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Hollow Shell of Our Fathers

Posted by foundersfreedom on December 21, 2009

As I sat awake at 2 AM checking the result of the Senate cloture vote on their version of health insurance “reform” (though I’m not sure anyone has actually seen it), I have to think back to my previous post, ‘Line in the Sand.’

It appears the best health care system will be solidly on that slippery slope toward government take-over and its impending mis-management and rationing as it occurs everywhere it exists. No one but those who now have to own this vote believe this will improve care, save money, prohibit paying for the killing of babies, and not cover illegals.  Some polls show well over 50% don’t trust Congress to make ANY changes and a CNN poll showed over 60% didn’t want this as proposed. I’m convinced that most of them know it’s a lie and the endgame is very much different than stated.

But that’s not all.  Despite the coolest summer in our history, thousands of emails exposing the attempts to exclude data that didn’t fit the agenda, thousands of scientists questioning that human activity is causing the earth to warm,  and amidst massive snowstorms in several parts of the globe, a world summit took place that was hell-bent on doing something about this supposed warming. 

Colored by rants from the likes of Hugo Chavez against the evils of capitalism, cheered enthusiastically by the way, there was mostly haggling over how certain “poor” countries could legally steal money from the Americans and Europeans under a global agreement.  Even though no agreement was crafted, our own Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, proposed giving $100 BILLION per year to the cause. Surely this was under the authorization of the White House.  Better keep those Treasury printing presses on.

Now comes the one that may break the camel’s back.

A member of the House of Representatives again raised the desire to grant a “pathway to citizenship,” a pretty name for amnesty, despite multiple millions of real Americans being out of work and no end to the unemployment line in sight.  He actually said it could help us to do that.   But that is not the real evil that is lurking behind immigration “reform.”

The evil is not the loss of more jobs or the cost of covering their medical expenses.  We’re already experiencing that and have been for many years.  The evil will lie in loss of representation.

Imagine that ten to twenty million (or more – who knows?) illegals, by the waving of the Democrats’ magic wand, are deemed to be citizens of the United States. Yes, people who don’t know or care about our culture or identity, don’t speak our language and soon to receive “free” health coverage, welfare and social security benefits will have a huge say in who will represent us in Congress and especially the White House.  All by sneaking over our wide-open borders.  Which party do you suppose a vast majority will vote for? One that encourages personal responsibilty (or used to) or the one that will give them everything they’ve lacked in their home country, plus some?  The likes of the last two nail-biter elections will never be seen again.  My vote will become worthless. We will never be able to overcome that vote deficit. And all by the stroke of a pen.  Representatives won’t listen to us any more on amnesty than they have on the health care debate. Why should they? There will be a Senator prostitute him/herself once in a while for extra goodies, but they have all the votes needed to pass anything they want.  A proud, smiling, and willing World Citizen is in the White House to sign every piece of insidious legislation.

Amnesty will encourage even more immigration from all over the world, further multiplying its effect.  It means we will never be able to elect a conservative President ever again.  To anyone who thinks that sounds ridiculous, I’m open to hearing how you think that can occur, let alone how you think that it will occur. I argue that it cannot. Benjamin Franklin said,” When the people figure out they can vote themselves money, it heralds the end of the Republic.”  It appears we have reached that tipping point. I pray that I’m wrong and that it’s been just the coincidence of several unfortunate events.

And I finally arrive at the premise of the title.  Are we no longer Americans?  Have we become the hollow shell of the Founding Fathers? Are we like the once-proud British who have given up the fight? Succumbing to One World socialist EU rule and Islamic immigration jihad, the nation that one hundred years ago ruled nearly half the planet is on the verge of losing it’s identity forever. 

America is under assault by those same forces, and to be perfectly honest, I thought the UK was a full 10 years ahead of us.  But the events of 2009 indicate we are much closer than we could have ever imagined.  The world (with the help of the likes of George Soros) has us in their sights and are pulling out all the stops to take us down financially, and as the last bastion of freedom and self-determination.   A New World Order cannot allow our belligerence to stand.  We must submit for the world to be an equitable place for all (meaning subsistence for all but the ruling elites).

We have run out of sand.  The line, if it’s to be drawn again, will have to be somewhat final.  The domestic enemy is one step away from controlling our very essence and our lives through both health “reform” and environmental legislation.  We will be forced to weigh the right amount, eat the right food, exercise the right amount, drive the right vehicles, set our thermostats at the right temperature and on ad infinitum or we will be punished.

Does that sound like America?  Is our patriotism all just bluster?   There are millions of dead and wounded that fought for freedom on foreign lands.  We are about to spit in their faces.  Can we look our soldiers in the eye and say we support them when we won’t even step up to the plate with our cowardly representatives? 

Many very wise people are saying that our economy could go south again. How bad does it have to get before things turn ugly?  For those that are dependent on government for their every need, it may not take much once the checks shrink or disappear.  I’ve spoken with several veterans lately and they tell me explicitly that they see what a powder keg we’re living in. I don’t fear our military, current or former. I also don’t fear LOCAL law enforcement.  They are our neighbors and friends.  They want the same things we want: freedom and opportunity for themselves and, more importantly, for their children and grandchildren. Please take time to talk to them.   They also tell me they took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and all have said they did not recant.  We should stand shoulder to shoulder for our Constitution and our way of life.  We owe them much, much more.

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Declaration of Independence II

Posted by foundersfreedom on July 2, 2009

Many months and many crises have gone by since I started this project.  Most of this document is verbatim from the magnificent original.  I encourage you to read through the original declaration and see if the same thoughts come to you as did me.  You will be surprised by the similarity of the grievances we have in common with the founders when they wrote their historic and world-changing document.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                July 2, 2009

The Declaration of Independence II

 When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. 

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation as such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

 Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.  But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.  Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.

The history of the current and recent Governing Bodies is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny.  To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

You have refused assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

You have forbidden legislators to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, such as would allow us to produce energy from our own abundant resources, and secure our shared borders.

You have bought or otherwise coerced others to pass laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, under threat and bribe; a tactic inestimable to tyrants only.

You have brought forth legislation at hours unusual, for expediency, and denied complete understanding of bills debated, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with your measures

You have endeavored to populate our lands by ignoring laws for naturalization of foreigners, to encourage migration hither in defiance of the people and our laws, for therein lies a multitude of constituents to extend your power over the people infinitely and indefinitely.

You have obstructed the administration of justice by appointing judges averse to complying with judicial constraints set forth by our Constitution demanding justice be blind.  Justice shall be no respecter of persons. 

You have named judges dependent on your own political whims, placing them in permanent seats to reinterpret that which is obvious.

You have erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. The EPA, DHS, FDA, FEMA, BATF, NSA, IRS and any number of other alphabet agencies are an affront to our own personal sovereignties and wealth.

You have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving your assent to their acts of pretended legislation.  Kyoto, the United Nations, NAFTA, the Organization of American States, World Health Organization and the World Trade Organization, being a few of the egregious entanglements meant to weaken our national sovereignty.

You have quartered large bodies of illegals among us.

You have made excuses for any crimes and murders for which they should commit on any inhabitants of these states; at times persecuting those designated to protect your citizens from those same criminals.

You have blindly opened up our markets to those who don’t reciprocate, nor do they adhere to the stifling regulations imposed upon domestic businesses.

You have imposed taxes on us at every turn, for every activity or inactivity, every product and its method of production.

You have bowed to the pressures of foreign entities to place members of our volunteer armies on criminal trial for doing their sworn duty to protect the citizens and interests of these states.

You have established arbitrary government, expanding your powers so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for continuing absolute rule over the states, disregarding the Tenth Amendment meant to ensure the sovereignty of the separate states.    

You have chiseled away our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our government. The right to own and manage ones own property as he sees fit, the right to criticize government without reproach, and the right to bear arms, are the foundations of a free society.

You have plundered our businesses, land and bank accounts and destroyed the lives of many.

You are blindly allowing large numbers of foreign jihadists to plot works of death and desolation and cruelty scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages; totally unworthy as the heads of a civilized state.

You have permitted domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to bring upon inhabitants the merciless Islamist savages whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.  A Congress, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the rulers of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in our attention to our elected officials.  We have warned them from time to time of attempts by the legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.  We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here.  We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.  They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.  We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace, friends.

We, therefore, the People of the United States of America, in general congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these states, solemnly publish and declare, that these united states are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the derelict government, and that all political connection between them and the Federal government is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right to do.  And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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California failure – the look of America under Obama

Posted by foundersfreedom on May 19, 2009

I posted months ago on the direction of America and how it is so similar to that of our largest failed state – California.

Here’s the bulk of it for those loathe to click on the link.

The “progressive” state is facing a budgetary shortfall of $42 BILLION this fiscal year and is just about out of cash to pay for employees and services.  But before we write this off as their problem, we all need think about what got California in the mess they’re in.  And more importantly, as it relates to the road the new administration is rapidly taking the rest of us down.

States are required to balance their budgets. Why the Feds are not required, well, ask your Senators and Representatives.  Good luck with that.  Since states have to balance, there are ebbs and flows of surplus and deficit and the governors that do it right put money away for the rainy days.

California is not one of those.  The nation’s largest state prefers to spend and expand when times are good. Then when the money slows they cry out in distress.  There needs to be “sacrifice” by the people and not from the government itself. 

What is California currently doing? They are shortening work weeks for government employees.  They are talking about raising taxes and they issued an IOU for tax refunds that were to be going out about now.  Oh, and I left out the most insidious and infuriating part, they’re asking for a bailout.  Don’t think the leftists/socialists in Congress don’t know the value of California’s electoral votes.  They’re too big to fail.

California, known for their care for the illegals and indigents with free education and health care, housing subsidies, their severe environmental regulations and high tax rates is a microcosm of the Obama plan.

Amnesty/ immigration reform and all the costs involved in giving 12-20 million people welfare, housing and food allowances is a large piece of the puzzle.  Universal health care is another. The liberals/ progressives / socialists are building their base for eternal power to cement America’s wheels on the road of socialism, which left unfettered, leads to communism. The same goes with the “disenfranchised” in the sprawling cities.  The more you offer, the more people take.  The more you give, the more votes you receive.  It is a dangerous cycle and America is in it big time!

Since the Feds don’t have to balance their budget, with a crisis at hand, they will spend whatever they have to make sure everyone is taken care of.  Fine, deluded and evil as it is.  What happens when the value of the dollar the Fed is printing at an unprecedented pace collapses and it now takes two dollars to sustain the programs instead of one?  Print it faster? To the typical Obama that may seem like an option.  To thinkers, we know that’s a bad thing for all of us.

Since they can’t print money ad infinitum to keep up, there will have to be cutbacks.  With millions of new recipients receiving federal money, “free” health care, and more that means a larger pool of disgruntled constituents.  They have been promised this money.  The money that we have will buy less and less, so the poorest, whom this whole scheme is purported to help, will be hit the hardest. 

Sadly, we are not the same people we were a hundred years ago, or even 75 years ago.  What will happen when those that have never had to work hard to earn what they have don’t get what they’re expecting?  On the other hand, what will be the reaction of the people who work hard, pay their bills and live responsibly have more-to-most of their money taken away to pay for all this?  A scary scenario indeed.

Update starts here:

California – The state that begs illegals and indigents to come partake of their largesse;  the state that practically brags about having the most stringent environmental regulations; the state more than happy to give a legal vote to anything that moves;  the state that has some of the highest tax rates in the country; the state that’s losing more people to other states than any other; the state that embraces every type of morally deviant behavior. 

California’s too big to fail, what with all their Democrat electoral votes and potential illegal immigrant votes once comprehensive immigration reform has been implemented.  Sounds a lot like all the others we’ve bailed out – the irresponsible – “underwater” homeowners, over-leveraged banks, legacy laden auto manufacturers and coming soon – the mouthpiece of the Marxist asault on America, Big Newspaper.

The “green” state has gone RED!  Too bad it’s only the color of the ink in their budget.

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If you must assert your right to die, find the nearest tall bridge…

Posted by foundersfreedom on May 2, 2009

..and leave our doctors out of it.   Can’t we be responsible for anything anymore?

From World Net Daily. Montana judge’s decision may require physicians to kill patients requesting such “services” even if against the Hippocratic oath, their conscience, or their religion.

The arogant and spiteful progressives / “liberals” continue to mock our consciences and our belief in something beyond what we see with our eyes.  Their absolute disdain for people of faith is frightening and they are getting more and more bold.

There are plenty of  evil doctors willing to rip babies apart up to the time of birth, let them do it. To force a dissenting physician is beyond unconscionable.  There is much more to this than the obvious over-stepping of judicial authority. These people are NOT required to stay with any doctor if they aren’t receiving the care they expect. Isn’t that the way it used to be? Univeral health care may just be the “cure” for such poor business practice.  

We are being bombarded with moral relativism, or rather moral equivalence, of every type of behavior.  The desire is to relegate us to our churches or little enclaves and  to keep our views out of public spaces.   

The progressives / socialists / Marxist s have to eliminate religion from the masses in order for it to be fully implemented. Remember the failed Soviet Union?   Religion was all but non-existent, at least in public.  A minimal search of Marx, Lenin or any other true socialist will give you a good glimpse of where all this is taking us – and by design.  The writing is on the wall (oops – a biblical reference). Are you reading it?

Any bets on who this judge voted for in the last election? 

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Montana’s situation, created late last year in a decision from First District Court Judge Dorothy McCarter in the Baxter et al. v. Montana case, is different. There is no provision for a doctor to refuse such “treatment” for a patient.

Just how did America arrive at a court case ordering doctors to help a suicide? Read it in “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom”

In that case, Robert Baxter, 75, a retired truck driver from Billings who suffers from lymphocytic leukemia, filed the lawsuit along with four physicians in the state’s district court system. They were aided in the case by the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society.

Baxter told the organization’s magazine that society already provides death when animals are suffering.

“I just feel if we can do it for animals,” Baxter said, “we can do it for human beings.”

The CLS, joined by the Christian Medical Association, yesterday filed briefs asking the state Supreme Court to protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals.

The groups, representing more than 18,000 Christian medical and legal professions, are urging the court to reverse the district court’s decision and recognize a right not to participate in assisted suicide.

“The trial court’s decision to create a constitutional right to ‘obtain assistance from a medical care provider in the form of obtaining a prescription for lethal drugs’ threatens the rights of healthcare professionals and institutions that hold sincere ethical, moral, and religious objections to participating in the intentional killing of their patients,” Mattox said.

“Medical professionals should not be coerced to violate the Hippocratic Oath in order to practice in Montana,” he said.

If a “right to die” is to be recognized, it should be developed from the people through the legislative process, not imposed by a single judge, the brief also argues.

The district decision, the groups also point out,  would seriously undermine the relationship between doctors and patients. Patients could be uncomfortable knowing their doctor had provided a lethal dose to another patient, and doctors would have concerns about such demands from patients.

“At a time when states are experiencing a healthcare shortage, making Montana the only state in the union to coerce professionals to assist in suicides could jeopardize the state’s healthcare system,” Mattox said.

He told WND that the effort clearly is part of a nationwide agenda to impose and mandate ethical standards on Americans. Similar are the Obama administration’s suggestions that that pharmacists may not have the right to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing medications, and doctors may not have a conscience right to refuse to do abortions, he said.

“I don’t know where it’s coming from, but there is certainly a push from government to tell people to set aside religious or ethical qualms and to abide by whatever the government tells you is appropriate,” he said.

Mattox said the state still has several weeks to file its briefs in the Montana case, and then there will be further arguments on behalf of requiring doctors to provide terminal treatment.

“A mentally competent, terminally ill Montanan should have the right to choose a peaceful death, when confronted by death,” Kathryn Tucker, Compassion & Choices director of legal affairs, told KTVQ-TV, Billings.

But Montana Assistant Attorney General Anthony Johnston disagrees.

Johnston told the television station, “The laws governing the medical profession say the medical profession is to heal, not to kill.”

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Payback time for the Unions…and “We the People” get the bill. The Obama (non)nationalization plan continues…

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 28, 2009

The President must have learned a lot when meeting with Chavez recently.  It appears he’s stepped up the nationalization of more American companies, but of course he’s not because he and his friends in the media said so.     

The unapologetic (except when it comes to all of America’s “transgressions” to the rest of the fawning world),  fraudulent Obama administration is nationalizing American companies and giving huge amounts of ownership to the unions.  In two stories just today We the People own half of GM and the UAW gets 39%. The UAW gets 55% of Chrysler.  Did the companies do this willingly?  I can assure you they did NOT.  The Obama administration is “changing” the game.  The administration knew they would be able to do whatever they wanted once they loaned the money.   It may have fooled the typical Obama voter…

Under threat from the Treasury, the new Mob bosses in Washington, and amid the real possibility of bankruptcy, both companies are capitulating to the their new Masters in DC and the same unions that have aided them in the demise of their own industry.  What a great business plan.  A selfish union and a totally inept and inefficient government will “turn things around.”  Have we lost our minds? 

The Leftists who have captured and conquered Washington, DC have insured that their voting bloc will NEVER suffer loss.  The lock-step unions are too big to fail for the Democrat Party.  Read below to see where the unions would have the force of government behind them to force non-union suppliers to unionize if they want to stay in business.   

Remember, since “we” own it, we will be responsible for keeping all these union people working whether they make anything we want to buy, or whether they make ANYTHING AT ALL.  Get it?   As more and more people lose their jobs to this down economy (yes, the same people who now own GM), the union just got a “free ride” card and a multi-billion dollar  company to boot.

Civility is going to be hard to maintain as America crumbles under this assault on freedom and capitalism.  God help us.

From the WSJ.  Emphasis mine.

The government could be exposed to a host of conflicts and potential unintended consequences if it ends up — as now appears likely — with a controlling stake in General Motors Corp.

Under GM’s latest restructuring plan, the U.S. would get at least a 50% stake in the largest Detroit auto maker. Even without a majority stake, the government was able to use its muscle in March to oust GM Chief Executive Rick Wagoner. But such a major holding would turn GM into a sort of Government Motors, making the federal government the company’s de facto boss and bank lender.

A direct stake could create other uncomfortable conflicts: The Obama administration would be setting emissions and mileage standards for cars in Washington while having to implement them in Detroit. It also would make the government a direct partner of the United Auto Workers, which would get a 39% stake in the company under GM’s latest blueprint for survival.

A final GM plan is still many months away, and early reaction from bondholders suggests that the plan won’t come together in its current form. But even if it flops, the proposal reveals that the government, in close consultation with GM, is prepared to become more deeply immersed in the operations and rehabilitation of the auto maker.

Both the Bush and Obama administrations have grappled with how to shore up the economy without getting directly involved in running companies. They were unable to avoid an entanglement with insurer American International Group Inc., in which the government now owns an 80% stake after committing more than $170 billion in emergency relief. It will soon own more than a third of banking giant Citigroup Inc., with which it has had a sometimes-fraught relationship.

But in contrast with those cases, the GM proposal comes as part of an all-out administration effort to restructure the U.S. auto industry, including the country’s third-largest car company, Chrysler LLC.

“The big question is whether the government, as a shareholder, will be focused on GM making money, or it making clean and green cars, or whatever other political agenda they have for the auto space,” says Peter Kaufman, president and head of restructuring at investment bank Gordian Group LLC.

Administration officials dismissed suggestions that they were preparing to nationalize GM, saying that the plan put forward Monday was preliminary. “We’re supportive of this offer and of this process, but no final decisions have been made,” said one administration official.

Another official said the administration has long planned to swap the government’s debt holdings in GM for a large equity stake, but has no intentions of running the company.

Under the GM proposal to bondholders, the government would forgive $10 billion in loans to the company in return for a 50% stake, while GM’s tens of thousands of public bondholders would be asked to surrender around $24 billion in bond debt for a 10% stake.

GM continues to pursue two tracks for its turnaround — one outside bankruptcy court and one inside. One person involved in the situation says a late-May Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by GM is “99% likely now, maybe higher.”

In either case, the government would be in a position to set policy for the company. GM is one of the largest sellers of full-size trucks and sport-utility vehicles in the world, vehicles that are notorious for fuel inefficiency. Yet such products, which include the Chevy Silverado pick-up and Cadillac Escalade SUV, have always been among the company’s most profitable. That could present the government with a painful trade-off.

Even after its restructuring, GM is expected to remain one of the country’s largest employers of unionized workers, and it also does business with thousands of union and non-union employers.

That raises such questions as whether the government would allow GM to buy parts from a supplier that has resisted organizing efforts by the UAW or other labor unions, or whether it would encourage suppliers to support UAW organizing efforts — as GM had done for several years at the union’s urging.

The Treasury’s current plan is to hold its GM ownership stake in some form of trust, say people briefed on the situation. The administration’s auto team is now drafting documents that lay out how that trust and its government-appointed trustees will manage the government’s majority stake.

Still unclear is how long the government would maintain its ownership, these people say. There are differing views in the administration, with some advocating a quick sale of the stake while others argue the government needs to take a long-term view and hold GM for a long time to get a better price. One administration official said the government would likely sell its shares gradually, but only after GM had regained its financial moorings and rebuilt its reputation.

“This ownership thing is a few-year process, three years maybe, until auto sales come back,” said one person familiar with the matter.

How and when to sell GM and whether to consider private-equity firms or foreign auto makers as potential buyers presents another set of complications.

People familiar with the situation say that for now the government appears to have decided not to solicit buyers for equity stakes in a new GM, because it doesn’t have all the information investors would want before making what would likely be a multibillion-dollar commitment.

The government is still formulating financial projections and a capital structure for the new GM, which would be slimmed down to just a few brands—most likely Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and possibly GMC, as a niche truck brand, these people say. They say documents circulating in Washington show a radically smaller GM.

“Investing in GM would involve a couple billion dollars, which is obviously not an impulse buy, so you’d want to analyze it in depth,” said investor Wilbur Ross, who owns a large auto-parts supplier called International Automotive Components. “I’d think at some price there’d be some interest, especially as you remove debt and combine” that with relief from retiree health-care obligations and real wage-and-benefit concessions.

Economists point to the government’s intervention in the U.S. railroad industry in the 1970s as the best corollary to what may now happen at GM. In that case, the government created the Consolidated Rail Corp. in 1976 to absorb rail lines from two bankruptcy carriers. The company was sold to private investors 11 years later.

Write to Neil King at neil.king@wsj.com and Jeffrey McCracken at jeff.mccracken@wsj.com

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Mass suicide – do it for the planet!

Posted by foundersfreedom on April 20, 2009

The EPA this week declared that breathing is harmful for the planet.  The report, which was totally expected and widely and eagerly anticipated by American conservatives, calls for the creation of a new government agency that will oversee the mass suicides that will need to take place in order for the Earth to get back to its natural temperature.

Hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans have already signed up to “give it up for the planet” and will be notified by mail when they will have to report for their extermination.  Those numbers are expected to skyrocket now that this dire report has been issued.  Most of the high-profile applicants / volunteers come from Hollywood where they will put their money where their mouth is.  There’s even some concern that civil unrest may become an issue as the actor / activists vie for top billing as the first to do what’s right.  New York City is second, but still considerably behind Tinseltown. 

“We thought that cutting back to 2 limos and a Hummer for our entourages and hangers-on would have been enough,” said one actor who wished to remain anonymous. “But now this.  We even adjust the holding temperature in all three of our houses when nobody’s there. This MUST be serious.”

But putting a bit of a damper on this new call to action, what some even call patriotic, a few in Hollywood are concerned with what might happen to the industry once the big draws have been laid to rest.  The absence of names like Penn, Sarandon, Baldwin, Cruise, Paltrow, Depp, Hanks, or any number of other blockbuster names could put many union and guildmembers out of work.  Word on the street is that income from movies is what has made employment possible for the “behind the scenes folks,” something that hasn’t really been discovered until now.  For that reason many are willing to chance the besmirching of their reputations and renege on their commitment to the cause to help their less famous co-workers keep their homes and feed their families.  One household name said, “It would be pure selfishness for me to kill myself saving the planet, and leave my friends in the lurch. I just can’t do that to them.  If it means I’ll never work here again…so be it.”

Body bags will begin showing up in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, Boston and Houston in the next couple months.  What will be done with all the bodies?  Many have poo-poohed the idea of burial or cremation as that will only take up precious land or pollute the air even more.  The preferred option is to be thrown into the oceans so that wildlife can benefit.  Zoo animals have very strict diets and as such will not be candidates for a treat.  Feeding dead humans to land-based wildlife is still under consideration.  A government panel is weighing the pluses and minuses of the real possibilty that coyotes, wolves, bobcats and even dogs may desire more human flesh once they’ve had a taste of it.  On the one hand it’s random and violent, but on the other it will further ease the strain on the planet.  

Time will tell how many will have to die to get that half degree back.  To get your name on the list visit http://www.earthwhacko.org/killmenow or call 1-8-earthwhacko and dial ext. 666.

Read the whole article at the NY Times, home of  “all the news the Democrats want made up.”

 

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The Audacity of Obama lll – we NEED trillion dollar deficits to recover?

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 24, 2009

Nope, didn’t watch the press conference, like I didn’t watch the inauguration or anything else he’s on. I know what his teleprompter will tell him to say.  Same thing Clinton said when he wanted to blow a bunch of money; we need to make investments in (place liberal program here).

While the holders of huge amounts of our debt are asking us to get our act together, our President is selling $TRILLION deficits as far as the eye can see and says it’s all for our own good.  It takes a certain chutzpah to say that with a straight face and The O has it.  How else did he get elected?

What part of the growing call to create a new world currency does he not understand?  He’s throwing out more money in a year than most countries take in in a couple decades.  Money that is backed only by the breeze stirred up by the presses that print it – nothing more (unless you think the “full faith and credit of the United States” still means something). Monetizing the latest trillion dollar fix means that we owe it to ourselves.  That’s gotta be better than owing other countries, right?  What, Mr. President, will this do to the value of our dollar?  The world wants to dump it before it is totally worthless.   Saul Alinsky must not have covered that one.

An ideologue is an ideologue regardless of the circumstance, and Mr. Obama will not let this perfectly good crisis go to waste.  Pile on the health care, cap and tax to address the climate change hoax and the nebulous, ethereal alternative fuels investments (the magical answer to all our worries that no one’s managed to name yet). 

Just saw on the news that O’s approval rating is still dropping.  Zogby has it at 50% even.  Burning political capital like a great big V8 powered SUV.  He knows this window is closing fast. America is waking up.   To save his lifelong dream of creating a socialist Utopia he’s throwing caution to the wind.  So far Washington still seems to be ignoring us out here, but that is changing.  Find a vehicle, be it Glenn Beck’s 912 project, grassfire.org or other that’s fighting back and get on board.  If We the People don’t roar and light our Reps butts on fire America, as we’ve known her, is done.

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Coming soon: Pay-as-you-breathe tax.

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 24, 2009

We will be free to choose whether we pay this tax or not.  However, the method of  avoidance isn’t very appealing.  But then again, less people means a healthier Earth, right?  Also fewer of us rabble-rousers to control.  

I just got a great idea.  Since Obama, Pelosi and the other liberals are so fearful of the future of the Earth, perhaps they will do the right thing and lead by example.  They should immediately make a pact to stop producing toxic CO2 (i.e. breathing – for you typical Obama voter ).  That’s the sign of true leadership. Change we CAN believe in! 

From the AP  Any emphasisis mine.

WASHINGTON — The White House is reviewing a proposed finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that global warming is a threat to public health and welfare.

What a coincidence!  Just in time for the Prez’s cap and tax initiative.

Such a declaration would be the first step to regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and could have broad economic and environmental ramifications. It also would likely spur action by Congress to address climate change more broadly.

The White House acknowledged Monday that the EPA had transmitted its proposed finding on global warming to the Office of Management and Budget, but provided no details. It also cautioned that the Obama administration, which sees responding to climate change a top priority, nevertheless is ready to move cautiously when it comes to actually regulating greenhouse gases, preferring to have Congress act on the matter.

Government agencies don’t move cautiously. They run until they hit the inevitable wall.

The Supreme Court two years ago directed the EPA to decide whether greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, pose a threat public health and welfare because they are warming the earth. If such a finding is made, these emissions are required to be regulated under the Clean Air Act, the court said.

“I think this is just the step in that process,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, noting the Supreme Court ruling. Another White House official, speaking anonymously in deference to Gibbs, predicted “a long process” before any rules would be expected to be issued on heat-trapping emissions.

But several congressional officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft declaration had not been made public, said the transmission makes clear the EPA is moving to declare carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health and welfare and views them as ripe for regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Such a finding “will officially end the era of denial on global warming,” said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., whose Energy and Commerce subcommittee is crafting global warming legislation. He said such an endangerment finding is long overdue because of the Bush administration’s refusal to address the issue.

By fiat – not science.  But liberals NEVER let facts get in the way of their assaults on common sense.

The EPA action “signals that the days of ignoring this pressing issue are over,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., whose Senate committee is working on a climate bill.

No, just the days of logical and thoughtful dissent are over.  The juggernaut is in charge now.

Many business leaders argue, as did President Bush, that the Clean Air Act is ill suited to deal with climate change and that regulating carbon dioxide would hamstring economic growth.

“It will require a huge cascade of (new clean air) permits” and halt a wide array of projects, from building coal plants to highway construction, including many at the heart of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, said Bill Kovacs, a vice president for environmental and technology issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Abigail Dillen, an attorney for the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice, which is involved in a number of lawsuits challenging permits for new coal plants, dismissed the dire economic warnings from business groups about carbon dioxide regulation.

“It’s to their interest to say the sky is falling, but it’s not. … The truth is we’ve never had to sacrifice air quality to maintain a healthy economy. The EPA has discretion to do this in a reasonable way.”

An internal EPA planning document that surfaced recently suggests the agency would like to have a final endangerment finding by mid-April. But officials have made clear actual regulations are unlikely to come immediately and involve a lengthy process with public comment.

Gibbs, when asked about the EPA document Monday, emphasized that “the president has made quite clear” that he prefers to have the climate issue addressed by Congress as part of a broad, mandatory limit on heat-trapping emissions.

But environmentalists said the significance of moving forward with the long-delayed endangerment issue should not be understated.

“This is historic news,” said Frank O’Donnell who heads Clean Air Watch, an advocacy group. “It will set the stage for the first-ever national limits on global warming pollution and is likely to help light a fire under Congress to get moving.”

Hopefully that’s not the only fire that gets lit.  A fire needs to be lit under the reps that claim to represent us.

BO has seen that this has to get done now.  As the number of us “deniers” grows day by day, the window of opportunity is closing.  Despite several studies showing that the Earth may actually be cooling and has been for a few years, this insidious plan will be approved unless We the People generate our own amount of heat toward these arrogant hypocrites.  They live like royalty off our backs, flying around in their own self-importance  in their chartered or private jets, while passing laws that restrict everything the unwashed masses do. 

The insulation around Washington has to be ripped off and shredded.  As the economy worsens, and many much more knowledgeable than I say it will get much worse, how long can the American people tolerate the inevitable increases in their energy costs?  People are sharpening their pitchforks and everyday we see more and more reason to do so.  What are YOU doing about it?

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UN’s Ban Ki Moon,”US ‘deadbeat’ donor”

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 16, 2009

The corrupt, incorrigible “world body” has the audacity to call it’s biggest contributor a “deadbeat.”  And our public officials agree. 

This body has been ineffective for decades, but continues to extort the taxpayers for support.  This is the same organization that skirts their own sanctions to enrich themselves, sends soldiers on peace-keeping missions and forbids them to shoot, and has given over the Human Rights Council to the oppressive and hateful Islamists of the Organization of Islamic Countries.

US out of the UN – UN out of the US.

From the AP.  Emphasis mine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after his White House meeting with President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon raised congressional hackles by calling the United States a “deadbeat” donor to the world body.

Ban’s criticism Wednesday of the U.N.’s single biggest backer irked some members of the House Foreign Relations Committee. They were generally supportive of his leadership but voiced concern about U.N. efforts in areas from Sudan to Somalia.

“He used the word ‘deadbeat’ when it came to characterizing the United States. I take great umbrage (over) that,” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the panel’s senior Republican, said after an hour-long, closed-door meeting. “We certainly contribute a whole lot of U.S. taxpayer dollars to that organization. We do not deserve such a phrase.”

Interviewed after the session, Ban said he had wanted to draw attention to the fact that the U.S. agrees to pay 22 percent of the U.N.’s $4.86 billion operating budget, but is perennially late with its dues — and now is about $1 billion behind on its payments.

Who is the “US” that agreed to this?  I’m thinking it’s probably Carter, but don’t know this. 

That figure is “soon to be $1.6 billion,” Ban emphasized. Asked if he’d used the word ‘deadbeat’ during the meeting, he replied, “Yes, I did — I did,” then laughed mischievously.

Yeah, Ban, hysterical.

Ban also urged Congress to adopt climate change legislation to boost chances for his top goal this year: clinching a global climate deal. The hope is for accord at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Copenhagen in December.

Ban must have gone into business with Al Gore.  A global climate change deal is his top priority this year.

“I believe for the United States it’s a necessity. It will have a very politically important impact on the ongoing negotiation,” he said. “We need the U.S. leadership at this time. (The) whole world is looking at U.S. leadership.”

That’s code for we need your money.  Political necessity or veiled ransom?  

Ban generally got a “very respectful” reception from the House committee, said Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., who chairs a subcommittee that oversees U.S. participation in the United Nations.

“Clearly they have an interest in the United States meeting its responsibility. In terms of peacekeeping, we’re about $670 million behind, and I think the argument is well-stated,” Delahunt said.

No surprise here.  A  Dem. Congressman says this.  The UN is much more important than the US to many of these people.

He noted America backs U.N. peacekeeping operations — and said it loses credibility if it doesn’t provide financial support. “And at the same time, we have to recognize that there are no American troops involved in the 17 different venues where there are peacekeeping operations,” Delahunt said.

We’re too busy protecting the world from Islamists that are taking over the UN!  We should supply the rope we hang ourselves with.

Ban also met with Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who heads a House global warming panel, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Senate Foreign Relations chairman, and other of the committees’ members.

“Around the world, the United Nations is underfunded and overtasked,” Kerry said, standing beside Ban and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. Kerry said they talked about the need for the U.S. to meet its financial obligations to the U.N. and to adopt climate legislation this year to make cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

“I think there will be a very clear vision for all the participants in Copenhagen about what’s happening in the United States, and where we’re headed,” Kerry predicted.

That’s why Obama has to rush this through as his approval rating goes down, down, down losing political capital daily.

[…]

Ban told Obama his support for climate legislation is “encouraging”, but said 2009 is a “make-or-break” year for the U.N. and its member countries on global warming, Darfur and other prominent conflicts.

Are they noticing that fewer and fewer people are buying the hoax of man-made climate change? 

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Presto! Change-o! World Bank economist now “Climate Change expert”

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 23, 2009

Before reading the article, here’s something to keep in mind about Lord Stern. I got this from IdeaGlobal.com, a market research and analysis firm with a seperate concern named IdeaCarbon, concerning his position there.

Sir Nicholas noted: ” I am delighted to be joining the IDEAGlobal Group as Vice-Chairman.  I’m looking forward to working with the group on economic policy issues as well as on the future development of the carbon market.  I am very happy to be joining a research organisation which has a history of fostering positive changes to the global economy and developing markets”.

In welcoming Stern, Shandi Modi, CEO and founder of the IDEAGlobal Group, noted: “I’ve known Nick for many years; he has done a tremendous job in shaping the attention of the global community to take action on climate change which is now happening.  At IDEA he will undoubtedly play a major role in adding strength to our goal of harnessing the institutional investment sector to play a meaningful role through the development of a new asset class in Carbon, Nick will also be advising on our analytical work in other asset classes we cover as well in helping us think through future strategy”.  (my emphasis added)

Now read this from FoxNews with the proper perspective:

CAPE TOWN, South Africa —  If we don’t deal with climate change decisively, “what we’re talking about then is extended world war,” the eminent economist said.

His audience Saturday, small and elite, had been stranded here by bad weather and were talking climate. They couldn’t do much about the one, but the other was squarely in their hands. And so, Lord Nicholas Stern was telling them, was the potential for mass migrations setting off mass conflict.

Tactic – as the “consensus” loses some of its adherents to truth, step up the catastrophic claims.  Not only will the oceans rise with the temperatures, but so will political temperatures and world wars will begin. 

“Somehow we have to explain to people just how worrying that is,” the British economic thinker said.

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Stern, author of a major British government report detailing the cost of climate change, was one of a select group of two dozen — environment ministers, climate negotiators and experts from 16 nations — scheduled to fly to Antarctica to learn firsthand how global warming might melt its ice into the sea, raising ocean levels worldwide.
[…]

While waiting at their Cape Town hotel for the gusts to ease down south, chief sponsor Erik Solheim, Norway’s environment minister, improvised with group exchanges over coffee and wine about the future of the planet.

“International diplomacy is all about personal relations,” Solheim said. “The more people know each other, the less likely there will be misunderstandings.”

Understandings will be vital in this “year of climate,” as the world’s nations and their negotiators count down toward a U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen in December, target date for concluding a grand new deal to replace the Kyoto Protocol — the 1997 agreement, expiring in 2012, to reduce carbon dioxide and other global-warming emissions by industrial nations.

Solheim drew together key players for the planned brief visit to Norway’s Troll Research Station in East Antarctica.

Trying on polar outfits for size on Friday were China’s chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua, veteran U.S. climate envoy Dan Reifsnyder, and environment ministers Hilary Benn of Britain and Carlos Minc Baumfeld of Brazil.

Later, at dinner, the heavyweights heard from smaller or poorer nations about the trials they face as warming disrupts climate, turns some regions drier, threatens food production in poor African nations.

Jose Endundo, environment minister of Congo, said he recently visited huge Lake Victoria in nearby Uganda, at 80,000 square kilometers (31,000 square miles) a vital source for the Nile River, and learned the lake level had dropped 3 meters (10 feet) in the past six years — a loss blamed in part on warmer temperatures and diminishing rains.

In the face of such threats, “the rich countries have to give us a helping hand,” the African minister said. (emphasis added)

Ah, the nugget of truth.  The rich countries have been giving hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the poor countries. Where does that money go?  To build military juntas to support the corrupt rulers? How much is going to education, engineering and food production methods? Many of these poor countries have natural resources waiting to be tapped,  but with so much instability, it’s hard to get companies to invest in the process.

But it was Stern, former chief World Bank economist, who on Saturday laid out a case to his stranded companions in sobering PowerPoint detail.

If the world’s nations act responsibly, Stern said, they will achieve “zero-carbon” electricity production and zero-carbon road transport by 2050 — by replacing coal power plants with wind, solar or other energy sources that emit no carbon dioxide, and fossil fuel-burning vehicles with cars running on electric or other “clean” energy.

When did zero-emissions become the goal?

Then warming could be contained to a 2-degree-Celsius (3.4-degree-Fahrenheit) rise this century, he said.

But if negotiators falter, if emissions reductions are not made soon and deep, the severe climate shifts and sea-level rises projected by scientists would be “disastrous.”  It would “transform where people can live,” Stern said. “People would move on a massive scale. Hundreds of millions, probably billions of people would have to move if you talk about 4-, 5-, 6-degree increases” — 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

And that would mean extended global conflict, “because there’s no way the world can handle that kind of population move in the time period in which it would take place.”

This statement makes the assertion that a 2 degree increase over 100 years will evoke such a sudden relocation of peoples that it will cause civil unrest in the countries that will be pressured to receive them.   Nonsense.

Melting ice, rising seas, dwindling lakes and war — the stranded ministers had a lot to consider. But many worried, too, that the current global economic crisis will keep governments from transforming carbon-dependent economies just now.

For them, Stern offered a vision of working today on energy-efficient economies that would be more “sustainable” in the future.  “The unemployed builders of Europe should be insulating all the houses of Europe,” he said.

After he spoke, Norwegian organizers announced that the forecast looked good for Stern and the rest to fly south on Sunday to further ponder the future while meeting with scientists in the forbidding vastness of Antarctica.

This is just another warning to take any news concerning “climate change” or ANYTHING else.  Ignorance, as Rush says, is our most expensive commodity.

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