February 26, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, First Amendment, Hot Topics, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Taxes, Tea Party
BY ALAN CARUBA
The America that has existed from the days of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, when its sovereignty was acknowledged by a treaty with England 1783, and its founding in 1788 with the ratification of the Constitution is no more. The America for which thousands fought and gave their lives is no more.
That America ends on February 26 when the Federal Communications Commission, under intense pressure from the Obama White House and with the votes of its Democratic Party commissioners asserts government control over the Internet with a 332-page set of regulations, dubbed “Net Neutrality.”
Writing in the Feb 22nd Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz summed up what will occur saying “Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken…The permissionless Internet which allows anyone to introduce a website, app, or device without government review, ends this week.”
“The big politicization came when President Obama in November demanded that the supposedly independent FCC apply agency’s most extreme regulation to the Internet.” Of course Obama wants the Internet regulated and of course the Democratic Party will support this move to control who gets to put up a website or blog and, more importantly, who gets to say anything critical of the President.
The Democratic Party has been in everything but name the Communist Party in the United States for several decades. Obama was raised and mentored to be a Marxist. What we are witnessing is nothing less than tyranny replacing democracy.
Crovitz warned that “This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.”
Earlier this week, as reported by Giuseppe Macri in The Daily Caller the FCC’s two Republican commissioners, Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, asked Chairman Tom Wheeler “to delay the vote and release his proposal to the public. ‘We respectfully request that FCC leadership immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.’”
There is some evil at work here because, as the Republican commissioners point out, “the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last May.”
Shades of ObamaCare! Even the Democrats who voted that monstrosity into law had not read it. Now neither Congress, nor the rest of America is being permitted to see regulations that will determine what can and cannot be posted to the Internet, the greatest instrument of free speech ever invented since the printing press.
Commissioner Pai says that the FCC is “adopting a solution that won’t work to a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority we don’t have.” He estimates that the regulations will add up to $11 billion in new taxes on Internet access.
In a commentary, “Neutralize Obama’s Hijacking of the Internet”, Judi McLeod, the editor of CanadaFreePress.com, said “Forget NSA, the FBI, the CIA, and all warnings sent by Edward Snowden. They’ve got nothing on how Net Neutrality will silence you.”
“Someday in the near future when you type in the words “Islamic terrorists” in an Internet post, you will be knocked off the Net and find it all but impossible to climb back on again.”
Do I think the Congress will exercise its oversight responsibilities and stop this tyrannical power grab? No. Do I think our court system will do anything other than bow to precedent set by earlier FCC regulations? Yes.
As a nation founded on and devoted to freedom of speech, I think February 26, 2015 will go down in the history books as the day when that freedom came to an end in America [bold type, mine].
Thanks to a National Security Agency we no longer have any privacy regarding anything we say using telephones, the Internet or any other form of communication.
If the Democrat-controlled FCC has its way, the Internet will slow your access and could eliminate access [sic] countless sites that provide news and express opinions the federal government finds offensive. That’s what tyrannies do.
© Alan Caruba, 2015
From Foxnews.com: Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, was on “The Kelly File” to discuss the newly surfaced video where ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber reveals that a “lack of transparency” helped pass the health care law.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass,” Gruber said in the video.
“If it takes lying to us to get what they want done, they’re willing to do it,” Thiessen said.
Thiessen described Gruber as so condescending that “he actually wrote a comic book to explain ObamaCare because of course we’re not smart enough to read chapter books.” Thiessen noted that the book describes the individual mandate as “the spinach we have to eat in order to get the dessert that is fairly priced health insurance. “
Megyn Kelly said that she invited Gruber back on the show to defend himself tonight, but he said he wasn’t interested.
“You know what? We’re no longer interested in you, Mr. Gruber, and 28 Democrats who voted for that health care law just got fired by the American people because eventually they realized they had been lied to […] one by one, the misrepresentations have come out and the American people have had their say.”
The midterms are over, but the fight has just begun. Hold Republicans’ feet to the fire.”The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” – Thoms Jefferson
Jim DeMint / @JimDeMint / November 05, 2014
With the midterm elections just behind us, Americans might think they can finally stop worrying about politics for a while. Not so fast! Now is when they need to be more vigilant than ever.
Although dozens of politicians were replaced with fresh faces on Election Day, the losers don’t have to vacate their offices for two months. That means they can keep on voting in a “lame duck” session of Congress.
While “lame duck” is the standard parlance in D.C., I prefer the more colorful term “Zombie Congress,” popularized in recent years by George Will and others. It more aptly conveys the peril of the situation. Zombie legislators are those unhappy senators and representatives who have been voted out of office, yet still stagger dutifully back to Washington for a month or so before Christmas break. ‘Tis the season when they are most dangerous.
Unlike their B-movie counterparts, these zombies don’t seek brains, though they could probably use some. With no electorate to appease, the newly politically “deceased” members have no incentive to restrain their more base urges to feast upon the hard-earned tax dollars of the living.
Unfortunately, lame duck sessions have become more common in recent years and have been used to rush through liberal policies while most Americans are focused on the holidays. Obamacare was rammed through the Senate on Christmas Eve in 2009. Other lame ducks were used to pass bailouts, debt limit increases, big spending bills, special-interest tax breaks and even an ill-advised arms treaty with Russia.
Lame duck lawmakers could use this year’s post-election session to push through a costly omnibus spending bill … with total impunity. Those who want to further burden Americans by taxing their Internet purchases also are contemplating the chance to ram through the misleadingly titled “Marketplace Fairness Act.” The “fairness” here means you send more money to the government! Read more at dailysignal.com.
The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated.
Breitbart News Network, a California-based company which runs several conservative websites, says the IRS recently audited its 2012 financial information.
“The Obama administration’s timing on this is exquisite, but try as they might through various methods to silence us, we will only get more emboldened,” Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, said in a written statement. Read more at foxnews.com.
Related: Sen. Cruz Questions IRS About Decision To Audit Breitbart News
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today (Sept. 9th) sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service regarding its decision to audit Breitbart News Network, LLC.
The full text of the letter is available here.
On Your World with Neil Cavuto, April 15, 2014, former NY Lt. Governor, author and Obamacare expert Betsy McCaughey spoke about the financial myths of the Affordable Care Act. In this clip she discusses her prediction that over one million people will stop paying their premiums after they discover the real costs of the ACA.
Well, by the looks of this tweet from Healthcare.gov, the Department of Health
and Human Services just might agree.
We have posted these taxes several times but it can’t hurt to review them once again as 2014 is the year when so many of them are coming due. Please note that this is not a complete list, there are several more coming due in 2015 and 2016. This party ain’t over yet!
Dr. Gina Loudon, and Katrina Pierson join FBN’s Charles Payne to weigh in with the reasons why this IRS Scandal will continue to be an issue heading into next year. Note: While Gainesville Tea Party is organized as an LLC, and not directly affected by this ongoing travesty, we are very much concerned with issue. Our Founders are rolling over in their graves. An interesting fact: Liberty runs in the Louden family; Dr. Gina is Trevor Loudon’s cousin.
Read more about Dr. Gina Loudon HERE
Boehner Gets His Scalp
By Harold Callahan – December 11, 2013
The Speaker of the House of Representatives got a scalp today with the firing of conservative congressional staffer and stalwart Paul Teller.
For over a decade, Mr. Teller guided the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the most influential and important conservative group in Congress, as its Executive Director. The RSC came to prominence in the early 1990s when George Bush, Dick Darman and company attempted to force a tax increase on the American people. The group rallied members and ultimately defeated the first version of the tax increase in the House.
The group has always been an independent voice for conservatives in Congress. Through the Bush years — from sellouts on education and prescription drugs — the RSC and Teller held steadfast to their conservative views making life for the Leadership difficult.
Late last year, the Leadership engineered the election of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) to head the organization, fearing that his opponent Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) could not be controlled. Scalise kept Teller at the helm but the relationship was always tenuous.
When news broke that Rep. Paul Ryan and the leadership were engineering the repeal of the sequester, Mr. Teller went to work. He informed conservative groups throughout DC about the impending sell-out. While Teller never lost his nerve, Scalise did. He fired Teller, no doubt on the demands of the Speaker.
Any smart member of Congress would snatch up Mr. Teller and use his knowledge and influence to build conservative opposition to the Leadership. If no one is willing to stand up, at least Mr. Teller can leave Congress with his head held high. Mr. Scalise and the House GOP Leadership cannot.
His opposition to the Ryan-Boehner Budget Sellout was too much for the leadership to stomach.
Here is a good article that compares the rankings given to states as it pertains to taxes. Florida ranked quite well this year but can certainly do better. Why be happy with 5th place when 1st is within reach. Can you see any correlation between liberal progressive run states and those that aren’t?
“While taxes are a fact of life, not all tax systems are created equal. One measure, total taxes paid, is relevant but other elements of a state tax system can also enhance or harm the competitiveness of a state’s business environment. This reduces many complex considerations to an easy-to-use ranking. (Our report looks at tax burdens in states.)”
IRS issues final rules on Obamacare’s ‘individual mandate’
The rules announced on Tuesday offered good news to employees getting health coverage through a union-sponsored plan. They clarify that these employees will not be penalized, said tax lawyers who reviewed the rules on Tuesday.
Rest of article from Reuters-
Once again we are just sitting idle while The Commander In Chief, El Presidente, bypasses Congress to get what he wants.
“Obama administration officials promise that the tax would end in three years after the FCC filled its coffers with $6 billion, but gave no details on how the government would prevent potential cost overruns or measure the program’s progress.”
Read more from this article in The Daily Caller-
MANY THANKS to Candy Parker for chronicling the Tea Party Meeting With Ted Yoho!
Saturday’s Tea Party meeting with our district’s Congressman Ted Yoho was informative, encouraging and motivating. Many thanks to the Gainesville Tea Party, the Gilchrist County Tea Party and the North Central Florida Tea Party for hosting this event. And last, but certainly NOT LEAST, many thanks to Countryside Baptist Church for allowing these patriots to use their church and for the great support given by Countryside’s Pastor Bill Keith.
Congressman Yoho opened with a reminder that he campaigned on the view that people have ‘Had Enough’. He is honored to be in Washington to serve as our vehicle of change.
BIG votes coming next for the House:
The Nutritional portion of the Farm Bill
Continuing Resolution(s) on the debt – aka ‘Band-Aids’.
Charlie Perez of the Gilchrist County Tea Party did a great job of organizing and moderating the questions offered by the crowd of over 200 people present.
**NSA – Rep. Yoho said that the efforts of Rep. Justin Amash came within 7 votes of those needed to “bring down a rule” for consideration of an amendment not favored by Republican leadership. This in itself was a significant victory. Rep. Amash accomplished this even though he was removed from many committees at the start of his second term in the House apparently for no other reason than his determination to stick to
his principles. When Rep. Yoho asked him how he did it, he said “I have a loud voice even in the background”. Rep. Amash’s amendment would have prevented the NSA from storing (for 5 years) the information they are collecting on Americans unless the NSA has probable cause. Rep. Yoho, like so many other Tea Party approved members of the House, believes that our Rights come from Our Creator and not from men. He and 11 other Florida Representatives voted for this amendment.
**IRS – Rep. Yoho feels that this is a very scary situation about which everyone should be very concerned. He said that never before has the IRS been used to target regular Americans. It has been improperly used in the past by political opponents. But the head of the IRS refused to cooperate when President Nixon tried to use it in the same manner.
**FARM BILL – Rep. Yoho described the drama and posturing of both sides and said that these theatrics serve no one. There are NOT 50 million people starving in America (unless it is getting close to breakfast, lunch or dinner…) During the high inflation and high unemployment of the Carter years, Ted Yoho and his wife Carolyn were both between jobs at the same time and used Food Stamps for a month. He believes that Food Stamps should exist as a safety net, but NOT as a life-style. Laurie Newsom, Gainesville Tea Party, later added that charity is the responsibility of individuals, charitable organizations and churches – NOT the government.
**THE FAIR TAX – Rep. Yoho stands for it and promotes it. He believes the House is ready to look at it. The people want it. Interestingly industry hasn’t helped. Corporate America is ready to ‘settle’ for a 25% flat tax. Rep. Yoho recommends we ‘lock in’ a 20% tax. He asked 7 captains of industry (collectively,
employers of a large percentage of Americans) if they had actually studied the Fair Tax for themselves. – They had not – Rep. Yoho encouraged them to look at
it. The problem is most of them are going on what they’ve heard about it therefore it is poorly understood and subject to a lot of misinformation. Rep. Yoho said it would be a ‘great time for us to write’ Rep. Dave Camp, head of the House Ways & Means Committee and ASK HIM TO LOOK AT the Fair Tax. Rep. Camp is signed on as a supporter and now may be a great time for some encouragement.
**BENGHAZI – Rep. Yoho feels it is marked by a lack of leadership and misdirection. He asked Hillary’s question: “Why does it matter?” and answered it this way: The integrity and character of the US government is at stake. If the American people aren’t able to trust our government to do the right thing then no one else will either. Our present Administration is not trusted…OR RESPECTED and that’s not good for America (my paraphrase). Rep. Yoho remains confident that Reps. Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz along with others will not let it go.
**MASSIVE AMMUNITION PURCHASES and the Militarization of Police Forces – Rep. Yoho read from an informational letter that these purchases are for continuing target practice and readiness. However, he is supporting an amendment by Rep. Mark Meadows to require a report of how it will be used and why it’s necessary BEFORE funds will be provided for future purchases. (The citizen discussion after Rep. Yoho left reflected the continued doubts of experienced shooters that “hollow point rounds would be used for target practice”).
**War on Hydrocarbons& Fossil Fuels – Rep. Yoho feels that if we don’t give some relief to our economy via the Keystone Pipeline and protections for the Coal Industry we are in for some very bad economic times. He pointed out that the progressives are after Coal Ash now. Coal ash is used in the manufacturing of dry wall and its loss will cause the struggling construction industries even more harm.
**The 10th Amendment – Rep. Yoho stated they are trying to turn the responsibility for more issues back to the States. Rep. Steve King wrote a bill based entirely on the 10th Amendment. Federal Government needs to stay out of Common Core, Egg Production best management practices and an endless array of other things that people want the power of the Federal Government to force on their neighbors or competitors; per Rep. Yoho those are the types of issues we citizens should be taking up with our State legislators.
**The Tea Party – He says we are a force and we are being listened to. The Democrats are committed to having Rep. Pelosi continuing as Speaker of the House. The splintered nature of the Republican Party is hampering the success for stopping that agenda. We need to unite around what we are able to agree on for this battle.
**The Grassly Amendment (Would have prevented Congress from exempting themselves from Obamacare – what applies to the people would apply to Congress.) Rep. Yoho agrees that one of our big problems is that we’ve been ‘taken over’ by agencies like the EPA and are being policed by unelected bureaucrats. He recommended a book by Daniel Hanna, The New Road to Serfdom.
**OBAMACARE – Rep. Yoho stated that it has been deemed a TAX and should be treated as such. Constitutionally, TAXES must originate in the House – not the Senate as the Obama-Tax was. Rep. Yoho supports measures to “make it go away” on Constitutional grounds. He also personally feels that “we will defund it and it will go away.” There are 21 separate taxes in the Obama-TAX. He is supporting Rep. Tom Price’s bill, HR2300, to replace it. Medicine needs to remain between the doctor and the patient, not moderated by IPAB bureaucrats and their statistics. He told a story of a 35 year-old survivor of colon cancer who was a supporter of Obamacare until he pointed out, that if it had been up to the IPAB, she would not have been able to get the colonoscopy at age 35 that saved her life. Her doctor would have been penalized if he had granted her pleas for the test.
**IMMIGRATION – The sentiment in the House is NO forward movement until the border is secure; and, can be independently verified to be secure on an annual basis. He said to assume that they will secure it – after immigration reform is passed -is a joke and an insult to the American people. They have not enforced the laws on the books since the Reagan years so why would they enforce provisions of a new bill that they don’t like? There are four bills in the House now intending to deal with border security, guest worker programs and such. Rep. Yoho stated, “I don’t want them to stop coming; I want them to come legally”. (A single terrorist is known to have brought more than 1,500 other terrorists over the southern border in the last few years.)
**One of the problems faced by the Republicans is the lack of unity amongst the members of the House. That splintering of support for any particular issue makes the very near miss of the Amash amendment even more encouraging by indicating a move towards solidarity.
**What do Congressmen listen to the most? Rep. Yoho says that letters, emails and phone calls are tabulated for them. This gives them an idea of what issues are important to people. There are many issues supported by one member or another, and Rep. Yoho may be in agreement with them, but he finds the issue of Economic Freedom to be more important than many other things that he can spend his time on. His focus is still strongly on the strengths that built this nation: Free Markets and a Constitutionally Limited Government. He also extends much credit to his wife, Carolyn, on whom he continually relies to keep his focus sharp.
Rep. Yoho left to a standing ovation, shaking hands on the way out.
The meeting continued after his departure with a discussion to determine which issues were top priority and all were encouraged to write letters expressing each opinion.
CONGRESSMAN TED YOHO SAID LETTERS ARE IMPORTANT SO WRITE YOURS TODAY!
Oh it’s good to be Lois Lerner from the IRS with all the connections she needs to put the whole IRS scandal behind her.
Please click on the link below for the article from the American Spectator.
“The odds that Lerner will choose to rely on ace-in-the-hole Holder are enhanced by the fact that she, her lawyer, her superior Mr. Wilkins, and numerous others involved are all reported to be staunch supporters of (and generous campaign contributors to) President Obama. They share a common interest in doing what’s best for Team Obama, and they were listening when the President said that his administration will reward its friends.”