The History Lesson Obama Missed

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This is an outstanding article on American Thinker. Well worth a thoughtful read.

The History Lesson Obama Missed

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Obama Going To Demark To Make Pitch For Olympics

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According to the Associated Press, President Obama is going to Denmark to make a sales pitch to the Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he’s honored that both President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will head to Copenhagen in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

I’m thrilled. Anytime the Celebrity-In-Chief is out of the country is a good thing. Of course, we the taxpayers will be footing the bill for Barack and Michelle’s latest global jaunt. Wouldn’t a phone call have done as well? Or a letter hand delivered by our Ambassador to Denmark?

It seems to me that matters of state can be damned if the Obama’s get a chance to fly on their private jet to see another part of the world. Of course, he doesn’t attend to matters of state anyway. He is too busy seeking out his adoring fans. Denmark. Hmm maybe there is one European country he hasn’t alienated, yet.

POLITICO: Ensign receives handwritten confirmation – Live Pulse – Ensign receives handwritten confirmation

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This article gives the penalty for failure to get government health insurance or pay the fine for not doing so.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it “Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.”

The note was a follow-up to Ensign’s questioning at the markup.

POLITICO: Ensign receives handwritten confirmation – Live Pulse – Ensign receives handwritten confirmation

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Another Bailout & Censorship

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In an interview with the editors of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and Toledo Blade, President Obama indicated his willingness to “look at” bills before Congress that would give tax breaks to struggling news organizations if they restructured as non-profits.

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced S. 673, the so-called “Newspaper Revitalization Act,” that would give outlets tax deals if they were to restructure as 501(c)(3) corporations. That bill has so far attracted one cosponsor, Cardin’s Maryland colleague Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).

“Journalistic integrity, you know, fact-based reporting, serious investigative reporting, how to retain those ethics in all these different new media and how to make sure that it’s paid for, is really a challenge,” Mr. Obama said. “But it’s something that I think is absolutely critical to the health of our democracy.”

True, fact-based reporting is absolutely essential to our democracy. Newspapers in particular are in trouble. Many people get their news from television, radio or the web. Most all newspapers have followed this trend by moving part of their operations to the web The Toledo Blade reports in its web article that

“Across the country, newspapers are struggling to maintain readership and advertising revenue that has been lost to the Internet. Thousands of journalists have been laid off, and over the last year several newspapers have closed.

“The Rocky Mountain News in Denver ceased operations, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer now publishes only on the Internet, and several large newspaper corporations have filed for bankruptcy, including the Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.”

So, the solution floating around Congress is to have the newspapers restructure as non-profits? The tax breaks would help them survive in economic tough times, maybe. But there is much more at stake here. The IRS rules for 501c(3) corporations clearly state:

Organizations described in section 501(c)(3) are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities to intervene in elections to public office.[19] The Internal Revenue Service website elaborates upon this prohibition as follows:

“Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

“Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

“On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.

“The Internal Revenue Service provides resources to exempt organizations and the public to help them understand the prohibition. As part of its examination program, the IRS also monitors whether organizations are complying with the prohibition.”

If newspapers or other news outlets re-form as 501(c)(3) corporations, the above rule could severely inhibit their reporting of news regarding candidates for elected office at any level. This could be the beginnings of State-run news agencies. While the rule apparently would allow reporting on a non-partisan level, who will be deciding what is non-partisan? The current administration considers any dissent by the people as racist, mob mentality, and un-American, to name a few. Given this climate of disregard for the peoples’ opinions and wants, it isn’t hard to believe that state-controlled media is but a short step away.

 

 

 

What Would a Communist Do?

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I just read this very informative article in the American Thinker and wanted to share. Please read.

What Would a Communist Do?

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Save The Minnow-Sacrifice Humans: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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I love animals. Not just domesticated pets, all animals. That said, I think the EPA is wrong in shutting off the water to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, California in order to save the delta smelt (a minnow). Last night (September 17, 2009) Fox News aired a Sean Hannity show highlighting the plight of the farmers and communities in the valley. Watching that show and seeing the plight of the people and knowing the end result for all of us in higher food prices and scarcities motivated this blog entry.

The San Joaguin Valley is the southern half of California’s Central Valley. This valley is California’s most productive agricultural area, producing 12% of our food. In their attempts to save the delta smelt, the EPA has shut off irrigation water to the valley, which has allowed the land to return to its normally arid state (made worse by the current California drought). The result is a modern “dust bowel” with farms baking in the sun while life giving water flows mere yards away from the parched fields.

Unemployment in parts of the Valley reached 41 percent in August, according to the Fresno County Employment Development Department. It is estimated that 400,000 acres of farmland lie unplanted this year with the resulting economic impacts on the Valley’s rural communities. Residents are standing in lines for hours to receive government provided food. One great irony is they are given carrots that were shipped in from China! Food from China going to our richest agricultural region is unfathomable to me.

California Governor, Arnold Schwarzeneggar has attempted to convince the EPA to lift the ban on irrigation, to no avail.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR ARNOLD SCHWARZANEGGER: “Well I think that you know we have a terrible crisis on our hands. And this is a crisis not because of some disasters; it is a crisis that is self inflicted. This is something that the federal government is doing to us.”

While I believe the Endangered Species Act has done much good in saving animals, I do not believe it should be used in a way that puts the welfare of a minnow, a bait fish, over the well-being of humans. Over the eons of life on earth many species have come and gone. Some disappeared as a result of environmental forces before the appearance of humans on the scene. Some could not adapt to other changes, or were decimated by other life forms. Some were hunted to extinction by humans before we learned to conserve our game animals.

To put the welfare of a delta smelt over the welfare of the residents of the San Joaguin Valley and the cut back the nation’s food supply is just plain wrong. If a creature is so specialized that it cannot adapt to its changing environment, then maybe time has come for it to pass into history. It has happened to countless species and eventually may happen to ours.

American Indians Already Have Government Run Health Care

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I have been reading a blog entry by Terry Anderson on The Conservative Underground site that discusses the plight of American Indian Tribes in Montana. They already have government run health care.

Native Americans have received federally funded health care for decades. A series of treaties, court cases and acts passed by Congress requires that the government provide low-cost and, in many cases, free care to American Indians. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is charged with delivering that care.

It is clear to me that a bill will be passed establishing government run health care. I just wanted this article to circulate a bit more so you will have an idea of what we are getting. Such as:

The IHS spends about $2,100 per Native American each year, which is considerably below the $6,000 spent per capita on health care across the U.S. But IHS spending per capita is about on par with Finland, Japan, Spain and other top 20 industrialized countries—countries that the Obama administration has said demonstrate that we can spend far less on health care and get better outcomes. In addition, IHS spending will go up by about $1 billion over the next year to reach a total of $4.5 billion by 2010. That includes a $454 million increase in its budget and another $500 million earmarked for the agency in the stimulus package.

Unfortunately, Indians are not getting healthier under the federal system. In 2007, rates of infant mortality among Native Americans across the country were 1.4 times higher than non-Hispanic whites and rates of heart disease were 1.2 times higher. HIV/AIDS rates were 30% higher, and rates of liver cancer and inflammatory bowel disease were two times higher. Diabetes-related death rates were four times higher. On average, life expectancy is four years shorter for Native Americans than the population as a whole.

Rural Indians fare even worse, as data from Sen. Baucus’s home state show. According to IHS statistics, in Montana and Wyoming, Indians suffer diabetes at rates 20% higher, heart disease 12% higher, and lung cancer rates 67% higher than the average across all IHS regions in the country. A recent Harvard University study found that life expectancy on a reservation in neighboring South Dakota was 58 years. The national average is 77.

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