank Lucas (R Iowa).  so guess who the Republican leadership has appointed as chair of the House Agriculture Committee.  One more Good Old Boy  Washington Thief  in a position where he can really get his hands in the tax payers pockets.  Every time I look over the credentials of another Republican committee appointments  I find another shake and bake porker!  So what are we tax payers to expect from this Congress that will be different from the last two?

I am beginning to think that only a meteor making a direct hit on Washington DC will save our nation.  BB

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Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Farm Subsidies)

Posted by Tad DeHaven

The Washington Times says that the upcoming farm bill re-write could “sow division in the GOP.” While House Republican leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Kevin McCarthy voted against the 2008 farm bill, the new chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), is a dedicated supporter of farm subsidies.

The Times recalls Boehner’s comments on the 2008 farm bill:

“The farm bill has often been abused by politicians as a slush fund for bizarre earmarks and wasteful spending projects, and the latest version … is no different,” Mr. Boehner, then the GOP minority leader, said at the time.

It’s too bad then that the Boehner-friendly Republican Steering Committee, which decided the committee chairs, didn’t appear to blink at handing the agriculture committee gavel to a key supporter of the “slush fund.” And it’s not as if Lucas has been circumspect in his intentions. Lucas’s agriculture issues section on his website, which hasn’t been updated since the Republicans took back the House, makes that perfectly clear:

As Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee, I have long been a champion of voluntary agriculture conservation programs. During the drafting of the 2002 Farm Bill, I worked to secure the largest ever increase in programs such as Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Conservation Reserve Program, and many others. In the 2008 Farm Bill, I advocated for renewable energy provisions to be included in the farm bill which would allow rural areas to play a larger role in making the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources of energy. I am proud that the 2008 Farm Bill devotes a funding stream to renewable energy research, development, and production….

[I] will work closely with Chairman Peterson and other members of the committee to ensure that cuts are not made to agriculture producers – farmers and ranchers.   (So where will they be made Mr. Rep.  Lucas?   Perhaps to that man standing over there behind the tree?   BB)

Lucas isn’t shy about touting his support from the myriad farm lobby groups either:

 

I have been proud to receive recognition from various agriculture groups for my work in support of their concerns. The American Farm Bureau Federation has presented me with its “Friend of Farm Bureau” award for supporting Farm Bureau issues in Congress in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006. In both 2002 and 2003, the National Farmers Union recognized me with the “Presidential Award for Leadership” for issues important to rural America. NFU also recognized me with the “Golden Triangle Award”, which is given to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on issues affecting family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. In 2002 the Oklahoma Wheat Commission presented me with their “Staff of Life” award for voting in favor of wheat growers and farmers 100 percent of the time. And for two years running, the National Association of Wheat Growers named me one of only 11 “Wheat Champion” Members of Congress for superior action in Congress in support of the wheat industry.

Last year, Lucas criticized the Obama administration for proposing some minor agriculture program cuts, including a proposal to limit direct subsidy payments to farmers with more than $500,000 in annual sales.  (I really don’t think we are talking about the family farm here do you?  By the Democrats reconing during the Bush Tax cuts debate these $500,000 guys were twice over “millionaires and billionaires”.  i won’t go that far but I will say I don’t think they need any  hard earned tax dollars from someone else.  Or, another way of saying that: someone else’s money! which is supposed to be a liberal thing not a conservative Republican thing.  Of course the thing is is that there are not many Conservatives in Washington; there are just a bunch of politicians.  BB)

Frank Lucas criticized the Obama administration for merely wanting to deny farmers with a half million dollars in sales from grabbing taxpayer money, but take a look what he has to say in a section on his website on “lower taxes and government spending:”

Spending in Congress has reached historic levels during the 111th Congress. The fiscally irresponsible behavior of former Speaker Pelosi and President Obama has driven our national debt level to the point that it is almost equal to the size of our entire economy. This is unacceptable and it must stop.

I have opposed – and will continue to oppose – spending initiatives that dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government while adding to our already massive national debt. I have long been a supporter of tax reform and will continue to fight against increases in taxes and wasteful federal spending. Congress must get back to the business of fiscal responsibility and strive for a balanced budget without raising the taxes of hard-working Americans.  (Now people this is what I call a two faced swindling Son of a Gun when I’m trying to be nice about it.  So don’t get me mad!  BB)

Lucas must know that “taxes of hard-working Americans” are pouring into the pockets of generally high-income farm businesses at the rate of $15 billion to $35 billion annually. While Lucas may be a “Wheat Champion” he sure isn’t a Taxpayer Champion, at least not on agricultural issues.

See this Cato essay for more on agriculture subsidies(Be sure and check out this site for some interesting history of how American Agribusiness calling themselves farmers  have gotten wealthy off of the tax payers.  It has been a scam since the beginning in the late 1800’s.  BB)

Budgeting and Spending Failure: Where’s the Outrage!? – The WashingtonWatch.com Blog.
We only hear of the big spending bills that come up like TARP and STIMULUS and BUDGETS.  But these are just the tip of the iceberg that is the spending that goes on almost daily behind the scenes in Congress.

If any of you have subscribed to the  WashingtonWatch.com Blog then you, like me, probably get a  heavy dose of heart burn on a daily basis.  I don’t know why I put myself thru this but I just can’t seem to stop; just plain silly I guess :).

Anyhow, please read the spending that our Congressmen are currently looking at and approving.  Probably the whole bunch will be put together and voted with one vote so the Congress men can get on to more important things like a round of golf!   I truly hope we  have a clean sweep of this entrenched smug elitist group of  both Democrats and Republicans this November. BB

Budgeting and Spending Failure: Where’s the Outrage!?

Posted by Jim Harper, September 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

money-fallingThe new fiscal year starts on October 1st. That’s less than two weeks away. And almost a full slate of spending bills for the coming year have been introduced in the Senate. That’s right—the Senate has only just begun working on spending plans for the new fiscal year. The House has introduced a mere two spending bills.

The whole budgeting and spending process was supposed to be completed by the end of June. This is one of Congress’ most basic responsibilities. One might think that the government is on auto-pilot…

But what’s most interesting is that nobody seems to notice! The Sunday shows this weekend focused mostly on the candidacy of Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin endorsee Christine O’Donnell (R) in Delaware.

There are interesting things happening there. But if the Tea Party is interested in spending, taxing, and borrowing, some of the biggest spending decisions of the year are being made right now, somewhere in the halls of Congress.

[Update: Well, someone noticed. The folks at DownsizeDC.org blogged about it a couple of weeks ago.]

So, what do you do about it?

Your member of Congress is up for election in November. Many senators are too. Why don’t you call them and ask what is going to happen with budgeting and spending for the new fiscal year, starting October 1.

You might pay special attention if you’re represented by a few key people—or if you know someone who is.

Below are the states that have representatives serving on the appropriations committees—the committees that handle the annual spending bills. If there’s an asterisk next to the state, a senator from that state is on the Appropriations Committee. Non-asterisk states only have someone in the House. Some states might have both. Alabama,* Alaska,* Arizona, Arkansas,* California,* Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii,* Idaho, Illinois,* Indiana, Iowa,* Kansas,* Kentucky,* Louisiana,* Maine,* Maryland,* Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi,* Missouri,* Montana,* Nebraska,* New Hampshire,* New Jersey,* New York, North Carolina, North Dakota,* Ohio,* Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,* Rhode Island,* South Dakota,* Tennessee,* Texas,* Utah,* Vermont,* Virginia, Washington,* West Virginia, Wisconsin.*

Now look at these two lists: House / Senate. See who from your state is on the House or Senate Appropriations Committee.

If it’s your senator or representative, call and ask what’s going on. Dial (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representative’s office. (When you get through, be nice.) Maybe you could report what you learn in the comments below. But just asking about this will communicate that you want things to change. If they don’t, you have a vote in November. And you also should help organize others to put pressure on Congress.

If you aren’t represented by anyone on one of the Appropriations Committees, send this blog post to a friend or family member in a state who is!

Ask them to touch base with Congress to find out what is happening with the federal budget and the spending bills for fiscal year 2011. Again, the new fiscal year starts October 1st—that’s right around the corner.

Here are the current bills and the amount of money they spend per U.S. family. (Please understand that these amounts may look small but that is money coming out of your pocket directly.  It is only the small amount your family owes for the entire bill! Multiply that amount by all the families in the United States.  Tip: When stating the amount of taxes per family studies always include  in the count the 47% of  families who pay no taxes.  So if you are one who does pay income taxes just double the amount shown.  This being the case and me not being one who pays income taxes you might think that I don’t really care what it costs you “fat cats”, but it does because it is you “fat cats” who employ my friends neighbors and family most likely.  And if you “fat cats” decide to stop spending your investment dollars on businesses that employ people then my  friends, neighbors and family are in bad trouble; trouble like we are in right now in fact.  BB) The House has barely gotten out of the gate. The total amount the Senate proposes to spend—so far—is just over $20,000 per U.S. family. It’s up to you to oversee the Congress that oversees that spending.

Spending Bill
House Bill
Senate Bill
Final Votes
Public Law
Bill
Cost*
Vote (Y-N)
Bill
Cost*
Vote (Y-N)
House (Y-N)
Senate (Y-N)
Budget Resolution
$30,810
President does not sign
Agriculture
$1,210
Commerce/Justice/Science S. 3636
$670
Defense S. 3800
$6,420
Energy & Water
$440
Financial Services
$460
Homeland Security
$460
Interior and Environment
Labor/HHS/Education S. 3686 $7,420
Legislative Branch
$30
Military/Veterans
$1,740
$1,450
State/Foreign Operations S. 3676 $500
Transportation/HUD H.R. 5850 $1,320 S.3644 $1,310

* Cost per average-sized U.S. family; amounts are approximate; changes in interest rates alter net present value calculation

Oh. and I forgot to mention:  When Congress passes a spending bill you can bet that at a minimum one fourth of the money is for ear marks!  BB  Don’t know what ear marks are?  you really should look it up.  BB


Senate Passes “The ______Act of____”—No Foolin’! – The WashingtonWatch.com Blog.

I had to read this article three times and check the source three times because this simply had to be a spoof.  Well it isn’t!  Those Democrats in Congress were set to win the awards for best comedy act of the decade before this but not they are a shoo in.  LOL  I am still laughing after 30 minutes and will probably spend the day laughing.  and then of course I will sit right down and cry because these boobs are running our country!  BB

Senate Passes “The ______Act of____”—No Foolin’!

Posted by Jim Harper, August 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

What a mess the Senate has made of H.R. 1586. It’s a package of spending and revenue measures—but we’ll ignore the substance for now because they have so utterly goofed up the name.

As we noted here before, this is a “shell bill.” It was introduced as one thing (TARP taxes), became another thing (an aviation bill), and is now a batch of spending policies. (Cost: about $125 per family)

snafuThe most recent version of the bill was produced when the Senate passed a “substitute amendment.” That’s an amendment that clips out everything in the bill and puts in all new text.

In the House and Senate, they often publish amendments ahead of time, and it looks like someone was in a rush to get the amendment together, because they left blank lines where the new name of the bill should have been.

Take a look for yourself. Down toward the bottom of this page in the Congressional Record, it says, “SECTION 1. This Act may be cited as the “_______Act of______”. (The Library of Congress’ Thomas reporting system picked that up as the “XXXXXXAct ofXXXX,” so that’s how it shows up on our site.)

Well, THAT’s the amendment they brought up and passed, so the new name of the bill is the “_______Act of______.”

oopsAnd that’s the way it might be signed into law.

You see, the Constitution requires both Houses of Congress to pass identical bills before they can be sent to the president and signed into law. The Senate has left town for the rest of August, and the House is coming back next week to put its stamp of approval on the bill.

President Obama wants to sign it quickly—the bill is already up on the Whitehouse.gov “pending legislation” page (though posting it there before the bill passes Congress doesn’t count as Sunlight Before Signing). So the House has to approve this bill, with the name “_______Act of______.”

The only other alternative is for the House to change the name and have the Senate come back for another vote.

Congress seems always to be hustling to get things done—even when it’s spending billions of taxpayer dollars. This time, they were hustling so fast to get the money moving that they couldn’t take the time to give the bill a proper name.

Whose problem is this? Yours! You voted these folks in!

The People Versus the Government.

This is a good article by Alan  Caruba stating some hard factsx and things going on in the Democratic Party and the states that are in disagreement with Obama.  But the most significant thing he wrote was:

Obama is Marxist ideologue

All this comes back to the fact that Obama is Marxist ideologue. He is also a liar, a trait no one likes, and a narcissist who gives continued evidence of regarding the presidency as a daily opportunity for self-indulgence and bottomless ego satisfaction.

A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial said, “As Americans suffer economically, President Obama golfs, vacations, campaigns, appears on a frivolous talk show—and vacations some more. Gee, don’t we have a war and other problems to attend to?”

Obama may not be easily removed, but he can be politically neutralized if Republicans can gain control of Congress in November. There are barely 900 days left in his first and hopefully last term; still time for him and his cadre of czars to do more damage.

Another really great article: Deceit and Denial upon Our Ramparts

Pundits and talking heads keep saying that Obama and his administration just don’t get it, can’t learn from their mistakes, aren’t listening or don’t understand the average American citizen. Nothing could be further from the truth. Obama is listening, he does understand us and he gets it. He just hates what we stand for. It’s the Republicans that aren’t listening, don’t get it and don’t understand that we get it, we understand and we will do something about it. We are tired of being collateral damage to a deceitful, disdaining administration run by ideologues with no practical experience at any level and by politicians who lie, cheat and steal from every living human on this planet by virtue of their supposed elitist entitlement as members of a “ruling class”.

Obama is not incompetent either. He knows precisely what he is doing. His ancient agenda is deliberate and premeditated, full of disdain for everything America stands for, full of contempt for “rich people”, “poor people”, free enterprise, white people, black people, brown people, white women in particular, Jews, Christians, Catholics, Mormons, freedom, American tradition and American law. Want proof, just read his books.  He is clever, deceitful and damaged goods with no shame and no conscience. To a nation of ordained free patriots, Obama’s appearance of total incompetency is simply the measure of his intent and his refusal to accept the reality that socialism is not an acceptable form of government to Americans and a historically failed, incompetent system. Each day, while Europe scrambles to free and save itself from another miserably failed socialist experiment, Obama drives another nail into the coffin of our Republic.


Reverse Racism, Journalistic Ethics—Are You Missing Something? – The WashingtonWatch.com Blog.

I keep telling my readers that Obamanation operators are masters at putting out “smoke” so they can pull the really big rip offs and take overs behind  the screen.  This blog The WashingtonWatch.com Blog. especially tries to keep you up on these behind the screen activities.

Reverse Racism, Journalistic Ethics—Are You Missing Something?

Posted by Jim Harper, July 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm

stack-of-moneyThe firing of Shirley Sherrod, controversy about alleged voter intimidation by the New Black Panther party, and, for some, the Journolist controversy are the stories of the week. And they’re important stories. But maybe they shouldn’t capture all of our attention.

While we watch charge and counter-charge about race or journalism, the federal government is making its spending plans for next year.

Appropriations bills—the annual bills that decide where the federal government will spend its money—are starting to move through Congress. Thousands of dollars in spending per U.S. family is being allocated right now.

Have your conversation about race and journalism, but you might consider keeping a watch on your wallet at the same time.

We wrote here and here about the first of the bills coming out. Now there are enough of them to make a chart worthwhile. So we’ve put one below!

As you can see, the Senate is ahead of the House, which has only produced a bill to fund Military/Veterans spending. The Senate bills include: Agriculture ($1,210 per U.S. family), Commerce/Justice/Science ($670), Energy & Water ($440), Homeland Security ($460), and Military/Veterans ($1,450).

The next question is: What can you do?

Clicking on a link below will take you to the page for that bill. From there, click “Read the Bill” in the “Learn More” box. You can review where each and every dollar goes.

Whether you pick through the spending or not, you can contact your Member of Congress and Senators to let them know whether you think the spending is too low or too high. (Here’s where to find out who they are: HouseSenate)

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to his or her office. Pass along your views—be polite!—and make a note of it so you can follow up later in the process.

Understand this:  these dollar amounts are not the total amounts of the individual bills, but the AMOUNT EACH BILL COST JUST YOUR FAMILY.   THESE WERE HUGE SPENDING BILLS  ALL PASSED WHILE WE WERE LISTENING TO FEUDING  OVER KAGEN AND RACISM.

Spending Bill
House Bill
Senate Bill
Final Votes
Public Law
Bill
Cost*
Vote (Y-N)
Bill
Cost*
Vote (Y-N)
House (Y-N)
Senate (Y-N)
Budget Resolution
$30,780
President does not sign
Agriculture
$1,210
Commerce/Justice/Science S. 3636
$670
Defense
Energy & Water
$440
Financial Services
Homeland Security
$460
Interior and Environment
Labor/HHS/Education

Legislative Branch
Military/Veterans
$1,200
$1,450
State/Foreign Operations
Transportation/HUD

* Cost per average-sized U.S. family; amounts are approximate; changes in interest rates alter net present value calculation


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