Waiving Freedom – Thomas Sowell – Townhall.com

Waiving Freedom – Thomas Sowell – Townhall.com.

Among the objections to ObamaCare, one that has not gotten as much attention as it should is the president’s power to waive the law for any company, union or other enterprise he chooses.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for “equal protection of the laws” for all Americans. To have a law that can cost an organization millions of dollars a year either apply or not apply, depending on the whim or political interest of the President of the United States, is to make a mockery of the rule of law.

How secure is any freedom when there is this kind of arbitrary power in the hands of one man?

What does your right of freedom of speech mean if saying something that irritates the Obama administration means that you or your business has to pay huge amounts of money and get hit with all sorts of red tape under ObamaCare that your competitor is exempted from, because your competitor either kept quiet or praised the Obama administration or donated to its reelection campaign?

Arbitrary ObamaCare waivers are bad enough by themselves. They are truly ominous as part of a more general practice of this administration to create arbitrary powers that permit them to walk roughshod over the basic rights of the American people.

The checks and balances of the Constitution have been evaded time and time again by the Obama administration, undermining the fundamental right of the people to determine the laws that govern them, through their elected representatives.

You do not have a self-governing people when huge laws are passed too fast for the public to even know what is in them.

You do not have a self-governing people when “czars” are created by Executive Orders, so that individuals wielding vast powers equal to, or greater than, the powers of Cabinet members do not have to be vetted and confirmed by the people’s elected representatives in the Senate, as Cabinet members must be.

You do not have a self-governing people when decisions to take military action are referred to the United Nations and the Arab League, but not to the Congress of the United States, elected by the American people, whose blood and treasure are squandered.

You do not have a self-governing people when a so-called “consumer protection” agency is created to be financed by the unelected officials of the Federal Reserve System, which can create its own money out of thin air, instead of being financed by appropriations voted by elected members of Congress who have to justify their priorities and trade-offs to the taxpaying public.

You do not have a self-governing people when laws passed by the Congress, signed by previous Presidents, and approved by the federal courts, can have the current President waive whatever sections he does not like, and refuse to enforce those sections, despite his oath to see that the laws are faithfully executed.

Barack Obama, for example, has refused to carry out sections of the immigration laws that he does not like, unilaterally creating de facto amnesty for those illegal immigrants he has chosen to be exempt from the law. The issue is not — repeat, NOT — the wisdom or justice of this President’s immigration policy, but the seizing of arbitrary powers not granted to any President by the Constitution of the United States.

You do not have a self-governing people if President Obama succeeds in having international treaties under United Nations auspices govern the way Americans live their lives, whether with gun control laws or other laws.

Obama’s “citizen of the world” mindset was revealed back in 2008, when he said “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that every other country is going to say okay.”

The desire to circumvent the will of the American people was revealed even more ominously when Barack Obama said to Russian President Medvedev — when he thought the microphone was off — that, after he is reelected and need never face the voters again, he can be more “flexible” with the Russians about missile defense.

There are other signs of Obama’s contempt for American Constitutional democracy, but these should be more than enough. Dare we risk how far he will go when he never has to face the voters again, and can appoint Supreme Court justices who can rubber stamp his power grabs? Will this still be America in 2016?

Punting against America. – Tea Party Nation

Punting against America. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Just in case you missed it, America is a nation that was designed by geniuses and is now run by idiots.   We can also add that our nation is run by gutless, self-centered cowards too.

 What is going on that requires stating the obvious?

 The gutless cowards we call the Senate and Congress are now working a plan to punt the so-called sequestration for another year. 

 First, the sequestration was a horrible idea.  John Boehner, instead of standing and fighting, he raised his freshly laundered white flag of surrender and gave us sequestration. 

 Sequestration is the process of automatic budget cuts if the Congress could not agree on a specified amount of budget cuts.  

 Barack Obama and the Party of Treason loved sequestration because half the cuts if sequestration were invoked would come from the Department of Defense and one of Obama’s long standing goals has to destroy America as a military superpower.

 The budget is out of control.  While members of Congress are now seriously looking at ways to avoid the catastrophic defense budget cuts, they are not serious about cutting spending.

 We have hundreds of billions of dollars in waste in the Federal Budget.  When is the government going to cut the waste?  We have hundreds of billions of dollars in spending that exists only to help get politicians reelected.  When is that going to be cut?

 Oh wait, according to the politicians in Washington think that is more important than minor details such as defending the nation.

 Now the pressure is building in congress, including among Republicans for new “revenues” for the government.

 So here is the thirty-five cent question.  Are the politicians in Washington going to listen before or after we have an economic collapse?   My money is on after the collapse because so many of these politicians do not even have a room temperature IQ.  Most of them don’t have an IQ that could thaw ice. 

 John McCain and Lindsay Graham are leading the charge on punting sequestration. 

 One thing is certain.  You know when Graham and McCain get together on something, anything, you can oppose it just on general principles and probably be right.

 Graham and McCain are believers in the P.T. Barnum School of politics, believing there is a sucker born every minute and they are all voters.   The so-called “offsets” or cuts are going to be non-existent.  They are going to be numbers made up by the Congressional Budget Office.    The CBO is the Indianapolis Colts of politics, except the Colts have a better chance of winning than the CBO has of getting anything right. 

 The numbers will exist on paper.   It will be the equivalent of me taking my bank statement and adding a couple of zeros to my account balance.   It might make me think I am rich, but the reality will be I am just as broke as I was before I took my pen to the bank statement.

 The real danger is the pressure in Republican circles to raise taxes.

 The Taxpayer Protection Pledge of Americans for Tax Reform is the standard by which Republican anti-tax beliefs are measured.  Most Republicans have signed the pledge. 

 Yet within Congress, a number of Republicans have turned their backs on the pledge not to raise taxes.  Even more Republicans are threatening to go squishy and raise taxes.

 The problem is not revenue.   It is spending.

 In a hearing in 2011, the GAO could not even identify the number of welfare programs the government had, how much money was being spent or even whether the programs were effective.

 Instead of gutting defense spending, which is something the Constitution mandates, why don’t we cut wasteful government spending? 

 With hundreds of billions of dollars of identified government waste, why aren’t McCain and Graham out making those cuts?  The answer is, they are clueless Washington politicians. 

 Killing, not punting sequestration is a good idea.  Even Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense says the cuts in defense spending would be devastating.  

 We need real budget cuts.  We need to eliminate the programs that are wasteful or that have just completely failed. 

 Unfortunately with McCain and Graham leading the charge what we are going to end up with are phantom budget cuts along with real tax and fee increases. 

 In short, America is sinking faster than an Italian cruise ship and Graham and McCain simply want to order more lasagna.

The thief in chief strikes again. – Tea Party Nation

The thief in chief strikes again. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Did anyone see Obama today?

 Once again, Obama was out pandering for higher taxes. 

 From Fox News:

 President Obama, amid charges of class warfare, pushed Monday for a tax hike on families earning more than $250,000 — and an extension of the Bush-era tax rates for families making less than that. 

The president, speaking in the East Room of the White House, said he wants to break through the “stalemate” over taxes in Congress. He argued that sustaining the current tax rates for top earners puts too big a hole in the federal budget, saying “we can’t afford to keep that up.” Obama called on Congress to extend those rates, for one year, for families earning less than $250,000 — failure to do so, he said, would be a “blow” to families and a “drag” on the economy. 

“We don’t need more top-down economics,” Obama said. “We need policies that grow and strengthen the middle class.” 

The president urged Congress to pass a bill that deals with the middle-class tax rates only, and then move on to a separate debate over extending the rates for top earners. Obama, though, made clear he is adamantly opposed to doing so. 

“I will fight to end them,” Obama said, adding that he doesn’t want that debate to “threaten” those making less than $250,000. 

 A big hole in the federal budget?    How the hell can he even say that with a straight face?  The only reason is that he is practiced liar who can say anything.

 The big hole we have the in federal budget is from the spending we have seen from the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis of fiscal evil.

 These people have been spending like there is no tomorrow.  This issue is not totally black and white has Republicans in many cases have been just as guilty.

 There is a lot of pressure building up on Capitol Hill for a tax increase.  Even some solid Tea Party Congressmen and Senators have even started talking about the need to increase taxes.

 This is a bright line, litmus test.

 There can be zero tax increases.  There can be none.  And we as the Tea Party must be prepared to make war on any Congressman or Senator that supports raising taxes.

 Why?

 Is this more intransigence and gridlock?  Is this more of what the Party of Treason whines about?

 It might be gridlock, but it is good gridlock.

 Washington has proved repeatedly it is incapable of managing our money.  It cannot balance a budget.  The Senate has not even produced a budget in 1200 days!

 Our so-called leaders in Washington are unable to rein in their insatiable desire to spend other people’s money.

 That is why there can be no compromise on taxes.

 There can be no tax increase.  We cannot have “fee increases.”  We cannot have any growth in government revenues other than those that may occur because the economy grows. 

 What we must have is a serious reduction in government spending.  Obama and his cronies have blown far too much money in corrupt ventures such as Solyndra.  They have wasted too much money by sending billions to the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt. 

 We can no longer afford this. 

 If we increase taxes, all we will do is give them more money to spend and we will never see the end of their spending.

 The message to Congress from the Tea Party must be simple. If you vote for any tax increase, we will do everything we can to end your political career. 

 We cannot make it any simpler than that.

Executive Tyranny — Obama gives himself total control over America – Tea Party Nation

Executive Tyranny — Obama gives himself total control over America – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

The use of Executive Orders (EO) goes back to the first President, George Washington. Every chief executive has issued them since then. Some have been historic, but the latest Executive Orders of President Obama are downright scary.

The Executive Order signed on June 25 is titled “Russian Highly Enriched Uranium” and offers as its justification the fact that “the accumulation of a large volume of weapons-usable fissile material in the territory of the Russian Federal continues to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.”

A national emergency? Over Russian nuclear material?

Are we still in the Cold War?

Are we facing another Cuban Missile Crisis?

Are the Russians getting ready to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S.?

Are the Russians provocateurs? Yes, but what else is new?

The justification for this Executive Order is absurd.

The world is filled with nuclear weapons held by both our allies and our presumed enemies.

Having proclaimed a national emergency, why hasn’t Obama gone on television to inform Americans? Because, like everything else he does, it is done with stealth.

A previous Executive Order issued on March 16th evoked an even stronger response from those paying attention to what the President is doing. On March 22nd, Jeffrey T. Kuhner, a columnist for The Washington Times, wrote:

“President Obama has given himself the powers to declare martial law—especially in the event of a war with Iran. It is a sweeping power grab that should worry every American.”

“On March 16th, the White House released an executive order, ‘National Defense Resources Preparedness.’ The document is stunning in its audacity and a flagrant violation of the Constitution. It states that, in the case of a war or national emergency, the federal government has the authority to take over almost every aspect of American society. “

“Food, livestock, farming equipment, manufacturing, industry, energy, transportation, hospitals, health care facilities, water resources, defense and construction—all of it could fall under the full control of Mr. Obama.”

“He now possesses the potential powers of a dictator. The order is a direct assault on individual liberties, private property rights and the rule of law. It is blatantly unconstitutional.”

Bear in mind that Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution states that “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

“Specifically, the imposition of martial law by the national government over a state and its people, treating them as an occupied nation, is an act of war. Such an attempted suspension of the Constitution and Bill of Rights voids the compact with the state and with the people.” – Oathkeepers.org.

There has not been a peep out of Congress.

In the last decade the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq without a “national emergency” being declared. Whether or not the U.S. goes to war with Iran, Obama has granted to himself sweeping powers consistent with a dictator, not a Chief Executive. The Middle East rumor mill suggests that either he and/or Israel might do that in October.

Recall that the financial crisis of 2008 occurred conveniently before the election that put him in the Oval Office.

In point of fact, Executive Orders do not require Congressional approval to take effect, but they carry the same legal weight as laws passed by Congress. The authority for Executive Orders is found in Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution which grants the President “executive power.” The orders, however, are understood to give direction and guidance to the Executive Branch agencies and departments.

The latest Executive Orders are not “a conspiracy theory.” They are the law of the land.

In the case of the National Defense Resources Preparedness Executive Order, it puts the Executive Branch in total control of everything and everyone in the nation. This includes the power to arrest and detain anyone deemed a threat to the nation.

A study, “Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism”, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security identified the following characteristics of potential “terrorists.”

# Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;

# Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;

# People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty, opposed to the United Nations, etc.);

# Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;

# Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;

# People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

This is a President who called for a “Civilian National Security Force” on July 2, 2008, one that would be “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the U.S. military.”

Obama is putting in force everything a tyranny requires to replace the Republic.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

Obama’s Constitutional Crisis – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s Constitutional Crisis – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

In 1832, the threat of nullification by States that opposed tariffs on imported goods came close to bringing about a civil war. Thirty years later as cries for the abolition of slavery reached a fever pitch the War Between the States would begin.

Today, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision that found that the Affordable Health Care Act—Obamacare— is constitutional and thereby the law of the land. Republican Governors are lining up to say they will not obey it.

Not only has President Obama and the Democrat Party imposed an enormously unpopular law on the nation, they have initiated a huge constitutional crisis.

Nullification is a constitutional theory that gives an individual state the right to declare null and void any law passed by the United States Congress which the State deems unacceptable and unconstitutional. In a debate in the late 1700s, both James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions (1798) came down on the side of nullification if a State concluded that the federal government had overstepped its limits of jurisprudence.

In ruling that Obamacare cannot use the Commerce Clause as its justification, the Supreme Court kicked the Act back to Congress, ruling that it is a tax and that Congress has the right to place such taxes on the citizens of the nation. The Obama administration maintained that Obamacare was not a tax until the case was argued before the Court. It then conceded that it was.

The least troublesome response is to wait for November to remove for office every Senator and Representative who voted for Obamacare and who is up for reelection along with Obama.

The most troublesome response would reflect the crisis that occurred when Andrew Jackson was President. On December 11, 1832, Jackson issued a proclamation that he would use force to uphold the right of Congress to enact tariffs which were widely seen as a burden on the southern States. Several compromises ensued.

Thus, President Obama has set the stage for a major constitutional crisis. He could, in theory, declare martial law to defend Obamacare and this is not just an idle threat because, as of this writing, several State Governors have already announced they will not enforce it.

Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, has declared his State will not comply with the overhaul of the nation’s health care system—its nationalization by the federal government. Earlier, the Missouri legislature passed a bill in its House of Representatives declaring Obamacare null and void for the second time. It would prohibit the establishment of an exchange without the consent by vote of the people of Missouri.

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared his opposition to Obamacare as has Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker, both of whom urged other States to refuse to implement the law.

Just as South Carolina led the opposition during President Jackson’s time, Sen. Jim DeMint has called on “every governor to stop implementing the health care exchanges.” Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that states can opt out of a Medicaid expansion, there is nothing Jindal and Walker can do to prevent health insurance exchanges from being set up in their States.

As if President Obama has not already driven the nation’s economy to the brink of collapse and his administration has opposed enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act, and has opposed Arizona’s efforts to secure its borders and its right to protect its citizens from illegal aliens, Obama has now brought about a crisis comparable to that which launched the Civil War.

As the Fourth of July approaches, the current President has created a firestorm of opposition that initially led to the Tea Party movement and the 2010 midterm elections that returned power to the Republican Party in the House of Representatives. Major forces are emerging and aligning to stop Obamacare anyway they can.

This is occurring as a case before a Florida court challenges Obama’s eligibility to be on that State’s ballot. Florida law is unique in that it gives the average voter greater freedom to challenge eligibility and fraud than other States. More than a hundred legal cases nationwide have been brought over his eligibility. The Constitution specifically states that the President must be “a natural born citizen” with both parents being citizens of the United States. Obama’s father was a citizen of Kenya.

Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

Obama Did It – Not Bush, Republicans or God – Tea Party Nation

Obama Did It – Not Bush, Republicans or God – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Marcia Wood

If Obama ever had a slogan that was befitting his behavior, it would be “Easy come, easy go.”  Obama’s not interested in a balanced budget, jobs, downsizing the Government or transparency; he’s been concentrating on four things since 2009.  (1) Obamacare, (2) Redistribution, (3) Stopping job growth, and (4) 4 more years in the White House

There’s no doubt about it,  he spends our money faster than we can make it.  Government posted a budget deficit of $125 billion in May 2012 – this was double the budget deficit in May 2011.  It’s obvious that Obama has accelerated his redistribution agenda and Americans are sitting on their thumbs saying just wait until November 2012.  Can we really afford to wait?  

In case Americans wonder who just slipped in their hip pockets again and stole 20 mil dollars – the answer would be the Obama Administration of course.  Yep, Obama decided even though our Supreme Court is supposed to make a final decision on the legality of the Obamacare bill in a couple of weeks he would show us one more time what political propaganda looks like.

The Obama administration just sealed a $20 mil deal with PR firm Porter Novelli to help promote Obamacare.  Just another action by Obama to repaint his fading image as Commander in Chief along with 1.4 mil dollar search ad campaign designed to drive traffic to his website.

Some suggest Obama has been behaving and not redistributing your money, they’re  wrong, dead wrong – every day he remains in the White House he’s slipping more of our bucks under the table and out the back door to his buds, Unions, Special Interest groups – he’s wheeling and dealing while we sleep. Obama’s latest slap in the face against the America working class was his latest Executive Order concerning illegal immigrants – he moves an illegal group of people to the front of the line in an attempt to regain the Hispanic votes blatantly ignoring our immigration laws.

Obama once again sneaks around Congress and erodes the laws of our land – his blatant execution of Obama Law violates the Constitutional separation of powers. Obama the dictator is giving illegals a free 2 year pass to live legally in our USA. This is another dirty redistribution scheme that will take taxpayer’s money and  jobs.

Isn’t it amazing that Americans are sitting back on their haunches letting this madman ruin our Nation?  We have the right, in fact it’s our duty to demand total transparency before Obama spends another dime of taxpayer’s money.  Congress has been MIA and they need to quit the 3 ring political circus and fight for our Country. 

Obama’s spending addiction must come to a screeching halt – taxpayer’s need to take over the Government budget immediately.  Stick with the KISS philosophy; (1) Government can’t spend more than they take in –that means getting rid of the sacred cows, reduction of salaries, President pays for his own campaign expenses, Airforce One used only for National emergencies, House & Senate paid for time on the job (only) and retract all money promised to Karzai, Libya or any other Middle East Country until we the people have a chance to vote on the amounts of money being dispersed. 

Establish a reasonable payment to be set aside monthly to pay down our National Deficit and demand total transparency requiring the Government to notify us 3 days in advance before spending one dime of taxpayer’s money. 

Congress can slow up or even stop Obama’s Executive Orders – it takes a 2/3 rd. majority of Congress to override an EO.  Executive Orders can be challenged in court on the grounds that the order deviates from Congressional intent or the President’s Constitutional powers. 

The problem with Obama and his Executive Orders is this – he is a traitor on our turf abusing and misusing his power – we must stay up on all of his EO’s between now and November demanding that Congress takes action every time he ignores our Constitutional laws as set down by our forefathers.

It’s plain and simple “we are the people” and we must take back our Government restoring it to a Government of the people, by the people and for the people.  Waiting on a bunch of phony make believe politicians isn’t an answer but a cop out – we’re either going to act as responsible citizens or watch our beautiful America go up in smoke.

Can We Avoid “Taxmageddon” in 2013? – Tea Party Nation

Can We Avoid “Taxmageddon” in 2013? – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

In 1959, during an interview with the late Mike Wallace, Ayn Rand, the author of “Atlas Shrugged”, said “A free market will not break down. All depressions are caused by government interference and the cure that is always offered is more of the same poisons that caused the disaster.”

After the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929, the government’s solution to the crisis was to raise the top tax rate from 25% to 63%. Successively this was increased to 79% and then to 94%, effectively choking off capital formation, investment, and the incentive to start new businesses.

Not until World War Two broke out in Europe in 1939 and threatened the security of the United States and its allies did Franklin D. Roosevelt reverse his failed policies that had stretched out the Depression, turning to private enterprise to build the airplanes, tanks, and guns that would be needed to defeat the Axis powers and, in 1941, the Empire of Japan. Capitalism saved America.

America suffered a little known shock to its economy on September 15, 2008, just a month and a half shy of Election Day, when around 11 AM the Federal Reserve noted a tremendous draw down of money market accounts in the nation to the tune of $550 billion dollars in just over an hour or so. The decision was made to close the accounts. Had they not done that, the Reserve estimated that by 2 PM the entire economy of the nation would have collapsed. Within 24 hours, the world economy would have followed.

The financial crisis this triggered was put off by letting the investment house of Lehman Brothers fail and by getting Congress to agree to a $700 billion program to bail out other investment firms and the insurance firm, AIG. Simply put, without a banking system, you do not have an economy.

Americans are in for another shock to the system on January 1, 2013 when nearly a half trillion in higher taxes will become the law of the land. Taxmageddon would be the largest tax hike in the history of the nation.

The taxes pose such a threat to the anemic “recovery” the economy is said to be having that a think tank called the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has been urging the CEOs of corporations and financial institutions to meet with members of Congress to bring pressure to resolve the gridlock that has brought the nation to the precipice of yet another financial crisis.

How bad is the prospect of January 1, 2013? A May 11th Heritage Foundation analysis listed the following:

# Income tax rates shoot up,

# the child credit rate is cut in half,

# the marriage penalty roars back to life,

# the capital gains tax rate goes up,

# the dividend tax rate soars,

# the payroll tax rate jumps two percentage points,

# the death tax is restored to its punitive past,

# the Alternative Minimum Tax relief expires, and

# a uniquely pernicious additional payroll tax hike from Obamacare takes effect unless the Supreme Court strikes down the law as unconstitutional.

These tax hikes are a combination of expiring tax cuts, particularly the Bush era cuts that President Obama decried, along with newer taxes he advocated. To put it another way, in 2011 Americans had to work 111 days to earn enough money to pay for federal, state and local taxes before they could begin to pay all their other expenses. Unless “Taxmageddon” is repealed, it will take eleven more days in 2012.

The Obama administration ignored the deficit-reduction findings and recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles commission it initiated to address the nation’s financial problems. It imposed Obamacare which will control one sixth of the nation’s economy and which is replete with all kinds of more tax provisions.

Congress put together a “super committee” to address the government’s enormous spending, the threats to the Social Security and Medicare programs, and to recommend tax reforms. It failed and, instead, imposed an across the board “sequestration” program of spending cuts so dangerous to the national security that even Obama’s Secretary of Defense called it catastrophic.

The hope now is that, after the November election, in the interim period before the next President is sworn into office and a new Congress convenes, the increases in taxes can be avoided. That is what the CEOs are belatedly pushing for.

Suffice to say, until power was returned to the Republicans in the House in 2010, a Tea Party movement success, Congress had been on a spending spree and, of course, every measure the House has been forth since then has been spurned by the Democrats, particularly in the Democrat-controlled Senate which has set a record for not producing a budget for the past three years.

Unless voters return power in the Senate to Republicans and defeat President Obama’s reelection, life in America is going to worsen and the nation faces another round of credit rating reductions that will affect its ability to borrow to meet its current debt obligations.

A great nation will have been reduced to pauper status by a profligate Congress whose only “solution” has been to raise the debt ceiling.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

Proof we do not need SOPA. – Tea Party Nation

Proof we do not need SOPA. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

On Wednesday, many websites were blacked up to show a unified opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the parallel bill in the Senate PROTECT-IP (PIPA). 

Yesterday, something happened that shows just how much we do not need SOPA & PIPA.

 

What happened?

 

Yesterday, the Department of Justice shut down the Mega upload website and indicted a number of the owners and employees of the site.  The site as the name suggested, hosted millions of dollars in pirated media. 

 

Amazingly enough, despite what the proponents of SOPA and PIPA claim, the federal government was able to go out and shut down a site that allegedly violated copyright law, without SOPA or PIPA being the law of the land.

 

If the Department of Justice can do this without SOPA, why do we need SOPA?

 

The answer is, we do not need SOPA.  We have the tools in the law now to do protect intellectual property.  The only question is why aren’t they being used?

 

Copyright infringement is not only a civil law violation, it is often a criminal violation.  If you doubt that, ask Kim Dotcom, the founder and CEO of Mega upload. 

 

One of the claims of those who support SOPA and PIPA is that DOJ cannot reach out and touch sites in foreign countries.  Kim Dotcom is in jail in New Zealand, awaiting extradition to America.   As are other members of the Mega upload conspiracy.

 

In short everything the proponents of SOPA and PIPA say is needed has been handled without SOPA and PIPA. 

 

What those who support SOPA and PIPA really want to do is make it easier for large corporations to intimidate small businesses and companies.  It makes it very easy for large corporations to drive small businesses and potential competitors out of business. 

 

Fortunately, Senators and Congressmen are starting to understand how toxic this is bill is.  Marco Rubio has gone from being a co-sponsor to being opposed to this bill. 

Mitch McConnell has called for Harry Reid to pull PIPA from Senate consideration.   McConnell probably would not be doing this unless he has 41 votes to prevent cloture.   Late last night, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, one of the earliest supporters of SOPA pulled her support of the bill, urging that the bill be scrapped and Congress start over from scratch.

 

We have to keep up the pressure on Congress to make sure neither SOPA nor PIPA ever become law.  Contact your Senators and Congressman and make sure they understand how opposed you are to SOPA and PIPA.

Another Victory for Freedom! – Tea Party Nation

 

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Another Victory for Freedom! – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

Marco Rubio, the incredible Senator from Florida has been a huge supporter of the Tea Party, freedom and liberty.  He just did something else that is really great.

 What is it?

 He has announced he is no longer supporting the Protect-IP bill in the Senate. 

 To say that this is a huge victory is an understatement.

 Here is what Senator Rubio just had to say!

 In recent weeks, we’ve heard from many Floridians about the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it’s important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy, much of it occurring overseas through rogue websites in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs.

However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.

Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we’ve heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.

 There are a lot of reasons to like Marco Rubio.  Not the least of which is that he gets it when it comes to freedom and liberty. 

 If you have the chance, call Senator Rubio’s office and thank him for what he has done.  His number is 202-224-3041. 

 Encourage your Senators and Congressman to oppose this terrible bill that threatens the freedom of the Internet and our rights to free speech.

Rubio: Obama is the head of the dead beat nation. – Tea Party Nation

 

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Rubio: Obama is the head of the dead beat nation. – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips on January 6, 2012

Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida has an amazing habit of nailing it. 

 He just sent a letter to Barack Obama and he nailed it again.

 From Human Events:

 Rubio pledged that he would challenge any further increase in the debt limit, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in.” In the letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, the Florida Senator said that President Obama’s upcoming appeal to increase the debt ceiling by a whopping $1.2 trillion will cause the nation’s public debt to surpass the $16 trillion mark. 

“I will oppose your request to continue borrowing and spending recklessly.”

President Obama is expected to ask for new borrowing power from Congress once the Senate and House return from their holiday recess.

If the President led the charge to reduce the country’s unsustainable debt in mid 2011 rather than punt the enterprise to a “Super Committee,” asserted Rubio, we’d already be on a pathway toward economic growth and prosperity. “Unfortunately, the first three years of your presidency have been a profile in leadership failure.”

The letter concludes: “America deserves leaders who will stand front and center, level with the American people about our challenges and offer real solutions to solve them.  Instead of simply asking for another debt ceiling increase, I urge you to come forward with a real plan to tackle our debt in 2012.”

 Of course, Obama does not want a plan to tackle our debt.  He wants to bankrupt the country.

 This is why we the people are going to have to make a stand again.

 On February 27th, we are going to rally again and make our voices heard by Washington.  We are going to tell Washington that they cannot continue to spend this country into bankruptcy.

 We must make our voices heard now.  Six times Obama has come and asked for more money to keep government running while making no effort to stop the insane spending that is wrecking our economy.

 We must stop now. 

 Join us on February 27th.  If you want to be a part of this effort, email us at rallies@teapartynation.com.

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