The Tea Party: Republicans or Parasites?

By: Gary J Verdes

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So here we are two weeks and counting into the Government Shutdown started by a fringe group of the GOP the Tea Party for the sole reason of repealing the Affordable Care Act Law (ObamaCare).

The Affordable Care Act Law was passed by Congress on March 23, 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court, and the GOP has had three years to work in Congress to make the Affordable Care Act Law better for the American People, but instead the GOP-led House voted to defund / repeal it 42 times, knowing each time it would never pass the Senate.

The Tea Party not a party at all just a group of Parasites living off the GOP and now bringing the GOP down to its lower poll number ever, are the sole cause of the Shutdown, led by Senator Cruz a no name from Texas until he took up the mantel of Tea Party leader for the sole reason to raised money for his 2016 Presidential aspirations. Cruz has single handedly done to the GOP what the Democrats could have never done, giving the GOP an 24 percent favorable opinion and the American voters now prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress to a Republican-controlled one (47 percent to 39 percent), up from the Democrats’ three-point advantage last month (46 percent to 43 percent), and at the bottom is the Tea Party (21 percent favorable/47 percent unfavorable).  And the real kicker for the GOP is the Affordable Care Act Law has become more popular since the shutdown began. Thirty-eight percent see the Affordable Care Act Law (ObamaCare) as a good idea, versus 43 percent who see it as a bad idea – up from 31 percent good idea, 44 percent bad idea last month.

So where will it end for the GOP; for one the Affordable Care Act Law will still be law even with its rocky start, the Senate will never vote to repeal it and President Obama will never sign it even if they did. Second; now that the GOP let a small group of Tea Baggers, less than 50 members, in Congress take control of its agenda, the GOP will now will have to start from its lowest favorable opinion with the American People in history to rebuild the Party. Not being a member of either party as an Independent may I make just one suggestion to the GOP, Bag the Tea Party before they totally destroy your party, let the Tea Party stand on their own, be their own party, and not be the Parasites they have been on the GOP. It’s time the GOP once again stood for the Grand Old Party, and Worked to Made America Better for All the People and Remove the Cancer (The Tea Party) From its Ranks!

Published in: on October 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

THE US MAKES AN UNWORKABLE DEAL WITH RUSSIA AS ASSAD WORKS ON HIDING HIS CHEMICAL WEAPONS

By: Gary J Verdes

The US makes an unworkable deal with Russia over Chemical Weapons in Syria, as Assad’s government forces are moving the Chemical Weapons so they are harder to find, and are systematically attacking hospitals and medical staff members and denying treatment to the sick and wounded from areas controlled or affiliated with the opposition, United Nations investigators said Friday in a new report that also detailed the use of hospitals as torture centers by military intelligence agencies.

U.N. Reports Syria Uses Hospital Attacks as a ‘Weapon of War’

America needs to get real about Assad; it’s more than just about Chemical Weapons. Screw the Red-Line; as Americans we need to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves do Americans sit back and let a Mad Man Massacre men, women, and children with any kind of weapons, if we do then it’s America who has crossed a Red-Line in our history where America no longer stand up for the words we have lived by in the Declaration of Independence:

“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 of 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 Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This is America’s Creed, not just for America but for all who seek their “unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Its time America to Stand Up and live up not to Red-Lines but to Moral-Lines, and stop Assad and any other Mad Men who Massacres their people in cold blood. 

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ALERT ASSAD MOVING CHEMICAL WEAPONS    

Published in: on September 14, 2013 at 11:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Why We Should Trust Russia to Remove the Syrian Chemical Weapons. NOT!

By: Gary J Verdes

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The Syrian chemical weapons program, set up in the 1970’s, with assistance from Iran and Russia, the New York Times reported  that from 2000 to 2010 Russia sold around $1.5 billion worth of arms to Syria, making Damascus Moscow’s seventh-largest client. Russia provides the Syrian regime a wide variety of military equipment and support, some of which can be modified or otherwise used to support the chemical weapons program. Syria for the past few years has reached out to Russia to obtain modern weapons that included many modern anti-tank and anti-air missile systems, MiG-29SMT fighters, Pantsir S1E air-defense systems, Iskander tactical missile systems, Yak-130 aircraft, and two Amur-1650 submarines from Russia.

Russia’s association with the ruling Assad family go back four decades. Russia-Syria trade is concentrated in the defense and energy industries. The vast majority of Russian exports to Syria are armaments, which makes Syria relatively more important as an export destination for the Russian defense industry.

Russian provocation of the United States regarding Syria also has roots in its decades-long relationship with the Syrian regime, which allows Russia to enjoy access to naval facilities, arm sales, military and intelligence cooperation.

Russia threatened to veto any sanctions against the Syrian government, and continued to supply arms to the regime. Putin echoed the argument of the Assad regime that anti-regime ’’militants’’ were responsible for much of the bloodshed, rather than the shelling by Syrian forces and the civilian killings attributed by survivors and Western governments to regime supporters.

Russia took a strong stand in support of Syria’s government and against international action—promoted by Western and Arab countries—to punish the government for its crackdown on the Syrian uprising. As one of five veto-wielding members of UN Security Council, Russia promised to veto any sanctions against the Syrian government put before the Security Council and continued supplying large amounts of arms that Syria had earlier contracted to buy.

Russia and Syria have been longtime allies and Moscow has repeatedly blocked UN action against Damascus since the civil war started in March 2011.Russia was one of two countries to vote against a formal UN Security Council condemnation of the Bashir al-Assad government for its attack on civilians in the city of Homs in February 2012. It also opposed any sanctions or intervention against the regime. Putin has resisted even the most modest of resolutions condemning Syria’s actions in the U.N. Security Council

So here’s the man were counting on:

Putin served as an officer in the KGB. Putin has even given National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asylum in Russia. For sixteen years Putin, who hosted the G20 summit meeting in St Petersburg this September, has run the country as his Private Feudal System for the past thirteen years. The media obeys his orders, political opponents are jailed on trumped-up corruption charges, and individuals who dig too deep into the murky history of Putin’s rapid rise to power (Anna Politkovskaya, Alexander Litvinenko, Yuri Shchekochikhin) die mysteriously of bullet wounds or poison.

This is the man were trusting to get Assad to give up his chemical weapons, we need to stop Syria now, before they start moving their chemical weapons to other country and putting them in the hand of other terrorist groups, who will then use then on other countries including America.

The Time is NOW to Take Out Assad and his Chemical Weapons!

 

Published in: on September 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Where do we get these politicians these days? We Elective them!

By: Gary J Verdes

Anthony Weiner the other day told a voter that: “You Don’t Get To Judge Me.” Guess what Anthony Weiner and all you other full of yourselves politicians, We the People / Voters not only get to judge you, we are your Judge, Jury and Executioner’s and that is not only the voters right but it’s our duty to be your Judge, Jury and Executioner’s.  It seems these days most of the politicians that represent us, don’t have any idea of what it is like to live a life of reality.  Politicians seem to think they are above the people and the law, if an ordinary citizen pulled what Weiner did on the Internet exposing himself to young women that citizen wouldn’t only not be running for public office he would be behind bars.  Another scumbag San Diego Mayor Bob Filner gets to resign from office as part of the proposed settlement he reached with city officials in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by a former aide. So if that was an ordinary citizen their settlement would be a jail cell. Its pass time that politicians are treated the same as all citizens, and not given any special treatment, time and time again politicians break laws and are able to hide behind their office, enough is enough.

Should politicians be allowed to break the laws that the rest of us are expected to abide by?

Should they get the same punishment as the rest of us if they do break the law?

I find it truly amazing and appalling that politicians and candidates for political office can seem to get away with breaking the law, while the average citizen is punished heavily for doing the same. This issue knows no political party as Democrats and Republicans have both had their fair share of breaking the law and getting away with it. Law Breaking knows no bounds when it comes to politicians. Washington D.C. lawmakers have gotten away with insider trading for many years

Like everyone else, members of Congress are subject to current insider trading laws. However, current insider trading laws do not apply to nonpublic information about current or upcoming congressional activity, that’s because members of Congress aren’t technically obligated to keep that information confidential.

So, for instance, if a lawmaker learns an upcoming bill will grant a company a large government contract, which could boost that company’s stock, he or she is free to buy that stock ahead of the bill’s public introduction. This form of “insider trading” is one of the reasons why there are so many wealthy members of Congress.

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How can it be that Congress can pass laws and not be subject to them?

Congress should have to live by the laws they pass just like the rest of us do.

The America People need to stop overlooking the law breaking of their elective leaders and start to hold them accountable for their actions. When elected officials break the law, they break the law for all of us. They represent us, after all, so their actions in public office reflect the people who elected them.

Published in: on September 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Red-Line, The Moral-Line / The Time to Act is NOW!

By: Gary J Verdes

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On Aug. 20, 2012 President Obama first warned against chemical weapons’ use in Syria, for the first time setting the U.S. Red-Line against such a move.

On Dec. 3, 2012: Obama repeated his warning to Assad “The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.”

On Mar. 19, 2013: Syria claims that rebel fighters used chemical weapons against government forces, when in fact it was Assad who used them against the Syrian people.

On Apr. 18, 2013: Britain and France provided letters to the United Nations claiming possession of evidence that chemical weapons have been utilized multiple times in the time since December by Assad on his own people.

On Apr. 25, 2013: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry each say that evidence exists that chemical weapons have been used.

On Jun. 13, 2013: The Obama Administration finally says that it has confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, and “estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from detected chemical weapons attacks.”

Finally on Aug. 24, 2013: Doctors Without Borders says in a press release that associated networks had treated 3,000 victims showing signs of toxicological poisoning and at least three hundred dead.

So the RED-LINE was crossed on Mar. 19, 2013, there has been other chemical weapons attacks on the Syrian people with no response for the US, it’s time that the Obama Administration stopped backing down and does what it said it would do if Assad used chemical weapons on his people, with or without the British Parliament, the UN, the Russian’s, the Congress or whoever else may or may not like it.

It’s time the US got back on MORAL grounds and stood up against Assad and his government, or any other government that would attack their own people or any other nation with any weapon of mass destruction.

Assad MUST PAY, if we don’t stop him now any nation will feel free to use chemical weapons and / or other weapon of mass destruction against its people or other nations, including against the United States. IT MUST STOP HERE & NOW!

Published in: on September 3, 2013 at 8:49 am  Leave a Comment  

Truths or Myths President Barack Obama!

By: Gary J Verdes

 I have been thinking a lot about the way President Obama has been criticized throughout his Presidency, and if he hasn’t had enough, I have.

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Not being a supporter of President Obama, voting for McCain in 2008, and Gary Johnson in 2012 I feel it’s time someone stood up for both the Office of the Presidency, and the man who currently holds it.

I was raised up to believe that during the campaign you support the person who you thought would best run the country for the things you believed in, and once the campaign was over you would support the person who won, and that person would be all America’s President, if you voted for that person or not.

So when did that change?

As I see it the change seems to have taken place sometime in President Clinton’s term’s, no matter what he did or did not do the other side just wanted a fight. It then continued through President Bush’s Presidency and he neither could do anything right to please the other side, and now it’s President Obama’s and he has gotten the worst of all the Presidents before him, and I believe it will be noted as the worst of any who come after him too.

So let’s take a look at some of the Truths or Myths about President Obama and put them to the test!

First; Recently there has been lots of criticism of the President’s vacation time and the number of days the President has taken. Let’s compare it to some of his predecessors; so far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. In 1798, President John Adams left the capital for seven months to care for his ailing wife Abigail; his enemies said he practically relinquished his office. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison routinely went away for three- and four-month stretches. Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War, was blasted for spending about 25 percent of his time away from the White House. Dwight Eisenhower took long summer breaks in Denver and spent almost every single weekend at Camp David.           John F. Kennedy rarely spent a weekend in the White House, staying at family homes in Palm Beach, Hyannis Port, and the Virginia countryside. Lyndon Johnson spent 484 days in five and a half years at his Texas ranch. Ronald Reagan was away for 436 days, usually at Rancho del Cielo (his mountaintop retreat in California) or Camp David. George W. Bush spent 32 months at his ranch (490 days) or Camp David (487 days) an average of four months away every year.                                                               In any case, the hard truth is that the President of the United States is never really on vacation, at best, they are working vacations. He goes on vacation with a small army in the range of 200 aides, Secret Service, communications and transportation personnel accompany him. He gets daily intelligence and national security briefings and has an extensive network of whatever is needed to stay on top of whatever situations happen anywhere in the world. If you really want to get mad at someone about vacation time, how about the members of Congress? They have 239 days off this year alone.  Some of the same people complaining about the President’s vacation are on vacation. Because in politics there is no time off from hypocrisy!

Second; President Obama has played more golf than any President in history; this isn’t even close to being true.          Now, there’s no question that he plays on a regular basis: 104 rounds from January 2009 through August 4 of this year. That puts him about in the middle when compared with other Presidential golfers. It’s less than Bill Clinton, and a lot less than Dwight Eisenhower, who played more than 800 rounds over eight years. And why is it an outrage if the President, who heads one of three branches of government, golf’s 104 times in three-and-a-half-years, but the head of another branch of government, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner told Golf Digest that he plays upwards of 100 rounds a year. Now that’s not a double standard, no way!

Third; President Obama shows his true colors by not going to Arlington National Cemetery.                                 Sadly, the days we set aside to honor those who have worn the uniform of our country and made the ultimate sacrifice have become highly politicized. There is an expectation that Presidents should go to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial and Veterans Day. Certainly, any Commander-in-Chief should mark these sacred days in such fashion. But paying tribute to those whose final resting place is in any other of America’s other 130 National Cemeteries are no less honorable. The tradition of going to Arlington itself on Memorial Day is fairly new. Most presidents never, or rarely, went. Let’s look at the past six decades: Eisenhower: Twice in eight years, Kennedy: Never in three years, Johnson: Once in five years, Nixon: Never in six years, Ford: Twice in two years, Carter: Never in four years, Reagan: Three times in eight years, Bush Sr.: Never in four years, Clinton: Eight times in eight year, Bush Jr.: Seven times in eight years, Obama: Three times in four years.

President’s Bush Jr. and Obama really have perfect records. The one year Bush wasn’t at Arlington he was at Normandy, honoring the heroes of D-Day. The one year Obama wasn’t at Arlington he was at a National Cemetery in Illinois, where the heroes who rest in peace there are no less deserving of our respect than those who rest in Arlington.

Fourth; Taxes under President Obama at all-time high. If you buy this one, congratulations: You’ve failed not just history, but economics as well. Between the combined burden of federal, state, and local income taxes, Americans are parting with the smallest share of their income since 1958. The Bureau of Economic Analysis says we pay 23.6 percent of what we make, down from an average of about 27 percent during the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s.

Fifth; President Obama is not a citizen, is a phenomenon that began during the 2008 US Presidential campaign as an attempt to discredit Senator Barack Obama by claiming that he was not born in the United States or that his father was not a US citizen at the time of his birth, and that being born in the US is a requirement for being elected President. This bogus suspicion was initially spread by bitter Senator Hillary Clinton supporters and the usual far right conspiracy theorists. Despite extremely strong evidence that it is outright wrong, and its failure to succeed in any legal challenge, the idea has gone main stream. Leading this effort no other than Donald Trump, who we all know has given more to this country in time and money, than, well what else needs to be said.

Sixth; And now the most frightening of all: President Barack Obama is the Antichrist!

There are at least two inherent flaws with this.

First, many seek to demonize those with whom they disagree politically. Calling a man the Antichrist is essentially declaring him to be Satan incarnate. Some on the far right were convinced that President Bill Clinton was the Antichrist. Some who hold to far left political views were convinced that President George Bush was the Antichrist. Now, those who disagree with the political views of President Barack Obama are throwing the Antichrist label at him as well. This political demonetization is ridiculous, as the biblical indicators of who is the Antichrist have nothing to do with conservative or progressive politics.

Second, Christians in the United States tend to forget that the end times revolve around the nation of Israel, not the United States. The Bible nowhere explicitly prophesies the existence of the United States. While the United States may have a role in the end times and/or with the Antichrist, it is just as possible that the United States will not even exist in the end times.
The misinformation being spread around that makes non-biblical statements about the Antichrist, attempting to create links with President Barack Obama. The most common states that the Antichrist will be a man of Muslim/Arab descent, in his 40’s, and will rule for 42 months (about the length of a U.S. Presidency). The Bible nowhere says anything about the ethnicity, religion, or age of the Antichrist.

So finally; What is it that really has some in this country so upset about President Obama?                                              As hard as it is to say, it’s may even be harder for some to hear, but in my opinion it is because it gives an acceptable outlet for racist impulses: its a few short steps from “he’s black” to “he’s not one of us” to “he’s not really an American.” One can only hope in this day and age that it is not so, but when you hear people say, he takes more time off that any other president, he is always playing golf, he doesn’t visit Arlington, he is a Muslim, he’s not an American, he wasn’t born in America, he is the Antichrist, all which are ridiculous myths I can come to no other conclusion except that President Obama gets treated like this because he is black.

Published in: on August 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

We the People’s Corrupt Congress

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By: Gary J Verdes

“We the People” are disgusted with our government. We ranked fixing “corruption in Washington” number 2 on Gallup’s poll of top presidential priorities in 2012. Yet Washington doesn’t seem to care. Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney even mentioned “corruption” as an issue that their administration would address. And it will take a lot more work by us to get them to pay attention.

We need a federal government that will place the interests of the public before petty disagreements and personal agendas. We must hold our elected officials accountable for the deteriorating state of our country.

Here are just a few members of Congress that we have elected and continue to re-elect to run our Government.

Rep. David Rivera from Florida’s 25th district, personal finances were already a legal black hole before he conspired to break campaign finance laws to prop up a candidate running in the Democratic primary for his House seat. Still under investigation by the FBI and IRS for failing to report income from a consulting firm connected to his family and misusing campaign funds, and subject of a separate FBI investigation for illegally providing support to one of his Democratic opponents.

Rep. Hal Rogers Sixteen-term member of Congress representing Kentucky’s fifth district. Adding to the long list of earmarks he’s steered to well-connected campaign contributors, and has shown yet again that he’s earned the title “Prince of Pork.” Earmarked millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts for a company whose owners and lobbyists have donated tens of thousands of dollars to his campaign and leadership PAC.

Rep. Laura Richardson Three-term member of Congress representing California’s 37th district. The House Ethics Committee finally took action against her — after letting her corruption fester for years. Reprimanded by the House of Representatives in 2012 for forcing official staff to work on her reelection campaign and attempting to cover up her misdeeds during a House Ethics Committee investigation.

Rep. Ron Paul Twelve-term member of Congress representing Texas’ 14th district. He illegally pocketed thousands of taxpayer dollars by double-billing his travel expenses to the House and either his campaign or one of several libertarian nonprofits. Over the course of a decade, the Texas Republican routinely billed his member’s representational allowance for travel receipts while receiving reimbursements in identical amounts from either his campaign or one of a handful of libertarian nonprofits, including one where the mother-in-law of one of his daughters was treasurer. After an audit, one group found that Rep. Paul owed a $20,000 refund for double-billed expenses.

Rep. Gregory Meeks Eight-term member of Congress representing New York’s sixth congressional district. After another year, multiple ongoing investigations’ behind-the-scenes dealings and crooked campaign donors remain frustratingly opaque. Under investigation by federal law enforcement and the House Ethics Committee for failing to report a loan for three years, and for ties to questionable nonprofit groups.

Rep. Howard McKeon Ten-term member of Congress representing California’s 25th district and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Received a sweetheart mortgage deal through the Countrywide VIP program, and then improperly used his official staff to try to contain the political fallout for his wife’s campaign.

Sen. Mark Kirk First-term senator representing Illinois. Over the course of his career in the House and Senate, he promoted legislation benefiting clients of his girlfriend, Washington, D.C. public relations professional Dodie McCracken. In three instances, the Illinois Republican sponsored bills that would allow non-profits represented by Ms. McCracken’s firm to issue commemorative coins. Two of the bills became law, yielding more than $2 million for each of Ms. McCracken’s clients. Passed laws affording financial benefits to his girlfriend’s clients, and paid both his girlfriend and ex-wife using campaign funds.

Rep. Darrell Issa Six-term member of Congress representing California’s 49th district and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Illegally published information from a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record In the course of his partisan witch hunt to hold the Attorney General in contempt, he knowingly broke disclosure laws. During floor debate over a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the Fast and Furious operation, the California Republican inserted information from a sealed wiretap application into the Congressional Record without a judge’s permission violates federal law. Rep. Issa knew that he could shield himself from prosecution by including the information in the Congressional Record, which would be protected under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause.

Rep. Michael Grimm First-term member of Congress from New York’s 13th district. Under investigation by FBI and possibly the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Federal Election Commission for running an illegal fundraising ring during his 2010 campaign. Federal investigators are probing whether a crooked fundraiser helped raise illegal funds in 2010 in exchange for the candidate’s promise to help obtain a green card. The New York Republican enlisted a well-connected Israeli citizen, Ofer Biton, during his 2010 campaign. Mr. Biton allegedly helped candidate Grimm solicit large sums from donors, including several pornography distributors, frequently breaking campaign contribution limits in the process, all in the hope that, once in office, Rep. Grimm would help him procure a green card.

Rep. Norm Dicks Eighteen-term member of Congress representing Washington’s sixth district  and Ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee didn’t hesitate to use his powerful committee assignment as a source of big gifts for his son. Rep. Norm Dicks increased federal funding to the Puget Sound Partnership, a nonprofit group where his son, David Dicks, was executive director, from $20 million to $50 million. The Environmental Protection Agency later investigated questionable spending by the Partnership and forced it to return more than $120,000. Used his position as an Appropriations Committee subcommittee chairman to steer funds to a nonprofit group run by his son.

Rep. Vern Buchanan Three-term member of Congress from Florida’s 13th district, is still the chief fundraiser for House Republicans — even though his own campaign’s fundraising broke just about every law on the books. The Florida Republican’s former business partner and several former employees of his car dealerships have testified that the congressman forced employees to contribute to his campaigns, and used corporate funds to reimburse them. To cover up his scheme, Rep. Buchanan allegedly tried to make his business partner sign a false affidavit in exchange for $2.9 million. Rep. Buchanan is also accused of misusing his corporate resources to benefit his campaigns, tax evasion, and lying on his personal financial disclosure forms.

Rep. Paul Broun Three-term member of Congress representing Georgia’s 10th district can’t keep his story straight about loans to his campaign. Between 2007 and 2010, the Georgia Republican illegally concealed information about the true source of thousands of dollars’ worth of loans to his campaign. He then repeatedly made conflicting statements about the source of the loans before amending his Federal Election Commission reports — which still left many questions unresolved.

Rep. Tim Bishop Five-term member of Congress representing New York’s first district, helped a wealthy constituent obtain permits to hold a fireworks show at the same time that his campaign solicited the constituent for a donation. In 2012, the New York Democrat intervened to help a constituent, Eric Semler, obtain environmental permits to hold a fireworks display at his Southampton, N.Y. home during his son’s bar mitzvah. While the permits were pending, Rep. Bishop’s campaign requested a donation of up to $10,000 from Mr. Semler. The following month, Mr. Semler and his wife made a combined donation of $5,000 to Rep. Bishop’s campaign.

Rep. Shelley Berkley Seven-term member of Congress representing Nevada’s first district, has spent a career advocating for renal care physicians, in spite of an obvious conflict of interest created by her husband’s medical practice. In 2008, the Nevada Democrat intervened to save a kidney transplant program at a university hospital that had been targeted for closure. Rep. Berkley’s husband is a nephrologist and president of a large medical practice with a direct financial stake in keeping the transplant program in operation. Under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for using her position to stop the closure of a kidney transplant facility in which her husband holds a large financial stake.

Rep. Rob Andrews Twelve-term member of Congress representing New Jersey’s first district, donors to his campaigns likely have no idea that the congressman is treating his campaign account like a personal piggybank. The Garden State Democrat got caught spending campaign funds on perks like a family trip to Scotland, travel to Tinseltown with his daughter, and even a high school graduation party. He  has also earmarked more than $1.5 million for Rutgers University Law School, his wife’s employer. Under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for using campaign funds on personal perks and privileges for his family, and earmarked more than $1.5 million for his wife’s employer.

Rep. Cliff Stearns Twelve-term member of Congress from Florida’s sixth district and his wife make a great team, when it comes to earmarking millions of taxpayer dollars for an institution that contributes to their family income. The Florida Republican earmarked millions of dollars for the College of Central Florida, where his wife, Joan Stearns, works and has received numerous promotions. He secured several of these earmarks after a House rule change required members to affirm that they had no financial interest in requested earmarks. He also improperly used official resources during his unsuccessful campaign for reelection this year. The campaign broke house rules by allowing Rep. Stearns’ official press secretary to act as campaign spokesman, and using footage of House proceedings in campaign advertisements.

Sen. David Vitter Two-term senator representing Louisiana, every year, seems to find new ways to outdo his previous deplorable conduct. The Louisiana Republican threatened to block a pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar unless the secretary agreed to issue more deepwater drilling permits. Although the Senate Ethics Committee rebuked Sen. Vitter and warned him not to engage in similar conduct in the future, Sen. Vitter boasted that he would continue to block pending pay increases for Secretary Salazar.

Rep. Don Young Twenty-term member of Congress representing Alaska’s at-large district. A long-running FBI investigation produced clear evidence that earmarked millions to a campaign contributor and used campaign funds to pay for personal expenses for himself and his wife. In 2005, the Alaska Republican inserted a $10 million earmark into a transportation bill — after it had passed Congress — to study a highway interchange that would benefit one of Rep. Young’s campaign contributors. Obtained documents about the FBI’s investigation into the earmark revealing that the bureau also investigated Rep. Young and his late wife, Lu Young, for using campaign contributions to pay personal expenses like meals, travel, and dry cleaning, he is now subject to a lengthy FBI investigation, which may or may not be ongoing, for earmarking millions of dollars to a campaign contributor, using campaign funds to pay personal expenses, and failing to disclose lavish gifts.

Rep. Edolphus Towns Fifteen-term member of Congress representing New York’s 10th district, ends his congressional joyride this year after treating his wife to a car leased with campaign funds, and using his position to acquire two sweetheart mortgage deals. A House report issued earlier this year found that Rep. Towns received favorable terms on two home loans as part of Countrywide’s VIP program. While he was chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Rep. Towns initially refused to subpoena information on the recipients of loans under the VIP program.

Rep. Aaron Schock Two-term member of Congress representing Illinois’ 18th congressional district needs a crash course in campaign finance laws. The Illinois Republican asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to donate $25,000 to a super PAC supporting an Illinois colleague. Federal law bars members of Congress from soliciting individual donations to super PACs larger than $5,000. Rep. Schock’s campaign committee reimbursed him for personal expenses, including a set of P90X workout DVDs and a stay at a five-star luxury hotel in Athens.

Rep. DesJarlais Republican from Tennessee a doctor is under Investigation by The Tennessee Department of Health for having inappropriate sexual relationships with his patients.  Before he was elected to congress in 2010, Rep. DesJarlais practiced medicine in Tennessee. On October 10, 2012, the Huffington Post reported that in 2001, Rep. DesJarlais engaged in a sexual relationship with one of his patients and pressured her to have an abortion. On November 15, 2012, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Rep. DesJarlais had sexual relationships with at least two patients. The Tennessee State Board of Medical Examiners’ Sexual Misconduct Statement and Policy prohibits Tennessee physicians from having sexual relationships with their patients.

Rep. Owens Democrat from New York is under scrutiny for traveling to Taiwan on a privately financed trip arranged by lobbyists.  In December 2011, Rep. Owens traveled to Taiwan at the invitation of the Chinese Culture University.  Rep. Owens and his wife flew in first class and stayed at hotels costing on average $520 per night. The entire four-day trip cost $22,132. Though the trip was paid for by the university, the trip was arranged by lobbyists employed by Park Strategies, a New York lobbying firm run by former Sen. Al D’Amato. House rules explicitly prohibit members from accepting trips organized or arranged by lobbyists.  On May 11, 2012, the day after ProPublica first reported the trip, Rep. Owens said he would reimburse the University for the Cost of the trip. On August 30, 2012, the OCE referred its investigation of Rep. Owens to the House Ethics Committee. On December 14, 2012, the chairman and ranking member decided to extend the inquiry.

Rep. Hastings Democrat from Florida is being investigating by The House Ethics Committee for allegations that sexually harassed a former staffer. Winsome Packer worked on the staff of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe from January 2008 to February 2010, while Rep. Hastings was co-chairman of the commission.  In March 2011, Ms. Packer filed a civil suit in federal court alleging sexual harassment.  In her lawsuit, Ms. Packer alleged that she was “forced to endure unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments, and unwelcome touching by Mr. Hastings,” and that Rep. Hastings and his staff threatened to fire her when she refused his advances. On October 13, 2011, the OCE referred its investigation of Rep. Hastings to the House Ethics Committee.  On November 28, 2011, the chairman and ranking member decided to extend the committee’s inquiry into Rep. Hastings’ conduct.  On January 11, 2012, the House Ethics Committee voted against conducting a full-scale investigation, but decided to continue its preliminary review of the allegations.

Rep. Renacci Republican from Ohio is being  investigated by the FBI for large campaign contributions made by employees of an Ohio-based direct marketing corporation, Suarez Corporation Industries, to Rep. Renacci. On May 18, 2012, the New Republic reported that the FBI had questioned employees of Suarez Corporation Industries about their donations. On May 21, 2012, Rep. Renacci’s campaign confirmed the FBI is investigating the contributions.

Rep. Young Republican from Arkansas is under investigation for allegedly accepting gifts that he failed to report on his annual financial disclosure statements, using campaign funds for personal purposes and making false statements to federal officials.  In a statement, the House Ethics Committee confirmed it had begun gathering evidence in the Young investigation during the 111th and 112th Congresses. On February 26, 2013, the House Committee on Ethics voted to establish an Investigative Subcommittee to look into the allegations against Rep. Young.

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As James Garfield, our 20th President, once said, “[T]he people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…”

Published in: on July 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Government Credibility

By: Gary J Verdes

I keep hearing how our government has now lost any shred of credibility it had left, or our Government has no credibility. The thing I don’t understand about the people saying our Government has no credibility, is who do they think the Government is?

Framers of the U.S. Constitution intended to create a Republican Government. (That form of government in which the administration of affairs is open to all the citizens. A political unit or “state,” independent of its form of government). Article IV, Section 4, states “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government….” Though the language was vague, the authors of the Constitution clearly intended to prevent the rise to power of either a monarchy or a hereditary aristocracy. Article I, Section 9, states, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States,” and most state constitutions have similar provisions. By a republic, James Madison meant a system in which representatives are chosen by the citizens to exercise the powers of government. All you need to do is read the preamble of the Constitution of the United States:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

So there we are; the Government of the United States of America is “We the People”.

It’s not the Government; we are a Republic form of Government. We the People are the one’s responsible for the Government we have, and the leader we elect to run that Government. If We The People allow our leaders to commit crimes, pass bad laws, lie, and we just sit back and keep re-electing the same Representatives and Senators who continue to fail We the People then we are just as GUILTY as they are for the credibility or non-credibility of our Government.

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Only We the People can change the way our Government works, we need term limits and need to put an end to lifelong politicians.

When the Founding Fathers deliberated over the blueprints for this great nation, they made no secret of the fact that, overwhelmingly, they believed anyone given power in government would eventually be corrupted by it.

“Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” –  Thomas Jefferson

“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” – James Madison

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with the power to endanger the public liberty.” – John Adams

“The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.” – George Washington

Our Founding Father never conceived that being a Representatives or Senators would be a lifelong career, and did not think it would ever be that way.

In October 1781, the First Continental Congress appointed a committee of thirteen delegates to examine ancient models of government for the impending union of the states, so the best ideas from the past could be incorporated into the new nation’s constitutional framework.

Along with the concept of instituting a democracy came a another proposal from Thomas Jefferson of Virginia urging a limitation of congressional tenure, “to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office the members of the Continental Congress…”.

The committee’s actual recommendations regarding term limits, were incorporated unchanged into the Articles of Confederation (1781-1789). Article V of that document stated, “no person shall be capable of being a delegate (to the continental congress) for more than three years in any term of six years.”

In contrast to the Articles of Confederation, the federal Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia omitted mandatory term limits from the second national framework of our government, the Constitution of the United States. Nonetheless, due largely to historical grass roots support for the principle of rotation, rapid turnover in office prevailed by extra-constitutional means (in other words, incumbents voluntary limited their own terms in office).

Many of the leading statesmen of the day regarded the lack of mandatory limits to political tenure as a very dangerous defect in our Constitution; especially as pertaining to the Presidency and the Senate.

Richard Henry Lee viewed the absence of legal limits to tenure from the Constitution, as “most highly and dangerously oligarchic.”

Thomas Jefferson and George Mason advised limits on the number of terms anyone can be elected to Congress, because noted Mason, “nothing can be so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation (of its members).”

Connecticut’s Roger Sherman wrote, “Representatives ought to return home and mix with the people. By remaining at the seat of government, they would acquire the habits of the place, which might differ from those of their constituents.”

Historian Mercy Otis Warren warned, “There is no provision for a rotation, or anything else to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which, by a little well timed bribery, will probably be done….”

If the Founding Father made one major mistake in drafting the Constitution, it was thinking incumbents would be capable of; voluntary limiting their own terms in office, but our Founding Father knew that they were capable of making mistakes and gave We the People a way to amend the Constitution; The Constitution provides Article V that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.

Since the chances of getting a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate is not going to happen since those now in the two houses of Congress aren’t capable of voluntary limiting their own terms in office, it’s up to We the People to put the pressure on our State legislatures to call for a constitutional convention to impose term limits on the House of Representatives and the Senate.

George Mason may have said it best, “Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens.

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By: Gary J Verdes

To The President and Congress:

As you sit and debate gun control, and how to take the 2nd Amendment “right of the people to keep and bear arms” away from Patriotic Americans. The Terrorists are using the Internet to spread propaganda, recruit volunteers, raise funds and yes the teaching of other terrorist on how to build bombs and kill Americans.

Maybe just maybe it’s time for you Mr. President and Congress to act.
If we consider the Internet analogous to geography, virtual space as it were, we begin to witness a mirror or map of the world and its inhabitants. Terrorist groups, in all their variety and complexity, feel compelled to stake a claim to this virtual territory. Their methods vary from those of extremely nationalistic, such as the Tamil Tigers or the Basque Separatists, for whom a single website is their resident home, to Al-Qaeda, Hamas, The Taliban and Islamic Jihad, groups less concerned with national boundaries and more with the boundaries of hearts and minds. Al-Qaeda, just as a multinational corporation, is a product of the 21st century and operates with a fluidity that largely ignores national boundaries. The Internet also provides a global pool of potential recruits and donors. Online terrorist fundraising has become so commonplace that some organizations are able to accept donations via the popular online payment service PayPal.
Terrorist websites can serve as virtual training grounds, offering tutorials on building bombs, firing surface-to-air missiles, shooting at U.S. soldiers and killing American’s both home and abroad. Some Israeli and U.S. officials believe that terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad use the Internet to provide specific instructions to fellow terrorists including maps, photographs, directions, codes and technical details of how to use explosives. In addition to terrorist sites, the World Wide Web also contains dozens of sites run by domestic white supremacist and militia groups using the Internet to promote their radical, Anti- Government agendas to explain their killing of Americans. Other sites actually provide information on how to build bombs as well as instructions for making dangerous chemical and explosive weapons. Many other sites post the “Terrorist’s Handbook” and “The Anarchist Cookbook” that offer detailed instructions of how to construct a wide range of bombs.
So now what can be done in a society that has a 1st Amendment that in part states “Congress shall make no law…. abridging the freedom of speech…” So that is the big question what is “Freedom of Speech” Since my childhood I was told that I could not yell fire in a movie theater, well isn’t that my right under the 1st Amendment?
The idea of falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater arose from the Supreme Court’s 1919 decision in the case Schenck v. United States. The Court ruled unanimously that the 1st Amendment, though it protects freedom of speech and expression, does not protect dangerous speech. In the decision, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that no free speech safeguard would cover someone “falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic.”
So what would Oliver Wendell Holmes think about Web sites that promotes Terrorists using the Internet to spread propaganda, recruit volunteers, raise funds and yes the teaching of other terrorist on how to build bombs and kill Americans? Would Judge Holmes think that building bombs and exploding them in an American city to kill and mane as many Americans as they can be “causing a panic”. Just look at the news reels of the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Bombing and you tell me about “causing a panic”. Enough is Enough it’s time “We the People” demand that the President and Congress act, not by taking away guns from Patriotic Americans, but by taking down Terrorists and their Web sites that are use to spread propaganda, recruit volunteers, raise funds and yes teach other terrorist how to build bombs and kill Americans there by “causing a panic”.

Mr. President and Congress think you can handle taking away the Terrorists right’s to kill Americans, and leave Patriotic Americans in peace.

Published in: on April 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Congressional Reform Act

The Congressional Reform Act has been going around the Internet and passed around through email for awhile, it’s now time to put our candidate’s feet to the fire. Its time our Representatives started living in the real world where “We the People” have been living for years. We can no longer afford to have Representatives living off the backs of the American People; it’s time that they were treated like “We the People” and not like aristocrats.
Our Founding Fathers started the Revolution War to end a monarchy ruled by aristocrats and now the United States has become an aristocracy, a republic that is being dominated by aristocrats.
Click on the link below then click on the Congressional Reform Act button, print out the Congressional Reform Act Pledge and take it to the Candidates in your State and have then sign it if they want your votes. Please return it to garyjv08@gmail.com so we can keep track of those who have taken the Pledge, and hold them to it. We know that this is not the answer to all our problems, but it’s a start, and will help to bring our Representatives back to the reality that “We the People” are dealing with every day. Maybe then they will work together to solve the problems that “We the People” deal with since they too will have to deal with them in their daily life.

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Published in: on June 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm  Comments (119)  
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