Kremlin propaganda channel Russia Today covers riots in Spain.
At least 76 people have been injured in Madrid as clashes flared up between protesters and police, the latter using rubber bullets. Thousands of Spanish anarchists, communists and labor unionists turned out against new austerity measures introduced by the Socialist government.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – The Constitution for the United States of America
“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies.”
“The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, … or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.” – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Major John Cartwright, June 5, 1824
“The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please. It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also; in theory only, at first, while the spirit of the people is up, but in practice, as fast as that relaxes. Independence can be trusted nowhere but with the people in mass. They are inherently independent of all but moral law.”
“If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates, but let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796
Our founders would be rolling over in their graves. The U.S. is set to sign a gun control treaty with the United Nations on July 27, 2012, formally known as The Arms Trade Treaty. George Soros’ plan to leave his indelible mark on America through United Nations control over guns is viewed by many, including the NRA, as a backdoor avenue for civilian gun tracking, an insidious assault on the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms.
As long as that Conference operates under the rule of consensus decision-making needed to ensure that all countries can be held to standards that will actually improve the global situation by denying arms to those who would abuse them, the United States will actively support the negotiations.
Defining “standards” is a fool’s errand. America’s own standard for the commerce of arms cannot be equated with the standards of rogue nations such as Libya, which has emboldened Al Qaeda by providing stolen weapons. The Heritage Foundation notes, “The United States does not have the power to ensure that the negotiations on an arms trade treaty operate “under the rule of consensus decision-making.”
Sen. Jerry Moran (KS-R)
Senator Jerry Moran introduced the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012 in the Senate on March 19, 2012, to prohibit funding for negotiating an United Nations Arms Treaty, affirming that the U.S. Constitution and the sovereignty of the United States of America supersede allegiance and authority to an international governing body.
A letter to President Obama and Hillary Clinton by 44 U.S. Senators outlines the complex scope of defining and enforcing a broad treaty, as cited with Mexico, which calls for the treaty to include an assortment of conventional weapons ranging from “small arms and light weapons, ammunition, components, parts, technology and related materials.”
Further, some 130 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose the treaty, stating, “The establishment of any sort of international gun registry that could impede upon the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners is a non-starter.”
Too many “non-starters” have started, continued, and succeeded lately, in the overall work of sabotaging our sovereign and constitutional America, for the cause of global, neo-Marxist authoritarianism. It remains to be seen, how far this non-starter will get. When authoritarian government comes for The People’s guns, our founders and patriotic leaders have warned, it is time to put them to use. May we be diligent enough, with enough patriots left, never get to that point.
We are going to end Obamacare at the state level by using the KISS principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid, so let’s get it started!
Using simplicity and common sense, we Americans can take this into our own hands and do what we need to do to prove that Obamacare is irrelevant and unnecessary at the state level. All we need is a simple solution, which this article provides, and one state that will pursue this by doing a little homework.
Let me start by telling you what this is NOT… this solution is not reliant on the politicians who foisted this upon us or the spineless politicians doing nothing to end it. It is not dependent upon repeal, courts, nullification, state-wide voting, Constitutional amendments, petitions or polls.
Now let me tell you what this is… it is about picking one or more states that will do some simple homework to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Obamacare law is not applicable in their state. If we do this, we can proactively take control of the narrative to announce that Obamacare is irrelevant because the state is already compliant.
First, Obama and his comrades established that the fundamental basis of Obamacare is to ensure that everyone has healthcare. They claimed that 12 to 30 million people are going without healthcare and these people have a right to it. Has anyone challenged this with actual data that shows who these people really are? Read on and you will find out.
Second, Obama and his comrades claim that the 12 to 30 million phantom people are our poor and disadvantaged. This enables a powerful narrative that the media and left-wing talking heads can push onto the uninformed and ignorant 26% who support Obamacare. Is anyone challenging this narrative with actual truth? Not yet. That’s why, when we convey facts and even show sections of the actual legislation to uninformed people, their bottom line response is, “Well I think everyone should have healthcare.” Again, the false narrative wins the day, the uninformed remain ignorant and they actually believe that these phantom people who want healthcare cannot get it.
Third, the Obama narrative has now advanced to “States need to expand the Medicaid rolls” and some GOP Governors are flatly saying “No.” What these Governors fail to see is where this narrative is going. Medicaid is for the poor and disabled, so the spin masters are setting the stage for their next assertion; “Republicans won’t expand the Medicaid rolls because they want poor and disabled people to die.” When are these GOP Governors going to flatly say that the poor and disabled are ALREADY covered by Medicaid? And tell the truth that expanding the Medicaid rolls is a false narrative.
GOP Governors are playing checkers while Obama and his comrades are playing chess and are a few moves away from checkmate. Instead of responding to Obama’s narrative and falling into his trap, do some homework and speak boldly to create a completely different narrative. In other words, expose the truth.
States can take control of the narrative by defining a clear, true and concise narrative that lets people know that, from our poor to our elderly and everyone in between, all who want healthcare can already get it without Obamacare.
Can a state prove this? Yes. I contend that all a state needs to do is gather totals… the total number of people served by each of the categories delineated below. Every provider, insurer and program know how many people they serve in a given state.
Get the totals, add them up and then compare that number with the total population of the state to see how many people are not receiving healthcare from any of these categories. The number will either be zero or a very small percentage of the state population. Then, just a little more homework will reveal that the vast majority of this small segment of the state’s population is actually young, healthy people who choose not to spend their money on it because they don’t need it, they don’t use it and they don’t want it.
Take a very close look at all these programs and healthcare-delivery vehicles (below) that have been in place without Obamacare and before Obama took the Presidency. Look at all the people covered in these categories. A majority of working Americans who already have healthcare plans actually have no idea that all these programs exist and, unfortunately, Obama’s lies sound believable to them when no one counters him with the truth.
Medicare: for everyone aged 65 and older.
Medicaid and/or SCHIP (e.g. CA has MediCal and Healthy Families): for everyone who is poor and disabled.
TRICARE: for service members, retirees and their families.
Veterans Administration: for Veterans.
Employer-based: for individuals and families covered through their employer.
University-based: for University/College attendees (e.g. CA has a mandatory fee that all students must pay which provides healthcare coverage whether they want it or not).
COBRA: for individuals and families who are in-between jobs/left their job for whatever reason. If they are unable to find new employment and their income remains low (e.g. unemployment), they become eligible for Medicaid, Hospital/Doctor Financial Waivers, and they can go to clinics or even private providers. One size doesn’t fit all and these people have choices.
Tribes: for individuals and families who are members of an Indian Tribe.
Clinics: for individuals and families who receive healthcare from community-based/free clinics.
Private Provider: for individuals and families who choose to pay for their own healthcare through private providers.
Religious Exemption: for individuals and families who choose to be exempt for religious reasons, which includes people such as the Amish, Muslims, Mennonites and Hutterites (because purchasing insurance violates their religious beliefs).
Hospital/Doctor Financial Waiver: for individuals who receive free healthcare directly from doctors/hospitals because they submitted a ‘financial hardship’ form.
Don’t forget that Obama and his comrades gave the states another category:
Obama/HHS Waiver: for millions of Obama’s lobbyists/special-interest friends/campaign contributors who received an Obamacare waiver directly from Obama’s HHS secretary.
After a state gathers the grand total of all the above categories and subtracts it from the state population, the state can create their own waiver in order to protect young peoples’ right to choose and once they are in this new category, everyone is accounted for in terms of healthcare and Obamacare is proven irrelevant and unnecessary because the state is already compliant. Everyone who wants healthcare already has it.
*Freedom-of-Choice Waiver: this is a new category (if needed) for the majority of young people who seek to exercise their unalienable Right, as granted by our Declaration and Constitution, to choose not to spend their hard-earned money on healthcare because they do not use, want or need it while they’re young and healthy. The Freedom-of-Choice Waiver accomplishes the exact same thing as the waiver granted at the Federal level by Obama – it exempts people who want exemption; therefore, it is completely consistent with Federal precedence.
Take control of the narrative Governors! Do your homework! Don’t fall into the latest trap. Expanding Medicaid rolls is a false flag. Our poor and disabled are already on Medicaid and, in fact, many who are not poor and can afford healthcare are on the Medicaid rolls already. We don’t have $100 million a year in Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse by accident. So don’t take the bait! Medicaid rolls don’t need expanding because our poor and disabled already have Medicaid. So get out there and spread the truth!
While we’re on the subject of going on offense and getting the truth out there, notice that Obama’s campaign rhetoric includes sound-bites that give the false impression that Obamacare will give people whatever healthcare they want – for free – and up to now, his lies remain unchallenged.
Know this… Obamacare does not address the quantity or quality of healthcare; it merely asserts that once the federal government controls our healthcare, a 15-member panel and about 159 new government agencies will decide the quantity, quality and location of treatment IF they allow you to have it.
Who is challenging Obama about the federally controlled Medicare program that, by far, denies more claims for the people it serves than any other form of healthcare coverage? Quantity or quality is not even part of the debate when talking about Obamacare because Medicare already shows us what happens when the federal government controls healthcare. Get out there and spread the truth about this!
Make no mistake, Obamacare does not make healthcare a “right,” it takes away our right to choose and it forces our young people to pay into a monstrous system that destroys the best healthcare system in the world, transforms citizens into serfs, creates another massive redistributive system that seizes the fruits of our labor and gives the federal government control of our finances and our lives. As Mark Levin says, it forever changes the relationship between government and citizen.
So… which states will remain on defense and constrain their public responses to the false narratives and clichés thrown at them by Obama and his comrades?
And… which states will do their homework, gather the totals and create the media firestorm that will stop Obamacare dead in its tracks?
Which state will be the first to prove that Obamacare is irrelevant in their state because they are already compliant and everyone who wants healthcare already has it?
Which state is ready to go on offense and protect individuals and businesses in their state from Obamacare?
Let’s get it started! If states do their homework, take control of the narrative and spread the truth, we’ll be kissing Obamacare goodbye in short order.
An Open Letter to Anyone in the Locksmith Industry
Wesley Hottot, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, sent an email a while ago requesting I participate in shaping future legislation as it pertains to the locksmith industry. He suggested sending recommended changes in policies which regulate locksmith licensing in the State of Texas to The Texas Red Tape Challenge, a project arm of House Government Efficiency & Reform Committee, which will accept suggestions from all members of the locksmith industry until July 31, 2012.
There are no provisions which exempt journeymen locksmiths from having to take mandatory continuing education classes. The Texas Private Security Board has taken the stance that a beginner locksmith is no different than a journeyman locksmith whose been applying his/her skills for an entire career and requires everyone to take the same continuing education courses.
My first recommendation would be to eliminate mandatory continuing education requirement for any locksmith who has 20 years or more in the business. Such a change in regulations would not bar veteran locksmiths from obtaining additional skills or education should they have an interest; instead it gives them credit for having acquired the necessary skills, by virtue of longevity in the area of locksmith work, to continue applying those very same skills without having to spend time and money taking a course he/she could probably teach.
Presently, locksmith licenses must be renewed every two years; locksmith licenses should have a six year duration, similar to a driver’s license and be issued on something more durable than a piece of scratch pad paper as is now done. Simplify the bureaucratic red tape and let folks get on with the business of doing business.
Locksmith licenses cost roughly $500; nothing less than a tax on an individual’s ability to earn money in his/her chosen field. This tax/fee goes far beyond covering any secretarial costs to manage the issuance of the license. There is no reason why a locksmith license should cost any more than a driver’s license, somewhere between $50 -$60 dollars. The elevated expense serves only to limit individuals entering the locksmith industry as competition to existing locksmiths as well as preventing individuals who wish to participate in a part time enterprise. It is not the purpose of government to restrict qualified locksmiths from entering the work place.
Thank you for enlisting input from individuals who have invested their lives in the locksmith industry. Rules and regulations which govern our ability to earn a living may more properly be addressed by our combined efforts.
Texas Locksmith License B12254
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”
West: “Congress and the President need a mulligan with regard to the tax law masquerading as a health care law”
(WASHINGTON) – Congressman Allen West (R-FL) released this statement today as he prepares to vote to repeal the largest tax increase on the American people, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”:
“Democrats continue to play cynical political games by claiming a vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a vote against helping people with preexisting conditions, against keeping children under the age of 26 on their family health care program, and against helping small businesses. Nothing can be further from the truth, as I have consistently supported these provisions and still do. My vote today to repeal the Obama Tax is a vote to reform our health care system and demand the United States Congress and President Barack Obama provide Americans with a plan focusing on patient-centered care, choice, flexibility, lower costs and on keeping doctors practicing and providing quality care. Congress and the President need a mulligan with regard to the tax law masquerading as a health care law.
My vote for repeal is further strengthened by the recent United States Supreme Court decision clarifying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as yet another enormous tax bill. The framers of the United States Constitution never intended to use taxation authority to establish social policy and then penalize Americans for not complying. In the case of the Health Care Act, the federal government will have the authority to use the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon to modify Americans’ social behavior, under the guise of misconceived benevolence.
Americans deserve to know all of the facts so they can fully understand the ramifications of this misguided, onerous monstrosity of 2,700 pages, resulting in 159 new government agencies and bureaucracies. The sad truth is this law does little to improve health care, and is instead packed full of massive tax increases all Americans will be forced to bear.”
Included in the President’s health care law:
• Individual Mandate Tax – defined by the Supreme Court decision.
• 3.8 percent Medicare Hospital Insurance payroll tax on investment income (capital gains and dividends) for Americans earning more than $200,000 a year or family households earning more than $250,000 a year.
• 40 percent excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans costing more than $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for families.
• Increased payroll tax from 2.9 percent to 3.8 percent on combined employer/employee Medicare Hospital Insurance for individuals earning more than $200,000 a year and families earning more than $250,000 a year.
• Taxes on health insurance providers based on a company’s share of the total market.
• 2.3 percent excise tax on U.S. manufactured and imported medical devices costing more than $100.
• “Black liquor” bio-fuel tax increase.
• Increased taxes on patients with more than 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income spent on medical expenses.
• Taxes on manufacturers and importers of non-generic prescription medication.
• A limit on the amount of pre-tax income individuals can set aside in Flexible Spending Accounts to pay for expected annual health care expenses to $2,500 (previously unlimited).
• Increased tax collections from businesses by eliminating the deductibility of paying for their retirees’ prescription drug coverage.
• Non-prescription medication and other health care products will no longer be allowed to be paid for using the pre-tax income Americans set aside using their Health Savings Accounts or Flexible Spending Accounts.
• Businesses will not be able to reduce their tax liability using lawful tax deductions or business strategies.
• Indoor tanning services taxes.
• Increased penalty (tax) for withdrawing money from a Health Savings Account for non-medical early withdrawals.
• A maximum compensation limit for health insurance executives.
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