Monthly Archives: August 2009

Has the United States Evolved Into a Tyrannical Form of Government?

Has the United States evolved into a Tyrannical form of Government?

Is it a government that can take the following (First Amendment of the Constitution):

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

1. And prohibit the free exercise of religion through out the various states even the Constitution is specifically speaking to the Congress?
2. And mock the very people who peaceably assemble to petition the Government for a redress of Grievances?
3. And enact and propose laws and policies that have a chilling effect on free speech in public, over the telephone, on the internet, over radio and television?

Is it a government that has embarked on a long history of making promises to seniors that it can not live up to in the future?

Is it a government that that threatens to economically enslave our children and grandchildren?

Is it a government that needs “A Civilian Security Force” as well trained and funded as the US Military without establishing a goal or letting the Congress and American people know what this FORCE is to do?

Is it a government that looks the other way on illegal immigration but prosecutes those in our government who conducted legal interrogation with our enemies that provided evidence to save lives in our country?

Is it a government that goes to great lengths to try and reinstall a central American President who broke the laws of the Constitution of his country, which were upheld by the Legislature and the Supreme Court of that country and has a very Timid and Tepid response to the release of a Mass Murderer from Great Brittan?

Is it a government that cannot write a bill of less than ONE THOUSAND PAGES in an effort to confuse and strong arm all those who represent Americans in our Representative Republic a chance to read the bills and have a full and open debate on its contents but are forced to rush to judgment?

Is it a government that picks Winners and Losers in the Banking Industry and decides who continues to exist and who folds?

Is it a government that ignores the Constitution in Bankruptcy Courts and takes control of the Automobile industry while pushing bond holders and preferred stock holders out of the picture?

Is it a government that has over three dozen advisers to the President who are accountable to no other branch of government and are not confirmed by the Senate?

Is it a President that has convicted felons, communists and socialists as his advisers?

Is it a government that wants to take the most effective health care system the world has ever known and “reform” all parts of the system in order to exert full control over the delivery and care of Americans (yes, some parts could use reform but the entire system does not need to be under government control)?

Is it a government where the elected officials of both parties act like the Ruling Elite and exempt themselves and their staffs from the Laws and Rules that they pass to Govern (or control) we the people?

Is it a government that ignores and circumvents?

1. The Second Amendment to the Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

2. The Ninth Amendment to the Constitution: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

3. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Is it a government that lectures and turns its back on Israel while allowing a Terrorist state to develop nuclear power?

It is a government that would cost America jobs and a standard of living by instituting an energy program based on questionable science without allowing the country to use all the natural resources at its disposal and without insisting that other large economic powers implement the same energy programs? It also allows this program to benefit government owned big corporations like General Electric to financially benefit to the tune of $7.1 trillion while its citizens electric bills will double, causing many to not be able to afford air conditioning in the summer or heat during the bitter cold of winter.

Is it a government that seeks to take the end of life decisions away from individuals and the family and put them in the hands of bureaucrats?

Is it a government that goes well beyond the bounds of its Constitutional authority in the Census by doing more than a decennial count of American Citizens? One example is the counting long term visitors to the US, illegal aliens, and others for the apportionment of Representatives in Congress. Another is asking personal questions of citizens that have no basis in the Constitution and probably violating their right to privacy under the Constitution.

Is our government out of control? YES! We now have a tyrannical form of government in the United States, one that was not envisioned by the Founders and the Constitution. Should we overthrow this form of government as suggested in the Declaration of Independence and start a new one? – absolutely not! We need a non-violent response- a peaceful revolution – to the tyranny that has been building over the last century. It has become crystal clear in the past six months as the government has boycotted the founding principles of this country. We the People need to speak loud, clear, and respectfully to our leaders remind them that they are Public Servants. We need to make the 2010 Elections the SECOND AMERICAN REVOLUTION and elect those who believe in the ideals of the Founders and the Constitution.

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Cap and Trade in Texas

Cap and Trade in Texas

Cap and Trade in Texas

From Amanda Reinecker of  The Heritage Foundation: A new study released by The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis reveals the tremendous costs and energy price spikes that Texas residents will incur should Congress enact the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation.

“Inevitably the bill will affect each state differently,” explains Heritage’s energy and economic policy team. “Some states are more energy-intensive than others, and some rely a great deal on manufacturing to fuel their economies. Regardless, the costs in every state are significant.”

 » Find out how the legislation will affect Texas residents

Waxman-Markey’s financial burden will eventually trickle down to individual families. Heritage experts predict annual energy costs for a family of four to grow by $1,241 — $4,609 if you include the new taxes — forcing families to reduce consumption of goods and services by $3,000 each year as incomes and savings fall. This forced cutback will hurt job growth and ultimately weaken the economy, leaving America approximately $9.4 trillion poorer by 2035.

And all of these costs will get us “no more than a 0.2 degree (Celsius) moderation in world temperature increases by 2100 and no more than a 0.05 degree reduction by 2050.” That’s certainly not much of an environmental benefit, especially considering the adverse impact the bill imposes on American families.

Posted by Milton Richards

More Cap and Tax

From DUSTIN BLEIZEFFER Casper Star-Tribune 8/20/09 [hyperlinks added]
The cap-and-trade legislation before Congress can achieve a 17 percent carbon reduction for a cost of about $83 per household per year, according to recent analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

However, congressional leaders from carbon-intensive states such as Wyoming remain adamantly opposed to the Waxman-Markey bill, insisting that the real costs of curbing greenhouse gas emissions would further bankrupt the nation.

“There’s nothing good about it,” said U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. “I’m going to do everything to make sure it doesn’t pass.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., said the bill is “the biggest hidden tax in America.”

“It’s a Ponzi scheme because we’re just going to print certificates for CO2 and not take care of any CO2,” Enzi said. “It’s just another way to make money.”

Enzi and Barrasso spoke at the Petroleum Association of Wyoming’s annual meeting in Casper on Wednesday. The senators focused on health care and energy legislation before Congress.

The U.S. House in June passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill. Since then, the Senate has stalled on the measure while carbon-heavy industries organize to kill it.

The senators’ comments were well-received by members of PAW, an oil and gas trade association. One member said the oil and gas industry was largely left out of the conversation as the Waxman-Markey bill was being drafted.

Barrasso told members he is certain the bill will come out of committee in the Senate and said he and other opponents would propose through amendments “ways to improve the bill,” including concerns by the oil and gas industry.

On several occasions, Barrasso encouraged PAW members to talk to their industry friends in other states to implore their senators to oppose or improve the bill.

“If you have people in Nevada who can work with (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.), that would be helpful,” Barrasso said.

Cap and trade

The cap-and-trade strategy allows the government to set incrementally lower limits on CO2 emissions. The House version of the Waxman-Markey bill sets out to reduce the nation’s 2005 carbon emission level 17 percent by 2020, for example.

Those who emit CO2 could either reduce their emissions to meet the targets, or they could trade and buy emission credits from those who can come in under the targets.

Several economists, including University of Wyoming economics professor Edward Barbier, say the cap-and-trade approach has the broadest political appeal because it’s a market-driven incentive to achieve emission reductions as cheaply and efficiently as possible.

Yet Barrasso and Enzi both said that only works if the world’s other top carbon emitters follow suit. Both said they believe China and India will not follow through with carbon reductions of their own, effectively placing the U.S. at an extreme economic disadvantage.

“I’m very concerned about the Chinese, who are willing to sacrifice their environment for their economy,” Barrasso said.

International efforts

China is the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, but the U.S. still emits more per capita. While China’s national government has resisted carbon emission reductions, several provincial governments are making huge strides in this direction.

In fact, many experts say China is investing much more money in alternative energy and carbon capture and sequestration than the United States.

Tyson Slocum, energy program director for the advocacy group Public Citizen, said America’s international leadership role on this issue shouldn’t be underestimated, particularly with the change from the Bush to the Obama administration.

“We don’t want to go forward with strong carbon regulations here and see China an India have no regulations. But it would be more productive if members of Congress – even from carbon-intensive states – come to the table with a plan,” Slocum said in a phone interview.

In his address to the Petroleum Association on Wednesday, Barrasso accused the Obama administration of rushing to get climate legislation in advance of the United Nations’ upcoming climate conference in Copenhagen in December. While supporters see the Waxman-Markey bill as key to bringing China, India and others on board with carbon reductions, Barrasso said he doubts those nations will follow.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that China’s top legislature announced it will consider a resolution on climate change this month, under the same pressure as the U.S. to arrive in Copenhagen with hard evidence in hand that the countries are committed to the international effort.

Wyoming coal

Closer to home, Slocum said the Waxman-Markey bill preserves a status quo for the American coal industry for the first 20 years. The electrical utility industry is virtually held harmless, he said.

“This is a compromise involving industry. Groups like mine have criticized it because it essentially does nothing for 20 years. The only real mandates are efficiency requirements,” Slocum said.

An analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggests that under one scenario the cap on carbon emissions could be achieved for a cost of about $83 per household per year. This, according to the EIA, is possible through free allowances to regulated utilities to help offset costs to their customers through 2025.

But, the EIA also reports, “Average impacts on electricity prices in 2030 are projected to be substantially greater, reflecting both higher allowance prices and the phase-out of the free allocation of allowances to distributors between 2025 and 2030.”

Slocum said he opposes the bill because it doesn’t go far enough in limiting carbon emissions.

People reliant on Wyoming’s coal industry, Slocum said, would actually benefit in the short term because of liberal allowances during the first 20 years. They would benefit in the long term because the bill includes about $1.1 billion per year in electrical surcharges for carbon capture and sequestration technology.

Even Wyoming’s all-Republican congressional delegation has held that that technology is coal’s long-term insurance policy.

“This bill is actually pro-coal,” Slocum said. “It’s about developing carbon capture and storage, which is why it has cap and trade. If Wyoming is worried about the jobs lost through Powder River Basin coal, this bill is all about encouraging coal.”

Cap and Tax

The Australian Senate has defeated their version of Cap and Trade. Our Senate should take a lesson!

From Ted Hollenbeck and Americans for Tax Reform:

Last week, the Australian Senate struck down their version of cap-and-trade by a 42-30 vote. Some Green Party Senators voted against the measure because they felt it wasn’t oppressive enough to industry and the economy in Australia. Some wanted to wait for more information on the economic impact. Others, such as Senator Nick Minchin, voted against it because he recognized that it isn’t wise to destroy an economy based on unsettled science and an unlikely threat. In a speech prior to the vote, Minchin said,
 “The Rudd government arrogantly refuses to acknowledge that there remains a very lively scientific debate about the extent of and the main causes of climate change, with thousands of highly reputable scientists around the world of the view that anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are not and cannot be the main driver of the small degree of global warming that occurred in the last 30 years of the 20th century…”
The cruel joke is that all those thousands of jobs to be destroyed by Labor’s CPRS will be in vain, because this scheme will make absolutely no difference to the global climate. Support for cap-and-trade among Democrats in the US Senate seems to be waning as well. A group of ten Democratic Senators recently sent a letter to President Obama demanding the bill contain protectionist tariffs for their coal and manufacturing constituents. 
Last week four Democratic Senators urged the Senate to abandon the cap-and-tax component of the bill and focus on renewable energy mandates. These Senators recognize that this massive tax will be a tough pill to swallow for many taxpayers.
 
The truth is that this legislation has very little to do with environmental improvement and everything to do with government intrusion into our lives and liberties.
Milton Richards

Cap and Trade

Today some of the Katy Tea Party Patriot members attended the Rally Against Cap and Trade at the Version Wireless Center in Houston. There were some very powerful presentations about how this legislation will cost Americans jobs and impact everyone’s budget. This will not only impact the industries you normally think of as using and producing energy but all energy consumers: citizens, city and county services, hospitals, schools, etc. will also be negatively impacted by these increased costs.

Everything you purchase, food, clothing, electronics will cost more due to increased transportation costs – remember the price spikes last summer when gas reached $4.00 a gallon. A new national group has been formed to promote a more informed citizenry about this issue. Please visit the Energy-Citizens website to learn more about this initiative.