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I am a fan of Daniel Hannan and can’t wait to read his new book.  Thought you might like to learn a bit about him too so passing this newsletter from Heritage on to my readers.  BB

VIDEO: Daniel Hannan Explains Why the English-Speaking World Is the Most Committed to Individual Liberty

In his new book, Inventing Freedom, Daniel Hannan explains how liberty originated from the Anglosphere and why the English-speaking people of the world have created and fostered liberty throughout the world.

Speaking at a recent Heritage event, Hannan, member of the European Parliament representing South East England, said he believes the Anglosphere is, in fact, liberty’s strongest friend.

In 1968, Hannan and almost all of the Anglo-Peruvian community—amid mob attacks, seizures, and confiscations—fled the grasp of the leftist regime of Peruvian General Juan Velasco Alvarado.

“I am someone who has moved from the Hispanosphere to the Anglosphere,” Hannan said. “I can’t help noticing that the movement has been overwhelmingly one-way. It’s worth standing back and asking why that is.”

Hannan asked, “What made the Anglosphere miracle possible? That’s the question that I set out to answer in Inventing Freedom.”

Perhaps the most striking characteristic Hannan noted was “the miracle of common law.”

“The law came up from the people, not down from the regime,” he said. “It was an ally of freedom, not an instrument of state control. … That beautiful, anomalous system that John Adams recognized as the foundation of all Anglosphere freedoms [is] almost without precedent in the world.”

Hannan noted that visitors to North America and Great Britain found these countries to be remarkable. Voltaire, Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and others observed the emphasis on individual freedom, religious freedom, the plurality of religions, and free-market enterprise.

Heritage hosted Hannan on November 22. His discussion and the question-and-answer session run about 55 minutes.

The post VIDEO: Daniel Hannan Explains Why the English-Speaking World Is the Most Committed to Individual Liberty appeared first on The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation.


Jewish World Review Oct. 4, 2013/ 30 Tishrei, 5774
Who Shut Down the Government?

By Thomas Sowell

 

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans.

There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.

This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record.

As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity.

Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.

ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution.

The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare.

Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.

The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?

If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility.

You cannot blame other people for not giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government.

 

When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called.

Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact.

Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt.

Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt.

None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out — and articulation has never been their strong suit — the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose.

This from a friend via email.  I simply had to pass it on to you.  BB

LET’S  SEE IF I GOT THIS
CORRECT?
         RE:  3 American Hikers Now In The  NEWS
——————————————————————-

IF  YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN  BORDER

ILLEGALLY  YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD  LABOR.

IF  YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN  BORDER
ILLEGALLY  YOU ARE DETAINED  INDEFINITELY.

IF  YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN  BORDER
ILLEGALLY,  YOU GET SHOT.

IF  YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN  BORDER
ILLEGALLY  YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF  YOU CROSS THE CHINESE  BORDER
ILLEGALLY  YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM  AGAIN.

IF  YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY  YOU
WILL  BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE  SEALED.


IF  YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER  ILLEGALLY

YOU  WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO  ROT.

IF  YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET  !
A  JOB,        A  DRIVERS LICENSE, 

SOCIAL SECURITY  CARD,   WELFARE,

FOOD STAMPS,   CREDIT  CARDS, 
SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A  LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
FREE  EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE, A LOBBYIST IN   WASHINGTON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS  WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE  
THE RIGHT TO  CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU

PROTEST  THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
AND, IN  MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE. 

I  JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD A FIRM GRASP ON THE  “SITUATION”!

PLEASE  KEEP THIS GOING……FORWARD TO ALL OF YOUR  FRIENDS & FAMILY


IT’S  TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA !

Several Republicans in both the House and the Senate are pushing hard to defund Obamacare as the last push to stop this monster in its tracks.  They are planning to use it as a wedge issue in the continuing resolution to fund the government which is coming up.  The Democrats are going to scream and cry that the Republicans are “shutting down the government”>  No, they are not and will not.  The essential government operations will continue, the only programs and department to be shut down will be those that are non essential.  The entire government shuts down every weekend and the world does not go crashing to the ground.  And if we need more proof that the Democrats yell a good game of Chicken Little then you need only remember what the “sequestration” was going to do to us.  did any of it take place?  NO!  Oh, our President shut down visits to the White House in a temper tantrum fit but nothing else really took place.  The news media reported that some people were going to get days lay offs but then a few days later we learned that these days and weeks were greatly exaggerated.  So, what will happen is the Republicans refuse to give into the Democrats and raise the Debt limit again?  No one damned thing!  Except maybe the government won’t spend as much of your tax dollars as the President and the Democrats would like.  So go for it Republicans if you lily livered Congressmen have the guts.  

The following article is a fairly decent explanation of what defunding of Obamacare is all about and how it is probably the last chance to kill the monster.  Read on.  BB

Why Is Washington Talking About a Government Shutdown?

07/31/2013

Is it that time again already??

It’s not even August, and Members of Congress are starting to buzz about the upcoming budget and debt ceiling fight—which likely won’t happen until later this fall. But the posturing has begun, and the media are happy to oblige.

The thing is, a government shutdown isn’t necessary—and lawmakers aren’t proposing a government shutdown.

What some are proposing is that Congress fund normal government activities, but refuse to fund Obamacare. The upcoming budget legislation, called a continuing resolution, is a decision point for Obamacare funding.

“Under no circumstances will I vote for a continuing resolution that funds even one single penny of Obamacare,” says Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). He and fellow Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are urging their colleagues to do the same.

>>> VIDEO: Cruz, Lee, and Rubio Make the Case for Defunding Obamacare

Heritage health care expert Chris Jacobs says that defunding is the best option to protect vulnerable Americans hit by Obamacare’s threats:

The list of Obamacare’s failures grows by the day. It is not that portions of the law are unworkable—the entire law is unworkable. Absent the law’s complete repeal, only full defunding would ensure that the American people are not subjected to any of these destructive policies.

>>> Why Defund Obamacare?

What the shutdown fearmongers are talking about is Congress reaching a budget impasse—which could happen for a variety of reasons, including disagreement over Obamacare funding. If Congress doesn’t pass legislation to continue funding the government, then when the previous funding expires, it “shuts down.”

“Shutdown” actually sounds more dire than it is. The government services that shut down are the non-essential ones. As Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing yesterday, this is what happens…every weekend. Have you ever tried to call the Department of Agriculture on a Saturday?

A “shutdown” would temporarily impair some government activities, but deficit spending, growing debt, and the burden of Obamacare will harm the economy and Americans’ opportunities and incomepermanently.

The next logical step? Don’t feed the beast. Don’t invest more dollars into implementing, enforcing, or creating the architecture of Obamacare.

LEARN MORE:

Defunding Obamacare: The Next Best Option

I have ranted for years about the huge amounts of our tax dollars that go to people who are not in any way shape or form farmers.  They are land owners and in some few cases a crop is raised on this land but in most cases they are being paid NOT to farm, Not to grow a crop.

The House took the bloated and pork laden Senate Farm Bill and did one thing to it:  They separated out the food stamp money from that going to the so-called farmers.  that was the extend of the House improvements and concern for your tax dollars.  This action is of course a good move because it makes each program stand on its own and makes it more difficult for the farm representatives to get the votes of the city representatives——they have to go out in the corridor and make their deals that if you vote for mine I will vote for yours.  Thieves have to trust other thieves to do what they promise!   Other than that the same big wealthy campaign fund givers still get their pay off in both bills.  Read the following article.  BB

Farm Bill: You’ll Never Believe Where the House Wants to Spend Your Tax Dollars

July 11, 2013 at 10:46

 

The House split up farm-related programs and food stamps, but they didn’t make a single reform to farm programs — and House leadership is hoping America doesn’t notice.

The text of the farm-only bill was released late last night, and current plans are to vote on the bill as soon as midday today. Leadership may be rushing through the process so members don’t have time to properly review the bill, but Heritage experts have the facts.

Everything that was bloated and egregious in the bill remains in the bill and it still hands out taxpayer money to surprising recipients. We’ve highlighted just some of the ridiculous places Congress wants to send your tax dollars below.

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I was so happy to read that Hobby Lobby has won the case for God loving people to stand against Obamacare’s mandate to force us to pay for abortions and abortion drugs..

Hobby Lobby Wins Major Victory Against Obamacare Mandate

Late this afternoon, a federal court granted a major victory to the Green family and Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., issuing the company a temporary restraining order to the coercive Obamacare mandate that requires employers to provide coverage of abortion-inducing drugs.

The ruling comes just one day after a lengthy opinion of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit sent the case back to the district court to reconsider Hobby Lobby’s request for a temporary block to the mandate.

Hobby Lobby and the Green family faced the terrible choice of violating their faith or paying massive fines starting this Monday morning,” remarked Becket Fund for Religious Liberty General Counsel Kyle Duncan. “We are delighted that both the 10th Circuit and the district court have spared them from this unjust burden on their religious freedom.”

Hobby Lobby is a closely held family business, which the Green family seeks to operate in accordance with Christian principles. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Hobby Lobby has grown from one 300-square-foot garage to over 500 stores in 41 states and employs more than 13,000 employees. The Green family is not only committed to serving their customers and employees but also to investing in communities through partnerships with numerous Christian ministries.

The Green family’s company, which closes all its locations on Sundays, seeks to operate in accordance with Christian principles, including offering an employee health care plan that aligns with those values. However, the Obamacare mandate would force Hobby Lobby to provide and pay for coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, despite the Green’s religious objections.

As the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals noted in its opinion yesterday, the Green family faced crippling fines unless it complied with the mandate. Absent the temporary halt to the mandate granted this afternoon, Hobby Lobby could have face fines of up to $1.3 million a day starting as early as next Monday. Even if the company had stopped offering health insurance altogether, harming their employees by taking away valuable benefits, Obamacare would still have hit Hobby Lobby with a fine of about $26 million per year after 2014.

The mandate’s offensively narrow religious exemption doesn’t apply to a large number of religious organizations, let alone family businesses such as Hobby Lobby. In fact, the Administration’s most recent rewrite of their “accommodation” explicitly excludes families who go into business to provide for themselves and their employees.

More than 200 plaintiffs are currently involved in more than 60 lawsuits against this HHS mandate. Of the 28 cases that have had rulings touching on the merits, 21 have received temporary halts to the mandate’s enforcement while their cases proceed. Most involve family businesses burdened by the coercive rule.

Employees and individuals should be able to choose health care that best fits the needs of their families and respects their freedom. Employers should be able to build and grow job-creating businesses in accordance with their values without threat of government penalties.

The first step on the road to regaining that freedom is rescinding the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate. Protecting Americans’ liberties more generally will require full repeal of Obamacare.


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