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Weekly News & Politics Digest, December 4, 2012

  • Hanover • Hanover Approves 38 Percent Property-Tax Hike

    The borough says the money is needed to fund police and fire services.
    By CRAIG K. PASKOSKI
    The Evening Sun

    Despite a personal plea from state Rep. Dan Moul, the Hanover Borough Council Wednesday night approved a 38-percent property tax increase for next year and voted to advertise its proposed $30.2 million 2013 budget.

    The council voted, 8-1, to raise the real estate tax rate by 1.51 mills, setting the rate for next year at 5.50 mills. The increase would mean an additional $250.51 yearly in taxes for the owners of a $165,900 house, which is the average value of a home in the borough. Taxes for that house would increase from $661.94 per year to $912.45.

    Moul, who lives in Conewago Township, said he owns rental property in the borough and was concerned about his tenants. He questioned why the borough needed such a significant increase and said it would hurt those in the community who can least afford it.

    “Are your expenses going up 38 percent?” Moul questioned the council. “I find that extraordinarily hard to believe.

    “People are living hand to mouth. People that are lucky enough to have jobs are living paycheck to paycheck,” said the Republican lawmaker.

    Moul said the 38-percent increase, along with proposed water-rate hikes and higher taxes on the county level, would force him to raise rental rates.

    “We’ve got to pass that along to some of the poorest people in our community,” he said.

    Moul asked the council to table the increase in order to re-examine the budget “to see where we can trim some spending.”

    But Borough Manager Barb Krebs said the council
    had been over the budget many times and was at the point where an increase was unavoidable without cutting services. She pointed out it is the first time in nine years the borough will raise taxes.

    “The council did a good job of holding off raising taxes until this point,” Krebs said. “We cut every possible place we could cut. Unfortunately, we have to raise this year.”

    She said the borough avoided a tax increase in recent years by pulling money from other accounts, including its cash reserve fund. The borough used roughly half of its $2.6 million in reserve funds this year to balance the 2012 budget, Krebs said. Those funds are needed early in the year to meet payroll before taxes comes in to the borough.

    Even with the tax increase, Krebs said, the borough will still need to dip into that reserve fund to make ends meet next year.

    With the tax hike, the borough expects to generate $5 million in real-estate taxes in 2013.

    That money, Krebs said, is specifically designated to cover police and fire services, which is projected to cost the borough $5.36 million.

    “Without raising the taxes, we’d have to cut services,” Krebs said.

    Driving the need for the increase is a $547,500 rise in health insurance costs, wages and pensions. The borough faces a 20-percent increase in insurance premiums and employee contracts call for a 3½-percent wage increase for firefighters, 3 percent for police personnel, public works and office employees, and a 2½-percent raise for water department workers.

    Moul questioned whether borough employees should be getting those raises since the consumer price index is rising only about 1 percent.

    Krebs said employees agreed to make concessions in their health benefits to slightly offset those premium increases.

    She also pointed out state funding for many items, such as the libraries, recycling and grants have been cut, while the borough is mandated to do a number of projects, including upgrades to the sewer lines and the wastewater treatment plant.

    “You, as a representative, know there are a lot of mandates out there,” Krebs said.

    Moul said he was concerned the increase was coming all at once.

    “It’s such a big jump at one time,” he said. “To raise this 38 percent in one shot could be devastating to them, people that live on the edge.”

    Councilwoman Heidi Hormel voted against the tax increase, saying she was not given enough information during budget meetings.

    “I know we need an increase. I feel I didn’t have enough information on it at our last finance meeting,” she said.

    The proposed budget will be available for public review at the borough office building, and council is scheduled to take a final vote at its Dec. 26 regular meeting.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:47 pm


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    Yes, indeed we were warned about political parties by our Founding Fathers. They were wise men, who created and organized a new government to the best of their abilities and with the realities of their time; still, they looked into the future and were able to anticipate difficulties that could possibly arise. One of these was the rise of powerful political parties.
    James Madison- “A pure democracy can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction….. There is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party.”

    John Adams- “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble opinion, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

    Benjamin Franklin- “And of what kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters?”

    George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796- “However political parties may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    These visionary men could well be describing today’s democrat and republican parties.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:32 am


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    Do we need Political Parties?
    Would our country be better off if we had no political parties- just individuals running for public office against each other?

    Interesting idea-however-it can spell the end of any kind of democracy.

    When military dictators come to power, such as the late President Zia ul Haq of Pakistan, they abolish political parties. In fact, a one party state such as Nazi Germany or the USSR is a no-party state.

    Gore Vidal famously said that ’the United States is a one party state with two right wings.’

    I was quite shocked when I was a student when my American exchange professor said that he never voted in US elections as he felt he was endorsing a system which never gave him any real choices at all.

    More crucially, compared to foreign governments, the US one is-according to European political scientists- much weaker than, say, European ones when it comes to withstanding pressure from big business.

    American political theorist, Chalmers Johnson, in his book ’Blowback’ takes the argument a step further by saying that the US arms industrial complex is so eager to promote itself, or weapons sales, that it will, in effect, work against the foreign policy interests of the United States and the State Department.

    Whether that is true or not, on a personal note, I spend my entire life in a classroom reading American literature, stories and poems, to English -and Turkish-children, and I am filled with something like despair at the dreadful political leadership in the US which is either irrelevant or just wrong-headed most of the time. Let me spare you the details save in this:

    All the peoples of the western nations are going to have to pay higher taxes whatever any politician may tell us. We are going to have to accept lower wages as well, and be a whole lot more efficient. There is no other way of competing with the sort of people who produce quality goods on salaries of $2,000 a year or less. Our military budgets are going to have to be chopped back. We are being invaded with cheap shampoo and toy tanks now. Real tanks won’t help much.

    You can’t always get what you want

    It’s not so much that we “need” them as that we get them whether we want them or not.

    Each party is a collection of diverse, slightly overlapping interests that agree to work together. It can lead to some irrelevant bedfellows (why are the gun-rights and pro-life people the same party? Why is same party for minimum wage hikes and legalized marijuana?) but there’s usually some logic to it.

    They’re stronger together then they are apart. “I’ll vote for your issues if you’ll vote for mine.” Usually they’re not really voting against their interest when voting for the other guy’s bill but might otherwise remain neutral on it, while the “other party” contains the guys who are opposed.

    Try this as a thought experiment: take your favorite party and disband it. The separate interest garoups will get massacred by the other party, and the old party will promptly re-form spontaneously.

    Once in a very rare while an extremely rich person will try to run without the aid of a party. It rarely works, and never at the Presidential level. And it never, ever, ever works for poor people. If we eliminated parties, only people who could afford all the infrastructure that parties currently provide (experienced media managers, volunteer coordinators, mailing lists, etc) would win.

    You can try banning the parties, but only by trampling on freedom of speech, freedom of association, and probably freedom of the press.

    Local elections are often nonpartisan, usually because there aren’t any long-term social and theoretical alignments to work out. But even there, politicians tend to band together and work for each other’s interests. And they’re not always nonpartisan, because they’re sometimes used to “groom” candidates for higher office.

    So parties end up being an inevitable fact of life. We can rail against it, but there’s not really anything we can do about it without costing even more freedom than we’d gain.

    In a word: Yes!

    A party is just an organization that helps individuals get elected. Every candidate has an organization. Even if we got rid of all the parties today, they’d appear in a blink of an eye. There are practical reasons for this.

    In the US, we have the most mature democracy on the planet. Thus we have two parties. In the beginning, there were a ton of parties. You needed a score card, and it still didn’t make sense. It was like every candidate was a unique individual, and you had no idea what their history really was.

    New-born democracies often start with a dozen parties. In the first few years, these get reduced in half, as the little parties merge with larger parties that share a lot of their positions. These mergers happen for the same reason they happen in business: greater numbers equal more foot soldiers and more power in elections and more money raising, and greater efficiency.

    The end of this party consolidation always comes when there are two parties in a democracy (one “party” in non-democracies). And these two parties tussle back and forth, each trying to claim their half, plus a little be more of the center, so they can win.

    Inevitably, in this process, a lot of ideas get left out, as the parties seek to position themselves with the greatest chance of winning the coveted center. So people get angry, and in hoping to push their ideas, they try, again and again, to build third parties. These almost never take hold. And even if they do well in one election, their share of the vote has always plummeted in the next election.

    So, if we outlawed the current parties, new parties would spring up out of the organizations of the next set of politicians. It’s a nice dream. It will never happen as long as we have a democracy, and as long as enough people think elections matter.

    I say no!

    My preference would be to have no parties at all. To be a candidate, you get the designated number of signatures on a petition and run in a national primary. Public funding at a moderately low rate is provided–no personal funds can be used. Then the top 4 get additional public funding to run in the election. The whole process takes 4 months and literally anyone can run. Do away with the unnecessary conventions and all the backroom deal making. Time for a major overhaul of our system that will get rid of the choking influence of the rich ruling class in this country.

    It’s a good question.

    There are certainly flaws in the dual party system and within each party. However I can’t help thinking of The Federalist Papers (I think that’s it. I’m pretty tired and the brain is firing slowly) in which there was some concern that this country would grow so large, with so many factions that there would be know method of balance and the sheer volume of different political movements would halt any progress. I would be concerned that with no parties to balance one another and consolidate efforts to enact laws and policies we might wind up stagnating with a whole lot of wonderful ideas but no real action in any direction. The flip side would be we would have a heck of a lot less, or at least smaller portions, of organized corruption.

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:42 am


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    The Nebraska Legislature is the supreme legislative body of the State of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. The Legislature meets at the Nebraska State Capitol in the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County.
    Nebraska’s Legislature is unusual in that it is unicameral and nonpartisan. No other state in the U.S. has a single-chamber legislative body, although the legislatures of two U.S. territories—the Virgin Islands and Guam—are unicameral, as is the Council of the District of Columbia. At 49 members it is also the smallest state legislature (the next smallest is the 60-member bicameral Alaska Legislature).
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    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:25 am


  • Opinions • A citizen of Guam

    I am an American citizen living on the island of Guam. Guam is a territory of the United States. I am a 57-year-old female, disabled by a stroke at the age of 41. Although we are American citizens, we cannot vote directly for the President of the United States, so we are not included in the popular vote. I feel this is wrong.

    I see a ridiculous amount of waste, inefficiency, and mis-management in our government; ridiculous amounts of money for simple items that are buried in wasteful government contracts.

    I don’t care about the party system or about term limits. I don’t care what party a candidate represents, I vote based upon their positions on the issues that are important to me. If a candidate is worthy, they can be elected as many times as the people choose. I do not like candidates who get elected and then do not do what they were elected to do.

    I really liked Ronald Reagan. I think the government is too big and complicated. I support going back to the basics and adhering more closely to the Constitution.

    I rely on social security disability. I get food stamps and I have medicare insurance. The food stamps and social security are insufficient to sustain me. Medicare insurance is good, and I am happy about that.

    Illegal aliens attempt to get onto the island of Guam often. They are mostly Filipinos and Chinese. The ports are closely watched; when the illegals are found, they are sent home without further expense or trouble. What bothers me the most about illegal immigration is that the resources of America go to take care of people who are not citizens when we have Americans in need right now. Besides that, the budget is a mess and we can’t afford it.

    Statistics: Posted by debbie — Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:03 pm


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    Were we not warned against political parties, by Thee founding father.

    Statistics: Posted by Jim — Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:36 pm


  • Opinions • Term Limits

    This is the opinion of an investment counselor who lives in Virginia, just outside of the District of Columbia. I am in favor of strict term limits in America. Two terms in the senate and one term in congress should be sufficient for an individual to serve the country to the best of their ability, and then return to private life as a citizen. Career politicians with life-long agendas and far-reaching power and influence would be a thing of the past; senators and congressmen would not become millionaires at the expense of the taxpayers; they would not become beltway-insiders who are out of touch with the people.
    I would like to see a single 6-year term for the presidency. This would give a sufficient term to be effective, while eliminating the time and expense of campaigning while in office.

    Statistics: Posted by concerned+1 — Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:13 am


  • Opinions • Re: Third Party

    In reading over the previous post, I am reminded of the words found within the Declaration of Independence, crafted by our Founding Fathers…
    ” that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” Enough said.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:10 am


  • Opinions • Third Party

    The concept of a third party is interesting. Neither of the two existing parties can fix the problems of this country today; neither seems willing or able to clearly (and fearlessly) even identify the problems. They are stifled by political correctness and blinded by their affiliations. They are deaf to the voices of the people. After the 2012 Presidential election, it seems clear that today’s Republican Party in particular does not have the ability to re-brand itself as a party more acceptable to the electorate.
    Grass-roots conservatives are aware that they are taken for granted by the Republican Party and thereby ignored. Their core beliefs are trampled upon. As a result, many stayed home rather than vote in 2012. They have come to realize that the Republican Party does not represent them.
    A Ron Paul or a Gary Johnson is not the answer. That has been tried, and it failed. Rather than having a fringe group leader emerge and then have a small minority of voters coalesce around him/her, a viable third party platform must be formed, and then a leader chosen that best represents that platform. That way the issues come first, rather than the popular appeal of an articulate candidate who has no chance of winning. The platform of a true conservative party could probably be pulled from within the present Republican Party platform, and would consist of many planks not being used by the present party establishment.
    Interestingly, there are certainly also disgruntled Democrats, sick of the partisan bickering and gridlock in Washington, who can see that a possible workable new party is somewhere outside the two current major parties. The current party elites are ignoring them as well. Some of these might very well consider joining a new party (like the “Reagan Democrats”) if they were convinced the party heard them and would represent them.
    The chance of a successful third party developing into a force to be reckoned with is low, and I hold a skeptical realism as to its practicality. It would take millions of dollars, real independent leadership, and strong coalitions in all fifty states to be viable. But there are American voices that are crying out to be heard and are tired of being ignored while they are paying the salaries of those in office, and whose number seems to be increasing.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:45 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • Quote from a European Newspaper

    Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon. The Czechs suffered under the Soviet form of socialism and are quite qualified to recognize the Obama form of the same.

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgement to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”
    Prager Zeitungon

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:34 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • What If We Fail? – Liberty

    Ronald Reagan speech at 1976 Republican Convention…what can we learn from this?Image

    If I could just take a moment; I had an assignment the other day. Someone asked me to write a letter for a time capsule that is going to be opened in Los Angeles a hundred years from now, on our Tricentennial.

    It sounded like an easy assignment. They suggested I write something about the problems and the issues today. I set out to do so, riding down the coast in an automobile, looking at the blue Pacific out on one side and the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other, and I couldn’t help but wonder if it was going to be that beautiful a hundred years from now as it was on that summer day.

    Then as I tried to write — let your own minds turn to that task. You are going to write for people a hundred years from now, who know all about us. We know nothing about them. We don’t know what kind of a world they will be living in.

    And suddenly I thought to myself if I write of the problems, they will be the domestic problems the President spoke of here tonight; the challenges confronting us, the erosion of freedom that has taken place under Democratic rule in this country, the invasion of private rights, the controls and restrictions on the vitality of the great free economy that we enjoy. These are our challenges that we must meet.

    And then again there is that challenge of which he spoke that we live in a world in which the great powers have poised and aimed at each other horrible missiles of destruction, nuclear weapons that can in a matter of minutes arrive at each other’s country and destroy, virtually, the civilized world we live in.

    And suddenly it dawned on me, those who would read this letter a hundred years from now will know whether those missiles were fired. They will know whether we met our challenge. Whether they have the freedoms that we have known up until now will depend on what we do here.

    Will they look back with appreciation and say, “Thank God for those people in 1976 who headed off that loss of freedom, who kept us now 100 years later free, who kept our world from nuclear destruction”?

    And if we failed, they probably won’t get to read the letter at all because it spoke of individual freedom, and they won’t be allowed to talk of that or read of it.

    This is our challenge; and this is why here in this hall tonight, better than we have ever done before, we have got to quit talking to each other and about each other and go out and communicate to the world that we may be fewer in numbers than we have ever been, but we carry the message they are waiting for.

    We must go forth from here united, determined that what a great general said a few years ago is true: There is no substitute for victory, Mr. President.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:07 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Day Address 1985

    Ronald Reagan Thanksgiving Day Address 1985
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    This is what a REAL president sounds like when he offers Thanksgiving greetings to his fellow Americans: appreciation for the liberties we enjoy, for those who have fought to preserve them, and for the Father in heaven who has so greatly blessed us.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:44 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • Thanksgiving Proclamation

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
    A PROCLAMATION
    Thanksgiving Proclamation, November 15, 1985

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    Although the time and date of the first American thanksgiving observance may be uncertain, there is no question but that this treasured custom derives from our Judeo-Christian heritage. “Unto Thee, O God, do we give thanks,” the Psalmist sang, praising God not only for the “wondrous works” of His creation, but for loving guidance and deliverance from dangers.

    A band of settlers arriving in Maine in 1607 held a service of thanks for their safe journey, and twelve years later settlers in Virginia set aside a day of thanksgiving for their survival. In 1621 Governor William Bradford created the most famous of all such observances at Plymouth Colony when a bounteous harvest prompted him to proclaim a special day “to render thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings.” The Spaniards in California and the Dutch in New Amsterdam also held services to give public thanks to God.

    In 1777, during our War of Independence, the Continental Congress set aside a day for thanksgiving and praise for our victory at the battle of Saratoga. It was the first time all the colonies took part in such an event on the same day. The following year, upon news that France was coming to our aid, George Washington at Valley Forge prescribed a special day of thanksgiving. Later, as our first President, he responded to a Congressional petition by declaring Thursday, November 26, 1789, the first Thanksgiving Day of the United States of America.

    Although there were many state and national thanksgiving days proclaimed in the ensuing years, it was the tireless crusade of one woman, Sarah Josepha Hale, that finally led to the establishment of this beautiful feast as an annual nationwide observance. Her editorials so touched the heart of Abraham Lincoln that in 1863 – even in the midst of the civil War – he enjoined his countrymen to be mindful of their many blessings, cautioning them not to forget “the source from which they come,” that they are “the gracious gifts of the Most High God…” Who ought to be thanked “with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.”

    It is in that spirit that I now invite all Americans to take part again in this beautiful tradition with its roots deep in our history and deeper still in our hearts. We manifest our gratitude to God for the many blessings he has showered upon our land and upon its people.

    In this season of Thanksgiving we are grateful for our abundant harvests and the productivity of our industries; for the discoveries of our laboratories; for the researches of our scientists and scholars; for the achievements of our artists, musicians, writers, clergy, teachers, physicians, businessmen, engineers, public servants, farmers, mechanics, artisans, and workers of every sort whose honest toil of mind and body in a free land rewards them and their families and enriches our entire Nation.

    Let us thank God for our families, friends, and neighbors, and for the joy of this very festival we celebrate in His name. Let every house of worship in the land and every home and every heart be filled with the spirit of gratitude and praise and love on this Thanksgiving Day.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in the spirit and tradition of the Pilgrims, the Continental Congress, and past Presidents, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 28, 1985, as a day of national Thanksgiving. I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship and offer prayers of praise and gratitude for the many blessings almighty God has bestowed upon our beloved country.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and tenth.

    RONALD REAGAN

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:11 pm


  • Opinions • The Opinions of the People

    This is a troubled time in American history.

    The recent election revealed the changing face and values of the electorate, as well as stark and deep divisions among the people. Citizens everywhere are considering vital questions:

    Should we reform/abolish the current party system? Is a new political party a viable option?
    Does the Electoral College still work for America today?
    What about non-partisan re-districting?
    How should we adjust our policies with regard to immigration and our borders?
    How can we remain fiscally sound and work within budgetary restraints?
    Should America adopt term limits?
    Are the words in our founding documents still alive and inspirational? Should we be guided by them still today, or have they become irrelevant?

    Many people today fear that our rights are being eroded, and some even say our country is “broken”. Perhaps we, as caretakers of this nation, can heal the break by finding common ground amongst ourselves.

    This website has one purpose: to gather the opinions and suggestions of caring citizens, and then present them to our elected officials. Write as much or as little as you wish. Come back whenever you want to contribute. Above all, speak freely, whether you are….

    • Red or Blue
    • Left or Right
    • Tea Party or Occupy
    • 99% or 1%
    • Big government or Limited government
    • Employed or out-of-work
    • Young or Old

    For your convenience, included is a reference library containing documents important in the molding and defining of America.

    Subscribe to the We the People opinions forum and receive email alerts when opinions are added.
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    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:35 pm


  • Existing Laws – Amend or Repeal • National Emergencies Act – Amendment Draft #1

    Everything that affects our lives in this country is based upon law… the Constitution being the first. We have no government or country without law. We are fortunate enough to have a system of government that allows us to elect (or hire) representatives to “represent” us in the creation, amending or removal of the laws that we live by. Nothing is perfect in this system, but it should work well if the elected representatives truly represent the will of the people… not a few, but all people. The will of the people today are not always paramount in this representative process in favor of a political party bias. This is where it becomes necessary for the people to step in and become more actively involved in the process to insure the will of the people are done as priority to any political party affiliation. This being said, no one has a right to complain if they do not actively participate in the process.

    Afraid of what our country is becoming and the road it’s going down? Fear not, for we, the people, still retain full power and control of our nation and our destiny. The President, alone, ultimately has no power without Congress and Congress is supposed to be us, “We the People”. Only good can come from being an active, not passive, participant in what is “The Government of the People, by the People and for the People”!

    If no one registers, participates and unites here, nothing will change and we get what we deserve. Our job doesn’t stop by simply voting once every four years and then hope for the best. Will someone assist here or will this remain a blank slate and allow the above law remain intact? 5,000 or 5,000,000 people presenting a finished bill to Congress, as a petition, would be very difficult for Congress or the President to ignore. To ignore and not be representative of the people is what causes revolutions and civil wars.

    If some need extra incentives other than the love of our country…
    Wouldn’t it be a novel idea for a TV or radio talk show host to do more than talk, to “do” something additionally by sponsoring and promoting a bill. Certainly wouldn’t hurt ratings either. Talk, debate and controversy would be abundant in the process of completing a finished product.

    If someone has a better idea or a tool more specific to the purpose of gov.summit.net, then please let us… everyone know. Our country and freedom is at stake and is too important!

    Otherwise…

    Be an active participant in government!!! Please, register and do more than twitter or facebook. Actions speak MUCH louder than words. News and blog junkies or others that only complain are part of the problem by creating only noise to and distractions for the problem solvers and solution makers.

    Don’t know how this works, what to do or how to begin? Try, message or chat with anyone here and they will be glad to assist. All of the tools for research, collaboration and creation can be found here on this site. Don’t know law? You don’t need to. Your ideas and concepts are all that you need to express. It’s simple and people will listen. Easy, isn’t it? Try to have such an impact or impression, as an individual, with a phone call or letter to your congressman or senator!

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:18 pm


  • Existing Laws – Amend or Repeal • 50 USC Chapter 35 – INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS

    The existing code:

    INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS

    50 USC Chapter 35 – INTERNATIONAL EMERGENCY ECONOMIC POWERS

    50 USC § 1701 – Unusual and extraordinary threat; declaration of national emergency; exercise of Presidential authorities
    (a) Any authority granted to the President by section 1702 of this title may be exercised to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, if the President declares a national emergency with respect to such threat.
    (b) The authorities granted to the President by section 1702 of this title may only be exercised to deal with an unusual and extraordinary threat with respect to which a national emergency has been declared for purposes of this chapter and may not be exercised for any other purpose. Any exercise of such authorities to deal with any new threat shall be based on a new declaration of national emergency which must be with respect to such threat.

    50 USC § 1702 – Presidential authorities
    (a) In general
    (1) At the times and to the extent specified in section 1701 of this title, the President may, under such regulations as he may prescribe, by means of instructions, licenses, or otherwise—
    (A) investigate, regulate, or prohibit—
    (i) any transactions in foreign exchange,
    (ii) transfers of credit or payments between, by, through, or to any banking institution, to the extent that such transfers or payments involve any interest of any foreign country or a national thereof,
    (iii) the importing or exporting of currency or securities,
    by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States;
    (B) investigate, block during the pendency of an investigation, regulate, direct and compel, nullify, void, prevent or prohibit, any acquisition, holding, withholding, use, transfer, withdrawal, transportation, importation or exportation of, or dealing in, or exercising any right, power, or privilege with respect to, or transactions involving, any property in which any foreign country or a national thereof has any interest by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; and. [1]
    (C) when the United States is engaged in armed hostilities or has been attacked by a foreign country or foreign nationals, confiscate any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, of any foreign person, foreign organization, or foreign country that he determines has planned, authorized, aided, or engaged in such hostilities or attacks against the United States; and all right, title, and interest in any property so confiscated shall vest, when, as, and upon the terms directed by the President, in such agency or person as the President may designate from time to time, and upon such terms and conditions as the President may prescribe, such interest or property shall be held, used, administered, liquidated, sold, or otherwise dealt with in the interest of and for the benefit of the United States, and such designated agency or person may perform any and all acts incident to the accomplishment or furtherance of these purposes.
    (2) In exercising the authorities granted by paragraph (1), the President may require any person to keep a full record of, and to furnish under oath, in the form of reports or otherwise, complete information relative to any act or transaction referred to in paragraph (1) either before, during, or after the completion thereof, or relative to any interest in foreign property, or relative to any property in which any foreign country or any national thereof has or has had any interest, or as may be otherwise necessary to enforce the provisions of such paragraph. In any case in which a report by a person could be required under this paragraph, the President may require the production of any books of account, records, contracts, letters, memoranda, or other papers, in the custody or control of such person.
    (3) Compliance with any regulation, instruction, or direction issued under this chapter shall to the extent thereof be a full acquittance and discharge for all purposes of the obligation of the person making the same. No person shall be held liable in any court for or with respect to anything done or omitted in good faith in connection with the administration of, or pursuant to and in reliance on, this chapter, or any regulation, instruction, or direction issued under this chapter.
    (b) Exceptions to grant of authority
    The authority granted to the President by this section does not include the authority to regulate or prohibit, directly or indirectly—
    (1) any postal, telegraphic, telephonic, or other personal communication, which does not involve a transfer of anything of value;
    (2) donations, by persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, of articles, such as food, clothing, and medicine, intended to be used to relieve human suffering, except to the extent that the President determines that such donations
    (A) would seriously impair his ability to deal with any national emergency declared under section 1701 of this title,
    (B) are in response to coercion against the proposed recipient or donor, or
    (C) would endanger Armed Forces of the United States which are engaged in hostilities or are in a situation where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances; or [2]
    (3) the importation from any country, or the exportation to any country, whether commercial or otherwise, regardless of format or medium of transmission, of any information or informational materials, including but not limited to, publications, films, posters, phonograph records, photographs, microfilms, microfiche, tapes, compact disks, CD ROMs, artworks, and news wire feeds. The exports exempted from regulation or prohibition by this paragraph do not include those which are otherwise controlled for export under section 2404 of the Appendix to this title, or under section 2405 of the Appendix to this title to the extent that such controls promote the nonproliferation or antiterrorism policies of the United States, or with respect to which acts are prohibited by chapter 37 of title 18; or
    (4) any transactions ordinarily incident to travel to or from any country, including importation of accompanied baggage for personal use, maintenance within any country including payment of living expenses and acquisition of goods or services for personal use, and arrangement or facilitation of such travel including nonscheduled air, sea, or land voyages.
    (c) Classified information
    In any judicial review of a determination made under this section, if the determination was based on classified information (as defined in section 1(a) of the Classified Information Procedures Act) such information may be submitted to the reviewing court ex parte and in camera. This subsection does not confer or imply any right to judicial review.

    50 USC § 1703 – Consultation and reports
    (a) Consultation with Congress
    The President, in every possible instance, shall consult with the Congress before exercising any of the authorities granted by this chapter and shall consult regularly with the Congress so long as such authorities are exercised.
    (b) Report to Congress upon exercise of Presidential authorities
    Whenever the President exercises any of the authorities granted by this chapter, he shall immediately transmit to the Congress a report specifying—
    (1) the circumstances which necessitate such exercise of authority;
    (2) why the President believes those circumstances constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States;
    (3) the authorities to be exercised and the actions to be taken in the exercise of those authorities to deal with those circumstances;
    (4) why the President believes such actions are necessary to deal with those circumstances; and
    (5) any foreign countries with respect to which such actions are to be taken and why such actions are to be taken with respect to those countries.
    (c) Periodic follow-up reports
    At least once during each succeeding six-month period after transmitting a report pursuant to subsection (b) of this section with respect to an exercise of authorities under this chapter, the President shall report to the Congress with respect to the actions taken, since the last such report, in the exercise of such authorities, and with respect to any changes which have occurred concerning any information previously furnished pursuant to paragraphs (1) through (5) of subsection (b) of this section.
    (d) Supplemental requirements
    The requirements of this section are supplemental to those contained in title IV of the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. 1641].

    50 USC § 1704 – Authority to issue regulations
    The President may issue such regulations, including regulations prescribing definitions, as may be necessary for the exercise of the authorities granted by this chapter.

    50 USC § 1705 – Penalties
    (a) Unlawful acts
    It shall be unlawful for a person to violate, attempt to violate, conspire to violate, or cause a violation of any license, order, regulation, or prohibition issued under this chapter.
    (b) Civil penalty
    A civil penalty may be imposed on any person who commits an unlawful act described in subsection (a) in an amount not to exceed the greater of—
    (1) $250,000; or
    (2) an amount that is twice the amount of the transaction that is the basis of the violation with respect to which the penalty is imposed.
    (c) Criminal penalty
    A person who willfully commits, willfully attempts to commit, or willfully conspires to commit, or aids or abets in the commission of, an unlawful act described in subsection (a) shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000,000, or if a natural person, may be imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.

    50 USC § 1706 – Savings provisions
    (a) Termination of national emergencies pursuant to National Emergencies Act
    (1) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, notwithstanding the termination pursuant to the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.] of a national emergency declared for purposes of this chapter, any authorities granted by this chapter, which are exercised on the date of such termination on the basis of such national emergency to prohibit transactions involving property in which a foreign country or national thereof has any interest, may continue to be so exercised to prohibit transactions involving that property if the President determines that the continuation of such prohibition with respect to that property is necessary on account of claims involving such country or its nationals.
    (2) Notwithstanding the termination of the authorities described in section 101(b) of this Act, any such authorities, which are exercised with respect to a country on the date of such termination to prohibit transactions involving any property in which such country or any national thereof has any interest, may continue to be exercised to prohibit transactions involving that property if the President determines that the continuation of such prohibition with respect to that property is necessary on account of claims involving such country or its nationals.
    (b) Congressional termination of national emergencies by concurrent resolution
    The authorities described in subsection (a)(1) of this section may not continue to be exercised under this section if the national emergency is terminated by the Congress by concurrent resolution pursuant to section 202 of the National Emergencies Act [50 U.S.C. 1622] and if the Congress specifies in such concurrent resolution that such authorities may not continue to be exercised under this section.
    (c) Supplemental savings provisions; supersedure of inconsistent provisions
    (1) The provisions of this section are supplemental to the savings provisions of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of section 101 (a) [50 U.S.C. 1601 (a)(1), (2), (3)] and of paragraphs (A), (B), and (C) of section 202 (a) [50 U.S.C. 1622 (a)(A), (B), and (C)] of the National Emergencies Act.
    (2) The provisions of this section supersede the termination provisions of section 101 (a) [50 U.S.C. 1601 (a)] and of title II [50 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.] of the National Emergencies Act to the extent that the provisions of this section are inconsistent with these provisions.
    (d) Periodic reports to Congress
    If the President uses the authority of this section to continue prohibitions on transactions involving foreign property interests, he shall report to the Congress every six months on the use of such authority.

    50 USC § 1707 – Multinational economic embargoes against governments in armed conflict with the United States
    (a) Policy on the establishment of embargoes
    It is the policy of the United States, that upon the use of the Armed Forces of the United States to engage in hostilities against any foreign country, the President shall, as appropriate—
    (1) seek the establishment of a multinational economic embargo against such country; and
    (2) seek the seizure of its foreign financial assets.
    (b) Reports to Congress
    Not later than 20 days after the first day of the engagement of the United States in hostilities described in subsection (a) of this section, the President shall, if the armed conflict has continued for 14 days, submit to Congress a report setting forth—
    (1) the specific steps the United States has taken and will continue to take to establish a multinational economic embargo and to initiate financial asset seizure pursuant to subsection (a) of this section; and
    (2) any foreign sources of trade or revenue that directly or indirectly support the ability of the adversarial government to sustain a military conflict against the United States.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:33 pm


  • Existing Laws – Amend or Repeal • Proposed Amendment of Presidential Executive Order

    The existing code

    National Emergencies Act

    50 USC § 1601 – Termination of existing declared emergencies
    (a) All powers and authorities possessed by the President, any other officer or employee of the Federal Government, or any executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, as a result of the existence of any declaration of national emergency in effect on September 14, 1976, are terminated two years from September 14, 1976. Such termination shall not affect—
    (1) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (2) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (3) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.
    (b) For the purpose of this section, the words “any national emergency in effect” means a general declaration of emergency made by the President.

    SUBCHAPTER II—DECLARATIONS OF FUTURE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES (§§ 1621–1622)
    50 USC § 1621 – Declaration of national emergency by President; publication in Federal Register; effect on other laws; superseding legislation
    (a) With respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency. Such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.
    (b) Any provisions of law conferring powers and authorities to be exercised during a national emergency shall be effective and remain in effect
    (1) only when the President (in accordance with subsection (a) of this section), specifically declares a national emergency, and
    (2) only in accordance with this chapter. No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.
    50 USC § 1622 – National emergencies
    (a) Termination methods
    Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter shall terminate if—
    (1) there is enacted into law a joint resolution terminating the emergency; or
    (2) the President issues a proclamation terminating the emergency.
    Any national emergency declared by the President shall be terminated on the date specified in any joint resolution referred to in clause (1) or on the date specified in a proclamation by the President terminating the emergency as provided in clause (2) of this subsection, whichever date is earlier, and any powers or authorities exercised by reason of said emergency shall cease to be exercised after such specified date, except that such termination shall not affect—
    (A) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (B) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (C) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.
    (b) Termination review of national emergencies by Congress
    Not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.
    (c) Joint resolution; referral to Congressional committees; conference committee in event of disagreement; filing of report; termination procedure deemed part of rules of House and Senate
    (1) A joint resolution to terminate a national emergency declared by the President shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate, as the case may be. One such joint resolution shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee, unless such House shall otherwise determine by the yeas and nays.
    (2) Any joint resolution so reported shall become the pending business of the House in question (in the case of the Senate the time for debate shall be equally divided between the proponents and the opponents) and shall be voted on within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.
    (3) Such a joint resolution passed by one House shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the other House and shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee and shall thereupon become the pending business of such House and shall be voted upon within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.
    (4) In the case of any disagreement between the two Houses of Congress with respect to a joint resolution passed by both Houses, conferees shall be promptly appointed and the committee of conference shall make and file a report with respect to such joint resolution within six calendar days after the day on which managers on the part of the Senate and the House have been appointed. Notwithstanding any rule in either House concerning the printing of conference reports or concerning any delay in the consideration of such reports, such report shall be acted on by both Houses not later than six calendar days after the conference report is filed in the House in which such report is filed first. In the event the conferees are unable to agree within forty-eight hours, they shall report back to their respective Houses in disagreement.
    (5) Paragraphs (1)–(4) of this subsection, subsection (b) of this section, and section 1651 (b) of this title are enacted by Congress—
    (A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such they are deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in the House in the case of resolutions described by this subsection; and they supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and
    (B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.
    (d) Automatic termination of national emergency; continuation notice from President to Congress; publication in Federal Register
    Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter, and not otherwise previously terminated, shall terminate on the anniversary of the declaration of that emergency if, within the ninety-day period prior to each anniversary date, the President does not publish in the Federal Register and transmit to the Congress a notice stating that such emergency is to continue in effect after such anniversary.

    50 USC Chapter 34, Subchapter III – EXERCISE OF EMERGENCY POWERS AND AUTHORITIES
    When the President declares a national emergency, no powers or authorities made available by statute for use in the event of an emergency shall be exercised unless and until the President specifies the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act. Such specification may be made either in the declaration of a national emergency, or by one or more contemporaneous or subsequent Executive orders published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    50 USC Chapter 34, Subchapter IV – ACCOUNTABILITY AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF PRESIDENT

    (a) Maintenance of file and index of Presidential orders, rules and regulations during national emergency
    When the President declares a national emergency, or Congress declares war, the President shall be responsible for maintaining a file and index of all significant orders of the President, including Executive orders and proclamations, and each Executive agency shall maintain a file and index of all rules and regulations, issued during such emergency or war issued pursuant to such declarations.
    (b) Presidential orders, rules and regulations; transmittal to Congress
    All such significant orders of the President, including Executive orders, and such rules and regulations shall be transmitted to the Congress promptly under means to assure confidentiality where appropriate.
    (c) Expenditures during national emergency; Presidential reports to Congress
    When the President declares a national emergency or Congress declares war, the President shall transmit to Congress, within ninety days after the end of each six-month period after such declaration, a report on the total expenditures incurred by the United States Government during such six-month period which are directly attributable to the exercise of powers and authorities conferred by such declaration. Not later than ninety days after the termination of each such emergency or war, the President shall transmit a final report on all such expenditures.

    50 USC Chapter 34, Subchapter V – APPLICATION TO POWERS AND AUTHORITIES OF OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW AND ACTIONS TAKEN THEREUNDER

    (a) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following provisions of law, the powers and authorities conferred thereby, and actions taken thereunder:
    (1) Chapters 1 to 11 of title 40 and division C (except sections 3302, 3307(e), 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41;
    (2) Section 3727(a)–(e)(1) of title 31;
    (3) Section 6305 of title 41;
    (4) Public Law 85–804 (Act of Aug. 28, 1958, 72 Stat. 972; 50 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.);
    (5) Section 2304 (a)(1) [1] of title 10; [2]
    (b) Each committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate having jurisdiction with respect to any provision of law referred to in subsection (a) of this section shall make a complete study and investigation concerning that provision of law and make a report, including any recommendations and proposed revisions such committee may have, to its respective House of Congress within two hundred and seventy days after September 14, 1976.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:15 pm


  • Commentary • Electoral College – Defined

    The Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years.
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    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:44 am


  • Commentary • Presidential Executive Order – USCode TITLE 50

    Executive Orders And Laws relating to National Emergencies Laws
    United States Code TITLE 50 – WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE
    CHAPTER 34 – NATIONAL EMERGENCIES

    SUBCHAPTER I – TERMINATING EXISTING DECLARED EMERGENCIES

    Section 1601. Termination of existing declared emergencies

    (a) All powers and authorities possessed by the President, any other officer or employee of the Federal Government, or any executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, as a result of the existence of any declaration of national emergency in effect on September 14, 1976, are terminated two years from September 14, 1976. Such termination shall not affect –

    (1) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (2) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (3) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.

    (b) For the purpose of this section, the words “any national emergency in effect” means a general declaration of emergency made by the President.

    SUBCHAPTER II – DECLARATIONS OF FUTURE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES

    Section1621. Declaration of national emergency by President; publication in Federal Register; effect on other laws; superseding legislation

    (a) With respect to Acts of Congress authorizing the exercise, during the period of a national emergency, of any special or extraordinary power, the President is authorized to declare such national emergency. Such proclamation shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register.

    (b) Any provisions of law conferring powers and authorities to be exercised during a national emergency shall be effective and remain in effect

    (1) only when the President (in accordance with subsection (a) of this section), specifically declares a national emergency, and

    (2) only in accordance with this chapter. No law enacted after September 14, 1976, shall supersede this subchapter unless it does so in specific terms, referring to this subchapter, and declaring that the new law supersedes the provisions of this subchapter.

    Section1622. National emergencies

    (a) Termination methods
    Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter shall terminate if –

    (1) there is enacted into law a joint resolution terminating the emergency; or

    (2) the President issues a proclamation terminating the emergency. Any national emergency declared by the President shall be terminated on the date specified in any joint resolution referred to in clause (1) or on the date specified in a proclamation by the President terminating the emergency as provided in clause (2) of this subsection, whichever date is earlier, and any powers or authorities exercised by reason of said emergency shall cease to be exercised after such specified date, except that such termination shall not affect –

    (A) any action taken or proceeding pending not finally concluded or determined on such date;
    (B) any action or proceeding based on any act committed prior to such date; or
    (C) any rights or duties that matured or penalties that were incurred prior to such date.

    (b) Termination review of national emergencies by Congress
    Not later than six months after a national emergency is declared, and not later than the end of each six-month period thereafter that such emergency continues, each House of Congress shall meet to consider a vote on a joint resolution to determine whether that emergency shall be terminated.

    (c) Joint resolution; referral to Congressional committees; conference committee in event of disagreement; filing of report; termination procedure deemed part of rules of House and Senate

    (1) A joint resolution to terminate a national emergency declared by the President shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the House of Representatives or the Senate, as the case may be. One such joint resolution shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee, unless such House shall otherwise determine by the yeas and nays.

    (2) Any joint resolution so reported shall become the pending business of the House in question (in the case of the Senate the time for debate shall be equally divided between the proponents and the opponents) and shall be voted on within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.

    (3) Such a joint resolution passed by one House shall be referred to the appropriate committee of the other House and shall be reported out by such committee together with its recommendations within fifteen calendar days after the day on which such resolution is referred to such committee and shall thereupon become the pending business of such House and shall be voted upon within three calendar days after the day on which such resolution is reported, unless such House shall otherwise determine by yeas and nays.

    (4) In the case of any disagreement between the two Houses of Congress with respect to a joint resolution passed by both Houses, conferees shall be promptly appointed and the committee of conference shall make and file a report with respect to such joint resolution within six calendar days after the day on which managers on the part of the Senate and the House have been appointed. Notwithstanding any rule in either House concerning the printing of conference reports or concerning any delay in the consideration of such reports, such report shall be acted on by both Houses not later than six calendar days after the conference report is filed in the House in which such report is filed first. In the event the conferees are unable to agree within forty-eight hours, they shall report back to their respective Houses in disagreement.

    (5) Paragraphs (1)-(4) of this subsection, subsection (b) of this section, and section 1651(b) of this title are enacted by Congress –

    (A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such they are deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, but applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed in the House in the case of resolutions described by this subsection; and they supersede other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and

    (B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that House.

    (d) Automatic termination of national emergency; continuation notice from President to Congress; publication in Federal Register Any national emergency declared by the President in accordance with this subchapter, and not otherwise previously terminated, shall terminate on the anniversary of the declaration of that emergency if, within the ninety-day period prior to each anniversary date, the President does not publish in the Federal Register and transmit to the Congress a notice stating that such emergency is to continue in effect after such anniversary.

    SUBCHAPTER III – EXERCISE OF EMERGENCY POWERS AND AUTHORITIES

    Section 1631. Declaration of national emergency by Executive order; authority; publication in Federal Register; transmittal to Congress

    When the President declares a national emergency, no powers or authorities made available by statute for use in the event of an emergency shall be exercised unless and until the President specifies the provisions of law under which he proposes that he, or other officers will act. Such specification may be made either in the declaration of a national emergency, or by one or more contemporaneous or subsequent Executive orders published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress.

    SUBCHAPTER IV – ACCOUNTABILITY AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS OF PRESIDENT

    Section1641. Accountability and reporting requirements of President

    (a) Maintenance of file and index of Presidential orders, rules and regulations during national emergency

    When the President declares a national emergency, or Congress declares war, the President shall be responsible for maintaining a file and index of all significant orders of the President, including Executive orders and proclamations, and each Executive agency shall maintain a file and index of all rules and regulations, issued during such emergency or war issued pursuant to such declarations.

    (b) Presidential orders, rules and regulations; transmittal to Congress

    All such significant orders of the President, including Executive orders, and such rules and regulations shall be transmitted to the Congress promptly under means to assure confidentiality where appropriate.

    (c) Expenditures during national emergency; Presidential reports to Congress

    When the President declares a national emergency or Congress declares war, the President shall transmit to Congress, within ninety days after the end of each six-month period after such declaration, a report on the total expenditures incurred by the United States Government during such six-month period which are directly attributable to the exercise of powers and authorities conferred by such declaration. Not later than ninety days after the termination of each such emergency or war, the President shall transmit a final report on all such expenditures.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:23 am


Weekly News & Politics Digest

  • What’s On Your Mind • Abe & Friends
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    So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln,
    And you ain't Abe Lincoln .."

    Obama has made numerous attempts to quote Lincoln, SO WHY DOESN'T OBAMA USE THIS FAMOUS LINCOLN QUOTE:

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    … Abraham Lincoln

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:01 am


  • Election and Political • Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidates
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    So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln,
    And you ain't Abe Lincoln .."

    Obama has made numerous attempts to quote Lincoln, SO WHY DOESN'T OBAMA USE THIS FAMOUS LINCOLN QUOTE:

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    … Abraham Lincoln

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:21 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • Mitt Romney
    Born March 12, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan; earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University; attended both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, receiving both a law degree and an MBA.

    In 1999, Romney stepped into the national spotlight when he took over as president of the scandal-ridden Salt Lake City Olympic Games; the games were $397 million dollars in debt, and were plagued by bribery allegations to make matters worse. As a result, reputable sponsors stayed away from the games. Romney went into the situation very quickly, cutting back expenses and eliminating frills, traveling world-wide to gather sponsorships. In the end, ticket sales surpassed those of any previous Winter Olympics, and the $397 million dollar deficit was turned into a $56 million dollar surplus, which went to fund future Olympics. Romney turned his salary over to charity, and in addition contributed $1 million dollars to the Salt Lake City games.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:21 am


  • Election and Political • 2012 U.S. Presidential Candidates
    2012 U.S. Presidential Candidates (current – June 14, 2012)
    Only registered members may vote. Register here.


    Declared 2012 Democratic Presidential Candidate
    Current President of the United States

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    Barack Obama

    Presidential Candidate Barack Obama
    Born to a Kenyan father and a Caucasian mother, the former community activist and lawyer came into national prominence with a show stopping keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, befitting his reputation as a brilliant orator. In 2008, after a hard fought win against Hillary Clinton to secure the Democratic nomination, the former Senator from Illinois crushed Republican John McCain to become the first African American to claim the presidency.

    More about Barack Obama on Wikipedia


    Declared 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate
    Former Governor of Massachusetts

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    Mitt Romney

    Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney
    Born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of George Romney (Governor of Michigan and HUD Secretary), Mitt Romney graduated from Brigham Young University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, receiving both a law degree and an MBA. He stepped into the national spotlight as president of the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games. A prominent and successful businessman, the former Governor of Massachusetts turned the debt-ridden Olympic Games from a $397 million dollar deficit into a $56 million dollar surplus toward future Olympic Games.

    More about Mitt Romney on Wikipedia


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    To learn how to easily create attractive, eye catching posts and messages, look through the formatting help page

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  • Sports Politics • Buffalo Sabres Hockey Schedule
    Buffalo Sabres Hockey Schedule
    View history or posted upcoming events..:)

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    Statistics: Posted by gary — Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:29 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • Gasoline Tax By State
    This image map represents the tax per gallon imposed by each individual state. Add this to federal fuels tax and any local tax and wonder why we’re paying so much at the pump.

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    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:18 pm


  • Culpeper • Re: Date of Town of Culpeper Elections
    I’ve had my fill of the way Culpeper is governed. All of the complaints of police and other "hot topics". I’ve had my personal dealings, as many already know. The same old guys keep being re-elected! Why??? Do folks leave their memories and minds at home when at the polls? I tried, in my hope and way, of an attempt to do something about the problems by creating this web site . I hope you visit and try to give it a chance and invite others to join you.

    Anna Mozingo and 2 others like this.
    Sherry Stewart Be patient Gary, change will come. We are working on it!
    Wednesday at 10:00pm · Like
    Rupert Wilson Quaintance It’s like this everywhere. Chemicals in the food and water keep people docile. Unending entertainment keep all the mindless man-children busy with sports and fluff.

    Also, people don’t want to risk not being able to cheer when their guy wins. Theyd rather celebrate a victory, than take a chance on something real.
    18 hours ago · Unlike · 2
    Maureen Kratochvil McNemar with the turnout at the last election I would say they just don’t care…so sad
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    Gary Triplett
    I feel the same, Maureen. I think there also may be a reason that these types of elections are held other than in November. Another reason for poor turnout may be that there are no coordinated efforts among those that do have interest. If t…See More

    Rupert Wilson Quaintance Who has time to care? What, with SUVs and video games and American Idol and endless crappy country songs about blowing up brown people…. People are far too entertained to care. This is how Rome fell.

    Gary Triplett Then, what are we going to do about it, Wilson? I have some ideas, but it means that we’d have to get away from our "SUVs and video games and American Idol and endless crappy country songs about blowing up brown people" for a little while ;)

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:17 am


  • Culpeper • Date of Town of Culpeper Elections
    Date of the elections for the town government officials and poor voter turnout.

    I think there may be a reason that these types of elections are held other than in November. Another reason for poor turnout may be that there are no coordinated efforts among those that do have interest.

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:48 am


  • Culpeper • Homeowners Association
    It seems that the Town of Culpeper, VA is gradually moving toward becoming a homeowners association rather than an incorporated township. Up until recently, grass height was ordained to be a public nuisance beyond 18". Now, the grass height ordinance has been arbitrarily changed from 18" to 12" or less within the town. The original need for this ordinance was to protect the health and safety of residents from fellow residents who would allow garbage or yard waste to accumulate on their property, with the resulting stench; this could potentially create a breeding ground for disease that might cause imminent peril to the community. Slowly, this has evolved into appearance wants over the original health concerns. The beautification of the town has emerged as the contemporary imminent concern to this overbearing town council. The burden of satisfying their vanity, under threat of penalty, (coercion), is a financial burden beyond the ability of some property owners. The result is loss of property.

    If the town upholds it’s ordinance, it must take care of its own property first, to include every inch completely and uniformly without exception. There must not be any targeted or highly visible area being priority. Anything less than this is hyporcritical.

    Throwing out the Constitution, Property and Individual Rights in favor of vanity and commerce is the "silent but deadly" trend.

    See the town’s actions just one year before…
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    Oh, I almost forgot… please, "Liberty or Death – Don’t Tread on Me!" (Culpeper History)

    7172 Town Photo: Triplett Milling Company lot
    (See if you can find what warrants these extreme measures)

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Thu May 10, 2012 11:56 am


  • Audio • Re: Short Biggie – The Band
    Love Shack2.mp3First Remix

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:12 pm


  • Audio • Short Biggie – The Band
    Love Shack.mp3Love Shack

    Statistics: Posted by ShortBiggieBand — Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:24 pm


  • York County • The Hanover Tea Party Patriots
    The Hanover Tea Party Patriots will be holding it’s monthly meeting:

    To be announced.

    See The Hanover Tea Party Patriots Official Home Page

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:23 pm


  • Videos • Trees and Snow don’t mix
    Trees.wmv

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:37 pm


  • Site Information and Announcements • Re: Full Release
    I very much appreciate the idea behind this website and hope the idea catches on. It is a very unique and original idea to provide a forum for average folks to discuss topics of concern; or, if they prefer not to discuss, to post their own opinions, thoughts and comments. With the birth of the TEA party and the Occupy Wall Street movement, there does seem to be a new thought process emerging in America, a new energy of a citizenry that is no longer willing to stand idly by and watch the government continue carelessly along the same old path. Best of luck with this forum- it should provide a way to communicate and produce solutions to our common concerns!

    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:26 am


  • Videos • Make Mine Freedom
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    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:11 pm


  • Commentary • Bringing our troops home from Iraq
    Good evening,

    I’m writing to tell you that all US troops will return home from Iraq by the end of December. After nearly nine years, the American war in Iraq will end. Our servicemen and women will be with their families for the holidays.

    The war in Iraq came with tremendous cost. More than a million Americans served in Iraq, and nearly 4,500 gave their lives in service to the rest of us. Today, as always, we honor these patriots.

    When I came into office, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end. As Commander in Chief, I ended our combat mission last year and pledged to keep our commitment to remove all our troops by the end of 2011. To date, we’ve removed more than 100,000 troops from Iraq.

    This is a significant moment in our history. For more information, including video, please visit WhiteHouse.gov/BringingTroopsHome.

    The end of the war in Iraq reflects a larger trend. The wars of the past decade are drawing to a close.

    As we have removed troops from Iraq, we have refocused our fight against al Qaeda and secured major victories in taking out its leadership–including Osama bin Laden. And we’ve begun a transition in Afghanistan.

    On the first day of my Administration, roughly 180,000 troops were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year that number will be cut in half, and we’ll continue to draw it down.

    As we welcome home our newest veterans, we’ll enlist their talents in meeting our greatest challenges as a nation—restoring our economic strength at home. Because after a decade of war, the nation that we need to build is our own.

    Today the United States moves forward, from a position of strength.

    Thank you,

    President Barack Obama

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:29 pm


  • Videos • Freedom
    Freedom.. deny it or be ignorant of our history and why we are able to even speak of it…….We_The_People_-_YouTube.flv

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:19 am


  • Election and Political • WeThe People
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    Statistics: Posted by mreill01 — Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:39 pm


  • Commentary • Re: I dont get it
    I’m with you!

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:24 pm


  • Commentary • Re: I dont get it
    Gary, I’m guessing that most people don’t wanna comment on how they really feel because most of us don’t feel like it will make a difference, but the truth is that if you look around you MANY people feel the same way and we are TIRED of the way things are. Soooo if we join together maybe we can make a stand and make a difference and make a change in the way things are. I for one am tired of sitting on the sidelines and letting the government bulldoze their way along in life and destroy peoples livelyhood and families. So Let’s take a stand and get things rolling ….

    Statistics: Posted by southardjs — Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:17 pm


  • Sports Politics • Hank Williams, Jr. and ESPN Part Ways
    (Reuters) – ESPN pulled Hank Williams Jr.’s theme song from its "Monday Night Football" broadcast in a rebuke to the country music star for comments earlier in the day comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

    Williams, a Republican, had appeared on a Fox News’ morning television show "FOX and Friends" on Monday, and was asked which of his party’s presidential candidates he liked.

    "Nobody," he answered and then offered unprompted commentary on Obama‘s golf game this summer with House Speaker John Boehner. He called it a political mistake because "it turned a lot of people off."

    Obama and Boehner played side by side that day against Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich at the height of the congressional budget debate.

    Asked what he did not like about the friendly bipartisan golf match, Williams replied, "Come on! It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu."

    "They’re the enemy! Obama! And Biden!" he added.

    The network, which is owned by the Walt Disney Co, responded on Monday by yanking Williams’ familiar "MNF" theme, "All My Rowdy Friends," adapted from his 1984 hit song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight," from the introduction of the broadcast.

    The song has opened "Monday Night Football" on both ABC and ESPN since 1991.

    "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize that he is closely linked to our company through the open to ‘Monday Night Football,’" the sports channel said in a statement.

    "We are extremely disappointed with his comments and as a result we have decided to pull the open from tonight’s telecast," the statement said.

    A spokesman for Bristol, Connecticut-based ESPN said it had not decided whether the action would be permanent.

    Williams, 62, later issued a statement acknowledging that his "analogy was extreme" but was intended "to make a point."

    "I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me — how ludicrous that pairing was," he said. "They’re polar opposites and it made no sense. They don’t see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president."

    He added, "When both sides are high-fiving it on the ninth hole, when everybody else is without a job — it just makes a whole lot of us angry."

    According to media reports, the team of Obama and Boehner beat Biden and Kasich at the summer golf matchup.

    (Reporting by Zach Howard; Editing by Steve Gorman, Cynthia Johnston and Bill Trott)

    Statistics: Posted by frank — Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:04 pm


  • United States, State and Local Governments • The Mason-Dixon Line
    October in 1767, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon complete their survey of the boundary between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as areas that would eventually become the states of Delaware and West Virginia. The Penn and Calvert families had hired Mason and Dixon, English surveyors, to settle their dispute over the boundary between their two proprietary colonies, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

    In 1760, tired of border violence between the colonies’ settlers, the British crown demanded that the parties involved hold to an agreement reached in 1732. As part of Maryland and Pennsylvania‘s adherence to this royal command, Mason and Dixon were asked to determine the exact whereabouts of the boundary between the two colonies. Though both colonies claimed the area between the 39th and 40th parallel, what is now referred to as the Mason-Dixon line finally settled the boundary at a northern latitude of 39 degrees and 43 minutes. The line was marked using stones, with Pennsylvania‘s crest on one side and Maryland’s on the other.

    When Mason and Dixon began their endeavor in 1763, colonists were protesting the Proclamation of 1763, which was intended to prevent colonists from settling beyond the Appalachians and angering Native Americans. As the Britons concluded their survey in 1767, the colonies were engaged in a dispute with the Parliament over the Townshend Acts, which were designed to raise revenue for the empire by taxing common imports including tea.

    Twenty years later, in late 1700s, the states south of the Mason-Dixon line would begin arguing for the perpetuation of slavery in the new United States while those north of line hoped to phase out the ownership of human chattel. This period, which historians consider the era of "The New Republic," drew to a close with the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which accepted the states south of the line as slave-holding and those north of the line as free. The compromise, along with those that followed it, eventually failed.

    One hundred years after Mason and Dixon began their effort to chart the boundary, soldiers from opposite sides of the line let their blood stain the fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in the Southern states’ final and fatal attempt to breach the Mason-Dixon line during the Civil War. One hundred and one years after the Britons completed their line, the United States finally admitted men of any complexion born within the nation to the rights of citizenship with the ratification of the 14th Amendment.

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:11 pm


  • Site Information and Announcements • Intentions of gov.summit.net
    There are two sites in one at gov.summit net

    Intentions of gov.summit.net were never to create another "social networking" site as so many people use. Topic based discussions for the purpose of solutions to local, state and federal government issues is the true purpose. Unlike "wall-based" sites that is a mix of any topic that travels from newest to oldest substitutions, until lost to obscurity, topic based forums provide longevity with searchable and subscribable specific topics. The social side of gov.summit.net allows a comfort factor to assimilate those accustomed to using other popular social sites. As a bonus, however, the social side of this site is a useful tool for those wishing to collaborate with colleagues in efforts to compose or study laws for submission to elected government bodies for consideration to become newly proposed bills.

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:12 am


  • Videos • Pants on the Ground
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  • What’s On Your Mind • Bills to Laws
    Email to WSBA in York, PA

    I just sent an email to the White House with content suggesting that his jobs plan, with intention to bypass the congress, may bring arms from patriots of Virginia.

    Although I reside now in Pennsylvania, my heritage is of Jamestown, the first of our nation. I’ve been very upset by the trends of government, from federal as the lead, to state and then local, to act and grow to be an impact upon our lives each day. Growing and taxing and becoming a greater power and influence upon our lives.My hope is that elections will bring about a freedom of individuals, businesses and ingenuity. The free market, as we began, will bring forth this revival of our nation.

    Thank you.

    Make BILLS to become LAWS http://gov.summit.net

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:10 pm


  • Site Comments and Suggestions • We needed this!
    This is great. Finally, a place where we can do more than just talk, like on Facebook. Everything gets lost there in the shuffle. Positive and productive things may just be developed here!

    Statistics: Posted by Concerned — Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:52 pm


  • Commentary • Re: Socialism Growing in the U.S.A.?
    This is so very true. We should learn from this and do something about it. Most of my friends seem to be very passive about this stuff. They are so busy trying to make a living and pay taxes. Tax upon tax, regulations and laws that are changing our culture fills their time. There seems to be little quality time with family and loved ones. My friends and I used to sit around and talk about science, technology, how to fix stuff around the house and create things and try to be inventive. Now, my friends seem to have less than two minutes because they have to rush to a business appointment, doing their taxes or are just not in any mood because they’ve been worrying how they are going to make it. Even the cost of driving to see each other is expensive. The price of oil is one thing, but the taxes almost kill us.

    Thanks for the post and this site, Gary. Keep it coming!

    Statistics: Posted by frank — Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:59 am


  • Commentary • Socialism Growing in the U.S.A.?
    If you enjoy your life today, that all is well, productive, successful and believe your grandchildren will have an even better life, then you need not waste time to read any more of this. You are either receiving benefits of social programs or are very fortunate. If the latter, congratulations are in order. Maybe you can share your secrets with the rest of us how you can feel immune, independent and isolated from the condition of our nation and the path it’s taking.

    If you’re still with me, then you must be a realist, have your blinders off and know that we are all interdependent. Like parasites on a thriving tree, even the strongest branches will eventually die along with the rest of the tree. The evidence and trend toward a more socialistic government and society surrounds our lives today in the U.S.A. Increased government involvement touches nearly every facet of our lives. We either haven’t studied history or are bound and determined to repeat it’s mistakes. Socialism has never worked in world history, unless you feel China is a success story (that’s an entire other story). Our nation nearly didn’t come into existence due to a "Utopian" socialistic experiment. This part of our nations history has been lost and seemingly not wished to be taught in our schools today. We want to "feel good", rewrite history and make everything seem "wonderful". It’s shameful. Sometimes the truth is difficult and hurts, but the lessons learned help to build a stronger future.

    Let me know what you think…..

    The American socialist experiment

    By Charles F. Wickwire
    September 2, 2002

    The Mayflower On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. The ship lay at anchor until March, the pilgrims living onboard while permanent housing was being built. When the Mayflower finally left, 27 adults and 23 children were left of the 102 people who set out across the ocean. Their governor was William Bradford and under his leadership, these first Americans began to make a new life in the New World.

    What very few Americans today know is this very first colony on the shores of America started out as a socialist colony. The Pilgrims at Plymouth set up a common store that worked on the principle of "From Each According To His Ability – To Each According To His Need". Everything that the colony produced was placed in the common store and was then distributed out as needed.

    For two years the colony worked to create a socialist Utopia but even with an additional 30 settlers who arrived a year after the Mayflower, the colony barely survived. Each winter the colonist would go hungry being reduced to rations of a quarter pound of bread at times. Governor Bradford relates his experiences concerning the socialist state he had helped to create:

    "The experience that was had in this commone course and condition, tired sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Platos and other ancients, applauded by some of later times; –that the taking away of propertie, and bringing in communitie into a comone wealth would make them happy and florishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this comunitie (so farr as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontente, and retard much imployment that would have been to their benefite and comforte. For the yong-men that were most able and fitte for labour and service did repine that they should spend their time and streingth to worke for other mens wives and children, with out any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in divission of victails and cloaths, than he that was weake and not able to doe a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalised in labours, and victuals, cloaths, etc., with the meaner and younger sorte, thought it some indignite and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to doe service for other men, as dresing their meate, washing their cloaths, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brooke it. "

    Finally, in 1623, Governor Bradford called a meeting to discuss how to have a more productive growing season and be better prepared for the next winter. Governor Bradford writes:

    "All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expecte any. So they [the pilgims] begane to thinke how they might raise as much corne as they could, and obtaine a beter crope than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in miserie. At length after much debate of things, the Gov. (with the advise of the cheefest amongest them) gave way that they should set downe every man for his owne perticuler, and in that regard trust to themselves… And so assigned to every family a parceel of land. This had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corne was planted than other waise would have bene by any means the Gov. or any other could use, and saved him a great deall of trouble, and gave farr better contente. The women now wente willingly into the feild, and tooke their litle-ons with them to set corne, which before would aledge weakness, and inabilitie; whom to have compelled would have bene thought great tiranie and opression."

    It was at this meeting between Governor Bradford and the chief members of the colony that the American free enterprise system was born. Governor Bradford writes about the results of this system:

    "By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plentie, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoysing of the harts of many, for which they blessed God. And in the effect of their perticular planting was well seene, for all had, one way and other, pretty well to bring the year aboute, and some of the abler sorte and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, 50 as any generall wante of famine hath not been amongest them since to this day."

    This little known failed experiment in American socialism isn’t taught in today’s schools. If it was, our children might grow up to doubt governmental programs that redistribute wealth "from each according to his ability – too each according to his need."

    Source: William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647

    Charles Wickwire is a Computer Specialist who likes to share his opinion with those who are interested and even those who are not. He can be contacted at CharlesWickwire@yahoo.com.

    Statistics: Posted by gary — Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:25 am


Opinions • Freedom to Marry

By Gary Triplett Liberals… that means LIBERTY. Freedom from government… not more government. If you want to marry a goat… do it!! Government isn’t involved.. just do it!!! Just don’t ask me to pay for it… that’s where government becomes involved again!
I won’t help you unless you respect our Constitution and my freedom to live my live and raise my family without paying for your’s.

Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:51 am


From: http://g.summit.net/viewtopic.php?t=415&p=498#p498

Opinions • Responsibility and the buck ends here

By Gary Triplett We hire a president to make decisions, to be at the end of the line of those responsible for the affairs of our nation. We pay him well through direct pay and the lifetime of perks he receives. Few other jobs the people hire have such life-long personal perks for any employee. However, there are always excuses and allowances for the presidents mistakes and an ability to always excuse them to someone or something else. When will our president take responsibility any apply his integrity to to be responsible. News organizations always find a way to allow him the benefit of the doubt. We don’t pay him for that. We need a leader, someone that accepts responsibility and acts with great respect for the Constitution and personal freedoms.

Simply, we need a leader. Liberty, liberal, freedom should be for all. The government has a mandate to manage government… to protect those from outside and from within to harm our nation, to coordinate efforts of freedom and liberty and do ONLY as the Constitution clearly states. Any other activities by government are beyond our mandate of government.

Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:06 pm


From: http://g.summit.net/viewtopic.php?t=414&p=497#p497

What’s On Your Mind • USS Monitor Interment – Arlington National Cemetery

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By Gary Triplett

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USS Monitor Interment – Arlington National Cemetery
The Navy announced Feb. 21, 2013 that the March 8, 2013 graveside interment ceremony of the remains of two unknown Sailors recovered from the USS Monitor shipwreck will be open to the public. 

The unknown Sailors were lost along with 14 of their shipmates when Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C. on Dec. 31, 1862. 

All 16 Sailors will be memorialized on a group marker in section 46 of the cemetery, which is between the amphitheater and the USS Maine Mast memorial. 

The specific date of the interment was chosen to recognize the Monitor’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago. It is Navy custom and tradition to honor the service member’s final resting place by conducting an official burial ceremony.
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Weekly News & Politics Digest, March 2, 2013

Weekly News & Politics Digest, February 22, 2013

  • US Federal Government • Congressman Cantor Opposes Broad Fed Civilian Pay Raises
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    $83,679 vs. $51,986. Who Deserves a Raise?

    Congressman Cantor Opposes Across the Board Federal Civilian Pay Raise

    Did you know that in 2010 the average salary for a federal civilian employee was $83,679? At the same time, the average private sector salary was $51,986. When you add benefits to the equation, total compensation packages for federal employees stood at $126,141 compared to $62,757. 1

    And now, President Obama has given all of these federal civilian employees a pay raise. Congressman Eric Cantor believes that’s just wrong. “Last week, the House voted to overturn President Obama’s executive order which gave the entire civilian federal workforce – including the Vice President and Cabinet Secretaries – an across-the-board pay hike,” said Congressman Cantor. “Federal workers already make 16% more than those in the private sector. Even during the current federal pay freeze, the average federal salary increased by more than $3,000. Hardworking taxpayers and families struggling to get by shouldn’t have to bear an additional $11 billion in new government spending.”

    $51,986 = Average Private Sector Salary (2010)

    $83,679 = Average Federal Civilian Employee Salary (2010)

    On Friday, Congressman Cantor voted to stop this automatic pay raise for federal employees by voting in favor of H.R. 273, Overturning the President’s Federal Pay Hike. This bill would stop the federal employee pay raise for federal civilian employees, including raises scheduled for the President, Vice President and Members of Congress.

    Over the last decade, the average federal salary has increased by 62 percent – from $51,518 to $83,679. At a time when we’re worried about the need to get government spending under control, the last thing we need is an across the board pay raise – especially when it isn’t even based on merit.

    Congressman Cantor concluded, “The President’s pay hike is extremely reckless in the face of sequestration. The Administration should be looking for ways to reduce spending not increase it. Putting our country on a fiscally sustainable path should not only be a shared goal, it is a responsibility. It’s time to work together and get serious about solving our spending problem.”

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:13 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • Ordering pizza has never been easier
    With the help of government,
    the quality of life, health and safety
    has never been so perfect.

    object

    Not far from the truth of what "could" be.
    So, will we continue to be passive and allow
    a gradual evolution from fiction to reality?

    Be involved in government!

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:39 am


US Federal Government • Congressman Cantor Opposes Across the Board Federal Civilian Pay Raise

By Gary Triplett

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$83,679 vs. $51,986. Who Deserves a Raise?

Congressman Cantor Opposes Across the Board Federal Civilian Pay Raise

Did you know that in 2010 the average salary for a federal civilian employee was $83,679? At the same time, the average private sector salary was $51,986. When you add benefits to the equation, total compensation packages for federal employees stood at $126,141 compared to $62,757. 1

And now, President Obama has given all of these federal civilian employees a pay raise. Congressman Eric Cantor believes that’s just wrong. “Last week, the House voted to overturn President Obama’s executive order which gave the entire civilian federal workforce – including the Vice President and Cabinet Secretaries – an across-the-board pay hike,” said Congressman Cantor. “Federal workers already make 16% more than those in the private sector. Even during the current federal pay freeze, the average federal salary increased by more than $3,000. Hardworking taxpayers and families struggling to get by shouldn’t have to bear an additional $11 billion in new government spending.”

$51,986 = Average Private Sector Salary (2010)

$83,679 = Average Federal Civilian Employee Salary (2010)

On Friday, Congressman Cantor voted to stop this automatic pay raise for federal employees by voting in favor of H.R. 273, Overturning the President’s Federal Pay Hike. This bill would stop the federal employee pay raise for federal civilian employees, including raises scheduled for the President, Vice President and Members of Congress.

Over the last decade, the average federal salary has increased by 62 percent – from $51,518 to $83,679. At a time when we’re worried about the need to get government spending under control, the last thing we need is an across the board pay raise – especially when it isn’t even based on merit.

Congressman Cantor concluded, “The President’s pay hike is extremely reckless in the face of sequestration. The Administration should be looking for ways to reduce spending not increase it. Putting our country on a fiscally sustainable path should not only be a shared goal, it is a responsibility. It’s time to work together and get serious about solving our spending problem.”

Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:13 am


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Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

What’s On Your Mind • Ordering pizza has never been easier

By Gary Triplett With the help of government,
the quality of life, health and safety
has never been so perfect.

object

Not far from the truth of what “could” be.
So, will we continue to be passive and allow
a gradual evolution from fiction to reality?

Be involved in government!

Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:39 am


…read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

Weekly News & Politics Digest, February 15, 2013

  • Videos • Post State of the Union Address Bar Talk
    It’s always a logically productive time at the bar.
    Tonight’s subject: Post State of the Union Address Bar Talk and Commentary
    Wonder how these folks will solve all the problems of the world tonight?
    Let’s see…

    Video from : youtube.com

    Statistics: Posted by carl — Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:56 pm


  • Videos • Senator Rand Paul response to 2013 State of the Union
    Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky gives the Tea Party’s response to President Obama‘s 2013 State of the Union Address.

    Video from : youtube.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8POlWwFbn4E

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:45 am


  • US Federal Government • Transcript of Obama’s State of the Union 2013 speech
    Transcript of Obama’s State of the Union
    speech
    2013

    February 12, 2013
    OBAMA: Thank you. Please, everybody, have a seat.
    Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress,
    fellow Americans, 51 years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this
    chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power,
    but partners for progress.”
    (APPLAUSE)
    “It is my task,” he said, “to report the state of the
    union. To improve it is the task of us all.”
    Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the
    American people, there is much progress to report. After a
    decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are
    coming home.
    (APPLAUSE)
    After years of grueling recession, our businesses have
    created over 6 million new jobs. We buy more American cars than
    we have in five years and less foreign oil than we have in 20.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Our housing market is healing, our stock market is
    rebounding, and consumers, patients and homeowners enjoy
    stronger protections than ever before.

    OBAMA: So, together, we have cleared away the rubble of
    crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of
    our union is stronger.
    (APPLAUSE)
    But — but we gather here knowing that there are millions
    of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been
    rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs, but too many people still
    can’t find full- time employment. Corporate profits have
    skyrocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages
    and incomes have barely budged. It is our generation’s task,
    then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth:
    a rising, thriving middle class.
    (APPLAUSE)
    It is — it is our unfinished task to restore the basic
    bargain that built this country, the idea that if you work hard
    and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter
    where you come from, no matter what you look like or who you
    love.
    It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government
    works on behalf of the many, and not just the few, that it
    encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and
    opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great
    nation.

    OBAMA: The American people don’t expect government to
    solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this
    chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put
    the nation’s interests before party.
    (APPLAUSE)
    They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we
    can, for they know that America moves forward only when we do so
    together and that the responsibility of improving this union
    remains the task of us all.
    Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about
    our budget, decisions that will have a huge impact on the
    strength of our recovery. Over the last few years, both parties
    have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5
    trillion, mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax
    rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we
    are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit
    reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.

    Now we need to finish the job. And the question is: How?
    In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties
    couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a
    trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go
    into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts
    would jeopardize our military readiness, they’d devastate
    priorities like education and energy and medical research. They
    would certainly slow our recovery and cost us hundreds of
    thousands of jobs. And that’s why Democrats, Republicans,
    business leaders, and economists have already said that these
    cuts — known here in Washington as “the sequester” — are a
    really bad idea.
    Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only
    the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like
    education and job training, Medicare and Social Security
    benefits. That idea is even worse.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising
    cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us
    who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the
    need for modest reforms. Otherwise, our retirement programs
    will crowd out the investments we need for our children and
    jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future
    generations.
    But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to
    shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking
    nothing more from the wealthiest and the most powerful.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost
    of health care or college onto families that are already
    struggling or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers
    and more cops and more firefighters. Most Americans —
    Democrats, Republicans and independents — understand that we
    can’t just cut our way to prosperity. They know that
    broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to
    deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with
    everybody doing their fair share.
    And that’s the approach I offer tonight. On Medicare, I’m
    prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of
    health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the
    reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the
    growth of health care costs.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And — and the reforms I’m proposing go even further.
    We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies
    and ask more from the wealthiest seniors.

    (APPLAUSE)
    We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government
    pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based
    on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital.
    They should be based on the quality of care that our seniors
    receive.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so
    long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement.
    Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep, but we
    must keep the promises we’ve already made.
    (APPLAUSE)
    To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should
    do what leaders in both parties have already suggested and save
    hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes
    and deductions for the well-off and the well-connected. After
    all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and
    Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is
    that fair? Why is it that deficit reduction is a big emergency,
    justifying making cuts in Social Security benefits, but not
    closing some loopholes? How does that promote growth?
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax
    reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the
    deficit.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We can get this done.
    (APPLAUSE)
    The American people deserve a tax code that helps small
    businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms and
    more time expanding and hiring, a tax code that ensures
    billionaires with high- powered accountants can’t work the
    system and pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries,
    a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas and
    lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that are
    creating jobs right here in the United States of America.
    (APPLAUSE)
    That’s what tax reform can deliver. That’s what we can do
    together.
    (APPLAUSE)
    I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform will not
    be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us
    will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will
    cost us jobs, hurt our economy, visit hardship on millions of
    hardworking Americans.
    So let’s set party interests aside and work to pass a
    budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise
    investments in our future. And let’s do it without the
    brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors.
    (APPLAUSE)
    The greatest nation on Earth — the greatest nation on
    Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one
    manufactured crisis to the next. We can’t do it.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Let’s agree — let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep
    the people’s government open and pay our bills on time and
    always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of
    America.
    (APPLAUSE)
    The American people have worked too hard, for too long,
    rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause
    another. Now…
    (APPLAUSE)
    … most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must
    be part of our agenda. But let’s be clear: Deficit reduction
    alone is not an economic plan.
    (APPLAUSE)
    A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs,
    that must be the North Star that guides our efforts.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a
    nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we
    equip our people with the skills they need to get those jobs?
    And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?

    OBAMA: A year-and-a-half ago, I put forward an American
    Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than
    1 million new jobs. And I thank the last Congress for passing
    some of that agenda; I urge this Congress to pass the rest.
    But…
    (APPLAUSE)
    … tonight I’ll lay out additional proposals that are
    fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework
    both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat:
    Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a
    single dime. It is not a bigger government we need, but a
    smarter government that sets priorities and invests in
    broad-based growth.
    (APPLAUSE)
    That’s what we should be looking for.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs
    and manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years,
    our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past
    three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is
    bringing jobs back from Mexico. And this year, Apple will start
    making Macs in America again.
    (APPLAUSE)
    There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this
    trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation
    institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is
    now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the
    3-D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we
    make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in
    other towns.
    So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of
    these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the
    Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by
    globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask
    this Congress to help create a network of 15 of these hubs and
    guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made
    right here in America. We can get that done.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now, if we want to make the best products, we also have —
    have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to
    map the human genome returned $140 to our economy. Every
    dollar. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to
    unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s. We’re developing drugs to
    regenerate damaged organs, devising new materials to make
    batteries 10 times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut
    these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now
    is the time to reach a level of research and development not
    seen since the height of the space race. We need to make those
    investments.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Today, no area holds more promise than our investments in
    American energy. After years of talking about it, we’re finally
    poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at
    home than we have in 15 years.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon
    of gas and the amount of renewable energy we generate from
    sources like wind and solar, with tens of thousands of good,
    American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than
    ever before, and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because
    of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the
    dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have
    actually fallen.
    But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do
    more to combat climate change.

    (APPLAUSE)
    OBAMA: Now…
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the
    fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the
    last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods, all are now
    more frequent and more intense. We can choose to believe that
    Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and
    the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a
    freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the
    overwhelming judgment of science and act before it’s too late.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now, the good news is, we can make meaningful progress on
    this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this
    Congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based
    solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe
    Lieberman worked on together a few years ago.
    But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future
    generations, I will. I will direct…
    (APPLAUSE)
    I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions
    we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare
    our communities for the consequences of climate change, and
    speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
    Now, four years ago, other countries dominated the
    clean-energy market and the jobs that came with it. And we’ve
    begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half
    of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even
    more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year. Let’s drive down
    costs even further. As long as countries like China keep going
    all-in on clean energy, so must we.
    Now, in the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to
    cleaner power and greater energy independence. We need to
    encourage that. That’s why my administration will keep cutting
    red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.
    (APPLAUSE)
    That’s got to be part of an all-of-the-above plan. But I
    also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research
    and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and
    protects our air and our water.
    In fact, much of our newfound energy is drawn from lands
    and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I
    propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an
    Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and
    technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.
    If a nonpartisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and
    admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take
    their advice and free our families and businesses from the
    painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long.
    I’m also issuing a new goal for America: Let’s cut in half
    the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20
    years.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We’ll work with the states to do it. Those states with the
    best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing
    more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help
    make that happen.
    America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging
    infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where
    they’d rather locate and hire, a country with deteriorating
    roads and bridges or one with high-speed rail and Internet,
    high-tech schools, self- healing power grids.
    The CEO of Siemens America — a company that brought
    hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina — has said that if we
    upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And
    that’s the attitude of a lot of companies all around the world.
    And I know you want these job-creating projects in your
    district; I’ve seen all those ribbon- cuttings.
    (LAUGHTER)
    So, tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put
    people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs,
    like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the
    country.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden,
    I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that
    attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need
    most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to
    withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Let’s prove there’s no better place to do business than
    here in the United States of America, and let’s start right
    away. We can get this done.

    OBAMA: And part of our rebuilding effort must also involve
    our housing sector. The good news is, our housing market is
    finally healing from the collapse of 2007. Home prices are
    rising at the fastest pace in six years. Home purchases are up
    nearly 50 percent. And construction is expanding again.
    But even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many
    families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being
    rejected. Too many families who have never missed a payment and
    want to refinance are being told no. That’s holding our entire
    economy back. We need to fix it.
    Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give
    every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000
    a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and
    Republicans have supported it before. So what are we waiting
    for? Take a vote and send me that bill.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Why are — why would we be against that?
    (APPLAUSE)
    Why would that be a partisan issue, helping folks
    refinance? Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible
    young families from buying their first home. What’s holding us
    back? Let’s streamline the process and help our economy grow.
    Now, these initiatives in manufacturing, energy,
    infrastructure, housing, all these things will help
    entrepreneurs and small-business owners expand and create new
    jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our
    citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And that has to start at the earliest possible age. You
    know, study after study shows that the sooner a child begins
    learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today,
    fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a
    high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t
    afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And
    for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to
    preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.
    So, tonight, I propose working with states to make
    high-quality preschool available to every single child in
    America.
    (APPLAUSE)
    That’s something we should be able to do.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood
    education can save more than seven dollars later on, by boosting
    graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent
    crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our
    youngest children — like Georgia or Oklahoma — studies show
    students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level,
    graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of
    their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make
    sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.
    Let’s give our kids that chance.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our
    kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany
    focus on graduating their high school students with the
    equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community
    colleges, so those German kids, they’re ready for a job when
    they graduate high school. They’ve been trained for the jobs
    that are there.
    Now at schools like P-TECH in Brooklyn, a collaboration
    between New York public schools and City University of New York
    and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and
    an associate’s degree in computers or engineering. We need to
    give every American student opportunities like this. And four
    years ago…
    (APPLAUSE)
    Four years ago, we started Race to the Top, a competition
    that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula
    and higher standards, all for about 1 percent of what we spend
    on education each year.

    OBAMA: Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge, to
    redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates
    for the demands of a high-tech economy. And we’ll reward
    schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and
    employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology,
    engineering and math, the skills today’s employers are looking
    for to fill the jobs that are there right now and will be there
    in the future.
    Now, even with better high schools, most young people will
    need some higher education. It’s a simple fact: The more
    education you’ve got, the more likely you are to have a good job
    and work your way into the middle class. But today,
    skyrocketing costs price too many young people out of a higher
    education or saddle them with unsustainable debt.
    Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we’ve made
    college more affordable for millions of students and families
    over the last few years. But taxpayers can’t keep on
    subsidizing higher and higher and higher costs for higher
    education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and
    it’s our job to make sure that they do.
    (APPLAUSE)
    So, tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education
    Act so that affordability and value are included in determining
    which colleges receive certain types of federal aid.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And — and tomorrow, my Administration will release a new
    college scorecard that parents and students can use to compare
    schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most
    bang for your educational buck.
    Now, to grow our middle class, our citizens have to have
    access to the education and training that today’s jobs require.
    But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where
    everyone who’s willing to work — everybody who’s willing to
    work hard has the chance to get ahead.
    Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and
    ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law
    enforcement, faith communities, they all agree that the time has
    come to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Now’s the time
    to do it.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now’s the time to get it done.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now’s the time to get it done.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Real reform means strong border security, and we can build
    on the progress my administration’s already made, putting more
    boots on the southern border than at any time in our history and
    reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
    Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to
    earned citizenship, a path that includes passing a background
    check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English,
    and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to
    come here legally.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system
    to cut waiting periods and attract the highly skilled
    entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow
    our economy.
    (APPLAUSE)
    In other words, we know what needs to be done. And as we
    speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently
    to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. So let’s get this
    done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the
    next few months, and I will sign it right away. And America
    will be better for it.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Let’s get it done. Let’s get it done.
    (APPLAUSE)
    But we can’t stop there. We know our economy is stronger
    when our wives, our mothers, our daughters can live their lives
    free from discrimination in the workplace and free from the fear
    of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence
    Against Women’s Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20
    years ago. And I now urge the House to do the same.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Good job, Joe.
    (APPLAUSE)
    And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a
    — a living equal to their efforts and finally pass the Paycheck
    Fairness Act this year.
    (APPLAUSE)

    OBAMA: We know our economy’s stronger when we reward an
    honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time
    worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with
    the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that
    earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line.
    That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress
    raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs
    even higher.
    Tonight, let’s declare that, in the wealthiest nation on
    Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty
    — and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We should be able to get that done.
    (APPLAUSE)
    This single step would raise the incomes of millions of
    working families. It could mean the difference between
    groceries or the food bank, rent or eviction, scraping by or
    finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it
    would mean customers with more money in their pockets.
    And a whole lot of folks out there would probably need less
    help from government. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to
    wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up, while CEO
    pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor
    Romney and I actually agreed on last year: Let’s tie the
    minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a
    wage you can live on.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in
    this country where, no matter how hard you work, it is virtually
    impossible to get ahead — factory towns decimated from years of
    plants packing up, inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and
    rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first
    job.
    America is not a place where the chance of birth or
    circumstance should decide our destiny. And that’s why we need
    to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for
    all who are willing to climb them.
    Let’s offer incentives to companies that hire Americans
    who’ve got what it takes to fill that job opening, but have been
    out of work so long that no one will give them a chance anymore.
    Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in
    rundown neighborhoods.
    And this year, my administration will begin to partner with
    20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities
    back on their feet. And we’ll work with local leaders to target
    resources at public safety and education and housing. We’ll
    give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And
    we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial
    deterrents to marriage for low- income couples and do more to
    encourage fatherhood, because what makes you a man isn’t the
    ability to conceive a child, it’s having the courage to raise
    one. And we want to encourage that. We want to help that.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger
    America. It is this kind of prosperity — broad, shared, built
    on a thriving middle class — that has always been the source of
    our progress at home. It’s also the foundation of our power and
    influence throughout the world.
    Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and
    civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. Because of
    them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its
    mission in Afghanistan and achieve our objective of defeating
    the core of Al Qaida.

    (APPLAUSE)
    OBAMA: Already we have brought home 33,000 of our brave
    servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a
    support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead.
    Tonight, I can announce that, over the next year, another 34,000
    American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown
    will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in
    Afghanistan will be over.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and
    sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our
    commitment will change. We’re negotiating an agreement with the
    Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and
    equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again slip
    into chaos and counterterrorism efforts that allow us to pursue
    the remnants of Al Qaida and their affiliates.
    Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a
    shadow of its former self.
    (APPLAUSE)
    It’s true, different Al Qaida affiliates and extremist
    groups have emerged, from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The
    threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat,
    we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and
    daughters abroad or occupy other nations. Instead, we’ll need
    to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for
    their own security and help allies who take the fight to
    terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a
    range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action
    against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to
    Americans. Now…
    (APPLAUSE)
    … as we do, we must enlist our values in the fight.
    That’s why my administration has worked tirelessly to forge a
    durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism
    efforts. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of
    our efforts. And I recognize that, in our democracy, no one
    should just take my word for it that we’re doing things the
    right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage
    Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention and
    prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and
    system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even
    more transparent to the American people and to the world. Of
    course…
    (APPLAUSE)
    … our challenges don’t end with Al Qaida. America will
    continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s
    most dangerous weapons. The regime in North Korea must know,
    they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their
    international obligations. Provocations of the sort we saw last
    night will only further isolate them, as we stand by our allies,
    strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking
    firm action in response to these threats.
    Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is
    the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands
    united in demanding that they meet their obligations. And we
    will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear
    weapon.
    (APPLAUSE)
    At the same time, we’ll engage Russia to seek further
    reductions in our nuclear arsenals and continue leading the
    global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into
    the wrong hands, because our ability to influence others depends
    on our willingness to lead and meet our obligations.
    America must also face the rapidly growing threat from
    cyber attacks.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and
    infiltrate private e-mails. We know foreign countries and
    companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also
    seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial
    institutions, our air traffic control systems. We cannot look
    back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of
    real threats to our security and our economy.
    That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order
    that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing
    information-sharing and developing standards to protect our
    national security, our jobs, and our privacy.

    (APPLAUSE)
    OBAMA: But now — now Congress must act, as well, by
    passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to
    secure our networks and deter attacks. This is something we
    should be able to get done on a bipartisan basis.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now, even as we protect our people, we should remember that
    today’s world presents not just dangers, not just threats. It
    presents opportunities. To boost American exports, support
    American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing
    markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a
    Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I’m announcing that we
    will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and
    Investment Partnership with the European Union, because trade
    that is fair and free across the Atlantic supports millions of
    good-paying American jobs.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts
    of our world enriches us all, not only because it creates new
    markets, more stable order in certain regions of the world, but
    also because it’s the right thing to do.
    You know, in many places, people live on little more than a
    dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to
    eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades, by
    connecting more people to the global economy, by empowering
    women, by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities
    to serve and helping communities to feed and power and educate
    themselves, by saving the world’s children from preventable
    deaths, and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation,
    which is within our reach.
    (APPLAUSE)
    You see…
    (APPLAUSE)
    You see, America must remain a beacon to all who seek
    freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power
    of hope last year in Rangoon, in Burma, when Aung San Suu Kyi
    welcomed an American president into the home where she had been
    imprisoned for years, when thousands of Burmese lined the
    streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There
    is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to
    be like that.”
    In defense of freedom, we’ll remain the anchor of strong
    alliances, from the Americas to Africa, from Europe to Asia. In
    the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand
    their universal rights, and support stable transitions to
    democracy.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We know the process will be messy, and we cannot presume to
    dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt, but we can
    — and will — insist on respect for the fundamental rights of
    all people.
    We’ll keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has
    murdered its own people and support opposition leaders that
    respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast
    with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace.
    (APPLAUSE)
    These are the messages I’ll deliver when I travel to the
    Middle East next month.
    And all this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of
    those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk: our
    diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of
    the United States armed forces. As long as I’m
    commander-in-chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those
    who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best
    military the world has ever known.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We’ll invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste
    and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all
    servicemembers, and equal benefits for their families, gay and
    straight.

    (APPLAUSE)
    We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and
    daughters and moms, because women have proven under fire that
    they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our
    veterans, investing in world-class care, including mental health
    care, for our wounded warriors…
    (APPLAUSE)
    … supporting our military families, giving our veterans
    the benefits and education and job opportunities that they have
    earned. And I want to thank my wife, Michelle, and Dr. Jill
    Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military
    families as well as they have served us.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Thank you, hon. Thank you, Jill.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Defending our freedom, though, is not just the job of our
    military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our
    God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes one
    of the most fundamental rights of a democracy, the right to
    vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now…
    (APPLAUSE)
    When…
    (APPLAUSE)
    When any American — no matter where they live or what
    their party — are denied that right because they can’t wait for
    five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are
    betraying our ideals. So…
    (APPLAUSE)
    So, tonight, I’m announcing a nonpartisan commission to
    improve the voting experience in America. And it definitely
    needs improvement. I’m asking two long-time experts in the
    field — who, by the way, recently served as the top attorneys
    for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign — to lead
    it. We can fix this. And we will. The American people demand
    it, and so does our democracy.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we
    don’t come together to protect our most precious resource, our
    children.
    It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not
    the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun
    violence, but this time is different. Overwhelming majorities
    of Americans — Americans who believe in the Second Amendment —
    have come together around commonsense reform, like background
    checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands
    on a gun. Senators…
    (APPLAUSE)
    Senators — senators of both parties are working together
    on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale
    to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons
    of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because
    these police chiefs, they’re tired of seeing their guys and gals
    being outgunned.
    Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Now…
    (APPLAUSE)
    If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these
    proposals deserve a vote, because in the two months since
    Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations,
    anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a
    gun. More than a thousand.
    One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya
    Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip
    gloss. She was a majorette.

    OBAMA: She was so good to her friends, they all thought
    they were her best friend.
    Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her
    classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And
    a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after
    school, just a mile away from my house.
    Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber
    tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives
    have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    They deserve a vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    They deserve a vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    The families of Aurora deserve a vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and
    the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence,
    they deserve a simple vote.
    (APPLAUSE)
    They deserve — they deserve a simple vote.
    Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of
    violence in this country. In fact, no laws, no initiatives, no
    administrative acts will perfectly solve all of the challenges
    I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be
    perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can — to
    secure this nation, expand opportunity, uphold our ideals
    through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary
    work of self-government.
    We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the
    same way they look out for one another, every single day,
    usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should
    follow their example.
    We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named
    Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into
    darkness, she wasn’t thinking about how her own home was faring.
    Her mind was on the 20 precious newborns in her care and the
    rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.
    We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named
    Desiline Victor. When Desiline arrived at her polling place,
    she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time
    ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching
    feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say.
    And hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in
    support of her, because Desiline is 102 years old.
    And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a
    sticker that read “I Voted.”
    (APPLAUSE)
    You know…
    (APPLAUSE)
    There’s Desiline.
    (APPLAUSE)
    We should follow the example of a police officer named
    Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in
    Wisconsin, Brian was the first to arrive, and he did not
    consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived and
    ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the fellow
    Americans worshiping inside, even as he lay bleeding from 12
    bullet wounds.
    And when asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just
    the way we’re made.” That’s just the way we’re made.
    We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and
    hold different views than the person beside us. But as
    Americans, we all share the same proud title: We are citizens.
    It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal
    status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we
    believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only
    works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to
    future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights
    of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it
    remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States,
    to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American
    story.
    Thank you, God bless you, and God bless these United States
    of America.
    (APPLAUSE)
    END

    Statistics: Posted by luther — Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:46 am


  • Opinions • Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Amazing Speech w/Obama Present
    Dr. Benjamin Carson's Amazing Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast with Obama Present

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    Famed Baltimore neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson addressed the National Prayer Breakfast on the morning of February, 7, 2013 on healthcare. Dr. Carson often criticized Obamacare and government intrusion in healthcare while President Obama sat in the audience. Dr. Carson encouraged a program where newborn babies are given health savings account as an alternative to Obamacare.


    Transcript (This transcript is “loose.”):

    Here we are at a time in the world, the information age, the age of technology and yet 30% of those who enter High School in this country do not graduate. Forty-four percent of those who start a 4-year college program do not finish it in 4 years. What is that about?

    Think back to a darker time in our history, 200 years ago when slavery was going on, it was illegal to educate a slave, particularly to teach him to read. Why do you think that was? Because when you educate a man, you liberate a man.

    And there I was as a youngster placing myself in the same situation that a horrible institution did because I wasn’t taking advantage of the education. I was a horrible student. Most of my classmates thought I was the stupidest person in the world. They called me Dummy. I was the butt of all the jokes. Now, admittedly, it was a bad environment.

    Family and Education:

    Single parent home. You know my Mother and Father had gotten divorced early on. My mother got married when she was 13. She was one of 24 children. Had a horrible life. Discovered that her husband was a bigamist. Had another family. She only had a third grade education. She had to take care of us in dire poverty. I had a horrible temper, poor self-esteem. All the things that you would think would preclude success.

    But I had something very important. I had a mother who believed in me. And I had a mother who would never allow herself to be a victim, no matter what happened. Never made excuses and she never accepted excuses from us. If we ever came up with an excuse, she would say, do you have a brain and if the answer was yes, then she said, you could have thought your way out of it. It doesn’t matter what John, or Susan or Mary or anybody else did or said. It was the most important thing she did for my brother and myself because if you don’t accept excuses pretty soon people stop giving them and they start looking for solutions. That is a critical issue when it comes to success.

    We did live in dire poverty and one of the things I hated was poverty. Some people hate spiders, some people hate snakes. I hated poverty. I couldn’t stand it. But my mother couldn’t stand the fact that we were doing poorly in school, and she prayed and she asked God to give her wisdom. What could she do to make her young sons understand the importance of developing their minds so that they could control their own lives. And you know what? God gave her the wisdom, at least in her opinion. My brother and I didn’t think she was that wise, cause it was turn-off the TV. We could watch only two or three TV programs during the week. It was in all that spare time, read two books a piece from the Detroit Pubic Library and submit to her written book reports which she couldn’t read, but we didn’t know that. She put check marks and highlights and stuff – but you know, I just hated this. My friends were out having a good time – her friends would criticize her. They’d say you can’t make boys stay in the house reading books. They’ll grow up and they’ll hate you. I would overhear them and I would say, Mother, you know they’re right, but she didn’t care, you know.

    After awhile I actually began to enjoy reading those books, because we were very poor but between the covers of those books I could go anywhere, I could be anybody, I could do anything. I began to read about people of great accomplishment, and as I read those stories I began to see a connecting thread. I began to see that the person who has the most to do with you and what happens to you in life is you. You make decisions. You decide how much energy you want to put behind that decision, and I came to understand that I had control of my own destiny, and at that point I didn’t hate poverty anymore because I knew it was only temporary. I knew I could change that. It was incredibly liberating for me.

    Alexis de Toqueville:

    To continue on that theme of education, in 1831 Alexis de Toqueville came to study America. The Europeans were fascinated. How could a fledgling Nation, barely 50 years old already be competing with them on virtually every level. This was impossible. De Toqueville was going to sort it out and he looked at our government and he was duly impressed by the three branches of government – four now because we have special interest groups, but it was only three back in those days. He said, WOW, this is really something, but then he said, let me look at their educational system and he was blown away. See, anybody who had finished the second grade was completely literate. He could find a mountain man on the outskirts of society who could read the newspaper and have a political discussion, could tell him how the government worked.

    His Book – America the Beautiful:

    If you really want to be impressed, take a look at the chapter on education in my latest book, America the Beautiful, which I wrote with my wife – it came out last year, and in that education chapter you will see questions extracted from a sixth grade exit exam from the 1800′s – a test you had to pass to get your sixth grade certificate. I doubt most college graduates today could pass that test. We have dumbed things down to that level and the reason that is so dangerous is that because the people who founded this Nation said that our system of government was designed for a well-informed and educated populace, and when they become less informed, they become vulnerable. Think about that. That is why education is so vitally important.

    Five Doctors Signed the Declaration of Independence:

    Now some people say, ahhh, you’re over blowing it, things aren’t that bad, and you’re a doctor, a neurosurgeon. Why are you concerned about these things? Got news for you. FIVE doctors signed the Declaration of Independence. Doctors were involved in the framing of the Constitution, in the Bill of Rights, in a whole bunch of things. It’s only been since recent decades that we’ve extracted ourselves, which I think is a big mistake.

    We need doctors, we needs scientists, we engineers. We need all those people involved in government, not just lawyers…I don’t have anything against lawyers, but here’s the thing about lawyers…I’m sorry, but I got to be truthful…what do lawyers learn in law school? To win, by hook or by crook. You gotta win, so you got all these Democrat lawyers, and you got all these Republican lawyers and their sides want to win. We need to get rid of that. What we need to start thinking about is, how do we solve problems?

    Celebrating and Encouraging Intelligent Children – Carson Scholars:

    Now, before I get shot, let me finish. I don’t like to bring up problems without coming up with solutions. My wife and I started the Carson Scholars Fund 16 years ago after we heard about an international survey looking at the ability of eight graders in 22 countries to solve math and science problems, and we came out No. 21 out of 22. We only barely beat out No. 22 – very concerning.

    We’d go to these schools and we’d see all these trophies: State Basketball, State Wrestling, this, that and the other. The Quarterback was the Big Man on Campus. What about the intellectual Superstar? What did they get? A National Honor Society pin? A pat on the head, there, there little Nerd? Nobody cared about them. Is it any wonder that sometimes the smart kids try to hide? They dont’ want anybody to know they are smart? This is not helping us or our Nation, so we started giving out scholarships from all backgrounds for superior academic performance and demonstration of humanitarian qualities. Unless you cared about other people, it didn’t matter how smart you were. We’ve got plenty of people like that. We don’t need smart people who don’t care about other people.

    We would give them money. The money would go into a Trust. They would get interest on it. When they would go to college they would get the money, but also the school gets a trophy, every bit as impressive as a sports trophy – right out there with the others. They get a medal. They get to go t a banquet. We try to put them on a pedestal as impressive as we do the All-State athletes. I have nothing against athletics or entertainment. I’m from Baltimore. The Ravens won. This is great – okay. But, what will maintain our position in the world? The ability to shoot a 25′ jump shot or the ability to solve a quadratic equation? We need to put the things into proper perspective.

    Reading Rooms:

    Many teachers have told us that when we put a Carson Scholar in their classroom, the GPA of the whole classroom goes up over the next year. It’s been very gratifying. We started 16 years ago with 25 scholarships in Maryland, now we’ve given out more than 5,000 and we are in all 50 states, but we’ve also put in Reading Rooms. These are fascinating places that no little kid could possibly pass up. They get points for the amount of time they spend reading, and the number of books they read. They can trade the points for prizes. In the beginning they do it for the prizes, but it doesn’t take long before their academic performance begins to improve.

    We particularly target Title One schools where the kids come from homes with no books and schools with no libraries. Those are the ones who drop out. We need to truncate that process early on because we can’t afford to waste any of those young people. For every one of those people we keep from going down that path of self-destruction and mediocrity, that’s one less person you have to protect yourself and your family from. One less person you have to pay for in the penal or welfare system. One more taxpaying productive member of society who may invent a new energy source or come up with a cure for cancer. They are all important to us and we need every single one of them. (carsonscholars.org)

    Moral Decay:

    Why is it so important that we educate our people? Because we don’t want to go down the pathway as so many pinnacle nations that have preceded us. I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful. Nobody could even challenge them militarily, but what happened to them? They destroyed themselves from within. Moral decay, fiscal irresponsibility. They destroyed themselves. If you don’t think that can happen to America, you get out your books and you start reading, but you know, we can fix it.

    Responsibility in Leadership – Debt and Deficit:

    We can fix it because we’re smart. We have some of the most intellectually gifted people leading our Nation. All we need to do is remember what our real responsibilities are so that we can solve them. I think about these problems all the time, and my role model was Jesus. He used parables to help people understand things. One of our big problems right now – our deficit is a big problem. Think about it. Our National Debt – $16.5 Trillion dollars – you think that’s not a lot of money? Count one number per second, which you can’t even do because once you get to a thousand it will take you longer than a second, but…one number per second. You know how long it would take you to count to 16 Trillion? 507,000 years – more than a half a million years to get there. We have to deal with this.

    The Parable of Some People More Special Than Others:

    Here’s a parable: A family falls on hard times. Dad loses his job or is demoted to part time work. He has 5 children. He comes to the 5 children, he says we’re going to have to reduce your allowance. Well, they’re not happy about it but – he says, except for John and Susan. He says, they’re special. They get to keep their allowance. In fact, we’ll give them more. How do you think that’s going to go down? Not too well. Same thing happens. Enough said.

    Taxes:

    What about our taxation system? So complex there is no one who can possibly comply with every jot and tittle of our tax system. If I wanted to get you, I could get you on a tax issue. That doesn’t make any sense. What we need to do is come up with something that is simple.

    When I pick up my Bible, you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the Universe, God, and he’s given us a system. It’s called tithe. Now we don’t necessarily have to do it 10% but it’s principle. He didn’t say, if your crops fail, don’t give me any tithe. He didn’t say, if you have a bumper crop, give me triple tithe. So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. You make $10 Billion dollars you put in a Billion. You make $10 you put in $1 – of course, you gotta get rid of the loopholes, but some people say, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 Billion as much as the guy who made $10. Where does it say you have to hurt the guy. He’s just put in a billion in the pot. We don’t need to hurt him.

    It’s that kind of thinking that has resulted in 602 banks in the Cayman Islands. That money needs to be back here, building our infrastructure and creating jobs – and we’re smart enough to figure out how to do that.

    Health Care and Death Panels:

    We’ve already started down the path to solving one of the other big problems, health care. We need to have good health care for everybody. It’s the most important thing that a person can have. Money means nothing, titles mean nothing when you don’t have your health, but we’ve got to figure out efficient ways to do it. We spend a lot of money on health care, twice as much per capita as anybody in else in the world, and yet not very efficient. What can we do?

    Here’s my solution. When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account [HSA], to which money can be contributed, pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members so that when you’re 85 years old and you’ve got 6 diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and nobody is talking about death panels.

    For the people who are indigent, who don’t have any money, we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money instead of sending it to bureaucracy – let’s put it into HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care and what do you think they’re going to do? They’re going to learn very quickly how to be responsible. when Mr. Jones gets that diabetic foot ulcer, he’s not going to the Emergency Room and blowing a big chunk of it. He’s going to go to the Clinic. He learns that very quickly – gets the same treatment. In the Emergency Room they send him out. In the Clinic they say, now let’s get your diabetes under control so that you’re not back here in three weeks with another problem. That’s how we begin to solve these kinds of problems. It’s much more complex than that, and I don’t have time to go into it all, but we can do all these things because we are smart people.

    The Parable of Just Because You Are the Biggest and Most Powerful…:

    Another parable: Sea Captain, and he’s out on the sea near the area where the Titanic went down. And they look ahead and there’s a bright light right there – another ship he figures. He tells his signaller to signal that ship: deviate 10 degrees to the South. Back comes the message, no you deviate 10 degrees to the North. Well, he’s a little bit insensed, you know. He says, send a message, this is Captain Johnson, deviate 10 degrees to the South. Back comes the message, this is Ensign 4th Class Reilly. Deviate 10 degrees to the North. Now Captain Johnson is really upset. He says send him a message, this is a Naval Destroyer. Back comes the message, this is a Lighthouse. Enough said.

    An Example of Why Left and Right Work:

    What about the symbol of our Nation? The Eagle. The Bald Eagle. It’s an interesting story how we chose that but a lot of people think we call it the bald eagle because it looks like it has a bald head. That’s not the reason It comes from the Old English word Piebald, which means crowned with white. Why is that eagle able to fly, high, forward? Because it has two wings: a left wing and a right wing. Enough said.

    The Turning Poing of the War of 1812:

    Two hundred years ago this Nation was involved in a war, the war of 1812. The British, who are now our good friends thought that we were young whippersnappers. It was time for us to become a colony again. They were winning that war and marching up the Eastern Seaboard, destroying city after city, destroying Washington D.C., burned down the White House. Next stop Baltimore. As they came into the Chesapeake Bay, there were armadas of war ships as far as the eye could see. It was looking grim. Ft. McHenry standing right there. General Armistead, who was in charge of Ft. McHenry, had a large American flag commissioned to fly in front of the Fort. The Admiral in charge of the British Fleet was offended, said take that flag down. You have until dusk to take that Flag down. If you don’t take it down, we will reduce you to ashes.

    There was a young amateur poet on board by the name of Francis Scott Key, sent by President Madison to try to obtain the release of an American physician who was being held captive. He overheard the British plans. They were not going to let him off the ship. He mourned. As dusk approached he mourned for his fledgling young Nation, and as the sun fell, the bombardment started. Bombs bursting in air. Missiles, so much debris. He strained, trying to see, was the flag still there? Couldn’t see a thing. All night long it continued. At the crack of dawn he ran out to the bannister. He looked and could only see dust and debris.

    One Nation Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All:

    Then there was a clearing and he beheld the most beautiful sight he had ever seen – the torn and tattered Stars and Stripes still waving. Many historians say that was the turning point in the war of 1812. We went on to win that war and to retain our freedom and if you had gone onto the grounds of Ft. McHenry that day, you would have seen at the base of that flag, the bodies of soldiers who took turns. Propping up that flag, they would not let that flag go down because they believed in what that flag symbolized. What did it symbolize? One Nation, under God, [applause] indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you. God Bless.

    Biblical footnotes:
    Proverbs 11:9 With his mouth the Godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escapes.

    Proverbs 11:12 A man who lacks judgement derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue

    Proverbs 11:25 A generous man will prosper. He who refreshes others will himself, be refreshed.

    2nd Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.


    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:45 am


Videos • Post State of the Union Address Bar Talk

By carl

It’s always a logically productive time at the bar.
Tonight’s subject: Post State of the Union Address Bar Talk and Commentary
Wonder how these folks will solve all the problems of the world tonight?
Let’s see…

Video from : youtube.com

Statistics: Posted by carl — Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:56 pm


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Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

Weekly News & Politics Digest, February 8, 2013

  • What’s On Your Mind • Noah: Today…
    Noah: Today…

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    In the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah,
    who was now living in America and said:
    “Once again, the earth has become wicked and over
    -populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.”
    “Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing
    along with a few good humans.”
    He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:
    “You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will
    start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

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    Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah
    weeping in his yard – but no Ark.
    “Noah!,” He roared, “I’m about to start the rain!
    Where is the Ark?”
    “Forgive me, Lord,” begged Noah, “but things have changed.

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    “I needed a Building Permit.”

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    “I’ve been arguing with the Boat Inspector
    about the need for a sprinkler system on it.”

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    “My neighbors claim that I’ve violated the neighborhood by-laws by building the Ark in my back yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the local Planning Committee for a decision.”

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    “Then the local Council and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark’s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear none of it.”

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    “Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban
    on cutting local trees in order to save the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.” “I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!”

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    “When I started gathering the animals the ASPCA took me to court. They insisted that I was
    confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.”

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    “Then the Environmental Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.”

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    “I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the
    Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I’m
    supposed to hire for my building crew.”

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    “The Immigration Dept. is checking the
    visa status of most of the people who want to work.”

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    “The trade unions say I can’t use my sons. They
    insist I have to hire only Union workers with
    Ark-building experience.”

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    “To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally
    with endangered species.”
    “So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10
    years for me to finish this Ark.”

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    “Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine,
    and a rainbow stretched across the sky.”

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    Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
    “You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?

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    “No,” said the Lord.
    ” The Government beat me to it.”

    HELLO-TRUTH!

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    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:07 pm


  • Virginia State Government • VA’s House of Delegates agreed – Wants to Mint Its Own Coins
    HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 590
    FLOOR AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
    (Proposed by Delegate Marshall, R.G.
    on February 4, 2013)
    (Patron Prior to Substitute–Delegate Marshall, R.G.)

    Establishing a joint subcommittee to study the feasibility of a metallic-based monetary unit. Report.
    WHEREAS, the purpose of money is to provide a reliable measure of value to facilitate the voluntary exchange of goods and services to the economic benefit of society; and

    WHEREAS, the need to establish a sound money unit was deemed so essential for assuring the success of the United States that Thomas Jefferson personally assumed the task of defining the dollar as a fixed standard of value in his Notes on the Establishment of a Money Unit and of a Coinage for the United States; and

    WHEREAS, our nation’s most fundamental principles – equal rights, rule of law, private property rights, individual liberty – still require a dependable dollar to be meaningfully preserved; and

    WHEREAS, unprecedented monetary policy actions recently taken by the Federal Reserve through activist intervention in banking and credit markets, including massive purchases of federal debt, have raised concern over the risk of dollar debasement and prompted inquiries into whether a metallic basis for United States currency might engender a more stable money unit consistent with limited government; and

    WHEREAS, foreign threats to the United States in the form of sophisticated cyberattacks have begun to target banks and financial institutions, including primary banking service providers based in or operating within the Commonwealth, with the aim of undermining consumer confidence and seriously disrupting the functioning of our nation’s economy; and

    WHEREAS, the availability of a trustworthy money unit to facilitate productive economic and financial activity has historically been a major factor in restoring confidence and civil order under conditions of duress, and since the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 10) decrees that “no state shall make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts”; now, therefore, be it

    RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That a joint subcommittee be established to study the feasibility of a metallic-based monetary unit. The joint subcommittee shall have a total membership of 10 members that shall consist of eight legislative members and two nonlegislative citizen members. Members shall be appointed as follows: five members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; three members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; one nonlegislative citizen member with expertise in monetary and financial issues to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates; and one nonlegislative citizen member with expertise in monetary financial issues to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules. Nonlegislative citizen members of the joint subcommittee shall be citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The joint subcommittee shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership, who shall be members of the General Assembly.

    In conducting its study, the joint subcommittee shall receive testimony from such witnesses and take such other evidence as it deems appropriate and shall consider recommendations for legislation, with respect to the need, means, and schedule for establishing a metallic-based monetary unit to serve as a contingency currency for the Commonwealth.

    Administrative staff support shall be provided by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Delegates. Legal, research, policy analysis, and other services as requested by the joint subcommittee shall be provided by the Division of Legislative Services. Technical assistance shall be provided by the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Bureau of Financial Institutions of the State Corporation Commission. All other agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the joint subcommittee for this study, upon request.

    The joint subcommittee shall be limited to four meetings for the 2013 interim, and the direct costs of this study shall not exceed $17,440 without approval as set out in this resolution. Approval for unbudgeted nonmember-related expenses shall require the written authorization of the chairman of the joint subcommittee and the respective Clerk. If a companion joint resolution of the other chamber is agreed to, written authorization of both Clerks shall be required.

    No recommendation of the joint subcommittee shall be adopted if a majority of the House members or a majority of the Senate members appointed to the joint subcommittee (i) vote against the recommendation and (ii) vote for the recommendation to fail notwithstanding the majority vote of the joint subcommittee.

    The joint subcommittee shall complete its meetings by November 30, 2013, and the chairman shall submit to the Division of Legislative Automated Systems an executive summary of its findings and recommendations no later than the first day of the 2014 Regular Session of the General Assembly. The executive summary shall state whether the joint subcommittee intends to submit to the General Assembly and the Governor a report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a House or Senate document and shall specify the date by which the report shall be submitted. The executive summary and the report shall be submitted as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports, and shall be posted on the General Assembly’s website.

    Implementation of this resolution is subject to subsequent approval and certification by the Joint Rules Committee. The Committee may approve or disapprove expenditures for this study, extend or delay the period for the conduct of the study, or authorize additional meetings during the 2013 interim.virginia.png

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:24 pm


  • US Federal Government • Enrolled Bill H.R.325 – No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

    AT THE FIRST SESSION

    Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
    the third day of January, two thousand and thirteen

    To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the “No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013”.

    SEC. 2. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF DEBT CEILING.
    (a) Suspension.—Section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, shall not apply for the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on May 18, 2013.

    (b) Special Rule Relating To Obligations Issued During Suspension Period.—Effective May 19, 2013, the limitation in section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, as increased by section 3101A of such title, is increased to the extent that—

    (1) the face amount of obligations issued under chapter 31 of such title and the face amount of obligations whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the United States Government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on May 19, 2013, exceeds

    (2) the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of the enactment of this Act.

    An obligation shall not be taken into account under paragraph (1) unless the issuance of such obligation was necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the Federal Government that required payment before May 19, 2013.

    SEC. 3. HOLDING SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN ESCROW UPON FAILURE TO AGREE TO BUDGET RESOLUTION.
    (a) Holding Salaries In Escrow.—

    (1) IN GENERAL.—If by April 15, 2013, a House of Congress has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, during the period described in paragraph (2) the payroll administrator of that House of Congress shall deposit in an escrow account all payments otherwise required to be made during such period for the compensation of Members of Congress who serve in that House of Congress, and shall release such payments to such Members only upon the expiration of such period.

    (2) PERIOD DESCRIBED.—With respect to a House of Congress, the period described in this paragraph is the period which begins on April 16, 2013, and ends on the earlier of—

    (A) the day on which the House of Congress agrees to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974;
    or

    (B) the last day of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.

    (3) WITHHOLDING AND REMITTANCE OF AMOUNTS FROM PAYMENTS HELD IN ESCROW.—The payroll administrator shall provide for the same withholding and remittance with respect to a payment deposited in an escrow account under paragraph (1) that would apply to the payment if the payment were not subject to paragraph (1).

    (4) RELEASE OF AMOUNTS AT END OF THE CONGRESS.—In order to ensure that this section is carried out in a manner that shall not vary the compensation of Senators or Representatives in violation of the twenty-seventh article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the payroll administrator of a House of Congress shall release for payments to Members of that House of Congress any amounts remaining in any escrow account under this section on the last day of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.

    (5) ROLE OF SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.—The Secretary of the Treasury shall provide the payroll administrators of the Houses of Congress with such assistance as may be necessary to enable the payroll administrators to carry out this section.

    (b) Treatment Of Delegates As Members.—In this section, the term “Member” includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress.

    (c) Payroll Administrator Defined.—In this section, the “payroll administrator” of a House of Congress means—

    (1) in the case of the House of Representatives, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, or an employee of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer who is designated by the Chief Administrative Officer to carry out this section; and

    (2) in the case of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate, or an employee of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate who is designated by the Secretary to carry out this section.

    Attest:

    Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    Attest:

    Vice President of the United States and
    President of the Senate.

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:07 pm


  • Virginia • Summit Archives – Communities of the Northern Piedmont
    Summit Archives – Communities of the Northern Piedmont

    The WayBack Machine at archive.org archived “www.summit.net” starting in 1999. The first pages of Summit (then: Summit Web Communications Internet Services) were not archived since Summit’s content began in 1995, four years before The Wayback Machine grew to archive the information.

    Although outdated, some information found here is still relevant. At any rate, it’s interesting to see the past and compare the many changes around the world over time.

    The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

    We hope you enjoy…
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    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:22 pm


US Federal Government • Enrolled Bill H.R.325 – No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

By Gary Triplett

AT THE FIRST SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
the third day of January, two thousand and thirteen

To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF DEBT CEILING.
(a) Suspension.—Section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, shall not apply for the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on May 18, 2013.

(b) Special Rule Relating To Obligations Issued During Suspension Period.—Effective May 19, 2013, the limitation in section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, as increased by section 3101A of such title, is increased to the extent that—

(1) the face amount of obligations issued under chapter 31 of such title and the face amount of obligations whose principal and interest are guaranteed by the United States Government (except guaranteed obligations held by the Secretary of the Treasury) outstanding on May 19, 2013, exceeds

(2) the face amount of such obligations outstanding on the date of the enactment of this Act.

An obligation shall not be taken into account under paragraph (1) unless the issuance of such obligation was necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the Federal Government that required payment before May 19, 2013.

SEC. 3. HOLDING SALARIES OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN ESCROW UPON FAILURE TO AGREE TO BUDGET RESOLUTION.
(a) Holding Salaries In Escrow.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—If by April 15, 2013, a House of Congress has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, during the period described in paragraph (2) the payroll administrator of that House of Congress shall deposit in an escrow account all payments otherwise required to be made during such period for the compensation of Members of Congress who serve in that House of Congress, and shall release such payments to such Members only upon the expiration of such period.

(2) PERIOD DESCRIBED.—With respect to a House of Congress, the period described in this paragraph is the period which begins on April 16, 2013, and ends on the earlier of—

(A) the day on which the House of Congress agrees to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974;
or

(B) the last day of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.

(3) WITHHOLDING AND REMITTANCE OF AMOUNTS FROM PAYMENTS HELD IN ESCROW.—The payroll administrator shall provide for the same withholding and remittance with respect to a payment deposited in an escrow account under paragraph (1) that would apply to the payment if the payment were not subject to paragraph (1).

(4) RELEASE OF AMOUNTS AT END OF THE CONGRESS.—In order to ensure that this section is carried out in a manner that shall not vary the compensation of Senators or Representatives in violation of the twenty-seventh article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the payroll administrator of a House of Congress shall release for payments to Members of that House of Congress any amounts remaining in any escrow account under this section on the last day of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.

(5) ROLE OF SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.—The Secretary of the Treasury shall provide the payroll administrators of the Houses of Congress with such assistance as may be necessary to enable the payroll administrators to carry out this section.

(b) Treatment Of Delegates As Members.—In this section, the term “Member” includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress.

(c) Payroll Administrator Defined.—In this section, the “payroll administrator” of a House of Congress means—

(1) in the case of the House of Representatives, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, or an employee of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer who is designated by the Chief Administrative Officer to carry out this section; and

(2) in the case of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate, or an employee of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate who is designated by the Secretary to carry out this section.

Attest:

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Attest:

Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.

Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:07 pm


Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

Virginia • Summit Archives – Communities of the Northern Piedmont

By Gary Triplett Summit Archives – Communities of the Northern Piedmont

The WayBack Machine at archive.org archived “www.summit.net” starting in 1999. The first pages of Summit (then: Summit Web Communications Internet Services) were not archived since Summit’s content began in 1995, four years before The Wayback Machine grew to archive the information.

Although outdated, some information found here is still relevant. At any rate, it’s interesting to see the past and compare the many changes around the world over time.

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

We hope you enjoy…
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Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:22 pm


Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

Weekly News & Politics Digest, January 25, 2013

  • Culpeper • Culpeper town manager fired after closed-door session
    Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

    WASHINGTON – The town manager of Culpeper, Va. was fired on Tuesday in a 5-2 vote that came after a long, closed-door council session.

    No details have been released as to why Kim Alexander was fired, but an earlier report in the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star indicated her investigation of police Capt. Chris Settle had angered some council members.

    Alexander will get six months severance pay.

    Asst. Town Manager Chris Hively will take over the job in the interim.

    The firing was announced in a press release from the town’s spokesman, Wally Bunker, who was reinstated to his job at the same meeting. He had resigned Jan. 16.

    Bunker says they can’t discuss any of the details on either decision .

    Alexander had served as town manager for just over a year. She came from Dumfries.

    Follow @WTOP on Twitter.
    (Copyright 2013 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)

    Chris Hively, acting town manager of Culpeper, Va.,
    after Kim Alexander was fired Tuesday.
    (Courtesy Town of Culpeper)

    Statistics: Posted by Concerned — Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:56 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • House Passes No Budget, No Pay Act
    House Passes No Budget, No Pay Act
    Bill would require Senate to pass a budget before being paid

    Video from : youtube.com

    Rep. Cantor answers questions with colleagues about “No Budget, No Pay”

    The House of Representatives today passed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (H.R. 325 ), a measure that will require Senate Democrats to finally pass a budget, something they failed to do for the past four years. In addition, the measure will temporarily extend the debt ceiling and give both chambers of Congress time to pass a budget and responsibly address our nation’s spending crisis. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 285-144 (Roll No. 30 ).
    In response to the passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act, Congressman Eric Cantor said, “Today’s vote was the first step towards trying to resolve the nation’s fiscal crisis in a responsible manner. I look forward to working with the White House and Senate to do so. It’s interesting to note, after almost four years having passed, with an economy that has been struggling, the Senate never acted. It took one week in which their paychecks were on the line and now the Senate is going to step up and do the right thing.”
    The House has passed a responsible budget in each of the last two years that promotes economic growth and responsibly reduces spending, and will do so again this year. Today’s bill requires the House and Senate to each pass a budget that reflects its priorities and withholds pay if they fail to do their job.
    While the House will continue to focus on balancing the budget, Congressman Cantor urged the Senate to act, “We welcome them to this debate about the budget of the nation and look forward to making sure we can begin to reduce the mountain of debt that is facing our children.”

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:41 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • This solves serious problems–by Warren Buffet
    Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

    “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just
    pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
    than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
    for re-election.

    The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
    took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
    The people demanded it. That was in 1971 – before computers, e-mail,
    cell phones, etc.

    Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
    or less to become the law of the land – all because of public pressure.

    Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
    a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
    each of those to do likewise.

    In three days, most people in The United States of America will
    have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
    around.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2012

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no
    pay when they’re out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social
    Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the
    Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into
    the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the
    American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all
    Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
    Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and
    participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the
    American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void
    effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this
    contract with Congressmen/women.

    Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in
    Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers
    envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
    term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will
    only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive
    the message. Don’t you think it’s time?

    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:13 pm


  • What’s On Your Mind • New Scam – Beware
    The following was sent to me by a friend:

    Just when you think you’ve heard it all. Here comes another scam.

    WOW, WHAT NEXT?

    This scam is very clever. Be very careful out there! One could easily fall
    for this – beware of people bearing gifts

    There is a new and clever credit card scam. Please circulate this. Someone
    it happened to says it works like this:

    Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that he was
    from some outfit called: “Express Couriers” asking if I was going to be
    home because there was a package for me, and the caller said that the
    delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. And sure enough, about an
    hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of
    flowers and wine. I was very surprised since it did not involve any special
    occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like it. Intrigued
    about who would send me such a gift, I inquired as to who the sender is.
    The deliveryman’s reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, but
    allegedly a card was being sent separately; (the card has never arrived!).
    There was also a consignment note with the gift.

    He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there
    was a $3.50 “delivery charge” as proof that he had actually delivered the
    package to an adult, and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be
    stolen or taken by anyone.

    This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the
    company required the payment to be by credit or debit card only so that
    everything is properly accounted for.

    My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled his wallet out
    of his pocket with the credit/debit card, and ‘John’, the “delivery man”,
    asked my husband to swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which
    had a small screen and keypad where Frank was also asked to enter the card’s
    PIN and security number. A receipt was printed out and given to us.

    To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday,
    $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM
    machines.

    It appeared that somehow the “mobile credit card machine” which the
    deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a “dummy” card with
    all our card details after my husband swiped our card and entered the
    requested PIN and security number.

    Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we
    immediately notified the bank which issued us the card, and our credit/debit account
    was closed.

    We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is
    definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit.

    WARNING: Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package”, which you
    neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind
    of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never
    accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper
    identification of who the sender is.

    Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit
    card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!

    Pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled. No
    virus found in this message.

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:08 pm


What’s On Your Mind • House Passes No Budget, No Pay Act

By Frank Jenkins

House Passes No Budget, No Pay Act
Bill would require Senate to pass a budget before being paid

Video from : youtube.com

Rep. Cantor answers questions with colleagues about “No Budget, No Pay”

The House of Representatives today passed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 (H.R. 325 ), a measure that will require Senate Democrats to finally pass a budget, something they failed to do for the past four years. In addition, the measure will temporarily extend the debt ceiling and give both chambers of Congress time to pass a budget and responsibly address our nation’s spending crisis. The bill passed on a bipartisan vote of 285-144 (Roll No. 30 ).
In response to the passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act, Congressman Eric Cantor said, “Today’s vote was the first step towards trying to resolve the nation’s fiscal crisis in a responsible manner. I look forward to working with the White House and Senate to do so. It’s interesting to note, after almost four years having passed, with an economy that has been struggling, the Senate never acted. It took one week in which their paychecks were on the line and now the Senate is going to step up and do the right thing.”
The House has passed a responsible budget in each of the last two years that promotes economic growth and responsibly reduces spending, and will do so again this year. Today’s bill requires the House and Senate to each pass a budget that reflects its priorities and withholds pay if they fail to do their job.
While the House will continue to focus on balancing the budget, Congressman Cantor urged the Senate to act, “We welcome them to this debate about the budget of the nation and look forward to making sure we can begin to reduce the mountain of debt that is facing our children.”

Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:41 am


Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

What’s On Your Mind • New Scam – Beware

By Frank Jenkins The following was sent to me by a friend:

Just when you think you’ve heard it all. Here comes another scam.

WOW, WHAT NEXT?

This scam is very clever. Be very careful out there! One could easily fall
for this – beware of people bearing gifts

There is a new and clever credit card scam. Please circulate this. Someone
it happened to says it works like this:

Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone who said that he was
from some outfit called: “Express Couriers” asking if I was going to be
home because there was a package for me, and the caller said that the
delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour. And sure enough, about an
hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of
flowers and wine. I was very surprised since it did not involve any special
occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like it. Intrigued
about who would send me such a gift, I inquired as to who the sender is.
The deliveryman’s reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, but
allegedly a card was being sent separately; (the card has never arrived!).
There was also a consignment note with the gift.

He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there
was a $3.50 “delivery charge” as proof that he had actually delivered the
package to an adult, and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be
stolen or taken by anyone.

This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the
company required the payment to be by credit or debit card only so that
everything is properly accounted for.

My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled his wallet out
of his pocket with the credit/debit card, and ‘John’, the “delivery man”,
asked my husband to swipe the card on the small mobile card machine which
had a small screen and keypad where Frank was also asked to enter the card’s
PIN and security number. A receipt was printed out and given to us.

To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday,
$4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM
machines.

It appeared that somehow the “mobile credit card machine” which the
deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a “dummy” card with
all our card details after my husband swiped our card and entered the
requested PIN and security number.

Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we
immediately notified the bank which issued us the card, and our credit/debit account
was closed.

We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is
definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit.

WARNING: Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package”, which you
neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind
of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never
accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper
identification of who the sender is.

Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit
card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!

Pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled. No
virus found in this message.

Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:08 pm


Source: FULL ARTICLE at gov.summit.net

Weekly News & Politics Digest, January 18, 2013

  • What’s On Your Mind • Hypocricy Alive and Well
    Hypocricy Alive and Well
    98
    That’s OK, just don’t burn or deface the Koran!!

    Every day Shirts like this are mass produced, mostly in “South East Asia”, marketed
    and sold by street vendors throughout the Middle East
    and it’s simply OK.
    The mass-murder of 9-11 in 2001 is a celebrated event by
    millions of these people.
    Funny how racism and offending other races
    only applies to whites!!!

    Statistics: Posted by Frank Jenkins — Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:17 am


  • What’s On Your Mind • “Somebody need to pay for my 15 kids”
    “Somebody need to pay for my 15 kids”
    object

    WHAT?!??!?! :roll:

    Some opinions found with this YouTube video:

    Top Comments

    asugodfather 1 day ago
    15 kids?!? AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT!!!
    Reply · 13

    joshblackett5 22 hours ago
    Get off you ass and get a job bitch
    Reply · 10

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    thebruceshow 2 minutes ago
    Obama seems so concerned about the guy who only paid 150 thousand in taxes last year of earned income, but says nothing about the self entitled family who recieves 150 thousand dollars a year in unearned income, who made a coinscience desicion to let the system pay her? While the father sells drugs on the side?? What was this guy arrested for again??
    Reply ·

    TheImustbemotoday 28 minutes ago
    ppl like that, making the world fall apart
    Reply ·

    duzak78 55 minutes ago
    15 more future dem voters.
    Reply ·

    smithwez1101 56 minutes ago
    Someone just needs to set a fire to that place. BTW, I see that her lips are able to work, I’m sure she could put those to some use.
    Reply ·

    MiddleClassHeroes985 1 hour ago
    Dumb slut.
    Reply ·

    kmaerke 1 hour ago
    The kids look like they couldnt be 9 months apart. This woman is a factory?
    Reply ·

    kemartinec 1 hour ago
    I guess we’re probably wasting our time writing a post. I’m sure the bitch can’t read…She probably got the message “just say no”mixed up with “yes I is a Ho”.
    Reply ·

    R.J. Hartmann 2 hours ago
    Oh and a motivation to stay outa jail might be hmm..I have 15 KIDS! He probably didnt even go away for like stealing food for the kids or something, no, it was most likely criminal possession of crack-cocaine or an unregistered hand gun or some other typical shit
    Reply ·

    R.J. Hartmann 2 hours ago
    Im just as pissed but i gotta ask, did she have them all within like 5 minutes of eachother? Is this lady just like perpetually pregnant? Somebody please take those kids away before one of them robs me in 15 years
    Reply ·

    Sara Rennard 3 hours ago
    You need to get off YOUR ASS and get a JOB!, there are plenty of FREE day cares around and I know half of those kids should be in school!!! stop living off the government and let those who REALLY NEED IT use it!

    Statistics: Posted by Gary Triplett — Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:33 pm