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Voluminous Laws

“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?” 

Publius wrote this in Federalist #62 on Wednesday, February 27, 1788.  This time James Madison, Father of the Constitution and the fourth President of the United States was taking Publius.  At this time in our history, it is vital that we lean on the wisdom of the Founding Fathers.

President Obama’s stimulus bill stands at over 1,000 pages.  In fact, politicians admitted to that nobody read the entire bill before voting on it. 

This is not what our Republic is about.  We live in a representative democracy.  We elect our officials with an unspoken pact that they will act in our best interests.  With no chance to even read a bill, there is no time to act with any interests.  The only honorable vote is “no.”  Even if you are pro-stimulus package, the only honorable vote is “no” to uphold their end of the bargain.

We urge you to let your Senators and Representative know that they did not live up to their end of the unwritten contract.  In closing, we leave you with more words of wisdom from President Madison:

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority”

Just because the Democrats are in the majority in the Executive and Legislative Branches, does not mean democracy goes out the window. 

As always, go to our ABOUT section to learn what action you can take.  Thanks to AmusedCynic for the inspired quote.

-Agrippa

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Nation of Laws

Senator John Edwards will likely become a small footnote in the encyclopedia of American politics, but he was right about one thing: there are 2 Americas.

While his statement was spot on, his reasoning was way off.  As Senator Edwards attempted to turn a populist rant into votes, he missed the mark that the real 2 Americas includes those in the political class and then the masses.  Nowhere is this more clearly evidenced than in what we see happening in Congress and the recent Obama Administration. 

What happens if you or I don’t pay our taxes for a few years?  Sure.  Fines up the wazoo and maybe even some jail time.  Even folks with money, hint hint Mr. Edwards, see time in the Gray Bar Hotel.  Just ask Wesley Snipes.  But if you are a member of the political class, well, we’re sure it was just an oversight.  Isn’t that right Secretary Geithner, Congressman Rangel, Senator Daschle. 

What if you are among the many out there today having problems with your mortgage?  Maybe you lost your job or had to cut back the hours.  You call up your friendly mortgage company to see what you can do.  After all, you are catching it before there is a problem.  Guess what?  No dice.  You may even be advised to miss a few payments so they can start helping you.  Well, if you are part of the political class, like Senator Dodd, you can get a sweetheart deal on your home loan with terms of around 4.5%.  It helps if you chair the Senate Banking Committee. 

So what do we, from the ignorant masses, do to reform this?  Get involved.  Sure.  Let’s run for office and change it from the inside.  Well, because of campaign finance laws it is now incredibly hard for anyone of moderate income to run for a national office.  See, there are all these rules and regulations that limit the amount of money people can give to your campaign and who can give.  That is unless you are Senator Obama running for the Presidency.  Then you can just disable your security features on your online donation form so that you can get multiple donations from Mickey Mouse and people from all over the globe.   (Thanks Ace).

The United States is a country of laws, not of men.  That is what sets us apart from the world.  That is what allowed us to make a 5,000 year leap after 1776.  We still are the country of laws, especially for those of us from the other America.

Want to really do something?  Read our ABOUT section and take action.

-Agrippa

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The Millstone

President Obama spoke today about the passing of the economic stimulus package, calling it a “major milestone on our road to recovery.” Once again I think we have a case of the teleprompter going down. What he meant to say was “millstone” not “milestone.”

What people don’t seem to either understand or care about, is even if this bill does create jobs, there is almost no way to pay it back. Plus, if the jobs are government jobs, they are paid through taxes not private investment.

We won’t even mention the fact that the bill is loaded with spending that has nothing to do with stimulation or that the bill is so large that nobody voting on it actually read it. What would your boss at work do if you made a decision on something with that pricetag but didnt’ read it? Again, Congress is not the real world because they are dealing with the illusion of never ending money. But as Margaret Thatcher said, ” The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend.”

In addition to spending in this bill, there are going to be expanded and new programs. Once a government program, always a government program. So how are we going to pay for it down the line? This is unsustainable.

As always, you can choose to complain, or take action.  To take action, go to the ABOUT page to find out where to send tea.
-Agrippa

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