Is full employment possible? In the U.S., a 1946 and 1976 law make it the law to put it in place.
- This Blog Kills Fascists, a probable reference to the saying on Woody Guthrie’s guitars, “this machine kills fascists” (http://www.amanwithoutacountry.org/blog/2012/5/10/this-blog-kills-fascists.html)
Doesn’t this make it seem like those Republicans that don’t like homesexuals, immigrants, brown-skinned people, etc… are fascist? I’m going to start calling them fascists from now on, just to keep it straight.
What could go wrong?
From The Daily Caller:
If Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall have their way, rain will go away come again some other day of their choosing.
Both Hutchison and Udall have introduced unsuccessful bills in the past…
I agree, I’m not sure this would be a good use of taxpayer money. It could be better used trying to stop climate change, not “weather modification.” Damn fascist senators. Yes, when I say that its not an overstatement.
As usual Ron Paul is the only one talking any common sense when it comes to Syria. Beating the war drum is the wrong response to the situation. We have no authority or national security reason to intervene in their affairs. It is none of our damn business.
This is why a Mitt Romney Presidency scares the crap out of me. With all the warmongering neo-cons that advise him I think we would have already invaded if he was President right now.
by Ron Paul
War drums are beating again in Washington. This time Syria is in the crosshairs after a massacre there last week left more than 100 dead. As might be expected from an administration with an announced policy of “regime change” in Syria, the reaction was to blame only the Syrian government for the tragedy, expel Syrian diplomats from Washington, and announce that the US may attack Syria even without UN approval. Of course, the idea that the administration should follow the Constitution and seek a Declaration of War from Congress is considered even more anachronistic now than under the previous administration.
It may be the case that the Syrian military was responsible for the events last week, but recent bombings and attacks have been carried out by armed rebels with reported al-Qaeda ties. With the stakes so high, it would make sense to wait for a full investigation – unless the truth is less important than stirring up emotions in favor of a US attack.
There is ample reason to be skeptical about US government claims amplified in mainstream media reports. How many times recently have lies and exaggerations been used to push for the use of force overseas? It was not long ago that we were told Gaddafi was planning genocide for the people of Libya, and the only way to stop it was a US attack. Those claims turned out to be false, but by then the US and NATO had already bombed Libya, destroying its infrastructure, killing untold numbers of civilians, and leaving a gang of violent thugs in charge.
Likewise, we were told numerous falsehoods to increase popular support for the 2003 war on Iraq, including salacious stories of trans-Atlantic drones and WMDs. Advocates of war did not understand the complexities of Iraqi society, including its tribal and religious differences. As a result, Iraq today is a chaotic mess, with its ancient Christian population eliminated and the economy set back decades. An unnecessary war brought about by lies and manipulation never ends well.
Earlier still, we were told lies about genocide and massacres in Kosovo to pave the way for President Clinton’s bombing campaign against Yugoslavia. More than 12 years later, that region is every bit as unstable and dangerous as before the US intervention – and American troops are still there.
The story about the Syrian massacre keeps changing, which should raise suspicions. First, we were told that the killings were caused by government shelling, but then it was discovered that most were killed at close range with handgun fire and knives. No one has explained why government forces would take the time to go house to house binding the hands of the victims before shooting them, and then retreat to allow the rebels in to record the gruesome details. No one wants to ask or answer the disturbing questions, but it would be wise to ask ourselves who benefits from these stories.
We have seen media reports over the past several weeks that the Obama administration is providing direct “non-lethal” assistance to the rebels in Syria while facilitating the transfer of weapons from other Gulf States. This semi-covert assistance to rebels we don’t know much about threatens to become overt intervention. Last week Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said about Syria, “I think the military option should be considered.” And here all along I thought it was up to Congress to decide when we go to war, not the generals.
We are on a fast track to war against Syria. It is time to put on the brakes.
Ron Paul seems to be right this time around but maybe this is because of his strong anti-interventionist ideas. But that is the libertarian way, right? I wouldn’t be surprised if Dennis Kucinich opposed it as well. Still, lewrockwell.com is full of conspiratards (as I call them now) and that is problematic in having discourse about issues (they muddy the waters).
it continues to be a mystery to me what anyone sees in this guy. and yes, i’ve verified this; check here for some more horrific quotes: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/12/10-shocking-quotes-from-ron-pauls-newsletters.php
Why would anyone support a guy that said something like that?
Here’s the ten quotes in full:
1. “Order was only restored in LA when it came time for the blacks to collect their welfare checks. The ‘poor’ lined up at the Post Office to get their handouts (since there were no deliveries) — and then complained about slow service.” -Report on LA riots, June 1992
2. “I’ve been told not to talk, but these stooges don’t scare me. Threats or no threats, I’ve laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one.)” -Direct mail ad promoting Paul’s newsletters, written from Paul’s perspective, 1993
3. “It is human nature that like attracts likes. But whites are not allowed to express this same human impulse. Except in a de facto sense, there can be no white schools, white clubs, or white neighborhoods. The political system demands white integration, while allowing black segregation.” -‘The Disappearing White Majority,’ January 1993
4. [full quote in picture] “I miss the closet. Homosexuals, not to speak of the rest of society, were far better off when social pressure forced them to hide their activities. They could also not be as promiscuous. Is it any wonder the AIDS epidemic started after they ‘came out of the closet,’ and started hyper-promiscuous sodomy?” -June 1990
5. “Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.” -‘The New York Bombing,’ April 1993
6. “An ex-cop I know advises that if you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene immediately, disposing of the wiped off gun as soon as possible. Such a gun cannot, of course, be registered to you, but one bought privately (through the classifieds, for example).” ‘Blast ‘Em’, October 1992
7. “The opposition will do its best to provoke some precipitous action on on our part to discredit us and our cause. Follow the orders of Captain Parker at Lexington: Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” -Militia’s 10-point advice to other militias, January 1995.
8. “When the New Money is imposed, every American family must have a Survival Kit of highly liquid, small-denomination silver and gold coins for hand-to-hand use. The Ron Paul Survival Kit — now an industry standard — comes in an official World War II US Army ammo holder.” -Ad for ‘The Original Famous Ron Paul Survival Kit,’ undated
9. “[Martin Luther King, Jr.], the FBI files reveal, was not only a world-class adulterer, he also seduced underage girls and boys…And we are supposed to honor this ‘Christian minister’ and lying socialist satyr with a holiday that puts him on par with George Washington?” -December 1990
10. “It turns out that the brilliant [Bobby Fischer], who has all the makings of an American hero, is very politically incorrect on Jewish questions, for which he will never be forgiven, even though he is a Jew. Thus we are not supposed to herald him as the world’s greatest chess player.” -November 1992, background on Fischer’s “politically incorrect” views (which include Holocaust denial)…[he said: The Jews are a “filthy, lying bastard people” bent on world domination through such insidious schemes as the Holocaust (“a money-making invention”), the mass murder of Christian children (“their blood is used for black-magic ceremonies”), and junk food (William Rosenberg, the founder of Dunkin’ Donuts, is singled out as a culprit).- http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/12/bobby-fischer-rsquo-s-pathetic-endgame/2634/]
Scary comments if you ask me. Just another reason not to vote for him, on top of these reasons:
- Voted for H.R.1229 that would “amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico, to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.”
- Voted for H.R.3 that would “prohibit taxpayer funded abortions and to provide for conscience protections, and for other purposes.”
- Voted for H.R.910 that would “amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.”
- Voted for H.R.872 that would “amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.”
- Voted for H.R.839 which would “amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to terminate the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to provide new assistance under the Home Affordable Modification Program, while preserving assistance to homeowners who were already extended an offer to participate in the Program, either on a trial or permanent basis.”
- Voted for H.R.1076: that would “prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content.”
- Voted for H.R.836 that would “rescind the unobligated funding for the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program and to terminate the program.”
- Voted for H.R.359 that would “reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions.”
- Voted for H.R.2, a bill that would “repeal the job-killing health care law and health care-related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.”
- Voted against S.3307, An original bill that would “reauthorize child nutrition programs, and for other purposes.”
- Voted against S.3729: “An original bill to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2013, and for other purposes.”
- Voted against H.R.5756, a bill that would “amend title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to provide for grants and technical assistance to improve services rendered to children and adults with autism, and their families, and to expand the number of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disablities Education, Research, and Service.”
- Voted against H.R.5851, a bill that would “provide whistleblower protections to certain workers in the offshore oil and gas industry.” (It’s interesting Mr. Paul is against this because he supports WikiLeaks, a whistleblower group)
- Voted against H.R.5618 which would “continue Federal unemployment programs [and] would Restor[e]…Emergency Unemployment Compensation.”
- Voted against H.R.3962 that would “To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.” (This is the infamous healthcare plan Mr. Obama proposed in 2009).
- Voted against H.R.5175 (also called the DISCLOSE Act) that would “amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes.” (Note: this act passed even with Mr. Paul’s opposition).
- Voted against H.Res.1338, a resolution that would be “Recognizing the significant accomplishments of AmeriCorps and encouraging all citizens to join in a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of national and community service.”
- Voted against “an Act [that would] amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.” (2007)
“…to summarize from list of voting, I have learned he is anti-abortion, very antiwar (he voted against wars in Afghanistan, Libya and troops in Pakistan), anti-environment, anti-unemployment compensation and anti-Obama’s healthcare law.” (for more, read my article from last year: http://interestingblogger1.blogspot.com/2011/06/ron-paul-is-he-right-man-to-lead.html)
Now, there were some positions of Congressman Paul that the Atlantic article articulated I thought were definitely extreme:
- Legalize All Drugs
- Keep Monopolies Intact
- Lay Off Ben Bernanke and abolish the Federal Reserve
- Stop Policing the Environment
- Let Markets Care for the Disabled
- Wants to end birthright citizenship and allow emergency centers to refuse medical care to illegal immigrants
So, what do you think of Ron Paul now?
They spread money like manure on the campaign trails of key members of Congress. They unleash hordes of lobbyists on Capitol Hill, cozy up to columnists and editorial writers, spend millions on lawyers who relentlessly pick at the law, trying to rewrite or water down the regulations required for enforcement. Before you know it, what once was an attempt at genuine reform creeps back toward business as usual.
It’s happening right now with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — passed two years ago in the wake of our disastrous financial meltdown. Just last week, for example, both parties in the House overwhelmingly approved two bills that already would change Dodd-Frank’s rules on derivatives — those convoluted trading deals recently described by the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as “the largest dark pool in our financial markets.”
Especially vulnerable is a key provision of Dodd-Frank known as the Volcker Rule, so named by President Obama after the former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. It’s an attempt to keep the banks in which you deposit your money from gambling your savings on the bank’s own, sometime risky investments. […]
A thick wallet helps, of course — lobbyists for the financial sector spent nearly half a billion dollars last year. And the congressional newspaper The Hill reports, “Members of Congress pressuring regulators to go easy on the ‘Volcker Rule’ received roughly four times as much on average in contributions from the financial industry than lawmakers pushing for a stronger rule since the 2010 election cycle, according to Public Citizen, a left-leaning group advocating for strict implementation.
“When it is all added up, opponents of a tough Volcker Rule received over 35 times as much from the financial industry — $66.7 million — than advocates for a strong stance, who received $1.9 million.” […]
All of which demonstrates, as per Bloomberg News, “that four years after Wall Street helped cause the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and prompted a $700 billion taxpayer bailout, its lobby is regaining its power to blunt or deflect efforts to rein in the banks.”
As many have said in the past, it seems that the banks rule the place…
Women make up 50.7 percent of the U.S. population, but they only make up 15 percent of the Senate and 16.6 percent of the House, according to a Congressional Research Services report. This is an obvious increase from 1945, when no women served in the Senate and about 2 percent of House members were women, but the number of women has leveled off recently and even dropped slightly compared to the most recent Congress. As the GOP pursues policies that alienate women, it will be interesting to note how that affects the participation of women in politics.
It is unfair, I agree, that women are a bigger percentage of society yet they don’t have seats in government. But, even if women run, will it change the root problems that women have in the United States? This is questionable proposition… More must be done than is currently done to solve these inequities.
Section 1. Article I, Section 7, Clauses 2 and 3 are hereby repealed.
Section 2. Every bill that shall have passed or been introduced in the certain committees of the respective house of Congress shall be recorded in Congressional records, which shall be in the House of Representatives and the Senate; a bill will need fifty-one percent of the respective house determined by votes of Nays, Yays or Abstainations to pass; if a similar bill is passed in another house the bills passed shall be combined in a joint conference committee; if no similar bill is introduced in the other house, the house shall pass the bill that was introduced in the other house which would be the House of Representatives or the Senate; once this process is completed, the Congress shall present the bill to the President.
Section 3. The President shall veto a bill or if Congress adjourns for ten days and the President does not sign it the bill will not become law; if the President does not sign the bill within ten days of it being passed by Congress, the bill shall become law; A vote of 51% in both houses of Congress will be sufficient to overcome a veto by the President; a bill becomes law when the President signs it and once it becomes law the President cannot ignore it through any means, such as signing statements, just because the law does not go with their beliefs; the President is authorized by his oath of office to enforce all the laws of the United States, no exception.
Section 4. Every vote in both houses shall be presented to the President; as he has the right to veto such legislation except for resolutions, that do have any lawmaking power but are rather the collective opinion of those in a certain house of Congress on an issue.
Section 5. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
protection law. We ask that Congress declare July the Thirtieth National Whistleblower
Day, honoring whistleblowers for their contributions throughout history and waste no
more time in sending this patriotic policy to the President’s desk. Mr. President, we urge
you to do all you can to expedite this reform to fulfill your promise to federal
whistleblowers. Do not shame your pledge to increase transparency and accountability to
the American people."
— Whistelblowers write to Mr. Obama in letter on whistelblower.org