“The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year”
It was obvious in 1787 that Congress was going to need to meet more than one time a year. I’m just not convinced they meant 191 days, or close to 1,700 hours, as the 111th Congress did in 2009.
How many laws could we possibly need to pass in a single year? Apparently our Congress felt the need to introduce over 9,000 measures and/or bills in 2009, doubling 2008’s total. But don’t worry. They were only able to pass roughly 1,600 of those measures successfully into law.What kind of laws? Who knows..
There’s this one that sounds kinda creepy.. Public Law 111-123, approved on December 28th, 2009. It mentions permitting the continued financing of Government operations and strikes some number from some other law and inserts ‘‘$12,394,000,000,000’’. Is that billion? Actually, no, I believe that’s TRILLION. Twelve trillion, three hundred ninety four BILLION.
Or how about the hundreds of public laws that were enacted or amended for the sole purposes of ‘and other purposes’, or striking words such as ‘in’ and inserting ‘for’, or striking ‘appropriate’ and inserting ‘authorize’, or striking one number, and inserting another number (the same number) with extra 000’s at the end?
I like the fun ones like Public Law 111-31,the Family Smoking Prevention AND Tobacco Control AND Federal Retirement Reform Law. How clever those little thieves can be.. In one single law they are able to grant the FDA with authority to control all marketing and production of tobacco products (forgetting 3 months prior they added a $2/pack tax to support SCHIP), AND reform Federal Retirement and Thrift Savings Funds. Who would’ve known Tobacco Prevention and Federal Retirements had ANYTHING to do with one another??
And yes, there were the notorious honoring of achievements by various civil servants, sports figures, disabled people, and minorities along with the naming of Post Offices and Courthouses. Aren’t those guys (and gals) just so thoughtful…
The man who drafted the Declaration of Independence was certainly on to something when he was quoted as saying:
“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.”
I often tell my children that there are no longer 3 branches of government. In fact there are 4 branches of government. We have the classic Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. However, as Mark Levin so eloquently lays out in the chapter titled On Federalism, in Liberty and Tyranny, almost anybody can conclude that there is way too much government:
“The Statist has also constructed a Fourth Branch of government- an enormous administrative state- which exists to oversee and implement his policies. It is a massive yet amorphous bureaucracy that consists of a workforce of nearly 2 million civilian employees (U.S. Dept. of Labor). It administers a budget of over $3 trillion a year. It churns out a mind-numbering number of rules that regulate energy, the environment, business, labor, employment, transportation, housing, agriculture, food, drugs, education, etc. Even the slightest human activity apparently requires its intervention: clothing labels on women’s dresses, cosmetics ingredients, and head flow rates and allowable gallons per flush for toilets. It sets flammability standards for beds. There are nearly one thousand federal departments, agencies and divisions that make laws and enforce them.
The official compilation of rules issued by the federal government, the Federal Register, contained 74,937 pages of regulations in 2006. Tolstoy’s War and Peace, only 1,400 pages in length, seems as light and airy as a romance novel by comparison. The rules in the Federal Register are written in a dense and confusing style, often confounding the lawyers, accountatns, businessmen, and others required to digest them. The estimated cost of simply complying with these regulations was $1.14 trillion. The National Taxpayers Union estimated that in 2006, U.S. businesses and individuals spent 6.65 billion hours struggling to comply with the complexities of the tax code, at a cost of $156.5 billion in lost productivity for businesses alone.”
The modern liberal media often contrives the anti-government movement as a group of Timothy McVeigh wannabe anarchists who want to abolish all government. They challenge every political figure who subscribes to this notion by asking them to specifically name a government program they would eliminate, in hopes that they will name something that would take away from some victim group and be labeled as having no compassion, or as some type of bigot.
These politicians are fully aware of this strategy, and each time squirm, sidestep, and outright refuse to answer the question in fear of being reduced to a 10 second soundbite endorsing pollution or killing wildlife or even racism in future campaigns.
My advice to these politicians is this: GROW SOME BALLS!
If you take a look below at the list I compiled of federal agencies, it is not hard to pick off more than a few that are not only unnecessary, but also counterproductive to the liberty and freedoms the Constitution was specifically created to preserve. For example, there are almost 5 dozen Federal agencies that control, mandate, or implement policy related to energy and the environment with over 100,000 civilians on government payrolls enforcing rules under the authority of the executive branch of government (ie- the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Energy Information Administration, the Office of Environmental Management, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, etc. etc.).
Another example is the Food and Drug Administration, under the Department of Health and Human Services. First off, there are DOZENS of agencies in the Department of Agriculture alone that regulate and monitor food and nutrition ingredients and guidelines. There are nearly a hundred agencies within the federal government that regulate, monitor and enforce drug policies and standards outside of the Department of Health and Human Services. By the time something reaches our mouths for consumption, it has been inspected and regulated by dozens of bureaucrats. Yet we still face recalls of foods and drugs that are potentially hazards to our health? How is that even possible?
There are hundreds of agencies that blend into each-other and/or micromanage each other. Every step we take is virtually planned and monitored by some government bureaucrat somewhere. We each become a piece of data to be divided and crunched to come out with some type of FURTHER regulation that we are forced to comply with.
I guess I’m just gonna bite the bullet and say it..
I always wondered what her motives were when she resigned as Governor of Alaska..I didn’t want to believe it was for anything other than what she said. I’m a strong supporter of Sarah.
Or should I say I’m officially a ‘former supporter’ of Sarah Palin???
Okay, screw it, I’m gonna get to the point..
I’m starting to question whether Sarah Palin is in it mostly for the money. First came the book, and the book tour and various interviews.. And I kept trying to deny it.. But THEN came the ‘keynote’ address in Tennessee in which she got paid a boatload of money.. THEN she’s a ‘contributor’ to Fox News. THEN she goes out and campaigns for McCain, which ALOT of people do not support. NOW she’s out there floating around with some drive by tea party, which I’m SURE she’s getting paid for. I almost forgot to mention her reality television show set to be filmed and debuted by TLC!?!?
I’m not against people making money. But I’m starting to feel a little exploited here..I wonder how the people of Alaska feel about this?
The worst thing I’m gonna say.. And it truly hurts to say this..
She’s spending all this time away from her beautiful baby.. I have a baby a month younger than Trig..I’m not trying to be self righteous here.. But I could NOT be away from my baby (who isn’t special needs).. NOR would I feel comfortable taking my baby in and out of planes and hotels its entire life, nannies or family members helping, special needs or not..
I still like Sarah a great deal. However, I’m starting to yeild some discernment with her, and I encourage everybody else to do the same.
I feel terrible saying this stuff.. But if I’M saying this (and I LOVED SARAH), then I KNOW others feel it too.. We didn’t like how Obama got a pass on so much stuff.. Well, Sarah’s been getting a pass too.. And I’m just getting it off my chest and openly declaring what alot of people think..
What has been most troubling about Barack Obama is his exploitation of the innocent ignorance of the people in order to succeed.
One year into his administration, Americans are once again being mislead. Average Americans believe that a healthcare bill is ‘deemed to pass’ this coming Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Without getting into the particulars of the actual healthcare bill, what is most outrageous is that once again, our President has relied upon our lack of knowledge.. NOT only of the bill.. NOT only of the rules.. No.. OUR PRESIDENT and members of congress are counting on the average American’s lack of knowledge of the world’s most sacred document.
THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
Article 1, Section 7 of the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION is very specific on how laws are passed:
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.
Too many people do not know, nor care about the blood that was shed while this document was slowly and very carefully being drafted in the middle of a scorching hot summer with no air conditioning, and closed windows to avoid being killed by British soldiers occupying OUR land.
Too many people are unaware of the precision put into this document that at first glance seems boring and technical. Too many people think the Constitution is about THEM, when in fact the sole purpose of this sacred document was SPECIFICALLY created to PROTECT them and now US from our government.
When President Barack Obama, dozens of elected members of congress, and his staff repeatedly go on national television, and when asked about the PROCESS in which an AMENDMENT(not bill) added to this bill will ‘deem the bill passed’ respond by saying:
“I’ve got to say to you, there are a lot more people who are concerned about the fact that they may be losing their house or going bankrupt because of health care.”
WHAT THEY ARE REALLY SAYING IS:
“Americans do NOT CARE about the Constitution. Americans are idiots and know NOTHING about the Constitution. Therefore, anybody who disputes that can wipe my ass with their piddly stupid little Constitution because nobody’s gonna believe them anyway. Americans are naive enough to care more about healthcare than the original founding document that changed the face of the earth.”
WHOEVER IS READING THIS (all 2 of you), DO YOU HEAR THAT? Do you hear what they think about you? They think you are an idiot! They laugh at and mock you for being so stupid, and believing them..
Now perhaps many citizens have NOT read the Constitution, or have, and were bored, or preoccupied, or confused. That is why we elect people who DO understand this Document to represent us.
This time they have crossed the line to the point of no return. Not only are they about to deliberately VIOLATE Article 1, Section 7 of the United States Constitution, they are VIOLATING THE TRUST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
This is a quick blog, so please forgive my ‘ungreat’ writing skills
Being a single mother who makes very little money, I qualify for every government program imaginable. Prior to my ‘re-education’ of the founding of America and her principles, I received these freebies (ie- daycare, medical, foodstamps, wic).
After attending a tax day tea party in April, I realized I am a hypocrite. After 9 years, I was no longer ‘taking a hand up’, I was ‘taking a hand out’. I ended my rendezvous with government programs.
A tax credit exists for out of pocket childcare. I’ve paid $3000 this year for childcare. I am in the lowest tax bracket. Using an online tax-estimator, I was astonished to find I WILL NOT RECEIVE A DIME for out of pocket childcare. Had I made $8k more (and fell in the next tax bracket), I would receive a credit of 65% of my out of pocket childcare expenses, but would not have qualified for subsidized daycare.
Federally subsidized daycare works like this: A voucher is mailed and given to the childcare provider. Income guidelines require a monthly co-pay. In Ohio, full time childcare runs about $500 a month. My co-pay was $165 per month for one child. Therefore I paid about 35% of daycare expenses out of pocket.
Do you see the irony in this situation?
The moral of the story is, if you’re relatively poor, you cannot receive credits for stuff you qualify for with federal programs. It seems as though ‘Joe the plumber’ was on to something even more sinister than most of us can ever imagine.
This year has been ever so telling and revealing for many Americans who as early as one year ago were basically oblivious to the components of the democratic process. I mean how many of us even knew what a ‘cloture vote’ was last November?
There have been major assaults on American freedom in 2009. However, the positive consequences of these actions have the potential to outweigh the bruising of our republic. At this point we have accomplished something monumental. It is now time to proceed to the next branch of equal, if not more precedence. It is an intimidating notion. However, it is vitally imminent if we seek to be sweepingly successful in the efforts of RESTORING our republic..
Congressional behavior of 2010 is unpredictable at this point. They know this is the only time they will ever have a super majority. They are also aware that they are facing a defeating midterm in November. Will they attempt to destroy our republic as much as they can, given the fact that their ultimate demise is inevitable? Or will they walk the fine line most politicians walk in election year? It’s hard to tell. We will continue to monitor and hold them accountable. In the meantime….
Whatever that means, lots of us don’t know, myself included. It’s likely the ONLY aspect we DO know is how much we DON’T know about how all that legal stuff works..
From listening to ‘the great one’ Mark Levin, I feel very compelled to urge everybody to start educating themselves with the tentacles of our justice system. Basically, the Obama administration is stacking the courts with radicals. The judicial system was never meant to legislate (hence, the LEGISLATIVE branch, or congress, is responsible for this process).. In the last century, America’s judicial system has had serious ramifications as it pertains to policy in our country. A prime example of this is Roe v. Wade which basically legalized abortion, and is responsible for 30 million+ lives not among us today.
DO NOT BE NERVOUS about learning the functions of our judicial system. Again, how many of us knew what a cloture vote was one year ago? Ask yourself these 2 questions:
1. How many hours did you watch C-Span from birth to 2008?
2. How many hours did you watch C-Span in 2009?
I would bet a majority of us (that would be 2 since a total of 3 people will read this) probably have a larger sum to question 2 than 1.. That happens to be a major milestone, and one to be very proud of to say the very least. It also reveals the resilience and intelligence of regular Americans as well as their appreciation and dedication to the freedoms that was provided for them.
Okay Patriots, these are our marching orders for 2010..
So once again, it is time to roll up our sleeves, tighten our bootstraps, and rise to the occasion of RESTORING our republic.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year to all!!..
Here is my Christmas gift to all of you for your hard work and dedication to your country.. Enjoy..
Nidal Malik Hasan is a TERRORIST…..
A terrorist attack occurred in Fort Hood Texas Thursday, November 5th, 2009. Our nation is under attack by Islamic extremists. Our president is not very interested in keeping us safe.. He has made this very clear since this attack took place.
President Obama’s half assed speech on Thursday was far worse than any of his critics expected. It seemed almost sarcastic, almost like a parody or something..
Just 2 days following a terrorist attack on American soil, President Obama bullied members of congress to commit yet ANOTHER attack on our freedom.
President Obama’s actions following 11/5 lead me to believe that not only is he unabashed of the events of that day, but perhaps he even ENDORSES this kind of behavior in our nation?.!