Info Highway: February 27th 2012

It’s been a long time since I did News Snippets – a means to get out to readers tidbits of what is going on with my commentary.
So here goes:
John Randsom reports from TownHall column …

Remember that $23 billion that the US government –a.k.a. you- is never going to see back from General Motors? Well, General Motors has done so well this year in fact, they have enjoyed record-breaking $9 billion profits that next week they’ll be giving out $7,000 in bonus checks to 47,500 UAW workers who already make about $116,000 dollars per year in total wages and benefits (with about $58,000 of that in just wages and the rest in benefits). It’s good to be the 99%: You get a fat $7k bonus, plus $100k+ a year. Too bad GM is so broke that they can’t afford to pay the US government back the $23 billion they still owe us. Maybe the next time they make record-breaking profits? I guess some get to be more 99% than others. … Only unions would complain that the UAW’s 99%’s average wage of $60,000 per year (*2 for benefits) is “belt tightening.”   The average wage including benefits for the rest of us 99%ers comes out to just 54 percent of what the bailed out, union auto workers make. Let that be a lesson to you: Every industry can have record profits too if they just get an $80 billion, largely forgivable, tax-free “loan” from the Obama administration. Resistance is futile. If regular suckers like you and me tried to skip out on the tax liability of a $23 billion gift, we’d have to get the best advice lawyers can give. … Thanks to your generous contribution to Public Auto-Making, the United Auto Workers is training 100,000 people for what they call “The 99% Spring.” … Maybe you’ll get one of their free, eco-totes to carry your groceries in while using public transportation or a poncho that can double as a tent when you occupy the local city park.

hand_point2  Yes, indeed. Bailouts are great because you never have to pay all of it back. Since GM stock has risen more than 16%, does this mean that taxpayers, who are now shareholders of GM get a check cut and sent to our financial institutions? Don’t hold your breath on that one. Final cost to taxpayers, even after claimed “debt pay off” – $11 billion. All I wanted was to collect unemployment benefits from August 2011 to January 2012 when my SS benefit checks starts coming – and I was told “NO”. This is after our state received federal funds for extension of unemployment benefits since our state’s unemployment is so high. In fact, our county has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Wisconsin. Scenery is beautiful if one can afford to go view it. The people were polled in 2010 as to whether or not they wanted the bailout, and the majority voted “NO”. Yet, the government, which is supposed to be For the People, ignored the poll and went ahead and put the federal government in deeper debt and proceeded to bailout a private organization and through the corrupt unions pointed a direction towards what happens in a fascist state: government control of private business. Indeed, this is not a particular event for the Obama Nation administration – GW Bush and his crew had their turn before leaving office. So you conservatives better remember that Bush started it – but Obama took the ball further. Regardless WHO did it – bailouts are wrong and unconstitutional. But what do politicians in the 21stcentury care about the Constitution (in any political party club)? It is outdated and dreamed up by “white old men” and primarily “slave owners”.
Snippet #2:
Katie Kiefferwrote in the TownHallcolumn:
boyhackI think Sen. Rick Santorum would make a great community organizer. Unfortunately, we are trying to remove, not re-elect, a community organizer in the White House. Both Santorum and President Obama have a track record of ignoring the Constitution and implementing their personal ideologies at the federal level. … Both Obama and Santorum have vocalized their discontent with the U.S. Constitution. Newsmax reports: “…during a September 2001 Chicago public radio program,” Obama said that the “country’s Founding Fathers had ‘an enormous blind spot’ when they wrote it [the Constitution]. Obama also remarked that the Constitution ‘reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day.’” … The Founding Fathers did not allow the president to cherry-pick sections of the Constitution to enforce, depending on his or her beliefs. Article VI, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution declares the Constitution to be “the supreme law of the land” and Article II, Section 1 states that the President must take an oath to “…preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” The Founders specifically forbid the president from legislating or becoming a religious leader à la King Henry VIII, who ordained himself the Supreme Head of the Church of England. The Constitution states that the president needs to get Congress’ permission to go to war. I’m not sure that Santorum agrees with the Constitution here. In debates, he gives the impression that he thinks it’s the president’s role to lead the nation to war and even authorize assassinations against civilian scientists rumored to be working on a nuclear program. Red flags go off when you notice that Santorum’s approach to foreign policy is nearly identical to Obama’s approach. … He has also said: “I’m hopeful that some of the things we’re seeing with respect to the nuclear program—that the United States is involved with. Which is, on occasion, nuclear scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran will turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing. I think we should send a very clear message that if you are a nuclear scientist from Russia or from North Korea or from Iran and you’re gonna work on the nuclear program to develop a nuclear bomb for Iran, you are not safe. And if people say, well you can’t go out and assassinate people, well, tell that to [Al-]Awlaki. OK? We’ve done it. We’ve done it for an American citizen.” The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments protect American citizens from being treated like foreign terrorists or denied due process of law. However, Santorum seems to dismiss constitutional due process for American citizens. … Rep. Ron Paul described the constitutional and ethical problems with Santorum’s support for Title X in the Arizona CNN debate on February 22: “This is a consequence of the fact that the government has control of medical care and medical insurance …the problem is the government is getting involved in things they shouldn’t get involved in, especially at the federal level. …I think the immorality creates the problem of wanting to use the pills, so you don’t blame the pills. I think it’s sort of like the argument conservatives use all the time about guns: Guns don’t kill. Criminals kill. …The pills can’t be blamed for immorality of our society.” “If you voted for Planned Parenthood like the Senator has, you’ve voted for birth control pills. And you literally, because funds are fungible, you literally vote for abortion because Planned Parenthood gets the money. ‘Oh, I’ll buy birth control pills,’ but then they have the money left over to do the abortions, so that’s why you have to have a pretty strong resistance to voting for these bunches of bills put together. Planned Parenthood should get nothing!” … Santorum does not appear to believe that individuals own their own persons or their own homes. Rather, he thinks that the President can dictate how individuals use their bodies and act within their homes. He has said: “There is no such society that I am aware of where we’ve had radical individualism and it succeeds as a culture.” (I would say America is a society where radical individualism has clearly succeeded.) Santorum told the Associated Press on April 23, 2003: “…if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

I agree with Kieffer … Santorum preaches too much from the political pulpit, where it does not belong. He has the right to believe and practice his personal faith – but it doesn’t belong in political office. And after those public statements that Kieffer quotes above – he has no business calling anyone a “Satan”. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in the lead because they have been pushed there by the established powers of Washington, which means the honchos of the GOP. Newt Gingrich is ripped apart by media and that establishment because he has butt heads with them frequently in the past. Is Gingrich perfect? Is anyone? We too often expect perfection from leaders that are darned good. Take Ronald Reagan as an example.  

hand_point2  Star Parker writes a great article concerning that issue. Check it out. Romney is a bag of wind and Santorum is a hypocrite. Ron Paul needs to remain in Congress where he does well fighting the establishment and upholding the Constitution; and Newt Gingrich has no fear standing up to Barack Obama in any debate in the upcoming national elections, was chief architect of Contract With Americain 1994, and has written an updated 21stcentury versionwith a plan for his first 100 days if elected. Any president or presidential candidate must live with the reality that they need support from Congress to get things done; however, there are ways a president can push real bipartisanship and one of his tools is called the veto. I feel, unlike GW Bush, that Newt Gingrichwould use that tool wisely. At least Gingrich knows that the proper reformation will not take place overnight, but at least he is enthusiastic and prepared for the task if allowed to fulfill it. Unfortunately, there are too many Americans who stick to the status quo.

hand_point2  While Santorum preaches from a political pulpit, there has been, for over a decade, an element of society and that of the establishment in Washington, state governments, and school administrations that persecute a religion, specifically Christians – yet, says nothing about inserting religious practices, et cetera, of other religions in schools, like Islam in California and other places. What’s with that?
Chuck Norriswrote in his TownHall column:

boyhackWhen New York churches no longer can meet in public school settings, a federal court orders a Rhode Island public school to remove a prayer banner that has been posted for more than five decades (and it complies), the federal government mandates that Catholic institutions cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization (at no cost to the patient), the U.S. Air Force removes “God” from the motto of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, atheists continue to contest “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance, town councils can’t pray to start their meetings, evangelical pillars like Franklin Graham are subdued by gotcha gangs in the mainstream media, and cultural icons like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow can’t even bow in silent prayer without criticism, you can be assured that religious liberty is under assault by secular progressives across America. And leading the national charge is none other than our president, Barack Obama. …Some might be completely surprised to discover that just two days after Jefferson wrote his famous letter citing the “wall of separation between church and state,” he attended church in the place where he always had as president: the U.S. Capitol. The very seat of our nation’s government was used for sacred purposes. The Library of Congress’ website notes, “It is no exaggeration to say that on Sundays in Washington during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) and of James Madison (1809-1817) the state became the church.” … John Adams, our second president, explained: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Benjamin Franklin put it this way: “That wise Men have in all Ages thought Government necessary for the Good of Mankind; and, that wise Governments have always thought Religion necessary for the well ordering and well-being of Society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick Honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater Respect among the common People.” … President George Washington warned the nation in his Farewell Address to beware of leaders who dismantle the role of religion and Christianity: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.” … Newt’s passion to protect our religious liberties is one more reason in a long list that my wife, Gena, and I are encouraging all Americans to support and vote for Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary.

starsThomas Jefferson wasn’t a typical Christian of the period, in fact, he created his own version of the Bible with his favorite passages and those chapters and verses that he felt were important. His main concern was enlightenment, a sign of the times of that period for scholars and the world of literature.