LIBERTY: Repeal the “Direct Election of Senators” aka Seventeenth Amendment

Thursday, May 21, 2009

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=98184

The death of shame
Posted: May 15, 2009 1:00 am Eastern
Hal Lindsey

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Speaker Pelosi’s press conference yesterday had to rank as one of the most bizarre political implosions since Richard Nixon’s infamous “I’m not a crook” press conference in April 1974.

Pelosi called the press conference to offer her fifth separate explanation for why she never knew about the application of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” despite the release of CIA memos and the recollection of other participants who clearly recall her being extensively briefed.

As press conferences go, it was painful to witness. Noted one observer, if Pelosi was not lying, she deserved an Academy Award for appearing as though she were. When questioned by reporters, she actually re-read her prepared statement – several times – stumbling over it as if she were cold-reading the description of an event involving someone else.

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I would attribute us to the “Direct Election of Senators” Seventeenth Amendment 1913. (The same year they created the Federal Reserve!)

Before that they were responsible to the State Legislatures and much more insulated from the public pressure. And, much more dignified!

It’s time to repeal that amendment and a few others!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Mandatory vacation like that paragon of productivity … France!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22794.html

Alan Grayson to introduce Paid Vacation Act
By ERIKA LOVLEY | 5/21/09 4:28 AM EDT
The legislation would be the first to make paid vacation time a requirement under federal law.

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Rep. Alan Grayson was standing in the middle of Disney World when it hit him: What Americans really need is a week of paid vacation.

So on Thursday, the Florida Democrat will introduce the Paid Vacation

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Argh!

What about the unemployed and retired?

Surely, it’s only fair that the Federal Gooferment pay them to vacate as well.

Argh!

This is a hidden tax. It’s unavoidable; hence it’s a tax.

This is an intrusion into the the employment contract. Employer offered and employee accepted. Now here comes Mommy Government to stick its nose in.

Does this mean that the Yankees have to give Alex R a week of paid vacation? He’ll just get into more trouble.

Why limit it to 100 person business? Because then we can’t see the damage!

At the margin, how many businesses will it kill. THe ones holding on by their fingernails financially.

Why don’t we give the congress critters a permanent vacation? Never reelect anyone! Ever!!

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MONEY: The Yuan as the world’s reserve currency

Thursday, May 21, 2009

http://www.cnbc.com/id/30836189

Buy Yuan and Beware of Boys, Rogers Tells His Daughters
By: Dora Cheok, News Editor | 20 May 2009 | 04:05 AM ET
Say the name Jim Rogers, and these thoughts might

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“I own the Chinese renminbi. It’s not that easy to buy and sell the renminbi because it’s a blocked currency. But I own it and every chance I get to get some more renminbi, I do so.” Rogers says.

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Will the yuan become the next reserve currency for the world?

That would surely signal the end of the American Empire and the beginning of its financial collapse.

TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)

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GOVERNACIDE: Government Health Care? Think VA or Medicare!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I suggest EVERYONE get active. Hillary tried to nationalize Healthcare; Obama is back to try again. I don’t know about you but I’ve seen the VA’s health care and Medicare. Canadians come to Buffalo for MRIs; it’s well documented that by the time a Canadian can get their “free” MRI, cancers have had time to metastasize and kill people. England has a booming “medical tourism” industry where the English go to India and the Far East for cheap medical care that they can’t get at home. Don’t forget that medical care is the classic economic service with an inelastic demand curve. (Demand isn’t very responsive to cost.) So, the only way that the government can control demand is with rationing. If you think that dealing with Insurance Companies is bad, try dealing with the Government. Sorry, the current system has problems, but imho they are caused by government at the State and Federal level. They have the FDA a captive of the drug companies, the AMA restrict who can “practice medicine”, and the Pharmacists have a monopoly on dispensing drug. Plus don’t forget the psuedo drug war. Sorry, but I need quality medical care for spouse. Remember, if Fritz had been in England, then he’d have been too old for dialyses. Rationing, like gas lines, will kill people. And, once “it” is started, like Social Security, Medicare, and the Medicare Drug Benefit, there will be no way to stop it. And, future generations will go broke paying for it. Argh!

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http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/tea_party_americans_can_stop_a.html

May 16, 2009
How to Stop a Healthcare Hijack
By J. Robert Smith

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Stop an arcane parliamentary maneuver – “reconciliation” – and the odds improve at stopping the Democrats march toward socialized medicine. But Republicans can’t do it; not alone, anyway. It’s up to the legions of Tea Partiers and average Americans to win the fight.

Reconciliation is aimed at dramatically restricting debate and banning filibuster on budget-related matters. It allows for a simple up or down vote. Senate Democrats are keeping it as an option if progress lags in recasting healthcare as a government-run enterprise. A good bet is that they’ll invoke it. Why?

Because a thorough public airing and extensive Senate debate will expose the Democrats’ plan for what it is: a demolishing of the doctor-patient relationship in favor of a politician-bureaucrat driven system; and a system all about rationing.

Democrats are quick to say that Republicans used reconciliation when they were the majority. That’s true, but it was used principally to get up or down votes on lowering taxes, not upending a huge portion of the nation’s economy.

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