House Votes To Extend Estate Tax, Senate Has One Month To Pass Own Version

House votes to extend estate tax, Senate has one month to pass own versionLast week, the House of Representatives voted to permanently extend the 45 percent inheritance tax on estates worth more than $3.5 million, which was set to expire at the end of the year.

In order for the bill to be enacted, the Senate will need to pass its own version by December 31. If they do not, the tax will be nonexistent for 2010 and will then revert back to pre-Bush-era rates where the first $1 million would be exempted and anything over that would be taxed at a rate of 55 percent.

"This bill gives our nation’s wealthiest families the ability to know exactly what their obligation to the nation that fostered their wealth will be, and it is fair and it is just," said Democratic Representative Jared Polis of Colorado, quoted by the Associated Press (AP).

Many Republicans have been calling for a permanent repeal of the estate tax, arguing that it hurts families who pass down small businesses to future generations.

"In a small business at normal rates of return, you can roughly double the business every generation, but then the government comes and takes half of it away from you," said Steve Entin, director of the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, quoted by Fox News. "It knocks you back to where you started, and they do this generation after generation," he added.

There is concern among supporters of the legislation that the Senate will not pass their own version of the bill by year’s end due to its preoccupation with the healthcare bill and the redeployment of troops to Afghanistan.
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Will Huckabee's Alleged Clemency Of Seattle Shooter Cost Him Politically?

Will Huckabee's alleged clemency of Seattle shooter cost him politically?

Have revelations that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee pardoned accused cop killer Maurice Clemmons in 2000 doomed Huckabee’s chances of securing the GOP presidential nomination in 2012?

Clemmons was shot to death by Seattle police Dec. 2, four days after he killed four Seattle police officers in a coffee shop.

Last week, The New York Times ran an article detailing the concerns some Arkansas prosecutors had about Huckabee’s apparent willingness to pardon individuals even with a significant criminal record.

According to the news source, "[the governor] typically gave little explanation for individual pardons [but] spoke often of his belief in redemption, based on a strong religious belief that even criminals are capable of changing their lives and often deserve a second chance."

In the meantime, Hucakbee sought to correct media reports by writing on the conservative news website Newsmax.com that he only reduced Clemmons’ sentence from 108 years to 47 years, rather than setting him free.

Still, the former governor took full responsibility for his actions and expressed his sadness over the tragedy, but added that "if the same file was presented to me today, I would have likely made the same decision."

According to opinion polls taken before the shootings, Huckabee was leading the group of major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, with 50 percent of respondents saying they believed he was qualified for the highest office.
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Silver Bells Are Ringing

Silver bells are ringing, and it’s not just because of the season, but because of the buying opportunity afforded by investing in silver. Yes silver, the "poor man’s gold," has not gotten the attention it deserves.

In the past year the traditional press finally accepted the wisdom of owning some gold in an investment portfolio. We, of course, have been preaching this for the past 30 years.

While gold has been hitting record highs almost every day, silver barely gets a mention. Don’t make this same mistake in your portfolio! If you’re looking for protection from a falling U.S. dollar, silver offers several advantages over gold.

As I’ve noted before in this column, gold has been on a tear. Its price has climbed more than 50 percent since mid-November 2008. The reasons for this dramatic increase are central-bank buying, investor and investment-fund buying, paper-currency depreciation and inflation worries.

But while gold has risen 50 percent, silver has soared even higher. It is up more than 90 percent in the past year. And many analysts think silver will outshine gold in the coming year.
 
The silver rally went unnoticed by the traditional media and by most investors, too. One of the reasons is that unlike gold, silver is an industrial metal. Thanks to a recession in the U.S. and other countries in the West, the demand for silver declined. Now, as economies improve, the demand for silver is increasing.

Consider, too, that silver is nowhere near its all-time high of $50 per ounce, which it hit back in 1980. Gold meanwhile has risen far beyond its 1980 high of $850 an ounce. Many experts believe that silver has some catching up to do.

How much silver should you own? And how should you own it? My firm, Asset Strategies International, likes a precious-metals portfolio that is 40 percent gold, 40 percent silver, and 20 percent platinum. We suggest dividing your precious-metals holdings into metal you hold personally and metal that is stored offshore.

How To Buy and Store Silver

There are three “best ways” to buy and store physical silver. They are silver coins, silver bars and certificates. Following is some important information about each one.

Silver Coins

U.S. silver coins can be bought in two ways—as recently minted, 1-ounce Eagles, produced by the U.S. Mint; and U.S. 90 percent silver pre-1965 "junk silver" coins in dimes, quarters and halves.

For small purchases, contact two or three precious-metals dealers and ask for a quote. Shop around, as premiums can vary. Today, all dealers have toll-free telephone numbers. Choose someone who has been in business for several years. And ask if they belong to the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, the precious-metals professional association. If you haven’t dealt with the dealer before then check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against them.

You can lock in a price over the phone. The price will include a small shipping and handling fee. Once the dealer receives “good funds” (after your check clears or a wire is received), your coins will be sent to you.

For larger purchases, consider buying a $1,000 face-value bag of 90 percent junk silver. This purchase equates to buying 715 ounces of silver. A big advantage here is divisibility. For example, $1,000 face value in dimes would be 10,000 dimes. In the 1970s, I recall some individuals paying for a gallon of gas with one silver dime.

This purchase of more than $10,000 would require a wire to the dealer covering the cost of the silver and shipping. In both instances the silver is shipped to you via the U.S.P.S.’s (U.S.P.S.) registered insured mail.

Likewise, when you wish to sell you can send your silver back to the dealer the same way. Typically, storage is in a bank safe deposit box, in a home safe, or, if you’re a “midnight gardener,” buried in the back yard.

Silver Bars

Bars of silver ranging from one ounce to 1,000 ounces can be purchased from a precious-metals dealer. My recommendation is to purchase the 100-ounce bars. Premiums on 1-ounce bars are too high to be cost-effective. The 1,000-ounce bars cannot be shipped through the U.S. post office, however. (Registered insured mail limits one package to a value of $25,000 or a weight of 70 pounds.)

The 100-ounce bars are considered investment-size. To avoid the need for assaying when you go to sell, bars should have four important features: a recognized hallmark (Engelhard, Johnson Matthey, no unknown producers), a standard weight (100 troy ounces), agreed-upon fineness (pure silver is .999), and a serial number (indicating that it is registered with the maker).

Up to nine 100-ounce bars can be shipped in one package through the U.S.P.S. Storage would be similar to that of silver coins.

Certificates

Should you wish NOT to take delivery of your metals, the best way to purchase and store silver is with the Perth Mint of Western Australia. The Perth Mint Certificate Program is also the safest way to own metals, since it avoids possible confiscation (stored outside the U.S.), is fully insured (Lloyds of London), and is fully guaranteed (by the AAA-rated Western Australian government). There are no shipping charges and the unallocated silver can be stored without charge.

You can buy and sell Perth Mint Certificates through their network of Approved Dealers. My company, Asset Strategies International, has been an Approved Dealer since the program was started a dozen years ago. In fact, we helped the Perth Mint design it.

For a free report on the Perth Mint Certificate Program, send an email to info@assetstrategies.com. Or call us at 1-800-831-007 or 301-881-8600. We’ll be delighted to answer any questions you may have about adding the protection of silver to your own portfolio.

Yes, the outlook for silver is very bright. Many precious-metals experts expect it to outperform gold in the coming year. Considering that it would have to rise more than 250 percent to equal its old highs (gold has already done that), they have a good point.

Silver is easy to buy, whether the newly minted Eagles from the U.S. Mint, bags of older junk silver coins or bars. For larger quantities, offshore storage at the Perth Mint in Western Australia is safe, secure and guaranteed.

May the silver bells you hear this Christmas represent the joy of the season and the safety of your investment.

Merry Christmas!

—Michael Checkan

Democrats and the General Welfare Clause

Senate Democrats continue to try and draft a healthcare reform bill that will be palatable to Blue Dog Democrats yet still contain enough of a so-called public option to placate the party’s left-wing base. Both the Senate bill and the bill already passed by the House of Representatives contain a mandate requiring everyone to purchase health insurance or face fines and possible jail terms.

When asked where Congress gets the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, Congressmen—if they answer the question at all—cite the general welfare clause of the Constitution.

“Well, in promoting the general welfare the Constitution obviously gives broad authority to Congress to effect that end,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com. “The end that we’re trying to effect is to make health care affordable, so I think clearly this is within our constitutional responsibility.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) didn’t answer the question at all. She replied, “Are you serious?” And Senator Roland Burris (D-Ill.), obviously a great Constitutional scholar, told CNSNews.com, “Well, that’s under certainly the laws of the—protect the health, welfare of the country.”

The word health does not appear in the Constitution. And the founders certainly never intended for the general welfare clause to be used to pass anything they pleased. But, as Judge Andrew P. Napolitano wrote in his book, The Constitution in Exile, Congress has been abusing the general welfare clause for many years.

The preamble to the Constitution says:

We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

In an opinion on forming a national bank, Thomas Jefferson wrote:

"They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which might be for the good of the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and, as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please… Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It was intended to lace them up straitly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect." (Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government, http://etxt.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/)

Clearly the nation’s third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence would scoff at today’s congressmen and the understanding—or lack thereof—they have of the Constitution.

Shocking Proof… Global Warming is a Hoax

(Part three of a three-part series on energy.)

“We’re being asked to wage trillions of dollars and substantially curtail freedom on climate models that are imperfect and unproven. (With) the consensus far from being as solid as they say it is, and the debate as over as they say it is.”
George F. Will

In President Nixon’s day, dirty tricksters did things the old fashioned way—with black gloves and flashlights. The result was Watergate, the eventual legacy of which may be that anything corrupt contains a word ending with “gate.”

The latest incident is Climategate. It began about three weeks ago when a computer hacker broke through a server used by the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England.

Unlike Watergate, which started a grand conspiracy, last month’s hacker-heist may unravel one. It appears as if the stolen e-mails reveal collusion by climate scientists to withhold scientific information. Some scientists don’t want the public to know the shocking truth—that the climate is NOT getting warmer.

The hacked e-mails from men and women of science include discussions on how to silence climate change skeptics. The e-mails also discussed how to censure scientists who dare to have contrary views on global warming and included derogatory remarks about climate skeptics. Finally, the e-mails discuss how to prevent actual data from being revealed under the Freedom of Information Act—an action that seems to have little to do with freedom and less to do with information.

For example, after learning that the scientific journal Climate Research had suggested that perhaps the world isn’t burning up, Penn State professor Michael Mann wrote in an e-mail: "I think we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in this journal."

Besides a seeming tendency to write people off in true Stalinist fashion, Mann has made a living writing about the dangers of global warming. He helped build the “hockey stick graph” shown below.

“Remember that this is not an academic exercise,” wrote The Atlantic. “We contemplate outlays of trillions of dollars to fix this supposed problem. Do the scientists involved deserve to be trusted? No. These people are willing to subvert the very methods—notably, peer review—that underwrite the integrity of their discipline.”

But the story gets even better. At the end of November the University of East Anglia admitted losing raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that nobody can check basic calculations that supposedly show a long-term rise in temperature for the past 130 years.

With Watergate Nixon gave the old, “The dog ate my homework” excuse. (Actually Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods said she accidentally erased the recording of the president’s meeting with H.R. Haldeman that took place three days after the break-in.)

With Climategate, the University of East Anglia is saying the computer ate the data.

According to the University’s Website: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenized) data.”

Even if you accept that the University isn’t cooking the books, the environmentalists have a problem. They claim that world temperatures have risen one degree Fahrenheit in the past century. However the starting point—around 1880—was colder than average. Furthermore, the timing of temperature changes does not fit the theory of global warming. Most of the rise came before 1940, or before greenhouse gases were significant.

A Bright Future for this Old Resource

In the end I think global warming will turn out to be more myth than fact. If that’s the case then a lot of alternative energy investors will be tempted to jump-off the windmills they invested in. And as it is demonstrated that fossil fuels are not going to flood the world and kill off all the polar bears, core energy investors should do spectacularly well. In fact, the biggest profits might be in the oldest resource—coal.

Coal-fired power plants account for half of the U.S. electricity supply. More importantly, coal is also America’s most abundant natural resource.

We have seen in the first two parts of this series that we live in a dangerous age—a period where renewable energy technologies have not yet been realized and a time when America is becoming dangerously dependent on Arab oil.

This third part to the series focuses on a tangible solution—coal. In all of its abundance and its utility, coal will power America deep into the 21st Century.

Just last month The Wall Street Journal ran an article titled: Coal Warriors: Why U.S. Coal Producers Could Still Have a Bright Future.

The WSJ stated: “Coal is and will remain a huge part of the electricity mix in the U.S., despite—or perhaps because of—congressional action on energy and the climate.”

The United States — the Saudi Arabia of Coal

The heady days of petroleum in America are far behind us. Over the course of the past 30 years America’s oil imports have surged threefold—from 2.6 million barrels per day (mb/d) to 7.6 mb/d.

The fundamental fact is that the United States and the world are hungry for energy. Consider the following:

  • U.S. demand for all types of energy is expected to increase by 31 percent within 25 years.
  • Electricity demand in the U.S. will grow by at least 40 percent by 2032.

New power generation equal to nearly 300 1,000 megawatt power plants will be needed to meet electricity demand by 2030; as many as half of them will be coal.

Luckily, coal is the one resource the United States has plenty of. The U.S. has the largest coal reserves in the world, just short of 250 billion tons. That is almost the combined reserves of the next two largest reserve countries China and Russia.

In fact, the U.S. is one of the world’s leading exporters of coal, and is expected to ship 65 million tons this year. That total will grow as nations like India and China ramp up their industrial revolutions with King Coal.

Future world demand for electricity is expected to be so strong that Exxon-Mobil is planning on spending a record $25 billion to $30 billion annually over the next five years finding new hydrocarbon deposits.

“The global economy is experiencing a downturn but at Exxon-Mobil we are focused on the long-term,” said Rex Tillerson, the company’s chairman and CEO.

Power up Your Portfolio with Arch Coal

Any conversation about meeting future energy needs must include coal. Even the “greens” realize this. According to left-leaning CNET News, “Coal is a major source of air pollution, mining accidents, and environmental damage. Unfortunately, we can’t live without it.”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) agrees. In its World Energy Outlook, the IEA says global energy demand will surge by 45 percent between now and 2030. The number one resource to meet this demand will be coal.

That makes investing in coal a smart choice, especially when you consider how depressed coal company stock prices have been over the past 15 months.

My favorite blue-chip coal company is Arch Coal Inc (ACI, NYSE).

Arch mines and sells steam and metallurgical coal from surface and underground mines to power plants, steel mills and industrial facilities in the United States. Arch operates 20 active mines and owns some 2.8 billion tons of proven and probable recoverable reserves.

As you can see from this graph, Arch is selling for about $20 or just one-quarter of its 2008 high. The recession and the growing fears over “green” politics, starting inside the White House, make Arch an incredible bargain. Meanwhile the world is slowly learning the truth—that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the left-wing establishment and a liberal media.

And if that was not enough, the Federal Reserve and the Obama administration continue to expand the U.S. money supply at a shocking and unprecedented rate. You can read more details on this by going to my Nov. 11 column, Obama’s Bear Market: How to Survive and Prosper.

This surge of new money and continued easy credit is certain to lead to excessive inflation and continued dollar devaluation.

Taken as a whole, these factors could result in the doubling of Arch Coal’s price over the next 18 months. That’s something you don’t often get with a large market cap stock. Yet I think we are going to see with Arch.

Action to take: I urge you to buy Arch Coal (ACI, NYSE) at market. Call you stockbroker today.

Yours for real wealth and good health

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

An Obituary That Changed Perception

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read your own obituary? More than 100 years ago that actually happened to one of the richest men in the world. What he read changed forever how he would be remembered.

The man was Alfred B. Nobel. The source of his vast wealth was the invention of dynamite, which quickly became the most popular explosive in the world. Governments ordered it in huge quantities. Armies were able to kill and maim huge numbers of enemy combatants faster and easier than ever before.

By the late 1800s there were dynamite factories and munitions-makers the world over. Alfred Nobel was wealthy “beyond the dreams of avarice,” as the saying goes. Then fate intervened.

Alfred’s brother died. But when it was erroneously reported that it was Alfred who had left this vale of tears, he got to read the obituaries that the world’s press wrote about him.

Alfred was appalled to see that his legacy would be one of bloodshed and death, and he vowed to change it. By leaving the bulk of his vast fortune to fund something that would become known as the Nobel Prizes, he was able to do so.

Alfred Nobel died on Dec. 10, 1896. For more than a century, the Nobel Committee in Stockholm, Sweden, has honored their benefactor by awarding the Nobel Prizes on the date of his passing. Some of the recipients are actually worthy of the wealth and acclaim they receive.

—Chip Wood

Obama Provides Timetable For Winding Down Afghan War, But Criticism Abounds

Obama provides timetable for winding down Afghan war, but criticism abounds President Obama has announced he is sending an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan and has promised to start withdrawing the American units in July 2011.

In a speech delivered at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Obama explained that "we must deny al-Qaida a safe haven… reverse the Taliban’s momentum… and strengthen the capacity of Afghanistan’s security forces and government."

However, he has faced criticism from both Democrats, who disapprove of the troop buildup, as well as Republicans who claim a withdrawal in 18 months is unrealistically short.

Even before the speech, former vice president Dick Cheney told Politico that Obama’s plan risks projecting "weakness." He added that the way the president is framing the debate, the average Afghan citizen "sees talk about exit strategies and how soon we can get out, instead of talk about how we win," quoted by The Washington Post.

Obama’s advisors, including chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, are meanwhile arguing that the buildup is necessary since the insurgency has already gained "dominant influence" in 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

The new deployment will increase the number of U.S. troops in the country to nearly 100,000. According to The Wall Street Journal, the escalation will cost about $30 billion.
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New York Senate Rejects Same-sex Marriage Bill By Wide Margin

New York Senate rejects same-sex marriage bill by wide margin After months of delays, the New York State Senate finally voted on a piece of legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. Last Wednesday, lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected the bill by a margin of 32 votes against and 24 in favor.

The Democrats, who hold a one-seat majority in the Senate, needed GOP support to pass the bill, but not a single Republican state senator voted for the measure, the New York Times reports.

"This is an enormous victory," said Maggie Gallagher, the leader of the National Organization for Marriage, which mobilizes the fight against same-sex marriage. "What you saw was the will of the people. … The culture really hasn’t shifted on gay marriage," she added, as quoted by Reuters.

After the vote, supporters of the proposed bill were somber, yet remained optimistic.

"We will not accept defeat and we will not stop fighting until all New Yorkers are treated equally," declared council speaker Christine Quinn, who is gay.

Before the debate, Democratic Senator Ruben Diaz stated that in all 31 states where same-sex marriage was put to a vote, it was rejected by the people. He proposed that the Senate should let New Yorkers decide the fate of gay marriage rather than leaving it in the hands of lawmakers, according to LifeSiteNews.com.

Meanwhile, Richard Socarides, who was former President Bill Clinton’s senior adviser on gay rights issues, called New York the "biggest prize" in the debate over the legalization of gay marriage. He referred to the state as a "bellwether" for the entire country on account of its importance as a financial, cultural and artistic center of the nation, the Associated Press reports.
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Senators Look To Create Commission To Battle Rising Debt

Senators look to create commission to battle rising debtAs the national debt continues to climb to record highs, select members of Congress are discussing the idea of putting together a bi-partisan commission to help tackle the nation’s swelling deficit.

Since 2002, the national debt has doubled and is now rising at a rate of $3.8 billion per day. In the last eight years, members of Congress have voted seven times to increase the statutory debt limit to allow more borrowing, McClatchy Newspapers reports.

With the proposed healthcare bill and a possible escalation of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan on the table, at least a dozen senators are threatening to vote against any increase in the debt limit unless Congress passes a deficit-fighting plan.

"I will not vote for raising the debt limit without a vehicle to handle this. … This is our moment," said California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, quoted by the news source.

Feinstein and a group of other senators wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking Congress to create a commission that would make recommendations on budget cuts.

Some critics believe that creating a permanent deficit commission would take too much power away from Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that the biggest complaint that Americans have is not that the deficit is too large, but that they are not seeing any benefits associated with the increased debt, Fox News reports.
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Judge Denies Republicans' Effort To End Voter Intimidation Consent Decree

Judge denies Republicans' effort to end voter intimidation consent decreeLast week, a federal judge in New Jersey rejected an attempt by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to dissolve a 27-year-old court order that is intended to prevent the intimidation of minority voters.

Stemming from a lawsuit brought forth by the Democratic National Committee in 1982, a consent decree was agreed upon which forced the RNC to gain court approval to use certain election tactics, including the creation of voter challenge lists, photographing voters at the polls and posting off-duty police at voting locations in minority neighborhoods, according to The New York Times.

Republicans argued that the consent decree was hampering efforts to combat voter fraud, which had escalated over the previous few years, according to RNC lawyers.

Voting expert Tom Josefiak argued on behalf of the Republicans, stating that the political landscape had changed with African Americans serving as president and attorney general. He also said that the RNC chairman and chief administrative officer are African American, and that the party had no incentive to intimidate minority voters.

In a 79-page ruling, Judge Dickinson Debevoise extended the restrictions for at least another eight years, although he did narrow the scope of the decree.

"It appears that the RNC has been largely unsuccessful in its efforts to attract minority voters," said Debevoise, quoted by the news source. "Until it is able to do so, it will have an incentive to engage in the type of voter suppression that it allegedly committed in the actions that led to the enactment and modification of the consent decree."
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Mike Huckabee Discusses Options For 2012 Elections

Mike Huckabee discusses options for 2012 elections Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested last week that he was unsure whether he would run again, but left the final decision open.

Hucakabee, who came in second in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, appeared on Sunday talk shows on Fox News and CBS, and said that he was not sure about his potential 2012 bid. However, he also stated that his ultimate decision will depend on the results of next year’s midterm elections as well as the GOP itself, according to CNN.

The preacher-turned-politician, who is also hosting a weekend talk show on Fox News Channel, was quoted by the news provider as saying that for him to run again he would have to receive stronger backing from the Republican Party, which considered him to be outside the mainstream during his 2008 campaign.

Huckabee also expressed his belief that it will be hard to beat President Obama, regardless of who wins the nomination. "Anyone who thinks Barack Obama is an easy mark off, just remember Bill Clinton was just labeled politically dead and came back to win a resounding re-election in 1996," he said, quoted by TheHill.com.

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, a total of 50 percent of respondents believe the former Arkansas governor is qualified to be president and 40 percent support his candidacy. This puts him ahead of both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.
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Illegal Immigrant Health Coverage Unintentional, Democrats Say

Illegal immigrant health coverage unintentional, Democrats sayUnder the terms of the recently proposed healthcare legislation, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants could receive health benefits from their employers, The Washington Times reports.

Although its supporters say that illegal immigrants will not benefit from healthcare reform, the House and Senate bills do not contain any exemptions to screen out illegal workers who obtain jobs using false identities. Hence, Democrats admit that illegal immigrants may be able to obtain coverage if they mislead their employer about their status.

Some Republicans feel that this loophole will allow any illegal immigrant access to health insurance if they choose to cheat the system.

"This is a complete cover-all-the-gaps federal health insurance for illegals, whether it be under Medicaid, the refundable tax credit or whether it be under their employers who would not be able to verify their employees," Iowa Republican Representative Steve King said, quoted by the news source.

However, Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said that "it’s possible an employee could deceive an employer with a fraudulent document…to gain employment, just as it’s possible for all sorts of criminal activity to occur."

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates restricted immigration, estimates that taxpayers currently contribute $11 billion a year to healthcare for illegal immigrants and that costs will rise to $30 billion if they are offered the same insurance coverage as citizens, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Republicans Blast Obama Administration Over Alleged ACORN Cover-up

Republicans blast Obama administration over alleged ACORN cover-upLast week, Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accused the Obama administration of covering up a variety of alleged offenses committed by the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN).

The controversial anti-poverty group is under tremendous scrutiny after a scandal involving a hidden camera video showing ACORN employees reportedly offering advice on how to cheat on taxes and loan applications to a couple posing as a prostitute and a pimp.

The liberal organization is also being investigated in five states for voter registration fraud that supposedly helped several Democratic candidates get elected.

"The current administration is fast becoming, in reality, the war room of ACORN’s political machine," said Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), quoted by The Washington Times.

"I am concerned that the era of corruption promulgated by ACORN and protected by the White House is just the beginning," he added.

Republican frustration boiled over as the Justice Department cleared way for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue to appropriate funds to ACORN after Congress introduced a provision that barred federal funds to be allocated to the organization.

A nationwide investigation into ACORN has been launched by the Justice Department, but Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) believes that President Obama’s close ties to the organization will lead to a biased probe, CNSNews.com reports.

Smith has requested that the attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into ACORN.
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Change Your Vibration, Relieve Your Pain!

Everything in the universe is made up of energy and is vibrating at specific frequencies. There is dense energy, loose energy, erratic energy, calm energy, high frequencies and low frequencies. The human body, too, is nothing if not a physical body constructed of energetic vibrations.

All aspects of health and well-being—especially pain—are tied to energetic frequencies. The problem is, most of us who suffer chronic pain only get the “pain channel” and keep ourselves “tuned in” to it 24/7. Thus the “pain frequency” is maintained and our suffering is prolonged. Needlessly.

If you tune in to an opera channel on your radio, you will get opera, not country music. If you dial your mother on the cell phone, you won’t get cousin Betty. If you say bad things about people, you will lose friends. "You reap what you sow," is a good example of the power of attraction, the power of like energy meeting like energy.

If your mental energy is vibrating at a low frequency you will have trouble studying, thinking or remembering names, places or events. If your physical energy is blocked or sluggish you will experience aches and pains such as sciatica, headache, fibromyalgia and others. In short: low frequency = low function and poor health; high frequency = high functioning and good health.

You must change your energetic frequency to feel better and live better.

The Energy Body
Traditional cultures around the world built their healing models on correcting energetic imbalances in the body. Indeed, the role of Shamans in Siberia, Alaska and Southeast Asia was to eradicate “bad spirits” (i.e., negative energy) from the body to restore physical or mental health in those suffering. The entire pantheon of Chinese and Indian healing practices was built on the premise of energy systems and pathways in the body that, when blocked, cause pain and disease. Clearing these channels or centers of blocked energy (e.g., toxins, spasms) is what restores health to the ill and offers relief to the pain sufferer.

Perhaps the most common term used to talk about human energy is aura. This is a general term used to describe the color, mood or quality of five overlapping energy layers. These layers of energy (or "energy bodies") refer to the spiritual, mental, emotional, etheric and physical energies that make up all human beings.

Energy is developed, stored and moved in the body through the adrenals, the organs, chakra centers and meridian pathways. There is a saying in traditional Chinese medicine that tells why we experience pain: "Where there is energy blockage, there is pain. Where energy moves freely, there is no pain."

The key to pain relief and lasting health, then, is to open the energy channels, raise your vibrational frequency and keep your energy moving at all times. There are a number of alternative therapies whose primary function is focused on just that. Let’s look at a few here.

Qigong
Qigong is an ancient Chinese system of energy cultivation. Also called “breath work.” Qigong exercises balance energy in the body through coordination of thought, breath and movement in specific sequences.

The nucleus of qigong is the exercise of consciousness and vital energy. The goal being to circulate, build and balance qi (vital life-force energy) throughout the body to promote physical and mental health.

Regular practice of qigong exercises aid in regulating the functions of the central nervous system. Along with exercising and controlling one’s mind and body, qigong influences one’s physical states and pathological conditions.

There are both practitioner-applied and individual self-regulating qigong methods. If you are in serious pain and can find a reputable local practitioner, make an appointment. If not, there are good instructional programs available. Look into them.

Reiki
Similar to qigong, reiki is a Japanese energy technique for reducing stress and inducing relaxation to help promote the free-flow of energy in the body. Unlike qigong, reiki requires the "laying on of hands" of a practitioner in order for its benefits to be gained.

Reiki practitioners lay their hands on patients in various configurations that are modeled on ancient Tibetan and Chinese powerful healing symbols. It is believed that re-creating these symbols on the body will allow "God’s energy" to flow from the universe, through the practitioner and into the patient. This energy, which is vibrating at a high frequency, will lift the low energy of the sufferer to relieve pain and illness.

Reiki has become a popular healing modality among nurses in hospitals. The patient does not have to be awake for them to administer a few minutes of healing touch.

Acupressure and Acupuncture
All Chinese body-healing practices are based on the idea that energy flows through the body in channels called meridians. These transport energy and life essence from organ to organ. Again, where there is slow energy or blockage, there is felt pain and soon disease.

Acupressure is the non-invasive and non-needle offspring of acupuncture. Both work on the same theory, but acupressure does not require needles to affect a change in the patient. In both cases, the practitioner will either “needle” or apply finger pressure to specific points on the body. These points are numbered and named and have specific indications for application.

Using a correct “prescription” of points, the practitioner can, in effect, change the energy in a patient, open their channels and help their energy move more freely. Again, when energy moves freely… there is no pain or disease.

Acupuncture and acupressure are both widely practiced today and worth looking into. They have been around 5,000 years… not too shabby!

Conclusion
The above-mentioned alternative therapies are just a handful of those which are able to bring relief from pain and illness by correcting energetic imbalances in the body. They are based on thousands of years of trial-and-error application and have an amazing track record of success.

If you have tried just about everything and are still in pain, then you might want to ditch the mainstream idea of health. Instead, open your mind to these traditional ideas of the body being composed of energy, and that energy vibrating at various frequencies, positively and negatively affecting the mind, body, spirit and organs.

Pain is caused when there is a blockage of this energy. These practices unblock your inherent life energies. Give them a try… pain relief may be just around the corner!

—Dr. Mark Wiley

Green Tea and Cinnamon

We did it and it works! Yes, we bought the cinnamon bark and boiled several sticks while brewing green tea loaded with fresh mint leaves. It forces blood pressure down and greatly helps reduce insulin resistance and heads off Type 2 diabetes. It is a great drink—cold or hot. Let me know how it works for you. Give it a few weeks and monitor your blood pressure levels before and after consuming this beverage. You may see a positive difference.

Soy Compound May Help Fight Colon Cancer

Soy compound may help fight colon cancerMore than 106,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year, according to the National Institutes of Health, but a new study has found that a naturally-occurring molecule may help prevent this potential deadly disease.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California discovered that higher levels of sphingadienes (SDs), which are lipid molecules, may reduce the spread of mutant cells such as those that can cause cancer.

SDs are found in abundance in soy and its products, and this prompted Dr. Julie Saba, senior scientist and director of the Cancer Center at the institute to call the study results "exciting."

"We are encouraged to find a natural molecule that could be consumed through soy products as a strategy to help prevent colon cancer," she said.

Saba also called soy "a very healthy diet choice," and stated that she was comfortable recommending it as a way to boost overall health and well-being.

The study will be published in the Dec. 15 issue of Cancer Research.

In addition to soy, nutritional supplements containing antioxidants are believed to have cancer-preventive properties.
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Lawmakers Move Closer To Curtailing Fed Independence

Lawmakers move closer to curtailing Fed independenceThe House Financial Services Committee voted earlier this month to advance a proposal which would remove the ban on congressional audits of Federal Reserve interest rate decisions.

Offered by Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) a vocal advocate of abolishing the Fed, the measure is an amendment to a bill creating a council of regulators to monitor systemic risk, according to Bloomberg.

Specifically it demands that the Fed and its 12 regional banks be audited within a year after enactment of interest rate changes.

"This is the bill that would allow the people to win over the special interests," said Paul, quoted by the news source, but there has been no shortage of criticism, centering on the alleged impact of a loss of independent monetary policy on the dollar.

Among the biggest opponents of the proposed amendment is the current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who wrote in the Sunday Nov. 29 edition of The Washington Post that it was "very much out of step with the global consensus on the appropriate role of central banks," and added that it "would seriously impair the prospects for economic and financial stability in the U.S.."

The Senate Banking Committee began hearings last week on Bernanke’s recent nomination for a second term as Fed chairman.
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Reader “sc” posted the following in The Stealth System:

This is true. And just like the Wizard of Oz, we’re not supposed to look behind the curtain. The wiz ‘knows best,’ and he won’t tolerate the idea of too much truth.

The Wizard’s system is extremely profitable, it is deeply entrenched, it requires silence on many levels, and it doesn’t hesitate to sacrifice those who threaten the system’s status quo.

It would make a great movie, if Hollywood had any integrity. It would foster many TV programs, if the media wasn’t a bloated, unworthy prostitute.

Stealth systems work best in an artificial environment where ‘leaders’ are corrupt and citizens are ‘managed’ by those who ‘know best’ and expect to be highly paid for doing as little as possible.

Sounds like Washington, doesn’t it?

Reader Justen Posted in A New Paradigm:

I know sometimes it feels like you’re only preaching to the choir, or that it’s all falling on deaf ears, but remember—we all used to be statist drones once. Very few people have the privilege of being born into a family that counter-educates them; we all have to figure this stuff out on our own. I try not to get frustrated with the empty-headed ones. Either they’ll come around eventually or they’ll be murdered by their own state (directly with a gun or indirectly through starvation, damaged health, and suicide). Spreading the word is our way of paying forward the gift of knowledge that was given to us, but we have no obligation to help anyone, only the desire.

Reader Kevin Posted in A New Paradigm:

Roosevelt said in his 1930 Home Rule speech that when nearly all power was centralized in Washington DC, America would have an “Oligarchy masquerading as a Democracy”. Of course, Roosevelt and the Democratic Presidential platform of 1932 called for downsizing the Hoover Administration’s Big Government policies. Roosevelt lied and did a 180, expanding government to “save the economy”, paralleling what Hitler was doing in Germany. Hitler even sent a letter, through our ambassador to Germany, to Roosevelt thanking him for the job he was doing with America. As F.A. Hayek warned in his “Road to Serfdom, socialism, collectivism, and central planning were the common thread between communism, fascism, the New Deal, etc. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, when the central government controls it, it’s totalitarian.

Our government has been under the Sustainable Development, United Nations Agenda 21 program since 1993, which calls for worldwide population control and reduction. The right and left media are ignoring this. Like the quiet children in the other room, it’s what you don’t hear about that you should worry most about.

With over 600 pages, “AIDS, the Crime Beyond Belief”, by Don Scott is an excellent book to understand America’s population reduction programs since 1953. Of course, the book covers the development of AIDS by our government, which was working with Rockefeller and other eugenics-minded people, such as Kissinger. One AIDS strain was developed in New Orleans, the other in Africa—one strain was put in the Hepatitis B shots given to the Gay population in San Francisco (75 percent that took the vaccinations developed AIDs), the other in the Small Pox Vaccinations in Africa—many blacks were forced at gun point to take these vaccinations–8000 blacks a day are dying of AIDs in Africa. If you understand that Myco Plasma is one of the co-factors in AIDS (our government even patented Myco Plasma to control studies on it), and that 30 percent of the black population have it in their bodies (as compared to 2 percent of the white population), then you realize AIDS really was targeted at the black population.

Random Musings on the Date Which Lives in Infamy

Sixty-eight years ago today, at about 7:55 a.m. local time, Japanese bombs began falling on the United States military installations Wheeler Field and Hickam Field in Hawaii, signifying the beginning of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

That attack—which killed 2,390 sailors, airmen, soldiers and civilians—officially drew America into World War II. Until Sept. 11, 2001, that attack was the deadliest on American soil (2,976 died that day). As war was declared on Japan the next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, “a date which will live in infamy…”

On Aug. 15, 1945, President Harry S. Truman accepted the surrender of the Japanese. One of the terms of the surrender was that Emperor Hirohito would be allowed to remain on the throne.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur first met Hirohito on Sept. 27, 1945. In a black and white image preserved from that meeting, a casually dressed MacArthur towers over the diminutive, formally attired Hirohito. As historian Carol Gluck told the Public Broadcast System (PBS) in a documentary on World War II, “What does it say? It says, I’m MacArthur, supreme commander of the Allied Powers, and I’m in charge.”

The Bow Seen Round the World

Last month, President Barack Obama met Japan’s current emperor, Akihito, who happens to be the son of Hirohito. A color image of that meeting shows Obama bowing at an almost 45 degree angle to the son of the man who presided over a country that dropped bombs on our countrymen.

What does that image say? As an unnamed expert on the Japanese empire told ABC’s Jake Tapper (as reported on Tapper’s blog), “The bow (Obama) performed did not just display weakness in Red State terms, but evoked weakness in Japanese terms… The last thing the Japanese want or need is a weak-looking American president and, again, in all ways, he unintentionally played that part.”

Unlike President Richard Nixon’s bow to Hirohito or President Bill Clinton’s bow to Akihto—who both bowed slightly, as equals—Obama bowed as an inferior.

Never mind more than 200 years of U.S. State Department protocol that said “thou need not bow,” three presidents have. But the most glaring bow is Obama’s, who also bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia last spring.

What would Thomas Jefferson—who penned in the Declaration of Independence the words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”—say about Obama’s bow?

The Founding Fathers, after having suffered under the rule of a king, didn’t take kindly to royalty. As Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution says, “No title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States…”

Those statements answer the Jefferson question. Even better are the words of President Theodore Roosevelt: “If I see another king, I think I shall bite him.”

Now Will Obama Bow to the Global Warming Liars?

Having spent his formative years in Indonesia rather than the U.S., Obama apparently doesn’t understand that Americans are subservient to no one. This thought causes great consternation as Obama heads to the United Nations (U.N.) Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this week.

As I wrote in U.N Using Climate to Push One World Government Reforms, Obama is expected to bow to the climate change/One World Government crowd even as the house of cards that built up the man-made global warming hysteria comes crashing down.

In case you missed it—and it wouldn’t be surprising considering the U.S. mainstream media has ignored the scandal—emails between man-made global warming proponent scientists have either been hacked or leaked. The emails show what many—including me—have said: that the “science” of global warming has been completely fabricated, with numbers fudged and critical opposing views deleted or omitted.

Man-made climate change “science” is the abode of today’s anti-capitalist, anti-freedom communists. The so-called consensus of global warming science has been created on a fraud of speculation and corrupted data.

That Obama’s team would continue—in the face of forced resignations of the proponent scientists and calls for investigations—to claim man-made global warming is settled science demonstrates the Copenhagen meeting is not about climate change at all. It’s about control.

Or, as global warming skeptic Lord Christopher Monckton claims, “a world government is going to be created.”

Rather than a bow, if Obama agrees to this it’s more of a bend-over-and-grab-the-ankles moment… for all Americans.

Report Says Healthcare Bill Will Raise Premium Costs For Millions

Report says healthcare bill will raise premium costs for millions As the debate over the healthcare reform has moved to the Senate floor, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) suggests that more than 13 million Americans may see their premiums go up.

Despite claims that the reform is intended to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, the study points out that some 13.3 million individuals—or 17 percent of insured Americans, mainly those who will be required to purchase their own policies—may see their premium increase by between 10 percent and 13 percent, according to media reports.

Upon the release of the report, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky commented that "a bill that’s being sold as a way to reduce costs actually drives them up."

However, the joint report also indicates that the proposed legislation would reduce insurance premiums by up to 3 percent for about 134 million Americans who receive coverage as a job benefit and who comprise the largest component of the health insurance market.

That is why congressional Democrats chose to focus on that figure, prompting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to state that the analysis "confirms that millions of Americans who lack the necessary coverage to avoid potential financial ruin would have access to more coverage at an affordable price because of our proposal," quoted by TheHill.com.
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Gingrich Blasts Obama, Plans Rival Jobs Summit

Gingrich blasts Obama, plans rival jobs summit Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich launched a series of job creation forums last week in Cincinnati, one day before President Barack Obama held his own jobs summit at the White House.

Referring to his series of rival town hall meetings as the "real jobs summits," Gingrich said that he wants to get ideas from entrepreneurs and small business owners on creating jobs and improving the economy, CNN.com reports.

"President Obama’s ‘jobs summit’ in Washington, D.C. is an acknowledgment that the big government stimulus package failed to create jobs," said Gingrich.

"For an administration that is actively promoting job-killing healthcare, energy and big labor legislation, holding a ‘jobs summit’ is deceiving political theater in the midst of millions of Americans struggling to find work," added the former GOP congressman.

Gingrich, who has often been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, is presenting a plan that will reduce payroll taxes, abolish capital gains and estate taxes and allow small businesses to expense 100 percent of new equipment purchases, Fox News reports.

On Friday, President Obama kicked off his White House to Main Street tour where he will travel around the country to speak with workers and share thoughts on job creation and economic recovery.
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