PATHETIC

Most of our “leadership” in Washington s pathetic.

Just pathetic, and I would use adjectives to describe the pathetic-ness but then kids could not read this, and they should as this is their future that these worthless politicians are waging on un-winnable wars.

Unbelievable.. Senator John McCain, you are pathetic.  Sickening.  You can actually joke about paying poker on your smart phone while you wage a decision about war that could bring the United States into a conflict that could be devastating to our economy and security?  It is not a joke and it is not funny – I despise you and what you portray as being a leader to the United States of America.  And you are not alone, but since i just witnessed you snickering on “The Situation Room,” on CNN, you are the target of choice.  I wish you had the morality to be humbled, but obviously you are so out of touch that there is no hope of reaching any type of reality, and the words I write are solely to fuel the fire that will out-flame your propaganda and lies that you think will evade the thinking minds of the American public.

You said that we “make the world a much better place”.  How about we do that by making the United States of America a beacon and light of freedom and NOT by bombing the smithereens out of nation-states that have completely different thought patterns and belief systems than we do?  Why don’t we secure OUR country and OUR nation?  Why in the world are we arming terrorists in the name of fighting terrorism?  Who are the terrorists?!?!?!

You “key Republicans” that are funded and protected by the powerful military-industrial complex are not conservative and no protectors of the Constitution,  How dare you risk the lives of our young – how dare you risk our lives, our prosperity, our Country.  I pray that Providence prevails and destroys your ego, your wealth, and your worth.  You have no business representing our American people WHO DO NOT WANT MORE WAR.  May you fail, and may the country and our young people be protected from your disgusting interpretation of a free country and a free World.

– Tisha T. Casida

Legislation Doesn’t Really “Help” Us

Please unplug from the matrix – your representatives in Congress don’t necessarily know what they are doing and can’t necessarily help you.  Please let me illustrate.

Right now, in the 112th Session of Congress – there are:

3,402 Bills in the Senate
6,140 Bills in the House
523 Resolutions in the Senate
734 Resolutions in the House
51 Concurrent Resolutions in the Senate
133 Concurrent Resolutions in the House
47 Joint Resolutions in the Senate
114 Joint Resolutions in the House

Assuming that each of these pieces of legislation (that become law – which affects the justice of our Constitutional Republic, and the individual rights of the sovereign State citizens within the united States of America) is 10 pages long – that would equate to a total of 111,440 (11,144 x 10) pages of text that our representatives must read in order to know the laws and resolutions (not to mention treaties, which are not mentioned here) being proposed and enacted that affect our individual rights, sovereignty, and ability to create wealth and protect our property rights.

Rewind – only a small percentage of bills are ever passed through designated committees, and an even smaller amount of bills are passed by the House, and an even smaller number of bills are passed by the Senate.  So why are our representatives spending so much time on writing bills that don’t pass?  Well, it is to tell you about what they are doing – which is in effect – nothing.  They are doing nothing more than creating a façade about what they say they support – it comes down to the fact that very little of this ever helps any of us as individuals, small business owners, and anyone who is trying to actually “survive” and “make a living”.

It is a lie – and we must unplug from it.  There is absolutely no piece of legislation that will help you or a ‘special interest’ that you have, for that matter.  The only thing that can help us is being able to act in freedom and move regulatory functions that are inefficient at the federal level, down to the States and even into the Counties of those States where we are closer to our representation.  This is where we can hold our elected officials accountable, and not support this atrocious waste of time and taxpayer money creating hundreds of thousands of pages of documents that do nothing to get us out of our economic recession.  We have the power – we find it by unplugging from this matrix.

More Security Headed Your Way

Pending legislation in the form of Senate Bill S 773 Cyberspace Security Act of 2009 is another example of sacrificing our liberty for security.   Broad guidelines coupled with more government (and hence spending) added to a short list of who gets to decide the definition of “emergency” and “critical” in regards to shutting down telecommunication networks leads me to vocal opposition.

If your livelihood depends on the internet or if you just enjoy keeping in touch with family and friends and perhaps spouting your opinions publicly, then I urge you to Learn More about this proposed legislation.

Government CANNOT Legislate A "Clean Energy Economy"

It simply won’t work.  The government cannot MAKE the market do ANYTHING!  As soon as they start to control parts of it, i.e. minimum wage laws, price controls, subsidies, etc., we see problems in the marketplace.  Government is there to protect the constitution – THE REST IS UP TO OUR ECONOMY, which means people like YOU and ME – it is up to US to solve our energy crisis, and I have full-faith that 300 million Americans are just as capable of making changes as the 400-some representatives at Capitol Hill.

In a free-market, consumers have access to information that allow them to make decisions.  If there was not so much government regulation to start with (i.e. subsidies to oil starting many years ago), then the market would have done different things.  Mandating people and companies to change through legislation will not work, it will just further hamper our already beaten economy.

– Joni Cave

Campaign for Liberty – Ron Paul & Private Option Health Care Act

Excerpts taken from http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=35801

Statement of Congressman Ron Paul – United States House of Representatives
Statement Introducing the Private Option Health Care Act  – May 27, 2010

Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce the Private Option Health Care Act. This bill places individuals back in control of health care by replacing the recently passed tax-spend-and-regulate health care law with reforms designed to restore a free market health care system.

The major problems with American health care are rooted in government policies that encourage excessive reliance on third-party payers. The excessive reliance on third-party payers removes incentives for individual patients to concern themselves with health care costs. Laws and policies promoting Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) resulted from a desperate attempt to control spiraling costs. However, instead of promoting an efficient health care system, HMOs further took control over health care away from patients and physicians. Furthermore, the third-party payer system creates a two-tier health care system where people whose employers can afford to offer “Cadillac” plans have access to top quality health care, while people unable to obtain health insurance from their employers face obstacles in obtaining quality health care.

The Private Option Health Care Act gives control of health care back into the hands of individuals through tax credits and tax deductions, improving Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Savings Accounts. Specifically, the bill:

A. Provides all Americans with a tax credit for 100% of health care expenses. The tax credit is fully refundable against both income and payroll taxes;
B. Allows individuals to roll over unused amounts in cafeteria plans and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA);
C. Provides a tax credit for premiums for high-deductible insurance policies connected with a Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and allows seniors to use funds in HSAs to pay for medigap policies;
D. Repeals the 7.5% threshold for the deduction of medical expenses, thus making all medical expenses tax deductible.

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Reference:

Campaign for Liberty. (2010). Retrieved on May 30th from http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=35801.

NAIS, Codex Alimentarius, Bill S510 and Other Bedtime Stories to Guarantee Nightmares

By Tamrah Jo Ortiz

This story was originally printed at The Good, Bad, & Ludicrous

Thanks to my good friends on Facebook, I was alerted that the ugly head of the government is once again poking its’ large and obnoxious nose into places it doesn’t belong.   Yes, I realize this is a inflammatory statement, hence, my writing here, instead of posting this as a comment at the www.opencongress.org website.  (which, if you’d like, you can visit and look at the hoopla going on over various bills.)

So, let’s take a look at each of these and try to make sense of them.

NAIS – The National Animal Identification System.   In brief, this idea is supposedly born of the desire to quickly identify and destroy animals that pose a threat to both food supply and our existence. (mad cow disease, avian bird flu, anyone?)

What is not so clear is how anyone thinks any of this will really work.   Number 1, the folks that want to implement this currently employ thousands to audit tax returns and apparently have not been successful in creating a database or secure electronic means of verifying taxes or conducting a paperless census (which, by the way, we filled out, returned and apparently was ‘lost’ as a census person showed up at my house saying they didn’t get ours.   On the flip side, my mom got 2 censuses to fill out and a friend never received any….)

Now, if these folks have not centralized, streamlined and made efficient the operations they have been in charge of for decades, how in the world are we to believe they can implement this kind of system and let us know about diseased food within 20 years of our consumption of it?

Number 2 – current figures show that given the ‘requirements’ of the system, most of the costs will fall on the small farmers and ranchers – courtesy of Wikipedia is the following:

“The costs of becoming NAIS compliant for a U.S. beef producer were found to be a minimum of $2.08 a head for large producers and as much as $17.56 a head for smaller operations, with an estimated average cost to cow/calf producers of $6.26 per animal, according to research by Christopher Raphael Crosby of Kansan State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics published in 2008.”

Does anyone hear “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”?

Number 3 – Historically, outbreaks of disease occur in close population, improperly nourished animals.   Farmer John who has 15 head of cattle and 160 acres of pasture does not face the same challenges as Mr. Beef, who has crammed 5,000 cows into a feedlot the size of a Wal-mart parking lot, where calves play on hills of cow patties and drink milk produced from the ingestion of soybean and corn meal (when cows have evolved to do just fine, thank you very much, on grass.)

Plus, Farmer John really depends on his herd for his food, to feed his family and perhaps a neighbor or two and to bring in some extra cash to pay the ever-increasing cost of living expenses.  So he has a HUGE investment in making sure his herd is healthy and well-nourished.  The loss of even one cow can make or break him.

Mr. Beef can depend on tax breaks, an adjustment of market prices, government bailouts, etc, if he somehow manages to lose his herd to disease.   So who do you think takes better care of their herd?

On to the next – Codex Alimentarius – Proponents will tell you it’s an international effort to ensure the safety of food for all – as well as to keep me from accidently killing myself from taking too much Vitamin C.

Again, these efforts are brought to you by folks who can’t even balance their own budgets and settle disputes among themselves in a peaceful manner.  Do you really think they know how much Vitamin C I can handle and furthermore, if I were receiving nutritious food, would I even need a supplement?   If they are so invested in “Nutritious, Safe Food to further the health and well-being of the populace” then why did they ignore the published findings of biochemist Dr. Mary Enig in the 70’s, who warned of the dangers of trans-fats and hydrogenated fats to the human body?  Um, no, took about 40 years before they figured that one out (if they even have yet……………)

I also find it interesting that many countries within the World Effort of this measure are ARDENTLY opposed to GMO foods and have been very insistent on pushing for foods containing those types of ingredients to be Labeled.   Those who have a vested interest in controlling both seed and food supplies, by getting ‘patents’ on their genetically modified seeds and plants have kept up the pressure and keep taking a run at getting that ‘pesky little nuisance’ of required labeling for GMO foods buried under the rug.

All in all, I cannot see the reasoning for extending all this effort on the Codex other than for countries who take their food and health seriously to put up a ‘fence’ to keep those exports out from countries that do not.  (meaning, US)

So with the history of these two long-running dramas, I now come to the most recent – Senate Bill S510.

Innocuously titled, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act”, it lists high-sounding ideals and includes some of the following:

food facility re-inspection (um…I worked as a waitress for 12 years, I can tell you, restaurants get inspected every year……)
food recalls (aren’t they already allowed to do that?)
a voluntary qualified importer program (have these people never heard of eating locally?)
So those violently opposed to this bill read it and see how easily seed and food control could be placed in the hands of those who have no business telling us what we can grow or eat, share with our neighbors or sell at the local farmer’s market.   And I agree with them to a point; while the bill does not specifically state any of these intents, the large generalized points of it are open to all kinds of interpretations.

History tells me the interpreters will translate it for the benefit of themselves, their agency budget and their large campaign contributors (corporations) before they will for my health and well being.

Again, if you look to history, deaths and illness related to the consumption of contaminated, diseased foods, has been linked to large corporate mono-culture farms, not the small local producers.  Why?  Well, because the small local producer not only feeds you, but their own family.  They don’t have the time or the energy (or the insanity) to grow one garden with ‘good stuff’ for their family and another with ‘questionable stuff’ to sell at the local market.

In addition, if I get ‘bad food’ at the local farmer’s market, I know exactly who to go to with my accusations.   When large farms put out questionable produce, it has also traveled through one or more broker warehouses, a packaging plant or two, the transportation gamut….on and on and its’ so easy to pass the buck on who exactly is to blame.

I’m also curious as to why Homeland Security is one of the committees listed on the bill’s information page.  What, are they afraid terrorists are going to send us toxic bananas?   Newsflash, if everyone ate organic and locally, this fear would be laughable.  And I can tell you, any terrorist shows up at our local farmers market with evil intent on his mind, I can guarantee there are enough ‘rednecks’ around here that are just waiting for an opportunity to show the world what real Homeland Security looks like.

I also wonder just where they are going to get the money to implement all this when they are already crying about ‘deficits’ and ‘budget cuts’.   To my mind, this has less to do with feeding the nation safely and more to do with feeding the oversized monster we call our government, as well as nudging out any competition to the large centralized food companies.

Implementation, testing and compliance enforcement take money – and that money will come from those who want to ‘buy into the market’ (meaning smaller operations won’t be able to afford to be in the market) –  but most of the money will come from you and me, the consumer.   What?  You don’t think so?  Just who do you think is paying for the Tobacco Company Settlements?   It isn’t the companies or the government, its’ the consumers.  But I’ll leave that debate for another time.

The legislation listed above can only make sense in a climate of fear.   They can only pass when we blindly believe the government is really trying to protect us.  When we believe that death is more heinous than liberty. (Oh where is Patrick Henry when you need him?)

Quit looking to the government to save you from harm.   Know those who grow your food.   Have a relationship.  Trust me, they are much more invested in your health and well being than the FDA is.  Because without you, they don’t have a livelihood.  The FDA and government don’t either, but they have forgotten.

Remind them.

OPINION: Real Energy Solutions

The American Power Act, or S.1733  is now here and viewable.

I think we can all agree that there does need to be exploration into safer, cleaner, more sustainable energy choices.  Not only is it better for our environment, they are much better for a struggling economy (i.e. by promoting new industry).  That does not mean that the reliance or need for petroleum and coal will magically disappear (nor should it), it just means that the market should understand that petroleum and coal (like most everything) are scarce resources.  Most importantly, in the case of petroleum, it makes us dependent upon foreign markets and sources (sometimes people and places that go against what we stand for as a free and moral country).

My question is, how sustainable is this when we have to be “ordered” to make changes by a bill/act/government entity.  I am the first to agree that there MUST be government regulations.  I am the last to agree that government “regulations” should include incentives and punishments that intervene with free market activities.  There’s a difference.

It will take us awhile to make it through all of the language in the bill, however, I urge you to be cautious, and to send us any information and ideas that you have, that may be helpful in understanding this new piece of legislation, as well as alternative solutions that are more reliant upon a free market with government regulations versus a government-run industry/market with “false” incentives.
– Tisha Casida

S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act


This particular Act raises questions about the true safety and security of our food system.  There are continuously recalls of various food products: lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, peanut butter, ground beef, etc.  However, instead of focusing on mitigating the problem, perhaps we should look at what is causing this problem in the first place (for example, an extremely large, unsafe, and unsustainable food system).

1.  S. 510 will subject small, local food providers to the same broad federal regulatory oversight that is required by large multinational corporations (for most small businesses this kind of red tape will put them out of business).  MOST dangerous outbreaks of food-related illnesses come from large corporations – NOT small family farms.  More regulations mean more cash-out-flow for small farms, and this will put small, local companies out of business.  That is the last thing that we want – our LOCAL, sustainable suppliers to not able to grow food for our local communities.

2 Adding regulations, record-keeping obligations and risk-based preventative controls (i.e. HACCP), will present a burden to small producers that will  hurt their cash-flows and operations.  The less people we have locally growing food, the more expensive, unsafe, and unsustainable our food supply will be.

3. The USDA serves a very important purpose with small farms and provide many useful and beneficial services.  Having the FDA involved with small-farms and local food systems is adding another level of bureaucracy and red tape to an industry that is already struggling.

4. Food safety and security means  a diversified, vibrant local food system served by local producers and community members.  KNOW YOUR FARMER – that, my friends, is food safety and security.

Read the Bill, Know What’s In It, and if you Support Family Farmers – Call Your Senators and Tell Them To Not Approve This!

Read the Bill HERE.

– Joni Cave

P-O-L-I-T-I-C-S

We hope you have been paying attention to what bills and issues are looked at in the House and Senate, because there is a positive correlation with when politicians are up for election – if there are contentious issues that may cost them seats, these bills are sent to the back-burner.  If there is an issue that will win them votes, then it is time for a marketing campaign!

Unfortunately, we have a whole lot of politicking and very little representation.  We like to remain optimistic, but it is easy to see that bad things happen when there are not checks and balances (hence our constitution and the separation of powers which are so important to protect).

Have you heard anything about the “Boss Tweed Era”?  It is a classic example of politicking and bullying – something that we must be cognizant of at all levels of politics.  We need representatives that protect liberty and protect our constitution – period.

There are many great events and organizations rising to the occasion, and we commend them!  Be sure to check out these people and groups that are making strides to protect our liberties, and be wary of the politics in play (find many of them in our blogroll).

Let’s find people who represent WE THE PEOPLE versus worry about covering their own tails.  See Get Out Of Our House (GOOOH) for more information.

Right, Left, Red, Blue, Middle, Green – UNITE!

“Where are the Greenies?” said a friend who owns property and has been vocal about the intrusion of the heavy hand of government in Colorado land law.

The reinstatement of the “Death Tax” in Colorado will have negative implications for land owners who want to leave their land to their children.  If HR 3524 (Colorado House) does not get passed, the Death Tax will come back in 2011 with even sharper provisions.

Positions of various government representatives seem to favor land-owners, that is, until you look at their voting records.  Politics is in full force at all levels of government – this includes state and local representatives as well.

Aside from the bureaucracy that so many of us are sick and tired of, another more positive and productive statement must be made.  That is, this particular issue, could really unite some facets of ideologies.

For example, land owners want to protect their land (via not being taxed at their death).  By farmers and ranchers wanting to protect their land and NOT sell out to developers, this is in fact preserving the land/environment/eco-system which can be decimated by urban sprawl and unsustainable development.

Farmers and ranchers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.  Environmentalists, and “greenies” if you will, want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to them and their children.

In addition to this, hunters and fishers want to protect land and wildlife because it is important to their sport.  People that are so often shoved into the category of “tree huggers” want the same thing.

So where are we?  Where are the Americans here?  We want the same thing – let’s take a harder look at the bureaucracy and red tape that is in place to “help” the heavy hand of government and see how we may be able to eliminate some of the negative consequences that hurt ALL OF US.

Whether you are conservative or liberal on land issues – this is one area where we should be fighting together.  The death tax, and any taxes that make it impossible to preserve land, wildlife, and eco-systems should be eliminated – we will all benefit and protect the very environments that we call home.

– Tisha Casida

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