Saturday, February 28, 2009

Railing against the storm

President John F. Kennedy once was quoted as saying to an assembled group of scholars in the White House, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent of human knowledge that has ever been gathered at the White House...with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe." - Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." - Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." - Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." - Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

In light of our present financial crisis, it's interesting to recall Thomas Jefferson's 1802 warning.

He said, "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

We USA citizens need to insist that banks not be allowed to control our national currency. We desperately need to insist that the Federal Reserve system (which is privately owned), including the illegal (I believe) IRS be abolished.

Mayer Amschel Rothschild said, "Let me issue and control a nation's money, and I care not who writes its laws."

The idea of private bankers controlling our national currency is another one of Alexander Hamilton's stupid mistakes, even more so than his failed duel with Aaron Burr. He argued for our first privately owned Federal Bank in 1789, and the U. S. Congress then chartered the bank.

In 1811, the U. S. Congress to their credit refused to renew the private bankers Charter, but then President James Madison caused a second privately owned Central Bank to become our official USA national banker in 1816.

In 1836, President Andrew Jackson said, "You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God I will rout you out." And to the dismay of Congress Andrew Jackson put an end to the privately owned national bank, saying, "The bold effort the present bank made to control the government are but premonitions of the fate that awaits the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it."

In 1913, when President Woodrow Wilson desperately needed campaign money, he agreed to sign the Federal Reserve Act if elected to get that financial support, which he later regretted, saying, "I have unwittingly ruined my country."

The privately owned Federal Reserve Bank creates currency, loans it to our government and charges we USA citizens outrageous amounts of interest. "We the people"...the real USA government...owe those private bankers multi-TRILLIONS of DOLLARS!!! Ridiculous!
Henry Ford once said, "It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning."

The 16th Amendment that created the IRS, which was formed to collect money primarily to repay the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank, was not ever ratified by a single State in our great republic as far as I know...and, if that is true, the whole IRS Department and all of its collections...past, present and future...are illegal!
For almost a century...the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank has never been held financially accountable to anyone, certainly not "we the people" who pay huge amounts of taxes that go to them as private income. Nor have the private Federal Reserve bankers or their privately owned bank ever been forced to pay taxes on the many billions of dollars they have made at the expense of we USA citizens. No one audits them, and they do not pay income taxes. Our taxes are paid to them!

Federal Reserve notes...our "dollars"...of any denomination are only pieces of special paper. They are not guaranteed or backed up by anything. That is why our Congress likes the Federal Reserve System. They can spend, spend, spend us into eternity with no restraints of any kind. A currency based on gold and/or silver reserves would force our elected officials to exist within existing financial limitations, to budget our federal money...and, responsibly and sensibly, House and Senate expenditures could not exceed our Treasury's income.

Article 1, Section 8 of our U. S. Constitution authorizes our Congress to control our currency, but it does not authorize them to delegate that authority to any other entity...and certainly not to a group of private bankers!

President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, June 4, 1963, ordering the Federal Reserve be denied the power to loan money to our USA government and charge our government and "we the people" interest, pretty well guaranteeing that the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank would soon be out of business. Kennedy's Order, which still exists, gave our U. S. Treasury the authority to issue silver certificates as did Lincoln during the Great Rebellion.

As you should very well know...both of those USA presidents were assassinated by "lone assassins" shortly after ordering "we the people" and our USA government on a silver-based currency, effectively doing away with the Federal Reserve system.

Eliminating the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank and the IRS would save "we the people" and our USA government HUNDREDS of TRILLIONS of dollars!

Our USA Congressional Record states that our USA government may buy out the Federal Reserve Bank for only $450-million, less than half of what "we the people" pay them each and every DAY! So...let's just do it, and be rid of the gluttonous private bankers for good, our "common good!"

Our USA currency should be solely controlled by our U. S. Treasury Department with a flat Tax rate of perhaps as little as 10% paid directly into our public treasury by every individual, institution and business. If a 10% tithe is good enough for God and His churches, it should be good enough for the USA government, which needs to learn to live within its means as you and I must do!

Ideally, our taxes should be electronically transferred directly from our bank to our national Treasury, eliminating the need for the IRS or anyone in between us and our U. S. Treasury.

If I Were a Rich Man

I Stand Upon The Rock Of Ages

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Indiana Legislators Urge Feds to “Cease and Desist”

Legislators in Indiana have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 0037:

“A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, in Congress assembled, and the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives of each State’s legislature of the United States of America to cease and desist, effective immediately, any and all mandates that are beyond the scope of their constitutionally delegated power.”

Read the Full Text:

Whereas , The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States specifically provides 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 ”;
Whereas , The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being those powers specifically granted to it by the Constitution of the United States and no more;
Whereas , Federalism is the constitutional division of powers between the national and state governments and is widely regarded as one of America ’s most valuable contributions to political science;
Whereas , James Madison, “the father of the Constitution, ” said, “The powers delegated to the federal

government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people ”;
Whereas , Thomas Jefferson emphasized that the states are not “subordinate ” to the national government, but rather the two are “coordinate departments of one simple and integral whole. The one is the domestic, the other the foreign branch of the same government ”;
Whereas , Alexander Hamilton expressed his hope that “the people will always take care to preserve the constitutional equilibrium between the general and the state governments. ” He believed that “this balance between the national and state governments forms a double security to the people. If one [government] encroaches on their rights, they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by [the] certain rivalship which will ever subsist between them ”;
Whereas , The scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be limited in its powers relative to those of the various states;
Whereas , Today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government;
Whereas , Many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States;

Whereas , The United States Supreme Court has ruled in

New York v.

United States

, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and
Whereas , A number of proposals from previous administrations and some now being considered by the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States; Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly
of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives concurring:

SECTION 1: That the State of Indiana hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
SECTION 2: That this Resolution serve as a Notice and Demand to the federal g overnment to maintain the balance of powers where the Constitution of the United States established it and to cease and desist, effective immediately, any and all mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers.
SECTION 3: That the Secretary of the Senate immediately transmit copies of this Resolution to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of Congress from the State of Indiana.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

President Obama's Speech before the combined House

Last Evening we heard an eloquent speech presented by a master orator. He was polished, witty, and it seemed he was very sincere in his desire to help the American people. Once again the American people basked in the gentle glow of their televisions to hear the President of the United States slide around his oath to the Constitution.

Having said that; here is a man that less than 5 weeks ago swore an oath to “protect and defend the Constitution;” who spoke for 50 minutes on the many and costly programs that were totally outside the scope of the federal government.

This is not about saving money, or banks, or car companies, this is about saving the very principles this great nation was founded upon.

What we heard last evening was nothing more than a plea to race headlong toward socialism, to spread the wealth around, as he has said before. He wants to create federal lending funds and housing rescue plans to help individual home owners (wealth redistribution). He wants to swoop down from on high with the “full force of the Federal Government” whenever any bank may be having problems and bring them to task. And may we remind the reading audience; it was that very same federal government that mandated that these banks make those loans or lose their favored bank rating. They caused the problem by their very own regulations and offer to fix it by increasing regulation and control. What this really means is more power for the central government and less power to the states.

Then he tells us how he inherited this “Great Debt” and within 30 days of taking office created the largest governmental spending in the history of the nation.

He spoke of more money for education. In effect creating a cradle to career, (his words were birth to college) to get more college level workers into the system. He spoke of providing every child the opportunity for universal education to include a college education that will cost at least a half a trillion dollars in and of itself to educate those 7 million students.

He wants to immediately establish the electronic health care records program. As with every other electronic system in existence, the federal government will have its fingers fully intertwined within it. And anyone who believes the government will not utilize every bit of information it has at its disposal to fulfill any of its “missions” is either ignorant of the working of our government or a fool. A possible example how this would work is: Because terrorists, who may be bringing in lethal gases, viruses, nuclear material, etc. may potentially display symptoms requiring they receive medical attention, the records of all hospitals will be made available to the federal government to ensure the safety of our nation. From here it is a small step to tie into the Center for Disease Control so they can monitor the health of the nation and be able to more accurately determine when a pandemic is occurring. Then as the government becomes more involved in banking, health insurance, etc. they will need access to determine the status of their clients. After all they (feds) are paying for it therefore they have a right to know what “their” money is doing, right?

Then there was the quickly touted claim of enacting “preventive health care.” One can only be lead to believe that because you are on the government’s health care system you must comply with certain requirements to ensure proper cost saving measures. One could envision a required semi-annual checkup, weekly exercise program, and calorie and meal requirements for the obese. All of this in an effort to reduce the overall cost of the health care system and make people healthier. Of course they will now live longer because they are so much healthier, but don’t fret the 750.00 month social security pension will see you through just fine.

The issue here is not what can be done but who should be doing it.

The federal government was created by a charter that enumerates the powers of the federal government, that charter is called the Constitution for the United States. Each and every item in the Presidents speech cannot be found supported by the Constitution. Who knows better what the people of a particular state need, the people of that state, or the President? Who would be in a better position to help those in need, a President in the White House, or the legislature of the state where they reside.

What we need is for our states to stand up on their own two feet and tell the federal government enough is enough. We, the states of this union, created you and we can dismantle you. Repeal every law, ordinance, and statute that is not founded in the enumerated powers of the Constitution, stand down and let the states handle their own domestic problems. The Tenth Amendment states that all powers not enumerated in the Constitution are reserved to the states or to the people and damn it it’s time we stood up.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Did you enjoy the Mexican candy?

Saturday was Valentine's Day, celebrated with flowers and candy, but increasingly, that candy is coming from Mexico. From jellied hearts to Hershey's chocolates, Mexico's candy exports to the United States have more than doubled since 2002 as manufacturers chase cheap labor and sugar south of the border.

The latest arrival is Hershey, which is building a 1,500-employee factory in Monterrey, Mexico. Since 2007, the company has closed or shrunk factories in Oakdale, Calif.; Reading, Pa.; San Francisco and other sites.

Hershey’s is following Brach's Confections, famous for caramels, and Ferrera Pan Candy, maker of Red Hots and Jaw Breakers. In January, Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut opened a plant in Monterrey to produce about 100,000 tons of chocolate and cocoa a year for Hershey and other food makers. Mars Inc.'s Mexican branch produces Snickers and Milky Ways at a chocolate factory opened in 2007 in the northern city of Montemorelos, Mexico.

"All these companies want to make it cheap overseas somewhere, then bring it back and sell it to our people who don't have any jobs to buy it," said Dennis Bomberger, business manager of Chocolate Workers Local 464 in Hershey, Pa.

Even Mexican officials say they are unhappy, noting that chocolate factories are buying most of their cacao, the raw ingredient of cocoa and chocolate, at cheaper prices from Africa and Brazil, not Mexico.

Brach's Confections Inc. closed its Chicago factory in 2003 and moved to Linares, Mexico. Bobs Candies of Albany, Ga., a leader in the candy-cane business, moved its production to Reynosa, Mexico in 2005. In crime-ridden Juarez, Mexico, Sunrise Confections opened a plant in 2001 to make candies for U.S. grocery-store brands. For Valentine's Day, it churns out jellied hearts and cinnamon hearts.