Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hidden in Jobs Bill; Department of Labor public comment period to end with expanded union power; China wants US technology on Chevy Volt; AZ posse for reviewing birth certificate; "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrates in NYC; Saudi-US cooperation at risk over Palestine in UN; Bachmann fact-check byPolitiFact; Little Lizard might shut down oil drilling; Taxation of "rich" fact-checked; How Buffett pays "so little" in taxes; New hotline for illegals

[I have read part of President Obama's Jobs Bill because I read about the following and wanted to find out for myself.  I don't understand why the next two items are not being shouted about on Fox News......]
1)      Obama’s Jobs Bill, Section 376: A State shall not be immune from a suit brought in a Federal court of competent jurisdiction for a violation of this Act. A State's receipt or use of Federal financial assistance for any program or activity of a State shall constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity.    The Constitution states that any powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution are reserved, respectively, to the states or the people.  [Apparently all that needs to happen to change the Constitution is to have a President just write a law turning it on its ear.  For sure - don't take my word for it; go to:  No wonder he is repeating that this needs to pass now - before we can read it.]

(b) Waiver of State Immunity-

The Supreme Court ruled that federal courts may enjoin state officials from violating federal law. [Just change the federal law with an Executive Order - easy!]

Redstate writes: On Wednesday, the public comment period will be closing on a Department of Labor proposal that the majority of America knows nothing about and even fewer understand.
If enacted as drafted, the union cronies within the Department of Labor will require every private-sector employer and service provider (whether or not they ever talk directly to employees) to file financial statements with the Obama Labor Department if the service provider’s services indirectly affect employees’ choice to unionize or not.
Unless you act by commenting here, this rule change will likely take affect. [See link to and sample comment below.]
Once the financial information—which includes the service provider’s entire company (or firm’s) receipts (even from other clients)—are submitted, it will become public information. It will then be published on the Department of Labor’s website and available to union bosses. What’s more, willful failure to file the financial information is a criminal violation, punishable by either imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Here are the types of vendors (and the employers that hire them or purchase goods from them) who will likely be caught up in the DOL’s new proposed rules: (for instance)
  • Writers (or authors) who may write a website, publication, sell a book, or other material that may promote a positive employee relations culture, thereby dissuading employees from unionizing
  • Website designers who may be contracted to design and build a website to be used for internal communications with employees
  • Consultants who coach management on how to structure and effectively manage employee teams
  • Employee engagement consultants who help companies and employees with positive employee relations http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2011/09/19/take-action-americas-job-creators-are-about-to-be-sucker-punched-you-have-until-wednesday-to-comment/
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The Detroit Free Press writes: Both of Michigan’s U.S. senators are now calling for a formal investigation of Chinese trade practices related to electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow wrote U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on Wednesday asking for action to determine whether China is attempting “shakedowns” of American companies to turn over their technology secrets.
Today, Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin sent his own letter to Kirk and acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank.
“The Chevrolet Volt represents intellectual property developed in the United States and paid for by General Motors research and development dollars,” Levin wrote. “The U.S. government must not allow China to coerce American companies to give their technology away to foreign competitors in order to have access to their markets.” http://www.freep.com/article/20110916/BUSINESS01/110916044/Stabenow-Levin-join-call-probe-China-electric-vehicle-shakedowns-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
World Net Daily reports: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona has constituted a special law enforcement posse to investigate allegations brought by members of the Surprise, Ariz., Tea Party that the birth certificate Barack Obama released to the public April 27 might be a forgery, WND has learned.
The posse, under the authority of Arpaio's office, will consist of two former law enforcement officers and two retired attorneys, headed by Michael Zullo, a retired police detective originally from Bergen County, N.J.
MSNBC reports: More than 1,000 demonstrators descended on New York City's Financial District on Saturday for what could be a days-long protest of what they said was corporate greed favoring the rich at the expense of ordinary people.
The rally, dubbed Occupy Wall Street on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook where word was spread, spurred the New York Police Department to lock down Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall, local media reported.
Police set up checkpoints to allow only those who could prove they lived or worked on Wall Street to enter, the New York Daily News reportedhttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44564317/ns/us_news-life/
RedState writes about the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstration : Their list of “demands” includes (among others), this gem:
We call for workers to not only strike, but seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize them democratically. We call for students and teachers to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the teachers to the students, but the students to the teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds together. http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2011/09/18/occupywallst-just-a-saturday-stroll-through-the-park/

Yahoo News reports: Speculation over the state of relations between Washington and Riyadh were stirred again this week when the former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki al-Faisal, wrote a blistering New York Times opinion piece.
He warned that if Washington carried out its threat to use its veto to halt the Palestinian drive for statehood recognition in the UN Security Council, it would put at risk Saudi-US cooperation in numerous areas.
"The 'special relationship' between Saudi Arabia and the United States would increasingly be seen as toxic by the vast majority of Arabs and Muslims, who demand justice for the Palestinian people," Prince Turki wrote.
In the commentary headlined "Veto a State, Lose an Ally," he warned that Saudi cooperation with the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and the Gulf could also be at risk. http://news.yahoo.com/us-saudi-relationship-good-shape-top-us-official-185142549.html
International Business Times opines: Michele Bachmann has made more factual gaffes than any of the other Republican presidential candidates, according to PolitiFact.com, a nonpartisan Web site that vets public officials' statements. Of the 35 Bachmann statements that PolitiFact.com had vetted as of Friday, only 14 percent were rated true or mostly true. Nine percent were rated "half true," and 77 percent -- more than three-quarters -- were rated mostly false, false or "pants on fire," a category reserved for assertions that are not only inaccurate but "ridiculous," according to the editors of the Web site.
Rick Perry scored better than Bachmann, but still very poorly. PolitiFact.com vetted 81 statements by the Texas governor and found that 23 percent were true or mostly true, 27 percent were "half true," and 49 percent were mostly false, false or "pants on fire." Mitt Romney (48 percent true, 35 percent false) and Ron Paul (55 percent true, 23 percent false) had more respectable numbers, though by no means excellent. http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/215496/20110917/bachmann-campaign-2012-gaffes-politifact-hpv-vaccine.htm 
The Daily Caller reports: A little lizard is creating big concerns for Texas.
The Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, also known as the Sand Dune Lizard, inhabits the Permian Basin, one of America’s top energy producing regions. It contains more than 20 of the nation’s top 100 oil fields and, in the counties identified with lizard habitat, is keeping an estimated 27,000 jobs intact.
Despite the White House’s laser focus on jobs, the administration has its sights on putting these lizards on the Endangered Species List — a move which would severely limit oil production and kill area jobs in order to make the Permian Basin a protected habitat for the lizard.
“The wolf at the door is the lizard; we’re concerned listing it would shut down drilling activity for a minimum of two years and as many as five years while the service determines what habitat is needed for the lizard. That means no drilling, no seismic surveys, no roads built, no electric lines,” said Ben Shepperd, president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA).
News Busters writes: Even at the $100,000 under $200,000" level, taxes were 11.9 percent and 16.3 percent respectively.
Yet when you get to $500,000 and over, the numbers jump to as high as 25.8 percent and 29.7 percent respectively.
That certainly isn't what the media are telling you, is it?
To be sure, at the $10 million and over number, taxes drop a bit because these folks clearly make more of their total income in investments than most people. However, even they paid higher percentages than anyone making less than $500,000 AGI or TI.
As such, this idea that millionaires are in general paying less tax percentagewise than - ahem - secretaries has absolutely no basis in fact.
Wouldn't it be nice if so-called journalists actually shared this information with the public rather than the "rich aren't paying their fare share" nonsense we constantly hear and read?
National Review editors write: Mr. Obama and his favorite campaign underwriter, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, have tried to bring in a bumper crop of political hay out of the fact that Mr. Buffett alleges that he pays taxes at a lower effective rate than does his secretary. There’s rather less to that than meets the eye: Mr. Buffett, the third-wealthiest man currently walking the earth, pays himself a salary of only $100,000 a year, and says his secretary earns around $60,000. (If his secretary has a spouse similarly employed, the couple may very well earn a combined salary higher than Mr. Buffett’s, as indeed do any number of police detectives and high-school principals.) Mr. Buffett pays no taxes on dividends accruing to the many shares of stock he holds in his company, Berkshire Hathaway, simply because the firm does not pay a dividend, while most of his personal wealth has been put into a trust. Each of those facts — the relatively low salary, the lack of dividend payments on Berkshire Hathaway shares, the trust — is part of a calculated strategy to avoid paying taxes. 
Beyond his centerpiece tax hike, the president has packed his proposal with a mess of phony savings. Amusingly, the president has included “savings” from forgone Iraq and Afghanistan spending that was never going to happen in the first place — and then counted interest that was never going to be paid on the money that was never going to be borrowed for the spending that was never going to take place.  http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/277700/obama-hits-bottom-editors?page=2
NBC Chicago reports: A new hotline being unveiled Monday aims to help illegal immigrants clear up confusion about deportation.
Modeled after those for the homeless or victims of domestic violence, the "first-in-nation" crisis hotline will serve callers 24 hours a day. It launches Monday afternoon at Jane Addams Hull House. 
Volunteers will take calls and direct people facing deportation to lawyers and social service agencies by asking them a checklist of questions to help determine the right course of action.
"In the last five years, 48,330 people have been deported from the Chicago ICE region, leaving an estimated 80,550 children without a parent," the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said in a statement.
Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.
The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.
The code cites “churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal and community service organizations.”
But a Bible study in a home? http://visiontoamerica.org/4119/city-demands-christians-get-permit-for-bible-study/

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