A look at current events from the point of a view of a Conservative Evangelical Christian who stands firmly on the Word of God (that's the Bible for those of you at Berkley) and stands behind the Constitution of the United States of America. So grab yourself a big cup of java, kick back in your chair and enjoy another member of the "vast right wing conspiracy" making his voice heard.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
"I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe ... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. -- From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy." --U.S. Senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
HR 1586 was voted on and passed yesterday by more than 2/3 of the US House of Representatives and will apparently charge a 90% tax on these AIG bonuses as well as others who are receiving bailout money and receive extremely high bonuses out of it. The easy thing would be simply not allow the bonuses to come out, which makes sense, and explains why Congress didn't consider that...but its a little late for that now. I think Congress passing this type of legislation is the wrong precedence because it will open the door for them to do it again, and again, and again when they deem it necessary...and one day may potentially effect most if not all tax payers, not just high paid executives who run their business into the ground. Along with that, i do belive it to be unconstitutional.
Consider Article 1 secion 9 of the US Constitution, which like the so called "stimulus bill" may not have have been read by those in the Congress, which says, "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." And "ex post facto" is an adjective meaning "Formulated, enacted, or operating retroactively. [Med Lat., from what is done afterwards]" Example, passing a ridiculously high tax that is retroactive on a bailout bill that has been previously passed by the Congress. But, why bring the rule of the law into play, right? Why not pass a law after the fact, right?
And there is also that pesky 14th Amendment that says the government will not "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Taxing one person more just because you don't like something about them denies them equal protection of the law; in fact it makes them victims of the law...it doesn't matter if we agree or disagree with these bailout bonuses.
I think it is important to also note that the 16th Amendment which was proposed in July 1909 and ratified in February 1913 established a federal income tax...it was not part of our founding father's plan and original framing of the Constitution. Meaning that until 1913 a federal income tax was unconstitutional. So, how far from the original plan for our great country have we gone when Congress has taken things this for. This tells me that we no longer have a government that is of the people, by the people, for the people.
The AIG executives and any executives of these companies who are receiving bailout money should not be getting bonus money paid for by the US tax payer for helping ruin our economy. It truly sickens me that this is happening, but it is more sickening that our government would side step the laws of the land in this attack on our Constitution.
I'm currently reading the biography of John Adams...if you are in any type of leadership role, i recommend this book. And if you are worried about the future of our country, please read this book to be reminded of what we once were and could be if we remember what real liberty is.
"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." - John Adams
Friday, March 20, 2009
I was more than willing to give this President and his cronies in Congress ever benefit of the doubt, and it only gives me more doubts. Between the tax cheats being nominated for cabinet posts and Barney Frank and company ripping the 1st and 14th Amendments out of the law of the land...i can no longer be silent. Beginning to day i will begin posting once again, many of these posts have also been posted on Facebook, but will get reposted here also.
For the time being i will remain here on Blogger, but will consider moving to another service, like Wordpress, in the future.
God bless America, and thank God for free speech!