Governmental Bailouts

Posted on December 12th, 2008 by Dave under Civics.

Perhaps we should all send this bit of wisdom/sage advice to our legislators…

” When  considering any proposed governmental action, the first question must always be: “Where in the constitution do you find the authority for the proposed action?”  If that question cannot be satisfactorily answered there is no justification for further inquiry. ”

Byrum Lee, esq.

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Jeffersonian quotes

Posted on December 10th, 2008 by Dave under Civics.

Jefferson’s logic was superb and he turned out to be a  prophet.

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in  Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from  those who are willing to work and give to those who would  not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as  it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half  the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can  prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people  under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government  results from too much government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to  keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect  themselves against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time  with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation  of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and  tyrannical.
Thomas Jefferson

Very Interesting Quote

In light of the present financial crisis, it’s  interesting to read what Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

‘I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous  to our liberties than standing armies. If the American  people ever allow private banks to control the issue of  their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the  banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks  will deprive the people of all property until their children  wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers  conquered.’

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Worth remembering

Posted on November 22nd, 2008 by admin under Civics.

Talk is cheap. It takes money to buy beer.  Blanch Barney, my 101 year old Grand mother.

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This about sums it up for me

Posted on November 12th, 2008 by admin under Civics.

Subject: 545 PEOPLE

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 why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered why, 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 do es.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 300 million – are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this count ry.

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 co ngressman, 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? 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 inIRAQ.

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 theOrlando Sentinel Newspaper.

Thanks to Al from the Austin Healey owners list for this quote attributed to John Adams:

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. – John Adams

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