Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Senator Warren is not talking politics. President Obama is talking politics to the GOP. Our nation's business is not a continuous campaign.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (click here) on Wednesday criticized Democratic President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for a provision that cuts benefits to senior citizens on Social Security.
In an email to supporters, Warren wrote, “I was shocked to hear that the President's newest budget proposal would cut $100 billion in Social Security benefits. Our Social Security system is critical to protecting middle class families, and we cannot allow it to be dismantled inch by inch.”...

Elizabeth Warren is correct. Speaker Boner is still a bone head and the stalemate is guaranteed so long as ruthless, manipulation by the GOP exists in the USA. This isn't new. The GOP has had this method of oppressing the American people for a long time now. McConnell is one of the worst of them.

...One new proposal (click here) is a 94 cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax. The tax would raise an estimated $78 billion over the next decade to pay for early childhood education.

Obama says his tax plan is part of a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes painful cuts to benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare. Most GOP lawmakers, however, adamantly oppose new taxes....

There needs to be cuts to the military as well as tax increases, until those goals are met and the USA budget is reasonable, there is no talking about our Earned Benefits. None.

WASHINGTON | Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:53pm EDT
The term - recently invoked by top brass involved in the F-35 program - (click here) refers to a budgeting Catch-22 that plagues the defense industry. To keep the cost per airplane low, you need to build and sell a lot of planes. But in tough economic times, governments cut orders to save money. That pushes up the cost per plane, leading to more cancellations, pushing up the cost, leading to more cancellations. And so on....

Speaker Boner would rather keep the $85 million per plane program rather than leave the Earned Benefit programs for our citizens? Really? This plane doesn't even fly, yet alone prove to be worthy for any aspect of USA national defense.

Steve O'Bryan, (click here) Lockheed's vice-president for the F-35 program, said just 18 months ago that Canada would pay $65 million per plane. Now, O'Bryan tells CBC News the price is $85 million.
It may not be the best time to mention that. The U.S. budget axe is hovering over the whole F-35 program and the Canadian government insists that it's no longer committed to buying the jet at all.
Lockheed Martin is now running a multi-million ad campaign in Canada to create a wedge issue in elections. Nice. Real nice.
The cost for each F-35 helmet is estimated to be up to $2 million. (Terry Milewski/CBC)

Heck for a helmet that expensive it should fly the plane itself. Wait, maybe once it is perfected it actually might. The Drone F35. How special is that, huh?.

But, old folks need to take a cut in their Earned Benefits. Right. And then on occasion I wonder why there are no ideas from the GOP? I mean do they think for a living at all or only become inspired when they attend dinners with a President that does think for a living?
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks on youth empowerment at a “Joint Luncheon Meeting: Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago,” hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, Ill., April 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

There is a reason (click here) why the nation loves this woman. It has very little to do with politics. It has to do with the depth of her understanding of the people of this nation.

She walks with us. She feels our joy and our pain and neither are ignored.

She should not be disappointed in the outcome of the gun bill. She is a woman of conscience and one that has the education to know what is possible. We trust her, love her and affirm her.

Cigarettes can't be purchased across state borders or online without bringing seizure.

Currently, the law regarding tobacco is clear. Interstate sales is limited and online purchase can result in seizure. Why would anyone allow less for guns?

Q.  Can I buy my cigarettes in another state and bring them into Delaware? 

A.  Delaware law allows you to bring up to 9 packs of cigarettes into the state without requiring them to be taxed by Delaware. However, Delaware will tax all cigarettes you bring into the state if you bring more than 9 packs. For example, if you bring 2 full cartons (20 packs) into Delaware, you would need to pay the tax on all 20 packs to the Division of Revenue. 

Q.  Is it legal to buy cigarettes over the Internet? 

A.  Yes. It is legal to purchase cigarettes over the Internet; however, cigarettes bought over the Internet, over the telephone or from mail-order catalogs generally don't have Delaware tax stamps on the bottom of the packages and thus are considered contraband and may be seized. The consumer is ultimately responsible for paying the Delaware cigarette tax.

The ONE SINGLE federal obligation facing the USA Congress is ending interstate transportation of guns. That is the ONE FEDERAL responsibility facing the Congress and the President. They aren't doing it. They are enhancing the opportunity for gun sales and not deterring it. The reciprocity provision of the gun bill currently being proposed hacks away at ending any prohibitions of gun transportation across state lines. It also provides for assault against gun stores and opting for warehouse Wall Street companies. This is outrageous. It assaults local economies and makes society more dangerous.

The bill is nothing but political rhetoric. Nothing else.

The current proposals for a gun bill comprises State's Rights.

This is from a state policy which prohibits reciprocity of concealed carry. This standard is not only one state. The current gun bill provides for reciprocity of concealed carry. It will increase the criminality of the bill and as a federal statute will remove strong protections of the states prohibiting the transportation of weapons across state lines.

Concealed Permit:

May issue to resident and non-residents.
Issuance of the permit is almost completely discretionary, and New Jersey courts have 
upheld the policy of strictly limiting permits “to persons specifically employed in security 
work . . . and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection.”

We have enough problem along the I-95 corridor and other areas of the country where guns flow like candy canes on Christmas. The law proposed with future compromise the safety of citizens.

I am quite sure no one wants to hear it, but, rather hear the rhetoric as a victory when in fact it is not at all. I am suspicious this federal bill will even compromise the stronger bills in Connecticut.

Basically, there is a lot of mischief in the bill at this point.

The cost for a state issued concealed carry is nominal for NJ. It is only $20.00. There just isn't any reason to pass a federal bill that will compromise the safety of the public for the sake of politics.

The proposed federal bill authorizes use of a state concealed carry permit instead of a background check when purchasing a firearm from a dealer.

Absolutely not. Every time a weapon is purchased there needs to be a background check. There are no free passes here. Nope. It takes less time for a background check than it takes to go through airport security.

Permits interstate handgun sales from dealers.

Nope. There should be no interstate commerce regarding guns. To begin with there will be gun dealers that go out of business as they are undercut by a few and few dealers. This is a move to 'Wall Street' the gun industry in a way it will have federal power over voting rights, too. Money, the less and bigger the gun dealers the more money they will have to put candidates into office to make our country more dangerous all over again.

Additionally, the more distant the gun checks become the less accurate they will be. A local gun dealer is the best option for the most control. A name with a face.

Family transfers and some private sales (friends, neighbors, other individuals) are exempt from background checks

This will provide for greater danger. I mean you've got to be joking. Connecticut was 'The Family Connection' and now this? Absolutely not.

Adam Lanza was never able to purchase a gun on his own. His mother circumvented the background check and put her own ideas about her son before the safety of others, including children. This is outrageous.

So, far this bill is nothing short of legislative malpractice. The Executive Branch should be assigning the commission. The Executive Committee according to the USA Constitution carries out these responsibilities. The last time a commission was left to the Congress we ended up with "The Sequester." Absolutely not. The President needs to find the qualified members for this commission. As far as I concerned this provision is unconstitutional. The responsibility belongs to the Executive Branch.

Summary of Title III: : This section of the bill creates a commission to study the causes of mass violence in the United States, looking at all aspects of the problem, including guns, school safety, mental health, and violent media or video games.

The Commission would consist of six experts appointed by the Senate Majority Leader and six experts appointed by the Speaker of the House. They would be required to submit an interim report in three months and a completed report in six months.

Title I is basically a voluntary effort. Why bother?

Summary of Title I: This section improves background checks for firearms by strengthening the instant check system.

- Encourage states to provide all their available records to NICS by restricting federal funds to states who do not comply. - voluntary

- Allow dealers to voluntarily use the NICS database to run background checks on their prospective employees. - This is an employee with open access to anything in the store. Hello? Voluntary? Right.

- Clarifies that submissions of mental health records into the NICS system are not prohibited by federal privacy laws (HIPAA). - voluntary

- Provides a legal process for a veteran to contest his/her placement in NICS when there is no basis for barring the right to own a firearm. - voluntary to benefit gun sales.

Does anyone believe this bill will improve the public safety or just provide better opportunities for gun sales? It should not be passed. At this point when States what to morally protect the public they can do so. This bill will compromise them and impose the gun lobby's will on States that don't want it. It is bad law. There is nothing here to cheer about.

It is malpractice of The Public Trust. It goes against the best interest of citizens.

Mental Illness has been an excuse for too many Republicans for too long.

With Ronald Reagan it was the homeless that suffered from mental illness while the income equity grew ever wider with Reaganomics and deregulation.

George H. W. Bush stated the rhetoric of former President Reagan for the exact same reasons while failing to see the real problem in his economic policies costing him re-election.

Then George W. Bush blamed the Virginia Tech Massacre on mental health problems. Never once did he explore the REAL TRUTH in that military style weapons had flooded the country while causing tens of thousands of deaths per year.

Now, there has been a stabbing in Texas of fifteen people of which all survived the attack and the focus then has to be mental health issues once again.

Avoiding responsibility in realizing the only effective way to end these tragedies, decrease the gun violence in our cities and end cross border empowerment of drug cartels is to ban military style weapons in the USA and not the same 'ole, same 'ole excuse of the GOP; mental health.

Former Pennsylvania (click here) Governor Ed Rendell and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took part in a rally Tuesday morning in support of gun control legislation.

Rendell joined members of the group CeasefirePA outside of the Center City offices of Lehigh Valley Republican senator Pat Toomey.

The group is calling on Toomey to support expanded background checks for prospective gun buyers.

A spokesperson for the senator released the following statement Tuesday morning:

"Senator Toomey appreciates hearing from Pennsylvanians on public safety and firearm policy.

"He is talking to many people in the commonwealth and his colleagues in the Senate in hopes that we can improve our background check system while also protecting second amendment rights."...

In regard to homelessness, George H. W. Bush stated it was a bad decision to release so many mentally disturbed patients from institutions only to live on our streets.

How convenient they were on the streets of our country to blame.

The reason people were released from institutions was the fact their mental illness was reinforced within the institutional setting and they were never going to be well. In order to allow them to achieve of functioning and quality of life they had to be returned to society and work it out for themselves.

Mental Illness is not an excuse for violence. A violent culture that allows criminality in the way of dangerous weapons is the problem. Stating there has to be super computers to handle every mental illness reporting in the USA is not the answer either. Such systems of data are as much an intrusion on privacy as Gun Zealots state registering guns is a privacy issue. Quite frankly, a mental illness registry is more of a privacy issue when one is seeking employment, attempting to buy a house and simply carry on with life. Such a mental health registry will not accomplish anything except victimization of our citizens.

The only problem in the USA is the availability of guns and illegal sales and distribution of them. That is the only problem. Seeking to blame mental health as the reason for violence in our country is a cop out. The entire dialogue surrounding mental health is counter productive to movement of legislation of any kind in the USA. 

Mental illness can cause homelessness, but, it alone is not the breath of the homeless problems of the USA. Mental health can be a component to violence, but, tens of thousands of deaths in the USA are not caused only by the mentally ill.

Background checks are a method to seek to limit the illegal sales and distribution of guns in the USA. But, the only effective way of limiting the violence is to ban the instruments that make killing easy. Guns make killing easy. Do we actually want to make killing within the USA easy? Really?

Vote for Me, I am a Victim. I need your sympathy.

Mr. One Percent doesn't want to talk about the issues, so his office produced an audio to be released later to PROVE how ruthless the Political Left is after the so called ethnic attack on his spouse.

He'll run on sympathy until he dies because he is unable to sustain an honorable record that actually improve the lives of people. The only record he has is supporting profits to Wall Street and padding his own pockets.

Normal Trade Relations for the People's Republic of China - Voted Yes
In September of 2000, the Senate voted on a bill to normalize trade relations with China. Mitch McConnell voted in favor of normalizing trade relations with China.

Amendment - Congressional-Executive Commission - Voted No
In September of 2000, the Senate voted on an amendment to the bill to normalize relations with China that would require that the Congressional-Executive Commission monitor the cooperation of the People's Republic of China with respect to POW/MIA issues, improvement in the areas of forced abortions, slave labor, and organ harvesting. The measure failed 24-74. This was the second vote on such an amendment. Mitch McConnell voted against the amendment to monitor issues in China.

Amendment - Business Code of Conduct - Voted No
In September of 2000, the Senate voted on an amendment to require the Secretary of Commerce to consult with leaders of American businesses to encourage them to adopt a code of conduct for doing business in the People's Republic of China. The amendment failed 23-73. Mitch McConnell voted against the amendment.

Amendment - Religious Freedom - Voted No
In September of 2000, the Senate voted on an amendment to require the President to certify to Congress that the People's Republic of China has taken certain actions with respect to ensuring religious freedom, as recommended by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Mitch McConnell voted in favor of the amendment religious freedom.

Amendment - Human Rights - Voted No
An amendment to require the President certify to Congress that the People's Republic of China has taken certain actions with respect to ensuring human rights protection. The amendment failed 32-63. Mitch McConnell voted against the amendment.

Amendment - Export-Import Bank - Voted No
In July of 2005, the Senate voted on an amendment to prohibit any funds from being used by the Export-Import Bank of the United States to approve a loan or a loan guarantee related to a nuclear project in China. The amendment failed 37-62. Mitch McConnell voted against the amendment.

No Additional Exports for USA Companies! No more job support for the unemployed, elections are coming.

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Vote reauthorizing Export-Import Bank fails (click here)

The Senate failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank on Tuesday, setting back efforts to expand the agency’s borrowing limit to boost U.S. exports.
The agency’s charter expires in May and it is on the verge of hitting its $100 billion borrowing limit this month. The proposal voted down Tuesday, 55 to 44, would have raised the bank’s borrowing limit to $140 billion over the next three years. Sixty votes were needed to successfully amend a bipartisan jobs bill set for final passage.
Reauthorization of the bank, a self-funding agency that helps promote U.S. firms doing business abroad, is one of several changes senators hope to make to the jobs measure before sending it back to the House,which approved the bill two weeks ago with White House support.

But several Republicans are opposed to expanding the bank’s borrowing limit, arguing that it’s the latest example of unchecked federal spending. Before the vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged his GOP colleagues to vote against the measure....

Just because a maniac could not get his hands on a gun, guns are not the problem in the USA.

You've got to be joking!

No one died!

...The Harris County Sheriff's Office said (click here) in a statement that 20-year-old Dylan Quick used a razor-type knife, and that he told investigators he'd been planning the attack at the suburban Houston campus for some time. Two people remained in critical condition late Tuesday.

Pieces of the blade were found in at least one victim, according to the sheriff's office. Broken blade pieces also were found in the area where the stabbing occurred, and the handle was discovered in a backpack that Quick was carrying when he was arrested....

Mental health is far less a problem to need to control when guns are not in abundance in the USA. If those having mental health issues, as if this guy does, can't get their hands on guns, they can't kill multitudes of people in 5 seconds.

You want to talk about knives, we can talk about knives all you want.

A heart with a knife it is still beats and people live to get to a surgical suit and find themselves on the other side of it if the knife is left in place.

The attack was in Texas. The weapon of choice of zombies are machetes and 
knives. This is not as abnormal a manifestation at all in people preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse or believing they have to eat people's faces off. The attacker is not a crazy man. He is a Texan with power. I am assume his girlfriend and mother is still alive.