Friday, June 29, 2012

Freedom Stolen, Evil Reigns

We have lost a great deal of freedom this week in America. We are now closer to a Latin American dictatorship that a Jeffersonian republic.

States are powerless and no longer allowed to protect its citizens from human invasions; amnesty has been granted to nearly a million illegal aliens; and the federal government can now tell you what you must purchase, calling anything they deem to be in the best interest of the nation a necessary tax.

Burdensome taxes are evil. It enslaves everyone -- some that choose to be enslaved and others that are forced against their wills. Taxes stifles mankind.

We read of numerous accounts in the Book of Mormon; e.g., Mosiah 7:16, where the government mandated undue tax burdens upon the people. In all cases, the governments were led by evil men.

America is no exception. America started out as a chosen nation with divinely inspired Founders. Now we are ruled by those that can only get into their political positions through costly campaigns. These campaigns are funded by the rich elite who demand favors in return. Politicians succeed only if they participate in the corruption and conspiracies.

We have witnessed this week how the Constitution is meaningless to many in power. It reaffirms the words of Joseph Smith Jr. who stated that the "time would come when the Constitution and government would hang by a brittle thread and would be ready to fall into other hands".

Evil conspiracies do exist from the street gangs of LA and America's penal systems to the highest levels of corporations and federal government leaders.

From publish discourse: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

From scripture: We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

Thursday, 28 June 2012, was a sad day for America. Not because a few more people are able to have healthcare, but because the federal government has and will continue to take greater control over our lives.

We have less freedom today than we had a couple of days ago.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obamacare Stands As A Tax

In a surprising ruling, the Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act. The 5-4 ruling lets stand the Obamacare mandate that requires just about everyone carry health insurance or pay a fine. The ruling calls the fine a tax, allowing the law to escape arguments that it violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

This is one that I thought would have been overturned by 5-4 or 6-3. The most surprising thing was that Chief Justice Roberts again sided with the reformist Justice. Roberts will no longer be viewed by conservatives as a originalist Justice. Roberts will forever be grouped with Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Bryer, those believing that it is their lot in life to legislate from the bench.

It was a win for pro-government and socialists. It was a loss for freedom.

For a couple of years now, we have heard from Democrat leaders and President Obama how this was not a tax. The Court today called them all liars. Obamacare is a mandatory payment of money for "medical care" -- a tax. It is arguably the largest tax increase in the history of this country, if not the world. And it is a regressive tax with the middle class being the hardest hit.

Roberts' true character has shown. His statement "because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness" is one made by a coward, not wanting to appear as an "activist."

Add one more thing to the list we are forced to do as the government dictates. This was not about medical coverage rather about the federal government taking more control of our lives.

Like all liberal beliefs, the premise sounds so compassionate -- helping the uninsured obtain health insurance, not denied coverage for preexisting conditions, allowing children to remain on parents' policies until they are 26 -- but they fail to understand a) the cost, b) who pays for it and c) that the government is unable to do anything with any skill, efficiency or quality.

There is nothing in the Constitution that supports the Affordable Care Act. Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito agree. The Roberts' opinion is wrong. This will be his legacy. It is a shame.

Many will elect to pay the fines in 2014, 2015, 2016, because they will be lower than the premiums. But what happens when the fines are higher than the premiums? The insurance companies will be the tax collector for a few year. The IRS will be the enforcer.

This ruling is another step down the enslavement path. It is a huge step in giving the federal government the ability to tax anything they deem in the best interest of the country. They are now able to dictate anything with our so-called private property.

America lost today. Freedom was lost. The Constitution was trampled upon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Supreme Court Ruling on AZ Immigration Laws

On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld the main issue in the Arizona anti-illegal immigration laws: the ability of local law enforcement to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if they have reason to suspect that the individual might be in the country illegally. However, the majority of the Justices rejected measures that would have subjected illegal immigrants to criminal penalties for activities like seeking work.

Arizona passed these laws because the federal government has elected no to enforce the federal laws. The illegal immigrates cause serious financial and criminal issues, costs born mainly by state and local governments.

The White House reacted immediately by refusing to cooperate with AZ law enforcement entities that have taken illegals in custody as a result of not being in the country legally.

Romney responded by trying to cow-tow to the Hispanics by claiming he will try to loosen some restrictions on foreign-worker visas but also leaning toward his form of amnesty.

This Court ruling came as a surprise in that Chief Justice Roberts joined sides with the reformist justices that legislate from the bench.

America lost a bit of its freedom on Monday. It continues to show that the rule of law means little in America. It demonstrates an administration will select to enforce that laws it chooses to enforce and ignore the ones it dislikes.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Obama Permitting Young Migrants to Remain in U.S.

Most liberal policies seem to be so compassionate. The premise being that the government needs to help certainly people or causes because it is the "right" thing to do. The latest from Obama calling for policy to allow young illegal immigrants to remain in the USA.

We have hundreds of thousands of people that came into the USA illegally with their parent or guardians. They have attended America schools, read and write English, and by all accounts are integrated into American society. In the mind of many, they are Americans and the federal government's policy should make it official.

The Obama administration picks and chooses which laws it chooses to enforce. The rule of law is selective to this branch of government that is elected to enforce the law, as created by Congress. There was no consultation with Congress. This was unilateral action with political intentions the primary motivator.

The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors), a legislative proposal introduced in the Senate in 2001 and reintroduced in 2009, 2010 and 2011, would provide conditional permanent residency to certain undocumented individuals of good moral character who graduate from US high schools, arrived in the US as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. It has not passed. Why? Because it is an amnesty program.

Where these people should be low on the list of immigration enforcement, they are here illegally.
My wife and I, born in the USA to parents (and grandparents) that were born in the USA. We adopted our youngest daughter over twelve years ago from outside the USA. She is turning 16. She would like to get her driving learner's permit. However, after a week of dealing with incompetent Utah DMV personnel, we came to the conclusion (along with some help from others who had a similar experience), that she cannot get a driver's license without a U.S. birth certificate, even though she had a U.S. passport when she came here. We had to spend $500 with an attorney and his paralegal to get this addressed. We needed this because our older children have had to show their birth certificates for various things in life.
How do illegals get driver's licenses? How do they get marriage licenses?

Whereas these young people should be a lower priority for Homeland Security, they will shortly become adults. They will be undocumented adults.

Just because many of these young people are victims of circumstances, the Presidency cannot take this action unless directed by Congress.

Like most liberal actions, it sure seems like a nice thing to do, however the Constitution and the current laws do not endorse this action by President Obama.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

US Economy: The Problem Is the Policies

I wonder how many people continue to believe that we need more "hope and change" policies that have dominated the economy for the past three plus years?

On Friday, the reports were that the American jobs engine stalled in May, with the economy adding just 69,000 new jobs while the unemployment rate climbed to 8.2 percent. This marks more than three years of unemployment at or above 8%, despite an economy that ostensibly emerged from recession in July 2009.

The U.S. Commerce Department lowered its estimate for January-March growth from an initial estimate of 2.2 percent. The downward revision was largely because consumers and governments spent less than first estimated, businesses restocked more slowly, and the U.S. trade deficit grew sharply.

The White House blames the third slowdown of its four-year term on Republicans for blocking the President's policies. "Cash for clunkers," "quantitative easing" I and II, ObamaCare, multiple housing bailouts, Dodd-Frank, and the list goes on. Bush authorized TARP but Democrats were all in favor. Would "cap and trade" and "union card-check" have made things better?

The policy- and law-makers have failed the American people. To say they do not understand economics and what motivates business risk and consumer confidence would be a leap in the wrong direction. Thy understand it, however they know that their base does not. The Democrat base knows mediocrity and and government assistance. The base does not know where jobs come from. They understand the arrogant rich and feel wealth redistribution is a good thing.

Three plus years of Obama and Reid policies will never do anything to change the tides. The past three "summers of discontent" will turn into a "decade of discontent" if Obama is re-elected. Democrat polices have failed in a big way. If Romney cannot defeat Obama on his record, then America will forever become the land of the average and home of the coddled.