Archive for June, 2009

A Matter of Honor

June 30th, 2009 10:51 am  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, congress, DownsizeDC.org, law, Liberty, Politics  |  1

D o w n s i z e r – D i s p a t c h

Quote of the Day: “Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong” – Thomas Jefferson


The overwhelming majority of Americans agree that Congress should read the bills they pass. Our mission is to tell them about DownsizeDC.org’s Read the Bills Act (RTBA). If we overwhelm Congress with demands to pass RTBA, Congress will have no choice but to follow our orders.

Directly inspired by DownsizeDC.org, California businessman Jerrol LeBaron has the idea that his state legislators should also be required to read the bills. One advantage in California is he doesn’t have to pressure the State Assembly and Senate — he can go directly to the people. Through California’s initiative-and-referendum process, LeBaron intends to put California’s own version of a Read the Bills Act on the ballot for voters to pass. LeBaron has created Honor in Office to accomplish this.

It is gratifying to see DC Downsizer ideas spread through the country. Success in California will inspire movements in other states and hasten success at the federal level. As the name of the California group suggests, reading the bills really is a matter of honor. An elected legislator really has no other job but to understand what he or she is doing to the people. Otherwise, why have elected representatives at all?

Yet, over the past three weeks, the House and Senate combined to pass 50 bills totaling 2,904 pages. These bills were not read on the floor. They weren’t read by members in their personal time. Most weren’t even read in committee.

(To see the list of bills passed, check out the blog version of this Dispatch.)

Let’s tell Congress that the RTBA movement isn’t going away. Tell them it is actually spreading to the states. Tell them if they don’t introduce and pass RTBA, their very honor is open to question. You can send your message using our easy-to-use Educate the Powerful System.    Read More »

FED to Monetize Another $1.75 Trillion in 2009

June 30th, 2009 8:30 am  |  by  |  Published in Banking, Big Government, Commentary, Constitution, Debt, Economics, Federal Reserve, government spending, inflation, Liberty, Money  |  Comments Off

…. debasing the dollar to prop up the housing boom that the FED created.

by Jake Towne, the Champion of the Constitution
Originally published Monday, June 29, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article6575.html

shawA government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

- George Bernard Shaw (photo)

In the June 24, 2009, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) led by FED Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the FED will monetize another $1.75 Trillion in 2009.  The announcement reads “the Federal Reserve will purchase a total of up to $1.25 trillion of agency mortgage-backed securities and up to $200 billion of agency debt by the end of the year. In addition, the Federal Reserve will buy up to $300 billion of Treasury securities by autumn.”

This is a last-ditch attempt to continue to prop the housing market from a further collapse due to option, Alt-A, ARM mortgages.  As with most of the current interventions, instead of “softening the blow” this action will merely drag out this depression, and likely will make the end resolution that much more catastrophic. Monetization of debt increase the money supply of dollars, which inevitably causes debasement of the dollar by inflation.

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One Subject at a Time – Open Letter to Congressman Dent from Jake Towne

June 30th, 2009 2:29 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Commentary, congress, Liberty  |  Comments Off

I make a point to my Congressman that he should seek solutions, not just complain and promote hypocrisy.

by Jake Towne, the Champion of the Constitution

Originally published Sunday, June 28, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article6574.html

This open letter is to summarize a point made during a phone call to my Congressman’s office on Friday, June 26. The letter has also been emailed to his office, and during the call I identified myself as a citizen and also a candidate in the 2010 election.

Dear Congressman Dent,

In regards to HR 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, you were quoted on your website this month as saying: “I am disappointed Speaker Pelosi chose not to pass a clean bill to fund our service men and women to fight the radicals and extremists that pose a threat to our national security.”

While I disagree with your reasoning outlined in the announcement, I would have voted against this bill as well. However, this brings up a question – how  does one define a “clean bill.” I ask to you to read a note I sent you earlier this year where I referenced a DownsizeDC.org’s bill reform act to allow only one subject at a time to be listed.

Many people in our district are well aware of your approval of HR 1424, the $700+ Billion “Banker Bailout” in October of last year. Although you voted against the first time, you voted FOR it several days later after the Senate added 332 pages of pork to the original 110-page banker bailout text. Here are some of the added sections which you voted for.

Sec. 317. Seven-year cost recovery period for motorsports racing track facility.
Sec. 318. Expensing of environmental remediation costs.
Sec. 319. Extension of work opportunity tax credit for Hurricane Katrina employees.
Sec. 320. Extension of increased rehabilitation credit for structures in the Gulf Opportunity Zone.
Sec. 321. Enhanced deduction for qualified computer contributions.
Sec. 323. Enhanced charitable deductions for contributions of food inventory.
Sec. 324. Extension of enhanced charitable deduction for contributions of book inventory.
Sec. 325. Extension and modification of duty suspension on wool products; wool research fund; wool duty refunds.
Sec. 401. Permanent authority for undercover operations. (as related to tax provisions)
Sec. 501. $8,500 income threshold used to calculate refundable portion of child tax credit.
Sec. 502. Provisions related to film and television productions.
Sec. 503. Exemption from excise tax for certain wooden arrows designed for use by children.
Sec. 504. Income averaging for amounts received in connection with the Exxon Valdez litigation.

I hope you now see the hypocrisy of your own past actions and decide to sponsor a bill that would lead to “clean bills” that are limited to one subject at a time. Not just for Speaker Pelosi and her Democrats, not just for yourself and all Republicans, BUT FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

As your constituent, I do not wish to hear complaints from you without either solutions on how to fix them or requests for help.

So, could you please sponsor a bill to promote ‘One Subject at a Time’?  Feel free to contact me with questions.

Let me also voice my disappointment with you, Congressman. If you read HR 2346 closely, you would have also noted that there are many other side topics besides the War of Terror that you support. One of the most important is that the bill gives permission to the IMF to sell major portions of its gold holdings, much of which is on loan from our country. The President and Congress is committing a robbery in awarding our country’s gold to others without public discourse of any sort.  You are remiss in your duty to alert your constituents of this.

On June 4th, I sent you a note concerning the constitutionality of using of taxpayer funds on the nation’s health care and asked a simple question in regards to HR 2516, the Medical Rights Act, a bill you co-signed. Could you please reply to this question?

On May 7th, I sent you a note requesting your thoughts on the Federal Reserve (specifically whether you would support abolishing it, and if not, why) and our nation’s monetary policy. Could you please reply and inform me of your stance on the FED and monetary policy?

me

Jake Towne is running for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 15th District in the 2010 election as a citizen unaffiliated with any political parties.  Jake also writes at www.LibertyMaven.com and www.CampaignForLiberty.comA master campaign presentation for internet viewing is available. [Reach the Author Here!]

P.S. You can listen to my most recent interview with “Patriot Pastor” Kinley from last week on BlogTalk Radio here.   On July 1, 4 PM EST, I will be on live with Ken Van Doren of the Voice of Liberty on www.RevolutionBroadcasting.com.

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Veritas numquam perit. Veritas odit moras. Veritas vincit. Truth never perishes. Truth hates delay. Truth conquers.

Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it.

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Ron Paul talks Cap and Trade in a new video

June 29th, 2009 9:32 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Civil Liberties, congress, Constitution, Environment, Foreign Policy, Liberty, Politics, Ron Paul  |  Comments Off

In a video message published by the Campaign For Liberty Ron Paul discussed some behind the scenes discussions he had with some fellow lawmakers.

What he reveals will make anyone who is opposed to this bill seethe with anger, but it seems it is just typical of DC lawmakers.

Paul also points out a bit of the hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle. It’s almost like Ron Paul is the whistle blower for reality on Capitol Hill.

Watch the clip below.

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Ron Paul talks Fed audit (HR1207) and more on the Jason Lewis Show

June 29th, 2009 9:22 pm  |  by  |  Published in Banking, Big Government, congress, Constitution, Economics, Election, Environment, Federal Reserve, Free Market, gold, gold standard, Liberty, Money, Ron Paul, Taxes  |  2 Responses

Ron Paul was interviewed on the Jason Lewis Show by guest host Rod Grams this evening. They talked for about 16 minutes and covered several topics but in the end focused on auditing and potentially ending the Federal Reserve.

Paul specifically discusses why he doesn’t think the way to get HR1207 to a House vote is through a discharge petition. He suggests continuing to drum up grassroots support for HR1207 is the best method.

Grams allowed Ron Paul to speak until he was done on each topic. He even pointed out that his niece convinced him that Paul was a great candidate during the 2008 election.

Listen to the interview in it’s entirety below.

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The Bubble Blowers: Goldman Sachs and Cap and Trade

June 29th, 2009 8:00 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Commentary, congress, Environment, jobs, Liberty, Market Regulation, Politics  |  2 Responses

As Cap and Trade races through Congress, here is a question – Who will benefit? The environment and us or Government Sachs?

by Jake Towne, the Champion of the Constitution

Originally published Sunday, June 28, 2009 at http://www.nolanchart.com/article6573.html

Last week the House voted 219-212 to pass HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, whose intent is to “create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.”  I’ve only had time to browse the 1,092 page bill and sincerely believe it will not achieve a single one of its purposes.

The creation of clean energy jobs is very vague and the parts that are clear center not on industry but on educating people about global warming – this appears to signal the creation of a new class of bureaucrat-teachers, not industrial jobs.

Energy independence?  Transition to a clean energy economy?  Get real, there is nothing of substance in the document that details such a plan, and this is a pipe dream for government to create this.  What will you ask?  Only a free market, driven by the consumer and free from government interventions can do so, in my opinion.

“Reduce global warming pollution?”  Somehow I missed the scientific debate where the global warmers square off against the global coolers and those who believe that ‘the weather just changes, weather you want it to or not’ as I suggested here “Anthropogenic Global Warming or an Ice Age, Which Is It? (PART 2/2)“.  Is carbon dioxide really a pollutant? Don’t plants need it to live and don’t we all respire it? It would be a lot cheaper and a lot more useful than HR 2454!

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Apparently, John Boehner supports the Read The Bills Act

June 26th, 2009 6:18 pm  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, congress, energy, Environment, Free Market, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Politics, rule of law  |  Comments Off

As I write this right now, Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (who also is a cosponsor of HR1207) has been talking on the House Floor for about 50 minutes. He is stepping through (almost page by page) the 300+ page addition to the Cap and Trade (Climate Bill) that was added around 3am this morning.

He’s actually making many great points about the horrible details in the bill.

What he is doing right now is giving great ammunition for supporting the “Read the Bills” Act in the near future.

“Is there anything that we aren’t regulating in this bill?”, Boehner yells.

At about 20 minutes in, Henry Waxman interrupted and asked how long Boehner would be permitted to speak. The chairwoman stated that it is customary to hear the leadership speak, forcing Waxman to sit down and allow Boehner to continue (to great cheers from the GOP side of the House).

We live in interesting times folks.

Please continue to contact the Reps who are on the fence regarding the bill. For a list see this page from the NTU.

Will Obama Ban Pocket Knives?

June 26th, 2009 4:54 pm  |  by  |  Published in Big Government, Civil Liberties, Individual Responsibility, law, Liberty, Politics  |  7 Responses

Ready for Knife Control?

Apparently, President Obama thinks that any pocket knife that can be opened with one hand should be considered a “switchblade” and should therefore be banned from being imported.

The Washington Times reports:

The Obama administration wants to expand the 50-year-old ban on importing “switchblades” to include folding knives that can be opened with one hand, stirring fears the government may on the path to outlawing most pocket knives.

Critics, including U.S. knife manufacturers and collectors, the National Rifle Association, sportsmen’s groups and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, say the rule change proposed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would rewrite U.S. law defining what constitutes a switchblade and potentially make de facto criminals of the estimated 35 million Americans who use folding knives.

Pocket knives of this sort are already illegal in England and Australia, prompting grassroots advocacy groups such as Knife Rights to pop up.  Can it get any more asinine?  I fear the answer is yes.

John Stossel on liberty, unplugged and raw

June 26th, 2009 9:00 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Civil Liberties, Environment, Foreign Policy, Free Market, Gun Control, Health Care, John Stossel, Libertarianism, Liberty, Market Regulation  |  Comments Off

John Stossel participated in a “must read” online chat last night via “The Agitator”, Radley Balko’s great site.

If you missed it the chat transcript is available for your reading pleasure.

Stossel is quick-witted and brutally honest. He’s a refreshing libertarian voice in the media wilderness.

Also, check out his new frequently updated blog for more raw Stossel.

Quick Hits: Life and Death, Climate Bill, The Fed, and random thoughts

June 26th, 2009 8:15 am  |  by  |  Published in Activism, Big Government, Commentary, congress, Economics, Environment, Federal Reserve, government spending, Health Care, Liberty, Maven Commentary, Politics, Ron Paul, Taxes  |  2 Responses

It’s Friday again. Here is this week’s installment of “quick hits”.

It has been quite a busy week. The news outlets have had a lot to talk about. At least 4 people died this week, one of them politically, the other 3, physically.

Ed McMahon died earlier this week. There are three things I think of when I hear his name, other than being Johnny Carson’s sidekick on the “Tonight Show”.

The first is the impression of Ed McMahon on the “Carsenio Hall Show“, an SNL skit with Dana Carvey playing Carsenio and the late great Phil Hartman playing McMahon. Next, I recall McMahon hosting the talent show “Star Search“, an 80′s version of “American Idol” with several other talent categories. Finally, and perhaps most of all I remember McMahon as being the guy in the “American Family Sweepstakes” commercials (see one here). RIP Ed.

The next “death” of the week was purely political. I’m talking, of course, about Mark Sanford. There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said. I realize many people liked Sanford and thought he may be the guy in 2012, but I was never completely sold on the guy for some reason. Now, we all have a reason.

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