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FrankRep
03-30-2009, 11:23 AM
ACTION items for April 2009

Priority Level: H = High; M = Meduim; L = Low; O = Ongoing


Priority: H Oppose the Law of the Sea Treaty! (http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=15905) (Email Congress)

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) would be a huge step toward establishing a world government by giving regulatory jurisdiction over everything (e.g. military and commercial) concerning the world’s oceans and seas to a United Nations body, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Contact your senators and firmly tell them to reject the Law of the Sea Treaty.

Priority: H Oppose S.9 to Provide a Blank Check for Amnesty for Illegal Aliens! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-9)

S.9 may be called the “Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009,” but that is a misnomer. That it was introduced by Sen. Harry Reid and cosponsored by senators Boxer, Kennedy, Kerry, and Schumer says much. Its vague provision calling for “reforming and rationalizing avenues for legal immigration” is virtual carte blanche to facilitate the legalization of so-called undocumented aliens, in the manner of the Kennedy-McCain bill in the last Congress.

Priority: H Oppose H.R. 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009! (http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=16872) (Email Congress)

H.R. 875 would effectively transfer all state control over food regulation to the Food Safety Administration (FSA), a newly established federal bureaucracy to be created within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). It would contribute to the eventual abandonment of all independent, family farms as well as all organic farming operations due to overbearing federal regulations arbitrarily determined by FSA in favor of corporate factory farms. It is also a clear violation of the tenth amendment. Urge your representative to oppose this assault on the family farm.

Priority: H Support H.R. 1207 the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009! (http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=16611) (Email Congress)

H.R. 1207, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009,” would “amend title 31, United States Code, to reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited by the Comptroller General of the United States and the manner in which such audits are reported, and for other purposes." H.R. 1207 would provide the first true audit of the Federal Reserve, to be provided to the congressional leadership and to any other member of Congress who asked for a copy. It would be a powerful tool for exposing exactly how the Fed controls our economy and our freedom through its creation of money out of thin air, and could play a decisive role in restoring sound money and phasing out the Federal Reserve! Urge your representative and senators to support H.R. 1207. (Note: The major advantage of H.R. 1207 over H.R. 833 [below] is that it paves the way for abolition of the Fed — a move most members of Congress probably are not yet ready to support. H.R. 1207 already has 11 cosponsors while H.R. 833 has none. Both were introduced by Rep. Ron Paul [R.-Texas])

Priority: O Support the Abolition of the Federal Reserve System! (http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=15806) (Email Congress)

H.R. 833, the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act, would abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks and repeal the Federal Reserve Act, The Federal Reserve System was created in order to protect the power of the banking cartel and expand its wealth. The inflationary policies of the federal government and the central bank (Fed) are largely responsible for bringing the world to the brink of financial collapse. Please contact your representative and senators and ask them to support passage of H.R. 833, the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act.

Priority: O Support Sound Money! (http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&Screen=alert&IssueId=15943) (Email Congress)

Urge your representative and senators to protect all the citizens of this nation from potential, unprecedented losses in the value of take-home pay, retirement income, insurance policies, and investments as a result of the Federal Reserve’s ongoing inflation of our unbacked paper money by introducing (and then passing) in the 111th Congress legislation such as was introduced in the 100th Congress to repeal our nation’s legal tender laws and to help restore gold and silver money in accordance with the Constitution.

Priority: O Oppose Federal Funding and Control of Education! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-7)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) wasted no time in introducing S.7 to “expand educational opportunities for all Americans by increasing access to high-quality early childhood education and after school programs, advancing reform in elementary and secondary education,” and more. Such legislation would increase federal involvement in education and also increase the amount of time federally controlled government educators have access to our children. S.7 should be opposed.

Priority: O H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2009! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1146)

H.R. 1146 would end membership of the United States in the United Nations. Urge your representative to support this important strike for U.S. sovereignty.

Priority: O Support S.83 and S.101, Tax Breaks for Homeschoolers!

Homeschoolers will welcome S.83 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-83) and S.101 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-101) to amend the IRS Code to expand the Coverdell education savings accounts to allow home school education expenses, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R.-La.)

Priority: H Oppose H.R.45, to License Firearms! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-45)

H.R.45 would “provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms.” Naturally, any federal restriction on firearms should be opposed.

Priority: O Support H.R.17 to Protect the Right to Bear Arms! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-17)

H.R.17 would “protect the right to obtain firearms for security, and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and to provide for the enforcement of such right.” Supporters of the 2nd amendment (which should include your representative) should agree and support this measure.

Priority: O Oppose H.R. 15 to Provide National Health Insurance! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-15)

When one looks at the colossal failure of the Social Security program, the idea of creating another federal program to mismanage something as critical as health insurance should scare off anyone. Urge your rep. to reject any such program.

Priority: O Oppose H.R.121 to Give Homeland Security a Foot In the Door to Control Local first responders! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-121)

H.R. 121 would “authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to make grants to first responders, and for other purposes.” Remember the maxim that what the federal government subsidizes, it controls. We certainly do not want our local police, fire, and EMT forces to be beholden to (and dictated to) by Homeland Security. Such grants should be opposed.

Priority: O Support Legislation to Restrict and Control Illegal Immigration!

Rep. Elton Gallegly (R.-Cal.) has introduced several bills to combat illegal immigration including H.R. 125 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-125) to eliminate the exceptions to the prohibition on adjustment of status of aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States; H.R. 126 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-126) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to limit citizenship at birth, merely by virtue of birth in the United States, to persons with citizen or legal resident mothers; H.R. 128 to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to strengthen the criminal consequences for certain violations; and H.R. 139 to prohibit a Federal agency from accepting a form of individual identification issued by a foreign government, except a passport that is accepted on the date of enactment. All seem worthy of support.

Priority: M Oppose S. 160 to Give D.C. Votes in Congress! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-160)

S.160, to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives passed the Senate by 61-37 on February 26. (The inclusion of Utah is basically a bribe to get Republican support. Utah’s representation will change in time with its population, while D.C.’s will remain a safe Democratic seat indefinitely.) It has now been sent to the House. H.R.157, a similar bill introduced in the House, would treat the District of Columbia as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives. Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution states that members of the House shall be chosen by the people of “the several states.” Since the District of Columbia is not a state, it is not entitled to a representative Both bills should be opposed, particularly S. 160, which has already passed the Senate.

Priority: O Oppose H.R. 25 to Substitute a National Sales Tax for the Income Tax! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-25)

Don’t be fooled by measures such as H.R.25, which sound good because they would repeal the income tax, but would establish a national sales tax in its place. While the goal of abolishing the federal income tax and IRS is a worthy one, establishing a national sales tax (such as the VAT tax found in Europe) would just shift the burden and do nothing to restrict the size of government. Educate your representative to oppose such measures.

Priority: O Support Overhauling the Internal Revenue Code (until the IRS is abolished)!

Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas) introduced several bills to amend the Internal Revenue Code, including: H.R. 161 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-161) to repeal the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits; H.R. 162 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-162) to repeal the inclusion in gross income of Social Security benefits; H.R. 163 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-163) to give tax benefits for retired individuals to purchase prescription drugs (and to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to facilitate the importation of prescription drugs and the sale of such drugs through Internet sites); and H.R. 164 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-164) to provide greater health care freedom for seniors. Until such time as the income tax can be repealed, these bills would ease the burden imposed by current federal laws.

Priority: O Support Restoring Integrity to Social Security (until it can be privatized)!

Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas) introduced a pair of bills to make Social Security sounder until it can be privatized. H.R. 219 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-219) would ensure that surplus Social Security trust funds be invested in marketable interest-bearing obligations of the United States and certificates of deposit in financial institutions insured by the FDIC; H.R. 220 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-220) would protect the integrity and confidentiality of Social Security account numbers and also to prohibit the establishment of any Federal uniform national identifying number, and to prohibit Federal agencies from imposing standards for identification of individuals on other agencies or persons. Until such time as Social Security can be privatized, these bills would ease the burden imposed by current federal laws.

Priority O: Oppose S.21, the Prevention First Act! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-21)

S. 21, and its companion House measure, H.R. 463, would appropriate $700,000,000 for fiscal year 2010 (along with such sums “as may be necessary” for each subsequent fiscal year), for “Family Planning Services.” To understand the magnitude of this legislation, consider that it states: “In 2006, 36,200,000 women, more than half of all women of reproductive age, were in need of contraceptive services and supplies to help prevent unintended pregnancy, and nearly half of those were in need of public support for such care.” (Emphasis added.) The bill also encourages so-called emergency contraception, which it defines as a drug “used after sexual relations” and which “prevents pregnancy, by preventing ovulation, fertilization of an egg, or implantation of an egg in a uterus.” (Emphasis added. Note: Those who believe that life begins at conception regard the prevention of implantation as an early abortion.) Amazingly, the bill states that federal funds may not be provided to a hospital under any health-related program, unless the hospital certain requirements, including proving “the woman with medically and factually accurate and unbiased written and oral information about emergency contraception, including information explaining that …emergency contraception does not cause an abortion.” (Emphasis added.) Of course, organizations that perform abortions as well as “family planning,” such as Planned Parenthood, would be eligible for federal funding. Insist that your senators and representative oppose this measure.

Priority O: Oppose H.R.232 to Create a Federal Greenhouse Gas Registry! (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-232)

H.R.232 to provide for the creation of a Federal greenhouse gas registry, was introduced by Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D.-Wis.). Federal funds should not be allocated to perpetuate global warming fear mongering.



Talking Points For Use in Letters to the Editor



1. The Obama administration recently announced a $51 billion foreign aid program for the current year. Already facing a deficit that will soar past the $1 trillion mark, the plan to give away billions is madness or worse. Foreign aid has always been unconstitutional, not merely when there is a deficit. And foreign aid has always been given to governments whose leaders use the funds to increase the numbers dependent on them. Few if any hungry children or needy adults ever benefit from the money. It is obvious that all foreign aid should cease, but as the deficits become greater, so does the spending for this incredible program.

2. During the late 1970s, headlines told Americans that our nation was in peril because we had become dependent on foreign sources for one-third of our energy needs. President Carter announced a plan he called "the moral equivalent of war" to reverse the situation. In short order, Congress created the Department of Energy that has spent untold billions addressing the problem. Now, in 2009, our nation is importing approximately 60 percent of the energy we need. And the Energy Department along with numerous federal agencies continue to impede domestic production — in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain states, and offshore our coasts. As with so many problems, abolishing appropriate federal agencies would solve the problem and help to lower the monstrous deficits.

3. The federal government injected itself into education in the 1950s when the quality of the public schools was highly commendable. Taxpayer dollars began flowing into the nation's school systems. The late 1970s saw the creation of the federal Department of Education, and the money spigot opened even wider. After all these years of federal involvement and federal financing of education, the quality of the output has plummeted so far that our nation now ranks at or near the bottom of student ability in math and science when measured against all of the world's industrial nations. One can search the Constitution from beginning to end and not find any authorization for the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with education. Congress should abolish the Department of Education and remove itself entirely from the field. Doing so would save tens of billions annually and teachers, freed of federal requirements, would lead students to a higher degree of proficiency.

4. Americans are repeatedly being urged to expect Washington to "do something" to wrest the nation from its economic doldrums. What is needed, however, is just the opposite. Washington should "undo" much of what it has done in the past and eliminate many programs such as foreign aid, and the Departments of Education, Housing, Energy, Health, and more. And while Congress and the president are at it, they should abolish a host of federal regulatory agencies such as OSHA, EEOC, NAFTA, and many more that are not authorized in the Constitution. The taxation and regulation facing America's producers make it difficult for them to compete with foreign firms that don't face such impediments. Actions such as these would help not only to pull the nation out of the recession, they would lead to job creation here at home.

FrankRep
03-30-2009, 02:44 PM
bump

FrankRep
03-30-2009, 03:51 PM
Oppose Forced Unionism "Card Check" Bill! -- The Employee Free Choice Act Is a Deception

http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=972&APP=GAC&SiteID=0&IssueID=16753

TheTyke
03-30-2009, 05:25 PM
Wow! Very nice list... thanks for putting it together!

FrankRep
04-02-2009, 11:46 PM
With the talking points, lets see some letters to the editor.

jrich4rpaul
04-03-2009, 06:21 AM
Nice post. Thanks.

TruckinMike
04-03-2009, 06:31 AM
Thanks Frank!!

nayjevin
04-10-2009, 07:17 PM
bump