Info Highway: News Snippets – July 18th 2013

  • hand_point2  The Newton Sandy Hook Foundation was set up to oversee donations received $11.4 million in donations for the families of 20 children and six adults killed in the mass shooting that rocked the nation and was a political tool to advance efforts against the Second Amendment. Twelve children’s families who survived the attack were also to receive a portion at the amount of $20,000 each with two teachers injured to split $150,000. Families of the 26 killed will receive $281,000. The funds were raised by United Way charity [United Nations affiliated]. To demonstrate how “foundations” work, the foundation board kept $3.7 million of the funds for a “long-term community fund” instead of dividing up the entire amount and closing the fund. According to AP, Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the compensation for victims of the September 11, 2001 attack, the theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado, and the Boston Marathon Bombing stated:

You really have to ask the foundation board why it decided not to distribute all the donated funds to the families.

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Protecting Constitution: Letter to Senator Johnson

January 30th, 2013
Senator Ron Johnson
386 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
[All Members of Congress] 
Keith A. Lehman
RE: Senator Feinstein’s Firearm Ban and Registration Bill
For too longWe the People have been fighting to keep liberties and rights of the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, allowing those that operate OUR government to weaken what the Founders had written and discussed in the Federalist Papers. The federal government has consistently passed legislation and policies that should have been delegated to the states of the Union and ignored the limitations of power clearly prescribed in the articles of our Constitution.

Spotlight: Senator Ron Johnson, Wisconsin

Senator Ronald Harold “Ron” Johnson is a junior United States Senator for Wisconsin and a member of the Republican Party and associated with the Tea Party movement – and my senator.
When no other congressional representative would help in my battle for veteran’s benefits for injury compensation recorded in military health records, Senator Johnson and his staff were there. The outcome did not come out the way it should have, but that was because of trickster legislators changing the rules in 1996. 
With that personal reference set aside, I would like to present Senator Johnson’s policies and congressional voting record for others in Congress to examine, over-and-above political rhetoric and media bias. Briefly, his biography:

Johnson was born in Mankato, Minnesota, the son of Jeanette Elizabeth (née Thisius) and Dale Robert Johnson. His father was of Norwegian descent and his mother was of German ancestry.[7] After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he married Jane, the daughter of the businessman Howard Curler, co-founder of Curwod Industries, now part of the multinational Bemis Company. Johnson worked as an accountant for Jostens, a high school- and college class ring supplier, as well a sports-championship ring supplier, including for the Super Bowl, while attending night school for an MBA. He completed his classes, but did not receive his degree because he did not finish his thesis. In 1979, Johnson moved to Wisconsin with his wife, and both started working for PACUR, a custom sheet extruder company, with his wife’s brother, Patrick Curler, for whom the company is named. … The 2010 U.S. Senate campaign was Johnson’s first run for elective office. He was described as a “political blank slate” because he had no history of campaigning or taking a position as an elected official.[1]… As of November 1, 2010, Johnson had contributed more than $8.2 million to his own campaign, representing 64% of total campaign contributions.[14]… After being elected to the Senate, Johnson “sold every liquid asset so there would be absolutely no chance for conflict of interest.” Johnson was not required to sell these holdings.[17]

Ron and his wife, Jane, have three children, all of whom are graduates of the University of Wisconsin.
Senator Johnson’s Record in Office as US Senator of Wisconsin

We would have been far better off not spending any of the money and let the recover happen as it was going to happen.

  • In general, Ron Johnson opposed increased government spending and the federal stimulus; instead supporting a broad reduction in federal tax rates, simplifying business regulations, and free-market health care solutions.
  • During the continued controversy over global warming (not climate change), Ron Johnson did not denounce that unusual weather and climate patterns were occurring, but stated that scientists who attribute global warming to man-made causes are crazy, making the theory as lunacy. He stated, which many reputable scientists agree, that climate change is due to

…sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time.

Johnson believes that Cap and Tradelegislation could cost an average Wisconsin family as much as $1,600 per year and would put Wisconsin businesses at a huge competitive disadvantage, damaging our economy for many years. He cosponsored the Energy Tax Prevention Act in order to block the EPA from imposing new rules on carbon emissions.
  • Johnson is opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and in an op-ed article written for the Wall Street Journal, Johnson mentioned his personal experience with his daughter. The act would, Johnson stated:

lead to rationed care, lower the quality of care, increase medical costs, and severely limit medical innovation … this law will add trillions of dollars to our nation’s debt and deficit. …

He is the cosponsorof legislation to suspend implementation of PPACA while legal challenges to the bill are decided.
  • In the argument over more drilling in the United States and its territories and less foreign oil, Senator Johnson was asked about his policy concerning offshore drilling for oil in the Great Lakes, and replied:

We have to get the oil where it is, but we need to do it responsibly. We need to utilize American ingenuity and American technology to make sure we do it environmentally sensitively and safely.

However, in his election campaign, Ron Johnson stated that his answer did not mean he supports drilling in the Great Lakes. However, he also conceded that America’s dependence upon foreign oil creates both security and economic threats to the nation. He is a cosponsor of legislation to encourage job growth, reduce energy costs, and increase tax revenue by expanding domestic oil production.
  • In the area of social issues, Senator Johnson is opposed to same-sex marriage. In a 2010 article at Wisconsin Gazette (August 11th 2010), Johnson defined freedom …

On his website, Johnson declares himself “a pretty traditional guy” and goes on to say that he believes “marriage is between one man and one women.” He assures visitors to his site that he will “take these principles with him to Washington and will stand up to those who would attack these cherished traditional values.”

Partial Comment by GOP aide
The article was not objective concerning Johnson’s policies on the issue. RedState website also sided with Roll Call’s choice of interview of aid who made the comment in image left. He was unjustly attacked with rumors as sources. 
Ultimately, social issues should not be argued at federal government level, but by the individual state levels that are closer to the People. State governments, for example, are in charge of marriage licenses, therefore that government entity must decide. In this, I have voiced my opinion to the office of Senator Johnson. In addition, if the tax code system were changed where income tax was based on a flat tax with NO deductions – this whole argument would be moot. If the state government wants to change the concept of a marriage tradition, which is as old as humanity; than do so in a state referendum vote. It probably would not pass, but then the same-sex couples could just live in common law marriage. Issues like same-sex couples adopting children (or fostering) would have to be dealt with by individual state government as well. The issue of same-sex marriage falls more into the category of religious beliefs, another subject that should not be involving government at any level, unless there is an issue concerning the First Amendment. There are standards of moral and civic values that every society deals with and the government should not interfere unless someone’s rights and liberties (not rights/liberties that interfere with other people’s rights/liberties) are involved. The federal government takes on more power than it is constitutionally allowed, and does not delegate authority to the state governments as intended by the creators of the US Constitution and its amendments.
Ron Johnson’s record of voting is HERE. He is due for reelection in 2016. You can TRACK HIMat the GovTrackwebsite.
His official website is HERE.
Ron Johnson has been politically classified as a moderate, but I am working on changing that to more of a constitutionalist, especially since he has advocated the principles of the Tea Party movement, of which many Republicans have politically used the movement, but failed to enact on policies and actions they have claimed to uphold. Overall, Senator Johnson’s congressional record is above average compared to other so-called Republicans. 
He and other members of Congress need to push harder for a flat income tax system with NO deductions, reducing class nonsense, unfair deduction allowances, intrusion upon personal lives via IRS, reduction of tax fraud, reduction of cost of implementing tax system, No death tax and capital gains/dividends tax, et cetera.
Tax cuts and other quick and special legislation is only a finger in the dike to repair the crack in the federal tax system. Only temporary fixes have occurred.