I just read your article. I have been unemployed since 2008, and I have never refused a job. I worked for a mortgage company. Since that is no longer an option, I've had to look for jobs for which I am over qualified. I don't mind that at all I just want to work. I have gone to job fair after job fair, I have registered with my local Workforce Center, I have setup job alerts at tons of website's, I have let everyone I know and everyone I meet know that I am looking for a job, and followed every lead.
At first employers were fine with job experience, however, they began asking for an associates degree for a receptionist position at $8 to $10 an hour and then a 2-4 year degree within the industry that you are applying. And more recently, they are asking that you have experience using their company specific software as well as an associates or bachelors degree in the specific industry. Again, I don't mind working for less.
Now I don't mind the pay cut or starting at the bottom, but it is becoming more impossible to find a job. It is not because I couldn't negotiate my wants, I just want a job. I am willing to take whatever I can get.
Employers are asking for more because they can, because they receive hundreds of desperate applicants for each job they post. I understand why there doing it, we all enjoy getting more bang for our buck. Unfortunately, I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am thankful for unemployment extensions. Yes, those of us on unemployment would all rather have a job, but we the reality is we don't.
I have been laid off 3 times and quit a job once in my career, companies fail, but I have never been out of work this long in my life. I always worked temp until the next job came along. Not even temp agencies are hiring.
I get tired of listening to the news because they talk about where were at, I know where were are, I would like to hear solutions, I want to hear about how we can get out of this mess.
Thank you for listening,
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Obama Gets His Way Regarding Extension Of Unemployment Benefits
Sadly, Millions Of Americans Now Dependent Upon Government To Survive
by Daniel T. Zanoza, Executive Director
Just a few days ago, President Barack Obama celebrated the passage of H.R. 4213, a $34 billion bill which will extend unemployment benefits for recipients in 2010. I feel terrible for the millions of hard-working people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. But the fact is unemployment insurance was never meant to be a federal entitlement.
Sadly, there are Americans who will have to collect unemployment insurance far past the time this program was designed to assist those who lost their jobs. Though most collecting unemployment would much rather be working, there are reports some are actually turning down jobs for a number of reasons. There are those who are asking potential employers if they can get paid "under the table", in order to continue receiving their bi-monthly unemployment checks. The reason for this may not seem as sinister as it appears because the few available jobs simply will not provide enough money to pay their bills.
And here is one more undeniable fact. The jobs of many of those who became unemployed after our nation's economy tanked will never return. For example, good manufacturing jobs and the companies which employed millions of Americans have permanently moved offshore. High taxation, government regulations and cheap foreign labor has driven many corporations out of the United States into the waiting arms of countries like Mexico, Japan and China. Businesses in the service industry, including telecommunications, find operating costs far less prohibitive in India, Taiwan and the Philippines. Much of this is a result of unions which feathered the beds of not only themselves, but politicians as well. Companies could no longer match union demands for ever-increasing employee benefits and salaries which essentially drove their own constituents out of the jobs market.
As usual, the Obama administration is using this tragic situation to expand government, put more Americans at the whim of federal largesse and ultimately control the lives of millions who are now dependent on the government in order to survive.
The Obama administration never misses an opportunity to use the suffering of the American people for political gain. Initially, Republicans tried to hold their ground against more unchecked spending by a government which is out of control regarding financial responsibility. However, since Obama has the bully pulpit and the ear of the liberal establishment media, Obama was painting those who were against the extension of unemployment benefits as cold-hearted and uncaring. Some members of the GOP rightfully believed the $34 billion should have been taken out of the $862 billion stimulus package or paid for through the elimination of wasteful government spending. Of course, Obama won the political argument and another $34 billion has been tacked on to the national debt which will be paid for by countless generations to come.
To add to the problem, states that find themselves in smothering debt will be even more hard-pressed to meet their financial obligations related to the extension of unemployment benefits. For example, California--which is near the brink of bankruptcy--provides a substantial percentage of the high benefits they pay to those on unemployment rolls. A state which was recently paying some of its bills with I.O.U.'s will find itself in a deeper financial hole from which recovery is nowhere in sight.
The reality of having so many Americans dependent on unemployment benefits is clear. They are like addicts who are at the mercy of a President whose policies have destroyed millions of jobs, contrary to the propaganda spewed forth from the White House every day. In fact, while hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil were spilling daily into the Gulf of Mexico for months, Obama was on a national tour touting the success of his stimulus scam which supposedly created and/or saved millions of jobs. Obama was so brazen that he recently had a photo-op with three Americans who were depending upon the extension of their unemployment benefits because they could not find jobs. As many conservative pundits pointed out, Obama looked foolish because on one hand the President was claiming his stimulus program was a huge success while on the other hand, he inferred unemployment benefits should be extended because so many Americans could not find jobs. You can't have it both ways, Mr. President, and most of us realize the latter is true.
I suppose the most insulting aspect of the entire situation related to the unemployment benefit extension legislation is the fact the bills were co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut). These are two individuals who should be in handcuffs and shackles while serving time in a federal prison because of their monitoring of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which many economists believe plunged American into its current recession. Instead, these two legislators, who acted criminally, are doing their best to help Obama, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) destroy our nation's economy.
Unemployment insurance is not an entitlement. One day, these benefits will run out for those who depend on this money to buy groceries, clothe their children, pay their mortgages or rent, along with the other expenses that must be paid by every American family. These Americans must live on a budget. They cannot print their own money. They cannot borrow from foreign nations to meet their needs. They are not too big to fail. Yet, ultimately, this will be the case. I believe this is the ultimate goal of the Obama administration. Socialists, like those who are in the Congressional majority, contend the government knows best. The only question that remains to be asked is whether it's too late to undo the damage that has been done by liberals who control every branch of government.
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EDITOR'S NOTE:Beth Rogers is a frequent contributor to RFFM.org and a pro-family political activist. Rogers, who hails from Springfield, Illinois, is one of the most influential socially conservative leaders in the state.
Proponents of "gay" rights have said many times what others do in their bedroom doesn't affect anyone else and is no one's business. The recent circumstances at the University of Illinois prove otherwise as a university professor shared his beliefs on natural moral laws and then was fired for his opinion.
Professor Kenneth Howell's firing is only one example of how others in society are affected by government recognition of the homosexual lifestyle and how laws, such as the recent passing of hate-crimes legislation, affect everyone in society and then become everyone’s business.
Hate-crimes legislation shouldn’t even exist because it grants "special" protections, not constitutional equal protection. All citizens are already protected under the 14th Amendment as having equal protection under the law.
Professor Howell is allegedly being punished for his religious belief and view that sexuality is between a man and a woman. The professor, in his e-mail stated, "In other words, sexual acts are only appropriate for people who are complementary, not the same."
This is not hate speech as he was speaking truths related to natural law. Why would a university punish someone who, by his opinion, is also affirming longstanding Illinois law that declares sexuality in marriage as being between a man and a woman? If his opinion is aligned with these constitutional laws, then don't punish him for upholding those laws that are also aligned with natural law.
This recent action of the university is an example of individuals and groups being demonized for following a faith and moral tradition that has served civilization well for centuries. It is not hate to agree with God about sexuality and natural moral law as well as protecting members of our society, which includes homosexuals.
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RFFM.org's Founder and Executive Director, Dan Zanoza, will be a guest on the Dr. Laurie Roth Radio Show [www.therothshow.com] on Monday, July 26, 2010 between 6 and 7 P.M. Central time.
Zanoza will be discussing a new RFFM.org project, Advocates for Seniors, Retired and Disabled (ASRD). RFFM / ASRD will soon publish a quarterly e-newsletter for subscribers with the purpose of sharing information about a segment of American society the Obama administration apparently deems politically expendable.
Broadcast out of Washington state on the IRN-USA Radio Network, Roth's radio talk show is nationally syndicated and "is on a mission to examine the issues based on right and wrong, not party politics."
To listen in, go to: http://www.irnusanews.com/ on left hand side of page, Broadcasting now, Channel 3, Roth Show and click on "Tune in now".
Listeners can call in to the Dr. Laurie Roth show by dialing 1-877-999-7684.
EDITOR'S NOTE:As a totally blind individual, I understand how President Barack Obama's policies have had a devastating impact--not only on disabled Americans, but the elderly and retired as well. Cuts in Social Security (COLA freeze), Medicare and some state-run programs designed to assist the middle class and the poor have already had a negative impact on a segment of our nation's population who find themselves with little or no representation in state and federal government. The devastation wrought on the U.S. economy by the radical Democratic majority and the policies they advocate is widespread. But seniors, retired and disabled individuals seem to be politically expandable and it's time the truth was told about the myth that Obama cares about many Americans who are now on the outside looking in politically.
Below are links to numerous columns and articles regarding Obama's assault on this group since his inauguration which includes the middle-class and poor. Organizations, including the AARP, no longer have the best interests of seniors in mind. Social Security recipients, retired and disabled alike, are now voiceless. Therefore, the Advocates for Seniors, Retired and Disabled (ASRD) e-newsletter, which is an RFFM project, will provide a voice for the voiceless. These columns and articles detail the facts related to the new health care law and cuts in programs which will have an impact on the elderly and disabled.
Editor's Note:Lyle J. Rapacki, Ph.D. is a frequent contributor to RFFM.org. Rapacki is an independent intelligence analyst. The head of SENTINEL INTELLIGENCE SERVICES, LLC, Rapacki receives and disseminates critical intelligence and policy information from and to law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security officials, and government and community leaders; Rapacki is the author of dozens of white papers, bulletins and briefings, and he is frequently called on to share his expertise with public and private security directors and organizations.
Unchecked Immigration Promotes Serious Health Concerns For All Americans
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
The content of this briefing is deliberately intended to stimulate thought and discussion, as well as to inform. As with all my reports and briefings, whether Classified and Restricted or Not Classified informational analysis comprising global security, national security of the sovereignty of the United States of America and the Great State of Arizona, economic forces as a dimension to national security, culture, freedom in human rights, defense, and the rule of law are considered within the framework of this treatise.
While political and verbal posturing shamelessly continues by Mr. Obama and associates in the border saga, an on-going border “war” rages. Not only are brave law enforcement professionals at risk by standing in the gap between illegal aliens, drug thugs, escaped and released criminals, terrorists, mentally ill, and America’s well-being, but an insidious health crisis is also flowing across the southern border of America. You will rarely hear a liberal politician (in either political party) talk about the criminals being released from Mexico, Honduras, South and Central America plus other country’s jails and prisons and sent north to America. You, WILL NOT hear liberal politicians talk about the serious and potentially devastating medical problems heading America’s way (and are already here) by the unchecked flow of illegals coming into our nation. There are medical pandemics waiting, incubating and becoming highly resistant to treatment, brought here by illegal aliens who had no contact with quality health care, and are walking medical “time bombs.” Mr. Obama and the elites know this to be a fact, and have shunned their responsibility to protect and defend Americans. Americans better come to know this potentially horrible fact and prepare to care for themselves.
Medical professionals in Arizona already are acutely aware of the disease epidemics lingering just below the public and media radar screens. Furthermore, Arizona health-care providers know Federal Emergency Management folks, the politically correct Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security have no intention bringing Illegal Alien Health Care into the public arena, or for that matter, into any arena where it can be examined. The harsh truth is that dreaded Third World diseases are making their way into America along with illegal aliens.
Hospital Emergency Departments in border cities are having to battle with new strains of antibiotic resistant infections, and diseases America basically eradicated many years ago; diseases like: tuberculosis, pneumonias, staph, parasitic Chagas disease, and leprosy. Some American cities have prided themselves in becoming “sanctuary cities” opening their communities to any and all illegal aliens. These cities are also opening themselves up to insidious germs that are not discriminatory – they will attack anyone and everyone regardless of country of origin. I mentioned a couple of them so let’s look a little closer at these potentially devastating diseases that are streaming across our borders, along with humans from a variety of impoverished, Third World countries.
Chagas: A devastating parasite that was primarily relegated to Latin America; now prevalent in Los Angeles, California and spreading.
Cysticercosis: Latin America brainworm, and as The Wall Street Journal reported, “In recent years, as the immigration population has spread…cysticercosis has cropped up in states that have never had to deal with it before, including Iowa, Ohio, Missouri and Oregon.”
Necrotizing fasciitis: Basically a flesh-eating bacterium.
Leprosy: Difficult to believe, but health officials in Maryland, Florida, California, Louisiana, Texas, New York City, Hawaii are having to battle this heinous disease.
Bedbugs: New strains which are resistant to fumigation. The New York Times reported, “…bedbugs are spreading throughout New York City like a swarm of locusts…even in top addresses on Park Avenue, Riverside Drive and Helmsley Park Lane.” These bugs are terrible, they hurt, they suck your blood, and they leave discoloration and soreness. They are spreading into hospitals!
Toxocara roundworm parasite: Can cause blindness and epilepsy. This parasite is on a dramatic increase, and is being found in many playgrounds. Multiple hospitals in Los Angeles are reporting rapid increases of seizures and other neurological events caused by tapeworms and related parasites.
The above diseases and ailments historically have been kept from our shores by aggressive screening methods to assure public health. Not any longer. Overwhelmed, under staffed, under funded, and with an “unofficial policy” by the federal government to blur the southern borders of the United States, and to promote free entry by those who can hop-skip-or jump over the border once declaring American sovereignty, these diseases are spreading rapidly toward heartland America. In addition, newer and stronger, medically more resistant forms of head lice, mononucleosis, diarrhea, and flu are also taking up residence in hospitals, schools, day care centers and fast food stores in Border States. As Arizona’s new Anti-illegal Immigration Law (which mirrors the Federal law) takes effect, many illegal’s are vacating Arizona and going elsewhere – where; to a publicly proclaimed Sanctuary City or maybe a less visible city or town? The infections and diseases are carried with the illegal alien who avoided detection and screening.
Mr. Obama and any government official who proclaims the border fence is complete and solid are blatantly telling a falsehood. Well defined pathways are known to smugglers of all persuasions – from drug to human, and worse. One of the little talked about but fully known secrets is that aliens from other countries, including Middle Eastern, have come across the border and up through Arizona’s vast desert smuggling highways. Besides the criminal and terrorist element, we have a medical stew of health concerns the likes our Nation has not seen or had to deal with in many years. Diseases and health issues known only in other regions of the world are now being introduced to America.
The hospitals are inundated in Border States to the point of turning away emergency arrivals from ambulances, there are not sufficient health care providers, and the funds simply are not available to treat the onslaught of arrivals. The new strains of disease and drug resistant maladies will become similar to a catastrophic biological event. I am not even discussing those who are illegal and remain clear of hospitals for fear of being reported, but hide-out under bridges with other homeless; or set-up camps in the various remote sections of land well within Border States close to municipalities and major cities so they can benefit from the services local government and communities offer. The chance for cross contamination and communicable spread of illness is a clear and present danger Obama and associates do not want to discuss.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Some of the above information is held in public domain having been released for various purposes; therefore, nothing contained in this briefing violates any sanctions for dissemination, but does provide the reader with vetted material. I encourage you to subscribe to: Independent Living with Lee Bellinger Publisher for continuing current medical and alternative treatment information. Some of the following information comes from this source; some comes from discussions with State of Arizona health officials, as well as health-care providers on the front lines.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Phil Collins has a B.A. in political science. Collins was a full-time employee for the U.S. Senate campaigns of John Cox and John Borling. Collins is the executive director of the Illinois Center Right Coalition, and he founded the Republican Assembly of Northern Cook County. In 2008, Collins ran for delegate to the Republican National Convention, for Mike Huckabee, and he received almost 4,000 votes. That was more votes than a State Rep. (Suzie Bassi) and Lake County Clerk (Willard Helander), combined. Collins volunteered at Republican National Conventions in 1988, 1996, 2000 and 2008. Collins was in the Navy for 21 years, and, for six months, he was near Baghdad, in the Triangle of Death, in a Marine infantry battalion.
PHIL COLLINS: IN HIS OWN WORDS
I think that, in 2010, Illinois Republican candidates should run together, similarly to the Contract with America. They should promise that, if our state elects Sen. Bill Brady, for Governor, and Republican majorities, in both Houses of the legislature, they'll pass these bills:
1. Cut all state tax rates and fees to their 2002 levels. Blagojevich-proposed tax & fee increases caused many companies to leave Illinois, harming the state's economy.
2. Consolidate public school districts, ensuring that each district includes at least one high school, at least one junior high, and at least one elementary school. Illinois includes many districts that include one school each. Each district collects property taxes from the homeowners, of the district, and each district has employees, with an average superintendent salary of $120,000, per year. The taxpayers could save money, if some districts are consolidated.
3. Repeal the 2003 law which states that illegal aliens may attend state universities and pay in-state tuition.
4. Repeal the 2007 law which states that illegal aliens may obtain drivers licenses.
5. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, which would establish term limits for all elected officials. State legislators could serve up to 10 years, in each house, and county board members could serve up to 10 years. All officials, whose offices always have four-year terms, may serve up to eight years.
6. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, to allow recall elections of all elected officials. The number of petition signatures, for a recall, would be the same as the number that is needed, for run for that office.
7. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment for the state constitution, that would state that, when a state legislator dies or resigns, with at least four months remaining in his or her term, the governor will choose dates for a special primary election and a special general election.
8. A change to election code which would state that all candidates, of all parties, who run for the same office, must submit the same number of petition signatures, 1% of the number of people who voted in the last general election, for that office.
9. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, for binding, citizen-proposed, statewide referendums. To get on the ballot, the supporters would be required to submit at least 5,000 petition signatures.
10. Approve, for the Nov. 2012 ballot, an amendment, for the state constitution, that would state that, if an Illinois U.S. senator resigns or dies with at least four months remaining, in his or her term, the governor will choose dates for a special primary election and a special general election. On the same day that the governor announces the election dates, he or she would make a temporary appointment, someone who would fill the Senate seat and may also run, in the special elections, if he or she chooses.
11. Starting in 2014, all regularly scheduled elections will be held in even-numbered years. Each township, city, school board, library board, and park district board may choose whether their elections will be held during the years of presidential elections or the years of governor elections. This would greatly decrease the amount of money that the state, county, township, and city governments pay, to administer elections.
12. Starting a year after this bill is signed, a state government employee must work for the state for at least 20 years, to receive a state pension. The pension will not be more than 1/2 of the highest salary that the employee received. This is used for military members, who risk their lives for our country.
13. Starting in Jan. 2012, state legislators will decrease their salary to $55,000, per legislator, per year, and they won't accept a raise while the state government has a budget deficit.
EDITOR'S NOTE:Dan Patlak was an analyst at the Board of Review for eight years. Patlak has been a taxpayer advocate in Wheeling Township where he is in his second term as Wheeling Township Assessor. Patlak is a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer and has been a licensed real estate broker since 1986. Patlak is a member of the National Taxpayers Union and is endorsed by the National Taxpayers United of Illinois PAC.
DAN PATLAK -- IN HIS OWN WORDS
My campaign for Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review has adopted a radical new idea…educating taxpayers so they can better understand and control their property taxes. Traveling throughout the county, I hear the same frustration, confusion and anger from taxpayers about their property taxes. There is a widespread lack of understanding of how tax bills are computed and where the money goes. There is also a great deal of uncertainty about what the next bill will bring.
My campaign is built on the premise that taxpayers have a need and a right to understand their tax system. Through our web site “Education Center” at www.ElectPatlak.com we are taking a first step in demystifying the system for concerned citizens. With information comes confidence and power and it is important that “the people” and not the government possess the power in our democratic society. Our Education Center provides information to property owners so they will have the ability to determine whether they are paying an appropriate share of the overall tax burden. It also encourages them to think about where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent.
In addition, our campaign will soon be rolling out a series of short educational videos produced to answer the most commonly asked questions about the property tax system.
Whether or not I am elected as a Commissioner of the Board of Review I will continue with this radical idea by constantly looking for ways to educate the electorate about how their government works and I will continue to be an advocate for the taxpayers of Cook County, Illinois.
RFFM.org To launch Effort To Inform Seniors, Retired And Disabled About Issues Involving This Group
by Daniel T. Zanoza
EDITOR'S NOTE:As a disabled individual myself, I fully understand that the Obama Administration now sees senior citizens and disabled individuals from the middle-class and poor alike as a politically expendable voting bloc. Some might claim my efforts may be self-serving, but it has become clear to me groups including AARP are no longer looking out for the best interests of seniors. The disabled are also suffering under Obama's policies which impact all Americans. Subsequently, I will issue a quarterly newsletter to subscribers who want to learn more about what's happening related to topics they care about.
If you are a senior, retired or a disabled individual, you probably have noticed the Obama administration has demonstrated little, if any, care for those who fall into this group. The President's highly unpopular health care reform bill, which was rammed down the throat of the American people, included $500 billion in cuts to Medicare alone. Yes, I know the half trillion dollars which have been slashed from Medicare will supposedly be made up through the elimination of fraud and waste related to Medicare. However, it wasn't necessary to pass a bill in order to eliminate fraud and waste.
I suppose the "hope and change" Obama promised during his presidential campaign mostly dealt with his "hope" of passing his socialist agenda and the "change" is what the rest of us will get from our taxpayer dollars. And I do mean change...in the form of nickels and dimes which our dollar will be worth after the inflation the nation will soon be incurring, due to the massive debt the U.S. is piling up by borrowing money to pay for wasteful programs which will take generations to pay back.
In Illinois and across the entire nation, Obama began the assault, especially on middle-class and poor Social Security recipients, with the COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment) freeze. Again, supposedly, the lack of a cost of living adjustment--which many Social Security recipients depend on--was due to the fact the nation's economy is not experiencing inflation, according to the Dept. of Labor's Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Most assuredly, there will be those who say the CPI is not political in any way, but if you believe that, I have some oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico available to the highest bidder. The head of the Dept. of Labor is appointed by the President. Obama needed some way to balance out his massive spending and the easiest way to do so was to cut spending (with the COLA freeze) for a voting bloc which he apparently now deems politically expendable...elderly and disabled Americans. Okay, Obama offered a phony gesture to appease this group by promising to get Congress to pass a one-time $250 payment meant to offset the COLA freeze. But that hollow gesture disappeared like the $862 billion in stimulus money that was supposed to put Americans back to work.
Here in Illinois the attack on seniors went even further. My state has a $13 billion budget deficit. What did the Democratic-controlled legislature do to help save taxpayers' money? Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a budget that slashed a program called "Circuit Breaker". The Circuit Breaker program is not an entitlement. It is a program designed to provide property tax relief, primarily for seniors, retired and disabled residents of the state. The amount previously received by those who qualified for the Circuit Breaker program would barely pay for a movie and a good dinner, but lawmakers decided to cut the program in half. I personally contacted some Illinois state Senators who were not even aware of the Circuit Breaker cuts reflected in the Illinois budget. Circuit Breaker recipients are still able to renew their license plates at a reduced rate, but the checks received in 2010 (for Fiscal Year 2009), were another reflection of that "hope and change"--with emphasis on "change". To be specific, Circuit Breaker recipients received 50 cents less on the dollar this year for property tax relief through the program, compared to years past. Again, the philosophy promoted by Obama is being mimicked in Illinois.
By the way, Illinois Democratic Governor Pat Quinn recently gave his staff a considerable pay raise. But our elected officials in Washington, D.C. voted themselves a substantial pay raise for the current fiscal year, so at least our lawmakers are being consistent at the state and national levels.
There is a name for what's happening to the millions of Americans who paid into Social Security their entire lives and expected Medicare would be there for them when they needed it. Without getting too in-depth, it's a version of "more from the fit and less from the unfit". In this case, it's less FOR the "unfit". This mindset is promoted within the health care bill passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama.
Americans heard talk about "death panels" which the establishment media and Democrats poo-pooed. Yet the death panel warnings as far as the health care law are essentially true. Government appointed panels will make life and death decisions regarding who will receive what kind of health care. And these panels will not consist of doctors or experts in the profession of medicine. Indeed the recess appointment of Craig Becker who will essentially be the head of Medicare and Medicaid is on record as being a major proponent of health care rationing.
For example, will Aunt Betty, who is 85 years old get the hip replacement she desperately needs or will it be more fiscally prudent to refuse Aunt Betty's surgery and simply give her pain medication to deal with her ailment? This type of decision will be in the hands of government bureaucrats, not Aunt Betty's doctor. Rationing of health care is a certainty under the current health care reform law and anyone who denies this fact is simply naive, not telling the truth or both.
Millions of baby boomers, who are now reaching the age of retirement, will tax America's economic system. Subsequently, those who are 65 years of age and older now represent a group some contend may no longer be productive members of our society. Millions of seniors, retired and disabled individuals now fall into this category which Obama has targeted since he has taken office. What makes matters worse is groups like the AARP--an organization whose primary goal was lobbying for the elderly--have been politically corrupted, leaving seniors, retired and the disabled without political representation in Washington, D.C.
Therefore, RFFM.org will begin to produce a quarterly e-newsletter addressing the needs of a group that finds itself on the outside looking in, politically. The e-newsletter will include information on pending legislation which will affect the elderly, retired and disabled. It will also provide action alerts and contact information for legislators.
Those who wish to receive the "Advocates for Seniors, Retired and Disabled" e-newsletter, can do so with a suggested minimum donation of $20 per year. To sign up for the RFFM / ASRD e-newsletter, go to the PayPal link below and then contact Dan@rffm.org with your name, state and e-mail address you wish to receive the e-newsletter at. Checks can also be made out to RFFM / ASRD and mailed to: RFFM / ASRD c/o Dan Zanoza, 904 21st St., # 71, Lincoln, Illinois 62656. ASRD e-newsletter subscribers will be able to receive information about programs they may qualify for as a senior, retired or disabled individual by contacting me directly.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Donna Garner is a frequent contributor to RFFM.org. Garner resides in central Texas and was an educator for 33 years before her recent retirement. Garner was appointed by President Reagan and re-appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education in the late 1980's through the early 1990's.
Almost five years ago, Garner became the writer/consultant for MyStudyHall.com, an online tutorial to help students ages 10 through 100 learn English skills. Garner is currently a researcher and author involving political, social and education issues and she is an advocate for many pro-family, pro-life organizations.
DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMEN FROM TEXAS PARTICIPATE IN POLITICAL THEATER WITH FUNDING OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS
BY DONNA GARNER
Democratic Congressmen Chet Edwards and Lloyd Doggett (along with other Democrats) have shown their true colors.
Not only did they and their Democratic cronies attach more than $20 billion in domestic spending provisions to the supplemental war-spending bill (H. R. 4899 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 7.1.10), but they attached Amendment #2 that is specifically focused on Texas as an attempt to take revenge on Texas Republican Gov. Perry and Commissioner of Education Robert Scott.
GOV. RICK PERRY AND EDUCATION COMMISSIONER ROBERT SCOTT -- TARGETED BY DEMOCRATS
Gov. Perry and Commissioner Scott were wise enough to recognize the dangers presented to Texas public schools in President Barack Obama's plan to federalize public schools through the Common Core Standards and the Race to the Top program:
National standards → national tests → national curriculum → teachers' salaries tied to students' test scores → teachers teaching to the test each and every day → federal indoctrination of our public school children
Texas has spent the last four years rewriting its own standards (English / Language Arts / Reading, Science, and Social Studies), and Perry and Scott refused to dismiss that excellent work. These Texas officials along with legislators from Alaska turned down the Obama administration's federal "carrot" by refusing to participate in Common Core Standards and the Race to the Top initiative.
Now Gov. Perry and Commissioner Scott have a target on their backs.
CONGRESSMAN CHET EDWARDS AND LLOYD DOGGETT -- PLAYING POLITICS WITH SCHOOL FUNDING
Democratic Congressmen Chet Edwards and Lloyd Doggett added Amendment #2 to H. R. 4899 that will keep Texas state education officials from deciding how $800 million in federal aid to public schools in that state should be spent.
Amendment #2 states, in order for Texas to qualify for the $800 million for the public schools, Gov. Perry would have to guarantee that state legislators would have to appropriate school funding that would equal or exceed current funding for the next three fiscal years (through 2013) .
First problem: The Texas Constitution does not give a Governor the authority to tell the legislature how to spend its appropriations.
Second problem: The Governor does not have the Constitutional authority to bind future legislators to explicit appropriations amounts.
EDWARDS AND DOGGETT -- USURPING TEXAS CONSTITUTION
What Democrats Edwards and Doggett have done is to attach an amendment to federal legislation that usurps the authority of the Constitution of the state of Texas. I wonder how most Texans would feel about that!
Even if the two unconstitutional problems were resolved, Texas would not be able to utilize the $800 million in H. R. 4899 because those federal funds would have to be distributed through the federal Title I program.
According to current data provided by the Texas Education Agency, 852 school districts would get less funding than they would receive through the state's current funding formulas.
This means that 852 public schools would actually lose money if Texas allowed the amendment designed by Texas Democratic Congressmen to usurp our Texas Constitution. How crazy is that?
BIGGEST IRONY OF ALL -- EDWARDS AND DOGGETT HURT OWN SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Here’s the biggest irony of all: Under Amendment #2, the public schools in Congressman Chet Edwards’ District 17 would lose $7,448,696. Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s school districts would lose $2,407,276.
[I can hardly wait until the school superintendents in those Congressional districts learn what their Congressmen have done to them.]
CONGRESSMAN DOGGETT’S "BEEF"
Last year, Congressman Lloyd Doggett complained loudly that the $3.2 billion Stimulus funds should have gone to the public schools and that instead the money was kept in the Rainy Day Fund.
Is Doggett’s contention accurate?
GOV. PERRY’S CONCERNS WITH STIMULUS FUNDS
From the very beginning, Gov. Perry said Texas should only take Stimulus funds for one-time expenses. Texas school districts knew the funding was only for two years.
Gov. Perry warned on 2.17.09 (Houston Chronicle):
‘In Texas, we actually know it is a good idea to look a gift horse in the mouth. If we don’t, we may end up with an old nag,’ said Perry, who has been critical of such federal spending and voiced concern over whether the state could afford federal strings.
DID TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS GET THEIR SHARE OF STIMULUS FUNDS?
Did Texas public schools receive a sizeable share of the Stimulus funds?
On 7.20.09, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts said that the federal Stimulus law sent Texas at least $6.4 billion for public education over two years.
A billion went for low-interest school construction bonds, renovation, and land purchases; and another $2.2 billion was sent to school districts for special education or at-risk students. The Stimulus money was not to be used by schools for maintenance costs.
The final $3.2 billion of the Stimulus money is what the Legislature used to plug budgetary holes.
Austin ISD received about $41 million over two years, and around $39 million was given to other Central Texas school districts. Similar amounts went to school districts all across the state.
Were there definite accountability rules built into the Stimulus funds? In today’s Dallas Morning News, it was reported that school districts were allowed to use up to $25,000 of the Stimulus funds with no federal reporting; unfortunately, it is almost impossible to track those funds.
On July 24, 2009 (Austin American-Statesman), Congressman Lloyd Doggett reported, “The U.S. Department of Education has approved Texas’ application for using $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money.”
The Austin American-Statesman went on to say:
That money will be used to pay for textbooks and a $1.9 billion increase in school funding, which covers an $800 raise for all Texas teachers…There had been concerns that the Texas application might not win federal approval…Congressional Democrats had complained loudly that Texas misused its stimulus money by filling the state’s budget holes with the federal dollars while leaving untouched the $9.1 billion rainy day fund.
The Stimulus funds went to pay for Special Education and/or at-risk students, school construction bonds, textbooks, and teachers’ raises.
Texas kept its Rainy Day Fund locked away for future emergencies.
The U. S. Department of Education approved Texas’ application for the $3.2 billion, and Texas public schools did indeed get a huge share of the Stimulus funds.
PER PUPIL SPENDING IN TEXAS
Michael Q. Sullivan of Empower Texans recently reported on May 19, 2010:
Texas taxpayers now spend $11,084 per year/ per child on public education. But less than half of it makes it toward instructional expenses…Ten years ago Texas was spending just $5,857. (If per-pupil spending had increased with inflation, it’d be just $7,542 now, not $11,084.)…Texas had 22 percent more non-teachers on the payroll in 2009 than in 1999.
EDWARDS AND DOGGETT -- NO GROUNDS FOR COMPLAINTS
I see no reason for Democrat Congressmen Edwards and Doggett to fault Texas for its use of the Stimulus funds. The truth is that Texas public schools got a huge infusion of money, and the Democrats have no grounds whatsoever to add the Texas-specific Amendment #2 to the war spending bill.
EDWARDS, DOGGETT AND “POLITICAL THEATER”
Obviously Amendment #2 was written to create political theater in an election year where Democrats Bill White, Congressman Chet Edwards, and Congressman Lloyd Doggett are on the November ballot.
Republican Bill Flores is a well-qualified, conservative candidate running against Chet Edwards, and Gov. Perry has a very successful record on which to base his re-election. Conservative physician Donna Campbell is running against Lloyd Doggett.
I would say that all three -- White, Edwards, and Doggett -- have reasons to worry about Nov. 2, 2010.
Because the House legislation is different from the bill previously passed in the Senate, H. R. 4899 must go back to the Senate for final approval. The Senate will not take up the bill until July 12th because legislators will be attending Sen. Robert Byrd’s funeral.
Please write to Senators Cornyn and Hutchison and ask them not to vote for H. R. 4899 with the egregious Amendment #2 attached.