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I just ran across this information on the http://www.americac2c.org/ website.
It is information we all need to know about before it is to late. Daily our rights are being taken away by the politicians in Washington.
I have said this before and say it again.
Barack Obama sits on a powder keg and has a lighted match in hand. It is increasingly clear setting match to fuse is no big problem for him.
You might want to keep in mind should you grab the bulls by the horns and wade into these bills that on the surface they look benign. Politicians will also say “well they were not meant for that” (whatever their definition for THAT is).
A great example of THAT is the “eminent domain” issues that have sprung up in the last few years. In the beginning that law was never intended to deprive the citizenry of their property for the advancement of some private conglomerate that today wants to profit.
We the citizens need to rise up and protect one another or face ALONE the same fate ourselves.
2 VERY dangerous Bills that were “slipped in” and “hidden” within the folds of HR 1388, Obama’s Forced Servitude Bill that was passed by the House on Friday. The Senate is voting on HR 1388 Monday which also contains
H Amdt. 49 os HB 1388. revoking your right to assemble or protest, & S 22 a huge Gun-Control /Land grab bill.
Say goodbye to your 1st Ammendment. The “GIVE Act” HB 1388.” “to prohibit organizations from attempting to influence legislation; organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes; and assist, promote, or deter union organizing” of the “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act”. The “GIVE Act” HB 1388 passed by the House on Friday, will be voted on by the Senate Monday 23rd.
H. Amdt. 49 os HB 1388 is going to make criminals out of the PEACEFUL resistance movement. This covers all, even left wing groups who like to protest the war, the environment and etc.
Yes, the main stream media and left wing groups such as the “Southern Law Poverty Center” and the ADL will lump movements such as this one with Neo-Nazis, White extremists and etc, just like they did with the militia movements back during the ’90s.
Please see H.R.1388 “The Give Act” Mein Führer Requires YOU to SERVE 3 Years, (and
GIVE HIM YOUR GUNS & YOUR LAND & SHUT UP!!)
See the bill text here:
Say goodbye to your guns & your land. S 22 is a mammoth bill comprised of over 190 separate pieces of legislation and was quietly “tucked” within the massive Omnibus Spending Bill, but now it has been slipped into the crevices of the massive “Forced Servitude” Bill HB1388. S. 22 includes a rule that will not allow pro-gun representatives to offer amendments.
There are serious Second Amendment concerns with this legislation. S 22 will greatly expand the amount of land controlled by the National Park Service (NPS). Because the rights of lawful gun owners are restricted on NPS land, the bill will create even more “anti-Second Amendment” zones among other things.
For more info on S22 Click Here: http://www.resistnet.com/profiles/blogs/action-alert-022009
Contact the Senate. Use the contact form on their official websites, or phone or fax. We need to bombard their switchboards with calls.
Call the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell Obama to STOP all efforts to force us into servitude, take our guns and land a strip our 1st amendment right to assemble. STOP the “GIVE Act” HB 1388.
Toll free numbers for the Senate and House: 1-877-210-5351, 1-800-828-0498 switchboards:, or fax your Senators, and demand them to STOP the “GIVE Act” HB 1388
You can send FREE faxes here: http://faxzero.com/ Attach a .doc or .pdf file or type (copy – paste) text into the text form provided.
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Further comments on this subject:
The House GIVEth, and the government taketh away (our freedoms)
Are you familiar with the Hitler Youth program of Nazi Germany?
If not you should be.
Take a look at what happened in Germany then decide if this is appropriate for American children.
As benign as it might seem somehow compulsory associated with volunteerism somehow does not quite line up in my books. “The GIVE Act” and “The SERVE Act” another primrose path?
The Hitler Youth was a logical extension of Hitler’s belief that the future of Nazi Germany was its children. The Hitler Youth was seen as being as important to a child as school was. In the early years of the Nazi government, Hitler had made it clear as to what he expected German children to be like:
“The weak must be chiseled away. I want young men and women who can suffer pain. A young German must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp’s steel.”
Nazi education schemes part fitted in with this but Hitler wanted to occupy the minds of the young in Nazi Germany even more.
Movements for youngsters were part of German culture and the Hitler Youth had been created in the 1920’s. By 1933 its membership stood at 100,000. After Hitler came to power, all other youth movements were abolished and as a result the Hitler Youth grew quickly. In 1936, the figure stood at 4 million members. In 1936, it became all but compulsory to join the Hitler Youth. Youths could avoid doing any active service if they paid their subscription but this became all but impossible after 1939.
The Hitler Youth catered for 10 to 18 year olds. There were separate organisations for boys and girls. The task of the boys section was to prepare the boys for military service. For girls, the organisation prepared them for motherhood.
Boys at 10, joined the Deutsches Jungvolk (German Young People) until the age of 13 when they transferred to the Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) until the age of 18. In 1936, the writer J R Tunus wrote about the activities of the Hitler Jugend. He stated that part of their “military athletics” (Wehrsport) included marching, bayonet drill, grenade throwing, trench digging, map reading, gas defence, use of dugouts, how to get under barbed wire and pistol shooting.
Girls, at the age of 10, joined the Jungmadelbund (League of Young Girls) and at the age of 14 transferred to the Bund Deutscher Madel (League of German Girls). Girls had to be able to run 60 metres in 14 seconds, throw a ball 12 metres, complete a 2 hour march, swim 100 metres and know how to make a bed.
The whole Hitler Youth movement was overseen by Balder von Shirach.
To the outside world, the Hitler Youth seemed to personify German discipline. In fact, this image was far from accurate. School teachers complained that boys and girls were so tired from attending evening meetings of the Hitler Youth, that they could barely stay awake the next day at school. Also by 1938, attendance at Hitler Youth meetings was so poor – barely 25% – that the authorities decided to tighten up attendance with the 1939 law making attendance compulsory.
The mayor of Alexandria VA issues a protest over the possibility of the Gitmo prisoners being housed in his town.
William D. Euille (D) is not a happy camper as he finds Alexandria is on the short list as final destination for all or a few of the Gitmo detainees.
Most of us fully understand his reluctance of wanting these terrorists in his own back yard.
Here is the hitch.
His mindset is not different than most other officials thinking the shut down of Gitmo is the best deal since sliced bread. Not many of them want the detainees landing on their own front stoop either.
Actually I think what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
If you think it up and support it … well then be responsible.
Belly up to the bar and lead the charge.
In this case the charge is detainees in your own house.
Personally I feel if they need to be spread into the communities of the USA? … first stop is the Lincoln Bedroom.
It does not take rocket science to figure out if those leading the charge for some of this change were called on FIRST to sacrifice for it the scenery of today would be drastically different.
Daily it becomes more clear how certain members of congress and the senate need to be tarred and feathered. They are quick to stand on a pulpit and rant about those in charge of AIG and the like for running the businesses into the ground when they themselves are equally or more culpable.
Last night the President stood on his podium and talked about the change of NO DEBT or living beyond our means.
What can he be thinking? OH THAT’S RIGHT HE IS NOT!
Or again he thinks ‘we the public’ are total fools.
Does anyone else out there understand when this man speaks a lie of some kind fly’s out?
Enough is ENOUGH!
The following is a letter sent on Tuesday by Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group’s financial products unit, to Edward M. Liddy, the chief executive of A.I.G.
DEAR Mr. Liddy,
It is with deep regret that I submit my notice of resignation from A.I.G. Financial Products. I hope you take the time to read this entire letter. Before describing the details of my decision, I want to offer some context:
I am proud of everything I have done for the commodity and equity divisions of A.I.G.-F.P. I was in no way involved in — or responsible for — the credit default swap transactions that have hamstrung A.I.G. Nor were more than a handful of the 400 current employees of A.I.G.-F.P. Most of those responsible have left the company and have conspicuously escaped the public outrage.
After 12 months of hard work dismantling the company — during which A.I.G. reassured us many times we would be rewarded in March 2009 — we in the financial products unit have been betrayed by A.I.G. and are being unfairly persecuted by elected officials. In response to this, I will now leave the company and donate my entire post-tax retention payment to those suffering from the global economic downturn. My intent is to keep none of the money myself.
I take this action after 11 years of dedicated, honorable service to A.I.G. I can no longer effectively perform my duties in this dysfunctional environment, nor am I being paid to do so. Like you, I was asked to work for an annual salary of $1, and I agreed out of a sense of duty to the company and to the public officials who have come to its aid. Having now been let down by both, I can no longer justify spending 10, 12, 14 hours a day away from my family for the benefit of those who have let me down.
You and I have never met or spoken to each other, so I’d like to tell you about myself. I was raised by schoolteachers working multiple jobs in a world of closing steel mills. My hard work earned me acceptance to M.I.T., and the institute’s generous financial aid enabled me to attend. I had fulfilled my American dream.
I started at this company in 1998 as an equity trader, became the head of equity and commodity trading and, a couple of years before A.I.G.’s meltdown last September, was named the head of business development for commodities. Over this period the equity and commodity units were consistently profitable — in most years generating net profits of well over $100 million. Most recently, during the dismantling of A.I.G.-F.P., I was an integral player in the pending sale of its well-regarded commodity index business to UBS. As you know, business unit sales like this are crucial to A.I.G.’s effort to repay the American taxpayer.
The profitability of the businesses with which I was associated clearly supported my compensation. I never received any pay resulting from the credit default swaps that are now losing so much money. I did, however, like many others here, lose a significant portion of my life savings in the form of deferred compensation invested in the capital of A.I.G.-F.P. because of those losses. In this way I have personally suffered from this controversial activity — directly as well as indirectly with the rest of the taxpayers.
I have the utmost respect for the civic duty that you are now performing at A.I.G. You are as blameless for these credit default swap losses as I am. You answered your country’s call and you are taking a tremendous beating for it.
But you also are aware that most of the employees of your financial products unit had nothing to do with the large losses. And I am disappointed and frustrated over your lack of support for us. I and many others in the unit feel betrayed that you failed to stand up for us in the face of untrue and unfair accusations from certain members of Congress last Wednesday and from the press over our retention payments, and that you didn’t defend us against the baseless and reckless comments made by the attorneys general of New York and Connecticut.
My guess is that in October, when you learned of these retention contracts, you realized that the employees of the financial products unit needed some incentive to stay and that the contracts, being both ethical and useful, should be left to stand. That’s probably why A.I.G. management assured us on three occasions during that month that the company would “live up to its commitment” to honor the contract guarantees.
That may be why you decided to accelerate by three months more than a quarter of the amounts due under the contracts. That action signified to us your support, and was hardly something that one would do if he truly found the contracts “distasteful.”
That may also be why you authorized the balance of the payments on March 13.
At no time during the past six months that you have been leading A.I.G. did you ask us to revise, renegotiate or break these contracts — until several hours before your appearance last week before Congress.
I think your initial decision to honor the contracts was both ethical and financially astute, but it seems to have been politically unwise. It’s now apparent that you either misunderstood the agreements that you had made — tacit or otherwise — with the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, various members of Congress and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of New York, or were not strong enough to withstand the shifting political winds.
You’ve now asked the current employees of A.I.G.-F.P. to repay these earnings. As you can imagine, there has been a tremendous amount of serious thought and heated discussion about how we should respond to this breach of trust.
As most of us have done nothing wrong, guilt is not a motivation to surrender our earnings. We have worked 12 long months under these contracts and now deserve to be paid as promised. None of us should be cheated of our payments any more than a plumber should be cheated after he has fixed the pipes but a careless electrician causes a fire that burns down the house.
Many of the employees have, in the past six months, turned down job offers from more stable employers, based on A.I.G.’s assurances that the contracts would be honored. They are now angry about having been misled by A.I.G.’s promises and are not inclined to return the money as a favor to you.
The only real motivation that anyone at A.I.G.-F.P. now has is fear. Mr. Cuomo has threatened to “name and shame,” and his counterpart in Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, has made similar threats — even though attorneys general are supposed to stand for due process, to conduct trials in courts and not the press.
So what am I to do? There’s no easy answer. I know that because of hard work I have benefited more than most during the economic boom and have saved enough that my family is unlikely to suffer devastating losses during the current bust. Some might argue that members of my profession have been overpaid, and I wouldn’t disagree.
That is why I have decided to donate 100 percent of the effective after-tax proceeds of my retention payment directly to organizations that are helping people who are suffering from the global downturn. This is not a tax-deduction gimmick; I simply believe that I at least deserve to dictate how my earnings are spent, and do not want to see them disappear back into the obscurity of A.I.G.’s or the federal government’s budget. Our earnings have caused such a distraction for so many from the more pressing issues our country faces, and I would like to see my share of it benefit those truly in need.
On March 16 I received a payment from A.I.G. amounting to $742,006.40, after taxes. In light of the uncertainty over the ultimate taxation and legal status of this payment, the actual amount I donate may be less — in fact, it may end up being far less if the recent House bill raising the tax on the retention payments to 90 percent stands. Once all the money is donated, you will immediately receive a list of all recipients.
This choice is right for me. I wish others at A.I.G.-F.P. luck finding peace with their difficult decision, and only hope their judgment is not clouded by fear.
Mr. Liddy, I wish you success in your commitment to return the money extended by the American government, and luck with the continued unwinding of the company’s diverse businesses — especially those remaining credit default swaps. I’ll continue over the short term to help make sure no balls are dropped, but after what’s happened this past week I can’t remain much longer — there is too much bad blood. I’m not sure how you will greet my resignation, but at least Attorney General Blumenthal should be relieved that I’ll leave under my own power and will not need to be “shoved out the door.”
Apparently the American public is doomed to ignorance and knee jerk reactions by Congress over the AIG bonuses. The house quickly passed a 90% tax on all bonuses AGAIN WITHOUT FIRST placing their minds in gear.
What can they be thinking … AGAIN Oh I know they are NOT!.
I suppose an even better question is DO THEY EVER?
The answer to that of late is NO THEY DO NOT!
We now have a renegade group in Washington who all of a sudden is letting the fear of public reprisal sink in.
The Republicans got the message when the mass moved to vote in change.
Gee whiz … we pissed them off … now what?
They are still in a mass flurry to try and gain control of their party which scattered into 1000 different directions.
The Democrats still reveling in the glory of their victory arrogantly figured they could do exactly what they pleased because after all “we the people are pretty stupid and do not know the difference any way.
Now with the economy in the tank and the populace outraged over the crap foisted on us all by both parties. The latest blame lies at the feet of the Democratic party in control and suddenly it is getting clear they may be seriously out on a limb sawing it off behind themselves. It is fast becoming evident to them “we the people” are not quite as stupid as they hoped.
We are collecting together in the middle of 2 parties screaming ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
WE WILL BE HEARD!
OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CUSHIE SEATS!
AFTER ALL YOU WORK FOR US!
Thank heavens THIS TIME the Republicans have put the skids on and blocked Democratic efforts Thursday evening to bring up the Senate version of the tax bill to recoup most of the $165 million paid out by AIG last weekend and other bonuses in 2009.
This passing of bills in the dead of night is appalling and needs to stop. It is good the public is ever vigilant and willing to shout what they see at every turn. We do not get transparency from the White house … we do however get it from the people.
Great Job Public!