Obama's $1 trillion deficit-spending 'stimulus plan' seen as last straw
Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon
NEW YORK – As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.
Analysts expect that in addition, another 20 states
may see similar measures introduced this year, including http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88218# Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.
"Congress is completely out of line spending trillions of dollars over the last 10 years putting the nation into a debt crisis like we've never seen before," Brogdon said, arguing that the Obama stimulus plan is the last straw taxing state patience in the brewing sovereignty dispute.
"This particular 111th Congress is the biggest bunch of over-reachers and underachievers we've ever had in Congress," he said.
"A sixth-grader should realize you can't borrow money to pay off your debt, and that is the Obama administration's answer for a stimulus package," he added.
The Ninth Amendment reads, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
The Tenth Amendment specifically provides, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Brogdon, the lead sponsor of the Oklahoma state senate version of the sovereignty bill, has been a strong opponent of extending the plan to build a four-football-fields-wide Trans-Texas Corridor parallel to Interstate-35 to Oklahoma, as WND reported.
Rollback federal authority
The various sovereignty measures moving through state legislatures are designed to reassert state authority through a rollback of federal authority under the powers enumerated in the Constitution, with the states assuming the governance of the non-enumerated powers, as required by the Tenth Amendment.
The state sovereignty measures, aimed largely at the perceived fiscal irresponsibility of Congress in the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, have gained momentum with the $1 trillion deficit-spending economic stimulus package the Obama administration is currently pushing through Congress.
Particularly disturbing to many state legislators are the increasing number of "unfunded mandates" that have proliferated in social welfare programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, in which bills passed by Congress dictate policy to the states without providing funding.
In addition, the various state resolutions include discussion of a wide range of policy areas, including the regulation of firearms sales (Montana) and the demand to issue drivers licenses with technology to embed personal information under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and the Real ID Act (Michigan).
Hawaii's measure calls for a new state constitutional convention to return self-governance, a complaint that traces back to the days it was a U.S. territory, prior to achieving statehood in 1959.
"We are trying to send a message to the federal government that the states are trying to reclaim their sovereignty," Republican Rep. Matt Shea, the lead sponsor of Washington's sovereignty resolution told WND.
"State sovereignty has been eroded in so many areas, it's hard to know where to start," he said. "There are a ton of federal mandates imposed on states, for instance, on education spending and welfare spending."
Shea said the Obama administration's economic stimulus package moving through Congress is a "perfect example."
"In the state of Washington, we have increased state spending 33 percent in the last three years and hired 6,000 new state employees, often using federal mandates as an excuse to grow state government," he said. "We need to return government back down to the people, to keep government as close to the local people as possible."
Shea is a private attorney who serves with the Alliance Defense Fund, a nationwide network of about 1,000 attorneys who work pro-bono. As a counter to the ACLU, the alliance seeks to protect and defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life and traditional family values.
Republican state Rep. Judy Burges, the primary sponsor of the sovereignty resolution in the Arizona House, told WND the federal government "has been trouncing on our constitutional rights."
"The real turning point for me was the Real ID act, which involved both a violation of the Fourth Amendments rights against the illegal searches and seizures and the Tenth Amendment," she said.
Burges told WND she is concerned that the overreaching of federal powers could lead to new legislation aimed at confiscating weapons from citizens or encoding ammunition.
"The Real ID Act was so broadly written that we are afraid that it involves the potential for "mission-creep," that could easily involve confiscation of firearms and violations of the Second Amendment," she said.
Burges said she has been surprised at the number of e-mails she has received in support of the sovereignty measure.
"We are a sovereign state in Arizona, not a branch of the federal government, and we need to be treated as such, she insisted
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A Joint Resolution claiming sovereignty under the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United
States over certain powers; serving notice to the
federal government to cease and desist certain
mandates; and directing distribution.
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United
States reads as follows:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the
Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to
the States respectively, or to the people.
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal
power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the
United States and no more; and
WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means
that the federal government was created by the states specifically
to be an agent of the states; and
WHEREAS, today, in 2008, the states are demonstrably treated as
agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York
v. United States, 112 S. Ct.
2408 (1992), that Congress may not
simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the
WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations and
some now pending from the present administration and from Congress
may further violate the Constitution of the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE SENATE OF THE (# of session)_____ SESSION OF THE (name of state legislature here)________________ LEGISLATURE:
THAT the State of _____________ hereby claims sovereignty under the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all
powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal
government by the Constitution of the United States.
THAT this serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government,
as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates
that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated
THAT a copy of this resolution be distributed to the President
of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate of each state’s
legislature of the United States of America, and each member of the
(STATE HERE)_____________ Congressional Delegation.
Unhappy voters jam Capitol Hill phone lines!!
People are waking up and getting mad!!
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The recent debate over the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus plan and revelations of tax problems by three Obama administration appointees have voters angrily jamming phone lines on Capitol Hill to air their frustrations to their elected representatives.
Their reactions are putting pressure on Congress and benefiting watchdog groups on both sides of the political aisle.
Capitol operators tell CNN Radio that phone lines have been jammed for the past two weeks, sometimes prompting busy signals.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, said calls on the sweeping stimulus plan jumped from eight during all of January to hundreds a day now.
A Hero Protects America's Children from Psychiatric Abuse
Dr. Peter Breggin
February 4th 2009
Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein has taken the bull by the horns. It's a bull
of many terrifying shapes and forms. First and foremost, it is the raging
bull of the Psychopharmaceutical Complex that is goring America's children.
It's also the rampaging state government bull that everywhere runs roughshod
over the children in its custody and care. And then it's the "bull" handed
out by drug companies and organized psychiatry to justify using drugs to
suppress the behavior of children.
Jim Gottstein's Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights.org) has
gone to court to stop the drugging of Alaska's children. Before they are
given psychiatric drugs, Jim wants the following standards to be met:
(1) That proven psychosocial interventions have been exhausted.
(2) That the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks.
(3) That those authorizing the prescriptions are fully informed about the
risks and benefits, and the alternatives.
(4) That the children are thoroughly monitored, including for side effects.
There is nothing radical or in your face about Jim's attempt to require the
state of Alaska to use science and common sense before drugging the children
in its care, usually for the mere convenience of their keepers. A sane
society would bar the state from giving psychiatric drugs to any children
under any circumstances. Their brains are growing--and should not be made to
develop in a toxic internal environment. Instead of psychiatric drugs, they
need what all children need--more and better attention from caring adults,
improved family life, and better schooling. And they need protection from
people who would give them drugs!
About fifteen years ago I spent more than a week as a consultant in Alaska
working with a marvelous wrap-around program for children and youth. Alaska
had been farming out its more difficult children to the lower 48, as far
away as Texas. Not only was that bad for the children and their families, it
was outrageously expensive. So Alaska developed a program that aimed at the
community wrapping its arms around the child and the child's family,
spending money to provide what the family needed to raise its children
decently--everything from job training and parent training for the mothers
and fathers to counseling and tutoring for the children. Called the Alaska
Youth Initiative (AYI), it worked incredibly well and while costly it was a
lot cheaper than institutionalizing these very distressed and distressing
children in Alaska or elsewhere.
What happened to Alaska's wrap-around program? It went the way of all good
"mental health" programs--out of existence. Why? Because the
Psychopharmaceutical Complex provides a seemingly much quicker and easier
fix by suppressing the brains of our children. At every opportunity,
organized psychiatry rejects effective psychosocial and educational programs
in favor of psychiatric drugs and institutionalization. This is because
psychiatrists have no competence and no monopoly over psychosocial and
educational programs. Their power and authority rests on the presumed
necessity of diagnosing and medicating children.
Attorney Gottstein points out that the state takes custody over children who
have already been abused and suffered at the hands of adults, and then
"saddles them with a mental illness diagnosis and drugs them. The extent of
this State inflicted child abuse is an emergency and should be corrected
immediately." The children, of course, are involuntary patients. They need
special protections from the state, not the destruction of their mental
faculties and brains with toxic agents.
Alaska is not an especially egregious offender. The state-run drugging of
children is endemic throughout the fifty states. Everywhere, most children
in state custody, including institutions and foster homes, are given
psychiatric diagnoses and drugs.
Psychiatric diagnoses do not address the real problems of the children, such
as "abandoned or abused by parents," "victim of sexual and physical
"mishandled by state officials" or "ground down by poverty and
Instead, diagnoses such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,
Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder carry the untrue
implication that the problem lies within the child and even within a defect
inside the child's brain. This is a tragic betrayal of young children whose
problems always have their real origin within the family or lack thereof in
their lives, and with other adults and institutions that have failed or
I have written extensively about the destructive effects of psychiatric
drugs on children, including brain cell death, shrinkage of brain tissue,
suppression of physical growth, and cognitive and emotional impairments. My
most detailed account can be found in my medical textbook, Brain-Disabling
Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Psychopharmaceutical
Complex, 2nd Edition (2008). You can find many more books and articles about
children on my website, www.breggin.com. You can find additional information
on Jim's website, psychrights.org.
Jim is a heroic warrior on behalf of some of America's most vulnerable
citizens. In 2006 he took the enormously risky road of making public
internal Eli Lilly documents, indicating among other things, that the drug
company was pushing its deadly "antipsychotic" drug Zyprexa (olanzapine) for
unapproved uses. These documents led to federal criminal charges against
Lilly and to settlements with the government exceeding $1 billion in which
Lilly plead guilty to promoting unapproved uses. Lilly has paid yet another
$1 billion plus in settlements in civil lawsuits over its alleged cover up
of Zyprexa causing fatal cases of diabetes and pancreatitis--lawsuits that
this writer participated in as a medical expert against Lilly. Eli Lilly is
so rich and powerful it can spend billions of dollars to bail itself out of
its own malfeasance and still go on making a profit.
Meanwhile, Zyprexa remains one of several so-called antipsychotics drugs
that are too often given without rational, ethical or scientific
justification to subdue children throughout the United States. Just this
week I received a phone call from parents struggling with the tragedy of
Zyprexa-induced tardive dyskinesia that has been inflicting agonizing and
disabling muscle spasms on their son. Most cases of tardive dyskinesia are
People were understandably horror-struck when they saw seal puppies being
clubbed to death in the wintry north of our continent. Now consider what's
happening to human pups in Alaska--and to our children throughout
America--when psychiatric drugs crush their brains. Quieter and more subtle
than beating baby seals to death, but deadly nonetheless.
Want to do a good deed? Jim Gottstein's nonprofit Law Project for
Psychiatric Rights can use your support. Jim has huge, wealthy enemies; and
poor and vulnerable constituents. He takes no salary for his reform work.
Get in touch with Jim. Lend his projects some help. America's children will
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John Stossel: The Reason.tv interview (Part 1)
John Stossel is the best-known libertarian in the news media. As the co-anchor of the long-running and immensely popular ABC News program 20/20, auteur of a continuing series of specials on topic...
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea is preparing to test fire a long range missile capable of striking the United States, according to media reports in South Korea and Japan this morning.
The Yonhap News Agency in Seoul quoted South Korean officials who described satellite image showing a long cylindrical object being transported on a train through the North Korean countryside. The sinister object has been identified as a Taepodong-2, an intercontinental missile with a range of more than 4000 miles, capable of crossing the Pacific and striking targets in Hawaii or Alaska.
It is impossible to confirm independently reports from North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated and hardline dictatorships, where government of information is almost total. But the country is known to have an active missile programme, as well as nuclear warheads – although crucially it probably does not have the technology to mount a nuclear device on a long range missile.
The unnamed sources quoted by Yonhap said that any test launch was unlikely for at least a month or two. The train appeared to be heading from a missile factory in North Pyongan province in the country’s north-west to a newly constructed launch site on the west coast.
Pyongyang’s last long range missile launches in 2006 and 1998, from a base in the east, caused shock across the region, particularly in Japan, where there is a deep sense of vulnerability to North Korean attack. The apparent preparations for a launch, which are easily discernible by spy satellites, may be intended by the government as a way of asserting itself as it prepares to resume nuclear disarmament negotiations with the new U.S. government of Barack Obama.
The news comes just before the 67th birthday of the country’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il -– a day which is sometimes celebrated with gestures regarded as proud national or military achievements.
North Korea bought its first Scud missiles during the 1960s from the Soviet Union and China. Over the years, scientists in North Korea enhanced the original Soviet technology, but all were inaccurate, mechanically unreliable, and had ranges of only a few hundred miles.
A breakthrough came with the development of the Nodong missile, with a range of up to 800 miles. It is still an inaccurate weapon, but it could potentially be used to carry nuclear or chemical warheads. This was the weapons said to have been purchased in blueprint form by Benazir Bhutto, then the Prime Minister of Pakistan, in 1993.
North Korea’s most shocking ballistic gesture came in 1998 when it test-fired a new three-stage long-range missile into the Pacific Ocean. The course of the so called Taepodong took it over the north coast of Japan; even more alarmingly, its range approached that of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea's Scuds are able to reach all of South Korea, its Nodongs could attack Japan, and the Taepodong 2, which is believed to be in development, has the potential to threaten even Australia.
Barack Obama and the Trilateral Commission
As previously noted in Pawns of the Global Elite, Barack Obama was groomed for the presidency by key members of the Trilateral Commission. Most notably, it was Zbigniew Brzezinski, co-founder of the Trilateral Commission with David Rockefeller in 1973, who was Obama's principal foreign policy advisor.
The pre-election attention is reminiscent of Brzezinski's tutoring of Jimmy Carter prior to Carter's landslide election in 1976.
For anyone who doubts the Commission's continuing influence on Obama, consider that he has already appointed no less than eleven members of the Commission to top-level and key positions in his Administration.
American statesman Henry Kissinger made a secret visit to Moscow to persuade the Kremlin to join a US proposal to slash the number of nuclear warheads on both sides, reports The Daily Telegraph. The former US Secretary of State met with both President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin on the vist, the UK newspaper says.
One of the world’s most controversial politicians, Henry Kissinger is again spearheading American foreign policy.
In December, Kissinger - now 85-years-old - secretly flew into the Russian capital at the request of then President-elect Barack Obama. Kissinger was there to sound out the Kremlin on a bilateral reduction of nuclear weapons, the paper says.
For two days he held talks with the Russian leadership. He put forward Obama’s desire to cut the number of warheads to 1,000 pieces on each side.
It is believed Obama chose Kissinger for the task to neutralize Republican opposition to the plan. Kissinger worked in the administrations of two Republican presidents - Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Moreover, Kissinger is familiar with how the Kremlin works and has visited Russia on many occasions over the last years.
Thomas Graham, one of the leaders of Kissinger Associates, a consulting company founded by Henry Kissinger, confirmed that the former Secretary of State did meet with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev but not with the Russian PM Vladimir Putin.
However, another source is positive that Kissinger and Putin met in secret at a residence near Moscow.
Many Democrats dislike Kissinger. But Barack Obama is known to have built up good relations with him before taking over at the White House.
Kissinger has publicly said Obama has a unique opportunity to create a “new world order” – but only if he implements the biggest shift in American foreign policy for half a century.
The Moscow talks apparently bore some fruit. Shortly afterwards another Republican senator, Richard Lugar, visited the Russian capital. He has supervised nuclear disarmament for the last 30 years.
It is now being suggested that Obama’s proposal could lead to a breakthrough in the row over US plans to put an anti-missile defence shield in Eastern Europe. Moscow is so opposed to that idea it has threatened to send missiles to Kaliningrad if the US goes ahead.
It is expected that the US and Russia could exchange proposals and start a new dialogue at the 45th Conference for Security in Europe, which starts on Friday in Munich.
American Vice-President Joseph Biden and Russian Vice-PM Sergey Ivanov will report back to their respective governments on the issue.
Henry Kissinger is expected to make a report on a “nuclear zero option” on the very first day of the conference.
Barack Obama made nuclear disarmament an issue during his electoral campaign, promising to give a new spin to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) signed in 1991 between Russia and the US. START-1 expires on December 5, 2009.
Obama’s proposal is far more radical than anything in the START-1 agreement. Experts are divided over it.
The American military has significantly changed over the last 18 years. These days American generals put their stakes on precision-guided weapons rather than on nuclear warheads.
Maintaining nuclear missiles is expensive for both Russia and the U.S. The idea of cutting back on these expenses is attractive to both sides.
But should a deal is done, it would put Russia and the US at the same level with China in terms of nuclear capability. Beijing currently has more than 700 warheads but is expected to have more in the near future.
Henry Kissinger profile
Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger) is a German-born American diplomat. He was US Secretary of State in the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations. Kissinger currently works as a political analyst and foreign relations expert.
Kissinger was born into a family of German Jews in 1923. In 1938 the family emigrated to the US to escape Nazi Germany.
From 1966, he was a foreign policy adviser to President Nixon. In 1973 he became Secretary of State, a position he retained under the leadership of Gerald Ford after Nixon’s scandalous resignation.
Kissinger pioneered the so-called policy of détente towards the USSR and China.
In 1973 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a settlement ending the Vietnam War.
In 2001 human rights activists accused him of being linked to the bloody repressions in Latin America, which started after the military came to power in Chile, Argentine, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia in 1970s and 1980s. They claimed that with the assistance of US special services, these regimes kidnapped, tortured and killed those who opposed them.