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Daily Grind: Senate Should Not Be Fooled by CBO 

Editorial: Senate Should Not Be Fooled by CBO's Skewed Figures
Expanding health coverage to tens of millions cannot be done without shackling the nation to a mountain of debt that can never possibly be paid back.

Progressivism: How Many Steps Forward This Time?
What has the progressive movement done to America and its government? And what is in-store for America in the future?

The Overnights: Health Care Debate Keeps Rolling
Adam Bitely, Executive Director of NetRight Nation, discuss his actions on the Michelle Obama "patient dumping" scandal.

Too Hot Not To Note: Rep. Michele Bachmann On The Criminality Of Acorn
The latest Washington News Observer video shows Rep. Michele Bachmann's reaction to the current ACORN scandals.



NetRight Daily: RNC vs. The GOP 

RNC vs. The GOP:  In this video, Michael Steele praises ACORN's CEO for working in the community.  Interestingly, we couldn't find any Republicans that agreed with Steele.

Schwarzenegger Reverses on Term Limits:Governor Schwarzenegger is known for his reversals on important policies. One of his most fatal reversals was on Term Limits. Let's look at what he said on Septemeber 5, 2003 ...

Progressivism:  How Many Steps Forward This Time?:  When English philosopher John Locke, who greatly influenced America's Founding Fathers, claimed that mixing our labor with what was formerly common property gave us the right to now call that property our own, he both reaffirmed the Protestant work ethic and provided a philosophical defense of private property rights.

No One Should Be Fooled by the CBO:  Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office released its cost-estimate of the Baucus-led bill on the Senate side. Simply put: it is fatally flawed. And, those flaws must be exposed.

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Tea Parties - Mandatory National Service 

Dear Tea Party Members:

First, I want to express my deepest appreciation to everyone who has been involved in all aspects of organizing, promoting and participating in the Tea Party events. The willingness of people to devote so much time and energy in the name of preserving liberty and restoring our lost rights is amazing, and inspiring. Just when despair sets in and you begin to think that the United States might be down for the count, the American people do what they have always done -- fight back for their independence! But this time, instead of a waging a physical battle with guns, we are engaged in a battle of ideology. Ideas are our weapon, with truth and principles as our ammunition.

I am impressed at how well the organizers have done at keeping up the momentum by staging a continuing series of creative events. The town hall protests over the summer were a staggering success and the 9/12 march on Washington, although minimized, misrepresented or ignored by the main stream media, still had tremendous impact on the politicians, no matter how much they denied it. Let's go back to Washington, this time two or three million strong, but with a well defined and financed advertising campaign that does not rely upon the moribund media. This campaign should be designed to insure that our message is conveyed accurately to the rest of the country. And then we will keep returning in ever-growing numbers until our government finally acknowledges that we too are American citizens!

During the month of October we are all working diligently to keep the cowards in Congress from sneaking a health care bill through the back door after discovering that they could not do it honestly, in the bright light of day. We must also stop the disastrous cap-and-trade legislation that would certainly destroy our economy. Once again, the President has demonstrated his utter contempt for the American people by completely bypassing the normal legislative process and having the EPA, a regulatory agency under his purview, declare CO2 as a "pollutant", so that his draconian policies can be implemented without the need for scientific scrutiny or public review and debate. My hope is that the October Surprisewill be a trick for Congress and a treat for the the rest of us!

The reason I am writing is that I want to bring another important issue to everyone's attention. During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly spoke about his deep commitment to national service. In our President's view, we are not sovereign individuals possessing unalienablerights protected by the Constitution. Instead, as a thoroughgoing collectivist, he views "society" as the fundamental political unit and the sole repository of rights, with people as merely the raw material of that society -- a natural resource to be applied by the collective's whim and will to those societal issues and problems deemed by the controlling elite (i.e., by him) to be worth addressing. If you think about this for a moment, I believe that you will see that this perspective makes sense of every one of his subsequent actions, from his calmly believing that he can make all of our personal decision for us, whether in the realm of executive pay or health care, to his belief that he has the power and authority to control every aspects of our economy. And as we are the clay in his hands, he intends to shape us as required to achieving his purpose, by instituting mandatory service requirements for every citizen, effectively making us all slaves of the state. Here is what Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had to say:

"Citizenship is not an entitlement program. It comes with responsibilities.... Everybody--somewhere between the ages 18 and 25--will serve three months of basic training and understanding in a kind of civil defense. That universal sense of service—somewhere between the ages of 18 and 25--will give Americans, once again, a sense of what they are to be American and their contribution to a country and a common experience."

Get that? Rahm knows that you don't have any idea what it means to be an American, so he plans to place you and everyone in your family into a re-education program that will ensure that you learn what a "proper American" is and how they act!

Barack has been a little busy lately with some of his other plans for us, so he hasn't gotten around to trying to implement this national servicerequirement -- yet. But that doesn't mean that this program lies dormant. On the contrary! And just like all of his other schemes, this one is being snuck in under the radar in a truly despicable manner. You might remember that earlier this year that the "Serve America Act" was passed, transferring an additional $6,000,000,000 (yes, that's 6 billion) of taxpayer money to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

And what is this organization doing with all those additional funds. Well, a good chunk of it is being funneled into the National Service-Learning Partnership, which is working very diligently to get every school in this country to institute "service-learning" programs, which is just a fancy bit of double-speak for "mandatory community service" programs for all students from Kindergarten up, with rigid service requirement on all high school students which must be met in order for them to graduate. In other words, every child in this country is being forced into indentured servitude, in direct violation of the 5th and 13th amendments of our Constitution. According to reports I have read, over half of the public schools across the country have already instituted these mandatory requirements.

Channeling Rahm Emanuel, Ron Waldman, the Head of the Meridian School in Seattle, WA, stated it this way:

"Service is the rent you pay for living on earth, and it starts in elementary school. By the time they leave 5th grade, we want our kids to feel that this is part of the fabric of who they are. It's not whether I should or shouldn't serve the community, but how. That's just what we do."

And this is very representative of statements made by teachers and school administrators across the country. Our public schools are rapidly being transformed into indoctrination camps, brainwashing the youth to see the social philosophy promoted by Obama and the progressives as simply the unquestioned norm. They are being taught that they must suppress their own dreams and plans, placing the needs of society or the community above their own. And in this way, their enthusiasm and independence is slowly crushed.

There is much more to be said on this subject, and I have created a website which analyzes the philosophical and moral underpinnings of this movement. I have also created a running blog which track ongoing developments in the arena of mandatory service. Please take a look and read all the gory details. I would appreciate it if you could also make all of your organization's members aware of this site. It is extremely important that we get the word out to as many people as possible about this action which is not being reported on in the main stream press. It would be of great help if you could also announce the site at your October rallies, and I would also encourage you to write about this issue on your own websites, blogs or newsletters, and to send letters to the editor or write articles for your local papers expressing your outrage at what is being done to our children.

The assault on our freedoms is pervasive, and it may seem difficult to focus on yet another area of attack, but I believe that this issue is one of the most important to our future. While health care and cap-and-trade will have devastating economic consequences, we could shoulder those burdens as we continued to work for a better future. But if mandatory national service becomes the law of the land, then we will have, once and for all, abandoned the fundamental principle of individualism at the core of our Constitution, which is the underpinning of all of our rights and freedoms. We will have truly become servants to the state, with the fundamental relationship between the government and its citizens permanently inverted. Please work with me to stop that from becoming a reality.

At my site you will also find an initiative called the John Galt Pledge. As most readers of this letter will probably already be aware, this pledge was the concise summation of Ayn Rand's moral philosophy outlined in her novel Atlas Shrugged. In conjunction with that pledge, I have written a "Personal Declaration of Independence" as follows:

"I swear by my life, and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."

I take this pledge as a personal Declaration of Independence. As a sovereign individual, I assert the exclusive right to my life, my liberty and my property, as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. As government is properly instituted to protect my rights, I oppose, and declare as unconstitutional, all actions taken by government that violate the very rights it is charged with defending. I support a return to the principle of individualism upon which this country was founded. And rejecting any initiation of the use of force as being wholly inappropriate, I support a society based strictly upon voluntary association and free trade among its people.

This is the pledge that I make to myself, as a personal commitment to proudly stand in the face of opposition and defend my rights and my freedom. I ask anyone else who understands these words and wished to also publically proclaim it to the world, to add their voice to a movement for a return to the principle upon which this country was founded. And they can start by adding their name to the growing list at this site.

Thank you for your time and attention.

C. Jeffrey Small



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

Peacemakers and Heroes

Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Committee praises 'extraordinary efforts' to strengthen diplomacy

The Commander-in-Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces Wins the World's Respect for Peace

OSLO, Norway - President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The stunning choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize and shocked Nobel observers because Obama took office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline. Obama's name had been mentioned in speculation before the award but many Nobel watchers believed it was too early to award the president.

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CEI Weekly: EPA Should Reopen Proceedings After Data Deletion Story 

>>CEI Petitions EPA to Reopen Proceeding After Discovery of Data Deletion

In mid-August the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) disclosed that it had destroyed the raw data for its global surface temperature data set because of an alleged lack of storage space. CEI’s petition, filed late Monday with EPA, argues that CRU’s disclosure casts a new cloud of doubt on the science behind EPA’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide.  EPA stopped accepting public comments in late June.  As CEI’s petition argues, court rulings make it clear that agencies must consider new facts when those facts change the underlying issues. Read more here at CEI, including the petition put out by CEI.



>>Greg Conko Writes on the FDA's Consideration of Regulating Internet Drug Promotion

A new report released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute challenges the Food and Drug Administration to bring its “1960s approach” to prescription drug advertising into the 21st Century by acknowledging that the Internet and other new media let ads present complete risk and benefit information in unique ways.  The agency will hold a public hearing next month to consider developing its first ever policy on Internet drug promotion, which the study authors say is long overdue. Quotes by Greg Conko and the report are available at CEI.



>>Shaping the Debate 

Price Fixing

Wayne Crews and Ryan Young's Op-ed in the American Spectator


Cool Cash to be Made on Warming Mania

Christopher C. Horner's Quote in the Orange County Register


Curbs on Bonuses Would Simply be an Overreaction

Alex Nowrasteh's Letter to the Editor in the Financial Times



>>Best of the Blogs

Obamacare’s Provisions Have Already Been Tried, and Failed, at the State Level

by Hans Bader

When the Senate Finance Committee votes on President Obama’s health care plan, it won’t even have the text of the bill in existence.  It will just be voting on a summary of what the bill will supposedly contain. . . The desire of Obamacare’s supporters to avoid any scrutiny or review of their bill is understandable, because its provisions have already been tried, and failed, at the state level.


Regulation of the Day 56: Kahlua in Ohio

by Ryan Young

Kahlua contains 20% alcohol in 49 states. But in Ohio, it is 21.5%. Weird, huh? Turns out regulations are the reason. My friend Jacob Grier pointed me to an article showing that Ohio groups alcoholic beverages into two categories: wine/beer and spirits. Any beverage below 20% alcohol is in the wine/beer category and can be sold in grocery stores. Anything above 20% is classed as a spirit and can only be sold in state-run liquor stores.


Eminent Domain Abuse in New York (Upstate Edition)

by Marc Scribner

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin dismissed the majority of a lawsuit filed by J.C. Penney against the owner of the mall where it leases retail space. In its complaint, J.C. Penney alleged that the mall owner violated the terms of its lease agreement, including provisions that required the retailer’s consent before any significant alteration to the mall was allowed to take place.  The court found that the mall was not liable because the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency had condemned the property through eminent domain, which stripped all rights J.C. Penney had to its retail space per the original lease agreement.



 >>Liberty Week Podcast

Episode 63: Suing the Government Into Honesty

We start with CEI’s FOIA fight with the U.S. Treasury, 7-Eleven’s attempt to give consumers a big gulp of government and the solution to a jobless recovery. We then move on to union pension politics, Ireland’s regrettable embrace of EU hegemony and some scantily-clad Olympic News.



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