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Sunday, December 14, 2014

TheBlaze.com: Ted Cruz Forced the Senate to Vote on Obama’s Immigration Plan — Here’s How it Turned Out

Dec. 13, 2014 9:51pm Pete Kasperowicz Furnace

On Saturday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) won a battle, but not the war, against President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Cruz led the fight to force a Senate vote on Obama’s immigration plans, as a condition of approving a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill for 2015. He was able to make that vote happen by arguing that the spending bill violated the Constitution because it would fund Obama’s plan — a plan Cruz and other Republicans say is illegal because it rewrites immigration law without any input from Congress.

Read the details on TheBlaze.com…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Eagle Forum: New, Legally Binding Treaty Emerges on First Day of UN’s Lima Climate Conference

By Cathie Adams
President, Texas Eagle Forum
Eagle Forum UN Issues Chairman

December 2, 2014

At a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Lima, Peru, delegates from 196 parties are drafting a new legally binding treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that is to be completed next year in Paris, France. At the outset of negotiations, environmentalists are calling for the new treaty to mandate a cap and tax on greenhouse gas emissions to go into effect by 2020, and to eliminate the use of fossil fuels altogether by 2050.

President Obama’s recent climate announcement with China, that the U.S. would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 is a boost to environmentalists at the Peru meeting that extends from December 1-12.

Stated by Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace, “In Lima, the countries must agree on the long-term goal of phasing out fossil fuel emissions to zero by mid-century while moving towards 100% renewable energy for all in a fair transition period. Subsidies for fossil fuel industries must be shifted towards renewable energy deployment and climate adaptation for vulnerable countries. In countries like the US, China, and the EU, the phase-out of coal must be accelerated.”

Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis, international policy adviser for Climate Action Network Latin America added, “We must leave fossil fuels in the ground and not repeat the steps of the developed countries that brought us to this point.”

The UNFCCC thesis is that rich nations are responsible for climate change because they burn fossil fuels to produce energy, even though there is no conclusive science to substantiate the claims. Furthermore, the poor nations want the rich nations fork over a minimum of $100 million annually for the UN’s Green Climate Fund that is to afford renewable energy for the poor.

On the first day of the conference, Climate Action Network, a conglomerate of 900 radical green groups from about 100 nations, mocked Australia, Belgium, Ireland and Austria because they have yet to donate to a new Green Climate Fund. With a new legally binding treaty, they hope to make nations pay penalties for using fossil fuels. The climate will continue to change, even if nations are energy poor.

Remember it was President Bill Clinton’s VP Al Gore who flew to Kyoto, Japan in 1997 to revive talks for the same scheme to cap and tax greenhouse gas emissions. That treaty was never ratified by the U.S. Senate because it would have killed American jobs and devastated our economy. Even so, Americans should expect Obama to sign the new legally binding treaty before he leaves office, which should make American voters cautious about electing another President Clinton in 2016.

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SSN: Department of Agriculture Wants State to Reject Bad Martin County Sewage Amendment

By: NANCY SMITH | Posted: December 3, 2014

SunshineStateMartin County, among the Florida counties that suffered most from toxic water pollution in the St. Lucie estuary and Indian River Lagoon in 2013, has rewritten part of its comprehensive plan to encourage not less, but more river pollution, according a Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services analysis.

The department finds that unacceptable.

READ the story at SunshineStateNews.com…

Friday, November 28, 2014

ObamaCare Provides Incentives for Employers to Hire Illegal Aliens


Lynch: Obamacare & Amnesty Collide to CRUSH American Workers

KEEP HAMMERING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ON AMNESTY

28 Nov 2014

So, what have you done to restore the Republic on this extended holiday weekend? We have a suggestion – hammer your Congressman (and Senators).


26 Nov 2014 | from Breitbart.com, an article by MATTHEW BOYLE:

EXCLUSIVE -- CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE: CONGRESS HAS POWER TO BLOCK FUNDING FOR OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has concluded that House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) is wrong, and that Congress can in fact block funding for President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty order.

“In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that ‘Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes,’” the CRS, a legislative authority on Capitol Hill, wrote in a report sent to incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). “Where Congress has done so, ‘an agency is not free simply to disregard statutory responsibilities.’ Therefore, if a statute were enacted which prohibited appropriated funds from being used for some specified purposes, then the relevant funds would be unavailable to be obligated or expended for those purposes.”

READ MORE AT BREITBART.COM…


numbersUSAlogo_sliceThe website NumbersUSA.com offers a convenient and simple way to contact your elected representatives with a pre-written message that you may customize with your own comments. Here is the one I sent today; an example of what you can also do.

Representative Patrick Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives, 1517 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, FL 20515

Dear Representative Murphy:

A new poll of actual voters from Tuesday's mid-term elections has found that 74% of voters oppose Pres. Obama bypassing Congress and taking executive action on immigration. Further, 80% of actual voters think new jobs should go to Americans and legal immigrants already in the country. I urge you to tell the White House not to take executive action on immigration since three-quarters of voters oppose the President acting alone.

American voters have overwhelmingly shown that they are against efforts, both by President Obama and by Congress, to amnesty illegal aliens. The results of the poll show that voters do not want the president to go it alone on this issue and losses by pro-amnesty candidates show that Americans do not want Congress to reward illegal aliens with work permits and legal status.

President Obama, however, has decided to ignore the message sent by the American people and put illegal aliens ahead jobless Americans and legal immigrants already in the United States, even though 80% of Americans oppose this action.

I hope you will urge President Obama to back down from his executive action cliff. The American people have spoken and they want him to put Americans, and the rule of law, first.

Phone me if you would like to talk about this,

Jim McGovern

P.S. I am not going to let this go. Many people feel the same way. We will not rest until this threat is reversed.

The link to this page is HERE. How long do you think they’ll tolerate our noise before they actually do something? How long can we continue to shout at them?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Open Letter to Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner

by Phyllis Schlafly | November 26, 2014

Vote 2014

President Barack Obama proudly announced that his policies would be on the ballot in the November 4 midterm elections. He got his answer loud and clear: the American people said, “No thanks.”

The voters gave Republicans a big majority equal only to the stunning congressional victory 68 years ago in 1946. That Congress, known as the 80th Congress, which elected 57 new Republican House Members and 13 new Republican Senators, should serve as a model to the Members elected in 2014 for what a courageous conservative Republican Congress can accomplish.

Read the rest at EagleForum.org…

Obamacare offers firms $3,000 incentive to hire illegals over native-born workers

WashingtonTimesUnder the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/25/obama-amnesty-obamacare-clash-businesses-have-3000/#ixzz3KBbTGFBj
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Note: If you think this is a coincidence, you are the “stupid” voter Gruber was referring to in his presentation on the ’Affordable’ Care Act.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Jefferson Statement

On September 11, 2014, some of our nation’s finest legal minds convened at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C., to engage in a full, robust discussion of the Convention of States Project.  The participants—including former members of the Reagan administration, seasoned Supreme Court litigators, and Ivy League professors—discussed and debated arguments for and against the use of Article V to restrain federal power and evaluated its potential to be used safely and effectively. 

The hotel, which is four blocks from the White House, was the ideal location for this conversation.  In fact, the hotel’s namesake, Thomas Jefferson, believed Article V should be used to “correct breaches of the Constitution.”

In this historic location, these renowned legal experts discussed how to effectively use the Constitution to save the Constitution. Several hours later, they had achieved consensus and endorsed the Convention of States Project.  

They specifically rejected the argument that a Convention of States is likely to be misused or improperly controlled by Congress, concluding instead that the mechanism provided by the Founders is safe.  Moreover, they shared the conviction that Article V provides the only constitutionally effective means to restore our federal system. 

In an era of quick fixes, press conferences, and spin, this meeting was designed to go to the root of the problems that ail our nation.  Thankfully, these constitutional experts saw the potential and the hope our Founders gave us even as they were forming our country.

The conclusions of these prestigious experts are memorialized in The Jefferson Statement, which is reproduced here.  The names and biographical information of the endorsers, who have formed a “Legal Board of Reference” for the Convention of States Project, are listed below the Statement.  

The Jefferson Statement

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let’s Keep Trying

This is a letter we sent with the help of the Tea Party Patriots and AmericanCommitment.org . You can send one of your own.

19 November 2014

Dear Representative Murphy:
Dear Senator Nelson:
Dear Senator Rubio:

I am outraged that President Obama is ignoring the clear demand from the American people for smaller, less intrusive government and attempting to improperly influence an independent agency, the FCC, to reduce the Internet to a government-controlled "public utility."

FCC "public utility" regulations on the Internet will devastate private investment, undermine competition, and stall out innovation. It will undo a broad, bipartisan consensus in favor of an unregulated Internet that has been amazingly successful for decades.

The liberal groups calling for "public utility" regulation are extremists, including the group Free Press whose founder has openly called for the destruction of the capitalist economy.

These groups have deceived many Americans into thinking that the way to keep the Internet they know and love is to impose draconian, unprecedented new regulations. I strongly disagree.

One former FCC commissioner has warned that reclassification would also impose a massive new tax on Internet service without a vote of Congress; that's wrong.

I urge you to pass language in an upcoming must-pass vehicle blocking any move to turn the Internet into a public utility, and, if the FCC persists, to seriously consider legislation eliminating the FCC altogether.

Please respond to this letter with a clear commitment to act on this issue.
Sincerely,

Mr. and Mrs. James McGovern
Stuart, FL 34997

Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency

Jay Lehr, Ph.D. – July 15, 2014

The national EPA must be systematically dismantled and replaced by a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies. Those agencies in nearly all cases long ago took over primary responsibility for the implementation of environmental laws passed by Congress (or simply handed down by EPA as fiat rulings without congressional vote or oversight).

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WHERETOWATCH MAKES BUYING EASIER THAN STEALING

By Peter Podkopaev | November 17, 2014

In the aftermath of the collapse of SOPA and PIPA, the content industry has laudably turned its attention to voluntary measures, notably including the successful Copyright Alert System, and now a new website that makes it easier than ever to find movies and TV shows for legal download: WheretoWatch.com.

This new search engine, launched by the Motion Picture Association of America, addresses a significant problem facing the U.S. economy – piracy. And it does so without the interference of government.

Alongside other voluntary industry efforts, WheretoWatch.com will assist well-meaning consumers in quickly and easily finding legal ways to watch their favorite content online through streaming or download.  Such efforts help protect the consumer, the entertainment industry, and the economy from rogue websites providing multimedia content by infringing on copyright laws.

Protecting copyrighted material from being illegally disseminated not only protects consumers and producers of content, but it protects the U.S. economy as well. According to the National Crime Prevention Association, “the U.S. economy loses $58 billion each year to copyright infringement.”

Piracy needs to be stopped and WheretoWatch.com, along with the Copyright Alert System, are shining beacons of success that show just how successful voluntary industry initiatives can be at combating piracy and, at the same time, providing a service that big government simply cannot provide without appropriating tax dollars for the cause and fostering bureaucratic procedures that bog down government efficiency. 

With the recent moves by President Obama to supercharge regulatory agencies and micromanage the U.S. economy, it is important to acknowledge voluntary, free-market efforts to address genuine economic problems through voluntary initiatives.

WheretoWatch.com is a clear example of how capable industries are to create effective solutions for themselves that ultimately benefit the general public and the economy as a whole. These voluntary efforts should be applauded and supported. (And the next time you hear someone say stealing content is justified because it is too hard to find it legally, you will know where to point them.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

WSJ: This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare

"The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS will open in 400 theaters across the country on November 14

Post by Kirk Cameron.

The heavens opened and a shaft of light came streaming down when Duck Dynasty's King and Queen, Phil and Kay Robertson, cooked my 44th birthday dinner in their country kitchen, spoiled us boys with outdoor fun and faithful inspiration, and the Robertson family watched Saving Christmas in their camouflage living room! Watch what they had to say from their front porch! http://www.savingchristmas.com/

Friday, October 31, 2014

Democrats and Republicans Alike Get the Supremacy Clause Wrong

tenthamendmentby Matthew Sickmeier

When the issue of federal power over states’ rights come into the forefront, Democrats are quick to cite the supremacy clause as beyond debate.  Yet, Republicans often use the same talking points.  When GOP policies need that extra “federal muscle,” Republicans imitate their political opponents and claim federal law as supreme without question.

Case in point, Rep.Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) are making the case that a legalization initiativeover marijuana in D.C would be trumped by Federal power if passed by voters. 

“I’m kind of naive, I guess. I thought federal law trumped state and local law. I thought that’s why we had a supremacy clause,” Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, told The Hill on Friday.

While Congress has special jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the problem is the general statement from Gowdy that federal law, by its existence, simply trumps all state and local law.

These defenders look to the supremacy clause as their four aces, but omit the text  itself.  “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme law of the land…” (emphasis added)

Simply put, laws are only supreme if such power is delegated to the Federal Government in the Constitution.  Anything not expressly delegated is left to the States and the people thereof vis–à–vis the 10th Amendment.  As Hamilton wrote in Federalist #33 “It will not, I presume, have escaped observation that it expressly confines this supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution….”

If a federal law is “not in pursuance” of the Constitution, it’s therefore null and void.  Game, set, match …how’s that for four aces?


Matthew Sickmeier

Matthew Sickmeier is a Tenth Amendment volunteer blogger.He writes and contributes from Georgia.

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