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Hat Tip: BB
By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
According to world stock market reactions, the reelection of Barack Obama is not cause for celebration–if anything, it is more a cause for great anxiety, because as goes the United States, so goes the rest of the free world.
And today is no exception, as after our own stock market plunged by over 300 points yesterday, the largest such dive this year, the rest of the world markets followed suit, as reported in an Associated Press article today.
Europe and Asia view the United States ‘fiscal cliff‘ as a serious threat to the world’s economic recovery, which, except for China–now the world’s second largest economy–has been even more pathetic than our own.
Perhaps like many Americans, they realize that the outcome of our general election was to ‘freeze’ things almost exactly as they had been for the past two years–regardless of the fact that President Barack Obama and his administration have been an abject failure in terms of the U.S. economic recovery and fiscal management, while $800 billion of tax increases and government spending cuts that will engage on January 1, 2013 threaten America with a pulverizing ‘double-dip recession.’
Due to Democrat complacency and still lacking in leadership, it was Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner–of Ohio–who was the first to step in front of a camera post election, to give a call to action on our long avoided ‘fiscal cliff,’ according to a FOXNews article yesterday.
Speaker Boehner is looking for “major solutions” in 2013 “that begin to solve the problem,” offering that Republicans will agree to “new revenue,” by closing loopholes and ending certain deductions through comprehensive tax reform–only if Democrats are willing to accept serious spending cuts and genuine, substantial entitlement reform.
In order to garner Republican support for new revenues, the president must be willing to reduce spending and shore up the entitlement programs that are the primary drivers of our debt.
In fact, Boehner is proposing tax-rate decreases on individuals and corporations, to stimulate economic recovery and growth–as opposed to Obama and the Democrats wanting to ‘score’ points by taxing those making more than $250,000 even further.
In a sense of shear, blissful irony, many people in that income bracket live in the predominantly Liberal Democrat cities that voted for President Obama, whose already sky-high total tax burden and cost of living effectively render them in the middle class.
Finally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also chimed in on Wednesday, after Boehner, stating that “we need to start working together, a lot. Gridlock is not the solution.”
Then, ‘overplaying his hand,’ he stated that the election was a “mandate … that the richest of the rich have to help a little bit.”
As to a ‘mandate’ from the election, other than simply winning the contest with billions of dollars in free mainstream media public relations help, the only distinction President Obama came away with is being the first incumbent president in history to be reelected by a smaller margin than when he was first elected–that is it.
Too, it is well known by the half the constituency that doesn’t get its news [propaganda] from the mainstream media, that the top 3 percent of income earners already pay 70 percent of the total federal income taxes collected, while 47 percent pay zero!
But, Reid was intractable, as always…
I’m going to do everything within my power to be as conciliatory as possible. I want to work together, but I want everyone to also understand, you can’t push us around. I think we should just roll up our sleeves and get it done.
The [non-partisan] Congressional Budget Office (CBO) could not agree more, as they put out what amounts to a ‘five alarm’ wake-up call for President Barack Obama and Congress, with the release of a disturbing new report that analyzed the ‘consequences’ of letting the ‘fiscal cliff’ spiral out of control, as reported in a FOXNews article today.
The ‘good news’ is that the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts would cut the deficit by $503 billion through next September.
The ‘bad news’ is that this severe, immediate fiscal austerity would cause the economy to shrink by 0.5 percent next year and cost millions of jobs–driving the ‘jobless rate’ back up to 9.1 percent by Labor Day 2013.
Capitol Hill watchers believe that this will be a multi-step process, beginning with a [serious] ‘down payment’ on the deficit and action to curtail the tax increases and $109 billion in across-the-board cuts to the budgets of the Pentagon, Medicare and Medicaid–all tough decisions that would have to be made before the holiday recess.
Democrats are sure to press for a guarantee that tax reform doesn’t end up hurting middle-income taxpayers at the expense of upper-bracket earners.
Republicans want to press for corporate tax reform and a guarantee that the top rate paid by individuals and small businesses goes down along the way.
The bottom line is this–18 months from now, if a majority of Americans cannot state that they ‘better off’ than they are today–the Democrats will lose their majority in the Senate, and likely drift off into political oblivion, forever.
Hat Tip: BB
KnockTV Announces Groundbreaking Christian Reality Television Series About Five Women Healing From Their Past Abortions
The Ten-Episode Series is a Co-Production of the Ships of Tarshish and Emmy Award-winning Producer, Cecil Stokes, whose latest project was October Baby.
Tampa, FL, November 8, 2012: KnockTV, LLC today announced the co-production of a new groundbreaking Christian reality television series following five women who tell their stories about having abortions in their past, and take a healing journey together. It was announced jointly by KnockTV’s President and CEO, Geoffrey Rogers, and Emmy Award-winning Producer and Owner of Tentmakers Entertainment, Cecil Stokes, whose latest project was the feature film October Baby.
The 10-episode series, titled SURRENDER THE SECRET, lives up to its name, as these five women surrender their deepest, darkest secrets, and admit to aborting a past pregnancy. Each episode is unique because of the different exercises they complete in a bible study written specifically for women who have had an abortion. The women form a tight bond and embrace each other as they go on this journey together. They share their abortion stories, work through anger, receive forgiveness, and allow God’s love to set them free from the bondages of their past decisions.
It is not too often that a new television series is created which breaks new ground, and has the ability to move the landscape of culture. SURRENDER THE SECRET is recognized as potentially having this level of impact. The power of this first-of-a-kind Christian reality TV series will be deeply felt by viewers of all kinds. Regardless of whether or not the viewer has had an abortion in their past, the emotional connection to be made with the five women on this journey will be undeniable.
Production is now completed, with the episodes being finalized over the next several months. The series will premiere on KnockTV on January 22, 2013, the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized abortion in 1973. KnockTV is an emerging leader in a new category of Christian television. This new Internet television network will make SURRENDER THE SECRET available on computers, mobile and handheld devices, on-demand (24 hours a day – 7 days a week) once an episode is released on the network’s website (www.KnockTV.com/SurrenderTheSecret). Given the sensitivity of the show’s content, this type of availability will be tremendous for those who may want to watch in private and on their own time.
Advanced screenings and reviews are available to the media and organizations wishing to engage in the show’s grassroots efforts by contacting KnockTV’s Geoffrey Rogers through the contact information below.
Stokes said: “Following the success of the feature film October Baby, my eyes were opened to the multitude of women around the country who had buried the secret of abortion deep inside. Audiences flocked to us wanting to share their stories, many for the first time. These women needed a voice and SURRENDER THE SECRET gives them that voice. “
Rogers said: “With 43% of women of childbearing age in the U.S. having had an abortion, SURRENDER THE SECRET will be a show of great interest. For the first time, women who have had an abortion and thought it was the right choice at that time, express the long-term effects of their decision and how it hurt them.”
Stokes continued: “I am proud of every project I have ever worked on, but none of them have the power of SURRENDER THE SECRET. This is a show about truth, deception, identity and forgiveness. As the anniversary of Roe V Wade approaches, we are turning our focus to the women who made a decision that left them forever changed, and are now seeking healing from the one true source of life. It is with no hesitation that I call this series GROUNDBREAKING.”
Rogers continued: “Division over the abortion debate in the U.S. continues, but rarely is the voice heard from the tens of millions of women who have had an abortion. The shame surrounding abortion causes so many women to protect their identity and deny their actions, leaving the painful effects of abortion hidden from most of society. SURRENDER THE SECRET speaks from experience, while exposing the untold truths about having an abortion, and reveals the consequences of how it affects those who have them. While the women in this series may be the first to share their secrets in this way, there are untold millions of women throughout this country and the world who will relate to them, and are in need of the hope that that this show will offer.”
KnockTV is established to redefine what Christian television means in America. This is being done through the distribution of an entirely new breed of Christian television programming. KnockTV is breaking the mold in the industry by distributing high quality, mass appeal programming for Christians throughout the country. Programming on KnockTV is distributed to computers, mobile and handheld devices via the Internet, with more information about SURRENDER THE SECRET online at www.KnockTV.com/SurrenderTheSecret. KnockTV is targeting alternative distribution technologies and cablecasting soon.
About Ships of Tarshish:
Ships of Tarshish is a non-profit production company created to produce a new breed of Christian Television in America. Its mission is to identify and produce an entirely new, compelling, interesting, educational and exciting type of television, specifically for Christians. More information about the Ships of Tarshish can be found at www.Ships-of-Tarshish.org.
By: Wayne D. Leeper
A Land Called America
For the past few days I have been pondering the reasons that may account for America re-electing the worst president in the history of our republic. I have read the various opinions put forth by the usual political pundits and find no real substance in their arguments. They each have their own personal slant on the matter and as a result their various opinions are merely subjective and in wide disagreement. Their opinions are all political or demographic as well. Each of them found someone to blame. The various reasons put forth include the evangelicals who did not turn out, the increase in the Hispanic population and the solidarity of the black vote, among others. All of this may be true, but I don’t believe a single one of them really understands what happened on November 6th, and why.
To fully understand what happened, we need to go back to the 1950s. The America of 1957 would not recognize the America of 2012, nor would they have believed that such a change could ever take place. I was 17 years old in 1957 and a junior in high school. Each morning of every school day, we began with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. There were no drugs or guns in our school. A lot of the boys drove pick-ups with gun racks behind the seat, but these guns were for hunting and never brought into the school. The two big events were Friday night football games and Saturday night sock-hops. Music was Rock and Roll and never contained any vulgarities. Many of us took the option of going into the military following high school. Four years of military service would mature a person, and upon discharge the G.I. bill would cover almost all the cost of attending college. Our parents were all members of “The Greatest Generation.”
The average middle class home cost between $12,000 and $15,000. Gasoline was 22 cents a gallon. The family was the basic building block of society and consisted of two parents. Divorce was considered a stigma and the worst thing that could happen to an unwed girl was to get pregnant. In those days abortion was unthinkable. Most mothers stayed home and raised the children while the fathers worked to support the family. Homework and chores had to be finished before watching TV. But perhaps what was the most important thing was that the family attending church on Sunday was a given. We did not all go to the same church, but about 99% of us went to some church on a regular basis. We were taught about the founding of our country and the Judeo-Christian morality which was the bedrock of our society. Love of God, family and country was something that was deeply instilled in each of us, both in the home and in the school. No matter what the situation, the teacher was always right. Punishment at school would result in something much worse when our parents learned of it.
Was our society perfect? By no means! Perhaps the greatest stigma was segregation. But even that has been long since removed. This great irony is that while it was the Republicans who eliminated segregation in the schools and voting booths, it is the Democrats who now receive the majority of the black vote. We also had Mexicans who crossed the border illegally who were referred to as wet-backs. They had a very good reason for crossing the border and given their circumstances I would have done the same. They came to America for the sole purpose of earning money to support their families back home and had no intention of trying to change our society into one like theirs. They understood and respected the fact that America was a land of freedom with opportunity for all. Most of them worked during the week then went back to Mexico to be with their families on the weekends. They presented a problem to no one and were known to be very family oriented and very hard workers. This was the society of the 1950’s which many of us older folks remember with fondness and appreciation.
In the 1960’s, however, things began to change. In many ways our society was turned up-side down. One of the major causes of this was the Viet Nam war, which badly divided America. Drugs were introduced in our society and into our schools. Many mothers, for various reasons, left the home to find work which created a group called “latch key kids.” We carried a key to our home because no parent would be there when school let out. Laws were passed which made legal many of the things that have destroyed society as we knew it. Abortion became legal along with the “pill.” This opened the door to sexual promiscuity. But the most destructive change was the removal of the Bible, prayer and moral teachings from our schools. One of the first acts of the first Congress created under our Constitution was to allocate funds for placing a Bible in every classroom. They rightly believed that a moral education would result in a moral society. They imbedded in the 1st Amendment of our Bill of Rights that religion could be freely practiced both in public and in private with no governmental interference. In the 1960’s this was reversed by a Supreme Court decision which banned Bibles and prayer in the classroom.
It was in the 1960’s that, upon banning religion and God from the schools and the public square, that the descent of the American society began. The very thing which had led to our prior greatness was being removed by our government. The “new morality” was introduced, which was neither new nor moral. Our public schools were taken over by government and the teaching was introduced that all things are relative. Absolute morals were removed along with any mention of God. By legislative action or judicial decision things which God called an abomination were made legal. Righteousness was replaced by personal gratification. 40% of the births are now by unwed mothers. Guns are now as prevalent in schools as violence is in the workplace. God was told that His help was no longer needed nor wanted. As a result, His great protective hand was removed from our nation. God did not leave America, America left God.
We have now raised two generations under the new system and are reaping the results of the seeds sown in the 60’ and 70’s. 86% of Americans claim to be Christians yet less than 30% attend any church on a regular basis. Illicit behavior is no longer categorized as sin and not only is homosexuality being taught in our schools as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, same-sex marriage is being legalized in many states. Rather than relying on God to provide our necessities, more and more people turn to “big government.” America has been divided into red states and blue states. The blue states are more interested in receiving freebies from government than freedom of the individual. The great irony is that the freebies given so freely to those in the blue states are paid for by the labor of those in the red states. Every society known to man has been relegated to the ash heap of history for the very attitudes that are now held by an increasing number of Americans. As one commentator put it, “There are more people in the wagon than there are people pulling the wagon.”
This is how men who are morally reprobate and totally devoid of principal, can be elected president of the United States and other high offices of our land. Obama’s wife readily admits her hatred of America and he is determine to reduce America to a third world nation, subject to the whelms of the United Nations. The exceptionalism which created the greatest nation in the history of the world is now being denied and undermined. The majority of the leaders of America today are products of the 60’s and 70’s with the morals of an alley cat. This is the mindset which is now prevalent and the standard by which our leaders are judged. People are being elected who promise free stuff rather than freedom of opportunity. The “greatest generation” is leaving at the rate of 10,000 a day, most if not all shaking their heads in despair. They fought and died to preserve a nation that is now being destroyed from within. God, and His standard of morality, is no longer part of the American culture.
This is the reason Barack Hussein Obama has been re-elected president of the United States.
Hat Tip: BB
Now, How Do We Get Rid Of Obamacare? Nullify It!
By Publius Huldah
We are Americans. We are resourceful. When doors are slammed in our faces, we find another way. Since five (5) lawless judges on the U.S. supreme Court betrayed us by failing to declare the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“obamacare”) unconstitutional; since we may be stuck with obama for four more years; 1 and since a democrat-controlled U.S. Senate will not repeal obamacare, we must find another way.
There is another way. Here it is, and it comes from Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.
Nullification Resolutions for State Legislatures
1. Resolved, That the States composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to the federal government; but that, with the Constitution for the United States, they established a federal government for limited purposes only. That they delegated to this federal government only limited and enumerated powers; and reserved, each State to itself, all remaining powers, along with the right to their own self-government.
That whenever the federal government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.
That to these Principles, each State agreed as a State, and as the Parties to the Constitution.
That the federal government is not a party to the Constitution, but is merely the creature of the Constitution; and as the mere creature, was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to it; since that would have made the creature’s will, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers. That as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each State has an equal right to judge for itself as to whether the creature has committed infractions, and as to the mode and measure of redress.
2. Resolved, That Art. I, Sec. 2, of the Constitution of The State of Tennessee acknowledges the Principle that the doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.
3. Resolved, That in the Constitution of the United States, THE PEOPLE ordained and established a Federation of Sovereign States which united only for THE LIMITED PURPOSES enumerated in the Constitution: national defense, international commerce and relations; and domestically the creation of an uniform commercial system: Weights & measures, patents & copyrights, a monetary system based on gold & silver, bankruptcy laws, mail delivery and road building. That the 10th Amendment to the Constitution also declares that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
That nowhere in the Constitution of the United States was any power granted to Congress to make laws respecting the medical care of THE PEOPLE; and that nowhere in the Constitution are powers over this matter prohibited to the States.
4. Resolved, That Art. I, Sec. 1 of the Constitution of the United States provides that all legislative Powers granted by that Constitution are vested in CONGRESS; therefore, Departments within the Executive Branch are forbidden to make any “rules” or “laws” of general application whatsoever.
That administrative rules being promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services, one of the executive Departments of the federal government, to be set forth in Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and which pretend to regulate the medical care of THE PEOPLE throughout the several States; are altogether void, and of no force, as in violation of Art. I, Sec.1, of the federal Constitution.
That as matters pertaining to the “medical care”, “health”, and “human services” of THE PEOPLE are nowhere delegated to the federal government by the federal Constitution; but are among the countless multitudes of matters reserved to the States or THE PEOPLE; the federal Department of Health and Human Services is itself an unlawful Department, and its mere existence an affront to the Constitution; and all of the powers it exercises are usurped powers as outside the scope of the powers delegated to the federal government by our Constitution.
That if the pretended “rules” of this spurious federal Department should stand, these conclusions would flow from them; that unelected bureaucrats within the Executive Branch of the federal government may force upon The States, THE PEOPLE, the medical profession, and The Churches their own ideas of what others must and must not do in the area of medical care; and may force upon them their own ideas of what medical treatments each person shall be provided or denied.
That this spurious federal Department will further send out swarms of officers to trespass upon hospitals, doctors’ offices, other places of provision of medical care, and premises of religious institutions, to harass providers of medical services, dictate to them as to what specific medical treatments they must provide and are forbidden to provide to their patients.
To this abomination is added the additional affront that the objects of these pretended “rules” are altogether outside the scope of the enumerated powers THE PEOPLE delegated to the federal government in our Constitution.
That the Departments within the Executive Branch of the federal government have established a pattern of unlawfully functioning as legislators, when they write “agency rules”; as executives, when they investigate and prosecute violations of “agency rules”; and as judges and juries when they decide whether violations of their “agency rules” have occurred and impose punishment. Thus the Executive Branch unlawfully functions as legislator, accuser, judge & jury, in violation of the Constitution and of the Principles of Separation of Power and of Checks and Balances.