Congress

Local Paper: The Times Presents Flawed Immigration Poll as Important

Any poll is only as good and accurate as the questions they ask.  The old computer saying GIGO (standing for: garbage in, garbage out) from any objective view would fit the poll done by Harper Polling.  Without looking at the validity of the primary questions Harper asked in their immigration poll, The Times runs a news story headlined “Poll finds most Hoosiers support Senate Immigration plan.

Lets  look at the questions and dissect them as any good American should do:

Question 1:

The bill would secure our borders, block employers from hiring undocumented immigrants, and make sure that undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. with no criminal record

register for legal status. If a long list of requirements is met over more than a decade, it provides eligibility for a path to citizenship. Would you support or oppose this proposal?

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Audit the IRS Rally DC Update

Four Northern Indiana Patriots’ made the 12 hour trip to Washington DC and attended the Tea Party Patriots rally along with approximately 12,000 other patriots.  The rally centered on the IRS targeting of groups solely on the basis of their belief in a Constitutional government.  The speakers for the three hour plus rally varied from elected officials who expressed outrage to Glenn Beck to individual citizens who faced harassment not only from the IRS but also government groups such as the FBI, Homeland Security and OSHA. (more…)

What You Need to Know About the Amnesty Bill and What Should Be Done

 

From Tea Party Patriots, why the current Amnesty bill is bad legislation and what should be done:

I. THE PROCESS IS BROKEN

  • Security First: The first step for any immigration legislation under consideration MUST be national security. We have heard over and over that Congress is going to get serious about securing the border and that must be a top priority for any immigration legislation. We cannot afford another broken promise on border security.
  • Too Rushed: Congress needs more time to read and review the bill. We also need more hearings and opportunities for feedback to improve the current legislation. We need more than empty promises and superficial explanation from the Senate sponsors.

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13 US Senators Pledge to Filibuster Gun-Control

One of the thirteen Senators is ours Dan Coats!  Make no mistake the Senator has been receiving pressure from the mega funded American Progress organization to go along and usurp our Constitutional rights.  The full list of Senators who have pledged to filibuster: Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Jerry Moran, Jim Inhofe, Richard Burr, Ron Johnson, Mike Enzi, Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Dan Coats, Pat Roberts.

Please take a minute out of your day tomorrow and call the office of Senator Coats and thank him for standing with our Constitutional rights.

Senator Coats DC office:  (202) 224-5623

Crown Point office:  (219) 663-2595

The Filibuster

The recent filibuster by Senator Rand Paul should uplift the spirits of every patriot.  Unlike some previous filibusters which centered on reading documents like the Constitution or Declaration of Independence, the entire 13 hours of the Senator’s Paul filibuster centered on the rights of Americans and sought clarification from the administration on previously ambiguous statements regarding drone attacks on Americans on US soil.

“I will speak as long as it takes until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that the Constitution is important.”
– Senator Rand Paul, 3/6/13

 NIPats stands firm in our conviction that there should be NO ambiguity to the unabridged unalienable rights we possess as Americans.  Thank you Senator Paul.  After the 13 hour filibuster, Attorney General Holder was compelled to clarify the administration’s position on strikes against US citizens.

From AG Holder, “It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil.’ The answer to that question is no.”

Show your support for the Constitutional stand Senator Paul made by signing the online petition of support for Senator Paul organized by Tea Party Patriots HERE.

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Defunding Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution

From Breitbart News:

Conservative House Republicans are circulating a letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to defund Obamacare in the upcoming continuing resolution that funds the government. Oklahoma Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a freshman, and Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp are leading the charge.

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (‘ObamaCare’) remains broadly unpopular across America,” the letter to Boehner and Cantor reads. “More and more Americans are now feeling its impact–from job losses and part-time downgrades, to insurance policy changes and violations of religious liberties, to state budget strains from Medicaid expansions. And Americans don’t like these impacts. Most Americans still believe that healthcare should be controlled by patients and doctors, not by the government.”

In the letter, the conservatives note that while they plan to “re-start efforts to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety this year, next year and until we are successful,” that “in the meantime, there is more we can do in Congress.”

The upcoming continuing resolution, which funds the government, is one such place. House Republicans have the power, should they choose to use it, to shut down Obamacare through the appropriations process–the power of the purse laid out in the United States Constitution.

Read the entire Brietbart article at the link above.

Word has leaked out that the Continuing Resolution (CR) will be voted on TODAY in the House.  Indication are that the CR will NOT contain language which defunds Obamacare, continuing the assault on patient/doctor privilege in deciding health care procedures and our First Amendment rights to religious freedom.

NIPats is urging Patriots to call and urge defunding of Obamacare in the Continuing Resolution.  Tell them that American values and the Constitution calls for all measures available to prevent Obamacrae from negatively impacting Americans.  No CR with funding for Obamacare.

Call Speaker John Boehner’s DC office at :  (202) 225- 6205

Representaive Eric Cantor’s DC office:  (202) 225-2815

Representaive Pete Viscloksky’s DC office:  (202)  225-2461

Representaive Jackie Walorski’s DC Office:  (202)  225- 3915

The letter from Representative Bridenstine to Repretatives Boehner and Cantor.

 

 

Sequester Panic: The Sky is Falling! (NOT)

Sequester is not something new, contrary to what pundits may claim.  In fact looking at a 2010 Congressional Research Report, one finds that in the past 40 years sequesters and government shut-downs have happened more then one would believe.  Between fiscal year 1977 to 1980 there was 6 funding gaps resulting in government shutdowns ranging from 8 days to 17 days.  The fiscal years of 1981 through 1995 saw 9 funding gaps and government shutdowns.  In 1996 under President Clinton there was 2 funding shortages resulting in shut-downs which were 5 days and 21 days in duration.

So why do these shortages and subsequent shutdowns occur?

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Senate Cannot Pass a Budget.. But What They Might Try to Pass

There are at least four treaties which may come up for a vote in the current Senate, which should have all patriots concerned.  As the election draws near watch for a manic explosion  of Senate votes on United Nation treaties, none of which align themselves with liberty for American citizens.  The potential Senate votes include:

  • The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS or LOST, “Law of the Sea), which cedes control of all the world’s oceans and their contents, including our territorial waters, to the U.N.  As a nation we lose our sovereignty with passage of this treaty.  The treaty was established by the U.N. in 1994 but Obama administration and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) are beginning a new push to seek ratification.  Senator Dick Lugar requested that Kerry hold off on the ratification process until after his primary, because he was inclined to support the treaty but recognized that his support could be used against him politically.  The Law of the Sea treaty has sat dormant through both previous Democrat and Republican administrations, insiders  on capital hill are of the belief that a vote will be taken soon.;
  • The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, aka, Small Arms Treaty, that could virtually outlaw privately owned firearms or ammunition of any sort, given its ambiguous language.  Last month a U.N. committee met in New York and signed off on several provisions, including the creation of a new U.N. agency to regulate international weapon sales, and require countries that host firearms manufacturers to set up a compensation fund for victims of gun violence worldwide.The ambiguous wording of this treaty threatens the 2nd amendment of the US Constitution.;
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which takes away parental rights to raise their children as they choose, and gives them to the U.N.  This treaty sounds friendly enough, because who would be against protecting children?  Yet the language of the treaty cedes authority of children from parents to the U.N., parents become nothing but caregivers.  For further information on what the ramifications could be if passed read here.;
  • The International Criminal Court, which allows foreigners to have Americans arrested and tried in kangaroo international courts, using foreign law.  One potential concern of this treaty is that U.S. service members and officials could at risk of prosecution by a court that is unaccountable to the American people, and has no obligation to respect the constitutional rights of our citizens. 

Patriots it is important that you call or email Senators Coats and Lugar,  informing them that as their constituents you OPPOSE ratification of these treaties by the Senate.

 

Contact information for Senator Coats

Contact information for Senator Lugar

Senate Votes NO Budget

On May 16th the United States Senate voted on five separate budgets, the Presidents 2013 budget and four budgets sponsored by Republicans.  One of the foremost duties of our elected officials in Washington is to pass a budget.  The US budget prescribes where our tax payer dollars go.  The inability of the Senate to pass a budget is a gross  dereliction of their Constitutional duty.

Is it any wonder that the US debt limited has been risen 5 times in less than 4 years?  How can a government stay fiscally responsible when there is no play book guiding where money is to be spent?  Each of the last three years the federal debt has grown by over a trillion dollars. For every dollar the government spends it borrows forty-four cents.  If you were to run your household budget in this manner where would you be in say 6 months, a year or like the Senate 3 years?

The November election is important in determining the direction of the country.  Elected officials should be placed on notice that their constituents expect them to fulfill their Constitutional obligations which includes passage of a federal budget.  Sound the alarm patriots, engage in conversations with those you meet because this country is worth fighting for and the time is now.

A Thousand Days of Failure

Tonight President Obama delivers his fourth State of the Union address, today also marks  the 1,000th day the Democratic controlled Senate has failed to pass a federal budget.

The Heritage Foundation marks day 1,000 with a series of bullet points on the importance of a federal budget and why the Senate must be compelled to fulfill their Constitutional obligation.

 The last time the Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009.

  • Since that date, the federal government has spent $9.4 trillion, adding $4.1 trillion in debt.
  • As of January 20, the outstanding public debt stands at $15,240,174,635,409.
  • Interest payments on the debt are now more than $200 billion per year.
  • President Obama proposed a FY2012 budget last year, and the Senate voted it down 97–0. (And that budget was no prize—according to the Congressional Budget Office, that proposal never had an annual deficit of less than $748 billion, would double the national debt in 10 years and would see annual interest payments approach $1 trillion per year.)
  • The Senate rejected House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget by 57–40 in May 2011, with no Democrats voting for it.
  • In FY2011, Washington spent $3.6 trillion. Compare that to the last time the budget was balanced in 2001, when Washington spent $1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion when you adjust for inflation).
  • Entitlement spending will more than double by 2050. That includes spending on Medicare, Medicaid and the Obamacare subsidy program, and Social Security. Total spending on federal health care programs will triple.
  • By 2050, the national debt is set to hit 344 percent of Gross Domestic Product.
  • Taxes paid per household have risen dramatically, hitting $18,400 in 2010 (compared with $11,295 in 1965). If the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire and more middle-class Americans are required to pay the alternative minimum tax (AMT), taxes will reach unprecedented levels.
  • Federal spending per household is skyrocketing. Since 1965, spending per household has grown by nearly 162 percent, from $11,431 in 1965 to $29,401 in 2010. From 2010 to 2021, it is projected to rise to $35,773, a 22 percent increase.

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