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Send A Message That Americans Oppose ObamaCare And That We WILL Hold Congress Accountable!

One day after Obama’s latest “urgent appeal” to the American people to support his unpopular health care proposal, Representative Bart Stupak announced that he and 11 other Democrat congressmen WILL NOT vote for the Senate version.

Why? Because of language that permits the federal government to “directly subsidize abortions.”

Stupak is not alone in reaching that conclusion. Even though Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and a chorus of other pro-abortion Democrats cross their hearts and say there are no changes to abortion law in ObamaCare, the nation’s pro-life groups are warning that there would be a HUGE change.

Pelosi is downright peevish when asked about the abortion issue in ObamaCare. Could it be because she knows it is her Achilles heel?

The fact is that Bart Stupak’s pro-life stand is throwing a monkey wrench into Obama’s plan to use “reconciliation” to pass ObamaCare. Now, citizens like you and me must send a strong message to the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis that we will NOT accept the abortion mandate contained in both the Senate bill and the “President’s Proposal.”

This is a golden opportunity that we need to seize! ObamaCare could unravel if we put enough pressure on pro-life leaning Democrats, especially in the House.

Let Your Voice Be Heard As Never Before!

Bart Stupak’s announcement simply MUST be supported by the voices of tens of thousands of pro-life citizens across the nation. That’s why, at this crucial hour, I’m asking you to take a stand with your fellow pro-life Americans once again.

We cannot allow this anti-life bill to pass! We need every pro-life patriotic to flood Congress with a crystal clear message: “NO TO OBAMACARE!”

Liberal activists are on the march.

Unfortunately, Obama’s pep rally on Wednesday appears to have motivated his usual supporters. Since his White House address, organizations like MoveOn and Obama’s own Organizing for America are flooding Capitol Hill with calls and citizen contacts.

They call their campaign a “Virtual March on Washington.” We knew that the Left would not be passive when their “Candidate in Chief” was announcing yet another crisis!

We have also learned that the radical Left is making progress on a last-ditch effort to have the so-called “public option” included in the final ObamaCare bill.

Thirty-three Senators have signed the “Bennet Letter” in which Senators pledge to support ObamaCare WITH the public option, using reconciliation. If they reach 51 signers, the Democrats will have a clear path to pass ObamaCare WITH the public option, the abortion mandate, and a yet to be assessed trillion-dollar-plus cost!

This is even more reason why we MUST keep the pressure on. If we are silent right now, the government takeover of health care could be complete in a matter of a few weeks.

The Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis is ignoring your voice.

Despite polls that show this legislation is hugely unpopular, and even considering the fact that congressional Democrats are bracing for big losses this fall, Obama and Nancy Pelosi have urged Democrats to ignore their political careers to pass ObamaCare.

What they’re saying is, “Forget the voices of the American people! We know what is best for them!” This is sheer arrogance and insolent elitism of the worst kind.

We MUST counter their condescension with the voice of the American people! Now is the time to let these politicians know that this anti-life, unconstitutional bill is unwanted by an overwhelming majority of the voting public.

They must be made to know this: If they vote “yes,” we will vote them out!

Your Senators and Representatives need to hear your voice NOW on this critical issue. We have to counter and defeat the Left’s major offensive to pass ObamaCare!

Below you will find the information you need to contact the leaders of Your America:

To find your Senator, click here.
To find your Representative, click here.

Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Obama has asked for a vote by as soon as March 18th. He said the time for talking is done and I believe we could be on the final lap of this race. Congress needs to hear YOUR VOICE.

We will not have our tax dollars pay for abortions! We will not allow Congress to recklessly spend our taxes in order to pay for special interest perks and unwanted healthcare “reform”!

Together, we will send a message that Americans oppose ObamaCare and that we WILL hold Congress accountable!

Obama Has Learned Nothing From Resounding Defeats in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Arrogantly dismissing the clear voice of the American people, Obama just unveiled his proposal for government mandated healthcare: He intends on tweaking the differences between the Senate and House versions.

The “President’s Proposal” for a government takeover of health care comes just a few days ahead of the so-called summit meeting with Republicans on Thursday.

This is no surprise. Obama has been ramping up the rhetoric for weeks declaring that he will not quit until ObamaCare is passed. His cronies, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been busily touting “reconciliation” as a threat to pass healthcare and bypass a full and informed vote.

Obama’s $1 trillion dollar proposal, allegedly designed to be “budget neutral,” was written so that it could be attached to a Senate budget bill. And how are the trillion dollars to be recouped? The word “taxes” appears 35 times in his text!

“Reconciliation” is designed to trump any attempted Republican filibuster. In fact, Obama drew a line in the sand and is daring Republicans to cross it!

Of course, all of this was concocted behind closed doors… under a deep cloak of secrecy… with the clear intention of making the repeatedly expressed opposition of the American people irrelevant.

Once again, the socialist health care “reform” process has turned into overt political trickery in order to ram ObamaCare down the throats of America’s citizens.

The arrogance of these elected officials is mind-boggling! They continue to invent cunning new ways to attempt to pass their bill, all the time knowing that a growing majority of Americans strongly disapprove!

Who will hold them accountable? WE WILL!

This week will be crucial as members of Congress are pressured in the back rooms of Capitol Hill to accept the Obama/Reid/Pelosi reconciliation plan.

That’s why I want to once again launch a massive PHONE BARRAGE to flood Congress with a crystal clear message: “NO TO OBAMACARE!

Honestly, I didn’t think this would be necessary again after Scott Brown’s “Massachusetts Miracle” and the growing disaffection of key Democrat lawmakers.

But although he says he’s no ideologue, Obama has become completely maniacal about passing his pro-abortion, anti-family, anti-fiscal sanity health care bill!

Obama’s call for a summit with Republicans to “seek common ground” is nothing more than a political smokescreen. His understanding of “common ground” is actually, “How much of my bill can you stomach in order to pass it? If none, we’ll pass it anyway!”

In short, the summit is a hoax. Obama’s motives are completely disingenuous.

This week eight ultraliberal Democrat Senators sent a letter to their Glorious Leader asking him to include the so-called “public option.”  I believe that they are now so sure of themselves in passing ObamaCare that the radicals in the bunch WANT IT ALL!

Don’t let anyone fool you – “reform” is code for government- run health care. The socialist mindset believes that the government should run everything in this country – from cradle to grave.

It’s no wonder that Obama’s approval ratings are falling rapidly – he’s simply not listening to the American people. And his closest allies in Congress have tin ears, as well.

Well, let’s send a huge wake-up call to Congress with our intense PHONE BARRAGE!! Let’s go all out to protest ObamaCare’s special perks, backroom deals, bribery and the scandalous way in which the process has been handled.

Now more than ever, Chicago-style politicians, socialists and radical abortion advocates need to understand that WE ARE NOT GIVING IN TO THEIR PRESSURE and will fight until this issue is fully resolved.

We have to stop the Obama/Reid/Pelosi machine’s head-long push for healthcare “reform” once and for all. Even if you have done so many times already, help us continue flooding congressional offices with protests until the liberal coalition finally gives up – especially this week!

This strategy has been very effective in the ongoing fight to stop ObamaCare. But this week is perhaps the most crucial time since this battle began.  There must not be any doubt in our elected officials’ minds that their careers will not survive a vote for the so-called “President’s Plan” or any other version of ObamaCare.

We refuse to pay for abortions! We will not pay for special interest perks! We will not allow the trickery and deceit that has become the norm from the Obama/Pelosi/Reid power axis to continue! Together, we will send a powerful message to the 111th Congress!

Join thousands of like-minded Americans who will make Congress realize that we are fully awake to their trickery and strongly oppose their underhanded efforts to pass ObamaCare.

Below you will find the information you need to contact the leaders of Your America:

To find your Senator, click here.
To find your Representative, click here.

Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Geithner Accused Of Incompetence Over His Role In AIG Bailout

The US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner was accused of incompetence, obfuscation and of making “lame excuses” during a furious hearing on Capitol Hill over the government’s contentious bailout of the sprawling insurer AIG.

In an unusually ill-tempered confrontation, members of Congress from both parties rounded on Geithner over a decision to use taxpayers’ money to pay out the full $62bn owed by AIG to banks such as Goldman SachsMerrill LynchBarclays and RBS. Geithner described the AIG bailout, which cost a total of $182bn, as a “tragic choice” at the height of the global financial crisis in September 2008 but said that at the time, there was a risk of “utter collapse” of the US economy.

“For the first time in 80 years, the United States risked a complete collapse of our financial system,” said Geithner. “Americans were starting to question the safety of their money in the nation’s banks, and a growing sense of panic was producing the classic signs of a generalised run.”

Several members of the House oversight committee demanded Geithner’s resignation, accusing him of selling US taxpayers short by failing to force AIG‘s counterparties to take “haircuts”.

“It stinks to high heaven, what happened here,” said Stephen Lynch, a ­Democratic congressman. “I don’t like the obfuscation.”

The committee’s chairman, Edolphus Towns, a fellow Democrat, blasted the government’s handling of AIG: “Taxpayers were propping up the hollow shell of AIG by stuffing it with money, and the rest of Wall Street looted the corpse.”

At the time of the bail-out, Geithner was chairman of the New York Federal Reserve, which played a key role in rescuing AIG. He said the alternative to refunding AIG’s counterparties would have been bankruptcy of AIG, causing an evaporation of confidence leading to “millions more job losses”, factory closures and a possible economic “catastrophe”.

And he denied being part of a “cover-up” in which the government initially hid the identity of the banks receiving AIG funds, saying he withdrew from participating in decisions from late 2008 in preparation for taking office in the Obama administration.

But a Republican, John Mica, accused Geithner of providing “lame excuses” and said: “You were either incompetent in your job or you were not doing your job.”

The biggest counterparty receiving money from AIG was Goldman Sachs. Visibly rattled, Geithner was obliged to confirm to the committee that his chief of staff, Mark Patterson, is a former Goldman Sachs banker, as is Geithner’s predecessor at the treasury, Henry Paulson. But he angrily defended those involved, describing them as “people of enormous integrity and experience, operating under exceptional circumstances with no precedent”.

During the hearing, Geithner was pressed over his views on Wall Street pay. He described the growth of bankers’ bonuses at the height of the boom as a “terrible catastrophe”.

“It came amid a wave of a huge increase in income inequality in the US over decades,” said Geithner. “In the financial industry, it was much worse and helped encourage a level of risk-taking that brought the financial system to the edge of collapse.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/jan/27/aig-bailout-timothy-geithner

Ron Paul’s Ideas No Longer Fringe

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You can read this article at:

http://www.patriotthoughts.com/2010/01/04/ron-pauls-ideas-no-longer-fringe/

Thank You, Vytautas

Bankers Get $4 Trillion Gift From Barney Frank by David Reilly

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — To close out 2009, I decided to do something I bet no member of Congress has done — actually read from cover to cover one of the pieces of sweeping legislation bouncing around Capitol Hill.

Hunkering down by the fire, I snuggled up with H.R. 4173, the financial-reform legislation passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives. The Senate has yet to pass its own reform plan. The baby of Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, the House bill is meant to address everything from too-big-to-fail banks to asleep-at-the-switch credit-ratings companies to the protection of consumers from greedy lenders.

I quickly discovered why members of Congress rarely read legislation like this. At 1,279 pages, the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” is a real slog. And yes, I plowed through all those pages. (Memo to Chairman Frank: “ystem” at line 14, page 258 is missing the first “s”.)

The reading was especially painful since this reform sausage is stuffed with more gristle than meat. At least, that is, if you are a taxpayer hoping the bailout train is coming to a halt.

If you’re a banker, the bill is tastier. While banks opposed the legislation, they should cheer for its passage by the full Congress in the New Year: There are huge giveaways insuring the government will again rescue banks and Wall Street if the need arises.

Nuggets Gleaned

Here are some of the nuggets I gleaned from days spent reading Frank’s handiwork:

– For all its heft, the bill doesn’t once mention the words “too-big-to-fail,” the main issue confronting the financial system. Admitting you have a problem, as any 12- stepper knows, is the crucial first step toward recovery.

– Instead, it supports the biggest banks. It authorizes Federal Reserve banks to provide as much as $4 trillion in emergency funding the next time Wall Street crashes. So much for “no-more-bailouts” talk. That is more than twice what the Fed pumped into markets this time around. The size of the fund makes the bribes in the Senate’s health-care bill look minuscule.

– Oh, hold on, the Federal Reserve and Treasury Secretary can’t authorize these funds unless “there is at least a 99 percent likelihood that all funds and interest will be paid back.” Too bad the same models used to foresee the housing meltdown probably will be used to predict this likelihood as well.

More Bailouts

The bill also allows the government, in a crisis, to back financial firms’ debts. Bondholders can sleep easy — there are more bailouts to come.

– The legislation does create a council of regulators to spot risks to the financial system and big financial firms. Unfortunately this group is made up of folks who missed the problems that led to the current crisis.

– Don’t worry, this time regulators will have better tools. Six months after being created, the council will report to Congress on “whether setting up an electronic database” would be a help. Maybe they’ll even get to use that Internet thingy.

– This group, among its many powers, can restrict the ability of a financial firm to trade for its own account. Perhaps this section should be entitled, “Yes, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., we’re looking at you.”

Managing Bonuses

– The bill also allows regulators to “prohibit any incentive-based payment arrangement.” In other words, banker bonuses are still in play. Maybe Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. shouldn’t have rushed to pay back Troubled Asset Relief Program funds.

– The bill kills the Office of Thrift Supervision, a toothless watchdog. Well, kill may be too strong a word. That agency and its employees will be folded into the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Further proof that government never really disappears.

– Since Congress isn’t cutting jobs, why not add a few more. The bill calls for more than a dozen agencies to create a position called “Director of Minority and Women Inclusion.” People in these new posts will be presidential appointees. I thought too-big-to-fail banks were the pressing issue. Turns out it’s diversity, and patronage.

– Not that the House is entirely sure of what the issues are, at least judging by the two dozen or so studies the bill authorizes. About a quarter of them relate to credit-rating companies, an area in which the legislation falls short of meaningful change. Sadly, these studies don’t tackle tough questions like whether we should just do away with ratings altogether. Here’s a tip: Do the studies, then write the legislation.

Consumer Protection

– The bill isn’t all bad, though. It creates a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren, currently head of a panel overseeing TARP. And the first director gets the cool job of designing a seal for the new agency. My suggestion: Warren riding a fiery chariot while hurling lightning bolts at Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

– Best of all, the bill contains a provision that, in the event of another government request for emergency aid to prop up the financial system, debate in Congress be limited to just 10 hours. Anything that can get Congress to shut up can’t be all bad.

Even better would be if legislators actually tackle the real issues stemming from the financial crisis, end bailouts and, for the sake of my eyes, write far, far shorter bills.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=a48c8UpUMxKQ

A Meditation on Our Monetary System: State of Permanent Siege*

The Level Of Public Ignorance on the topic of the U.S. and world monetary system is astonishing. This is part of the plan, of course, because the monetary elite control not only the financial system but also the news media, the publishing industry, and the educational system. The blueprint for control was put together over a century ago by Cecil Rhodes and his friends, including British financier Nathan Rothschild, as documented by Professor Carroll Quigley.

During the 20th Century the power shifted to the U.S., with the Rockefellers playing the dominant role as they continue to do today. It is no accident that J.P. Morgan Chase-the Rockefeller family bank-dominates the U.S. derivatives market; nor that Exxon-Mobil, the Rockefellers’ oil company, is the most profitable corporation in history.

The basic plan was to place all of mankind in a state of permanent mental and emotional siege so that in the end we would trade all our liberties to the controllers in return for protection; even freedom of thought would be traded for physical safety. That plan is well advanced. The sheeple have been prepared for the final shearing.

Meanwhile, every attempt at real reform has been strangled in the cradle. Past voices for monetary sanity like those of Congressmen Louis McFadden and Jerry Voorhis were silenced. Starting in the 1970s, functionaries like Kissinger, Brzezinski, and Volcker carried out David Rockefeller’s plan to outsource manufacturing to China and eliminate the U.S. as the world’s greatest industrial democracy, replacing it with a financier oligarchy.

Barack Obama obviously works mainly for the financiers, as did Bill Clinton before him. The job of the Democrats is to keep the sheeple quiet by now and then implementing some “reforms”; the Republicans were a more blatant gang of looters.

During the 2008 election campaign, Ron Paul called for the end of the Federal Reserve, the bastion of financier control, but no one effectively organized the millions of people who responded to his call or had a viable plan to put in place. Barack Obama obviously works mainly for the financiers, as did Bill Clinton before him. The job of the Democrats is to keep the sheeple quiet by now and then implementing some “reforms”; the Republicans were a more blatant gang of looters.

With the financial crash of 2008-2009, the noose is tightening everywhere in the world. The International Monetary Fund is announcing, “The current global recession is likely to be ‘unusually long and severe, and the recovery sluggish.'” (BBC News, “IMF Sees Long and Severe Slowdown,” April 16, 2009.) In reality, as the IMF knows, it would be possible to put every nation in the world on the road to recovery by allowing them to prime the economic pump through sovereign control of their own monetary systems, with freedom to utilize their own natural resources.

The IMF announcement is in fact the start of a worldwide program of genocide similar to what was done to Russia in the 1990s, with crushing poverty, slashing of incomes, reduction of benefits for the poor and elderly, rising levels of disease and malnutrition, and reduction of life expectancy. We in the West will view the carnage with alarm from our own stripped-down economies but remain docile out of fear the same will be done to us.

Awareness of the hideous evil of the financiers’ plans to destroy the soul of humanity is growing. This is being accomplished through the internet and the work of a number of writers who understand what is at stake. I doubt this channel of expression will be available indefinitely. Already alternative websites are being isolated and marginalized. But the fight must be waged.

The one organization that has a program which is comprehensive and free from outside influence is the American Monetary Institute, which has drafted the American Monetary Act. If the Act is introduced in Congress, it will be imperative for it to be recognized and supported as the one chance to save our nation from the dark night that is threatening. But even progressive writers shrink from taking on the Monetary Power, with many of them putting forth the absurdity that all we need to do is reform the banking system.

The American Monetary Act has been in process since 2003. It may be found on the AMI website at: http://www.monetary.org/amacolorpamphlet.pdf. AMI will conduct a presentation on the Act on Capitol Hill, April 23, 2009, in Room 304 of the Cannon House Office Building. Presentations will take place at 10:00 AM and at 2:00 PM.

At the same time, groups of relatively conscious people can come together on their own to create refuges of sanity until the danger passes-over a period of years, decades, or even generations. And, to look at it from a spiritual perspective, we can hope that the Higher Powers who observe humanity’s destiny refuse to allow our particular experiment in consciousness to be obliterated.

Destruction of human consciousness is the real goal of the financiers and their minions. It is lies above all that do this. The financiers’ power is the biggest lie of all.

by Richard C. Cook

Richard C. Cook is a retired federal analyst who writes today on economic, political, and spiritual matters. His books and videos are available through his website at http://www.richardccook.com. He recently released his six-part video series: Credit as a Public Utility: the Solution to the Economic Crisis.

*The phrase “permanent siege” is from Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Against the Day.”  Set at the end of the 19th Century, the novel describes the dynamics and strategy of the future totalitarian regimes of the approaching 20th century-i.e., a state of “permanent siege.”