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21 July 2011, 9:56 AM
President needs change of heart to protect national monuments
Grand Wash, in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Photo (c) Kim Crumbo.

Late in his administration, Bill Clinton attempted to build a conservation legacy worthy of Teddy Roosevelt by designating more than a dozen national monuments across the West.

George W. Bush tried to undo that legacy.

And President Barack Obama, to his dis-credit, has allowed the Bush-adopted, monument-undercutting status quo to remain, despite being the "hope-y, change-y" candidate in 2008.

But a little more background.

Teddy signed the Antiquities Act in 1906, which authorizes presidents to set aside federal land for the protection of “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures,” as well as “other objects of historic or scientific interest.” Over the years, presidents from both parties have invoked the Antiquities Act more than a hundred times to protect some of the nation’s most iconic landscapes — including the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, Death Valley and the lands in southwest Utah that would become Zion National Park.

Clinton's binge of Monument designation included two fantastic landscapes.  One million acres of the rugged, red-rock landscape north of the Grand Canyon became the "Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument" on Jan. 11, 2001.  Six days later, President Clinton created the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, 375,000 acres of wild Montana that looks relatively unchanged since the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through more than two centuries ago.

Bush on the whole didn't like national monuments, certainly not those protecting western landscapes.  (Of the few he designated, most are remote islands or miles under water.) 

Bush also had the opportunity to undo some of the protections in Clinton's monuments, because Bush got to write the plans for how the Grand Canyon-Parashant and Missouri River monuments would be managed.  And he made sure the Interior Department did a purposefully crummy job writing those plans.

For example, Clinton's designation of the Missouri River Breaks NM required protecting that awesome landscape in part by banning vehicle travel "off road."  To essentially gut this measure, Monument managers defined a "road" to include any vegetated depression on the ground that looked like a tire track.  In short, if someone had driven over the ground in a spot in the last 20 years, it was a "road" where vehicle travel might continue.  So much for rigorously protecting THAT monument.

At the Grand Canyon-Parashant, managers did something similar, declining to consider seriously protected large blocks of wildlands as a way to protect the monument's remote character, and OKing a spider-web of "roads" that included scores of little-used off-road vehicle trails, despite the fact that such "roads" threaten to cause damage to archeological sites and wildlife habitat in the monument.

President Obama, the "change" president, could have changed these wrong-headed Bush plans.  He hasn't. 

In the face of lawsuits from Earthjustice trying to overturn the Bush plans, Obama's lawyers are defending the Bush administration's Orwellian premise that a rut on the ground is a "road" in the Breaks, and the illegal, anti-wilderness bias of the Grand Canyon-Parashant plan.

Know hope?  Sadly, little hope - or help - so far from this administration on these monuments. 

For now, Earthjustice and the groups we represent (including The Wilderness Society) have to put their hope in the courts, not the President, to ensure these landscapes get the protection national monuments truly deserve.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Photo credit: Scott Jones
Upper Missouri River Breaks National-Monument
Upper Missouri River Breaks National-Monument
Photo credit: BLM

 

I was well informed by this recent blog post, and I wholeheartedly agree that diminishing previous standards from the Clinton administration, or not being proactive for the need for new and improved standards is an extremely important issue.

In encouragement of awareness, I would like to provide additional perspective regarding underwater national monuments. In your blog, the phraseology behind your citation of underwater national monuments may leave some readers with the impression that they are less important, or not as likely to be immediately impacted by human presence. As our ocean environments face critical changes due to both human and natural forcings, the protection of those marine terrains will be extremely important. Protecting the Marainas Trench will hopefully ensure that ship traffic and human interaction with the environment above it will be limited. As more awareness on the fragile biodiversity of our oceans is researched, wildlife migratory patterns, thermohaline circulations, wind patterns, and the like must be considered when introducing ship and fishery management practices. Our limited knowledge on the impact of human actions on not only marine wildlife, but the benthic and pelagic environments starts with being aware of important locales for underwater populations.

Though the Marianas Trench was likely protected for its wondrous depth, rather than the particular contributions it makes to marine life in the entire column above it - I still think that preserving an underwater location is actually the thinking we need to have to move forward and more responsibly interact with the ocean biomes, rather than just resume the static idea that oceans are somewhat uniformly represented by the traditional water above-earth below mind-frame. Protected environments will hopefully encourage altered ship paths, fishing locations, and can even produce more research and awareness of the contribution of such environments to the oceans as a whole.

Thank you for your blog Ted, as it is always informative. I appreciate your time in writing it!

Obama also said during the campaign, he did not think Bush was headed in the right direction. Stupid me, I believed him. Now, that he's sent my son to Afghanistan for the 4th time, I begin to think he is fairly useless--or possibly doing more harm than good, and ignoring our national parks and killing over 1,250 of our national military is plain stupid..

After his and Al Gore's (who whines about global warming except when he's in position to actually do something about it) appalling debacle at Headwaters, and their cave-in to Hurwitz and Maxxam, Clinton wanted to put a better face on his administration's horrendous environmental policies. He merely put these under national monument status, instead of national park status, because he wanted to allow for mineral exploitation and drilling.

We need campaign reform to fix this type of problem and many, many others. When our elected official must spent approximately 40% of their time fund raising for re-election efforts and since Citizens United, perhaps even more time is spent fund raising, This must be fixed. I am not saying this to criticize our elected officials. I am merely pointing out the reality of todays political landscape. Disclosure laws now before Congress are a good step, one in many steps, towards changing this re-election syndrome. Remember the two Congressmen who were late to their own swearing-in because they were fund raising, before they were even sworn in to their first elected office.Ridiculous!!

We can write, phone-e-mail President Obama to change his position on protecting treasured lands. He has been quite occupied with one disaster after another since the moment he was sworn in. In some cases racism has shown its dirty head to delay or oppose his efforts. Certain people have one goal and only one goal; to make President Obama a one term President. Maybe we do not like positions taken by this President, but so we really want another Bush type President in the White House.

1. How would you describe your political views? ULTRA-PROGRESSIVE – impatient for sincerity and fed up with “Christian” hypocrites.
2. How would you rate your last experience at the polls? GOOD
3. In last 12 months, have you contacted or visited a public official at any level of government? YES
4. How would you rate the following sources to find out about the news?
a. Print Media NOT OFTEN
b. Television Media OFTEN MSNBC, CNBC – but definitely NOT Fox News bullshit, lies and distortions
c. Radio Media SOMEWHAT OFTEN – 99.9FM & 820AM – in Chicago south suburbs when I work on Thursdays
d. Internet Media VERY OFTEN – I get a ton of e-mails on finances daily, as I invest in stock markets
5. Do you think the country political parties are headed in the right or the wrong direction? REPUBLICRATS – WRONG!!!!!; DEMOPUBICANS – need to get free from $$$$ from big business and to represent the common people
6. What is the single biggest problem with elected officials in Washington DC today? They are under the influence of special interests – the costs of elections and the “revolving door” – they kiss the asses of big business for $$$$ and for future jobs, and of nut-cases for votes.
7. What is the best way to limit impact of special interest money on political process? PUBLIC FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS.
8. Do you support/oppose Supreme Court ruling giving corporations/unions SECRECY AND unlimited $$$$ rights to defeat candidates? STRONGLY OPPOSE – only individuals should be allowed to spend up to $1,000 each per candidate and NOT PAID TO ANY “PAC”!
9. Would you support/oppose Congress reinstating limits on corporate/union spending on election campaigns? STRONGLY SUPPORT - ABOLISH CORP. $$$$$ FIRST AND MAKE UNIONS GET MEMBER OK & PUBLISH ALL CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MADE TO ANY CANDIDATE.
10. Do you believe partisan redistricting determines the result of too many Congressinal elections before any vote is cast? STRONGLY AGREE – we need a constitutional convention to abolish state lines, state’s rights, 50 sets of state laws and the US Senate (billionaires country club) and instead to have one Congressional representative who may serve during their lifetime no more than 2 terms of 8 years each (subject to recall or impeachment) for every 100,000 registered voters, and with each voting district being reapportioned every eight years into either a square or a rectangle to take in such 100,000 registered voters who voted in the last election – and with the POTUS serving one 8-year term, also subject to recall or impeachment. (Also one driver’s license and one Federal police force nationwide.)
11. How likely are you to vote in the 2012 Presidential election? VERY LIKELY – even though most candidates offered to us as choices by major political parties offer very little choice of substance, concentrating only on trivial issues, and are therefore horseshit.
12. Do you support/oppose laws requiring voters to show photo IDs before casting their ballots? SUPPORT – but $ costs born by government so this does not become a hidden “poll tax” on the poor – also abolish “drug wars” that are now being used to beef-up privatized prisons and to simultaneously disenfranchise the dumbest and poorest people from voting rights, for possession of pot or crack.
13. Do you support/oppose laws allowing people to register to vote and cast ballot on same day at the polls? OPPOSE – again if we had one universal ID card/driver’s license nationwide, you should be able to use that to vote in any district on electronic machines that would automatically bring up a screen showing YOUR congressional district’s candidates. Also with a medical records RFID chip implant, you could be verified and scanned electronically so you only could vote once, even if you tried to go to another polling place again .
14. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ISSUES IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Please rank with 1-12 with “1” being the most important to you:
1. TAX FAIRNESS – See my editorial, rebutting Republicrat “FairTax.org” from September 2004 (on page 2) and rationale (page 3)!
2. ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY – List the three steps of REAL 100% goals with calendar deadlines (page 3)!
3. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM – Changes of districts, nomination by popular petition, terms and term limits, succession, recall. (p.4)
4. IMMIGRATION – Criminally prosecute/incarcerate corporate CEOs who exploit undocumented illegal immigrant labor. (p. 4)
5. HEALTH CARE – Revise Obamacare to a $250,000 first dollar single-payer Medicare of all with private excess coverages. (p.4)
6. WARS IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN/LIBYA/YEMEN/SOMALIA – All be ended – like tomorrow – and bring troops home to work here.(p.4)
7. JOBS/ECONOMY – Rebuild industrial base we gave away; establish Canada and Latin America as our primary trading partners. (p.4)
8. VOTING RIGHTS – Decriminalize and pardon all for possession of pot or crack retroactively and reestablish lost voting rights (p.5)
9. HOMELAND SECURITY – Abolish Federal executive privileges to wiretap and invade privacy and repeal much of the Patriot Act. (p.5)
10. REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS – Stay out of the bedroom activities of all consenting adults – decriminalize polygamy and polyandry. (p.5)
11. EDUCATION – Restore programs cut by Republicants/Republicrants/Republicrats – incentives to keep educated immigrants here. (p.5)
12. ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT – Abolish political patronage; eliminate “revolving door” of government and business; make ALL politicians, judges, staffs and immediate families DISCLOSE ALL financial interests and RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM arguing the merits of, and from voting on any issue that would impact such financial interests – either positively or negatively, with criminal sanctions (p.5)

1. TAX FAIRNESS – Above you’ve seen my editorial opinion, rebutting Republicrat “FairTax.org”, going back to September 2004 (page 2)! When I wrote this back then in 2004, the Federal Reserve still had a “brag” on its website that it processed an average of $3 trillion ($3,000,000,000,000) in payment transfers every business day. Similarly back then the IRS boasted how it collected some $2 trillion ($2,000,000,000,000) in tax revenues for the Federal government that past year, from a myriad of sources - beyond just Federal income taxes alone. Back when I was still a Federal savings bank examiner, I had this idea and everybody looked at me like I was crazy. I thought and still think WAY outside the box. Who says we need a bunch of accountants and attorneys getting rich while they represent huge corporations and are quibbling with the IRS and with Congress over what should be “current taxable net income” before potential use of loss carry-forwards and loss carry-backs. And of what special write-offs should apply only to a particular client or a particular industry?

Back then I had come up with the idea that to get rid of political bribery and graft, the politicians and the cadre’ of accountants and attorneys must be 100% neutered and powerless to dream up and approve special tax gimmicks for a privileged few. The KEY idea is one stemming out of bankruptcy laws – CASH IS KING! If you have no way to raise the cash to pay for your choices – you are broke!

True “conservatism” [that phonies like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann avoid] is that each person and entity should stand on their own and should be neither ‘incentivized’ or penalized by the government for their choices in how they spend their monies, nor for the sources of their cash revenue inflow streams. KEEP IT SIMPLE & SAFE = K.I.S.S. Back in the 1990s I thought that a tax on cash inflows of 2% to 3% may be needed to meet all GOVERNMENT needs. I instinctively felt that a higher rate would foster an underground economy. Imagine how I felt after I did the math calculation shown in my rebuttal and I had discovered the low percentage needed!

When I had these two simple truths admitted by two government sources, it was an easy solve! $3,000,000,000,000 x 250 business days = $750,000,000,000,000 [that’s right - $750 trillion] Let’s see – 1% of that is $7.5 trillion! Way too much! One half of that (which is a measly ½ of 1%) would be $3 – ¾ trillion and still way over the $2 trillion the IRS then bragged about collecting! Oh my God! One half of that (which is a measly ¼ of 1%) could yield almost $2 trillion (or $1 - 7/8 trillion - $1,875,000,000,000!) Hey – there must be at least $125 billion of fat and waste they could find and trim out of the Federal budgets? Now they admit to much more than that on TV!

Every entity that did any financial transactions here would pay the same rate on monies that would be required to be deposited through the USA banking system before leaving the country. Every Arab-OPEC transaction! Every Communist Chinese transaction on stuff we imported while we exported our manufacturing jobs to them and our people wallow in self-hatred, now on unemployment.

Everybody and everything! NO EXCEPTIONS! NO EXEMPTIONS! NO DEDUCTIONS! What is not to like about this? Want to sell some $300,000 of stocks on which you made a $200,000 profit? Pay ¼ of 1% on the $300,000 sales proceeds received – no need to worry whether you held it for one day or for 20 years. Say your Grandma died and left you $30 million? No more death tax! Pay ¼ of 1% on the $30million – or $75,000! Hey you shit-for-brains Republicans – what in the hell is bad or wrong about that? You want it tax-free?

Get over your silly idea of making corporations into Gods that you genuflect to as your masters – and the idea they should not have to pay any US Federal taxes because they create jobs – albeit no longer in the IOUSA, but instead in some shit-hole corner of the world.

Now after eight years of misfeasance and malfeasance perpetrated by one George Walker Bush (“W”), including two unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (one being a fraud and a scam on the American people with fictional claims of weapons of mass destruction),

and after the unfunded “doughnut hole” Rx drug benefits approve by Bush’s Republicrat Congress, and after “W” was handed an operating surplus by Clinton that he turned into a GIGANTIC deficit with his side-kick – Cheney – proclaiming: “Deficits don’t matter”,

now it is likely that $2 trillion per year are a trifle – now we should require perhaps $3 or even $4 trillion in annual Federal revenues!

2. ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY – our first imperative is to be 100% free
a. from foreign countries by 2025, and
b. from non-renewable fossil fuels of coal and oil, by 2050
c. from pollution of both the atmosphere and all sources of potable water by 2075.
Enact laws with teeth, that provide 100% vigorous enforcement and that require not only civil, but also criminal penalties. White-collar premeditated crimes can generally be shown to cause the society at large more damage than do all sporadic impulsive crimes of anger/violence and as such they deserve not lesser but instead greater criminal penalties to be imposed on the perpetrators.
3. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM – NO CORPORATE $$$ OR DONATION OF GOODS, SERVICES OR PERSONNEL TO ANY CANDIDATES; change election cycles to every 8 years for Congress and President (but 2-stage: Congressional seats in 2014 and President separately in 2018) There must be free air time on radio and TV given to all qualified Congressional candidates in each congressional district who have obtained signatures of 10% of registered votes in that district within a 3-month window. Presidential candidates also get free air time and most derived from major parties selected by votes of then-seated Congressmen, with provision for Independents to be put on ballot if they have obtained signatures of at least 10% of registered voters in at least 25% of all Congressional districts on the census poll records, within a 6-month window. All office holders will be subject to recall by the people or to impeachment by Congress every 2 years within their 8 year terms. President may have one 8-year term; Congressmen have no more than two 8-year terms, regardless of locations of districts, or being consecutive/intermittent. There should be generation-skipping to end ALL family political dynasties; spouses and first-generation offspring may not succeed to same position of a former member of Congress, or to the Presidency.
4. IMMIGRATION – THE ONLY PERSONS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS WITHIN THE LAST 500 YEARS ARE THE RED MEN! We are all the offspring of immigrants who fled from oppression or sought opportunities closed to them in Europe or Asia, or who were brought here against their will from Africa by profiteering tribal chiefs, in collusion with Arabs and Europeans in the slave trade of the 1600-1800 era. As such we have no right or entitlement to denigrate or pervert or exploit for profit the opportunities of others who peacefully wish to adopt our system and our desire for a better life for themselves and their families. Instead of getting upset with poor Mexicans who sneak across the border in order to try to provide more capital to feed themselves and their families, we should penalize the CEO’s of major corporations who hypocritically prey upon this labor source that cannot defend itself, or protest mistreatment. Americans should decry all forms of labor exploitation that create a “race to the bottom”! The sanctions to be taken against corporate CEOs must be not just civil fines paid by the corporations as a slap on the wrist, but criminal prosecution. “The buck stops here” said Truman – at the top.
5. HEALTH CARE – “Obamacare” as pre-negotiated by him with the big drug companies and the insurance companies and as passed by the hypocrite committees then headed by Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) is a farce and a joke and a nightmare crazy-quilt compromise. We then needed and still need a single-payer “Family Medicare” system for all under 65, covering perhaps the first $250,000 per person per year with nationwide base rates that are the same as the individual’s share. The national base rate should be the same whether you are 18 or 64 and adjustable downwards, based on an annual mandatory physical exam that will provide rewards and incentives to adopt and to maintain a healthy lifestyle! (Ex: 10% to 20% discount if weight/height ratio is within a healthy pattern; 20-30% discount for non-smokers; 30%-40% discount for no addictions to alcohol or drugs; with a maximum combined discount of 60%.) BUT … there should not be any penalty or rate-up for inherited DNA gene-markers that indicate your predisposition to any debilitating diseases. You cannot help it as to what you inherited from your parents; you can help what you do to keep your mind and body healthy! Then the health insurance companies can offer a series of 10 preapproved plans and rates for you to choose from, for the excess coverage over the annual $250,000 that the government nationwide “Family Medicare” plan would offer! AND… they cannot deny coverage based on ANY preexisting conditions - REAL COMPETITION … as the only thing they can monkey with is the discount they offer, based on positive life-style counseling. Along with that there should be a system of centralized computer health records for every American, and an RFID chip implant in the nape of the neck so you can be identified even in the bleakest of emergency conditions! Now the religious right gooney-birds will decry this as BIG BROTHER and Orwellian “1984” some 30-40 years after the fact, with a mix of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”??
6. WARS IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN/LIBYA/YEMEN/SOMALIA – End these wars – NOW! Stop pissing away our treasury on assholes!
7. JOBS/ECONOMY – The various unions were not visionary at all but completely myopic and blew it completely right after World War II when they still had the most membership and power. Back then they should have insisted on such legislation being passed by a Democratic Congress that would then forbid American companies from outsourcing jobs to any other nation-location that does not allow full collective-bargaining rights to its citizens and workers that are 100% equal to those in the USA. AND… also adopt laws that forbid the importing of finished or unfinished goods or services from any such nation that does not provide comparable bargaining rights. After the 30+ years of outsourcing, since the regime of the union-buster (Ronald Wilson Reagan), it is now an uphill-battle to reestablish such demands – as we are now the world’s biggest debtors, and our GDP is a diminishing percentage of world-wide outputs. WE MUST FIND WAYS TO DEVELOP JOBS HERE, AND TO PLACE HIGH TARIFFS ON NON-ESSENTIAL GOODS NOW BEING IMPORTED FROM “SLAVE-LABOR” NATIONS. To do this we must become 100% energy-independent from imports, and especially from the OPEC nations we have enriched previously, and rebuild our internal manufacturing base in a manner that is environmentally safe to our air and water and does not expose workers to undue risks.
As part of our plan to put America first, we must reemphasize the Monroe Doctrine – but also add a reverse spin and twist to it – to make all of the Americas in the Western hemisphere our primary center of interest and tell much of the rest of the world politely to go to hell, and to stay the hell out of here - our primary trading partners, that we should build up, should be all of Latin America besides Canada.

8. VOTING RIGHTS – How many are presently in jail, especially among the black and brown groups, because they were convicted – rightly or wrongly – on mere possession of a small amount of either crack or pot, while nobody goes after the rich white suburban kids or the drug kingpins properly [because these octopus tentacles of corruption are likely to reach high up into places of political power?] Now it is being made worse in states like Arizona where they have privatized prisons, turning this function over to for-profit corporations [which then are now getting tailor-made laws passed to provide excuses to jail even more minorities – especially now Mexicans – to increase their profits.] It appears to me this has a huge side effect benefiting the Republicrats – one of disenfranchising the poor Mexicans and Afro-americans from voting – as they know well the probability of these uneducated minority unskilled workers of voting for any Republican is next to nil.
9. HOMELAND SECURITY – Much of the Patriot Act was blindly adopted wrongly in a wave of national hysteria and needs to be revoked. Obama’s failure to do so, and to use new devious terrorist prisons in Somalia shows he has been “Brainwashed by Bullies inside the Belt”.
10. REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS – Why do many of the Republicrats campaigning for office want to tell everybody how to conduct their sex lives when they themselves are among many of the biggest hypocrites out there? They want to deprive people of choices they do not understand because their prejudices are rooted in archaic religious taboos and traditions stemming from Semitic-Judaic roots. I do not understand these alternative lifestyle choices [gay, bisexual, polygamous or polyandrous] myself but I do not feel threatened by them.
The biggest hypocrisy is to demand that babies be born, that are then unwanted and unloved by their parents or by anyone else, and are then shunted around and treated like nothing more than an income-stream by for-profit foster parenting couples. Make sure they are born - but then not give a shit about what happens to them. We need new annual crops of desensitized robotons to fill the ranks of our military?
Did you ever read how Joseph Stalin in the late 1940s and early 1950s tried to cross-breed Russian peasant women with apes to try to get subhuman trainable troops for his future armies? [This is no joke – it happened!] Overbreeding produces more kids than an economy can employ, you ask for a dictator to seize military opportunism to fix the problem of underutilized chafing young male testosterone. This is the plight in the younger Arab world, and also the result in China of the 30+ year policy of one child per couple – where baby girls were killed as a boy was preferred. Look for the surplus younger male population of China to create an upsurge in Chinese militarism as they prosper!
11. EDUCATION – Stop privatizing higher education! Before allowing foreign students to come here to learn and then to return home, provide education, training and research opportunities for our own brightest and best. Education should carry no tuition costs to those who maintain a solid 3.75 average on a 4.0 scale in subjects in their major and a solid 3.25 in all other subjects taken.
12. ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT – At first I thought the 11 above would resolve ethics problems. Then I remembered the Nixon White House – where three young and very bright Republicans with names of Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Paul O’Neill apparently used not only their intellect but probably their political connections to eventually rise to CEO jobs – later to return to high level political appointments in the Gerald Ford, and/or George H.W. Bush (Dad) or George W. Bush (Son) administrations, all found on-line in highlights from Wikipedia. And then there is the Clarence Thomas appointment to the US Supreme Court, compounded later by appointments of Scalia, Roberts and ???

If you are in Va please sign on to keep the ban on uranium mining. www.keeptheban.org

Also national CAN (coalition against nukes) action day,Oct 1st. 2011
Let's light up the US map with rallies!
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243481852330015

The People do not even elect the president. he is chosen by the electoral college which is appointed by the States. Gangsters rule the government and take money from corporations to stay in power. So why do you even bother to post these complaints if you do not want to take the power away from the Corporations? The government should be ruled by the people but they are to busy watching TV or music videos. A healthy country is governed by the People in communities not corporations ruling over communities. Now that we have interstate roads, malls and telephone poles everywhere, communities are vanishing. Soon the National monuments and parks will vanish too because corporations decide how the land will be used not the People. Obama is from Chicago which is the home of gangsters.

REPLY TO SURVEY FROM LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

1. How would you describe your political views? ULTRA-PROGRESSIVE – impatient for sincerity and fed up with “Christian” hypocrites.
2. How would you rate your last experience at the polls? GOOD
3. In last 12 months, have you contacted or visited a public official at any level of government? YES
4. How would you rate the following sources to find out about the news?
a. Print Media NOT OFTEN
b. Television Media OFTEN MSNBC, CNBC – but definitely NOT Fox News bullshit, lies and distortions
c. Radio Media SOMEWHAT OFTEN – 99.9FM & 820AM – in Chicago south suburbs when I work on Thursdays
d. Internet Media VERY OFTEN – I get a ton of e-mails on finances daily, as I invest in stock markets
5. Do you think the country political parties are headed in the right or the wrong direction? REPUBLICRATS – WRONG!!!!!; DEMOPUBICANS – need to get free from $$$$ from big business and to represent the common people
6. What is the single biggest problem with elected officials in Washington DC today? They are under the influence of special interests – the costs of elections and the “revolving door” – they kiss the asses of big business for $$$$ and for future jobs, and of nut-cases for votes.
7. What is the best way to limit impact of special interest money on political process? PUBLIC FINANCING OF CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS.
8. Do you support/oppose Supreme Court ruling giving corporations/unions SECRECY AND unlimited $$$$ rights to defeat candidates? STRONGLY OPPOSE – only individuals should be allowed to spend up to $1,000 each per candidate and NOT PAID TO ANY “PAC”!
9. Would you support/oppose Congress reinstating limits on corporate/union spending on election campaigns? STRONGLY SUPPORT - ABOLISH CORP. $$$$$ FIRST AND MAKE UNIONS GET MEMBER OK & PUBLISH ALL CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MADE TO ANY CANDIDATE.
10. Do you believe partisan redistricting determines the result of too many Congressinal elections before any vote is cast? STRONGLY AGREE – we need a constitutional convention to abolish state lines, state’s rights, 50 sets of state laws and the US Senate (billionaires country club) and instead to have one Congressional representative who may serve during their lifetime no more than 2 terms of 8 years each (subject to recall or impeachment) for every 100,000 registered voters, and with each voting district being reapportioned every eight years into either a square or a rectangle to take in such 100,000 registered voters who voted in the last election – and with the POTUS serving one 8-year term, also subject to recall or impeachment. (Also one driver’s license and one Federal police force nationwide.)
11. How likely are you to vote in the 2012 Presidential election? VERY LIKELY – even though most candidates offered to us as choices by major political parties offer very little choice of substance, concentrating only on trivial issues, and are therefore horseshit.
12. Do you support/oppose laws requiring voters to show photo IDs before casting their ballots? SUPPORT – but $ costs born by government so this does not become a hidden “poll tax” on the poor – also abolish “drug wars” that are now being used to beef-up privatized prisons and to simultaneously disenfranchise the dumbest and poorest people from voting rights, for possession of pot or crack.
13. Do you support/oppose laws allowing people to register to vote and cast ballot on same day at the polls? OPPOSE – again if we had one universal ID card/driver’s license nationwide, you should be able to use that to vote in any district on electronic machines that would automatically bring up a screen showing YOUR congressional district’s candidates. Also with a medical records RFID chip implant, you could be verified and scanned electronically so you only could vote once, even if you tried to go to another polling place again .
14. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ISSUES IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Please rank with 1-12 with “1” being the most important to you:
1. TAX FAIRNESS – See my editorial, rebutting Republicrat “FairTax.org” from September 2004 (on page 2) and rationale (page 3)!
2. ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY – List the three steps of REAL 100% goals with calendar deadlines (page 3)!
3. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM – Changes of districts, nomination by popular petition, terms and term limits, succession, recall. (p.4)
4. IMMIGRATION – Criminally prosecute/incarcerate corporate CEOs who exploit undocumented illegal immigrant labor. (p. 4)
5. HEALTH CARE – Revise Obamacare to a $250,000 first dollar single-payer Medicare of all with private excess coverages. (p.4)
6. WARS IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN/LIBYA/YEMEN/SOMALIA – All be ended – like tomorrow – and bring troops home to work here.(p.4)
7. JOBS/ECONOMY – Rebuild industrial base we gave away; establish Canada and Latin America as our primary trading partners. (p.4)
8. VOTING RIGHTS – Decriminalize and pardon all for possession of pot or crack retroactively and reestablish lost voting rights (p.5)
9. HOMELAND SECURITY – Abolish Federal executive privileges to wiretap and invade privacy and repeal much of the Patriot Act. (p.5)
10. REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS – Stay out of the bedroom activities of all consenting adults – decriminalize polygamy and polyandry. (p.5)
11. EDUCATION – Restore programs cut by Republicants/Republicrants/Republicrats – incentives to keep educated immigrants here. (p.5)
12. ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT – Abolish political patronage; eliminate “revolving door” of government and business; make ALL politicians, judges, staffs and immediate families DISCLOSE ALL financial interests and RECUSE THEMSELVES FROM arguing the merits of, and from voting on any issue that would impact such financial interests – either positively or negatively, with criminal sanctions (p.5)

1. TAX FAIRNESS – SORRY! you’ve NOT seen my editorial opinion, rebutting Republicrat “FairTax.org”, going back to September 2004 (page 2)! When I wrote this back then in 2004, the Federal Reserve still had a “brag” on its website that it processed an average of $3 trillion ($3,000,000,000,000) in payment transfers every business day. Similarly back then the IRS boasted how it collected some $2 trillion ($2,000,000,000,000) in tax revenues for the Federal government that past year, from a myriad of sources - beyond just Federal income taxes alone. Back when I was still a Federal savings bank examiner, I had this idea and everybody looked at me like I was crazy. I thought and still think WAY outside the box. Who says we need a bunch of accountants and attorneys getting rich while they represent huge corporations and are quibbling with the IRS and with Congress over what should be “current taxable net income” before potential use of loss carry-forwards and loss carry-backs. And of what special write-offs should apply only to a particular client or a particular industry?

Back then I had come up with the idea that to get rid of political bribery and graft, the politicians and the cadre’ of accountants and attorneys must be 100% neutered and powerless to dream up and approve special tax gimmicks for a privileged few. The KEY idea is one stemming out of bankruptcy laws – CASH IS KING! If you have no way to raise the cash to pay for your choices – you are broke!

True “conservatism” [that phonies like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh and Michele Bachmann avoid] is that each person and entity should stand on their own and should be neither ‘incentivized’ or penalized by the government for their choices in how they spend their monies, nor for the sources of their cash revenue inflow streams. KEEP IT SIMPLE & SAFE = K.I.S.S. Back in the 1990s I thought that a tax on cash inflows of 2% to 3% may be needed to meet all GOVERNMENT needs. I instinctively felt that a higher rate would foster an underground economy. Imagine how I felt after I did the math calculation shown in my rebuttal and I had discovered the low percentage needed!

When I had these two simple truths admitted by two government sources, it was an easy solve! $3,000,000,000,000 x 250 business days = $750,000,000,000,000 [that’s right - $750 trillion] Let’s see – 1% of that is $7.5 trillion! Way too much! One half of that (which is a measly ½ of 1%) would be $3 – ¾ trillion and still way over the $2 trillion the IRS then bragged about collecting! Oh my God! One half of that (which is a measly ¼ of 1%) could yield almost $2 trillion (or $1 - 7/8 trillion - $1,875,000,000,000!) Hey – there must be at least $125 billion of fat and waste they could find and trim out of the Federal budgets? Now they admit to much more than that on TV!

Every entity that did any financial transactions here would pay the same rate on monies that would be required to be deposited through the USA banking system before leaving the country. Every Arab-OPEC transaction! Every Communist Chinese transaction on stuff we imported while we exported our manufacturing jobs to them and our people wallow in self-hatred, now on unemployment.

Everybody and everything! NO EXCEPTIONS! NO EXEMPTIONS! NO DEDUCTIONS! What is not to like about this? Want to sell some $300,000 of stocks on which you made a $200,000 profit? Pay ¼ of 1% on the $300,000 sales proceeds received – no need to worry whether you held it for one day or for 20 years. Say your Grandma died and left you $30 million? No more death tax! Pay ¼ of 1% on the $30million – or $75,000! Hey you shit-for-brains Republicans – what in the hell is bad or wrong about that? You want it tax-free?

Get over your silly idea of making corporations into Gods that you genuflect to as your masters – and the idea they should not have to pay any US Federal taxes because they create jobs – albeit no longer in the IOUSA, but instead in some shit-hole corner of the world.

Now after eight years of misfeasance and malfeasance perpetrated by one George Walker Bush (“W”), including two unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (one being a fraud and a scam on the American people with fictional claims of weapons of mass destruction),

and after the unfunded “doughnut hole” Rx drug benefits approve by Bush’s Republicrat Congress, and after “W” was handed an operating surplus by Clinton that he turned into a GIGANTIC deficit with his side-kick – Cheney – proclaiming: “Deficits don’t matter”,

now it is likely that $2 trillion per year are a trifle – now we should require perhaps $3 or even $4 trillion in annual Federal revenues!

2. ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY – our first imperative is to be 100% free
a. from foreign countries by 2025, and
b. from non-renewable fossil fuels of coal and oil, by 2050
c. from pollution of both the atmosphere and all sources of potable water by 2075.

Enact laws with teeth, that provide 100% vigorous enforcement and that require not only civil, but also criminal penalties. White-collar premeditated crimes can generally be shown to cause the society at large more damage than do all sporadic impulsive crimes of anger/violence and as such they deserve not lesser but instead greater criminal penalties to be imposed on the perpetrators.

3. CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM – NO CORPORATE $$$ OR DONATION OF GOODS, SERVICES OR PERSONNEL TO ANY CANDIDATES; change election cycles to every 8 years for Congress and President (but 2-stage: Congressional seats in 2014 and President separately in 2018) There must be free air time on radio and TV given to all qualified Congressional candidates in each congressional district who have obtained signatures of 10% of registered votes in that district within a 3-month window. Presidential candidates also get free air time and most derived from major parties selected by votes of then-seated Congressmen, with provision for Independents to be put on ballot if they have obtained signatures of at least 10% of registered voters in at least 25% of all Congressional districts on the census poll records, within a 6-month window. All office holders will be subject to recall by the people or to impeachment by Congress every 2 years within their 8 year terms. President may have one 8-year term; Congressmen have no more than two 8-year terms, regardless of locations of districts, or being consecutive/intermittent. There should be generation-skipping to end ALL family political dynasties; spouses and first-generation offspring may not succeed to same position of a former member of Congress, or to the Presidency.

4. IMMIGRATION – THE ONLY PERSONS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS WITHIN THE LAST 500 YEARS ARE THE RED MEN! We are all the offspring of immigrants who fled from oppression or sought opportunities closed to them in Europe or Asia, or who were brought here against their will from Africa by profiteering tribal chiefs, in collusion with Arabs and Europeans in the slave trade of the 1600-1800 era. As such we have no right or entitlement to denigrate or pervert or exploit for profit the opportunities of others who peacefully wish to adopt our system and our desire for a better life for themselves and their families. Instead of getting upset with poor Mexicans who sneak across the border in order to try to provide more capital to feed themselves and their families, we should penalize the CEO’s of major corporations who hypocritically prey upon this labor source that cannot defend itself, or protest mistreatment. Americans should decry all forms of labor exploitation that create a “race to the bottom”! The sanctions to be taken against corporate CEOs must be not just civil fines paid by the corporations as a slap on the wrist, but criminal prosecution. “The buck stops here” said Truman – at the top.

5. HEALTH CARE – “Obamacare” as pre-negotiated by him with the big drug companies and the insurance companies and as passed by the hypocrite committees then headed by Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) is a farce and a joke and a nightmare crazy-quilt compromise. We then needed and still need a single-payer “Family Medicare” system for all under 65, covering perhaps the first $250,000 per person per year with nationwide base rates that are the same as the individual’s share. The national base rate should be the same whether you are 18 or 64 and adjustable downwards, based on an annual mandatory physical exam that will provide rewards and incentives to adopt and to maintain a healthy lifestyle! (Ex: 10% to 20% discount if weight/height ratio is within a healthy pattern; 20-30% discount for non-smokers; 30%-40% discount for no addictions to alcohol or drugs; with a maximum combined discount of 60%.) BUT … there should not be any penalty or rate-up for inherited DNA gene-markers that indicate your predisposition to any debilitating diseases. You cannot help it as to what you inherited from your parents; you can help what you do to keep your mind and body healthy! Then the health insurance companies can offer a series of 10 preapproved plans and rates for you to choose from, for the excess coverage over the annual $250,000 that the government nationwide “Family Medicare” plan would offer! AND… they cannot deny coverage based on ANY preexisting conditions - REAL COMPETITION … as the only thing they can monkey with is the discount they offer, based on positive life-style counseling. Along with that there should be a system of centralized computer health records for every American, and an RFID chip implant in the nape of the neck so you can be identified even in the bleakest of emergency conditions! Now the religious right gooney-birds will decry this as BIG BROTHER and Orwellian “1984” some 30-40 years after the fact, with a mix of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”??

6. WARS IN IRAQ/AFGHANISTAN/LIBYA/YEMEN/SOMALIA – End these wars – NOW! Stop pissing away our treasury on assholes!

7. JOBS/ECONOMY – The various unions were not visionary at all but completely myopic and blew it completely right after World War II when they still had the most membership and power. Back then they should have insisted on such legislation being passed by a Democratic Congress that would then forbid American companies from outsourcing jobs to any other nation-location that does not allow full collective-bargaining rights to its citizens and workers that are 100% equal to those in the USA. AND… also adopt laws that forbid the importing of finished or unfinished goods or services from any such nation that does not provide comparable bargaining rights. After the 30+ years of outsourcing, since the regime of the union-buster (Ronald Wilson Reagan), it is now an uphill-battle to reestablish such demands – as we are now the world’s biggest debtors, and our GDP is a diminishing percentage of world-wide outputs. WE MUST FIND WAYS TO DEVELOP JOBS HERE, AND TO PLACE HIGH TARIFFS ON NON-ESSENTIAL GOODS NOW BEING IMPORTED FROM “SLAVE-LABOR” NATIONS. To do this we must become 100% energy-independent from imports, and especially from the OPEC nations we have enriched previously, and rebuild our internal manufacturing base in a manner that is environmentally safe to our air and water and does not expose workers to undue risks.
As part of our plan to put America first, we must reemphasize the Monroe Doctrine – but also add a reverse spin and twist to it – to make all of the Americas in the Western hemisphere our primary center of interest and tell much of the rest of the world politely to go to hell, and to stay the hell out of here - our primary trading partners, that we should build up, should be all of Latin America besides Canada.

8. VOTING RIGHTS – How many are presently in jail, especially among the black and brown groups, because they were convicted – rightly or wrongly – on mere possession of a small amount of either crack or pot, while nobody goes after the rich white suburban kids or the drug kingpins properly [because these octopus tentacles of corruption are likely to reach high up into places of political power?] Now it is being made worse in states like Arizona where they have privatized prisons, turning this function over to for-profit corporations [which then are now getting tailor-made laws passed to provide excuses to jail even more minorities – especially now Mexicans – to increase their profits.] It appears to me this has a huge side effect benefiting the Republicrats – one of disenfranchising the poor Mexicans and Afro-americans from voting – as they know well the probability of these uneducated minority unskilled workers of voting for any Republican is next to nil.

9. HOMELAND SECURITY – Much of the Patriot Act was blindly adopted wrongly in a wave of national hysteria and needs to be revoked. Obama’s failure to do so, and to use new devious terrorist prisons in Somalia shows he has been “Brainwashed by Bullies inside the Belt”.

10. REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS – Why do many of the Republicrats campaigning for office want to tell everybody how to conduct their sex lives when they themselves are among many of the biggest hypocrites out there? They want to deprive people of choices they do not understand because their prejudices are rooted in archaic religious taboos and traditions stemming from Semitic-Judaic roots. I do not understand these alternative lifestyle choices [gay, bisexual, polygamous or polyandrous] myself but I do not feel threatened by them.
The biggest hypocrisy is to demand that babies be born, that are then unwanted and unloved by their parents or by anyone else, and are then shunted around and treated like nothing more than an income-stream by for-profit foster parenting couples. Make sure they are born - but then not give a shit about what happens to them. We need new annual crops of desensitized robotons to fill the ranks of our military?
Did you ever read how Joseph Stalin in the late 1940s and early 1950s tried to cross-breed Russian peasant women with apes to try to get subhuman trainable troops for his future armies? [This is no joke – it happened!] Overbreeding produces more kids than an economy can employ, you ask for a dictator to seize military opportunism to fix the problem of underutilized chafing young male testosterone. This is the plight in the younger Arab world, and also the result in China of the 30+ year policy of one child per couple – where baby girls were killed as a boy was preferred. Look for the surplus younger male population of China to create an upsurge in Chinese militarism as they prosper!

11. EDUCATION – Stop privatizing higher education! Before allowing foreign students to come here to learn and then to return home, provide education, training and research opportunities for our own brightest and best. Education should carry no tuition costs to those who maintain a solid 3.75 average on a 4.0 scale in subjects in their major and a solid 3.25 in all other subjects taken.

12. ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT – At first I thought the 11 above would resolve ethics problems. Then I remembered the Nixon White House – where three young and very bright Republicans with names of Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Paul O’Neill apparently used not only their intellect but probably their political connections to eventually rise to CEO jobs – later to return to high level political appointments in the Gerald Ford, and/or George H.W. Bush (Dad) or George W. Bush (Son) administrations, all found on-line in highlights from Wikipedia. And then there is the Clarence Thomas appointment to the US Supreme Court, compounded later by appointments of Scalia, Roberts and ???

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