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Th-5By Nancy Thorner – 

The three events held in September by Joe Walsh on his Walsh Freedom Townhall Tour drew those who were genuinely concerned about their country. Frustration does abound, especially among those individuals who believe in limited government and who have seen what has happened with God removed from its once prominent place in the home, in schools, by politicians, and in all aspects of government.

In this spirit Joe Walsh bemoaned over both the financial and moral collapse of this nation, emphasizing that it is happening right now. It is not something that will occur at some future time.

Yes, things are bad, said Joe Walsh, but how did it happen?

Democrats and Republicans did it to us. We also did it to ourselves. When in Congress Joe Walsh spoke out vocally and with passion about the warts to be found in the actions of House Republican establishment members. Speaker John Boehner and other moderate and establishment Republicans despised Walsh for it.

Republicans are now engaged in a fight which was a long time in coming, between those who want big government and those who believe in limited government and freedom. And so goes the fight over defunding Obamacare. Joe Walsh has never met a Democrat who isn’t over on the left side, either being in tune with the Leftist ideology, or they don’t know any better. While every Democrat is trying to remake this nation, Republicans must fight to save this nation for future generations.

The problem with Republicans is that they have lost their way. Many Republicans are either somewhat over on the Left side or they want to be, while Democrats are married to the Leftist ideology or believe in its ideology out of habit or tradition. Republicans aren’t averse to big government, they just think they can manage government better than can Democrats. Then too, many Republicans remain too scared of scathing remarks coming from the other side (and the mainstream media), if they don’t bow down and acquiese to the demands of Democrats.

Forgotten, but never to be duplicated by Republicans, are the Christmas tree hand-outs by Democrats.  In the last election Obama gave people stuff to buy their loyalty and votes.  Women received free abortion for life; young people were given the promise that their college loans would be repaid or perhaps forgiven in time; and Hispanics were promised comprehensive immigration reform. Presently food stamps under the CHIP program are being handed out willy-nilly and are also being solicited on the streets of major cities by Democratic operatives. With very few conditions for receiving them, fraud is rampant. Having seen how Democrats win, Republicans also believe in offering handouts.  Although Republicans are not quite as generous as Democrats, Republicans do give as many “goodies” as they can get away with to attract voters.

Thomas Jefferson once said that we will give you this thing [a Republic], but it will take two to make it work. The Founding Fathers wanted representatives sent to Washington, D.C. who would  have a voice and then go back home and allow another to serve.  Now we have professional politicians who stay in Springfield and Washington, D.C. forever and think of themselves as kings and queens.  Jefferson also thought that we the people had to stay informed and engaged or government would become too powerful and oppressive.

As a nation, Walsh thinks of its citizens as having grown fat, stupid, lazy, and not well informed.  The American people certainly aren’t as informed, educated, or engaged as they used to be.  They are familiar with “Dancing with the Stars,” but they fail miserably when questioned about their government.

Republicans have dropped the ball.  It’s so easy to get angry at Obama, but what about the antics of McCain and other Republicans who are ripping the hearts out of their own?

Often said is a variation of the same thing, that we get the government we deserve. We are a nano-second away from losing our nation.  We live in a country that will imprison young people with our fiscal irresponsibility unless we change.

What are we do? Joe Walsh often hears the complaint that all he does is make people angry. They ask:  “Why don’t you give us some hope, Joe?”  Regarding the Lake Forest Townhall event, Walsh indicated that he wanted those in attendance to leave as ticked off as they have ever been. Perhaps things would change here in Illinois if more Illinoisans would  realize the rock bottom financial mess this state is in and demand change.

No one gets to pick what their purpose in life is. Walsh’s considers his job or purpose as sharing with people how bad the overall state of this nation is. Because of Obamacare we are becoming a part time nation. To those who voted for Obama and now endorse Obamacare, they must wake up.  Such individuals believe in a totally different America, one that we can’t afford.

Joe Walsh thought of the 150 individuals present as wanting a country of freedom and limited government.  Walsh believes we are losing the war. In the meantime, Democrats wake up every morning trying to make one more person a ward of the  government.

Charles Krauthammer is worried about a country who would elect Obama, but not about the abomination that is  Obamacare, or what it would portend by adding to an already unsustainable and horrific debt.  Then there is also the  quality of health care under Obamacare to be considered, and the likely possibility of Obamacare in time morphing into a one-payer, government socialist system.

Here’s what we must do.  We must come out of “closet,” but not in today’s usage of the word.  Joe Walsh did.  It wasn’t easy for Joe to do if he does decide to run for office again.  Walsh is no longer a Republican first.  He’s a Freedom Fighter first.  As Walsh related, this is not about Republicans or Democrats.  It’s all about freedom vs. big government.  Pick your side.  What Walsh has been doing at his town halls meetings is to invite everyone to come out of the closet and become a Freedom Fighter.

A seven-step pledge form was handed out on signing up to become a Freedom Fighter in Walsh’s Freedom Army.  Signing the pledge signaled a commitment to support only candidates for public office who agreed to the following:

1.  Cutting taxes.

2.  Diminishing the role of government in our lives.

3.  Eliminating debt right now.

4.  Respecting basic God-given rights.

5.  Limiting terms of office by serving as a citizen legislator for 6 years in the House, and not as a professional politician.

Walsh’s closing thoughts:

Every great empire has lasted about 250 years. As Democrats typically use government and politics to enhance their image and electability better than do Republicans, Republicans must understand that we are at war and act accordingly. They just don’t get it yet.

What are we prepared to do?  Walsh truly believe, for better or for worse, that we live in revolutionary times not yet being enacted out on the streets.   Every 9-1/2 minutes somebody in IL gets in a car, a plane, or a train, etc, and permanently leaves Illinois never to come back.  Not a state or a country is close to the exodus happening in Illinois.  Many people pulling the wagon are leaving and these are the taxpayers.   How soon will there not be enough people left to pull the wagon in Illinois, with bankruptcy happening as it did with Detroit, not only in Chicago, but with the whole state of Illinois.

Are we prepared to go to jail to save our nation?  We’re at a point in this country when we must finally say “NO” I’m done with the results brought about by big government and the disregard for morals.  Even though many insist that gay marriage, teaching homosexuality in the lower grades, and disrespect for the unborn are just part and parcel of the times we live in and we must get over it, are we just going to roll over and accept unconditionally that the genie can’t be put back into the bottle again?

We must be prepared to do what it take to save this country.  If not we will lose the country given to us with such great hope and promise, only be destroyed when its people chose leaders set out to change this nation from what our Founding Fathers originally intended it to be where freedom and liberty were God-given rights, to a government that morphs into Socialism and perhaps even worse.

Join Joe Walsh’s army of Freedom Fighters also as a way to shake up the Republican Party, where many of its members believe the way to winning elections (the Karl Rove type) is to be Democratic-lite instead of standing on those principals upon which our nation was founded — smaller government and the promotion of freedom and liberty.

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Who is George V. Hansen and why should his name, who he was, and what he did be of importance, especially in light of the IRS scandal where conservatives groups, organizations and individuals were targeted just because of their belief systems?

Born September 14, 1930, Hansen’s bio speaks of a former Republican politician from the state of Idaho who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years representing Idaho’s 2nd district from 1965 to 1969 and again from 1975 to 1985. He also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 – 1954 and the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1964 to 1970.

So far nothing unusual. George Hansen could have been one of hundreds of other U.S. congressmen who retired and then went back home after they called it quits or were not reelected.

While in Congress Hansen was known as one of the most conservative members of Congress. In particular, Hansen was a vocal critic of the Internal Revenue Service. He also introduced the idea of the flat tax.

It was in 1980 when Congressman Hansen published a book titled To Harass Our People: the IRS and Government Abuse of Power. Hansen was one of the first members of Congress to point a finger at the IRS to reveal corruption in government.

Only four years after Hansen’s book was published in 1984, seven-term veteran lawmaker Hansen was reprimanded by the House when he failed to include transactions on federal disclosure forms. Was it a coincidence?

The House’s query led to a conviction for which then out-of-Congress Hansen spent 11 months in prison, financially destroying him and his family.  His imprisonment included torture through medical neglect and subjection to “diesel therapy,” a form of punishment in which prisoners are painfully shackled and then transported for days or weeks without respite.  Diesel therapy is usually applied to political prisoners and those who are considered trouble makers.   The gruesome details of Hansen’s imprisonment were written about by Rayelan Allan, Remembering George Hansen, first published in January, 1997 by Rumor Mill News.

Congressman George Hansen always insisted that he was wrongly prosecuted, but it took eleven years for the wrongness of his conviction to be realized on the basis of the U.S. Court decision Hubbard v. United States. Originally convicted of violating Title 18 Section 1001, relating to false statements Hansen allegedly made on his financial disclosure form, it was on May 16, 1995, that the Supreme Court ruled that federal prosecutors  — including Iran-Contra Independent counsel Lawrence Walsh — were wrong in charging officials with unsworn lies to Congress.  One of the three was George Hansen.

Just how much power does the IRS have in 2013?  George Hansen noted the following in his 1980 book, To Harrass Our People:

  • Only the IRS can attach 100% of a tax debtor’s wages and/or property.
  • Only the IRS can invade the privacy of a citizen without court process of any kind.
  • Only the IRS can seize property without a court order.
  • Only the IRS can compel the production of documents, records, and other materials without a court case being in existence.
  • Only the IRS can with impunity publish the details of a citizens debt.
  • Only the IRS can legally, without a court order, subject citizens to electronic surveillance.
  • Only the IRS can force waiver of statute of limitations and other citizen’s rights through the threat of Arbitrary assessment.
  • Only the IRS uses extralegal coercion. Threats to witnesses to examine their taxes regularly produces whatever evidence the IRS dictates.
  • Only the IRS is free to violate a written agreement with a citizen.
  • Only the IRS uses reprisals against citizen and public officials alike.
  • Only the IRS can take property on the basis of conjecture.
  • Only the IRS is free to maintain lists of citizen guilty of no crime for the purpose of harassing and monitoring them.
  • Only the IRS envelops all citizens.
  • Only the IRS publicly admits that it’s purpose is to instill fear in the citizenry as a technique of performing it’s function.

Thirty-three years ago Hansen noted the power of the IRS in government. He was the first to get a full scale investigation into the crimes of the IRS against the American people.  Has anything changed since 1980? The power of the IRS should be of concern to all Americans, for it extends into the lives of all of us.  But where is the outrage?  Maybe we are just scandal weary?

As power begets power, members of Congressional Oversight Committees owe the American people a thorough investigation.  They must not be soft in their approach in going after those culpable.

For too long the IRS has adopted an attitude of superiority in believing it could do whatever it desired in  regard to the American people.  Such an attitude breeds corruption and scandal.  The recent scandal of targeting conservatives by the IRS must be viewed as the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Heads must roll if the American people are to regain back their lost confidence and trust of the IRS.

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6a00d834515c5469e2017c371b25bb970b-75wiBy Nancy Thorner – 

Friday, March 1, came and went, despite a steady drumbeat of drastic warnings about the impact of the sequester on jobs and economic growth.  Even the financial markets reacted with a yawn when on the day before the sequester was to take effect the Dow Jones industrial average closed within 25 points of its all-time high reached in October of 2007.

As to lawmakers, they closed up shop on Thursday, February 28, resigned to the idea that the sequester spending cuts would take effect sometime before midnight Friday, March 1.

Obama’s  last minute meeting with selected congressional leaders on March 1 fell flat on its face, with administration officials insisting that the path to any compromise lies in “balanced” approach that replaces the cuts in part with higher taxes.

As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a recent speech of the Senate floor:  “Look the American people will simply not accept replacing spending cuts agreed to both both parties with tax hikes.”

When legislators return from their President’s Day recess, attention will be directed toward the next financial crises set to befall this nation on March 27, when Congress must pass another continuing resolution (CR), the date current government funding expires.

The question that should be on the mind of all concerned Americans is, If there was such animosity expressed by Obama and Democrats over the 2013 $85.4 billion of sequester cuts (a sliver of our nation’s 2013 budget of $3.8 trillion, amounting to cuts of 2.5 cents on every dollar or 1/3 of 1% of our 2013 domestic economy), what hope is there that a compromise can be reached by March 27 to curtail the size, scope and cost of government to prevent a government shutdown?

Conservatives in the U.S. House have a bargaining chip in the March 27 continuing resolution deadline — which is viewed as must-pass legislation as the House controls the purse strings — with it power to defundObamacare.  Without the House passing a spending bill, Obama is unable to fund government.

There are those who say that Obamacare is already the law of the land.  Although many provisions are now the law, many of the law’s most damaging and irreversible provisions do not take effect until 2014.

Consider the damage already done. According to the Congressional budget Office, Obamacare will force seven million Americans out of their existing health care.

As noted in a Heritage Foundation report of February 19, 2013 by Katherine Rosario, “Defunding ObamacareBefore It’s Too Late”:

“It will cost the American people an estimated $2.6 trillion over ten years, increasing the federal government’s health spending by 15 percent.  The window of opportunity to stop the implementation of these massive new subsidies is closing.  On October 1, 2013, open enrollment begins for the federally backed health care exchanges.  On January 1, 2014, new money from Washington will begin flowing to states and individuals, all but ensuring that these new entitlements will become a permanent fixture of life in America.”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, noted on Tuesday, February 24, at a Senate Budget Committee hearing that the Affordable Care Act will increase the budget deficit by $6.2 trillion over the next 75 years.

The Obama administration will predictably argue that the CR is not the appropriate legislative vehicle to defund Obamacare.  Of course it is Obama’s goal (a political ploy) to defer any defunding until after all the damage has been done.

The House must take the lead in this fight now.  Congress must not approve the forthcoming March 27 continuing budget resolution unless it defunds Oabmacare, that is, if they genuinely believe Obamacare is a threat to the very fabric of this nation and the American people.

Vital is that conservative legislators in Congress not get cold feet!

Putting all the eggs in one basket is never a good idea. We must call our Congressmen, urging them to use every legislative vehicle possible to defund, delay and ultimately repeal Obamacare, using their Congressional power to defund Obamacare in their next must-pass CR spending bill.

The following was cited by Nathanael Yellis of the Heritage Foundation on February 26:    Use our call tool to urge your Representative to defund Obamacare in the CR.   Please make the call and start spreading the word.

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by Nancy J. Thorner and Ed Ingold

Having won a decisive victory in the Electoral vote (but only 3% by population), the President intends to dictate a solution to the “fiscal cliff” on his own terms. He feels his opponents have no choice but to capitulate, otherwise bear full blame for any consequences. The key word in the President’s position is “spend.” Consumers should spend more to help the economy. The Government should spend more on “infrastructure” to provide union jobs, and to enable states to continue otherwise unsustainable pension and benefit packages for public employees. In order to spend more, he wants to raise taxes, ultimately to spend much more than any increase in revenue that might generate, and make up the difference by borrowing money from our children and grandchildren.

The Keynesian view is that spending drives the economy, whereas Milton Friedman proposed that growth is the most important thing. In theory, the difference is whether the glass half full or half empty, either spending or tax reductions would grow the economy. In practice, unrestrained spending causes the economy to shrink, or at least not grow at a rate to support the increased population. That is the true crisis, not some singular event on January first.

There are solutions to the fiscal crisis, if only politicians will come together. In an abstract written by J.D. Foster, PhD. and Alison Acosta Fraser, and produced by the Thomas A.Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the authors noted that lawmakers “should steer clear of the fiscal cliff and the President should lead be addressing the entitlements,” under the premise that as large and as major a concern as today’s federal budget deficits represent, “they are of secondary consequence when compared with the fiscal quagmire of unaffordable entitlement spending in the next decade.” The article, “Six Bipartisan Entitlement Reforms to Solve the Real Fiscal Crisis: Only Presidential Leadership Is Needed,” sets out six simple reforms to improve the fiscal future for Social Security and Medicare.

Given the discussion so far between leaders of both parties, and a president who relies on campaign speeches in a ploy to win the American people over to his way, it is unlikely that President Obama will touch upon entitlement spending, much less offer any presidential leadership? Without President Obama’s leadership, Republicans would be ill advised to give in to Obama’s demands.

Thursday, November 29, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner delivered President Obama’s opening bid in fiscal cliff negotiations to Republican leaders. The proposal included $1.6 trillion in new taxes over the next decade, $500 billion in fresh stimulus spending, and $400 billion in saving from federal health entitlement programs. Furthermore, the President wants the ability to increase the debt limit on his own, unless overridden by a 2/3rds majority of Congress.

He expects the Republicans to respond with “Ok. What’s the catch?” “It’s not just a bad deal, this is really an insulting deal. Robert E. Lee was offered easier terms at Appomattox, and he lost the Civil War. The Democrats won by 3% of the vote and they did not hold the House, Republicans won the house. So this is not exactly unconditional surrender, but that is what the administration is asking of Republican.

Not only were no cuts offered, there’s an increase in spending with a new stimulus, and double the tax levies already on the table. They obviously expect the Republican will cave on everything. The Democrats are demanding that the Republican counter with the cuts that they want to make, ” which the Democrats will immediately denounce as being “unfair to those who have contributed to and expect these benefits.” If they want a counter offer from the Republicans, why not start with the 34 spending bills passed by the House, and languishing under the desk of Harry Reid in the Senate?

In the absence of any real spending cuts, there are compelling arguments to allow the so-called “Fiscal Cliff” to go its course. Charles Krauthammer, in a commentary on Friday, November 3, expressed a similar view. According to Krauthammer, Republican ought to simply walk away. The authors of this article are of the same persuasion.

(1) The President campaigned on taxing the rich and giving breaks to the poor – class warfare at its most crass form. The money he would collect by increasing the top tax rates is a pittance, about $85 billion, a mere 1.5% of the projected deficit. It is clearly a political ploy, not a “balanced” approach. The President claims that the Republicans are holding tax breaks for the middle class hostage in order to protect the “rich.” In fact, the President is holding the future growth of the economy at risk over a campaign talking point to “make the rich pay their fair share.”

(2) If the Republicans give in, Obama wins and will crow about it. If they hold firm, he will blame them for any repercussions to the economy, but that will happen anyway. Nothing on the table will prevent that from happening. If the economy fails to recover, he will blame the Republicans for not allowing him to spend enough. That was good enough to explain Roosevelt’s failure to end the 12 year “Great Depression,” and it’s good enough to explain Obama’s failure in the last four years and the next as well.

(3) The counter-offer by Secretary Treasury Geitner was a joke, a manifesto not a solution. POTUS wants 1.6 trillion in new taxes over 10 years, 50 billion to spend this year on “stimulus”, extension of unemployment benefits and the payroll tax exemption, mortgage relief, and unlimited Presidential authority to raise the debt limit. The last is frighteningly close to the “Enabling Act” of 1933 in Germany.

(4) Taxes are going up anyway. The “Affordable Care Act” alone accounts for over $1 trillion dollars in the next decade. If the “middle class” elected Obama, why not give them the opportunity to pay for their decision?

(5) If true that revenue is down 15% from 2007, that can largely be ascribed to the true level of unemployment – over 15%, and nearly stagnant growth of the economy. The only way to increase revenue is to allow the economy to grow naturally. It can’t grow and will continue to shrink if we try to spend our way to prosperity, and take money from capital investments. The Democrats think the recession continues because people don’t have money to spend, so they’ll give them money we borrow from China (or Bernanke prints in his basement), or take from the job producers. What are they thinking?

(6) The payroll tax exemption hurts Social Security, which will be bankrupt by 2020. SS has paid more than it gathers since 2010, and it will only get worse as more people retire and fewer are able to find jobs. The President will give you a pittance now, then take it out of your retirement later – some bargain.

(7) The crisis existed before the “Fiscal Cliff” gave it a name, and will continue to get worse if nothing substantial is done to reduce spending. Better to take our lumps now than have rioting in the streets in 2 or 3 years.

According to Daniel Greenfield in a article posted from FrontPage Magazine on November 30, “The Working Class and the Government Class,” he doubts the very existence of a fiscal cliff. Greenfields’s explanation rings true in light the American voters electing President Barack Obama to a second term:

“Forget all the talk about whether we will or won’t go over the fiscal cliff. We ourselves are the fiscal cliff and have been for some time now. The real fiscal cliff is not the point at which we run out of money, our credit rating sinks lower than Enron and everyone is fighting over jars of cat food at Wal-Mart. The real fiscal cliff is when even the dumbest person in the country is no longer able to deny what the packs of robbers and thieves he appointed to steal for him have perpetrated for their own benefit in his name. And that fiscal cliff may never come.”

Under our hybrid system, many Americans already live under Communism. And the rest of the country pays for it. As the number of people living under communism grows and the number of people subsidizing Communism shrinks, the fiscal cliffs begin coming in faster that Wile E. Coyote on jet-powered rocket skates.”

Is anybody in Washington even talking with one another. Instead, all seem to be talking past each other : Our names:

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Savings = accepting a budget less than you asked for; alt.: a growth in spending less than projected; obsolete: spending less than in the previous year.

Budget = a non-binding resolution, proposed by the President, passed by the Senate and reviewed by the House (never mind Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution).

Balanced Budget = a delicacy served in Washington DC, composed of rainbows, poppycock and unicorn milk.

Deficit = a non-classified talking point, loosely related to spending more than you collect in taxes.

QE = “Quarterly Easement”, alt. “Quick and Easy” – printing money to cover the deficit, instead of borrowing it from the Chinese.

Published initially at Illinois Review on Monday, December 3. http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/12/the-fiscal-cliff-if-walls-could-talk.html#more