Darrell Castle talks about the financial scandals now infecting the world’s financial system.
Darrell Castle talks about the CFR’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Darrell Castle talks about Christmas and Banana Republic.
Darrell Castle talks about the president’s jobs news conference:
“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” (United States Constitution, Article I Section 1.).
This section of the Constitution places all legislative or law-making power clearly in the hands of Congress, and therefore denies them the right to transfer that responsibility to the president. In light of the Constitutional responsibilities of Congress, then, let’s take a brief look at not only what this lame duck session has accomplished, but also what has been accomplished in recent years.
The lame duck session passed 3 of the 4 major items on its agenda. The three were the START treaty, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), and the “deal” to extend the Bush tax cuts. The only thing they were denied was President Obama’s DREAM Act (AIM: amnesty for illegal minors).
I won’t go into detail about any of these because we have so many accomplishments to list, except to say that the tax cut extension was really Stimulus II or, in other words, a deceitful way of pumping more money into the economy which the American public clearly rejected in the November elections. The total cost of the “deal” is estimated at $990 billion or just short of a trillion dollars, and two thirds of that money had nothing to do with tax cuts, middle class or otherwise.
With the lame ducks out of the way, what else can Congress be proud of? Here’s just a few:
- Allowing the president to wage trillion dollar wars of aggression all over the world;
- Bankrupting the richest nation on earth;
- Destroying two-thirds of the manufacturing base of the greatest manufacturing nation on earth;
- Plunging future generations of Americans into debt peonage;
- Obamacare with its health mandates that deny the right to exit the system – a system, by the way, to which Congress is not subject;
- Return of death panels despite the assurances that they would not return;
- The Food Safety Bill, or the bill to make Monsanto our food controller;
- Genetically modified foods; irradiated foods; imported and uninspected foods;
- Net neutrality talks well under way;
- A controlled press,
- and destruction of the best education system in the world.
I could go on with this for pages and pages but I think you get the idea.
In light of all this I have a Christmas gift (winter holiday gift as they say in Washington) suggestion that Congress could give the American people to partially repent for what it has done. The gift is this: Just stay on your Christmas vacation forever. Congresspersons just stay permanently away from Washington. If you can’t bear to stay permanently away then give us one of those compromises you are so good at and stay away for a year.
What a wonderful, glorious, happy time that would be for all Americans and indeed for the whole world for us to know that we were safe from your efforts to destroy our lives and property for a whole year. If you think about it you will see that we don’t need you. What bills could you pass that are not harmful? What have we lived without for almost 250 years that we can’t live without for just one more year?
If Congress actually decided to give us a break and stay away for a year, a shout of joy and freedom would ring out around the world that has not been heard since the end of World War II. Not that you earn it or deserve it, but we would be willing to let you keep your salaries. It would be well worth it for the year of safety we would enjoy without your strutting, preening presence on our televisions.
We might even be willing to make the day of the announcement a national holiday so we could have a day off too. But wait, that would require you to come back to Washington for a vote, so never mind.
- Darrell Castle
The Republican victory on November 2, 2010, was a lot more comprehensive than taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives and making gains in the U.S. Senate.
Here’s a quick look at some real numbers from the election:
- In the U.S. House, Republicans went from 178 to 240 and Democrats from 238 to 189, with 6 races undecided at this time.
- In the U.S. Senate, Republicans went from 41 to 47 and Democrats from 59 to 53.
- In the Governor races, the Republicans went from 24 to 29 and Democrats from 26 to 19, with Minnesota undecided.
- Republicans gained 675 State Legislature seats nationwide and now control a large majority of redistricting states. The State Legislatures reflect a more grassroots local flavor and are not so affected by national media.
It should be obvious that November 2nd sent a message, which should have been heard loud and clear by those in government: that the American people are very dissatisfied with the direction in which they believe the country is headed.
Have those in power heard them, and will they change direction? Will the Senate ultimately pass S.510, the Food Safety Bill, in a lame duck fashion, despite widespread opposition, just as they passed the bailout bill and Obama Care despite widespread opposition?
If so then the Senate and Congress have not gotten the message that the American people want to be a self-governing people again.
What about the Bush tax cuts? Should this lame duck session rescind the tax cuts it would mean that the current six income tax rates of 10 percent, 15 percent, 25 percent, 28 percent, 33 percent and 35 percent would be replaced by five rates of 15 percent, 28 percent, 31 percent, 36 percent and 39.6 percent? The increasing rates and income reduction would strip points from the small amount of growth still in the economy and reduce consumer spending even further.
What about the new Congress scheduled to be installed on January 3, 2011? Will the new Congress concern itself with trivia or will it address the serious problems that confront the nation, such as the out-of-control spending, the increasing debt, the Federal Reserve, the wars spreading all over the world, the increasingly dangerous confrontation with China, and many others?
Perhaps this Congress will be the one that regains some of its Constitutional authority which was previously ceded to the executive branch. Thanks to George W. Bush’s assertion that the president is above the law and not subject to the subpoenas of Congress, and the meek acceptance of that position by Congress, impeachment is the only remedy Congress has left for an out-of-control president. When, in response to presidential admissions of violations of the international laws against war crimes and crimes against humanity, the speaker of the House of Representatives says “impeachment is off the table,” then Congress is toothless indeed.
Were the new Congress to seriously address any of these problems, I would be impressed, but there is very little reason to be optimistic. It’s hard to imagine any Congress rolling back presidential usurpations of Constitutional power or attacking the Federal Reserve. But until one does, nothing will change except to get worse.
Have the Republicans gotten the message this time or will it be more of the same? Time will tell.
- Darrell Castle
Senate S-510 (better known as the Food Safety Bill) is set for a cloture vote in the U.S. Senate today, November 16, 2010.
Cloture is a parliamentary procedure that allows the senators to cut off debate and vote on a bill immediately thereafter.
Advocates of the bill claim they have 90 votes: many more than would be necessary to end cloture and pass the bill.
The Food Safety Bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), but it has many co-sponsors, including Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. It appears to have been designed and written by Michael Taylor, who was Monsanto’s lawyer and VP for many years before being appointed to the FDA to oversee the introduction of genetically modified foods (GMO’s) into the American marketplace.
Without trying to become more technical than I am capable of, S-510 would transfer all food production and consumption in the United States from regulation by a myriad of federal agencies that now control it to one new, very powerful agency set up under the Department of Homeland Security. This department would transfer to the Department of Defense in the event of any, as yet undefined, emergency. I don’t know about you, but I find that thought very frightening.
Here are just a few of the things S-510 purports to do:
- Preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes.
- It will more than likely make Michael Taylor (mentioned above) the Food Czar.
- End U.S. sovereignty over its own food supply by forcing compliance with WTO guidelines.
- Even direct sales of food between individuals could be defined as smuggling under the language of the bill.
- Codex Alimentarius, a global system of control over food and food supplements, would control all U.S. food and supplements. Access to natural food supplements would be removed under Codex rules.
- Control of all seeds would transfer to Monsanto and other global multinationals.
- The National Animal Identification System ( NAIS ) would be enacted, forcing bio-chipping and other identification and tracking methods for all animals, whether food or pets.
- What is left of the American food system would be transferred into total control of Multinational Corporations under the guise of global governance.
This brief article is not meant to be definitive, but is instead intended to give people a short idea, in the brief time we have left, of what they will face if this bill passes.
- Darrell Castle
Last week I wrote an article about Governor Bredesen’s veto of SB3012 (the bill to repeal the alcohol/beer statute).
Yesterday the Tennessee Senate overrode the governor’s veto by a vote of 22 – 10. The legislation now moves to the House and may be decided as early as the end of next week.
For more information regarding the override, see this report.
Senator Bob Corker gave a recent speech in his hometown of Chattanooga about the financial future of America. His speech was to the Better Business Bureau, and the Kingsport Times News quoted him as saying he is “very concerned” that the United States could end up like Greece “if we don’t deal with this soon.”
He was also quoted as saying that the “greatest threat we have” is government not being honest about the nation’s financial affairs, the national debt and politicians continuing to try to give citizens everything they want.
The senator went on to say that he understood, but admitted later that the lack of applause at the end “makes me really nervous.”
I have a few comments about the senator’s speech and a few suggestions. I applaud your recognition of the grave financial catastrophe faced by the United States. I will take issue with your opinion that lack of honesty is our greatest threat. The federal government, of which you are now a part, is not and never has been honest. Why would a federal representative choose this crisis to deal with honestly? Still, we have survived generations of dishonest politicians.
I suggest instead that our biggest threat is the dishonest, usurious, debt based, fiat money system created by the Federal Reserve. It is the unlimited money in the form of credit created by the Fed that has brought the nation to the brink of ruin. Why then do you not support Congressman Paul’s bill to audit the Fed? Why do you instead support your friend Chris Dodd’s efforts to gut, i.e. render ineffective, Congressman Paul’s bill?
I admit that asking the Fed to account for how it spent trillions of our dollars is a bit cheeky of us. Even more cheeky is our request that the Fed tell us what it did with our gold.
Why do you support the things that lead to fiscal ruin such as wars in foreign countries and budgets with $1.6 trillion deficits? Why not be a champion for the people you represent instead of the banks? Lead us back to fiscal sanity, Senator. Vote to audit the Fed and be active to support the audit. End the wars, secure the borders, balance the budget.
Do any of those things Senator, never mind all, and I will be the first to stand and applaud.
Finally, I suggest a debate between you and Congressman Paul to be conducted at Vanderbilt University in the near future. The subject would be The Federal Reserve – Good or Bad For The American People? I would be glad to moderate the debate or I’m sure Vanderbilt could supply a moderator. If Congressman Paul is unable to do it, which I doubt, then I would be happy to fill in for him.
How about it, Senator? There’s very little time left as you well know.
- Darrell Castle