Tax and Spend

It’s Fall and two monstrous spending bills will be working their way through Congress. The first is the Continuing Resolution, the democrats spending solution that bypasses the budget process. The second will be the Debt Limit.

Depending on your viewpoint, there has been significant progress on the Continuing Resolution—removing funding for Obamacare. It’s a step but it doesn’t address the validity of Continuing Resolutions as a budget substitute.

Some House conservatives are going further—replacing Obamacare with another system. I haven’t read all the few details yet but I wonder about the wisdom of replacing one horrific government operation with another government operation. The rough outline presented so far retains government-sponsored insurance pool and federal subsidies to selected groups. So far, I have yet to find any substantive improvement in the new bill over Obamacare. Supposedly, the ‘new’ substitute would eliminate some taxes.

Big Whoop!

There’s more to Obamacare than taxes, it is an entire system of federal mandates that robs us of personal choice, selection and plans for our own future.  I would hope the ‘Pub alternative fulfills its hype. Given the leadership of Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, et. al., I have strong doubts.

According to the Heritage Foundation, Boehner has been forced to allow a version of the CR to go forward without Obamacare funding. That limited CR will go to the Senate where Harry Reid will stick Obamacare funding back into the CR. It will then return to the House where dems hope Boehner will cave and allow the funding to remain.

At best, the CR will ping-pong back and forth, from the House removing Obamacare funding, to the Senate that restores it until one side blinks. The dems hope, and I expect, that side will be the ‘Pubs. The way to end that cycle is to remove RINOs like Boehner, Cantor and McConnell from any leadership role in Congress and come the primaries, send them home—permanently.

The other spending bill is the increase of the nation’s debt limit. Obama wants us to believe, 'RAISING DEBT CEILING DOES NOT INCREASE OUR DEBT'. Yeah, and pull my other finger while you’re at it. We know now that we cannot believe anything from the pathological liar in the White House.

Obama and the dems both claim that failure to pass either bill, the CR or increase the debt limit, will shutdown the government. Many of us think that would be a good thing. We note that the government shuts down every weekend. We have sufficient income to pay the basic bills, pay for the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare, meet our debt and interest payments, and maintain the vital departments, such as Defense.

The dems disagree and if any spending cuts were made, they would target Defense and the vital programs of government instead of weaning the parasite class that keeps the dems in power.  Boehner and the GOP establishment are preparing to sell us out again by agreeing to a 1-year increase of the debt limit. John Boehner is morphing into Obama—you can’t believe a word that come out of his mouth.

In the end, if either bill passes both Houses of Congress with no funding for Obamacare, Obama will veto it. Next he’ll shutdown the government and blame the ‘Pubs. We know what happens next. The ‘Pubs get weak-kneed and give in.

Am I confident we’ll be able to defund Obamacare? No. The track record has been established in Washington beginning in the early Bush administration. Whenever a tough decision is required from the ‘Pubs, they will duck and weave and give in to the dems. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and other conservatives are fighting this record and practice. Unfortunately, they are outnumbered by the weak-willed and the ‘Pub democrat-lite members of Congress.

Yes, it is a pessimistic day.

Notes: News, History, Events

I don’t usually listen to internet radio. All too many programs are hosted by…well, let’s just say their light bulbs aren’t screwed in very tightly. The subject of the programs are spread from one extreme to the other, left and right, liberal and conservative, communist to anarchist.

I happened to listen to one for a few minutes the other day. The premise of the subject was that the United States is inherently racist because when it was first adopted, only white, male, property owners could vote!

Contrary to the popular myth espoused by many, voting requirements were never written into the Constitution, it was left to the individual states to determine requirements for suffrage, the right to vote. Many argued in the years prior to the creation of the Constitution to put limitations on the right to vote. One of the most famous, because it supported the property-owning myth, was from Alexander Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton – 1775

[Hamilton is quoting Blackstone’s Commentaries, bk. 1, ch. 2:]

“If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

From Papers of Alexander Hamilton, ed. Harold C. Syrett (New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-79), 1:106. — www.vindicatingthefounders.com

Some states, like New York, imposed voting and qualification limitations similar to that proposed by Hamilton.

…the 1777 New York State Constitution required that a man have considerable wealth to be able to vote for the state Assembly – he had to pay taxes as well as own property worth at least 20 pounds or pay an annual rent of 2 pounds. Ten of the original 13 states had property and/or tax requirements when the U.S. Constitution came into effect. — City University of New York.

Why did these early founders think property ownership was so important to gain suffrage? In the words of today, “it insured that they, the voters, had skin in the game.

I don’t propose that we return to that standard for suffrage. But…think of the changes in government if we did. For one, I strongly doubt our welfare system would exist. And, the balance of power would shift from cities and urban areas to rural. Property ownership would rise…or would it?  It’s something to think about.

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ramirez_09172013Why was the Washington Navy Yard, most military bases in fact, undefended? By the order of one man: William Jefferson Clinton.

Military bases used to be guarded by the military. When I was in the Air Force some time ago, USAF Security Police manned guard posts at all entrances. They also policed the base, just like many of the neighboring police departments, and had roving patrols of the perimeter to guard against infiltrators. SAC bases were more stringent in their precautions.

McNamara, when he was Kennedy’s and Johnson’s Secretary of Defense, proposed replacing those guards with civilian employees. The four Chiefs of Staff, the CS of the Army, Air Force, the CNO of the Navy and the Commandant of the Marines, went to Johnson and threatened to resign enmass if McNamara continued with his plan.  Johnson stopped McNamara. I never heard this in the news but it was well known in the services. Unfortunately, it was the last instance, that I know of, of interdepartmental cooperation and unity between the services.

Navy Yard Shooting Another Clinton Gun-Free Zone Fail

Posted 09/17/2013 06:04 PM ET

Security: As the usual suspects call for stricter gun control, the fact remains that a gunman with two prior gun-crime arrests entered a secure military facility with a stolen ID and found no one able to shoot back.

It was Fort Hood all over again. Aaron Alexis, a gunman whose prior behavioral warning signs were ignored, opens fire in an installation belonging to the most powerful military on Earth and those who protect our nation and design our weapons are not allowed to have a weapon to defend themselves.

He was more equipped than the 12 people he killed on the base who were not permitted to carry weapons on the base, thanks to former President Bill Clinton.

In 1993 the president issued orders that barred members of the military and their civilian contractors from carrying personal firearms on base. Even officers were disarmed under the law.

Almost as soon as Clinton assumed office, in March 1993 the Army imposed regulations forbidding military personnel from carrying their personal firearms and making it almost impossible for commanders to issue firearms to soldiers in the U.S. for personal protection.

That ban extends to virtually all U.S military bases and related installations.

Under the ruling enacted by the Clinton administration, there must be “a credible and specific threat against personnel” before military personnel “may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection.”

This was the reason that the Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was able to go on a rampage for a full 10 minutes in 2009 without being stopped.

This is why, at Fort Hood, home of the heavily armed and feared 1st Cavalry Division, a civilian policewoman from off base was the one whose marksmanship ended Hasan’s terrorist rampage, to this day obscenely called “workplace violence,” denying survivors and the dead medals and benefits.

The liberal reaction to the Navy Yard massacre mirrors the reaction, after Fort Hood, of Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

He opined, “This latest tragedy, at a heavily fortified army base, ought to convince more Americans to reject the argument that the solution to gun violence is to arm more people with more guns in more places.” What?

On Monday night, anchor John Roberts asked Mandy Foster, the wife of one of the soldiers shot at Fort Hood, how she felt about her husband’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. She responded: “At least he’s safe there and he can fire back, right?” Safer than at the Washington Navy Yard or Fort Hood.

The article continues at the website. It’s a good read and places the blame for making our military installations a target of choice for terrorists, the disgruntled, and the insane, squarely where it should—the Executive Branch of the federal government.

Bush isn’t blameless, here. he could have rescinded Clinton’s order. He did not.

Let’s also note that the Navy Yard Shooter, was a liberal and an Obama supporter. He was NOT a Bible thumping, bitter-clinging, gun-loving, white american. He was none of the popular stereotypes so loved by the state media when they blame conservatives for the nation’s ills.

Aftermath

We had another incident of “workplace violence,” yesterday. the reports were still sketchy when Senator Feinstein started blaming assault rifles. The liberal media tweeted that “gun control creates tyrannies like Australia and Canada.

As it turns out, there was no AR-15 used. The shooter brought a shotgun and then took one or more pistols from his first victims, private contract guards. The facts are irrelevant to liberals. Their purpose is to pursue their agenda regardless of the facts. Oh, they’ll use facts when it supports their agenda, but when there aren’t any facts, they’ll ignore the ones that are present.

If we want to refute the acts of these liberals, we must adopt ‘some’ of their tactics, i.e., never lose sight of our end-goal, never let up pushing our agenda, never cease working to change government, to limit its scope and downsize it and limit the power of the federal government.

There is some good coming from the Navy Yard shootings. There is a building ground swell to address the problem of ‘Gun Free Zones.”

How many must die in gun free zones before we learn?

Monday, September 16, 2013 – Judson Phillips: Cold, Hard Truth by Judson Phillips

WASHINGTON.  September 16, 2013. – Why in God’s name do we make our military people so vulnerable that they have to rely on the DC police today?

Confusion swirled around the shootings at the Washington Naval Yard today. Was it one gunman or was it several? How did this gunman or gunmen get access to a secured military facility? How did one rifle and possibly one shotgun get onto a secured military facility?

Over the next few days these questions will be answered but there is one question that must be answered.

When will we learn from these tragedies?

The early reports about the shooting talked about the police officers that responded to the shooting. At least two cops are among the victims.

Let’s think about this for a second.

The United States Navy is one of the most powerful military organizations in the world.  The Navy’s arsenal could wipe most nations off the face of the earth. It was the Navy that killed Osama Bin Laden.

So why was one of our most important Naval facilities so vulnerable?

It is because it was made a gun free zone.

Like Washington D.C., one of the crime capitols of America, the Washington Navy Yard was a gun free zone. Translation: It was a target rich environment.

The United States Navy is actually made up of two parts. The first is the Navy, the other part is the United States Marine Corps. 

The Marines advertise themselves as “The Few, The Proud, The Marines.” They have a storied history of fighting incredible battles against overwhelming odds. Before political correctness killed it, the Marines used to refer to themselves as the “Mens’ Department of the Navy.”

Marines and a lot of sailors are trained to use weapons. 

This is Fort Hood all over again.

At Fort Hood, Nidal Hasan burst in on soldiers preparing to deploy. Even though many of these soldiers were combat trained, they were not allowed to carry weapons at Fort Hood. 

Hasan was only stopped when he was shot by civilian police officers on the base.

Now we have seen the same tragedy revisited at the Washington Navy Yard.

These tragedies are not simply limited to Fort Hood and the Washington Naval Yard.   When a crazy gunman wants to go on a rampage, where do they choose to go on their rampage? They choose a gun free zone. Columbine was a gun free zone.  So was Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook. 

The problem in America is not too many guns. The problem is we listen to politicians who should not even be entrusted to decide what is for dinner. We have seen this pattern too often. 

Politicians, many of whom are protected by armed men, disarm Americans and make us victims. 

The cold, hard truth is when Americans are armed they can fight back and shootings like Fort Hood and the Navy Yard would not happen. Our founding fathers understood this.

How many more times are we going to let the politicians be wrong before we the people stand up and tell them no?

That is a very good question. Here in Missouri, we attempted to correct that situation for our schools by allowing teachers and other school employees to be trained in the use of weapons and to carry weapons in schools. Why? To protect our children. That effort failed. Our democrat governor vetoed the bill and quislings in the state senate failed to override his veto.

Other states have been more successful, Texas for instance. It is time for us to address these issues. The liberals point to Europe, Australia and Canada as examples for gun control. I would note that Canada’s gun registration law and database failed. People refused to comply and eventually the registration program was rejected. In Australia, the former liberal government was just voted out—by a significant margin. There, gun control wasn’t the prime issue but it was an issue. We have yet to see what the new “conservative” government does but I would suspect a lessening of their gun control laws to be a part of their agenda.

The liberal always seem to point to Europe as an example to emulate. They overlook or deny Europe’s flaws and forget one vital item. We are not Europeans. Many of us has European ancestry but we left Europe behind. We have no desire nor need to emulate a failing society.

Colorado is a nearby example. The democrats are in a state of denial. They blame everyone and everything for the loss of their two state Senators. They refuse to believe it the success of the recall was due to the bills the democrats in Colorado’s legislature. NY Mayor Bloomberg spent $350,000 of his own money in support of the two recalled senators and failed. The democrats deny that outside influence is another factor for their failure. Most importantly, they overlook the fact that democrats voted to recall the senators as well and in significant numbers!

We have our work set out for us here in Missouri. We can take heart in the examples above that our cause is not futile.

Monday Morning Review

Wow! Shades of NCIS. One or more active shooters are in the Washington Navy Yard. Two PD officers down according to the last update, with a total of four killed.

With all the mass confusion going on, it’s obvious Leroy Jethro Gibbs is not in charge.

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Weekend recap. I and a number of friends, attended the MidWest Republican Leadership Conference held in Kansas City this last weekend. Most of the folks were pols or wanna-bees who wanted to rub elbows and be seen with other pols and wanna-bees.

I went to take advantage of some of the training sessions that were presented—training for Precinct Captains, Organizing County Committees, and Data Collection and Usage. Unaffiliated groups won’t have access to the last. The data is accessible only to party functionaries. That isn’t unexpected.

However, I have requested copies of some of the training manuals and the presentations. Never know when that can be useful.

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Well, well, will wonders never cease. Larry Summers, who made millions with Bush’s TARP bailout has decided the water is too hot being the Fed Chairman. He has declined the nomination.

Good!

Report: Larry Summers withdraws from consideration for Fed chairman

By BRIAN HUGHES | SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 AT 4:56 PM

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has pulled his name out of the running to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, according to a report on Sunday.

In the face of stiff opposition from President Obama’s own base, Summers withdrew from consideration for the top post, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Summers, Obama’s former chief economic adviser and Treasury Secretary under President Bill Clinton, was seen by many as the frontrunner for the job. Obama has gone out of his way to defend Summers, a rare move ahead of making an official nomination.

I noticed the article didn’t mention Summer benefited from TARP.

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Quote of the day…

“While there are divisions in the Republican Party, there is almost certainly consensus that Biden would make a fantastic Democratic presidential nominee, if only because he would make a Republican win more likely.” — The Daily Caller.

It’s Friday!

And I’ve been busy all week letting my chores accumulate. The ‘Pub Midwest Leadership Conference is being held in the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City this weekend. In fact check-in and some sessions start today. I have tickets and will roam the halls tomorrow. There are some sessions I want to attend—training for precinct outreach and some others. I may not like the ‘Pub leadership in Washington but I’ll gladly accept their training techniques. Those, anyone can use.

Conference Events:

Showing events after 9/13. Look for earlier events
Friday, September 13
9:00am   Registration Opens
12:00pm **Legislative Luncheon
1:15pm   Playing their Game: Improving Republican Targeting
2:20pm   Taking out Goliath
3:00pm   Common Core Panel
4:10pm   Miracle of America
4:30pm   Marketing Republican Solutions to Latinos
5:30pm   **Welcome Reception
7:00pm   **Spirit of Enterprise Award Dinner
9:00pm   Hospitality Suites
Saturday, September 14
7:30am   Event is Full – Show Me Life Breakfast
9:00am   Social Media Training
9:10am   Taxes and Tea
10:15am  RNC GOP Data Center Training
11:00am  Senator Rick Santorum
11:25am  Right to Work Panel
12:00pm  **Lunch with Chairman Reince Priebus
12:00pm The Race to 2016
1:20pm   Precinct Winning Project
2:00pm   County Training Breakout
2:25pm   Rising Stars Panel
3:25pm   Secure our Borders, Secure our Future
4:35pm   Surviving Obamacare: Future of Healthcare

 

Veto Session Recap

…the borrower is the slave of the lender. — Proverbs 22:7.

The verse above was never so true as yesterday. The majority of the vetoed bills were overridden, except for the most important—the tax cut bill, the Paycheck Protection bill, and the 2nd Amendment Preservation bill. There were some other bills that had Nixon’s veto sustained but most are now law.

The unions, specifically, the NEA and the Education elites, propagated Nixon’s lies. They would resist anything that threatened their money stream—ignoring the $600 Million Nixon has withheld from education since 2009. When you examine the list of ‘Pubs who voted against overriding the vetos, you will see those who accepted union money. I suppose you could call them “honest” politicians—they stayed bought.

Here is the list of ‘Pubs Representatives who voted against overriding HB 253, the tax cut bill.

Entlicher, Sue 128:Dallas County
Fitzwater, Paul 144:Potosi
Fowler, Dennis 151:Advance
Fraker, Lyndall 137:Marshfield
Gannon, Elaine Freeman 115:DeSoto
Hampton, Kent 150:Malden
Messenger, Jeff 130:Republic
Morris, Lynn 140:Nixa
Pfautsch, Donna 33:Cass County
Phillips, Don 138:Kimberling City
Redmon, Craig 4:Canton
Rowland, Lyle 155:Cedarcreek
Thomson, Mike 1:Maryville
Walker, Nate 3:Kirksville
Wood, David 58:Versailles

These so-called republicans must be removed—primaried out of office. We can’t trust them. The state’s liberal media call them “moderates.” That translates as ‘Pubs who agree with and vote with democrats. People are known by whom they follow. It’s time for these democrats, masquerading as republicans, to go.

HB436, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act passed by a large margin in the House. It failed by ONE vote in the Senate. Two ‘Pubs, one of whom was Ron Richard (R-32, Joplin), the Senate Majority Leader. The other ‘Pub Senator who did not support the override was Tom Demsey (R-32, St. Charles) Senator Richard voted for passage of HB436 last Spring. However, over the summer, perhaps after his EU junket to France with Nixon, he reversed himself.

Our immediate step is to remove Ron Richard from any Senate leadership post, insure Dempsey never has one, followed by primary opponents and their removal from office. Those who betray their voters, deserve no less.

Here is the current status of the override session as of this morning.

Lawmakers vote to override Nixon on Mo. farm bill

Missouri lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an agriculture measure.

SB9 includes changes to Missouri’s animal abuse and neglect law and a longer maximum prison sentence for stealing livestock. It also would replace a prohibition on foreign ownership of farmland with a 1 percent cap.

Nixon had objected to the provisions on foreign ownership and animal abuse and neglect.

Lawmakers override veto on lead lawsuit bill

A Missouri lead mining company has won a shield against large legal judgments as a result of a veto override by state lawmakers.

Legislators on Wednesday overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of HB650, intended to benefit The Doe Run Co.

At issue are numerous liability lawsuits pending against Doe Run, including one scheduled for trial in October alleging that lead contamination caused health problems for children. Doe Run says a costly court judgment could drive it out of business.

The bill would bar punitive damages related to mining sites that ceased operating before 1975, so long as the owners are making “good faith efforts to remediate such sites.” If not, then punitive damages would be capped at $2.5 million.

Lawmakers fail to override veto of gun bill

Missouri lawmakers have failed to override a veto of a bill nullifying some federal gun control laws, after falling a single vote short in the Senate.

Senators voted 22-12 for the veto override Wednesday night, just shy of the required two-thirds majority. The override attempt had passed the House 109-49.

The legislation declared that any federal policies that “infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms” shall be invalid in Missouri. It would allow state misdemeanor charges to be brought against federal authorities who attempt to enforce those laws or against anyone who publishes the identity of a gun owner.

Lawmakers vote to override Mo. gov on holidays

Missouri lawmakers have voted to override a veto of legislation barring public entities from putting the kibosh on celebrations of federal holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.

House members supported the override by a 114-45 vote Wednesday. Later, the Senate voted for the override 24-9.

Supporters say the HB278 is aimed at protecting traditional celebrations of Christmas and Thanksgiving, which they claim are being secularized in some schools.

Lawmakers vote to override on Mo. lending measure

The Missouri Legislature has voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill permitting lenders to charge higher fees on certain short-term loans.

The legislation would increase the maximum fee from 5 percent to 10 percent on installment loans, which generally run for at least four months. Lenders still would not be allowed to charge more than $75.

The House voted 109-51 Wednesday for the veto override of HB329 — just barely meeting the required two-thirds majority. The Senate followed suit on a vote of 25-9.

Gov. Jay Nixon said in his veto message that the higher fees could be used by firms that typically offer payday loans.

Lawmakers override on uninsured motorists

Missouri lawmakers have approved a veto override of legislation restricting lawsuits by uninsured motorists.

The House approved the override of HB339 Wednesday on a 109-51 vote, the bare minimum needed for a two-thirds majority. The bill achieved the mark only after Republican leaders held the voting board open for several minutes while persuading several undecided members.

The margin was wider in the Senate, where the override passed 26-8.

Under the legislation, drivers lacking insurance would forfeit the ability to collect noneconomic damages from insured drivers. The restriction would not apply if insured drivers involved in accidents were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Lawmakers override school repair veto

Missouri lawmakers have voted to override a line-item budget veto of $1 million to help rebuild a vocational education school in northeast Missouri.

The House’s 112-47 vote on HB19 was the first taken Wednesday as lawmakers considered 33 vetoes by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Senators then approved the override 28-5.

At issue is money targeted for the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center, which was damaged by a fire. Although the school had insurance, bill supporters said it was not enough to outfit the building with computers and make it accessible to people with disabilities.

Sponsor withdraws sex offender registry bill

Rep. Kevin Engler R-Farmington, withdrew his motion for the override of House Bill 301. The bill would have modified sex offender laws, allowing some on the Offender Registry to be removed for crimes they committed as teenagers.

He said many lawmakers aren’t comfortable with the language of the bill, so it would be beneficial modifying it and bringing it back in 2014.

News Tribune.

There are bills still being voted upon. The list above is not complete. Watch your Missouri news outlets for updates.

At Jeff City…

No post today. I’m at Jeff City attending rallies to override Gov. Nixon’s veto of the first MO tax cut in 100 years and his veto of MO’s 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.