“We Do Not Have a Spending Problem” – Sen. Harkin

Sen. Harkin: We Do Not Have a Spending Problem

by JOHN SEXTON Feb 14, 2013 3:26 PM PT

The GOP video team posted this clip of Sen. Harkin reassuring the nation that, despite our $16 trillion in debt, growing entitlements and massive deficits, we are not broke:

This argument sounded so familiar, but it took me a moment to realize where I’d heard it before. Back in March 2011, anti-capitalist Michael Moore gave almost the same speech in Madison, WI:

America is not broke. Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It’s just that it’s not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Harkin was judged the 5th most liberal Senator by National Journal in 2011 and again in 2012. Given his apparent reliance on anti-capitalist Moore for this talking point, he needs to move up the list a few notches in 2013.

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DECLARATION AND RESOLVES OF CONTINENTAL CONGRESS 2009

Declaration and Resolves of Continental Congress 2009 In Defense of a Free People, the time has come to reassert our God-Given, Natural Rights and cast off tyranny… Let the Facts Reveal: The federal government of the United States of America was instituted to secure the Individual Rights of our citizens and instead now threatens our Life, Liberty and Property through usurpations of the Constitution. Emboldened by our own lack of responsibility and due diligence in these matters, government has exceeded its’ mandate and abandoned those Founding Principles which have made our nation exceptional; Our servant government has undertaken these unconstitutional actions in direct violation of their enumerated duties, to the detriment of the People’s liberty and the sovereignty of our Republic; Over many years and spanning multiple political administrations, the People who have, in good conscience, attempted to deliberate our grievances and voice our dissent against these offensive actions through both Petition and Assembly, have been maligned and ignored with contempt; The People of the several States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, justly alarmed at these arbitrary and unconstitutional actions, have met as Citizen-Delegates, and sat in a general Congress, in the city of St. Charles, Illinois; Whereupon We, as these Citizen- Delegates, have gathered in defense of Divine Justice,Liberty and the principles of limited government, now stand in clear recognition of the Supreme Law of the Land – the Constitution for the United States of America; Therefore, We demand that Government immediately re-establish Constitutional Rule of Law,lest the People be forced to do so themselves; and we hereby serve notice that in the Defense of Freedom and Liberty there shall be NO COMPROMISE to which we shall ever yield. 21 November 2009

Michael Moore, Chris Hedges on Challenging NDAA Indefinite Detention and the “Corporate Coup d’etat”

Published on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Democracy Now!

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Michael Moore, Chris Hedges on Challenging NDAA Indefinite Detention and the “Corporate Coup d’etat”

The ability of the U.S. government to jail people without charge or trial is now back in court. A group of reporters, scholars and activists are suing the Obama administration over the controversial provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, saying it could allow for the indefinite detention of journalists and others who interact with certain groups. On Wednesday, the Justice Department asked an appeals court to reverse a judge’s earlier decision blocking indefinite detention, saying the ruling would hamper its ability to fight terrorism. On the same day, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore and the case’s lead plaintiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, took part in a panel featuring some of those who were in the courtroom opposing the NDAA.

Pelosi Says First Amendment Grants ‘Right to a Gun’ ( -FAIL-)

This is an embarrassment for the United States of America, but even more individually for NANCY PELOSI! THIS IS THE CONGRESS WOMAN  WHO WE VOTED INTO POWER  TO LEGISLATE LAWS IN AMERICA. She is one of the most extreme LIBERAL LEFT Congressional members who has the Obama Socialist Agenda in mind. She will use her power to  TAKE AWAY AMERICAN’S 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHT (FYI – “right to bear arms” if you also were not aware of what amendment it was). How does someone of this level of intelligence and brain power make the same mistake 2 times in 90 days about what amendment is representing of what GOD Given Freedom known as the Bill of Rights . I mean really, WHO THE F%$@ VOTED FOR THIS SH&% STAIN and handed her the keys to America’s Freedoms. WE ARE SO FUC*&%W if this is what we are dealing with,,,, she is a Senator?? I thought you had to have at least an eighth grade education (covering the Bill of Rights) to get elected to this office, BUT NO— an Individual must be only three things: 

1- at least 30 years old.
2 – a U.S. citizen for at least nine years at the time of election to the Senate
3 – a resident of the state one is elected to represent in the Senate.

These are the only requirements for the office that are specified in Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution.  Nowhere in the Constitution does it says you need an eight grade education or even need to know the constitution and how it applies to the American citizen.

-SJR

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Reblogged from http://www.breitbart.com —  2/10/13

Pelosi Says First Amendment Grants ‘Right to a Gun’.

PELOSI SAYS FIRST AMENDMENT GRANTS ‘RIGHT TO A GUN’


During her February 10 segment, Pelosi premised her conversation by pointing out that Japan has, “the most violent games and the rest and the lowest mortality from guns.” This, Pelosi imagined, was because Japan “might have good gun laws.”
As Nancy Pelosi appeared on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace, she didn’t seem to know the difference between the First Amendment and the Second Amendment.

The Democrat House Minority Leader then went on to tell Wallace that the First Amendment gave Americans the right to have a gun and that was a thing she and the Democrats want to “avow.”

We’re talking about no further sales of assault weapons. What is the justification for an assault weapon? No further sales of those, no further sales of the increased capacity, 30 rounds in a gun. We’re talking about background checks which is very popular, even among gun owners, and, hunters.

We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves in their homes and their jobs, where ever, and that they–and their workplace–and that they, for recreation for hunting and the rest. So we’re not questioning their right to do that.

This isn’t the first time that former Speaker Pelosi showed a lack of familiarity with the Constitution. Last November during a press availability session, Pelosi again couldn’t remember which Amendment she was talking about.

After a reporter asked her about the then coming fiscal cliff deal, Pelosi said, “Well, I’m with the 11th Amendment, so… or is it the 11th Amendment that, uh, (laughs)? 14th is it? Whatever it is I’m with the Constitution of the United States.”

Whatever it is, indeed.

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IRS delays issuing tax refunds; fiscal cliff to blame? – latimes.com

IRS delays issuing tax refunds; fiscal cliff to blame? – latimes.com.

by Walter Hamilton
February 8, 20136:00 a.m.

Don’t worry if you haven’t received your expected IRS tax refund. Most people haven’t — and the fiscal cliff is to blame.

The Internal Revenue Service is far behind its normal pace in processing federal tax returns and mailing billions of dollars in refunds, according to a new report.

Through Feb. 3, the agency sent out only about $4.3 billion in refunds, according to the analysis by Nicolas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group in new York.

That’s far behind the $26.9 billion in refunds issued at this point in 2012. That’s a difference of $22.6 billion.

And 2012 itself was a slow year because the IRS was grappling with security issues, according to Colas. Going back to 2005, the IRS normally has mailed $30 billion to $40 billion in refunds by this point.

This year’s delay is an unwelcome byproduct of Congress’ acrimonious standoff over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of last year, according to Colas. The IRS had to wait for the year-end jockeying to conclude before it could determine exact tax policy and print the appropriate forms.

The agency only began accepting returns from individual taxpayers on Jan. 30. And those with more complicated returns — such as small businesses claiming depreciation credits and families with educational write-offs — won’t even be able to file for several more weeks because the applicable forms aren’t ready yet.

Aside from the annoyance for people awaiting a return of their money, the delay could weigh on the economy in the early part of 2013.

About 80 million filers, or 58% of the total, get money back each year, Colas wrote. The average refund is $2,927, or an entire month of take-home pay for a family earning the median annual income of $50,054 (assuming a 20% tax hit).

As Colas points out, $22.6 billion equates to 900,000 new cars at $25,000 each or 113,000 new homes at $200,000 each.

“This is real money to most American households,” Colas wrote.