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The forgotten Man

It has been a long time since I have written a blog post, but today it is needed. It seems everything that has happened in the past 18 months has been blamed on bush. The problem is, it is time for Obama and Congress to stand up and fix the mess they have caused. Millions of people are without unemployment as I write. This post is directed at the Republicans as well as the Dems. They seem to be able to pass health care, finacial reform and any other cause they please as long as it lines thier own pockets. Never giving on thought to those who need help.

Some may agure that extending unemployment is not the answer, but without this small amount of help many will do without. It is not for lack of trying as jobs are almost non exsistant today. The only thing that is stopping the United States from returning to the unemployment rates of the depression is unemployment benifits. Yet, now the republicans, think the best thing to do is block this legislation.

It is rare I agree with Obama, but today I do. All members of congress need to stop playing politics and think about the average unemployed american. They didn’t seem concerned about the cost of health care, when they shoved that legisaltion through. Now that we are getting closer to November, they are concerned about the cost. This tells me one thing, no matter the party, none can be trusted.

I do not want to expand the government, but to deny millions unemployment when there are no jobs is completely and utterly heartless! It just goes to show that the only change we have seen is for the worse! For months before the election I warned that it would be a economic nightmare after the election. This has come to pass. Many say that the benifits have been extended enough! However, I am not sure everyone understands how this works. What it means is that many who have collected unemployment for a year and a half have no more benifits, that being said, I also want to piont out that many who have been unemployed for a few months also have no benifits!

I for one am one of those people, it is not something I am proud of, nor do I like the Idea. However, I understand that the Republicans want to know how to pay for this. The Dems need to find a way and
pass the bill! Many have been without help since May!!! I find it appalling that Hillary promised 500 million dollars to pakastan, when millions of americans have no job and no income. If the refuse to pass this, it will reflect on all incombants this fall.

Obama and the dems have ruined our economy, bush had nothing to do with the massive unemployment rates we now see. To make matters worse, our only hope was the republican party. Now it looks as though they to have abandoned the ones who need it most.

So, where does this leave all those who can find no job and have no income? I wish I had a answer for them, but I don’t. It seems there is no one in congress willing to help. Contact your congressman, ask them to pass the bill. I would love to know where all those congressmen are when we need them. The answer is simple they are to busy passing financial reform and regulating businesses so that they all are afraid to create jobs. Its all about power and control, and not about the people. This country was built on the people, for the people. But those values have been long forgotten, thrown in the pit of darkness, not to be seen. Thus is the status of our country, one that helps all other nations, but never its own.

Every time a country needs help we respond, we even help bail out Greece, GM,Crysler and the banks. But the forgotten man is still very much forgotten. Why? the reason is simple, it does not line the pockets of congress.

May the great spirit help us all, for he is the only one we can trust.

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The Color of Tea

Native American Veterans Deserve Equal Treatment

I am just a Native American retired army veteran who has a story to tell. It concerns the taxes that most states deducted from the military pay of Indian Veterans. The story is not new but very few know of it. All these veterans deserve this money be returned.
The SSCRA of 1940 was a federal law put in place to protect all servicemen and their property from unfair and shady mistreatment while they wee away from their homes serving in the military.

A section of this act specifically prohibited states from imposing an income tax on the military wages of Native American Indian veterans if these veterans claimed Indian Lands as there homes when they joined up. Everyone knows that if Indians work and live on the reservations or tribal trust lands that they do not pay state and local taxes. The SSCRA states that Tribal veterans will be taxed as if they were still on tribal trust lands.

Even though this federal law was enacted in 1940 our relatives who served in the armed forces were illegally taxed by the state their tribe was located in. The SSCRA mentioned double taxation but DD 2058 ( state of legal residence certificate to determine the correct state of legal residence for purposes of withholding state income tax from military pay) was not available until 1977. This means that states were not only taxing military pay but double taxing in some cases. State governments run off of income taxes.

If a veteran happened to be stationed and earning wages in more than one state in a tax period they were undoubtedly taxed by all states involved. DD form 2058 was invented in 1977 to stop this illegal double taxation however their was no mention of the illegal taxation that states were deducting from the pay of Native American Indian veterans.

These tribal veterans by law were exempt from any state income tax because they did not lose their tribal trust taxation status simply by leaving the tribal lands to comply with military orders. A separate form DD 2058-2(specifically for Native Americans), was not introduced by the department of defense until July of 2002. This form when signed exempted Indian veterans from state income taxes .

Native American Veterans were always exempt from state income taxes through countless treaties with the United States government and the SSCRA of 1940.
A bill HR 5275 ,The Native American veteran Pay restoration Act ,was introduced into the 108th congress to correct this mistreatment and repay these veterans but it went nowhere and was never heard of again.

Simply by introducing this bill the government admits to this broken promise and illegal act .Thousands of veterans deserve that this money be returned.
The stimulus bill resolves a six-decade dispute over their U.S. service
By Amanda Ruggeri
Posted March 13, 2009
Tucked between allocations of $150 million to states for nursing home construction and $90 million for passport agencies, one provision in the 1,079-page federal stimulus bill has nothing to do with creating jobs—but it does settle a 63-year-old battle.

The provision compensates Filipino veterans of World War II, survivors now in their 80s and 90s, with lump-sum payments

of $15,000 if they are U.S. citizens or $9,000 if they are not. The cost, $198 million, doesn’t add to the bill’s total cost because the funds were appropriated last year. Still, some critics complain that this doesn’t belong in a stimulus bill and that the funds should go elsewhere. One better use of the money could have been for underfunded veterans’ programs, says Dennis Cullinan, legislative director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The issue dates back to 1941, when the Philippines was under U.S. control. President Roosevelt conscripted members of the Philippine Army into the U.S. military to fight Japan. By the end of the war, as many as 430,000 Filipinos had fought under Gen. Douglas MacArthur, including 60,000 in the 80,000-soldier Bataan death march. In 1942, Congress recognized Filipinos’ service by promising them benefits equal to those of U.S. veterans. But that was reversed by the 1946 Rescission Act—some say for financial reasons, others say because of racism. “We made a promise, and then we did not carry it through,” says Democratic Rep. Bob Filner, who has fought for the compensation for 17 years.

One sentence in the 1946 act especially smarted: the claim that their service wasn’t “active.” Tell that to Amadeo Urbano. “We were so active in harassing these Japanese,” says the former guerrilla, now 85 and living in Arlington, Va. “But when victory was won, we were forgotten.”

Bills to provide full benefits have been introduced since 1989. All were defeated, including one last year. The one “small victory,” says Ben de Guzman of the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity, was that Congress appropriated the $198 million to be released at a later date. Some opponents objected to paying nonnationals while programs for American veterans went underfunded.

Some cited concerns that the measure could open the door to other claims. Advocates counter that, of the soldiers of 67 nationalities who fought for the U.S. military in World War II, all but the Filipinos have received equitable benefits. Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, who sponsored the stimulus provision authorizing the funds’ release, doesn’t dispute one of the critics’ points. “This is not a stimulus proposal. It does not create jobs,” he said on the floor. “But the honor of the United States is what is involved.”

Some sacrifices were made to win passage. One was a clause saying acceptance of the payment constitutes “a complete release of any claim against the United States.” Another was disbursement as a lump sum, which totals far less than American-born counterparts received in monthly benefits over their lifetimes.

But more important, say many veterans, is at long last setting the historical record straight. The provision declares that their service time “is hereby recognized as active military service.” Says Urbano, “What is most important is our recognition—we are now considered veterans of the Second World War.”

Todays Radio Show

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Write to all any any newspapers. Here are the links.
http://www.onlinenewspapers.co­m/
http://www.smalltownpapers.com­/
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Radio Show dates and times

Please join me for my radio show this and every friday at 2:30 mountain time. So thats 4:30 eastern.

  
Native Americans Against Obama is a non partisan group designed to inform others about Native American issues, and politics regarding reservations and american life in general. We have producted over 80 videos on youtube, reaarding poverty,homeless,unemployment, health care, socialism, the obama administration along with many other topics. We focus on helping reduce poverty on pine ridge, standing rock, and crow creek along with many others. We also deal with veterans issues.

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NAAO
Native Americans Against Obama Founder

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Lenard Needs Our Help

Please read and do what is right. Please forward it to family and friends.

Peace and Blessings to All.

Leonard Peltier’s first full parole hearing was held in 1993, at
which time his case was continued for a 15-year reconsideration. On
Wednesday, it was announced (in Portland, OR) that Mr. Peltier has
recently applied for and been granted a parole hearing. The hearing
is scheduled for July 27, 2009. All supporters are encouraged to
step up their efforts in support of parole for Leonard Peltier.

Letters in Support of Parole

It is really important that everyone write letters in support of
Leonard’s petition for parole. These letters can be quite simple
and should cover the basic points important for parole decisions. A
sample letter follows. Feel free to use it, but know that it’s even
better if you write one in your own words. Be courteous and concise.

Get as many people to sign similar letters, as well. Carry a sheaf of
spare letters with you. Get one signature per letter, that is, rather
than using a petition format. Mail them to the Parole Commission,
but also send copies to the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
(contact information below).

Guidelines for General Supporters

First, we ask that you sign the online at
http://www.msplinks.com/http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/parole2008/.

Next, draft correspondence to the U.S. Parole Commission. A sample
letter follows.

Sample Letter

United States Parole Commission
5550 Friendship Boulevard
Suite 420
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-7286
(Insert Date)

Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Dear Commissioners,

Convicted in connection with the deaths on June 26, 1975, of
Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, agents of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Mr. Leonard Peltier remains imprisoned at the United
States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

The court record in this case clearly shows that government
prosecutors have long held that they do not know who killed Mr. Coler
and Mr. Williams nor what role Leonard Peltier “may have” played
in the tragic shoot-out.

Further, in a decision filed by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
on December 18, 2002, Mr. Peltier’s sentences “were imposed in
violation of [Peltier’s] due process rights because they were based
on information that was false due to government misconduct,” and,
according to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, in 2003: “.Much
of the government’s behavior at the Pine Ridge Reservation and its
prosecution of Leonard Peltier is to be condemned. The government
withheld evidence. It intimidated witnesses. These facts are not
disputed.”

Despite these admissions, Leonard Peltier has served over 33 years
in prison.

After careful consideration of the facts in Leonard Peltier’s case,
I have concluded that Leonard Peltier does not represent a risk to
the public. First, Leonard Peltier has no prior convictions and has
advocated for non-violence throughout his prison term. Furthermore,
Leonard Peltier has been a model prisoner. He has received excellent
evaluations from his work supervisors on a regular basis. He
continues to mentor young Native prisoners, encouraging them to
lead clean and sober lives. He has used his time productively,
disciplining himself to be a talented painter and an expressive
writer. Although Leonard Peltier maintains that he did not kill
the agents, he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over
their deaths.

Most admirably, Mr. Peltier contributes regular support to those
in need. He donates his paintings to charities including battered
women’s shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment
programs, and Native American scholarship funds. He also coordinates
an annual holiday gift drive for the children of the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation.

Leonard Peltier is widely recognized for his good deeds and in
turn has won several awards including the North Star Frederick
Douglas Award; Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of
the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International
Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime
Achievement. Mr. Peltier also has been nominated for the Nobel
Peace Prize six times.

Leonard Peltier is now over 60 years of age-a great-grandfather-and
suffers from partial blindness, diabetes, a heart condition, and
high blood pressure..

I recognize the grave nature of the events of June 26, 1975,
and I extend my deepest sympathy to the families of those who
died that day. However, I find aspects of this case to also be of
concern and I believe Leonard Peltier deserves to be reunited with
his family and allowed to live the remaining years of his life in
peace. I also believe that, rather than presenting a threat to the
public, Mr. Peltier’s release would help to heal a wound that has
long impeded better relations between the federal government and
American Indians.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Signature

(Your Name)
(Your Street Address)
(Your City, State, and Zip Code)

For Family and Friends

As with any professional correspondence, your support letter should
be on letterhead (if you have Microsoft Word or another similar
program you can easily create professional-looking letterhead from
a template). The letterhead should include all of your contact
information including your name, address, phone number(s) and e-mail
address if applicable.

Describe your relationship with Leonard — how do you know him, for
how long, etc. Write about his character, and his accomplishments
both before and during imprisonment. Discuss improvements made
since being incarcerated such as education and his philanthropic
work. Discuss Leonard’s positive attitude and, despite his innocence,
the fact that he has openly expressed remorse and sadness over the
deaths that occurred on June 26, 1975.

Finish your support letter by telling the Parole Board how you
will support Leonard once he is granted parole. Your support might
be financial, such as a place to live, use of a vehicle, or help
finding job offers. Your support can also be emotional such as
providing advice and encouragement.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL SUPPORTERS: When you write a letter in support
of Leonard’s parole, mail the letter directly to the U.S. Parole
Commission, but also please send a copy of your correspondence to
the Peltier Legal Team, c/o LP-DOC, P.O. Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106.
Time to set him free… Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier
http://www.FreePeltierNow.org

The research from this video, have been very dissapionting. The fact that Hillary and Bill were tied to Saul Aliskny came as a shick to me. But the truth must be told and I did that. I honeslty thought that the only good democrats in the past 100 years were FDR and The Clintons. Wilson, was the worst in years, but I was not prepared for this.

I have to admit, I am ashamed of my party, and myself for still being a democrat……

Native Americans Against Obama- Perfect Timing

It seems Obama is planning to push through his health care by July 31, 2009. The two videos below are examples of what all Americans Have to look forward to. We know all about socialized health care. The tribes, fight a continuous battle for money to provide health care for our people. We wait, and wait, and wait. If you want to see our future, look to our present. This should be a wake up call to all americans. Many of our people cannot get the dental care they need, due to goverment tie ups. And holding the purse strings of the tribes health care is the government. 

Our Health care depends on the money the government gives us.  So, in many cases, health care depends on money. 

I would like to share a story with you.  I did not write it, but it rings so true, and should open the eyes of all of you…

  Native American Site
Phyllis Doyle Burns
BellaOnline’s Native American Editor

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Native American Health Care Not Good Enough!

Guest Author – Deborah Adams

They walked into the building. The long halls and no sense of direction did not help them to find what they were looking for.
Finally they located a room that looked promisiing. They walked in the room and probably 30 heads turned to stare at them. Still they weren’t sure where to go but finally found the reception desk…. Empty! They could hear people in the back talking but no one was there to wait on them. It took a while of standing there but finally a rude woman came and snapped at them. Asking them what they needed. It wasn’t long before she told them to follow her and took her to a tiny office the size of a small closet. The air was stuffy and there were two chairs for them to sit on in the stark small room. The receptionist demanded to know where their papers where explaining that they could not be seen without proof of their right to be there. That too many people tried to get in without proof.
This sounds like a chapter in a drama but it’s real life. This is the reception awaiting people at a Native American hospital close to my home. This is the reception people get when they try to get medical care in underfunded facilities. What else can we expect when things aren’t updated, funded and following guidelines? This is a serious problem. People aren’t being taken care of in a lot of these hospitals and clinics like they should be and it is time to do something! Now there are several really good facilites but they are the exception rather than the rule unfortunately. For many their just simply is a lack of the funding needed to take care of people as they should be.
If you are in an area that needs better health care, write to your tribal government and ask that the hospitals and clinics be looked at and updated. Ask that they request more funding for better services for you and your children.
Native Americans have the right to quality health care but aren’t getting it in many cases. This issue has been known for many years but things aren’t getting better at any speed. The difference between Native American clinics and hospitals and general hospitals and clinics is amazing. The waiting times for appointments are longer. The ability to do tests and proceedures is lacking and the care in some cases is also lacking because of the need for more doctors, funding, equipment and better facilities.
A great article to read for further information on this issue is here – http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=9067. It’s not because we have poor doctors, or poor receptionists. It’s because they are trying to provide what health care they can with what they have. And what they have is not enough. It’s not enough for your children, your parents, or my sister and neice whose experience I just wrote about. My neice is a registered member of the Choctaw Nation but the health care system was disappointing in their ability to take care of things. I hate to say this but it’s a reflection on the broken promises of the government. Unfortunately it’s something we’ve seen over and over but it’s time for people to write to their government. At least make their voices heard and not be a silent sufferer anymore.
According to the article listed above Native American’s expected life span is nearly five years less that the rest of the population of the United States. Absolutely NOT acceptable statistics! My voice will be heard but it takes many voices to get the attention that is needed to get things moving.
This is just my opinion on the state of health care for Native Americans today. You know what it’s like. I want us to all have the same life span, the quality health care and the promise of a better tomorrow for the children. Write to your government and tell them what you want.

For further help in locating your government officials the site below has contact information for all.
THE COMPLETE LIST OF E-MAIL ADDRESSES & FAX NUMBERS FOR CONGRESS, SENATE & GOVERNORS BY STATE http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

This is the change we are getting!!!!

Thanks for the Change!

It is not often that I write a blog, that is a mere rant.  But today, things are different.  With the success of the tea parties, you would think I would be very happy.  But, it is anger and sadness that encompasses me.  On tax day I drove by our tea party, and hundreds filled the sidewalks holding signs. Young, old, women and men, of all ages held the signs high and shouted to the passing cars.  As a member of PUMA I should have been proud.  But as I drove by, the anger welled up inside me.  Anger toward all those who refused to listen to all of us, for so many months.  I wanted so badly to shout to them, “Where were you when it came time to vote!”  But, I didn’t, I guess I lacked the courage.  I am sure many felt the same as I did that day,

The jobs rating that came out today are only the beginning.  Many of you know I work in the mortgage industry.  For months now, I have had to explain to families, why none of the bailouts have helped them.  Each and every day, I sit across the table from customers who no longer have jobs.  The help I can offer? From the government, if you guessed none, you were right.  Don’t be fooled and think this is due to the Bush administration, that’s a full blown lie.

The state I live in, in run by Coal and Oil, and now the rigs have stopped pumping.  The railroad has laid off, there is no coal or oil to haul.  You see, the new Carbon Tax brought upon the industry, has forced them to laid off and stop drilling and mining.  I cannot tell you how sad it makes me to sit across the table from a young mother and her children and tell her, there’s nothing I can do.  So, passing the buck to the last administration, is a smoke screen for the sad truth.  You reap what you sow, and the seeds of the Obama administration  are growing.

I know the eastern part of American has been hit hard, but this is a situation where the entire country will and is suffering.  It is far to late to undo what is already done.  But, we can change the future, and change it we must.  When election time comes around, we must vote all out, and begin again.  That’s why the tea parties must continue, and we must tell all who will listen.  I wish I could tell those hundreds I talk to each month, who has lost their job, that they should have listen.  I would like to, but can’t do that.

Theses are not people who should not have gotten a mortgage, or could not afford it.  They had good jobs, in the Oil Field or the Coal Mine, or the Railroad, now they have nothing.

I have no words to help them, so I ask all those people who believed in “Hope” and “Change”, do you have anything you would like to say to all these people?

Obama’s dangerous…..

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM
U.S. Senator John McCain today delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery at the McCain-Palin 2008 rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico:

In less than a month, the American people will make a choice on where they want this country to go, and who they trust to lead us in a time of war and economic crisis. The time for debating and electioneering is drawing to a close. Soon it will be the time for choosing.

Today we have seen a reminder of the importance of that choice. The action Congress took last week to address our financial crisis was a tourniquet, but not a permanent solution. Today we are seeing the stock market fall, and the credit crisis spread to other parts of the world. Our economy is still hurting — working families are worried about the price of groceries, the price of gas, keeping their jobs and paying their mortgage — further action is needed. We need to restore confidence in our economy and in our government.

Washington is still on the wrong track and we still need change. The status quo is not on the ballot. We are going to see change in Washington. The question is: in what direction will we go? Will our country be a better place under the leadership of the next president — a more secure, prosperous, and just society? Will you be better off, in the jobs you hold now and in the opportunities you hope for? Will your sons and daughters grow up in the kind of country you wish for them, rising in the world and finding in their own lives the best of America? And which candidate’s experience — in government and in life — makes him a more reliable leader for our country and commander in chief for our troops? Who is ready to lead? In a time of trouble and danger for our country, who will put our country first?

I set out on my own campaign for president many months ago. I promised at the beginning to be straight with the American people, knowing that even those who don’t agree with me on everything would expect at least that much. I didn’t just show up out of nowhere, after all — America knows me.

You know my strengths and my faults. You know my story and my convictions. And though familiarity in politics can be both helpful to a candidate, or not so helpful, it does at least fill out the picture and answer the essential questions. You need to know who you’re putting in the White House — where the candidate came from and what he or she believes. And you need to know now, before it is time to choose.

In 21 months, during hundreds of speeches, town halls and debates, I have kept my promise to level with you about my plans to reform Washington and get this country moving again. As a senator, I’ve seen the corrupt ways of Washington in wasteful spending and other abuses of power, and as president I’m going to end them — whatever it takes. I will propose and sign into law reforms to bring tax relief to the middle class and help to businesses so they can create jobs. I will get the rising cost of food and gas under control. I will help families keep their home, and help students struggling to pay for college. I will make health care more accessible and affordable. I will impose a spending freeze on all but the most vital functions of government. I will review every agency of the federal government, improve those that need to be improved and eliminate those that aren’t working for the American people. I will confront the ten trillion-dollar debt that the federal government has run up, and balance the federal budget by the end of my term in office.

This is the agenda I have set before my fellow citizens. And the same standards of clarity and candor must now be applied to my opponent. Even at this late hour in the campaign, there are essential things we don’t know about Senator Obama or the record that he brings to this campaign.

We have all heard what he has said, but it is less clear what he has done or what he will do. What Senator Obama says today and what he has done in the past are often two different things. He has often changed his positions in this campaign, and the best way to determine where he would really take this country is to examine where he has tried to take it in the past.

My opponent has invited serious questioning by announcing a few weeks ago that he would quote — “take off the gloves.” Since then, whenever I have questioned his policies or his record, he has called me a liar.

Rather than answer his critics, Senator Obama will try to distract you from noticing that he never answers the serious and legitimate questions he has been asked. But let me reply in the plainest terms I know. I don’t need lessons about telling the truth to American people. And were I ever to need any improvement in that regard, I probably wouldn’t seek advice from a Chicago politician.

My opponent’s touchiness every time he is questioned about his record should make us only more concerned. For a guy who’s already authored two memoirs, he’s not exactly an open book. It’s as if somehow the usual rules don’t apply, and where other candidates have to explain themselves and their records, Senator Obama seems to think he is above all that. Whatever the question, whatever the issue, there’s always a back story with Senator Obama. All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama? But ask such questions and all you get in response is another barrage of angry insults.

Our current economic crisis is a good case in point. What was his actual record in the years before the great economic crisis of our lifetimes?
This crisis started in our housing market in the form of subprime loans that were pushed on people who could not afford them. Bad mortgages were being backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and it was only a matter of time before a contagion of unsustainable debt began to spread. This corruption was encouraged by Democrats in Congress, and abetted by Senator Obama.

Senator Obama has accused me of opposing regulation to avert this crisis. I guess he believes if a lie is big enough and repeated often enough it will be believed. But the truth is I was the one who called at the time for tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could have helped prevent this crisis from happening in the first place.

Senator Obama was silent on the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and his Democratic allies in Congress opposed every effort to rein them in. As recently as September of last year he said that subprime loans had been, quote, “a good idea.” Well, Senator Obama, that “good idea” has now plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

To hear him talk now, you’d think he’d always opposed the dangerous practices at these institutions. But there is absolutely nothing in his record to suggest he did. He was surely familiar with the people who were creating this problem. The executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have advised him, and he has taken their money for his campaign.

He has received more money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than any other senator in history, with the exception of the chairman of the committee overseeing them. Did he ever talk to the executives at Fannie and Freddie about these reckless loans? Did he ever discuss with them the stronger oversight I proposed? If Senator Obama is such a champion of financial regulation, why didn’t he support these regulations that could have prevented this crisis in the first place? He won’t tell you, but you deserve an answer.

Even after he refused to lift a finger to prevent this crisis, when the crisis hit, he was missing in action. He didn’t start making calls to round up votes until after the rescue bill failed in the House and the markets crashed. We continue to see the price of delay today as the markets continue to fall. Today the DOW has fallen below 10,000. And yet, members of his own party said they felt no pressure to vote for the bill. Why didn’t Senator Obama work to pass this bill from the start? Why did he let it fail and drag out this crisis for a full week before doing a thing to help pass it?

Again on taxes, we see a difference between what Senator Obama says today, what he said yesterday and what he has actually done. Over the course of this campaign, he has had many different plans to raise your taxes. During the Democratic primary, he promised to double taxes on every American with a dividend or an investment. He promised to raise payroll taxes. He promised higher taxes on electricity. Now, Senator Obama claims he will give 95 percent of Americans tax relief. He actually promised the same thing when he was running for Senate in Illinois, but once elected he never introduced legislation to do so. Instead, he voted for the Democratic budget resolution that promised to raise taxes on people making just 42,000 dollars a year. At the time, he even said his vote was intended to get “our nation’s priorities back on track.” If he’s such a defender of the middle class, why did he vote to raise their taxes? Whatever ha ppened to the tax relief he promised them when he was a candidate for the Senate? And why should middle class Americans trust him to keep promises he has already broken?

Senator Obama and I both have differences with how President Bush has handled the economy. But he thinks taxes are too low, and I think spending is too high. The government’s out of control spending has resulted in a weaker dollar, raising the cost of groceries and gasoline, and killing jobs.
I will veto pork barrel legislation and cut wasteful government spending.

Senator Obama has a different plan. According to third party estimates, he will increase government spending by over 860 billion dollars. He has denied it, but he has refused to tell you how much he does plan to spend. What is the total of his increased spending? Americans deserve to know just how much more of their money Senator Obama intends to spend, and how much more debt he plans to burden them with.

Senator Obama has also criticized earmark spending, those wasteful pork barrel projects stuck in spending bills behind closed doors. And yet, despite his talk on the campaign trail, his actual record is full of requests for earmark projects. In his three short years in the Senate, he has requested nearly a billion dollars in pork projects for his state — a million dollars for every day he’s been in office. Far from fighting earmarks in Congress, Senator Obama has been an eager participant in this corrupt system. In one instance, he sought more than 3 million dollars for a new projector at a planetarium in his hometown. Coincidentally, the chairman of that planetarium pledged to raise more than $200,000 for Senator Obama’s campaign. We don’t know if they ever discussed the money for the planetarium, and no one has asked Senator Obama. But even the appearance of this kind of insider-dealing disgusts Americans. I’m going to put a stop to that, my friends, if I’m President.

I have made every single donor to my campaign publicly available, while Senator Obama has taken in over 200 million dollars from undisclosed sources. We have already seen the potential for fraud because of his refusal to disclose his donors. His campaign had to return $33,000 in illegal foreign funds from Palestinian donors, and this weekend, we found out about another $28,000 in illegal donations. Why has Senator Obama refused to disclose the people who are funding his campaign? Again, the American people deserve answers.

On health care, Senator Obama has been misleading you about my plan to give you more money for health care, and he has been equally misleading about his own plans. He has said his goal is a single payer system where government is in charge of health care and bureaucrats stand between you and your doctor. Under the plan he has proposed, he will fine families that don’t have the kind of health insurance that Senator Obama tells them to purchase. He will fine employers who do not offer the health insurance that he thinks they should offer.

What he doesn’t say, and what nobody has asked, is how big his fines will be. What he doesn’t want you to know is that with a small fine, his plan will encourage companies to just pay the fine, drop existing health care coverage for their employees and leave them with only one real option: government run health care.

Who is the real Senator Obama? Is he the candidate who promises to cut middle class taxes, or the politician who voted to raise middle class taxes? Is he the candidate who talks about regulation or the politician who took money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and turned a blind eye as they ran our economy into a ditch?

Is he the candidate who promises change, or is he the politician who has bought into everything that is wrong with Washington? We can’t change the system with someone who’s never fought the system.

Washington is on the wrong track and I’m going to set it right. The American people know my record. They know I am going to change Washington, because I’ve done it before. They know I’m going to reform our broken institutions in Washington and on Wall Street because I’ve done it before. They know I’m going to deliver relief to the middle class, because that’s what I’ve done.

You don’t have to hope that things will change when you vote for me. You know things will change, because I have been fighting for change in Washington my whole career. I’ve been fighting for you my whole life. That’s what I’m going to do as President of the United States. Fight for you and put the government back on the side of the people.

Many politicians seem to be above the law, but none more than Obama. His attempt to make a back room deal with General Petreaus, and Foreign Minister Hoshvar on the withdraw of forces from Iraq, shows his true colors.  There has been little debate, among PUMA members that Obama is anti – American.  But this latest attempt, shows more of his non-concern for American troops.  They are but another political ploy in his strategy.

 

It is reported in the New York Post & also Fox News   today:

 

WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.

According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.

“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.

Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its “state of weakness and political confusion.”

“However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open.” Zebari says.

Though Obama claims the US presence is “illegal,” he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the “weakened Bush administration,” Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a “realistic withdrawal date.” They declined.

Obama has made many contradictory statements with regard to Iraq. His latest position is that US combat troops should be out by 2010. Yet his effort to delay an agreement would make that withdrawal deadline impossible to meet.

Supposing he wins, Obama’s administration wouldn’t be fully operational before February – and naming a new ambassador to Baghdad and forming a new negotiation team might take longer still.

By then, Iraq will be in the throes of its own campaign season. Judging by the past two elections, forming a new coalition government may then take three months. So the Iraqi negotiating team might not be in place until next June.

Then, judging by how long the current talks have taken, restarting the process from scratch would leave the two sides needing at least six months to come up with a draft accord. That puts us at May 2010 for when the draft might be submitted to the Iraqi parliament – which might well need another six months to pass it into law.

 

I have to assume Obama, has never heard of Logan’s Law:

The Logan Act is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.

The text of the Act is broad and is addressed at any attempt of a US citizen to conduct foreign relations without authority. However, there is no record of any convictions or even prosecutions under the Logan Act.[1][2]

Passed under the administration of President John Adams, during tension between the U.S. and France, it was informally named for Dr. George Logan of Pennsylvania, a state legislator (and later US Senator) and pacifist who in 1798 engaged in semi-negotiations with France during the Quasi-War.[1]

Kevin Kearney, writing in the Emory Law Journal, described Dr. Logan’s activities in France:

Upon his arrival in Paris, he met with various French officials, including Talleyrand. During these meetings, he identified himself as a private citizen, discussed matters of general interest to the French, and told his audience that anti-French sentiment was prevalent in the United States. Logan’s conversation with Merlin de Douai, who occupied the highest political office in the French republic, was typical. Logan stated that he did not intend to explain the American government’s position, nor to criticize that of France. Instead, he suggested ways in which France could improve relations with the United States, to the benefit of both countries. He also told Merlin that pro-British propagandists in the United States were portraying the French as corrupt and anxious for war, and were stating that any friend of French principles necessarily was an enemy of the United States. Within days of Logan’s last meeting, the French took steps to relieve the tensions between the two nations; they lifted the trade embargo then in place, and released American seamen held captive in French jails. Even so, it seems that Logan’s actions were not the primary cause of the Directory’s actions; instead, Logan had merely provided convenient timing for the implementation of a decision that had already been made.[3]

This is what Obama was trying to stop, so he could take the credit for the withdraw. 

Iraq News
Zebari: US and Iraq close to signing pact
Monday, September 15, 2008 07:46 GMT

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hosheyar Zebari announced that the United States and Iraq are close to signing an agreement that might allow the withdrawal of most US Forces from Iraq from the present time until the year 2011 considering that any early US withdrawal might slip the country anew into violence. Zebari explained that the Parliament has one text of the security agreement that requires a political resolution to be accepted by the government.

The Foreign Minister asserted that Iraq is ready to resume talks with the United States and Iran and is discussing with both parties a date to hold a new round of talks. Zebari revealed that Al Qaeda is facing difficulties in Iraq due to US strikes strategy, the improvement of Iraqi security forces and the unity of Sunni leaders against insurgents. He added however that this progress is still not enough as it should be supported by political improvement.

Obama does NOT want to see any more plans to bring troops home, being announced before election day.

 

So, we all already know Obama thinks he is above the law, so what’s one more law broken matter? So, I have to assume alls fair in lies & war?  At least that’s how it seems, while campaigning against the war in Iraq, he is again trying to fool the American people.  Where are those 527’s when you need them?

 

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