Obama’s Transparency – It’s Not Clear to Me

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I have finally figured it out….

I have finally figured out just what President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid mean by “transparency”.  Mrs. Pelosi has said repeatedly that this is the most open and transparent Congress to date.   How can she claim transparency when there are closed-door sessions where deals are cut with special interest groups and bribes for legislators?   I’ll tell you what Ms. Pelosi means.  She looks right into the eyes of the media and says, “We’re going to do this, and it’s going to be done this way, by this time, and we won’t accept any change or compromise.”   That’s pretty clear.

Harry Reid has his own version of transparency.  His transparency is that he tells people what the Senate is going to do (that’s the transparent part), then in closed-door sessions he buys a vote or two that will put his plan over, and then ultimately proclaims the success he predicted.   Come on, who cannot see what’s really happening when senators exchange their votes for millions of dollars for their states?  When Senators Nelson and Landrieu took Reid’s bribes for their healthcare votes and support, it was well publicized on conservative talk shows on radio and TV, and through conservative blogs on the web.  It became really transparent to Americans at that point that what was going on in Washington was “politics as usual” – or maybe on politics on steroids!   The audacity of the Democrats was that they believed that they can get away with such underhanded dealings  — even out in the open — because, after all, they had control in the White House, Senate, and the House of Representatives.  Who was going to stop them?   Seriously, who can expect real transparency when deals are negotiated behind closed doors, especially when only those of like-minds are invited inside and those holding opposing views are banned from participation in the sessions?   

Obama’s lack of his promised transparency has cost him in the polls, and yet he still spouts the same old rhetoric from his campaigning days, still tossing the blame for  everything on Bush, still holding closed door meetings with special interest groups and congressional leaders, and still has his czars and others with far-left political views in policy-making positions who are not confirmed by Congress or elected by voters.  Is that transparency?  Not in my book.  When Obama campaigned on transparency, the people took him at his word… And why was that?  Because that would truly be the  promised change and hope for a new way for  Washington to operate.  Who wouldn’t vote for that?  Only it hasn’t happened – and it won’t under THIS administration, for sure!

We were forewarned by deeds rather than words.  Obama certainly didn’t display any transparency during the campaign…. not about his collegiate career, college applications and transcripts; not by producing his actual birth certificate, not by explaining how he traveled about the globe as an unemployed individual of non-existent means, and other things – things that could be easily produced and would end the suspicions and speculations once and for all, assuming he really wanted to be transparent!   

How can Obama proclaim his administration is transparent when there are special considerations for individuals and certain groups, and when what should be public information is hidden from the public?  Again, what about the campaign promise of transparency, of the CSPAN-televised negotiations on healthcare reform which never materialized?  In fact, Obama has laughingly shrugged that one off as a “just one of those many campaign promises politicians make” – and as everyone knows ALL campaign promises can’t be kept, right?   At this point, it’s pretty obvious that we will never see the kind of transparency we had hoped for from this Administration or from Congress.  Rather, the type of transparency now being promoted is the transparency of some of our national secrets under the guise criminally trying enemy combatants in our federal courts – the kind of transparency that can cost us our national safety – or de-classifying important documents and publicizing interrogation techniques used on terrorists.  Just who is that transparency for?

As I’ve pointed out previously, Democrats say there is (by their own definitions) transparency in our government.  I have noticed, though, there are some differences in the “applied definition” of transparency between the Legislative and Executive branches.  The Obama White House tends toward (unintended) transparency where the various members of Obama’s staff inadvertently reveal things simply because the players can’t keep their stories in synch – or their mouths shut.  The Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House do their “dirty” dealings behind closed doors, usually with a group of like-minded persons, and try to come up with a more palatable way of force-feeding their “transparency” to the voters.   (Occasionally, politicians seeking the limelight will spill some beans though.   I happen to be thankful that at least this kind of transparency has occurred because it has made for a wiser American public.)  

Perhaps the differences between the White House and Congress “transparency successes” are because the Legislative branch happens to have had a lot more experience with “covert transparency” than the intellectuals and academics who are presently making up the Executive Branch and staff.  Congress is full of professional politicians.  The White House is amateurish on governing in this way, having their strength in organizing groups.  However, because of the closer scrutiny by those on the right, and even independents, who have their eyes and ears open,  both branches have come up short on executing their types of transparency. 

For instance, remember the healthcare bill and the people who went to townhall meetings to express their opposition to HR 3200 and make their concerns known?  When it came time to literally push through controversial legislation on healthcare that apparently was in direct opposition to the wishes of the majority of the American voters (you’ll recall the uproar of the summer and fall townhall meetings!), Pelosi and Reid showed a surprising lack of understanding of the tenor of the public’s sentiment and their grasp of what the bill actually contained.  But they made no bones about what they were going to do …. that’s their transparency!  They had dismissed the fact that the voters were becoming more educated on the issues and beginning to become active in the process by using their freedom of speech to contact their legislators and following the examples of other grass roots organizations to come together.   The conservative and independent voters have educated themselves on the issues as well as having gained a better understanding of  “the game” of politics.  While these newbies to politics began paying close attention to the activities of their legislators, they are also began to groom their own to rise up to replace those entrenched and out-of-touch members of Congress.   

The legislators dismissed the American people and the subsequent polling that resulted from the discontent.  However, with the strong showing in NYC 23 and with Scott Brown’s senate seat win, there is a transparent national “routing out” of those who do backroom deals or who refuse to listen to their constituents.   One only has to read the handmade placards at the rallies and look at the polls to see this is true.  Concerned Americans are being transparent in their plans to unseat those who are not listening to the people who sent them to Washington.   The people are outraged that their own legislators don’t read the bills they are voting on, or even know what was in them.  Yet the legislators will still push for a bill’s passage while the people are aggressively telling them no!  The people  have had enough.   

The biggest mistake made by the Democrats, which  will cost them dearly in the mid-term elections is that they wouldn’t consider that the emotion which was demonstrated in the townhall meetings was genuine, and that it would still rage strong or be as widespread this long.  The people, who had placed their hope in the promises of transparency and openness and of a different Washington than previous administrations, were transparent when they expressed their concern all summer and fall.  They had grown tired of Washington’s favors and bribery, and they were expressing strong opposition to the Democrats’ type of “transparency”, yet they got more of the same.

Unfortunately for the Democrats,  the polls now reflect a sharp downturn for long-time incumbents who are up for relection in 2010.   (Just as a reminder, it’s not just Democrats who will find the going rough.  Some Republicans should watch themselves as well.)  Recently, public backlash has prompted several prominent, long-term, entrenched Democrats to”called it quits” rather than run for re-election and face certain defeat, and why?  Perhaps they’ve seen the “handwriting on the wall”.  Or, as Rep. Snyder (D- AR) said, “I want to spend time more with my family”.  Perhaps they’ve come to realize that there really IS a grassroots movement —  NOT the “astroturf”, as Nancy Pelosi called it — that has taken hold and spread all across this nation and it will affect real change in our government and restore hope to American citizens.  

When people band together in groups called “tea parties” and have an announced agenda of becoming politically savvy and involved for the purpose of routing out the politicians who don’t really care about preserving the principles upon which this country was founded, but rather make a political career for themselves, I call this a type of transparency, too.  Don’t you? 

The Scott Brown win has the Democrats scrambling to “embrace” the other side of the aisle, but they’re still missing the transparency issue.  They want the Republican “participation” but they don’t want to hear Republican input!  What they all should be doing is listening to the people!  We’ll see what happens over these next few months until the next election.   At this point, though, what the Democrats are doing is  pretty clear and transparent to me – more political games, not more transparency!


Tareq and Michaele Salahi Attend Dinner by Executive Order

Friday, December 11, 2009

With today’s reality show wanna be’s, it’s easy to jump on the band wagon of accusations when someone turns a public or media event into a faux pas.  When, Tareq and Michaele Salahi recently appeared at an important White House Dinner, it was said that they were looking for publicity for a possible reality show, or perhaps a book, or maybe both.   Adding to the mystique was Michaele’s reported gushing to her hair dresser of her invitation to the dinner, but somehow she was never able to produce that invitation – especially at the White House when they arrived!

Well, that was enough to set tongues a waggin’.  Who had allowed this “security breach”?  Was it the fault of the White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers?  Was it the fault of the Secret Service?  The Salahis insisted they were invited and not “party-crashers”, so who had actually invited them?  Where was that mysterious invitation?  Were these people really able to slip through the tightest security known to the US? 

Here’s something I want you to look closely:

Look at the expression on Obama’s face.  This is not his normal “formal” smile  that he uses when saying, “Hi, how are you?” to people he’s not familiar with.  In fact, the expressions on all three of their faces suggest that they are sharing some intimate information.
Now, the buzz has been about how these people could get into this event with no formal invitation.  No one is confessing to having any knowledge of them being on the guest list.  Again, they haven’t produced that formal invitation that everyone was required to have and they weren’t on the list that had been approved and cleared for attendance.
Now, look at this picture VERY CLOSELY:
Just who is that guy in the center?  Who is that man in the white jacket?  Who is the blonde on the right?  Hmmmm.  This picture was taken – at a fashion event or a “get out the vote” event or something or other – in 2005 when Obama was a Senator.
It’s obvious that this couple who are under suspicion of “crashing” a White House dinner event, weren’t strangers to the occupants of the White House.  So, if it wasn’t any of the White House staff who approved their attendance, and the Secret Service let them it – it obviously had to be by EXECUTIVE ORDER!
Again, when you “hear” the campaign rhetoric from Obama echoing in your ear about transparency and everything above board, add this incident to the multitude of “behind closed doors”, back-room deals, etc. 
Face it, America.  We’ve been hoodwinked by a pathological liar who lives by his own devised set of rules of conduct and propriety while governing by a totally different set.   The old political machines of which we had all grown tired have given way to a newer, but much more insidious one – and it’s rolling over us at an alarming speed.
I’m asking you to judge someone by their actions, not their words.  Make your decisions based upon facts, not emotions.  In regards to our national and even our local leaders – particularly the ones who have been in office a while – evaluate what they have done and are presently doing that isn’t in agreement with what they have proclaimed they would do.  Don’t listen to their promises, because as we have found from this last election, politicians will say whatever it takes to keep their positions of power – and they have shown, especially this year, that they have no intention of listening to the people they are supposed to represent.  
Remember, too, that all of them, including the President, are employees of We the People!   Therefore, as their employer, we must demand that they do what we want – that being open and transparent – or risk being fired and replaced with someone who will.  We will have a chance in the near future to drive this point home. 

Obama Opens US Courts to Citizens of the World

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

As you are probably aware, President Barack Obama claims himself a citizen of the world.  Not only does he view himself as a citizen of the world, but he views the world as citizens of the United States, with the same rights to US housing, US financial aid, US protections, US freedoms, et al, as any natural born or naturalized citizen.  In fact, he has ordered the military to Mirandize the enemy in the throes of war.  That’s insane!  The Miranda warning is a right for US citizens, to give them protection against making incriminating statements against themselves.  It never was – and should never be – intended as blanket protection for all people of the world, anywhere in the world, and especially in time of war – for our enemies!

People with half a brain should know that before the US declared war on the terrorists, war was declared on the US by the terrorists.  Their actions were notched up way beyond what could be called civil disorder, way beyond a protest against major socio-political or religions positions.  They slaughtered thousands of innocents with their carefully orchestrated attack on the US.  Their actions should strongly suggest to Obama and his other Progressive/Liberal cohorts that the terrorists established the rules – the rules of war – and that they did not perpetrate a civil crime as of one US citizen against another US citizen, and therefore should be treated and tried differently – by the conventional rules of war, and not in civil courts.

I found this blog while scrolling through Blogsurfer.  I hope they don’t mind me using it here because it demonstrates the Obama Administration’s version of the Miranda Rights for our enemies at Gitmo and those on the battlefield:


Post-War on Terror” Miranda Rights Posted in In the News by tymothyson on November 19, 2009

“You have the right to remain silent or shout any obscene, blasphemous religious propaganda you may want. Anything you say or do could, but will not be used against you in a court of military law. You have the right to a[n] civilian attorney who could leak information to terrorist cells outside of your terrorist jail cell, though you should really be tried as an enemy combatant war criminal and never again see the light of day. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you as part of the $75-100 Million of our tax dollars to move your keister from Gitmo to the land where our fathers died. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you? Of course you don’t, you didn’t even have to learn English to take up residency on the dole, plant a dirty bomb, or get a license to fly a jumbo jet.

“If you are not a United States citizen, you need not contact your country’s consulate prior to any questioning because we will treat you like one anyway.”

Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder sees Al-Qaeda in the same light as Obama.  He has made it abundantly clear that he plans to try five of the main Gitmo terrorists/detainees as if they mugged an old lady in Central Park. 

Our laws require that accused US citizens be tried before a jury of their peers.  WHO, then, are the peers of these men, these non-citizens?  Holder himself said that if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed pleads guilty and testifies the same as he has before, Holder can guarantee a conviction.  What conviction?  He’s an enemy combatant and has admitted to his role in the planning of the 9-11 attack.  He declared jihad against the US… that’s a declaration of war!

Further, Holder is also getting pressure from Germans that the testimony they may contribute during the trial not be used if the prosecution plans to seek the death penalty.  So, has Holder created his own Catch-22?  If KSM and the four others are given life in prison, what prison will they be sent to?  If in the US, the US citizens will pay again for the crimes of this man by providing him with three squares (a special diet by the way) special prayer times, and more civil rights that most US citizens exercise in their lifetime — for the rest of his!

In another instance, Navy seals are being prosecuted for bloodying the lip of another terrorist/enemy who is known to be responsible for the atrocious murders and abuse of the corpses of four civilian US security personnel in Iraq.  Now, during this declared wartime, every action of our military personnel is under the microscope of liberal interpreters, and the enemy is afforded US Citizens rights when they aren’t US citizens.  It’s NOT war anymore – it’s insanity!

US House of Representatives To Ban News Coverage??

Monday, October 26, 2009

Anita Dunn gave great insight into how the Obama Administration controlled the media coverage during the presidential campaign and how the Democrats plan to control their agenda now – just as they did in the campaign.  They spun their rhetoric for “change”, they gave access for coverage ONLY when, with whom, and how  it suited their agenda.  This fact is true and documented.  (How many of you who voted for Obama feel manipulated now?)

Apparently Democrats are growing nervous about how the far left’s “best laid plans” are being revealed by the floodlights of fair and balanced reporting done by Fox News.  A prime example very recently was when the White House tried to strip Fox News from having access to a press conference with “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg.  (Kudos to the other media outlets that banded together in a “one for all, and all for one” on behalf of Fox News.)   The campaign is over (though the Obama Administration doesn’t seem to know it) and the battle may now being waged on a new front.  The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi may have joined the White House in trying to stop the “unfavorable” reporting of the goings on in Congress

Hugh Hewitt reported in his blog that Pelosi appeared on Keith Olberman’s program on Friday and declared that she plans to bring to the floor of the House this week a vote to strip Fox News of its journalistic rights of  access to Congressional activities, saying basically that Fox News falsely reports what is going on in Washington or that it is biased in its reporting.  (This vote, by the way, would not affect other new agencies or reporting entities – just Fox News.)

He also said reported in his blog that Mrs. Pelosi argued “That Fox regularly grants access to Republican Congressman to spread their lies and propaganda on their airwaves is a violation of the public trust, and their continued desire to challenge such well documented facts as Global Warming, and the efficacy of single payer health insurance, proves that they are simply doing the work of the special interests. They should thus be stripped of their journalistic access in the halls of Congress.” (Whether this Pelosi/Olberman scenario occured or not, that would be an egregious abuse of power!)

Democrats have been given equal opportunities (and a few have taken them) to speak on Fox programs from the steps of the House and Senate to discuss their positions on certain issues.  They have also been given many invitations to appear on panels and debate the issues, but most have flatly refused to do so.  At times the Democratic leaders in Congress have even told their party members to not speak to Fox News.  (Sounds like grade-schooler activity doesn’t it?) 

Why is that Democrats don’t want to deal with Fox News?  Is it because the Democrats don’t have a convincing argument for their political positions sufficient to sway the public?  Is it because they don’t all speak with the same voice?  Is it because their agendas are flawed – or worse, un-Constitutional?  Is it because their intent is to chop away at our freedoms until the American way of life is no longer recognizable?  Is it because they just don’t like hearing some news agency giving both sides of the political argument so that people can be fully informed?  Is it because they want only one voice to be heard – theirs? 

Pelosi and the uber-liberals like her in the Obama Administration (including the President – though he’s too slick to say it out of his OWN mouth) seek to shut down any reporting that is in opposition to their extremely liberal agenda.  This is an appalling infringement on America’s basic  freedom of speech.  If that freedom is to remain from now on, any vote on the House or Senate floors must never take place.  If you ever want to be heard, or if you want to hear both sides of what is going on, you better step up – speak up!  Just imagine the ramifications of this vote!

ACORN Tangled Up in Legal Battles as Plaintiff AND Defendant

Saturday, October 24, 2009

You know, ACORN and two of its employees  have exhibited unprecedented gall by threatening to sue the “pimp” and the “prostitute” who stirred up a political hornet’s nest with their undercover videos.  To be precise, the attorneys for ACORN are relying on Maryland’s wiretap statute to bring a lawsuit against James O’Keefe III, Hannah Giles, and Breitbart.Com LLC, for the video recordings which revealed ACORN’s more than willing assistance and counsel on establishing a brothel which would feature underage girls trafficked in from El Salvador.  The lawsuit should fail, however, because it attempts to misapply the “wiretap” statute to the legal recording of a non-protected conversation.

As an example, do you remember Linda Tripp who recorded Monica Lewinsky’s sordid tales of her encounters with then-President Bill Clinton?  They tried to prosecute her under this same law.  But she was a more valuable witness for another case, that being the impeachment of a President.  She was given immunity for her testimony, but I daresay that they would have found it extremely difficult to prosecute her under that law anyway. 

 You see, the Maryland state law is not a “wiretapping” law per se.  It’s an “interception” statute that regulates the “interception” of communications, and that is spelled out precisely in the law.  In Linda’s case, it was her own phone that she was using.  And she didn’t intercept a communication, she was participating in the conversation.  In that same vein, it is easy to see that there was no “interception” of communications by O’Keefe and Giles.  In fact, it was, as with Linda, their own conversations with ACORN employees. 

If this law is used successfully to prosecute O’Keefe and Giles for exposing the corruption within the ACORN organization, then people with cell phones that capture videos and records voices had better turn off their phones while in Maryland to avoid the temptation to break this law at some party or event!

But ACORN has other legal issues as well, this time on the defensive side.  When ACORN went to Las Vegas and started playing what they called “Blackjack” or “21,” the activist group was making a far greater gamble than it could ever have guessed, or so think the Nevada prosecutors who are, by the way, Democrats.

There’s nothing wrong with playing the tables in Vegas, but the authorities claim that ACORN was using the common names of popular casino game as a cover-up term for paying workers bonuses to sign up voters as part of a quota system which is illegal in Nevada.  As a result of an extensive investigation, a preliminary hearing in the Clark County courthouse has put ACORN on trial for the first time as a criminal defendant. 

Until now, prosecutions for voter registration fraud have focused on the ACORN workers themselves rather than the organization leadership, and yes, the authorities have secured guilty pleas from several workers who have admitted to falsifying voter registration forms. But when investigators from Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office raided the ACORN Las Vegas office, Ross says they found a paper trail that not only was ACORN organization itself aware of this practice, it was actually promoting this behavior.

In an interview with Fox News, Miller said, “We came across policy manuals that outline their policy of creating a quota system, which is against the law.  This, in fact, was something that was widespread and something the organization itself knew about, and it’s important to hold the organization criminally accountable as opposed to the individual field directors.”

ACORN, of course, has consistently denied that it had a quota for the number of voter registration forms, and that it required its workers to turn in a certain minimum number every day.  The organization does say that there were “performance standards” — that standard was “an expectation” that workers would find 20 new voters each day.  But prosecutors say ACORN paid a $5 bonus to workers who would sign up 21 or more voters per day.  That’s where the “code” name “21” or “Blackjack,” came in.  It was an alleged quota system that Miller says is the first step toward corrupting the entire democratic system. 

“These charges strike at the heart of having integrity of the electoral process. That’s something that is important in Nevada and the entire country,” he told FOX News.  “By filing these charges we are sending a clear message we are not going to tolerate these kinds of activities. We have seen voter registration abuse before and we are holding these people accountable.”

With the undercover videos from several offices done by O’Keefe and Giles, and the search and seizure of such incriminating evidence in the Las Vegas ACORN office, pressure from all sides has been mounting on ACORN in recent weeks.  But it seems that the “lame street media” would rather focus on the alleged illegal actions of two young people rather than go after the organization that counsels people to commit obviously illegal activities and cheat on paying taxes. 

There has been some other fallout from the expose’ done by O’Keefe and Giles, and the revelation of the manuals and documents discovered in Las Vegas.  The IRS and Census Bureau have since severed direct ties with the group, and even the inspector general of the Department of Justice is reviewing its own involvement with ACORN.  Other state and local authorities are also beginning to distance themselves from ACORN, while others are watching them closely, including Maryland’s own attorney general.

As of this writing, I haven’t heard or read anything further on ACORN’s lawsuit against O’Keefe and Giles.  But Las Vegas officials are proceeding with their case against ACORN.  And if ACORN is convicted, the Nevada ACORN operation could lose its tax-exempt status and that would have national implications for the organization as a whole — meaning that ACORN would end up with a losing hand!

ACORN Is Out of the Census Business? Not So Much!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Here is a partial list of census partners, according to the Census website.  I spent a couple minutes looking at this list and noticed how close the ties were between those listed below and ACORN and/or the White House.  Even without the direct ACORN involvement in gathering census information, the 2010 census could be a valuable organizing tool for the liberal organizations. 

  • AARP – You know where they are in the healthcare debate…. they’re doing like GE – getting on the Obama bandwagon  (Or snuggling up to the liberals, if you prefer) so that they can get Presidential privilege that other similar organizations won’t have.
  • A. Phillip Randolph Institute
  • AFL-CIO (ACORN Associate) 
  • American Federation of Government Employees
  • AFSCME   has 1.6 milion members including health care workers, corrections officers, child care providers, educators , and sanitation workers.  From a statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee on the 2008 Election:  “With Barack Obama and Joe Biden, we will have a team of proven fighters committed to providing state and local fiscal relief, fully funding and supporting public services and the workers who provide them, and guaranteeing that everyone in our country has quality, affordable health care they can count on…We knocked on 10 million doors, made 70 million phone calls, and distributed more than 27 million workplace flyers focusing on economic issues.  AFSCME alone spent $67 million on political activities, including our aggressive independent expenditure campaign which played a key role in the most competitive House and Senate races.  Forty-thousand AFSCME members volunteered along with more than 500 staff because we all knew we could not afford four more years like the last eight.”
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Coalition of Labor Union Women
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Families USA
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Labor Council for the Latin American Advancement
  • League of Women Voters of the United States
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Council of La Raza (ACORN Associate)
  • National Education Association (ACORN Associate)
  • Pride at Work
  • Rainbow Push Coalition (ACORN Associate)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (ACORN Associate)
  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • United Workers

Most of these groups listed above are politically active and most, if not all, are left-leaning.  Many of the ones I haven’t noted here still have ties to ACORN.  But more disturbing to me is that in one instance, prisoners in jails and half-way houses were hired to take the census.  If this is representative of the types of people who are being hired, do you really want these people having access to the most detailed census information to date?  Who’s to say that these groups won’t gather and use that information for recruiting for their causes?  Do you really want them having the ability to collect personal information from the census surveys for their own political organizing or other such use? 

The White House statement on who runs the census reads:  “There is historic precedent for the director of the census, who works for the commerce secretary and the president, to work closely with White House senior management, given the number of decisions that will have to be put before the president. We plan to return to that model in this administration.”

If it is a concern to you who conducts the census, contact the Census Bureau, the White House, and the Commerce Secretary and tell them you want their politics kept OUT of the 2010 Census.

Revisited: Stimulus, TARP, Clean Energy Act, etc. Now VAT

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This a repost because it has once again become timely.   Let me add my voice to that of others.  PAY ATTENTION!  THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THE INCOME TAX.  IT’S AN ADDITIONAL TAX.  THIS IS A TAX ON GOODS THAT WE PURCHASE… AND IT’S A COMPOUNDED TAX AS THE PRODUCT ADVANCES THROUGH PRODUCTION STAGES!  That will increase the cost up to 20%. 

Now, please read on.

So, you think what you don’t know won’t hurt you?  That’s what the far-left legislators want you to believe as they “fundamentally change America”.

The American people are being treated like lambs led to the slaughter – or rather, the American way of life is being pushed and shoved toward the slaughter.  And in preparation for the finality of it all, everything that has made the United States unique as a nation is being quickly and systematically stripped from it.   Concerned citizens are organizing Tea Parties, some are writing blogs, some are talking to their neighbors and friends, and all are expressing their opinions under the same rights that PETA, an ultra far-left organization, uses against the poultry and beef industries – only without smearing fake blood or red paint on things and scaring small children who only want their Happy Meals. 

Conservative Americans, both morally and fiscally, are beginning to express their concern over the future of America.  They’re holding peaceful rallies of protest, carrying banners and handmade signs, and they’re contacting their representatives about their concerns on the issues that are reshaping or restructured our country toward the leftist’s position.  These citizens are voicing  their objections to the unethical practices of their own elected officials in Washington.   Those unethical actions include, in part, pushing huge  laws (literally and conceptually) through the legislative process in the most obscure and unprecedented ways possible, and often under the cloak of darkness, with the full intent of keeping the American people ignorant while this takes place.   What happened to the very detailed promise of transparency of the Obama Administration? 

Even the majority of the legislators don’t know exactly what are in the bills because most of them refuse to read them.  For example, a bill may be called a stimulus package, but within that bill are many amendments or sections that do not pertain to stimulating economy in any way, shape, or form.  And sometimes those inserted amendments have restrictions on certain freedoms we  have enjoyed or they may impose a new tax or cost to the taxpayer, or they may send millions of tax dollars to a particular lawmaker’s state or district for special projects to garner votes and political support.

Let’s take the $787 Billion Economic Stimulus Package.  In it was money for Sen. John Murtha’s (D-PA) airport renovation, which is an abomination!  The airport was given $800,000 of stimulus money for a new cross-wind runway.  (Three passengers a day!  And all to Washington DC!   How many new jobs did that create, and just who does that benefit?)   That’s just one example of the waste and little political favors payoffs that occur!  It’s our tax money and as taxpayers we should have a say on where our money goes; after all, that’s what our representatives and senators are for – to protect our interests.   

We, the people, have sent our representatives to Washington to look out for our interests.  However, they have forgotten their campaign promises and are no longer representing their constituency.  Instead they put party interests, pet projects, political favors, and partisan politics above the best interest of the American people and do not consider themselves accountable even to the people who elected them.   They have their own personal crusade to gain power, influence, and wealth as they continue  the “Washington as usual” politics and the American Democracy is falling down around our ears.

America is at an important crossroad at this point in its history.  It’s reputation is being quickly dissolved in the opinion of other nations because there is no integrity and  no honor in our President’s words any more.  If we do nothing to change what’s happening in Washington, the great nation of the United States will be unrecognizable before the passing of  this generation.   The jury is still out until November 2010 during which time we will see if the recent voices of the American people at the town hall meetings and at Tea Party rallies have been heard.  But the pressure on our representatives needs to be maintained, because there’s still a lot of time for more wholesale slaughter between now and then  — just look at what has happened over the past year.  Think about these things:

»  The House energy and global warming bill HR2454 was passed June 26, 2009. It consisted of more than 1,400 pages and was available online only 15 hours before being vote upon.  This bill is presently before the Senate and is projected to cost taxpayers up to $200 million per year.

»  The $789 billion stimulus bill was passed Feb. 14, 2009 and had over 400 pages.  It was available online only 13 hours before debate.

»  $700 billion financial sector rescue package, known as TARP 1, was passed Oct. 3, 2008.  It has 169 pages and was available online only 29 hours before voting took place.

»  The Baucus Bill on health care reform is reported to impose  nearly $2,000 per family annually just to cover the mandated cost.  And if you don’t take out insurance, you’ll pay nearly that amount in an imposed penalty.  It is presently being re-worked to include a version of public option – and this is being done BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!  So, we won’t even see what they come up with before it goes to the House.

So, if you’re not sure how those bills that were passed in such a rush earlier this year will impact your life, you need to become aware – fully aware!  Even if the rich and the not so rich ponied up all their wealth, they wouldn’t have enough money to pay for those bills that have already passed.  And we’re still awaiting the outcome of the Clean Energy/Global Warming bill in the Senate and the Healthcare Reform Act to pass. 

If that wasn’t enough, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has gone on record as saying that a new tax is on the table to help America address these fiscal responsibilities.  (She is assuming that the healthcare bill will pass and that manufacturers will be required to include healthcare in their operating costs.)  Her proposal is  “a tax” called a VAT, a value added tax, to foreign manufacturing to level the playing field.   Only it doesn’t really.  The value added tax is a tax put on manufacturers at each stage of production and is based upon the amount of value another producer may add to a product.  Think about this:  most of what the US consumes is imported these days – produced elsewhere.  So those taxes on foreign companies will have costs that are directly passed on to you and to me.  The VAT on manufacturing and services will only drive up the costs on all consumer goods. Critics of VAT say that this tax disproportionately affects the middle- and low-income customers.  Whoa!  No taxes on middle class?  What happened to that promise?

Just so you know, it’s politi-speak.  That’s how they’re going to end up taking money out of your pocket even if you’re not among those who make more than $250,000.  No, it won’t be a straight forward “tax” on the individuals of the middle class, but by such taxes and restrictions on the manufacturing and producer of goods (and services) they take money straight out of your pocket at the consumer end.  It will also give the government more regulatory control over the manufacturers.

So, get ready.  You’re going to have to spend a whole lot more for goods and services – and real soon!