05/13/10 Gas tax/ Audit the Fed/ Israel

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall.
 
 
CANDIDATES/ VETTING
iCaucus: Independence Caucus
A  National Citizens Organization Focused on Integrity over Big Money
Taking our government back…one candidate at a time.
Our Mission: To find/elect fiscally sound candidates;help organize locally; educate people on current affairs; research money trails to every rep we can.
We at Independence Caucus are committed to removing compromised incumbents from office and replacing them with good men and women who commit to Fiscal Responsibility through Adherence to Constitutional Authority.
http://www.icaucus.org/
 
BUDGET / FINANCIAL REFORM
How To Run a Federal Budget Surplus
by Gary North
“What would you do about the Federal deficit?” I have this amazing answer: “End it immediately. Then run a surplus until it is paid off 100% – exactly as I would do with my own budget.”
http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north841.html
  
Obama’s ‘New Normal’ Is Unacceptable
As Unemployment Rises, White House Waves White Flag On Creating Jobs While Pushing Job-Killing, European-Style Agenda
http://www.gop.com/index.php/briefing/comments/obamas_new_normal_is_unacceptable

GREEK ECONOMY
The Greek Economy Explained

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=19311&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD

 
CAP AND TRADE
Senators Unveil New 1,000-Page Gas Tax

By Steve Everley         May 12, 2010
After months of intense preparation and behind-closed-doors deal making, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) finally unveiled new global warming legislation this afternoon.
AUDIT THE FED
Ron Paul: Auditing the Fed is Responsibility of Congress
By William F. Jasper   May 12, 2010
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) addressed his colleagues from the floor of the House on May 11, expressing his displeasure with the cave-in by Senator Bernie Sanders and other Senators over the proposal to audit the Federal Reserve, an issue that Rep. Paul has been championing for decades. On May 6, Sen. Sanders flip-flopped on his earlier commitment to sponsor an audit amendment identical to the one by Rep. Paul, which had passed in the House with broad, bipartisan support and 319 co-sponsors.
Instead, Sanders offered a weaker substitute amendment that was acceptable to the Federal Reserve and the Obama administration, but which will not allow for a genuine audit of the Fed’s ongoing secret operations. The Senate adopted the new Sanders substitute amendment (which many “Audit the Fed” advocates call a “sellout” amendment) by a vote of 96 to 0 on Tuesday, May 11.
http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/congress/3543-ron-paul-auditing-the-fed-is-responsibility-of-congress

Liar Loans and the Thieves that Make Them
by Marilyn Barnewall                   May 9, 2010
The Federal Reserve System (Fed) is not now and has never been a legitimate central bank. It is not part of the U.S. government. It is a private corporation owned by member banks. Private investors own the member banks. A majority of the owners in recent years are European by birth and residence. Like OPEC, which is a cartel of oil-producing countries, the Fed is a cartel of commercial and investment bankers who coordinate the production, pricing and marketing of money in the United States………
http://www.newswithviews.com/Barnewall/marilyn136.htm
 
 
ISRAEL
The Unique Assault on Israel
by Daniel Pipes   April 29, 2010    updated May 2, 2010
No contemporary state faces such an array of threats as does Israel – indeed, probably no state in history ever has. Consider their range:
    * Weapons of mass destruction: Iran, Syria
    * Conventional military attack: Egypt
    * Terrorism: Hizbullah, Fath, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad
    * Economic blockade and boycott: the Arab League
    * Demographic assault: Palestinian demands for a “right of return”
    * Ideological undermining: “Zionism is racism” But it’s not just the range of the assault, it’s also the depth and the, well, creativity. Israel gets attacked for real and imaginary transgressions that no one thought of before. Here’s the latest one…
http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2010/04/the-unique-assault-on-israel

 

ISLAM
Worldwide Trends in Honor Killings

by Phyllis Chesler    Middle East Quarterly      Spring 2010, pp. 3-11
To combat the epidemic of honor killings requires understanding what makes these murders unique. They differ from plain and psychopathic homicides, serial killings, crimes of passion, revenge killings, and domestic violence. Their motivation is different and based on codes of morality and behavior that typify some cultures, often reinforced by fundamentalist religious dictates. In 2000, the United Nations estimated that there are 5,000 honor killings every year.[1] That number might be reasonable for Pakistan alone, but worldwide the numbers are much greater….
Most honor killings are not classified as such, are rarely prosecuted, or when prosecuted in the Muslim world, result in relatively light sentences.[3] When an honor killing occurs in the West, many people, including the police, still shy away from calling it an honor killing. In the West, both Islamist and feminist groups, including domestic violence activists, continue to insist that honor killings are a form of Western-style domestic violence or femicide (killing of women).[4] They are not.[5] This study documents that there are at least two types of honor killings and two victim populations. Both types differ significantly from each other, just as they differ from Western domestic femicide. One group has an average age of seventeen; the other group’s average age is thirty-six. The age difference is a statistically significant one.
http://www.meforum.org/2646/worldwide-trends-in-honor-killings

OIL SPILL
The Oil Spill: Round Up the Usual Suspects
 By Jim O’Neill      May 5, 2010 
 Beck “connected the dots” and showed “the collusion between Barrack Obama, George Soros, Al Gore, Goldman Sachs, Franklin Raines (super-crooked Fannie Mae head), CCX [Chicago Climate Exchange], and Generation Investment Management (GIM—London based company co-founded by AL Gore).” 
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/22810
See also other articles at Canada Free Press   http://www.canadafreepress.com/
 
 
HEALTH CARE
US: How Health Care Really Stacks Up

Investor’s Business Daily             February 5, 2010
 
http://kommoncents.blogspot.com/2010/02/us-how-health-care-really-stacks-up.html

The bill, which runs 987 pages and is entitled the “American Power Act,” includes a new gasoline tax on American motorists and a controversial cap and trade system for electric utilities. The goal of the legislation is to reduce global warming emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, and more than 80% by 2050.

In the lead up to today’s release, Senator Kerry repeatedly denied that the bill would include a new gas tax. But the bill establishes a new carbon fee that oil companies, referred to as “refined product providers,” must pay to the federal government for the right to emit carbon dioxide. The fee, which is linked to the price that electric utilities will pay for emissions under a separate cap and trade program, will ultimately increase the price of gasoline.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who helped craft the new gas tax, admitted that the fee “will be passed on” to consumers in the form of higher prices at the pump.

President Obama immediately endorsed the legislation, saying APA “will put America on the path to a clean energy economy” and create new green jobs. But in March the Obama administration said it did not support increasing gasoline taxes, a point echoed last month when the White House issued a firm statement that it does not support a new gas tax.

How large the new gas tax will be is uncertain, although earlier this year Harvard’s Belfer Center determined that President Obama’s ideal energy policy could translate to $7 per gallon gasoline.

According to an American Solutions poll, 71% of Americans oppose a new gas tax, and more than 60% of Independents would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports such a tax.
http://www.americansolutions.com/energytax/2010/05/senators-unveil-new-1000-page-gas-tax.php

One Subject At A Time Act: How Financial Reform Could Cost You Your Job
by James Leroy Wilson               May 7, 2010
http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/one-subject-at-a-time-act-how-financial-reform-could-cost-you-your-job

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