San Bernardino Sun
Perspectives Section B1 - Is it time for sacrifice?
December 19, 2010
Why give more? I've given plenty
When asked what I would be willing to sacrifice, give up, or do without to help resolve the climbing deficit and looming national debt, I was stunned.
I thought, sacrifice what, when I am among most Americans being sacrificed by confiscatory government, which will take it?
What can I give up when I'm on a fixed retirement income, which could be threatened? What can I give up when the equity in my home vanished with the housing collapse, and I have little or no discretionary spending to give because of the economy, recession, and the increasing cost of living? What can I give up, when my health care insurance is going up, my taxes are going up, and the cost of energy is likely to skyrocket?
What can I give up when the nation is steeped in uncertainty, individual responsibility is at an all time low, and government irresponsibility is at an all time high? What can I give up when government's affordable housing crusade caused the housing crash, the economy to collapse, and plunged taxpayers into enormous debt? And What can I give up when I'm living in California, where our government and voters blindly exacerbate the problem with even more irresponsibility?
Considering what has happened to our country since the 9/11 attack on America in 2001, and what transpired long before that, I am deeply concerned by how government growth has systemically accrued so much intrusive power over our society and our daily lives -- with regressive ideology, tyrannical agencies, unreasonable laws, and destructive regulations attacking a struggling free market.
Let's face it. Even with the threat of terrorism and fighting wars to defeat it, we are living under the influence of a superficial society of selfish interests, social aggression, and extremes. Our education system has been reduced to costly factories of indoctrination and warehouses of ignorance.
And we are being consumed by runaway government. The good news is, there is a spontaneous awakening going in America that will overcome the worst because there is the fire of freedom burning inside us.
What I am willing to give is my time, energy and efforts to do what I can to help rescue our state and our country. And to restore our Constitution, our representative democracy, our republic, and the power of the people to limit government to only what we need for our security, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
Along the way, I will continue to give what I can to worthy charities and the homeless.
Daniel B. Jeffs, founder
The Direct Democracy Center
Here's the real scoop. If any voter votes for any incumbent at any level of government this year he deserves to continue to watch our country go completely to hell.
This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be - read it!!
The article below is completely neutral, ....not anti republican or democrat.
It's a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!
545 vs. 300,000,000
EVERY CITIZEN NEEDS TO READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THIS JOURNALIST HAS SCRIPTED IN THIS MESSAGE. READ IT AND THEN REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR CURRENT POLITICAL DEBACLE.
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.
545 PEOPLE--By Charlie Reese
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits..... The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red ...
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power..
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees..
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.
What you do with this article now that you have read it........ Is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren't so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:
Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, At which he's fed. Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule. Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts Anyway! Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat. Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt. Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think.. Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears. Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax his ass. Tax all he has Then let him know That you won't be done Till he has no dough. When he screams and hollers; Then tax him some more, Tax him till He's good and sore. Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in Which he's laid... Put these words Upon his tomb, Taxes drove me to my doom...' When he's gone, Do not relax, Its time to apply The inheritance tax.. Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL license Tax Cigarette Tax Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Excise Taxes Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Gross Receipts Tax Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) Liquor Tax Luxury Taxes Marriage License Tax Medicare Tax Personal Property Tax Property Tax Real Estate Tax Service Charge Tax Social Security Tax Road Usage Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Sales Tax School Tax State Income Tax State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax Telephone State and Local Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation TaxSTILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!! GO AHEAD - - - BE AN AMERICAN!!!
November 24, 2010
Too much personal power corrupts. That's what happened to Rep. Charles Rangel -- and too many people holding public office -- simply because government is too big and over-reaching at nearly every level.
Each house of Congress is supposed to police itself. It hasn't worked because they have become the political elite in the most exclusive clubs.
Rep. Rangel should be expelled from the House, but that won't happen. Government is supposed to police itself, but it seldom happens.
The American people and the states are the only safeguard, however, we are too limited by the corrupted institutions which have compromised our Constitution and usurped power from the states: Congress, the presidency, and the federal judiciary.
We must look out for ourselves, which will take a few serious amendments to restore the Constitution. Congress won't do it. Only the states can make that happen. It's a matter of survival, liberty and freedom. We need a Tea Party of the states and a constitutional convention.
Daniel B. Jeffs
The Washington Times
November 23, 2010
Rangel part of corrupt Capitol culture
Too much personal power corrupts. That's what happened to Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, and too many other people holding public office simply because government is too big and overreaching at nearly every level.
Mr. Rangel should be expelled from the House, but that won't happen. Government is supposed to police itself, but it seldom happens.
The American people and the states are the only safeguard. We are too constrained by the corrupted institutions, which have compromised our Constitution and usurped the power of the states.
DANIEL B. JEFFS
Apple Valley, Calif.
Transforming America -- completely -- President Obama's mission to complete FDR's second Bill of Rights
By Daniel B. Jeffs, founder DDC
August 25, 2010
After his policies prolonged the crisis of the Great Depression by nearly a decade, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set America on a course to dependence on government. Using the Declaration of Independence, and a call for a second Bill of Rights toward the end of the crisis of World War II, he began the march to socialism, which was enhanced by President Lyndon B. Johnson and President Jimmy Carter. Now, it is painfully clear that President Barack Obama considers it his personal mission to use our government-caused economic crisis to disregard our Constitution, complete FDR's Second Bill of RIghts -- and more -- to establish the Socialist States of America. The American people simply cannot let that happen. We must not lose our liberty. Indeed, it would be social, political and economic suicide.
Below is an excerpt from President Roosevelt's January 11, 1944 message to the Congress of the United States on the State of the Union. It is prophetically frightening:
It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for the winning of a lasting peace and the establishment of an American standard of living higher than ever before known. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth or one-tenth—is ill-fed, ill-clothed, ill-housed, and insecure.
This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights—among them the right of free speech, free press, free worship, trial by jury, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. They were our rights to life and liberty.
As our nation has grown in size and stature, however—as our industrial economy expanded—these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.
We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.” People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all—regardless of station, race, or creed.
Among these are:
For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.
How Public Employee Unions are Raiding Treasuries Controlling our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation
Author: Steven Greenhut
Publisher: Forum Press
Public employees have become the new American elite. In the past, Government workers earned less money but had slightly better job security and benefits than Americans working in the private sector. These days, government workers not only earn more than other Americans, but they have vastly superior benefits, including pension plans that often allow them to retire as early as age 50 with 100 percent or more of their final year's salary. These pensions often to $100,000 a year and come with cost of living adjustments and free lifetime medical care. Getting a government job and sticking with it is like winning the lottery. This plundering of treasuries, made possible by aggressive union tactics and spineless politicians, results in higher taxes and massive debts that ultimately will be borne by our grandchildren. The current situation is "unsustainable." The problem goes beyond finances. Government unions protect even the worst public employees from accountability. Schools don't attempt to fire incompetent teachers-and union protections make it nearly impossible to even fire ones accused of sequel abuse and other misdeeds. As government gets bigger and more powerful, government officials have more uncontrolled power over the rest of us-to enrich and protect themselves at the expense of the public good. The public's servants have truly become the public's masters.
Steven Greenhut is a California-based journalist and columnist who recently joined the Pacific Research Institute to head its journalism center in Sacramento. On The Orange County Register's Editorial Board for eleven years, his columns have been printed in newspapers throughout the country. He is author of Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain. He won the Institute for Justice's Thomas Paine Award and is a senior fellow for the Goldwater Institute in Arizona.
San Bernardino Sun
May 27, 2010
Slap in the face
The Mojave Cross is stolen - how low can you get?
Despicable thieves in the night - the unforgiveable cowards that removed the Mojave Cross symbol memorializing American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for their country - regardless of their motives, committed a dastardly, unconscionable act.
A slap in the face of the military and the American people.
Nevertheless, the Mojave Cross was stolen before the ink dried on the Supreme Court decision allowing the cross to remain in the Salazar v. Buono case involving a constitutional challenge to the presence of the 8-foot Christian cross in the Mojave National Preserve.
The case arose when Frank Buono, a former assistant superintendent of the preserve filed a lawsuit demanding the National Park Service remove the cross.
Of course, the vexatious, anti-Christian, un-American ACLU got involved.
Indeed, Buono is a prime example of the institutional arrogance of many park service employees, and most other federal departments, agencies and institutions who believe they, not the public, are the owners of public lands, and the overseers of the public in general.
Who did it? Common sense makes the call.
Take back America and restore the Constitution By Daniel B. Jeffs, founder DDC October 13, 2009 Government meddlers and dependency peddlers don't miss a beat, even in the worst of times, when it comes to pushing their power agenda of health care and energy takeovers on the American people, like it or not... while relaxing our national security. What ever happened to the original law and meaning of our Constitution? Indeed, over the past century, social, political and legal power brokers have circumvented, manipulated and compromised our federal state constitutions and our freedoms, expanded the power of government executive, legislative and judicial branches far beyond the intent of limited government -- with hundreds of thousands of laws, rules, regulations and court decisions -- establishing the tyrannies of minority selfish interests over the best interests of the majority of our people with layers upon layers bureaucratic walls, gates barriers and chains. Simply put, the hearts have been carved out of our social, economic, political, legal and moral centers by self-corrupting intrusive, invasive and repressive government -- which is growing a dependant society of insidious opportunists, and morally regressive predators and parasites -- bound to the service of the ruling elite. Certainly, it is time for the collective judgment of the people to wise-up, free ourselves, and turn it all around with common sense and a real and unique democratic republic, the way it was intended by our founders. The American way of limited government, freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness....
Forest Service mismanagement of Station Fire
By Daniel B. Jeffs, founder DDC
October 2, 2009
The Los Angeles Times' investigation revealing an internal U.S. Forest
Service memo that may have allowed the Station Fire to rage out of control
because of a lack of response and reduced use of Los Angeles County Fire
fighting forcesraises more than questions of federal mismanagement.
As a former fire dispatcher watching the fire on television, I remember
wondering why the fire fighting response was so minimal when the fire could
have been held at 15 or 20 acres, and put out shortly thereafter,
particularly when the fire started near a Forest Service station. The answer
is obvious. Forest Service malfeasance caused the loss of 2 firefighters'
lives, 90 homes and other structures, and blackened 160,500 acres of land at
a cost of $100 million.
Worse, I've seen similar disasters happen time and time again with fires
allowed to get out of control in California and throughout the country,
included so-called controlled burns, which have been re-named "Prescribed
Burns" because so many go out of control. Exacerbating the problem on Forest
Service lands, are the insane environmentalist and conservationist-driven
policies against forest thinning, using insect controls, which kill trees
adding fire spreading danger, and clearing undergrowth and dead vegetation
out of forests.
Federal land mismanagement is typical of the mismanagement of most
government programs, which has been unconscionably costly in tax dollars,
loss of lives and property, and private property depreciation. The glaring
question is why, and when does it end?
BIG GOVERNMENT LOSS OF FREEDOMS Are we headed toward a POLICE STATE? President Obama compromised the true meaning of the horror of the 9/11/2001 attack on America by signing an order declaring September 11th a National Day of (community and state) Service. Obama supports ACORN which has used $57 million tax dollars to misorganize communities, to intimidate housing lenders, to commit voter fraud, to commit housing and business loan fraud, and is eligible for $8.5 billion in Recovery funds to grow. Congress won't investigate. FOX News did. Obama's a little worried because the Census Bureau just cut all ties with ACORN to participate in the 2010 Census... Obama intends to establish "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong and just as well-funded" as the military. Obama is increasing Americorps from 75,000 to 250,000. And Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 HR 45 is the Congressional Plan to disarm Americans. We know President Obama and his cabal of White House advisors and czars, supported by the liberal majority in the Congress, intends to complete his crisis-oriented agenda of controlling finance, housing, corporate America, energy and health care. He is driving our country deeper in debt with spending and empire-building government growth. And he has activated his 13 million activist campaign supporters to get it done. Considering Obama's commitment to increasing the indoctrination of our nation's schools I, for one citizen, am deeply concerned and worried. Taken together, this could certainly mean, POLICE STATE.
Governing by crisis By Daniel B. Jeffs, founder DDC September 10, 2009 White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel's notion, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you could not do before," is what makes governing by crisis against the best interests of the people and unacceptable. That's why the two-party system of partisan politics and a self-corrupting system of party and personal power are responsible for the social, political and economic crisis infecting our society. What Rahm Emanuel really means is government empire-building by crisis, often manufactured crisis. Indeed, that's why our federal government has been the root cause of major problems, exacerbated by governing by crisis, which is glaringly obvious in California's history of liberal stupidity and/or insanity -- all at our expense when we remain silent and do nothing, that is, until we feel the pain. Fortunately, we know with jobs, health care, energy, and the entire cost of living are on the line, it's going to get much worse. Times are changing -- however, it will not be a "fundamental transformation of the United States of America," in terms of what president Obama promised 5 days before the election.
Obama's 'civilian national security force' World Net Daily http://www.wnd.com/index.php?pageId=69601 At a campaign event inn Colorado Springs on July 2, 2008 candidate Barack Obama stated, "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." President Obama is going to increase Peace Corps and Americorps from 75,000 to 250,000. The goal if obviously to press the indoctrinated into the public service of 'a civilian national security force,' which could eventually turn America into a police state. The country would then be controlled by the socialist elite who would suppress our freedoms, and exercise gun control and tyrannies against the people -- all at the people's expense.
HOUSE RESOLUTION 45 Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 The Congressional Plan to Disarm Americans No legislator in their right mind would vote for this bill now but you need to be aware of what is going on in Congress regarding gun ownership. I'm sorry; did I assume our House of Representatives were in their right minds? The Blair Holt Act is sweeping legislation that forces you to take extensive and numerous actions in order to own a gun or you will be criminalized. Bill: House Resolution 45 Sponsor: Rep. Bobby Rush, Democrat from Illinois Referred to: House Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security 1. Everyone will need a firearms license to own a gun and there will be a fee paid to the Attorney General. 2. You will be required to turn your guns into a firearms dealer for any transfers. Transfers include passing down your firearms to family members. 3. Report any address change to the Attorney General within 60 days. 4. Restrict you from having access to a loaded gun if there is someone under 18 in your home. 5. Fine and imprison you for failure to comply with any of the regulations. These points are just the tip of the iceberg. You can get your PDF copy of the bill from the House of Representatives website. Read it and see how it decimates the rights enumerated in our 2nd Amendment, and worse, makes following the law nearly impossible.
Chaos for glory: My time with ACORN
By: James O'Keefe