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Listen carefully to this video of the man who actually fills in the blanks and writes the regulations on all the laws Congress passes and has passed.  Cass Sunstein the man Glenn Beck calls the Number One Enemy of the American Way of Life and the American people.  BB

» The Assault on the Law in Wisconsin – Big Government.

The  Judge who put a hold on the Wisconsin law that was passed while the Democrats were out of state is also the mother of a  fanatic labor thug.    And if this isn’t enough the Wisconsin thugs are moving next door to  carry on their fight against the tax payers of Indiana. (I had made a mistake and typed “Illinois”  yesterday.  What is actually happening is the Indiana Democrats have now been hiding out in Illinois for the past month.  Indiana Republican legislators can not move forward because their constitution requires  2/3  of elected officials be present before a vote can be taken.  Now the mobs are rioting in the Indiana capital.  )


These Republican governors and state legislatures were elected in 2010 because they said they would take care of getting the state budgets under control.   They were also outspoken about public sector unions and  breaking their death hold on the tax payers with promises made by past legislator in order to get the union dollars.  THE PEOPLE ELECTED THESE PEOPLE because the people want  things to change and the unions put under some control.  Thugs know no decency or honor and always refuse to adhere to the law when it is not to their liking.  Judges can be thugs too!  BB


Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi and Her (SEIU, AFL-CIO) Political Operative Son

by LaborUnionReport On Friday, unions scored a temporary victory to maintain their ability to collect union dues from Wisconsin public employees when Judge Maryann Sumi (the same judge who refused to order striking teachers back to work in February) issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the implementation of Wisconsin’s new law governing public-sector unions.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Judge Maryann Sumi said a lawsuit filed by the Dane County district attorney had enough merit for her to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the bill while she reviews the case.

This is a problem. Judge Maryann Sumi should have recused herself entirely from the Wisconsin battle due to her inability to be neutral in this case. You see, Maryann Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.

Jacob “Jake” Sinderbrand, Sumi’s son [see page nine here], runs a company called Left Field Strategies, a firm that works on political campaigns.

We are a firm dedicated to maximizing efficient and effective voter contact in a modern campaign atmosphere. Specializing in doorknocking and phone bank strategies, we use state-of-the-art campaign resources to ensure that no doorknock or phone call is wasted as you campaign for office. We bring extensive experience as professional canvassers and callers, who have knocked on tens of thousands of doors, and have cut hundreds of thousands of doors and phone numbers for various issue and electoral campaigns.

As a “lifelong political actvist,” it appears Sumi’s apple didn’t fall far from the tree. According to Sinderland’s bio on his website:

A lifelong political activist, Jake Sinderbrand got his start as a volunteer doorknocker, and has years of experience training both volunteers and canvassing staff. Jake graduated from Macalester College cum laude with a degree in political science, specializing in American political structures. He has developed his professional political experience serving as a lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and as data manager for the SEIU State Council through the 2008 election cycle. Jake’s expertise in canvass planning and turf strategy helped these organizations to have among the most successful field operations in Minnesota.

While FreedomEden has screenshots of Sinderbrand’s facebook page, one ironic twist to this whole sordid affair is that Maryann Sumi apparently gave a speech in 2007 entitled “Judicial Decision Making: Activism or Accountability?

Clearly, both Sumi and her son are activists, which is why Sumi should be removed from the entire Wisconsin matter.

The Assault on the Law in Wisconsin

by Charlie Sykes

The ruling on Friday by a liberal Dane County judge to block Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining bill was “an assault on the judiciary and the legislature.” The legal argument challenge was, in fact, so weak that it bordered on frivolous… and local MSM coverage has been absurdly uninformed. What happened is that an activist judge ignored the clear language of the state statutes, the state constitution, legislative rules, and Supreme Court precedencts to hand the unions a victory. It’s all breath-taking stuff.

Judge MaryAnn Sumi 

Don’t take my word for it. This is an analysis written by Ellen Nowak, the former legal counsel and chief of staff to the Wisconsin Assembly Speaker:

Try again?

The fallacies in the ruling by Dane County Judge MaryAnn Sumi to issue a temporary restraining order against the publication of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, referred to as the Budget Repair Bill, are perpetuated by the misrepresentations of facts and the law in the editorial in the Journal Sentinel on Saturday, March 19 (“To GOP: Try again”).

Both Judge Sumi and the Journal Sentinel ignored the law when rendering opinions on whether the Budget Repair Bill was properly noticed before a conference committee vote.

This wasteful exercise of legal maneuvering by the Democrats reminds me of a saying in politics: when you can’t win on the merits, argue procedure.

A disagreement with the underlying bill does not authorize one to ignore the law. Unfortunately, that was done here. The Democrats argue that the conference committee violated the open meetings law by not allowing enough time from the notice of the meeting until the vote. Judge Sumi and the Journal Sentinel bought that argument hook, line and sinker.

The failure of the judge to properly research the Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law and its exceptions, and the failure of the newspaper to do the same, is a disservice to the residents of Wisconsin who are entitled to expect accuracy and openness when applying the law and reporting on matters.

Setting aside the multiple jurisdictional issues that should have led the court to conclude that it did not have authority to hear the case at all, let’s focus on the heart of the defendants’ (and the unions) dispute: whether the conference committee meeting was properly noticed. It was.

The Budget Repair Bill was introduced in a “special” session of the Legislature. At the beginning of each legislative session, the leaders of the senate and assembly establish a calendar of floor days and committee work days. Once that calendar is established, the senate and assembly are only permitted to conduct floor sessions on the designated days unless a “special” or “extraordinary” session is called by the Governor or Legislature. The Budget Repair Bill was introduced in a special Session.

The rules governing procedure of the legislative houses are also set at the beginning of each session. Those rules include certain procedures when a special or extraordinary is called. Here, the relevant rules are Senate Rule 93(3) and its counterpart, Assembly Rule 93(3). They state: “no notice of hearing before a committee shall be required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board.”

In most cases, Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law requires 24-hour notice of meetings of public bodies and only two hours in emergencies. However, as noted, that statute does not apply to every meeting. Wisconsin’s Open Meetings law contains several exceptions to the 24-hour rule. Wisconsin Statute §19.87(2) states “No provision of this subchapter which conflicts with a rule of the senate or assembly or joint rule of the legislature shall apply to a meeting conducted in compliance with such rule.” In other words, if there is a conflict between the Open Meetings Law and legislative rules, the legislative rules prevail. Moreover, the Wisconsin Constitution grants the legislature broad authority in carrying out its business in Article IV, §8 where it states, in part, that “[e]ach house may determine the rules of its own proceedings.”

As noted above, the Senate and Assembly have such rules that conflict with the Open Meetings Law in this instance. For special sessions, the Senate and Assembly rules only require posting of a meeting notice on the bulletin board. That was done. There is no dispute about that. The notice was also sent out via email prior to the meeting. Therefore, the conference committee was properly noticed.

The whining of the Democrats and the unions about the abuse of the Open Records Law is absurd. The rules of special and extraordinary sessions are not obscure. They are not hidden. Yet the Democrats act like they’ve never heard of these or used them before. As a former legal counsel to the Assembly Speaker, I’ve used the rules on posting notices in special and extraordinary sessions. The laws passed in those sessions have not been invalidated. The Democrats didn’t object then. People didn’t protest at the Capitol. These very rules have also been utilized under Democrat leadership as well. It is disingenuous for Democrats to now claim the procedure is improper.

Coincidentally, these rules were authored by Democratic State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) and Senator Tim Cullen (D-Janesville), two of the 14 Democratic Senators who saw fit to flee the state rather than uphold their duty to report to work and vote on the Budget Repair Bill. Judge Sumi did not hear any testimony from witnesses during her hearing on the matter. Perhaps she should have heard from Senators Risser and Cullen. They might have instructed her on the rules.

The role of the judge is to apply the law to the facts of the case, not apply what he or she wishes was the law to the facts of the case. Unfortunately, Judge Sumi chose the latter. That is an assault on the judiciary and the legislature.

» End the Fed: More than Just a Bumper Sticker Slogan? – Big Government.

This article says it all without a blip from me. BB

End the Fed: More than Just a Bumper Sticker Slogan?

by Dan Mitchell

To put it mildly, the Federal Reserve has a dismal track record. It bears significant responsibility for almost every major economic upheaval of the past 100 years, including the Great Depression, the 1970s stagflation, and the recent financial crisis. Perhaps the most damning statistic is that the dollar has lost 95 percent of its value since the central bank was created.

Notwithstanding its poor performance, the Federal Reserve seems to get more power over time. But rather than rewarding the central bank for debasing the currency and causing instability, perhaps it’s time to contemplate alternatives. This new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity dives into that issue, exposing the Fed’s poor track record, explaining how central banking evolved, and mentioning possible alternatives.

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This video is the first installment of a multi-part series on monetary policy. Subsequent videos will examine possible alternatives to monopoly central banks, including a gold standard, free banking, and monetary rules to limit the Fed’s discretion.

One of the challenges in this field is that opponents of the Fed often are portrayed as cranks. Defenders of the status quo may not have a good defense of the Fed, but they are rather effective in marginalizing critics. Congressman Ron Paul and others are either summarily dismissed or completely ignored.

The implicit assumption in monetary circles is that there is no alternative to central banking and fiat money. Anybody who criticizes the current system therefore is a know-nothing who wants to create some sort of libertarian dystopia featuring banking panics and economic chaos.

To be fair, it certainly might be possible to create a monetary regime that is worse than the Fed. That is why the next videos in this series will offer a careful look at the costs and benefits of possible alternatives.

As they say, stay tuned.

Big Nannies of the Year – Michelle Malkin – National Review Online.

When we have one too many government employees for getting the specified job done  they have nothing to do but push pencils and complain that their job responsibilities are too heavy and that they require an assistant.  This  continues and continues and continues until we now have our federal government made up of a million or more pencil pushers.  Requirements for any given job, especially at the top rank, is knowing the man who does the hiring or a person of higher rank than him.  Hell, you don’t even have to know how to say or spell the name of the  position you are going to fill someone will check the right box for you.  AND, you certainly needn’t concern yourself about the required functions of that position because they are unimportant as you have your own agenda.  This then is the nanny State.  The United States governments at all levels are crowded with these  creatures who know better what is best for the public than the public itself.  This article lists some really unbelievable Nannies,  the only thing is that the are real and they are functioning alive and well in real time for your and my benefit and good.  BB


December 29, 2010 12:00 A.M.

Big Nannies of the Year
God save us from more busybody bipartisanship in 2011.

It was a nefarious year for nettlesome busybodies employed by the Nanny State. Here are the top power-grabbers of 2010 — those who just can’t leave us alone:

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg
Two feet of snow paralyzed trains, buses, snowplows, and emergency vehicles in the Big Apple this week. Perhaps if Bloomberg — the nation’s top self-appointed municipal food cop — spent more of his time on core government responsibilities instead of waging incessant war on taxpayers’ salt, soda, trans-fat, and sugar intakes, his battered bailiwick would have been better equipped to weather the storm.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
He proposed meddling mileage taxes, mused about a system to track drivers’ routes, lobbied for high-speed-rail boondoggles, and promoted a “livability initiative” to limit suburban growth and force suburb-dwellers into public transportation. Then America’s driving czar floated a plan to disable cell phones in automobiles. LaHood backed off that creepy crusade, but he is still intent on waging war against drivers who choose to use cell phones, entertainment systems, and GPS devices on the road. Just last week, the unstoppable control freak proposed a new rule banning truck and bus drivers from any use of cell phones while driving — including emergency calls on hands-free devices. His anti-car agenda is stuck in overdrive.The city of Cleveland (Cleveland by the way is one of those Rust Bel;t cities that is just about flat on it’s can with unemployment in double digits so naturally all the government can think to do is make it more difficult for the economy and their city to get up off of it knees.  BB)
The green police in this Midwestern metropolis made headlines in February with an intrusive plan to roll out snooping trash cans — “smart” rubbish bins bugged with electronic identification chips and bar codes to monitor residents’ recycling habits. Violators could be fined $100. Federal stimulus money has gone to fund a similar program in Dayton, Ohio. The technology originated in Germany, was adopted by eco-authoritarians in England (where at least 500,000 trash cans now have snitch chips embedded in them), and has spread across Europe. Welcome to the age of Bin Brother.

The city of San Francisco (Another  city now flat on its back and on life support in a state in the same morbid condition.  BB)
The board of supervisors recently took the “happy” out of McDonald’s Happy Meals by forbidding all restaurants to offer toys with children’s meals that exceed limits on calories, fat, salt, and sugar. Even the mayor of the People’s Republic of San Francisco opposes this latest food-control scheme. But the bossy City by the Bay continues to assault consumer freedom with bans on everything from plastic bags to pet sales to soda pop. This summer, Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning Coke, Pepsi, and Fanta Orange drinks from vending machines on city property. The decree dictates that “ample choices” of water, “soy milk, rice milk, and other similar dairy or non-dairy milk” must instead be offered. (Have you ever tasted soy milk? YUCK! BB  ) It’s not clear how vendors will be able to circumvent the city’s hostility toward plastic bottles. Maybe beverages will be served straight out of those noxiously trendy reusable cloth bags?

The architects of Obamacare
After ramming a trillion-dollar package of unconstitutional federal health mandates down our throats, they said children and seniors would be saved, we could keep our doctors, costs would go down, and the economy would get a boost. Reality: Premiums have continued to skyrocket. Insurers nationwide have dropped child-only plans in the individual market. Obamacare taxes forced the AARP to raise its members’ rates. Hospitals have stepped up layoffs and shutdowns. And millions of Americans have been able to keep their doctors and coverage only because their employers, unions, or health-care providers begged the feds for special waivers. Heckuva job, health bureaucrats.

First lady Michelle Obama and former governor Mike Huckabee
Mrs. Obama first played the childhood-obesity card in September 2009, as a rationale for using her office to crusade for taxpayer subsidies for the Olympics bid of her hometown, Chicago. Her argument: Kids would stay fat, lazy, and uninspired if the Daley machine didn’t get its share of massive sports corporate welfare. Next came Mrs. O’s push for the $5 billion expansion of federal child-nutrition programs. As I first reported in February 2010, the legislation was a pet project of the Service Employees International Union, which seeks to swell the ranks of dawn-to-dusk year-round public-school food-service workers, who organize under the progressive activist slogan “serving justice and serving lunch.” In addition to school breakfasts and lunches, the kiddie-food patrol is now pushing subsidized dinners and summer food service to create a “stronger nutrition safety net.” 

Nanny State Republican Mike Huckabee, who used his bully pulpit as Arkansas governor to campaign for Big Government–endorsed “healthier living” in public schools and private life, naturally sided with Mrs. Obama — and took a swipe at Sarah Palin last week for criticizing the White House’s usurpation of parental responsibility and rights. Huckabee scoffed at the idea that the feds are “trying to force the government’s desires on people.” But school bake sales are already under siege, and Mrs. Obama’s childhood-obesity task force has already called for new and dramatic controls on the marketing of unhealthy foods. Did Huckabee miss (or does he agree with) Mrs. Obama’s officious rallying cry on child nutrition: “We can’t just leave it up to parents”? God save us from more busybody bipartisanship in 2011.

— Michelle Malkin is the author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. © 2010 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

Political End-Runs – Thomas Sowell – National Review Online.

In this article we have another profound reading of the coming governing policy of Obama and cohorts.  He also goes back and explains how we came to this mess our monster government is and the “monsters” behind it.  Woodrow Wilson of course was monster number one who considered We the People as too stupid to live.  He was helped along with his agent by two like-minded “‘monsters’  Roscoe Pound and future Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis. After that we had Franklin D. Roosevelt who believed in the superiority of the elite class  and their God given right to rule the peons.   The flood gates then opened and after the 1950’s the Progressives went almost unhindered with legislation aimed at our nation’s destruction culminating they hoped in  the era of Barach  Obama.

Is a good read as all of  Dr. Thomas’s works are.  Bb


Thomas Sowell

December 28, 2010 12:00 A.M.

Political End-Runs
Progressives consider the Constitution, and our elected representatives, disposable nuisances.

The Constitution of the United States begins with the words “We the people.” But neither the Constitution nor “we the people” will mean anything if politicians and judges can continue to do end-runs around both.

Bills passed too fast for anyone to read them are blatant examples of these end-runs. But last week, another end-run appeared in a different institution when the medical “end of life consultations” rejected by Congress were quietly enacted by administrators of Medicare through bureaucratic fiat.

Although Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Sen. Jay Rockefeller had led a group of their fellow Democrats in an effort to pass Section 1233 of pending Medicare legislation, which would have paid doctors to include “end of life” counseling in their patients’ physical checkups, the Congress as a whole voted to delete that provision.

Republican congressman John Boehner, soon to become Speaker of the House, objected to this provision in 2009, saying: “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”Whatever the merits or demerits of the proposed provision, the Constitution of the United States makes the elected representatives of “we the people” the ones authorized to make such decisions. But when proposals explicitly rejected by a vote in Congress are resurrected and stealthily made the law of the land by bureaucratic fiat, there has been an end-run around both the people and the Constitution.  ( IMO these people are traitors and should be tried and brought to justice for their crime in trying to circumvent the law of the land: the Constitution.  But of course nothing like that is being done or even suggested which only encourages the Obama Administration to continue in this vein and wait to see if they are caught.  Something is very very wrong in this country when high government officiciails CAN BLATANTLY BREAK THE LAWS AND NOTHING IS DONE ABOUT IT!  BB)

Congressman Blumenauer’s office praised the Medicare bureaucracy’s action but warned: “While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we are not out of the woods yet.”

In other words, don’t let the masses know about it.

(The elite have the God given right to rule over the stupid masses is the Progressives primary belief.  BB)

It is not only members of Congress or the administration who treat “we the people” and the Constitution as nuisances to do an end-run around. Judges, including justices of the Supreme Court, have been doing this increasingly over the past hundred years.

The denigration of the Constitution began during the Progressive era of the early 20th century, led by such luminaries as Princeton scholar and future president Woodrow Wilson, future Harvard Law School dean Roscoe Pound, and future Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis.

As a professor at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson wrote condescendingly of “the simple days of 1787” when the Constitution was written and how, in our presumably more complex times, “each generation of statesmen looks to the Supreme Court to supply the interpretation which will serve the needs of the day.”

This kind of argument would be repeated for generations, with no more evidence that 1787 was any less complicated than later years than Woodrow Wilson presented — which was none — and with no more reasons why the needed “change” should be enacted by unelected judges, as if there were no elected representatives of the people.

Prof. Roscoe Pound likewise referred to the need for “a living constitution by judicial interpretation,” in order to “respond to the vital needs of present-day life.” He rejected the idea of law as “a body of rules.”

But if law is not a body of rules, what is it? A set of arbitrary fiats by judges imposing their own vision of “the needs of the times”? Or a set of arbitrary regulations stealthily emerging from within the bowels of a bureaucracy?

Louis Brandeis was another leader of this Progressive-era chorus of demands for moving beyond the idea of the law as a body of rules. He cited “newly arisen social needs” and “a shifting of our longing from legal justice to social justice.”

In other words, judges were encouraged to do an end-run around rules, such as those set forth in the Constitution, and around the elected representatives of “we the people.” As Roscoe Pound put it, law should be “in the hands of a progressive and enlightened caste whose conceptions are in advance of the public.”

That is still the vision of the Left a hundred years later. The Constitution cannot protect us unless we protect the Constitution, by voting out those who promote end-runs around it.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. © 2010 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

I am third  generation in America  as my grandparents came from Russia in 1910 so I am very close to the immigrant problems and the problems of immigrants.  My grandparents however were legal immigrants and that makes all the difference.   I have said however that if I lived in a country as poor as Mexico and just by walking across a shallow river I could get a job making a decent living for my family then I damned well would.  That said I do think we need to get a handle on the problem and that MUST begin by closing our borders.  Second we must deal with the illegal immigrants who are already here in a reasonable way.  This is why I was hesitant to present this information emailed to me.  Then I remembered that I have promised to present the news I felt my readers should know  and we all as Americans should understand the cost to America of  continuing  as we have been with the problem on our borders which are getting much worse as Mexico falls into a more violent  country.  BB

Here from an email:

You think the war in  Iraq was costing us too much?  Read this:

We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the  Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.
I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.
I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them.  I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts…

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state

Verify at:

2.  $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify at:

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens. Verify at:

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at:

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

verify at

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. Verify at:

7.  30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at:

8.  $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at:

9.  $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at:

10.  The illegal aliens in the United States  have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.  In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .

Verify at:

11.  During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries.. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the US  from the Southern border.

Verify at: Homeland Security Report:

12.  The National policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

Verify at:

13.  In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

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14.The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants  in the    United States .

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I would like to add one more thing for which I am not going to add a reference because there are just too many references  from Andy Stern and SEIU Service Employees  International  Union videos.   This union accepts for membership anyone regardless of legality.  Remember this fact when you are watching the  big rally sponsored by these unions and communist and socialists organizations in Washington this Saturday.   SEIU’s head thug stated that they are sending 500 buss loads to the rally.  When asked if they all volunteered to go to the rally he stated that they “were required to go but they also wanted to go”.    Yeh, you bet.   So the upshot is that you will see a great many illegals at the rally who may or may not have wanted to attend.  All SEIU members who pay dues for the Head Thugs to use for politics and getting their socialists agenda thru.  BB

For those of you who watch Glenn Beck you will recall he told us about this program and how it would be the organization that would collect all the credits (money) and then disperse it to the “chosen few”  among them are Al Gore and the Clintons as well as his Communist buddies from Chicago.   Beck called it “Crime Inc.”

The BP Gulf oil disaster was ready made to promote these people’s agenda.  Strange how these things  called crisis just keep happening when Obamanation needs them isn’t it? 

For those of you who do not watch Glenn Beck please read and learn.  BB 

President Obama’s $1 Billion Earmark 


President Obama’s $1 Billion Earmark

Posted August 14th, 2010 at 11:00am


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) likes to say that Congressional earmarking has become the gateway drug to federal overspending.  Is there any better evidence of this theory than President Barack Obama’s $1 billion earmark for a special project in Illinois that was slipped into his failed $862 billion stimulus?  According to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the Obama Administration awarded $1 billion on August 5th for a Carbon Capture and Storage Network in Illinois:  

Today’s announcement will help ensure the US remains competitive in a carbon constrained economy, creating jobs while reducing greenhouse gas pollution.  This investment in the world’s first, commercial-scale, oxy-combustion power plant will help to open up the over $300 billion market for coal unit repowering and position the country as a leader in an important part of the global clean energy economy  

This project was an earmark in the stimulus according to a Washington Post story dated March 6, 2009:  

Deep inside the economic stimulus package is a $1 billion prize that, in five short words, shows the benefits of being in power in Washington. The funding, for “fossil energy research and development,” is likely to go to a power plant in a small Illinois town, a project whose longtime backers include a group of powerful lawmakers from the state, among them President Obama.  

On page 139 of the President’s stimulus plan, Public Law 111-5, you can find the earmark:  “For an additional amount for ‘Fossil Energy Research and Development’, $3,400,00,000.”  

According to a Department of Energy press release, this one billion dollar earmark is being provided to “FutureGen Alliance, Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox, and Air Liquide Process & Construction, Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0, a clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network.” The Department of Energy projects 1,900 jobs as a result of $1,000,000,000 in new spending.  This works out to about a half million dollars per job.  Senator Coburn said of the $1 billion earmark:  

This costly and gratuitous earmark further calls into question the integrity of the Recovery Act. This decision appears to have more to do with politics and geography than science. FutureGen 1.0 was called ‘YesterGen’ because it had little scientific value. Now, taxpayers are being forced to finance the largest pork-barrel project in our nation’s history with borrowed money. Adding another $1 billion to our debt for a dubious project will only delay our recovery.  

The Hill reports that problems have emerged with the implementation of this earmark.  

A long-troubled federal project to demonstrate the viability of capturing carbon from coal-fired power plants and socking it away underground has hit a new snag.  The town of Mattoon, Ill., wants no part of the Energy Department’s revised “FutureGen” project after seeing its role in the program change and shrink.  Last week DOE rolled out a revamped version of FutureGen, the program to build a next-generation coal plant with a consortium of power and mining companies. DOE scrapped plans for building FutureGen from the ground up in Mattoon, where local officials were excited about the jobs that would come with it.  

This is the same project initiated by the Bush Administration, then canceled in 2008 because of cost overruns.  Now Mattoon, Illinois is rejecting the project.  With unemployment today at 9.5% and a failed stimulus plan, it would seem like a good time to take a second look at this program to potentially cancel this waste of taxpayer dollars.  

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