Obama: Crackdown on offshore assets will create more jobs

Crackdown on offshore assets will create more jobs, says Obama As the new administration continues to pursue individuals and institutions who it believes are implicated in hiding assets from the IRS, President Obama has explained the process will boost economic growth and jobs at home.

A statement issued by the White House says the current tax code offers a competitive advantage to companies that invest and create jobs overseas and provides opportunities to avoid taxes through offshore tax havens.

To prove that, it cites statistics indicating that almost one-third of all foreign profits reported by U.S. corporations in 2003 came from just three countries, namely Bermuda, the Netherlands and Ireland, known for their low tax levels.

To remedy the situation, Obama has proposed replacing tax advantages for investing overseas with incentives to do so at home by reforming deferral rules that give tax breaks to those who reinvest overseas.
He has also vowed to continue to "get tough" on overseas tax havens.

"It is the downpayment on the larger tax reform we need to make our tax system simpler and fairer and more efficient for individuals and corporations," the president said at a joint news conference with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

The White House estimates the plan will save around $200 billion over the next decade and will discourage companies from enhancing their foreign operations at the expense of creating American jobs.
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Medical tai chi grows popular as healthcare costs skyrocket

Medical tai chi grows popular as healthcare costs skyrocket A Chinese exercise that has been described as "the secret to anti-aging," medical tai chi is proving increasingly popular in the U.S.

The technique, also known as qigong, looks similar to martial tai chi, but its slow movements are designed to boost the immune system and open acupuncture "chi" channels without using needles, according to Healing Tao Retreats.

Michael Winn, ex-president of the National Qigong Association, says the appeal of this technique lies in the fact that the less effort one makes, the more powerful the healing energy the exercise generates.

"Yoga and martial tai chi styles are also healthy alternatives, but qigong is medically far more effective," says Winn.

"[It] can be targeted to heal specific mental or physical illnesses. I’ve witnessed countless healings in people abandoned by the medical system," he emphasizes.

Dr. Bryan Lewis, an integrative healthcare expert, believes people are turning to alternatives like qigong because they cannot afford insurance premium costs which can be as high as $25,000 a year.

"The NIH knows that greater reliance on prevention and self-care is the only long term solution our national health system can afford," he says.

"If 200 million Chinese rely upon medical qigong for good health, why can’t Americans?" he asks.

Qigong has been used in China to heal chronic illness for more than 2,500 years.
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Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis and Vitamin D3

Each month I try to think of what information my subscribers need most, as most of my readers are in the 50 to 90 age group. Of course we all need health and wealth, which is the basic theme of The Bob Livingston Letter.

And one cause of poor health among people in this age group is Vitamin D deficiency.

I have been so mesmerized, excited and overpowered with the benefits of vitamin D3 and sunshine that I have accumulated a small library on the subject.

The vitamin D3 excitement grows exponentially for seniors. I myself am in that age range. I have good seasoning like fine whiskey! I didn’t say that I drink it, just age like it—to perfection!

Increasing numbers of adults are developing a vitamin D deficiency-related bone condition known as osteomalacia (pronounced os-tee-oh-muh-lay-sha), sometimes called "adult rickets." This condition, characterized by vague bone and muscle aches, is frequently misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia or arthritis. This is a typical diagnosis of "conventional" or "orthodox" doctors. I just saw this happen and the patient (or victim) wouldn’t touch vitamin D3 and had to go on disability.

Activated vitamin D or vitamin D3 or sunshine is directly related to bone health and muscle health. It is in fact its main job.

Osteomalacia refers to bone pain with muscle ache. Osteomalacia is a condition in which the bones don’t harden properly during the building or rebuilding phase. Vitamin D3 deficiency is the most common cause of osteomalacia.

Yes, even seniors are always building bone and unhardened bone produces complaints of muscle achiness and weakness. Winter months produce this more when there is little or no sunshine.

Vitamin D3 deficiency affects seniors most simply because few of us get any sunshine or enough sunshine, including me. So my wife and I take large daily doses (10,000 units) of vitamin D3 almost without fail. If we slack anything else, we take vitamin D3 in tablets or liquid.

The rule is to take large doses daily. You should take it on and on. As with any natural nutrient, it will take a while to get D3 solidly in your system, say two months. Then we have to keep it there by continuing to supplement. It may take longer for some. Remember that you acquired this sunshine deficiency over a long period of time.

If vitamin D3 deficiency continues it will weaken your bones and predispose you to fractures, especially of the lower spine, hip and wrist. In fact some researchers suspect that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by vitamin D3 deficiency. And most importantly, a D3 deficiency causes instability of balance. Seniors fall more than younger people, a whole lot more. Of course when they do, they break their bones, as you well know.

Osteoporosis

All seniors know what osteoporosis is. Osteoporosis is a basic deficiency of vitamin D3 which compromises the bone regrowth and remodeling process—which goes on until death. Vitamin D3 deficiency inhibits efficient absorption of calcium from the diet. Calcium enters the bloodstream and with the help of vitamin D3 is deposited in the bones. If this pattern doesn’t happen because of D3 deficiency, the bones become riddled with holes and become porous, brittle and weak. This is osteoporosis and can be verified with a bone density test.

The result of osteoporosis is death. How many seniors over the centuries have broken a bone, developed pneumonia and died? This was all needless, according to vitamin D research.

Our strongest impression is that you should take your daily units of vitamin D3 above all else.

Normally I wouldn’t include specific product names and links in my editorial articles, but I get so many questions as to which exact products I use that I thought I should do so here. I recommend you take Advanced D3 from Health Resources™.

Lawsuit challenges denial of right to bear arms

Lawsuit challenges denial of right to bear armsThe Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), The Calguns Foundation (CF) and three private citizens have filed a lawsuit against arbitrary state infringement of the right to bear arms in California.

They challenge the policies of two sheriffs in Sacramento and Yolo counties, who refuse to issue law-abiding people gun permits while criminals continue to carry guns without police permission, according to the SAF.

One of the plaintiffs believes her sexual orientation and small stature makes her an appealing target for criminals but she has been unable to obtain a gun permit.

"The California licensing system is being abused by some officials who are hostile to self-defense rights," says Donald Kilmer, co-counsel representing the plaintiffs in this case.

He adds, "Complete deprivation of the right to bear arms is not an option under our constitution."

Founded in 1974, SAF is the nation’s oldest and largest education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right to privately own and possess firearms. It has more than 600,000 members and conducts programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

CF is a non-profit legal defense fund for California gun owners and works to educate government and the public and protect the rights of individuals to own and lawfully use firearms in California.
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Cherries shown to counteract arthritis inflammation

Cherries shown to counteract arthritis inflammationLifestyle and dietary changes, like regular consumption of cherries, may help manage the inflammation, stiffness and pain related to arthritis.

There is evidence that tart cherries may play a role in reducing the pain of arthritis, based on a review of studies published over the years in scientific publications such as Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine, Journal of Nutrition and Behavioral Brain Research.

Compounds called anthocyanins – which are responsible for cherries’ red color – are believed to promote this anti-inflammatory benefit.

Leslie Bonci, director of Sports Nutrition in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, says her clients frequently ask about ways of managing arthritis without pharmacological drugs.

"For many arthritis sufferers, what they eat may help dramatically reduce their arthritis-related pain," she stresses.

That is why she suggests eating cherries as well as other red foods rich in anthocyanins and including omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.

In addition to that, the expert recommends staying properly hydrated and practicing gentle stretching that may increase comfort and lessen pain and stiffness.
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Contaminated food victims call for better safety system

Contaminated food victims call for better safety system More than 20 victims of foodborne illnesses gathered in Washington DC to call for better consumer protection.

According to the Make Our Food Safe Campaign, some 5,000 Americans die annually from food-related illness, but the food safety system is based on laws enacted in 1906 that are outdated and fail to protect food supply.

"These victims, their families and their stories must serve as the final wake-up call," said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat and chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations.

She added, "We must act now to make it happen, transform the FDA, and begin a new movement that puts public health first."

DeLauro has introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act to separate food safety regulation from drug and device approvals.

Meanwhile, major consumer and food safety groups have launched the Make Our Food Safe Campaign to push for reforms of the nation’s food regulatory system.

It calls for risk-based inspections, science-based standards for foods and requirements that food companies test for harmful contaminants and report any result showing contamination to the government.

Steps to ensure that imported food products meet safety standards, enhanced enforcement tools, like mandatory recall authority, and structural changes in HHS are also among the campaign’s demands.
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Obama’s First 100 Mistakes

If you’re as tired as I am of all the hoorays and hallelujahs an adoring press has bestowed on Barack Obama for his first 100 days in office, here’s a welcome respite.

To help counter all that saccharine applause, one of the left’s sharpest critics in Washington, D.C. prepared a different sort of list. Gary Bauer, who heads the Campaign for Working Families, compiled a list of Obama’s 100 mistakes, misstatements, and missteps since he assumed our nation’s highest office.

Granted, not every one of the items listed below threatens the foundations of our Republic. But taken together, they reveal that we are witnessing the transformation of a limited, Constitutional government into a socialist morass.

Gary has divided his list into four categories, starting with values and going to national security, free enterprise, and personnel. See if you don’t agree that it’s quite a litany.

Undermining Our Values

1. Calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on the White House website.

2. Calling on the White House website for the expansion of federal hate crimes to include homosexual behavior.

3. Calling on the White House website for policies like the “Fairness Doctrine” that could silence conservative and Christian talk radio.

4. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

5. Repealing limitations on taxpayer-funding of abortions overseas.

6. Pledging $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund, which supports China’s draconian one-child policy.

7. Proposing new rules to gut conscience clause protections for pro-life doctors and other medical personnel who don’t want to be forced to perform abortions or other procedures that violate their values.

8. Proposing increased funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

9. Calling on the White House website for “a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year,” (mandatory volunteerism).

10. Inviting homosexual families to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

11. Allowing his attorney general to call for the reinstatement of Clinton-era restrictions on the Second Amendment.

12. Breaking his promise not to appoint lobbyists to his administration. He hired 17 in his first two weeks.

13. Breaking his promise to sign legislation only after a five-day period of public comments.

14. Asking that the monogram for Jesus Christ be covered up during a televised speech at a Catholic university in which Obama quotes the Sermon on the Mount.

Undermining Our National Security

15. Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America.

16. Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia.

17. Pledging to base America’s foreign policy toward Iran on “mutual respect” in a video to the Iranian people and Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator.

18. Returning the bust of Winston Churchill given to George Bush after 9/11 by our British allies.

19. Giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of America’s most loyal ally, a box of DVDs that don’t work in British DVD players.

20. Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there.

21. Suggesting that some of those terrorists now at GITMO may kill again, but may also be released onto U.S. soil and set up with welfare benefits.

22. Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released.

23. Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

24. Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega.

25. Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is suspected of masterminding the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole.

26. Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques.

27. Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their “mistakes.”

28. Declaring a new openness to “truth commissions” and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists.

29. Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza.

30. Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas.

31. Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons.

32. Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America’s commitment to missile defense is negotiable.

33. Dropping the term “enemy combatants” for GITMO detainees.

34. Dropping the term “terrorism” for “man-made disaster.”

35. Dropping the term “Global War on Terror” for “overseas contingency operations.”

36. Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya.

37. Telling the Muslim world that his “job” was to communicate “that the Americans are not your enemy,” when it’s Muslim extremists who have declared war on us.

38. Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Undermining Free Enterprise

39. Signing the trillion-dollar plus so-called “stimulus” bill, which the Congressional Budget Office said would actually hurt long-term economic growth.

40. Saying Caterpillar wouldn’t lay off workers if his trillion-dollar stimulus bill passed Congress. Obama signed the bill on Feb. 17th. On March 17th, Caterpillar laid off nearly 2,500 workers.

41. Hosting a “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” one week after signing the trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill.

42. Railing against “outrageous recklessness and greed” of AIG bonuses that were legally protected in the so-called “stimulus” bill he signed four days after it passed, not five as he promised.

43. Breaking his promise on earmark reform by signing the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill with billions in earmarks.

44. Proposing a $3.6 trillion budget that doubles the national debt in five years and triples it in ten years.

45. Proposing a “carbon cap and trade” scheme that will raise energy taxes by hundreds of billions, even trillions, of dollars.

46. Burning more than 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Iowa for Earth Day to promote “wind power.”

47. Proposing $634 billion in higher taxes for socialized health care.

48. Proposing to raise taxes on small business owners.

49. Saying the White House is open to the idea of taxing employer-sponsored health care benefits as income.

50. Signing a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, calling it “a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American.”

51. Establishing the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to give bureaucrats the power to ration health care and tell your doctors what care you can and cannot have.

52. Signing the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act, which the Sierra Club praised specifically because it “will safeguard millions of acres … from oil and gas leasing.”

53. Suggesting he has found $1.5 trillion in bogus “savings” by not spending money in Iraq that we were not planning to spend years from now.

54. Ordering his Cabinet to “cut” $100 million in spending in 90 days, after proposing nearly $5 trillion in spending in his first 90 days.

55. Proposing to limit tax deductions for home mortgage interest.

56. Proposing to limit tax deductions for charitable donations.

57. Refusing to allow banks to repay TARP money.

58. Bailing out AMTRAK with a 10% increase in its taxpayer subsidies.

59. Bailing out the United Auto Workers Union with billions of taxpayer dollars to GM and Chrysler.

60. Bailing out the United Auto Workers by giving it a majority ownership stake in Chrysler. Yes, the union will own the company.

61. Bailing out Big Labor by issuing an executive order mandating that infrastructure projects paid for with “stimulus” funds must use union labor, guaranteeing higher costs for the taxpayer.

62. Bailing out Big Labor again by repealing regulations requiring the disclosure of how union dues are spent. So much for “transparency.”

63. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM, “then vowing that the government will back auto warranties.

64. Saying, “The United States government has no interest in running GM, “then firing the CEO of General Motors.

65. Allowing states to set their own fuel efficiency and emissions standards, making it harder for struggling auto makers to compete.

Personnel Is Policy

66. Nominating Timothy “The Turbo Tax Evader” Geithner as Treasury Secretary to oversee the IRS.

67. Nominating as attorney general Eric Holder, who urged Bill Clinton to pardon tax evader Marc Rich and 8 FALN terrorists.

68. Nominating David Ogden, a prominent attorney for the pornography industry, to be Deputy Attorney General.

69. Nominating Tom Daschle, who owed more than $140,000 in back taxes, as Health and Human Services Secretary.

70. Nominating Kathleen Sebelius, who is ardently pro-abortion and owed $8,000 in back taxes, to be HHS Secretary.

71. Nominating Janet Napolitano, who said, “crossing the border is not a crime per se,” as Homeland Security Secretary.

72. Nominating Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Last September, Chu said, “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” which at that time were roughly $8.00 a gallon.

73. Nominating Ron Kirk, who owed more than $6,000 in back taxes, as Trade Representative.

74. Nominating Bill Richardson, who was embroiled in an ethics scandal, as Secretary of Commerce.

75. Nominating Nancy Killefer, who also owed back taxes, to be the government’s “Efficiency Czar.”

76. Nominating Rosa Brooks, a leftwing acolyte of George Soros, as an advisor to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

77. Nominating Harold Koh, an ardent supporter of using international law in the interpretation of our Constitution, to be the top legal advisor to the State Department.

78. Nominating Carol Browner, who was a member of the Socialist International, to be “Climate and Energy Czar.”

79. Nominating John Holdren, an environmental extremist and advocate of population control, as the White House Science Advisor.

80. Nominating Dawn Johnsen, who is so pro-abortion she once compared pregnancy to slavery, to direct the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department.

81. Nominating Charles Freeman, an anti-Israel, pro-Arab apologist, to be head of the National Intelligence Council.

82. Nominating Tony West, who represented American Taliban John Walker Lindh and exposed the Bush Administration’s terrorist surveillance program, to the Justice Department’s Civil Division.

83. Nominating Annette Nazareth to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, who withdrew after a month-long probe into her taxes.

84. Trying to nominate pro-abortion Catholics to be ambassador to the Vatican, a move even John Kerry opposed.

85. Appointing Ellen Moran of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director.

86. Appointing Melody Barnes, a board member of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.

87. Appointing Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign (the largest homosexual rights lobbying group) to the White House’s Faith Based Advisory Council.

88. Appointing Adolfo Carrion as Director of White House Office of Urban Affairs, even though he is under investigation for kickbacks in a scandal nearly identical to one that cost GOP Senator Ted Stevens his election.

89. Nominating David Hamilton as his first appointment to a federal appeals court. Judge Hamilton has issued a number of controversial rulings, including prohibiting the Indiana House of Representatives from opening sessions with prayers in the name of Jesus.

Other Obama Outrages

90. Telling congressional Republicans to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh.

91. Coordinating attacks on Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santelli and Jim Cramer out of the White House.

92. Hosting weekly parties at the White House, serving up $100-a-pound Waygu beef during what Obama called, “the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.”

93. Laughing it up on 60 Minutes as the country is mired in a recession.

94. Allowing Air Force One to buzz the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, creating panic in New York City.

95. Disparaging Special Olympians on the Tonight Show.

96. Allowing his Department of Homeland Security to issue a report accusing pro-life, smaller government conservatives and returning Iraq/Afghanistan veterans of being “rightwing extremists.”

97. Promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., amnesty.

98. Killing the school voucher program in the District of Columbia, while sending his two daughters to an elite private school, rather than D.C.’s public schools.

99. Moving the Census out of the Department of Commerce and into the White House.

100. Relying too much on his teleprompter.

Thanks, Gary, for reminding us of many of the things an adoring press has already swept into the dustbin of history.

If you’d like to receive Gary Bauer’s insightful and sometimes biting commentaries each day, go to http://www.cwfpac.com/cwf_eod_request.php. As he says there, his Campaign for Working Families is unapologetically pro-family, pro-life, and pro-growth. He is definitely (and sometimes defiantly) on the Right side of the issues of the day.

Allergy sufferers may benefit from folic acid

Allergy sufferers may benefit from folic acidFolic acid, also known as vitamin B9, may suppress allergic reactions and alleviate the severity of allergy and asthma symptoms, according to a new study.

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center arrived at this conclusion after reviewing the medical records of more than 8,000 people aged two to 85 and tracking the effects of folate levels on respiratory and allergic symptoms.

They also looked closely the levels of IgE antibodies which rise in response to an allergen.

The researchers found people with higher blood levels of folate had fewer IgE antibodies, fewer reported allergies, less wheezing and lower likelihood of asthma.

Lead investigator Dr. Elizabeth Matsui, a pediatric allergist at Hopkins Children’s says the findings indicated that folic acid may help regulate immune response to allergens and reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.

They furthermore add to mounting evidence that folate can help regulate inflammation.

Folic acid is also essential for red blood cell health and has long been known to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects.

According to the CDC, asthma affects more than 7 percent of adults and children in the U.S. is the most common chronic condition among children.
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Organization ‘Disappointed’ As Governor Vetoes Embryonic Research Bill

Organization 'disappointed' as governor vetoes embryonic research bill Americans United for Life (AUL) has expressed its disappointment with the decision of the Oklahoma governor to veto a bill which would have banned destructive embryonic research.

Last month, Governor Brad Henry vetoed Oklahoma House Bill 1326, which would have also made it illegal to conduct research that would subject an unborn child to a substantial risk of death or injury.

Although the veto was subsequently overridden by the state House of Representatives, the Senate failed to do the same.

"This life-saving bill was vital to keeping Oklahoma a leader in the pro-life movement," says Maressa Treat, AUL director for Oklahoma.

"The veto is disappointing to all who support life issues, such as banning embryonic stem cell research," she added.

Upon assuming office last January, President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research saying such research offers hope for finding a cure for a range of diseases and conditions, including Alzheimer’s and spinal cord injuries.

Founded in 1971, AUL is a nonprofit, public-interest organization committed to defending human life through judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels.

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Inventories running low as Americans stock up on ammunition

Inventories running low as Americans stock up on ammunitionIn the face of an uncertain economy, and the government’s efforts to tighten gun control, gun and ammunition sales are rising.

CNN has recently reported gun shops across the country are running out of ammunition as people worry the Obama administration will increase taxes on bullets or introduce new gun-control measures.

"People are buying cases or whatever they can get their hands on and putting it away," says Richard Taylor, manager of The Firing Line, a gun shop and shooting range in the Denver area, quoted by the news organization.

He added " it’s gotten very, very difficult to find ammunition" in the last two months.

Meanwhile, according to a recent article in Time Magazine, the nation is also seeing a boom in gun sales. Quoting SportsOneSource, a research firm that tracks the sporting goods industry, it says firearms sales in large retail outlets have increased by 39 percent this year

This also comes at a time when fewer Americans support gun control laws.

A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that while in 2001 some 54 percent favored stricter regulations, the number has fallen to 39 percent today.

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