Archive for September 26th, 2009

Pelosi Refuses to Allow Bills to be Read before Vote

Nancy Pelosi promised the most honest, open, and ethical Congress in history. In June, Congressional Republicans introduced HR 554 to amend House rules to require legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72 hours before consideration by the House, which would give the representatives and the public time to read a bill before it is voted on.

The American people should have time to read major bills before they come to a vote in Congress, but the bill sits on Pelosi’s desk because she won’t allow a vote.

In June, Reps. John Culberson (R-TX) and Brian Baird (D-WA) introduced a bipartisan resolution to require that all major bills be posted online at least 72 hours before they are they are voted on. I posted a similar proposal on a White House “transparency” website this summer – a site that allowed Americans to vote on the reforms they feel would make the biggest impact in terms of making government more accountable. My proposal got more votes than any other idea.

Thursday September 24, Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR), Culberson, and Baird filed a “discharge petition” in the House regarding the 72-hour review resolution. If the petition gets 218 House member signatures, Pelosi and Steny Hoyer will be required to schedule the resolution for an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

The day before, Culberson, Baird and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) filed a discharge petition, a process used to force a bill out of committee. If at least 218 House members sign the petition, Pelosi will be required to schedule the resolution for an up-or-down vote on the House floor.

According to House Republican Leader John Boehner’s office, this is the first time a Democrat lawmaker has agreed to sign a discharge petition since the Democrats took charge of the House in 2006.

Although previous Congresses have not given the public time to read major bills before they are voted on, the “pork-laden ‘stimulus’ spending bill, a debt-laden budget, a job-killing national energy tax and other bills” have made the debt situation so acute and the American people need to know what’s in them ahead of time, Boehner said.

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Thugs, Tea Parties And Treacle

By Investors Business Daily

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi berated town hall and tea party protesters this month, tearfully warning they’d incite violence. Well, there’s been violence all right, at Pittsburgh’s G-20. But it wasn’t the tea partiers.

It takes gall to characterize ordinary Americans, freely exercising their rights of speech and assembly in civic forums, as “mobs” while ignoring a pack of leftist thugs now smashing a U.S. city. But that’s what Pelosi did, directing her righteous tocsin to the Norman Rockwell-like gatherings of Americans who opposed her expansion of government this past summer.

“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late ’70s in San Francisco,” Pelosi said, choking up, her eyes brimming with tears.

“This kind of rhetoric is just, is really frightening and it created a climate in which we, violence took place and … I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made,” she told a congressional forum Sept. 17 in a bid to silence peaceful protesters.

Scroll ahead one week to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh: Some 1,000 hooded rioters descend on the city waving signs such as “Smash the G-20” and “Eat the Rich.” Many take “direct action” to “challenge capitalism” in what organizers brazenly call an “unpermitted protest.”

Unlike the town hall citizens, they didn’t “hurl” statements — just tire irons, bricks and rocks, in an effort to damage private businesses.

“Sometimes you just got to say f— it and get down,” read a Web statement by the organizers “Pittsburgh G-20 Resistance Project,” making no secret of their intent to wreak mayhem.

“Despite the use of rubber bullets, chemical weapons, and LRAD (noise) attacks, demonstrators remained on the streets for hours and actions continue across the city,” the group’s press release read.

By that they meant attacks on 13 pre-picked Starbucks stores, a Whole Foods, an American Apparel, a Trader Joe’s, U.S. military recruiting stations, check-cashing outlets, 13 PNC bank outlets and other institutions, all conveniently listed as possibilities on a Google map. Many of these places saw smashed windows and graffiti attacks after they turned up on the blacklist.

This kind of violence is nothing new. It was found in Seattle in 1999, where former Obama administration green czar Van Jones got himself arrested. It was repeated at other summits in Turin, Italy; Washington, D.C.; and London. These leftists detest capitalism, abhor private property — and have ties to the Democratic Party.

The unwillingness of the Democratic establishment to defend free markets emboldens the rioters. In destroying private property and impeding trade, these anarchists prove their aims aren’t democratic. They resemble the mobs of Castro’s Cuba who engage in violence against citizens to enforce conformity.

The outrage of it all raises questions about Pelosi’s real agenda in her one-sided criticism of tea partiers. By criticizing only tea partiers and ignoring rampant thugs, she seeks to repress peaceful dissent. With that setup, it’s no surprise that there’s a mudslide of violence now rolling down on us from an energized radical left. 

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Fuchs attends his graphic arts kiosk at the Johnson City mall.

Mall Officials Terminate Businessman’s Lease for Selling anti-Obama Stickers

Business had been waning at the ‘Graphic Edge’ until Dan Fuchs decided to print and sell anti-Obama merchandize. Then sales picked up, but so did the complaints.

Fuchs said he did not intend to offend anyone, and was merely exercising his fundamental right of free speech. But mall officials were only being liberating tolerant of his rights and demanded that he offer a more balanced display or face eviction.

“We suggested he also sell pro-Obama so that he stays very neutral,” said Tembra Aldridge, General Manager of the mall.

Fuchs admits that he didn’t vote for Brother O and is appalled by some of his actions. And now, mall officials demand that he violate his conscience and offer merchandise that promotes a politician he doesn’t approve of or support or else lose his business.

Instead of following Aldridge’s suggestion, Fuchs decided to remove the offending merchandise and to contact two local media outlets regarding his plight.

Mall officials immediately responded with a letter terminating his lease along with instructions to shut down the ‘Graphic Edge’ in the next 24 hours.

“We’re not going to use our private property as a political forum. That’s what {Fuchs has} turned this into,” Aldridge said.

It’s unknown if Fuchs will pursue the matter further in the courts, but it is known that political correctness usurps freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, and the right of political dissent in the minds of mall officials in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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