Friday, January 27, 2012

GOP lawmakers preparing sweeping overhaul of healthcare; Obama's staff owe $833,970 in back taxes; China owes us; Brits call for Obama investigation on Muslim appointees; Was partial ownership of GM a conflict of interest on the Volt?; No U.S. citizen may be detained without due process if HR3676 passes; Another Democrat Representative to retire; Ryan holds firm on plan; First convictions in Fast and Furious; Identies of CIA agents leaked to ACLU; Democrat Governor to retire; Obama signed international treaty much like SOPA and PIPA; New Obama rule manages 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands; Another taxpayer funded green energy company goes bankrupt reports: A key House Republican said Wednesday that GOP lawmakers are preparing a sweeping overhaul of healthcare in anticipation of a chance to pass something this summer after the Supreme Court rules on President Obama’s health law.

The nine justices are expected to hand down a landmark ruling in June on whether the individual mandate and Medicaid provisions in Mr. Obama’s biggest legislative achievement are constitutional. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), said that whichever way they rule, there will be a chance to make a case to voters once again that Mr. Obama’s plan should be scrapped.

“We’ll have a window of opportunity, with everyone looking, to explain that the Affordable Care Act is not fully implemented yet,” said Mr. Pitts, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee. “A lot of people think it is already. They don’t know what’s coming.”
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- reports: A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.


Fox News reports: Many people assume China has the U.S. over a barrel. The country buys so much of our debt—around $800 billion—that we cannot “rock the boat” when it comes to U.S. and China relations. That has meant not pressing the PRC “too hard” when it comes to North Korea, or Iran
Many decades ago, China sold sovereign bonds worldwide to investors in many nations. They sold tens of thousands of these bonds on U.S. soil to American citizens on the recommendation of our government, indicating it was a solid investment. 
Over the last sixty years, China has refused to pay to these bondholders either the principal or interest on these full faith and credit sovereign bonds. (To say nothing of the hundreds of billions also owed to U.S. artists from unpaid royalties on the more recent sale of pirated CD’s and videos, but that's another story). 
Under international law as it has been understood for centuries, successor governments, no matter the circumstances of the establishment of a new government, whether by revolution or civil war, must pay the sovereign debt incurred by its predecessor.  But currently, the People’s Republic of China owes a debt of over $750 billion to American citizens who are holding these full faith and credit sovereign bonds (many of them denominated in gold) sold to them by the Republic of China. Worldwide, the debt China owes to all bondholders is estimated to be several trillion dollars. The debt owed to the American people should be paid. The U.S. government could dollar for dollar offset bond interest we owe China with interest, principal and penalties China owes us.
That would be $750 billion. Split 10 to 1, the U.S. taxpayer saves $700 billion in debt payments and the bond holders could receive the balance. As part of the deal, each state could receive badly needed investment funds as well.[ABF Charities, a 501(c)3 organization devoted to humanitarian projects across all of the United States could distribute these funds]
And we could contribute significantly over a period of years to reduced U.S. debt. That could even be part of the upcoming budget and debt agreement, paid down over a period of years. 
The British Defense League reports: An investigation of President Obama and his administration must commence immediately.
Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, author and self-described Liberal Democrat Marxist Muslim who campaigned for Barack Obama, revealed the identity of Obama’s White House appointees who have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (see Muslim Brotherhood in our White House – Vetting Obama).
Obama’s appointees could access sensitive military and National Defense information while in our White House, to include military missions that were planned for SEAL Team Six. Important questions surround the murder of 30 U.S. special operations troops, which included 17 members of Navy SEAL Team Six.
Why did Obama release the identity of SEAL Team Six as the specific team that took out Osama bin Laden?
Never before has a sitting U.S. President done this. Releasing their identity puts a bulls-eye on their backs by providing Al Qaida, Hamas and the Taliban (terrorist groups created by the Muslim Brotherhood) with the information they need to target those specific soldiers. It also openly provided their identity to White House appointees who have alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Now all that was needed was the time and location of a future mission for SEAL Team Six in order to take them out and avenge the death of Osama bin Laden, which appears to have happened.
Did Obama’s appointees know, in advance, that members of SEAL Team Six would be in that chopper at that location when it was taken down by terrorists?
If not, how is it that the terrorists were in that exact location at that exact time, fully equipped with the artillery needed to destroy the chopper and all who were on board?
Yahoo News reports: A GOP-led House committee is challenging the Obama administration's investigation into Chevy Volt batteries that caught fire last year, raising questions about whether the government's partial ownership of General Motors Co. created a conflict of interest.
The report by the Republican staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said it was "deeply troubling" that safety regulators waited several months before telling the public that a Volt battery caught fire three weeks after a government crash test. The fire happened in June but was not made public until November — "a period of time that also coincides with the negotiation over the 2017-2025 fuel economy standards," the report states, adding that it was possible that those negotiations "incentivized NHTSA to remain silent on the issue."
Thumb GOP reports: Regarding NDAA, here's a Congresswoman who responds to concerns of her consitutents. U.S. Representative Candice Miller is co-sponsoring HR3676, legislation that would clarify that no U.S. citizen may be detained without due process. "When making law words matter, and Congress does not always get it right when crafting legislation even with the best of intentions". Read about it here:
National Journal reports: Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., will retire rather than run against fellow North Carolina Democratic Rep. David Price in a new, merged district, according to a report in the Raleigh News & Observer.
Miller was first elected in 2002. North Carolina's Republican-controlled redistricting process put both Miller and Price in the same district, but Miller said Wednesday he didn't want to put the Democratic Party through a "divisive" primary. The new 13th District cut away most of Miller's previous constituency along the Virginia border.
Miller said he had hoped courts would overturn the redistricting plan, but a judicial panel ruled last week against pushing back North Carolina's primary, making that unlikely.  [Of course when Democrats are in charge after a new Census, they redistrict to their advantage.  It's just not "fair" when Republicans are in charge.]

Miller's exit makes him the twelfth House Democrat to retire outright this year and the 30th member of Congress to announce he won't run for another term.  [This site has a link to the list of all the Democrats who are done.]
 RYAN UNAPOLOGETIC, DEMS PLEASED. In a forum sponsored by National Journal and The Atlantic, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promised that despite President Obama’s “demagoguery” on the issue, House Republicans will stick with the Ryan plan to fundamentally recast Medicare as a premium-support system in an election-year House Budget proposal. Democrats are licking their chops. A Senate Democratic leadership aide said “protecting Medicare” will be one of two top messaging points—the other being jobs—that the party hammers this year. Read more. 
Personal Liberty reports: The first convictions in the Department of Justice’s fatally flawed Fast and Furious gunwalking scheme were made in a Federal court on Monday; the investigation into the operation continues.
Jacob Wayne Chambers and Jacob Anthony Montelongo each pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, and Montelongo also pleaded guilty to dealing guns without a license, according to The Associated Press.
The pair admitted that they were part of a 20-person smuggling ring that trafficked guns to Mexico for the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Chambers bought 79 guns from “straw” dealers in Arizona between September 2009 and December 2009
American Thinker writes: In a May 22, 2010 letter to President Obama, Congressman Todd Akin (R.-2nd Dist, Missouri) called for a "full and thorough investigation" into how the identities of two CIA covert operatives were leaked to the ACLU.
Forty-seven other members of Congress co-signed Congressman Akin's letter.
After one year of the DOJ seemingly taking no action, and then two years of investigating, on January 23, 2012, former CIA employee John Kiriakou was charged with leaking the identities of two CIA officers to three journalists, who then gave the information to an investigator working in the ACLU's John Adams Project.
Photographs of the CIA officers were obtained and inserted into a group of non-CIA personnel photos, and then given to detainees.  The detainees were to pick out the faces of their interrogators whom they recognized.
So does Kiriakou's arrest end the investigation?  Not for Congressman Akin.  He believes there are more concerns attached to this case.
When, on January 24, 2012, Akin's office was contacted for a comment concerning the arrest of John Kiriakou, Press Secretary Steve Taylor responded, "Bottom line: Congressman Akin does not believe all of the concerns have been addressed."
Read more:
Politico reports: First-term North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue will announce Thursday she won’t seek reelection, multiple sources have confirmed to POLITICO.
Saddled with low poll ratings, Perdue, a Democrat, was the most endangered incumbent governor of the cycle and faced grim prospects in the fall against Republican Pat McCrory, a former Charlotte mayor who is expected to formally launch his bid in the coming weeks.


Infowars writes: Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was signed by Obama on October 1 2011, yet is currently the subject of a White House petition demanding Senators be forced to ratify the treaty. The White House has circumvented the necessity to have the treaty confirmed by lawmakers by presenting it an as “executive agreement,” although legal scholars have highlighted the dubious nature of this characterization.
The hacktivist group Anonymous attacked and took offline the Federal Trade Commission’s website yesterday in protest against the treaty, which was also the subject of demonstrations across major cities in Poland, a country set to sign the agreement today.
Under the provisions of ACTA, copyright holders will be granted sweeping direct powers to demand ISPs remove material from the Internet on a whim. Whereas ISPs normally are only forced to remove content after a court order, all legal oversight will be abolished, a precedent that will apply globally, rendering the treaty worse in its potential scope for abuse than SOPA or PIPA.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Office of the US Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President website shows: The United States, Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Morocco, and Singapore signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a ceremony on October 1, 2011, in Tokyo, marking an important step forward in the international fight against trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. Representatives of the remaining ACTA negotiating parties, the European Union, Mexico, and Switzerland, attended the ceremony and confirmed their continuing strong support for and preparations to sign the Agreement as soon as practicable. The next step in bringing the ACTA into force is the deposit of instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval from each of the signatories. The agreement will enter into force following the deposit of the sixth such instrument.
Washington Post reports: The Obama administration finalized a rule Thursday governing the management of 193 million acres of national forests and grasslands, establishing a new blueprint to guide everything from logging to recreation and renewable energy development.
The guidelines — which will take effect in early March and apply to all 155 national forests, 20 grasslands and one prairie — represent the first meaningful overhaul of forest rules in 30 years. The George W. Bush administration had issued a management-planning rule for national forests in 2008, but a federal court struck it down the next year on the grounds that it did not provide adequate protection for plants and wildlife.
“These new Obama regulations introduce excessive layers of bureaucracy that will cost jobs, hinder proper forest management, increase litigation and add burdensome costs for Americans,” Hastings said.
Washington Post reports:  Ener1, an electric car battery company that the Obama administration awarded a $118 million stimulus grant to expand its operations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday after being unable to repay pressing debts.

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