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Our Immigration Issues, who’s fault is it?

Posted by italco on October 28, 2010

When the industrial revolution first came to America, our Corporations went to Africa and brought their labor force to America through slavery. We forced them to come to America. 

When slavery was abolished, corporations turned to (legal) immigrants coming here from other countries (give us your poor) for general labor. We asked them to come to America!

When unions stood up for the rights of the workers, Corporations turned to Undocumented workers for general labor. We ignored our laws and encouraged them to come. 

Now that American Corporations can farm out their labor to other countries like China, Americans are left sitting here with limited labor jobs and an influx of undocumented workers. Disposable labor force?

Corporate America created this problem due to their need for profit, damn the rest of us!!

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Congress Bills Taxpayers For TVs, Cameras, Lexus

Posted by italco on June 1, 2009

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By LOUISE RADNOFSKY and T.W. FARNAM

WASHINGTON — Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings spent $24,730 in taxpayer money last year to lease a 2008 luxury Lexus hybrid sedan. Ohio Rep. Michael Turner expensed a $1,435 digital camera. Eni Faleomavaega, the House delegate from American Samoa, bought two 46-inch Sony TVs.

The Senate and House release volumes of the reimbursement requests for these allowances, but do not make them available electronically. A Wall Street Journal review of thousands of pages of these records for 2008 expenses showed most lawmaker spending flowed to areas such as staff salaries, travel, office rent and supplies, and printing and mailing.

But it also turned up spending on an array of products, from the car leases and electronics to a high-end laptop computer and $22 cellphone holder. Rep. Howard Berman expensed $84,000 worth of personalized calendars, printed by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, for his constituents. A spokeswoman for Mr. Berman, a California Democrat, didn’t return requests for comment.

Rep. Hastings, a Democrat, and Rep. Turner, a Republican, made their purchases in the third quarter. Rep. Faleomavaega, a Democrat, bought the TVs for $1,473 apiece in mid-November. Spokespeople for the three didn’t return requests for comment.

“This information is not widely available to the public,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense. “This is stuff that every constituent should be able to know.”

The House and Senate administrators can deny reimbursement if they deem an expense request to be inappropriate. Jeff Ventura, spokesman for House chief administrative officer Daniel Beard, said no formal records are kept on the number of claims deemed inappropriate, but that such instances are rare. The Senate operates similarly.

See full story at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124364352135868189.html#mod=todays_us_page_one

Understand , this is just budget items we are talking about here. This does not include the lobbyist “freebees”. The entitlements our Congress endulges in are disgusting.

This is why the 2010 election is so important. We The People need to stand up and be heard. We need to make or lawmakers understand that we are tired of this type of politics. “Beat The Drum” and root out corruption in congress in 2010. I have designed an entire page dedicated to this very thing. Please visit my blog page and hold your representatives accountable for their actions. Why should they receive so much and have such great benefits while those of us who elected them struggle? Make your voice heard!!

“Beat The Drum”

(go here to get info on your representatives)  https://italco.wordpress.com/politics-anti-government-corruption/ 

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FBI and CIA Combine Anti-Terror Efforts!

Posted by italco on May 31, 2009

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I have never understood the separation of the CIA and the FBI. It always seemed to me that America would be much safer and much better off if the Justice Department and the CIA worked in harmony with one another. I am glad to see we have a President who agrees. After all, we are all on the same side. Why have two agencies working separately and not sharing vital information with the other. A combination of resources only makes sense.

Upon taking office in January, President Obama shut down the CIA’s secret “black site” prisons and forbade the use of coercive interrogation techniques.
That opened the door for an increased role for the FBI, which for the last year has deployed more agents and analysts overseas to work alongside the CIA, U.S. military and foreign governments. The initiative would mean even broader incorporation of the FBI and Justice Department into global counter-terrorism operations. Many national security officials said it is a vindication of the FBI, which before Sept. 11 had played a leading role in international terrorism investigations.
 
FBI agents for years had used non-coercive interrogations to thwart attacks, win convictions of Al Qaeda operatives and gain an encyclopedic knowledge of how the terrorist network operates. But they withdrew from questioning important suspects after the bureau opposed the tactics being used by the CIA and military — often by inexperienced civilian contractors. The harsh interrogations provided such bad information that U.S. agents spent years chasing false leads around the world, former FBI agent Ali Soufan testified before Congress two weeks ago. “It was one of the worst and most harmful decisions made in our efforts against Al Qaeda.”
 
Before Sept. 11, the FBI model of “informed” interrogation — knowing everything about a suspect to get them talking — was the preferred method of intelligence and military interrogators. Even veteran CIA agents said that abandoning that approach after Sept. 11 was counterproductive. “To use a contractor to ask the questions and not let the FBI guy who’s collected all the evidence and knows all of the intelligence about these guys, it makes no sense at all,” said former CIA counter-terrorism case agent Robert Baer.
One intelligence official said the FBI’s expanded role in the global fight against terrorism was a natural outgrowth of the Obama administration’s new priorities. “It stands to reason because, by executive order, the CIA is out of the long-term detention business,” the official said, referring to Obama’s closing of overseas prisons. Richard Clarke, a senior counter-terrorism official in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, said the turnabout was long overdue. http://www.latimes.com/news/la-na-fbi28-2009may28,0,3584591.story 

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VP Cheney Wrong?….NO!!!

Posted by italco on May 30, 2009

Just Another Lie

I will go on record to say that I do not believe that former VP Cheney is an evil man. I do not believe in the conspiracy theory that he and the past administration staged the 911 attacks in order to further there war agenda.

I do believe we were lied to about Iraq, I do believe the no bid contracts were handed out to help his friends at Haliburton, and I do beleive the past administration put this country at risk when they by-passed the Geneva Convention laws on tourture. http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/91.htm

This being said, why does former VP Cheney find it necessary to defend their wrongful acts. Why does he Lie? Why did he lie in the past? President Obama isn’t attempting to bring up charges against anyone…leave it alone and go away.

This is my note to former VP Cheney;

Sir, you lost credibility over the Iraq war and the weapons of mass destruction. You lost credibility over the no bid contracts. You lost credibility when you messed up the Katrina disaster. You lost credibility when you decided you were above the Geneva Convention…please Sir, you have caused enough damage.  Please retire and go away. You and the the rest of the “hate” squad are destroying the republican party. Put your country first for once. Follow in the footsteps of President Bush and retire! Please !http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/23108.html

“Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claims — that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked — are wrong. 

Former VP Dick Cheney has been a vocal defender of Bush-era interrogation techniques.

Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association’s annual dinner in New York on Wednesday, said an investigation by his committee into detainee abuse charges over the use of the techniques — now deemed torture by the Obama administration — “gives the lie to Mr. Cheney’s claims.” http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/29/levin.cheney/

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He is coming to get you!!

Posted by italco on May 29, 2009

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Your one last place to hide will be taken over by the government with the newly appointed “cyber czar”…just think, all those bloggers out there who have been spreading there “hate” messages all over the internet will now have to worry about the government watching their every move. If I were them, I would go deep into the internet underground and form an internet rebellion to counter such an invasion of government control. Not only has the government silenced your voice in congress now they are appointing a “czar” to silence your voice online…I see computers being shut down all over the world……I wonder if those of us who have praised President Obama will be rewarded for being good boys and girls? (in case you take this seriously…stop it…they aren’t after us…lol)

“To oversee an enhanced security system for the nation’s computer networks, Obama is creating a “cyber czar” as part of a long-awaited plan stemming from a review he ordered shortly after taking office.

On Friday, Obama is expected to lay out broad goals for dealing with cyber threats while depicting the U.S. as a digital nation that needs to provide the education required to keep pace with technology and attract and retain a cyber-savvy work force. He also is expected to call for a new education campaign to raise public awareness of the challenges and threats related to cyber security.”

“Government and military officials have acknowledged that U.S. computer networks are constantly assailed by attacks and scans, ranging from nuisance hacking to more nefarious probes and attacks. Some suggest that the actions at times are a form of cyber espionage from other nations, such as China.

Obama is not expected to announce who will get the job during Friday’s unveiling of the review, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection process is ongoing. Other officials close to the issue say a handful of experts — both in and out of government — are under consideration.” http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090529/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_cyber_struggles

Vett them well Mr. President!!

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Governors Collaborate to do their part!!

Posted by italco on May 19, 2009

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In September NGA Chair Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty launched the 2007-2008 NGA Chair’s Initiative – Securing a Clean Energy Future, proclaiming “America is ready for bold, innovative energy policies that will make us safer, more independent and better stewards of the planet. We’ve been asleep at the switch for too long – the time for action is now.”

 Securing a Clean Energy Future (SCEF) is designed to: 

  • Identify new opportunities for states to save energy, support clean alternatives and encourage deployment of new technologies;
  • Convene high-profile events and stakeholder meetings to advance this agenda;
  • Produce toolkits and guides that analyze and examine current best practices;
  • Establish state challenge grants for enhanced energy planning;
  • Explore state compacts and state-industry partnerships that address initiative policy goals.
  • Raise state and national awareness of the importance of clean energy; 

In November, Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty and SCEF Taskforce co-chair Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced a groundbreaking public-private partnership with Google and Intel Corporation’s Climate Savers Computing Initiative, that aims to reduce energy use from computers, servers and related equpment. 

In December, the SCEF Initiative held the Governors’ Summit on Alternative Transportation Fuels and Advanced Vehicles, in Tampa, Florida. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined Gov. Pawlenty, Gov. Sebelius, and Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer during a Governors’ Roundtable to discuss alternative transportation fuels, clean vehicles and other technologies and policies that offer the potential to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

At the Governors Summit the governors released A Call to Action, a report outlining the current energy challenges the United States faces, defining the role of states in developing clean energy in the future and presenting a roadmap for states interested in achieving the goals of the SCEF Initiative. 

For more information on the Securing a Clean Energy Future initiative, please visit www.nga.org/ci. To speak with one of NGA’s experts on this issue, please contact the NGA Office of Communications at 202-624-5301. 

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.ef1a671e4253877ae8ebb856a11010a0/

This is an informational post with links to various places of interest. I hope you enjoy. I find it interesting to see what different government groups are doing. I am happy to see the Governors Association come together in an effort to address our concerns.

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This is “OUR” President!!

Posted by italco on May 17, 2009

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“President Barack Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America’s leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another.Obama acknowledged that “no matter how much we want to fudge it … the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable.” But he still implored the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop “reducing those with differing views to caricature.

Obama entered the arena to thunderous applause and a standing ovation from many in the crowd of 12,000. But as the president began his commencement address, at least three protesters interrupted it. One yelled, “Stop killing our children.” The graduates responded by chanting “Yes we can,” the slogan that became synonymous with Obama’s presidential campaign. Obama seem unfazed, saying Americans must be able to deal with things that make them “uncomfortable.”

The president ceded no ground. But he said those on each side of the debate “can still agree that this is a heart-wrenching decision for any woman to make, with both moral and spiritual dimensions. “So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term.”

He said he favored “a sensible conscience clause” that would give anti-abortion health care providers the right to refuse to perform the procedure.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_notre_dame

President Obama does not shrink away from controversy or opposing views. Here is a man who will walk into a room where he knows there is oposition to his own veiws and still give value to those who opose him. What is there not to respect. He shows us respect. He shows respect to the conservatives, the republicans, the moderates, the liberals, the christians, the muslims, the jews, the athists, and the world.

That is what I voted for and that is what I expect.

It is ok to disagree and we should at least be able to reach consensus on that. We are all different people with differing cultures. We all have our own set of perceptions that are based on where we live and how we were/are raised.

We should all be able to get behind “our” president and put country first. The issues, we can work out and find compromises that are win/win for all sides.

This should be the expectation of all our leaders.

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“The American Clean Energy and Security Act”

Posted by italco on May 15, 2009

 

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Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Edward J. Markey introduced “H.R. 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act.”  The Energy and Commerce Committee will begin markup of the bill on Monday, May 18, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., and will complete consideration before the Memorial Day recess.

“The legislation will create millions of new clean energy jobs, save consumers hundreds of billions of dollars in energy costs, promote America’s energy independence and security, and cut global warming pollution,” said Chairman Waxman.  “In support of these goals, this legislation ensures that consumers and industries in all regions of the country are protected.  I look forward to working with all members of the Committee to approve this legislation to make America the world leader in new clean energy and energy efficiency technologies.” http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1622:chairmen-waxman-and-markey-introduce-the-american-clean-energy-and-security-act&catid=155:statements&Itemid=81

The latest version of the House Democratic leadership’s climate bill would give away for free up to 85% of the pollution permits created to launch a proposed system to cap greenhouse-gas emissions, according to details of the proposal released.

The free pollution permits and other compromises are part of the multibillion dollar price that House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D., Calif.) paid to win support from moderate House Democrats to clear the way for a committee vote on his sweeping climate and energy bill by Memorial Day. The measure still faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Mr. Waxman and moderate Democrats outlined their deal earlier this week. Those permits could be sold, and would have value because the overall quantity of allowed industrial greenhouse gas emissions would be capped under the law.

The article goes on by breaking down the percentage of gases permitted based on industry and explains how both sides of the issue will have to find compromise to make this work.

The president and Mr. Waxman originally had pushed for utilities to produce up to 25% of their power from renewable sources, with a certain percentage offset by energy efficiency gains. Utilities were to attain that goal by 2025. But now, as part of his compromise, Mr. Waxman cut the requirement to 20% by 2020, with governors able to reduce the renewable portion if they increase energy efficiency.

States will initially receive 10% of the greenhouse-gas allowances for free, and could use their value to finance investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124240088772024143.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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End Corruption In Congress! “Beat The Drum”

Posted by italco on May 14, 2009

 

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“Beat The Drum”

It is time to end corruption in government!

How can “We The People” make a difference?

First, We need to demand that accepting gifts is an not an acceptable practice. This is where corruption starts. We must end the practice of accepting gratuities as common place in congress and our government agencies.

Then, We need to vote wisely in 2010, pick the candidate based on ethics not on just their moral values.

Open secrets is a web sight that will let you view any and all contributions received from any politician in congress. Go here and research those you will be voting for in the up coming 2010 elections http://www.opensecrets.org/elections/index.php.

Another great website is “Congress Merge”. This website allows you to click on your state and view the contact info on any candidate that is up for re-election, their phone numbers, and their voting history http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/index.htm this is an absolute must when making an informed decision on the candidates in your voting area. Another resource sent in by blogger ( Ann Nonomus) http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ is an excellent tool in canidate research.

We can get involved in our Party!! Go to your party website and help them out. http://www.gop.com/ / http://www.democrats.org/ /or any one of the political parties that participated in the 2008 election http://2008election.procon.org/viewresource.asp?resourceID=001570

We can also, Demand our ethics laws to be enforced; 

Beat The Drum…lets force them to be ethical.

Write to your White-house http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

The House of Representatives https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Senator’s http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

The congressional Oversight Panel http://cop.senate.gov/contact/

The Office of Government Ethics http://www.usoge.gov/contact_us/contact_oge.aspx

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                    TITLE 5–ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL
                CHAPTER XVI–OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT ETHICS
PART 2635_STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH–
                      Subpart G_Misuse of Position
Sec. 2635.702  Use of public office for private gain.
     An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the
employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to
be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.
    (a) Inducement or coercion of benefits. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself or to friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

Corruption isn’t going away on it’s own, Demand ethics reform in Congress!!

https://italco.wordpress.com/politics-anti-government-corruption/

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California For Sale?

Posted by italco on May 14, 2009

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Arnold…what are you doing? You can’t sell the State of California!

Oh, you are having a city block sale…well thats different then.

I am kidding of course. Looks like a good oportunity for Property Investors to buy some State Owned property at bargain prices. Check out the story written on Reuters

“California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning the sale of some state properties including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, San Quentin State Prison and the Orange County Fairgrounds to raise cash, the Los Angeles Times said, citing a copy of a proposal. The sale would raise $600 million to $1 billion, and is likely to be included in the governor’s revised budget plan on Thursday, the paper said.” http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE54D17X20090514

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