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 Home | February 2009 Archives

 Energy Order | February 23, 2009 | Digg This


Whenever one runs out of evidence of the stupidity and grasp of Big Brother government, new examples arise.

On February 5th, President Obama issued a memo for the Secretary of Energy regarding "Appliance Efficiency Standards". Here is some of what the memo had to say: "Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), the Department of Energy (DOE) is required to establish by certain dates energy efficiency standards for a broad class of residential and commercial products. These products are appliances and other equipment used in consumers’ homes and in commercial establishments. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), the Congress directed the DOE to develop a plan to issue expeditiously efficiency standards for those products with respect to which the Department had not yet met the deadlines specified in the EPCA.

"In 2005, 14 States and various other entities brought suit alleging that the DOE had failed to comply with deadlines and other requirements in the EPCA. In November 2006, the DOE entered into a consent decree under which the DOE agreed to publish final rules regarding 22 product categories

by specific deadlines, the latest of which is June 30, 2011. The consent decree includes target dates for the rulemaking processes and sets deadlines for issuance of final rules with respect to each product category. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) directed the DOE to establish energy standards for additional product categories.

"The DOE remains subject to outstanding deadlines with respect to 15 of the 22 product categories covered by the consent decree, as well as statutory deadlines for a number of additional product categories. These efficiency standards, once implemented, will result in significant energy savings for the American people.

"Therefore, I request that:

"(a) the DOE take all necessary steps, consistent with the consent decree, EPACT, and EISA, to finalize legally required efficiency standards as expeditiously as possible and consistent with all applicable judicial and statutory deadlines. Such standards include, most immediately, those covered by the five energy efficiency rules with deadlines prior to and including August 8, 2009."

Source: Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 25, February 9, 2009, Presidential Documents

 Faith-Based Initiatives | February 23, 2009 | Digg This


George W. Bush’s unwise, unconstitutional policies are now being used as precedent by Barack Obama. …

"Obama planned to sign an executive order later in the day creating the White House Office on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It would expand and refocus the faith-based office founded by former President George W. Bush. …

"During his presidential campaign, Obama said he wanted to expand White House faith-based efforts begun under Bush. But while he endorsed Bush's initiative to give religious groups more access to federal funding, he also promised to make some changes to the office.

"Obama's advisers want to be certain tax dollars sent to the faith-based social service groups are used for secular purposes, such as feeding the hungry or housing the homeless, and not for religious evangelism. The administration doesn't want to be perceived as managing the groups yet does want transparency and accountability. " Source:, 2/5/09

 Americans: Stop Illegal Immigration! | February 13, 2009 | Digg This


Americans favor stronger action against illegal aliens, especially in regard to protection from the cost to taxpayers, according to a poll conducted by The Conservative Caucus (TCC).

The poll found unanimous opposition to amnesty for illegals and to continuing to pay at least $68 billion each year for "emergency medical care, schooling, and government services". Opposition to free medical care reached 99.5%/

Advocates of amnesty are expected to push Congress for favorable legislation later this year, and some portions of the stimulus bill are likely to provide funds to illegal aliens.

The poll was conducted by mail during late 2008 with about 1,200 responses.

The Conservative Caucus (TCC) is a grass roots action organization, formed in 1974. It was active in defending the SALT II Treaty, repealing the Catastrophic Coverage Act, blocking the Clinton health-care takeover, and impeaching President Clinton.

Illegal Aliens Taxpayer Giveaway Poll

Should Americans continue to fork over $68 BILLION every year to cover the costs of emergency medical care, schooling and government services for relatives of illegal alien lawbreakers?
Yes 0% No 100%Home Undecided 0%

Should taxpayers in such states as Illinois continue to provide free medical care for relatives of illegal aliens?
Yes 0% No 99.5% Undecided 0.5%

Should our politicians grant amnesty to the 12-20 million illegal aliens who have, by definition, already broken the law to enter our country?
Yes 0% No 100% Undecided 0%

Is it right that illegal aliens reap the benefits of America, while you and I pay the price?
Yes 0% No 99.5% Undecided 0.5%

 Obama Gets YOUR Medical Records | February 10, 2009 | Digg This


"A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed.

"Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.

"Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, said unless people have the right to decide ‘if and when’ their health information is shared, there is no real privacy.

" ‘President Obama has pledged to advance freedom,’ she said. ‘Therefore the freedom to choose not to participate in a national electronic health-records system must be upheld.’

"Blevins' organization, one of the few raising the alarm at this point, said the stimulus plan would impose an electronic health records system on every person in the U.S. without any provision for seeking patient consent or allowing them not to participate.

" ‘Without those protections, Americans' electronic health records could be shared – without their consent – with over 600,000 covered entities through the forthcoming nationally linked electronic health-records network,’ Blevins said. …

"According to the institute, the measure currently includes plans for:

  • An electronic health record ‘for each person in the United States by 2014.’
  • A national coordinator to develop a ‘nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information.’

"The institute said the medical privacy rule established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 already allows personal health information to be passed along without patient consent for treatment, payment and ‘oversight.’ The recipients of such information could be any of the people in the 600,000 organizations in the industry." Source: WorldNetDaily, 1/27/09, Bob Unruh

 More on Geithner | February 9, 2009 | Digg This


"He failed to pay self-employment taxes for money he earned 2001 to 2004 while working for the IMF, according to materials released by the Senate committee. In 2006, the IRS notified him that he owed $14,847 in self-employment taxes and $1,885 in interest from 2003 and 2004, which he paid after an audit. The IRS waived penalties for those tax years.

"Transition officials discovered last fall that Geithner also had not paid the taxes in 2001 or 2002. He paid $19,176 in back taxes and $6,794 in interest for 2001 and 2002 several days before Obama announced his choice, the committee documents showed. All told, Geithner had failed to pay $34,023 in self-employment taxes for the years 2001 to 2004.

"No penalties, of course. For you or me, penalties. But not for him.

"Initially, he told the committee that he had messed up because he used TurboTax. …

"Under questioning, he was unable to show how TurboTax caused this error. This is reminiscent of Hillary Clinton's inability to produce evidence of exactly how she made $100,000 by trading cattle futures. Nobody pressed the issue with her, then or now. …

"This is a man who was paid $398,000 a year at the New York Federal Reserve, the man who will officially be in charge of the Internal Revenue Service.

" ‘Nice work if you can get it, and if you get it, tell me how.’ Of course, I know how. As soon as he was out of grad school, he went to work for Kissinger and Associates." Source: Gary North’s Reality Check, 1/23/09

 Meeting Gloria Swanson and the Kennedys | February 6, 2009 | Digg This


Growing up in Boston, I had occasion to meet virtually all of the Kennedy politicians, including "Founding Father" Joseph Kennedy, who distinguished himself as an all-star athlete at Harvard College before getting into the movie business, the liquor business, and politics.

My recollection is that I briefly greeted Mr. Kennedy at a Harvard football game when he was wheel-chair bound following a massive stroke.

Kennedy served as Ambassador to the Court of St. James and Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission under President FDR.

During the 1960 Democratic Party Presidential primaries, he humorously advised his son, Jack (JFK), not to win by too much in West Virginia because Dad could not afford a landslide.

During his lifetime, Joe Kennedy’s great love was movie actress Gloria Swanson, whom I had the opportunity to meet and chat with about 30 years ago at a Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Although well along in years, Miss Swanson was still both attractive and personable. Her explanation for her continuing good health and beauty was her avoidance of "the whites" – – – salt and sugar.

On all the policy issues which Miss Swanson and I discussed she was a solid conservative.

Now there is a new book, "Joseph P. Kennedy Presents His Hollywood Years" which makes reference to his relationship with Gloria Swanson.

 Baby Killing 4 the GOP  | February 5, 2009 | Digg This


Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine and Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania voted against a proposal by Florida Senator Mel Martinez to reinstate Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City policy limiting the assignment of U.S. taxpayer dollars to groups which perform or promote abortions overseas.

Fifty-four Democrats and two independents (Lieberman and Sanders) joined these four Republican pro-aborts in defeating the Martinez proposal on a 60 to 37 vote.

Shame on them. Let’s hope that Murkowski and Specter are trampled in next year’s elections when they may face some serious Republican primary opposition.

 Anti-Family Pelosi  | February 5, 2009 | Digg This


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended contraceptive funding by saying it is good for the economy to have fewer new lives, i.e., children.

Even President Obama concluded that her anti-family bigotry was bad politics, if not bad policy.

"Shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to defend family planning services as beneficial to the economy, President Obama has appealed to Democrats to strike $200 million in funding for contraceptives from his proposed $825 billion economic stimulus package.

" ‘While [Obama] agrees that greater access to family planning is good policy,’ said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, ‘the president believes that the funding for it does not belong in the economic recovery and reinvestment plan.’"


"If the funding added by congressional Democrats last week and targeted through Medicaid to help organizations like Planned Parenthood provide contraception remains in the stimulus package, Republicans warn of a backlash.

" ‘Regardless of where anyone stands on taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry,’ House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told LifeSiteNews, ‘there is no doubt that this once little-known provision in the congressional Democrats' spending plan has nothing to do with stimulating the economy and creating more American jobs.’

"Instead, Boehner argued, the congressional Democrats were trying ‘to force taxpayers to subsidize contraception and the abortion industry.’

"Boehner continued, ‘How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives – how does that stimulate the economy? You can go through a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with growing jobs in America and helping people keep their jobs.’

"As WND reported, two days after congressional Democrats added the family planning spending to the stimulus package, ABC's George Stephanopoulos grilled Pelosi, D-Calif., on the connection between contraception and boosting the economy.

" ‘Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services,’ Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi, ‘how is that stimulus?’


" ‘Well, the family planning services reduce cost,’ Pelosi answered. ‘They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.’

"Pelosi's comments immediately came under fire from several sources.

" ‘That's not going to help grow the economy,’ Susan Fani, director of communications for the Catholic League, told OneNewsNow. ‘It's quite shocking, actually, that the Speaker of the House – who claims to be Catholic – would go on national television and claim that contraception would reduce the cost to the government.’

" ‘We have reached a new low,’ said Catholic League President Bill Donohue, ‘when high-ranking public office holders in the federal government cast children as the enemy.’

"An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal presented a detailed argument against Pelosi's reasoning from an economic standpoint.

" ‘The age and growth rate of a nation help determine its economic prosperity,’ argued the editorial. ‘A smaller workforce can result in less overall economic output. Without enough younger workers to replace retirees, health and pension costs can become debilitating. And when domestic markets shrink, so does capital investment. Whatever one's views on taxpayer subsidies for contraception, as economic stimulus the idea is loopy.’" Source: WorldNetDaily, 1/28/09, Drew Zahn

 11 Courageous Democrats | February 4, 2009 | Digg This


The House voted 244 to 188 to back Obama’s stimulus package. All Republican House members, to their credit, voted "nay".

The eleven Democrats who courageously bucked Obama were: F. Allen Boyd (Fla.), Bobby Bright (Ala.), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Brad Ellsworth (Ind.), Parker Griffith (Ala.), Paul Kanjorski (Penn.), Frank Kratovil (Md.), Walt Minnick (Idaho), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Heath Shuler (N.C.), and Gene Taylor (Miss.).

 Oath to the Fuhrer | February 3, 2009 | Digg This


In Nazi Germany, soldiers gave their oath of allegiance and obeisance to Adolph Hitler. In all of the history of the United States, our soldiers have pledged an oath to the U.S. Constitution. But now we are told that President Obama reportedly wants to change that and require military personnel to pledge allegiance to the "Office of the President" rather than to the Constitution of the United States. Supposedly, this change would be brought forth around the Fourth of July.

 Obama and Abortion | February 2, 2009 | Digg This


"President Obama's nominee for deputy secretary of state contends American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions, a position that contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution.

"James B. Steinberg's written testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was highlighted by Sen. Jim DeMint, a pro-life Republican serving South Carolina.

"In a written response to DeMint's questions, Steinberg said the Mexico City policy -- the newly overturned policy that forbade taxpayer subsidization of abortions overseas – ‘is an unnecessary restriction that, if applied to organizations based in this country, would be an unconstitutional limitation on free speech.’…

"DeMint had asked: ‘For more than 30 years the Hyde amendments, which prohibit federal funding for abortion services, have been supported by Republican and Democrat administrations and Congresses. Unfortunately, while this is the domestic policy of the United States, President Obama has vowed to reverse our foreign policy by repealing the Mexico City policy and use the federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortion services overseas. Do you support President Obama's efforts to lift the Mexico City restrictions? Do you believe our foreign policy should contradict long held domestic policies?’

"Steinberg's complete response was, ‘President Obama has supported repeal of the Mexico City policy, as has Secretary Clinton. Longstanding law, authored by Senator Jesse Helms, expressly prohibits the use of U.S. funds [for] abortion. The Mexico City policy is an unnecessary restriction that, if applied to organizations based in this country, would be an unconstitutional limitation on free speech.’

"Just days ago, Obama imposed an executive order repealing the Mexico City policy that during President Bush's tenure protected Americans from being required to fund groups that promote and pay for abortions around the globe.

"The plan was originated by President Reagan in 1984. It prohibited non-governmental organizations that receive federal funds from providing or promoting abortions in other nations. President Clinton rescinded the rule Jan. 22, 1993, calling it ‘excessively broad’ and ‘unwarranted.’…

"International Planned Parenthood Federation and other abortion groups refused to conform to the ban. They continued to provide and promote abortions and, consequently, were denied access to funding from U.S. taxpayers.

"A Jan. 16 letter from 77 members of Congress posted by Life News had urged Obama to continue the ban.

" ‘[T]his policy is important because it establishes a bright line between family planning activities and abortion, therefore ensuring that United States family planning funds are not co-opted by groups who promote abortion as a method of family planning,’ the letter stated. ‘Such activities would send a wrong message overseas that the United States promotes abortion.’

"Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council told the Washington Post, ‘President Obama issued executive orders banning the torture of terrorists but ... signed an order that exports the torture of unborn children around the world.’" Source: WorldNetDaily, 1/27/09

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