Sunday, March 13, 2011

By The People

We have been saying 2012 will not be 2010 until I'm sure all our readers are sick of hearing it….There are any number of reasons for this mantra. Obama, has effectively divided the people of this nation. This division is not simply along the lines of 'Liberal' VS 'Conservative any longer,' but 'Good' VS 'Evil,' 'Old VS Young,' 'Wealthy' VS 'Poor, 'Workers' VS 'Business', 'Federal Government' VS 'State Government' and under these basic headings most radical groups can find a home and support for each of their missions….With a righteousness of all radicals they believe the end always justify the means.

Did Obama create these divisions or did he simply use his skills to clearly define or simply offer a banner for radical groups to rally under? Whether by design or not that is what has happen. (Over the last couple of years I have recommended a few book on a 'must read' list. Creating a New Civilization by Alvin and Heidi Toffler is on the top of that list. To under how Obama so effectively has divided and conquered is what this book is about and was published in 1994 long before Obama had a teleprompter. Please, give it a read. Will take no more than an hour.)

Many of us thought the unions were dead, a part of our history that had been set aside. Only six percent of American workers outside of government are union members and even this small percentage was enough to destroy the most powerful auto industry in the world with the voters picking up the cost of their outrageous union contracts. (Taxpayers bailing out the auto industry.)

It seem voters in America took a long nap and unions moved into every nook and cranny of Federal and many State governments. Unions member bought and paid for the election of so many elected officials. To the surprise of many these same politicians became ardent supporters of unions. Who would have guessed it?

Government is union's last stronghold.

Early in World War Two Roosevelt personally had to go to John L. Lewis, who had his coal union members out on strike, and ask him to end the strike because it was hurting the war effort. Lewis responded that it was Roosevelt's job to protect the nation and it was his job to protect union workers. We have all watched this same attitude play out in Wisconsin these past weeks. With Wisconsin's Dem Senators, rather that dealing with their state's financial problems related to union workers and union workers benefits, left the state avoiding their responsibilities and are still hiding out. So between Roosevelt's experience and Walker's experience it appears as if nothing has changed in the minds of union leaders over the past half century. What we have been able to see is to what extent unions have bought congressmen at state and federal levels.

The John L. Lewis episode with Roosevelt was a tipping point. Government realized that big unions were dangerous. Like so many other lessons time has blurred the lesson.

Rasmussen Reports

A plurality of Wisconsin voters think voters should have the right to approve or reject new pension plans agreed to by government officials and union members if they'll lead to increased government spending. They are evenly divided as to whether approval should be required for public employee pay raises that push spending higher.

If public employee unions and elected state officials agree to a union contract with increased pension benefits that would lead to higher state government spending, 48% of likely Wisconsin voters think that contract should require voter approval before it can be implemented. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 39% disagree, and 14% are not sure. 

Below is a letter that has been sent to many of Wisconsin's congressional members that voted on this Union bill.

"Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live. It’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assault you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senators that risked everything to go against what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!" 

This guy talked tough but didn't have the courage to sign his letter.

The Highwayman: Stand and deliver or you will die.

Another threat came from Richard Trumka, the President of the AFL-CIO. He said this was shameless behavior on the part of the Republicans in Wisconsin and in 2012 they will pay for their behavior…. I'm not sure just how he intends to do this given the amount of money and phone bank people the union brought into Wisconsin for the last election and lost. However, they will do more. If the unions lose their foothold in government that would more or less be their demise.

Everything has a season and the season for unions has passed. Most workers will not join unions but Obama and group are standing firmly with them.

Just a note: Seven union bus drivers in Madison were identified in a article I was reading by Ann Coltour. All made over 100,000.00 last year and one made 159,000.00. Retirement benefits for these drivers run about 80% of highest three years salary and this includes health care. (I don't know what everyone else is going to do but I am packing my bag.)

Civil unrest comes to England:

"Hundreds of tax protesters storm the courtroom in England and attempt to make citizens' arrest of a judge.

Raymond Saintclair, who organized the Birkenhead protest, said: "Today was day-one. This is going to happen again and again and again. We have sent a message to this court as one nation and one voice until change comes."

The BCG's main aim is a rallying call for "lawful rebellion." Leaflets handed out by the crowd said: "We, the British People have a right to govern ourselves. "

Novel idea….. Don't you wish we had thought of it...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Wednesday the Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting stated federal targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011 because states are toughening their standards to meet the requirements of the federal law.

So, an estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's 'No Child Left Behind' requirements.

Does anyone wonder what the percentage of schools were failing to do their job before the 'No Child Left Behind' law kicked in? Or possibly, the law kicked in because the same 82 percent were already failing to do their job?

Got an e-mail the other day from a reader who said, "You keep harping on 2012 being harder than 2010. What more do you think we can do?" I wrote him back and asked, "What do you think you can do?" I wasn't trying to be curt in my response but trying (in my poor way) to say Tea Party is just the name given to a grass roots movement... A good one I think.. Grass root movements are simply about one person taking a stand on their beliefs and values along with others who hold similar beliefs and values. When we call our Senator's office that is one voice…The calls are counted one voice at a time. At some point, in every congressional office, there is a tipping point in the numbers. When that point is reached, the congressmen starts paying attention to what's being said.

Returning to the question, "What more can we do?" Well, running the risk of being naïve, let me suggest that if we can't or don't any longer trust our government to run our country and protect the people and our businesses from foreign nations then we must. (Other than WE, I don't see any other hands being raised.) A simple idea we could take on is 'international trade deficits.' (Just for fun.) Lets say 10,000 Tea Party folks in Mississippi chose to not buy $20.00 of foreign made products each week that would equal $200,000.00 in the reduction of the nation's trade deficit. Is this a drop in the bucket? Yes…BUT in a month that number could grow into a million dollars. By the end of the year it could be as much as nine million dollars. Still a drop in the bucket….Here again, just for fun, suppose 500,000 Teaers across this nation participated till the 2012 election lets round this off to about 90 weeks. This equals $900,000,000.00 … this number starts to take on real meaning. There are many ways one person plus others who want to make a difference can…Simple choices, over time, will put us back in the driver's seat. If the Teaers were to do such a thing word would get out into the general population. The idea is so simple and the goal so clear that maybe some liberal Republicans, DEMs, and independent voters might come on board with another million people. No matter how the liberal media and the Washington folks spin what the group is doing the fact would be the national 'trade imbalances' particularly with China would start dropping on a daily basis.

For those who are still with me on this math let me point out there is yet another up side to all this…Every dollar we spend on products made in America our GDP goes up even more and with the rise so does the hiring of unemployed Americans.

Its our country and we are going to take it back and keep it safe. Vote with our bucks in one other way each voice can be heard…This a powerful vote.

(Note: When oil reaches about 110 to 120 dollars a barrel the Mideast takes about two billion a week out of our nation and the dollars comes out of each of our pockets. We must get our financial house in order.)

Maine's State constitution required that all men have guns. Those men and those guns were the first line of defense in the protection of the state. I see the Tea Party in similar ways though not with guns but with votes. The vote is the weapon of choice today and the only weapon politicians fear.

The last election the DEMs discounted the Tea Party movement. They will not make that mistake again. They will come after us and anyone we support. They have the money, muscle, and the national liberal media to lead the attack. It will be a full frontal attack….Its going to be ugly and relentless... (Look at Wisconsin these last few weeks. Did that not look like a game of hardball that Walker was in?)

Jumping back to the question, "What more can we do?

We have our State Legislature full of liberal members. So long as they feel safe in their positions they will do what they want. The moment they start getting pressure from their district voters they will start questioning what they are doing. For the most part the people in their district that voted for them have no idea what their congressman is doing. All of these districts have local newspapers. Often read by many voters and then talked about in coffee shops. I think we should start playing hard ball with them on their home turf. Trying to deal with them in hallways in the capitol building is not impacting. Get articles written giving the congressman's voting history. Tell what they voted for and the impact the law has on the voters in their district. If the local papers don't have a real interest in running these articles then pay the paper to run the article as a ad along with their other advertisers. Not just one but a series of articles…Keep the pressure up until the people in the district start questioning their congressman.

Most voters, according to polls, don't have a great deal of confidence in their congressional folks at the state or federal level. However, if the voters knew what their congressman is doing it would seem what little confidence they have would quickly melt.


March 8: "Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages"

"Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare programs, and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total income, wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn't taken before the majority of baby boomers enter retirement."

I can't imagine how this news flash got out on CNBC. Could it be that some part of the national media is waking up?

Be sure and watch these two videos….It may take awhile to the load the first video. Also note, this report was not done by the national media nor, to my knowledge, been covered by any of the national media.) The second video will speak for itself. (You may just want to copy these in your browser. If you do this step it will be easy from you to send them to friends…and maybe unschooled voters you might know.)

A government for and by the people will be The New Norm.



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