The Star-Spangled Banner

Just 18 years after President George Washington wrote his “Farewell Address,” the United States found itself at war once again. In September 1814, a British fleet under Sir Alexander Cochrane began bombarding Fort McHenry, outside Baltimore, Md.

The fleet would later sail up the Potomac River, attack the new capital at Washington, D.C., and even burn the White House, before the U.S. ultimately triumphed.

Francis Scott Key, a lawyer, had approached the British attackers of Fort McHenry to seek the release of a friend they had imprisoned.  Instead of winning his friend’s freedom, Key found himself imprisoned overnight, with a front-row seat for the nocturnal bombardment.

As the sun rose on Sept. 14, 1814, Key was amazed to see the American flag still flying over the battered fort.  He wrote The Star-Spangled Banner to describe what he saw.  More than 100 years later, in 1931, Key’s poem became our National Anthem.  A lot of folks still have trouble singing it — or remembering the words to it.

— Chip Wood

Boehner Says He May Back Obama’s Tax Plan

Boehner says he may back Obama's tax planHouse Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Sept. 12 that he is willing to support President Barack Obama’s plan to extend tax breaks for the middle-class and increase rates for the wealthiest Americans —but only if that’s his only option.

Appearing on the CBS program Face the Nation, Boehner stated that his preference is to extend all of the tax breaks approved by President George W. Bush in 2001.

If presented with a bill that doesn’t include continued tax cuts for those earning more than $250,000 annually, Boehner said, "of course I’m going to do that," but added that he’d prefer to approve legislation that will "extend the current tax rates for all Americans." The Bush administration’s tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this year.

According to Politico.com, Obama and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are facing resistance within their own party on this issue. A total of four Democratic representatives drafted a letter to Pelosi, expressing their desire to have all of the tax breaks extended in order "to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound decisions," the news source reported.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19939336-ADNFCR

Titanic Arrogance: Obama Is Sinking America

The United States of America is racing towards ruin at breakneck speed and her captain, President Barack Obama, seems blissfully ignorant of the peril he is piloting the nation towards.

As Obama traveled the country to beg Americans to vote Democrat last week, new images of the RMS Titanic’s wreck were published. Taken from three miles deep in the Atlantic, the photographs are further testament to a time when technological arrogance and Edwardian pride believed that government and industry could surmount all challenges.

When completed in 1911 the Titanic was considered the Eighth wonder of the World. Its captain, Edward J. Smith, boasted that the ship was unsinkable.

“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that,” Smith said.

The Titanic’s aura of invincibility stemmed from the period; it was the onset of the 20th Century and men believed machinery could overcome all, even nature. This was a notion the populace, especially the traveling public, was eager to swallow.

Captain Smith epitomized the age. He was at the apex of his career and was White Star Line’s most senior captain, chosen specifically to skipper the Titanic.

So convinced were captain and crew of the ship’s indomitability that they raced across the Atlantic at record speed. On the evening of April 14, 1912 the Titanic was sailing in the dark at 22 knots. Smith seemed oblivious to icebergs which could easily cross the great ship’s path at that time of year. It was a grandiose display of arrogance which cost more than 1,500 lives.

The PBS special, “Lost Liners” puts the blame solidly on Captain Smith.

“Fault rests on the Titanic’s skipper for not exercising more caution. Having received repeated ice warnings, he did not slow his ship down. In fact, Captain Smith had a casual, almost cavalier, air that evening, when he lingered late over a second cigar following an elegant dinner with some of the ship’s more distinguished passengers.”

Obama’s Orders — Ahead Full!
A century later, the greatest marvel of the Age of Enlightenment is the United States of America and it is on a collision heading. The U.S.A. will not be sunk by icebergs, but by debt and policies which sacrifice the dollar for political expediency. At the helm is Obama who seems more worried about his crew (Democrats in Congress) keeping their jobs than he is about the ship (America) itself; more concerned about his place in history than America’s immediate future.

We are trapped in the brig with a President who continues to steam forward regardless of opposition or hazard.

“From the day I took office, I’ve been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious; such an effort would be too contentious,” Obama said during his State of the Union Address, Jan. 27, 2010. “For those who make these claims, I have one simple question: How long should we wait?”

One answer might be: “Until it is safe!” 

No doubt Obama is too busy racing ahead to even hear this warning. Just this past  Labor Day the President announced he is moving forward with even more spending; some $50 billion in new road, rail and airport construction projects and a plan to both overhaul national infrastructure spending and jump-start a sea of jobs.

The President spoke in Milwaukee to union members about his ambitious agenda to construct 150,000 miles of new roads, a network of high-speed rail lines and a next-generation airport system that includes 150 miles in new runways.

Left unsaid is that this expansion will have to be done on more borrowed money. Also absent from the speech was the fact that the unemployment rate won’t budge much below 10 percent and a credit crisis which began more than two years ago continues to linger despite trillions of dollars in Federal spending.

Instead Obama reiterated that more spending won’t raise the deficit.

“This is a plan that will be fully paid for and will not add to the deficit over time — we’re going to work with Congress to see to that,” Obama said. “All of this will not only create jobs now, but will make our economy run better over the long haul.”

It is hard to follow the President’s logic. A couple of days before his $50 billion spending pledge for transportation, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said this year’s U.S. Federal budget deficit will top $1.3 trillion.

That would be a tiny improvement of $71 billion over last year’s record $1.4 trillion deficit and hardly the direction we need to go if the President wants to restore world confidence in America and the dollar. After all, the 2009 and 2010 shortfalls are the largest ever. Each is three times bigger than the government’s annual deficit has ever been.

U.S. Dollar: Going, Going, Gone!
To say that deficits don’t matter is to ignore history and to put the county in peril. Even some of Obama’s crew admits that much. Earlier this year Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, issued a stark warning regarding the ballooning U.S. Federal government annual deficit and cumulative national debt.

“Without pre-emptive action, the U.S. risks its next crisis,” stated Hoenig, who went on to explain that Obama’s deficits endanger the Fed’s ability to fulfill its mandate of maintaining economic growth and price stability.

Hoenig is the first senior Federal Reserve official to go on record and state that the current U.S. fiscal policies are unsustainable and, unless halted and reversed in short order, will precipitate hyperinflation.

At the risk of carrying my analogy too far, Obama has a crew member in the crow’s nest screaming, “Iceberg!” and still he steams even faster.

How To Save Yourself
We don’t need a banker from the Federal Reserve warning us. The markets themselves are flashing “Danger!”  As the chart below shows, the dollar has been sinking for a decade. It got a brief respite in 2008 because of the deflationary scare. But that recovery appears to be over and the downward trend-line remains very much intact. I expect that over the next two years the dollar will continue to fall further once Obama’s inflationary policies get traction.

The Sinking Greenback

A decade ago I wrote to my subscribers this headline: “Get into the Lifeboat!”  In that newsletter I spoke about the fact that when the Titanic first struck the iceberg, most of those on board didn’t believe it could sink. Those that were smart enough not to believe in the fallacy of that age actually got off the ship and survived.

At the time of my “Lifeboat Alert,” gold was trading under $300 per ounce. At this writing gold is fetching more than $1,260 per ounce. My expectation is that after Obama really does sink the nation and the dollar, gold will be trading above $2,000 per ounce. It is not too late to save yourself, but time is running out.

Action To Take
Buy physical gold. I like American Gold Eagles, Canadian Maple Leafs and African Krugerrands. All three are stamped in English, have their gold content stamped on them, come in convenient, well-known sizes (1-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce and one-tenth-ounce).

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers
Myers’ Energy and Gold

Urban Agriculture Promotes Food Safety And Security

Urban agriculture promotes food safety and security In this era of economic uncertainty and frequent health scares due to lax government oversight of food manufacturers, some Americans may be interested in raising their own livestock and food animals.

Proponents of this approach stress the independence and self-sufficiency that it can bring about. This is especially true in times when excess government spending threatens to produce inflation, which may lead to dollar depreciation and stores running out of food as people begin to stock up on supplies.

Raising one’s own food animals is also a good way to ensure cost-effective access to fresh meats and dairy, and can protect consumers from salmonella and other food-borne illness that have been in the news recently. That is because family-raised animals eat healthy, natural feed free of hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and other toxins that are commonly used on commercial and industrial farms.

Chickens are among the easiest to raise on urban farms, in terms of ease of care, time commitment and cost, according to BackyardChickens.com.

There are many informational resources, including online and paper publications, that can answer many questions that would-be farmers may have, including how to procure chicks and how to care for them at different stages of their lives. There are also non-profit organizations that support urban chicken keepers and provide networking opportunities.

Other types of animals that can be raised on urban farms include ducks, goats, rabbits and bees.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19939413-ADNFCR

FAIR: Court’s Immigration Ruling Ignores Public Interest

Court's immigration ruling ignores public interest, FAIR saysOn Sept. 9, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban on enforcing an ordinance against illegal aliens in Hazleton, Pa., prompting The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to accuse it of obstructing efforts to control illegal immigration.

According to FAIR, the Federal government has failed to act to stem the tide of illegal immigration, but residents in cities and towns across the nation are increasingly feeling the social and economic burdens associated with persons residing in the United States unlawfully.

Its representatives have said that banning the ordinance — which would have required employers and landlords to offer jobs or housing only to those who are authorized to live and work in the U.S. — is yet another example of why illegal immigration is "out of control."

FAIR president Dan Stein said that the court’s argument that Federal law takes precedence over state law in this matter is dangerous because "when the Federal government is unwilling to enforce immigration laws, cities need to be able to act by taking reasonable steps to protect their citizens from the social, financial and criminal costs of illegal immigration."

He added that his organization is advocating for a collaborative model whereby states and localities would assist the Federal government in enforcing immigration law.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19939580-ADNFCR

Fruit And Vegetable Juices May Help With Memory Loss

Forgetting things lately? You may be able to retain your memory simply by adding some flavorful drinks to your diet. Studies show that fruit and vegetable juices may slow the build-up of proteins that can cause damage to your brain cells. This damage may lead to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine indicates red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon may help reduce your risk of the memory-robbing disease because of the drink’s high content of resveratrol — an anti-inflammatory compound found in grapes.

Researchers recommend a four-ounce glass of wine each day. All of these may contribute to a 76 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s.

If you don’t drink wine and are not partial to grapes and other foods containing resveratrol you can also take a resveratrol supplement. I take Advanced ResV Plus™ from Health Resources™.

New Research Shows Fish Oils Can Help In The Fight Against Diabetes And Obesity

New research shows fish oils can help in the fight against diabetes and obesityScientists at the University of California have discovered that omega-3 fatty acids in fish oils can help insulin in the body work properly and reduce inflammation. This could fix the problem for many Americans as the American Diabetes Association reports that 23.6 millions of people in the United States suffer from diabetes, while 26.7 percent of the population is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The scientists have found a receptor in the body called GPR-120, which — when subjected to omega-3 fatty acids — generates an anti-inflammatory response. Jerrold Olefsky, professor of medicine at UC San Diego who was involved with the research, said that "our work shows how fish oils safely do this and suggest a possible way to treating the serious problems of inflammation in obesity and in conditions like diabetes."

Scientists also suggest that fish oils could help fight against other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The research is still unclear on the optimal amount of omega-3 fatty acids that could help individuals at risk of these diseases. However, it may be one step towards finding a cure for millions of Americans.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938989-ADNFCR

Oregon Man To Sue Government Over Clandestine Tracking Device

Oregon man to sue government over clandestine tracking deviceJuan Pineda-Moreno of Oregon, who was arrested and charged for allegedly growing marijuana, is planning to petition the Supreme Court over a recent lower court decisions that allowed evidence from a tracking device the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) secretly installed under his car.

DEA agents, who did not have a warrant, began tracking Pineda-Moreno in 2007 and arrested him based on GPS data from the device that showed he traveled to an area where marijuana was being grown, according to media reports.

Now, after the recent Federal appeals court ruling in the government agency’s favor, the man is reportedly planning to seek recourse at the Supreme Court on the basis that the surveillance violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

The amendment is part of the Bill of Rights that protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure.

Chief Justice Alex Kozinsky, who presented a dissenting opinion in last month’s ruling at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote that "there is something creepy and un-American about such clandestine and underhanded behavior," quoted by the Mail Tribune.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938944-ADNFCR

Cerebral Damage, Poor Blood Flow Linked To Alcohol Intake

Cerebral damage, poor blood flow linked to alcohol intakeThe likelihood of suffering from poor brain health may be increased by excessive drinking and weight gain, according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

Previous trials have shown that people with a high alcohol intake are at an increased risk for developing obesity or an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). In order to determine how these complications affect brain function, researchers analyzed the BMI, metabolism and blood flow of more than 50 male participants of an alcohol-assistance program.

The results suggested that former alcoholics with high BMI measurements were more likely to develop poor cerebral blood flow and brain damage.

The researchers concluded that in addition to reducing one’s alcohol intake, exercising regularly and following a healthier diet can help with weight loss and improving one’s overall health.

"Since individuals who consume substantial amounts of alcohol are at risk of obesity, it is important to understand the influence of body fat deposition on the measures we are examining," said Susan Tapert, co-author of the study.

In 2008, approximately 50 percent of all adults residing in the U.S. were regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938969-ADNFCR

How To Avoid Those Rebound Headaches

The other day a patient emailed me complaining of the “worst headache she’d ever had.” On my recommendation she attempted to stop drinking coffee. But the first day she got such a horrible headache she had to leave work and could not attend a function later that evening. She asked why, if coffee was bad for you, she became ill when she stopped drinking it?

The answer is that her body responded to the lack of the daily stimulus that it was accustomed to receiving. The headache was a rebound from the lack of coffee/caffeine consumption that it was relying on for daily energy and stimulation.

What generally happens, especially with consumers of caffeinated, sugar-laden and alcoholic beverages, is a vicious cycle of needing more and more to prevent the side effects of rebounding. Rebounding is the pain and other symptoms people feel when their body is trying to return to homeostasis by detoxing the harmful chemicals from the system. Here’s how the problem magnifies with coffee, as an example.

You are tired and drink coffee to perk up. Yet by late afternoon another cup is needed to remain awake. However, this cup keeps you up at night and makes it difficult for you to wake up in the morning. So, the next day or week you find yourself drinking two cups in the morning and one in the afternoon and/or early evening.

This vicious cycle is made worse by coffee’s diuretic action, which causes excess perspiration and urination, leading to dehydration. Extended dehydration leads to constipation which, in an effort to move the bowels, you drink more coffee.

This remedy may work for a while, but then your intestines become so dry that days pass between bowel movements. During this time toxins build up, leach back into the bloodstream and spread in the body. The result: headaches, aches and pains, fatigue, stiffness and red and irritated eyes.  All of these symptoms are side effects of the rebound effect.

Generally, when someone comes to me for health advice at such a time, I tell them to stop drinking coffee. And they say, “I am so tired. If I don’t drink coffee I have no energy. And when I don’t drink, then I get a headache and I can’t go to the bathroom.”

They are right to a point: The caffeine is giving them energy but at the same time it is also sapping their energy.

Caffeine and sugar drinks offer the body a false or “empty” energy. It is not real. So when the fake energetic means of moving through the day drops out (you feel like crashing), the body returns to its normal state. But that normal state is one that is worn out and exhausted, since its energy depleted long ago and it has been moving along on legal yet addictive stimulants. It’s akin to a car whose battery is nearly dead yet the car is being towed from place to place. As a result of the constant “towing” of the body at the stimulation of coffee (for example) it starts to cry out in pain.

The body says, “I hurt. I am exhausted. I am dehydrated. My nerves are inflamed.”

As the body is normalized by detoxing and returning to homeostasis (balance) you feel the pain, the throbbing, the aches the headaches that were always there but just hidden under the stimulant effects of the coffee (or soda or alcohol or drugs or cigarettes).

Rebound pain and rebound headaches are so-named because they occur as the body “rebounds” from over-consumption or withdrawal from too many analgesics or prescription medications, coffee or caffeinated soft drinks, elevated adrenaline levels, sleep disorders and so on.

Like migraine and cluster headaches, rebound headaches are vascular in nature and characterized by steady pounding or throbbing on both sides of the head caused by constricting and dilating blood vessels. This type of vascular headache is in theory the easiest to prevent, but since it is directly triggered by poor lifestyle choices, it may be the most difficult to eliminate.

In essence, rebound headaches are a recuperative measure by the body that is telling you something is wrong and is forcing rest and a change in behavior by way of head pain. They occur commonly as a result of toxic build-up of medication, alcohol or caffeine in the system, as well as from prolonged periods of physically draining activity, such as cramming for finals or that wild 72-hour weekend party.

The best way to avoid rebound headaches, then, is to refrain from daily over-stimulation: Late nights and early mornings, coffee all day, drinking all night, excessive partying, hours and hours of studying and too much fat or sugar in the diet.

The rebound pain (and sometimes accompanying stupor) only comes after the heightened activity is removed and the body has to adjust back to normal. It is better to slowly wean off coffee — or stimulant drinks and foods and recreational drugs — than try to cut them out cold turkey.

Regarding coffee, if you drink three cups a day, reduce to two for a day or two. If you can manage, drop down to one cup and one cup of half-caffeine/half-decaf. It is important to find a weaning “formula” that you can manage and that works for you over a short period of time.

And when the rebound headaches come, usually a small dose of the item (a few sips of coffee, for example), two glasses of water, a hot shower and rest will return the body to a livable state until the next day when it has rebalanced itself again.

— Dr. Mark Wiley

The Thrill Is Gone

For the eighth time in what increasingly looks like will be his only term, President Barack Obama held forth at a talking point dump, aka press conference. For a man dubbed “messianic” by the liberal elite, I can’t help but notice of late, Obama looks as comfortable in front of the camera as a blind agoraphobic in Grand Central Station during rush hour. 

Watching our increasingly desperate President try to hold the attention of even the fawning sycophants who comprise the bulk of the White House Press Corps was like watching a physics professor trying on homecoming Friday to hold the attention of a lecture hall filled with frat-boy liberal arts majors.  Confronted by ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper about how Obamacare has already turned into the fiscal imbroglio Democrats denied it would be, Obama froze stiffer than Nancy Pelosi’s face on a Lake Tahoe ski lift:

“No — as I said, uh, Jacob, the — I haven’t read the entire study, uh, maybe you have.  But, uh, you know, if — if you — if what the reports are true, what they’re saying is that as a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care, at the margins that’s gonna increase our costs, we knew that.  We didn’t think that we were gonna cover 30 million people… for… free.

Actually, Mr. President, that’s.  Precisely.  What.  You.  Said.  While his backtracking tends to be as laughably divorced from reality as an Ed Schultz monologue, Obama’s stilted speech patterns and inexplicable “I don’t write it, I just read it” dependence on the teleprompter has actually passed funny and disembarked at creepy.  I can’t help but wonder if David Axelrod is standing behind the blue curtain with a remote control: 

“Damn it, Gibbs.  I need four AA batteries, pronto!”

Remember when this same media took such pleasure in mocking George W. Bush’s tortured enunciations?  At least we all knew that when W said “nook-you-lerr,” it wasn’t because Ari Fleischer fell asleep with his head on the keyboard. 

I thought Obama was supposed to be the smartest man alive.  During the course of the 2008 Presidential campaign, the Democrats deployed every media flack, screwball blogger and MSNBC “journalist” to extol his brilliance while excoriating anyone who dared ask: 

“Is it me, or does this guy sound like Howard Dean built a Leninbot in his basement?”

Those of us who openly questioned the acumen of the untested Illinois Senator were dismissed as racists.  Once the race card was maxed out (which happened right about the same time ultra-white boy Newsweek leftist Jonathan Alter claimed that only racism could prevent an Obama Presidency), the left began assailing doubters with Obama’s indubitable brilliance.  “He went to HARVARD.”  Um…so did the Unabomber.  For that matter, so did Al Gore.  For THAT matter — so did Bush.

Now that the Obama Express has jumped the tracks and slammed headfirst into the bridge abutment of incompetence, Democrats nationwide are booking passage to Anywhere But Obama.  Two hundred nineteen Dems voted “yea” on Obamacare.  Not one has run an ad touting their vote.

“Sure, I’m flattered that the President would like to campaign for me.  It’s just that I’m washing my hair this election.” 

The borderline-romantic yearning for the great Community Activist has faded like Bill and Hillary’s post-Monica love life.  Even plagiarist and former Bhagwan devotee Ariana Huffington’s Hollywood self-esteem builder Huffingtonpost.com can’t seem to drum up much enthusiasm, with Huffpo’s ubiquitous pseudo-academic Joseph Palermo weaving allusions to fading Obama worship into a predictable tapestry of tired Bush-bashing in a Friday piece ponderously entitled “President Obama Attempts to Bridge the ‘Enthusiasm Gap.'”  It has clearly never occurred to Professor Palermo that the Army Corps of Engineers couldn’t handle that job.

Obama’s lack of enthusiasm is beyond pathetic.  Rush Limbaugh suggested during his Friday broadcast that Obama appears impotent.  Limbaugh is underselling the problem.  There’s no little blue pill which can fix the issues in the White House. 

Whatever you want to call it, Obama’s lack of vitality is dangerous.  Islamofascism, the Service Employees International Union and Nancy Pelosi don’t let up on the throttle just because Obama’s hiding under the Resolute Desk. 

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Democrats fired distortions, defamation and plain old venom at Sarah Palin with abandon.  Her garrulous vigor made her a far more inviting target than the man who would be her boss, John McCain.

Looking back, Obama’s verbal ineptitude (not to mention his professional incompetence) makes both McCain and Palin look positively Ciceronian by comparison.  The Democrats honestly expect us to believe Palin couldn’t have handled Joe Biden’s job?  I’m not convinced Obama can, either.

In Preparing For Disasters, Americans Should Also Think Of Their Animals

In preparing for disasters, Americans should also think of their animalsBetween natural and man-made disasters that continually threaten American citizens, it is important to constantly review and update family survival plans. However, since many people rely on farm animals for their economic well-being, and many more have pets who are integral parts of their families, emergency preparedness should also cover animals, experts say.

To help individuals prepare their four-legged friends for disaster survival, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is providing informational resources on how to go about doing so.

It says that, just like with human preparedness, the key is to start early. It is important to familiarize yourself with the kind of disaster that could happen in your area — including a hazardous materials spill — and plan accordingly.

Each family or farm should have an animal evacuation kit, complete with information about the type and number of animals, their medical history, proof of ownership and emergency contact information. Owners should identify alternate sources of food and water ahead of time, as well as places — such as pastures, racetracks, veterinary college grounds, etc. — where large animals can be evacuated in case of an emergency.

Individuals who keep livestock should ensure that barns and stables are structurally sound and promptly remove dead trees and other debris that could hinder an evacuation, AVMA experts further advise.

Moreover, animal and pet owners should always have well-maintained vehicles full of gas, and enough cash on hand.

Finally, each animal — regardless of whether they are domestic or livestock — should have proper and damage-resistant identification on them, such as a microchip, collar, tatoo, leg band or an ear tag.

In addition to man-made disasters, which can happen anywhere, different areas of the United States are prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires and floods.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938760-ADNFCR

The Capitol Hill Tax Problem

With the discussion in Washington, D.C., heating up over whether to extend the tax cuts instituted by President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003 which are set to expire on Jan. 1, 2011, an interesting story appeared in The Washington Post last week.

It seems that many of those on Capitol Hill who feel the rich should “pay their fair share” aren’t interested in paying their own “fair share.” It turns out that 638 Capitol Hill staffers owe the IRS $9.3 million in back taxes, and Federal employees across the board owe $1 billion.

In fact, 41 of President Barack Obama’s White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes.

So next time you hear Obama telling you that you need to pay your “fair share,” ask him when members of his staff—and other Federal employees—are going to pay theirs.

Obama’s Mixed Message On Taxes

Obama's mixed message on taxes With the general elections approaching and many Democrats struggling to hold on to their seats, President Barack Obama has embarked on a series of campaign stops and speeches in which he sought to lessen fears of higher taxes and bigger government.

Although the president recently unveiled a $180 million investment spending plan designed to revamp the nation’s transportation infrastructure, he also proposed a tax break package of some $300 billion for businesses in order to spur job creation.

However, some economists, as well as politicians like House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said that the proposal may not produce the intended consequences because the government’s deficit continues to expand, creating uncertainties related to high interest rates and inflation.

Moreover, the White House has said it is sticking to its plan to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire at the end of this year, something the GOP says will further blunt the impact of tax breaks for businesses.

Still, Obama told an audience in Cleveland on Sept. 8 that preserving the Bush-era cuts "would have us borrow $700 billion over the next 10 years to give a tax cut of about $100,000 to folks who are already millionaires."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938024-ADNFCR

Court Rules Immigration Law Is Federal Government’s Domain

Court rules immigration law is Federal government's domain Hazleton, Pa. is among several localities that enacted anti-immigration ordinances in the absence of a comprehensive Federal reform. However, a new court decision has ruled that approach unconstitutional.

On Sept. 9, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that matters pertaining to immigration regulation are "clearly within the exclusive domain of the Federal government."

In saying so, the court overturned two local ordinances adopted in 2006, one of which would have penalized landlords and employers for renting to or hiring illegal immigrants. The other would have required prospective tenants to prove their legal status and buy a residential permit.

The town was sued by Hispanic groups and illegal immigrants and the ruling was praised for its support of the Constitution by the American Civil Liberties Union.

However, Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta expressed regret, saying that "this ruling is a loss for Hazleton and its legal residents."

The two laws, which were never enforced, inspired more than a dozen other states and municipalities across the nation to pass similar measures, and most have been overturned in courts, according to Los Angeles Times.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938641-ADNFCR

There’s A Reason Joe And Jane Voter Are Cranky

President Barack Obama unleashed his October Surprise a little early, announcing last week his plan to get the Federal Reserve to print $50 billion more dollars and funnel it to the unions under the guise of improving America’s roads, railways and runways. Perhaps he wanted to get a head start in case this one fails, too.

The plan will bring the total amount of stimulus dollars allocated for infrastructure to $280 billion. You remember those shovel-ready projects that were supposed to stimulate the economy? They apparently weren’t so ready after all. Only about a third of the original $230 million has been spent.

Yet Obama feels the need to pile on more. He couched the plan, called the “Plan to Renew and Expand America’s Roads, Railways and Runways,” as a way to put people back to work. But the only people who are going to benefit are unions and Democrats running for the House and Senate who are going to get more campaign cash from the unions as a result of what columnist Michelle Malkin calls “The Mother of all Big Boondoggles.”

Malkin points out that because of Obama’s Executive Order 13502, contractors who bid on large-scale public construction projects worth $25 million or more must submit to union representation for its employees. Mandates of this sort raise the cost of projects from 9 percent to 18 percent depending on the project and the market, research has shown.

Even unions recognize that projects using union labor increase costs. Recent reports indicate that when labor unions need construction projects done they more often than not chose non-union contractors to do the work, admitting it’s done to save costs.

But Obama is willing to expedite the collapse of the United States economy for the immediate benefit of his union thug buddies and, ultimately — he hopes — his Democrat lackeys in Congress.

Whether he can get such a bill through Congress is another story. Even Democrats, sensing the mood of a populace growing increasingly skeptical of more government spending, are leery of voting for anything that will add the country’s debt burden.

It’s not that they oppose the spending. Were we a year or more away from elections Democrats — and not a few Republicans — would be eager to pile on the spending. After all, spending other people’s money is what the elected elites do best.

But politicians read polls, and polls showing that Republicans hold a 13-point favorability edge over Democrats in the Congressional elections have the Democrats feeling queasy.

Republicans — once so demoralized by the drubbing they received in the 2006 and 2008 elections — are feeling emboldened by the same news. They are — mostly reluctantly — joining with the Tea Parties to oppose more spending and more debt. Some of the GOP Congressmen who supported stimulus spending pushed first by big government, big spending President George W. Bush and then Obama have been handed their walking papers and are about to join millions of Americans in the unemployment lines.

That’s a good place for them. Hopefully they will be joined by many more elected (and suddenly newly-unelected) elitists after Nov. 2.

But if the GOP does as well as some are predicting and take the House — and possibly the Senate — they’d better not forget that the electorate is cranky. Joe and Jane Voter are fed up with politicians who get richer as “public servants” while Joe and Jane cut back on spending, try to pay down their debt and one or both are either unemployed or supporting an unemployed family member.

Joe and Jane expect the Republicans to repeal Obamacare, cut government spending, cut taxes, bring fiscal sanity back to Washington, eliminate regulations that hamper businesses and finally, create an environment that allows manufacturers and other businesses to return to America. Joe and Jane are aware that the biggest tax increase in U.S. history looms, as the Bush tax cuts are set to expire with 2010, and they expect Republicans to do something about that.

If the Republicans fail and continue to conduct business as usual — that is as they did while in the majority most of the period from 1994 until 2006 — Republicans will suffer in two years hence the same fate Democrats are about to suffer.

Meanwhile Recovery Summer — at least in the minds of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden — rolls on. (Don’t tell them summer’s over and Labor Day is behind us.) Unemployment remains high, housing starts and construction, manufacturing and consumer purchasing remain low. That’s quite the recovery.

By pouring obscene amounts of stimulus dollars into Wall Street, the banks and goofy programs that encourage consumers to spend money they wouldn’t otherwise spend, first Bush and then Obama and their Keynesian economic teams created a lot of little artificial bubbles throughout the economy. They gave the impression of a recovery but are now beginning to pop.

As the National Inflation Association wrote on Sept. 1:

The pain that was felt after the collapse of Lehman Brothers (in September 2008) is nothing compared to the pain that will come when we begin to feel the effects of bailing out the rest of Wall Street. U.S. second quarter GDP growth was revised down on (Aug. 27) from 2.4% to 1.6%. In order to get this 1.6% GDP growth, the U.S. government had to spend $3.7 trillion on bailouts, stimulus bills, the buying of mortgage backed securities, and other commitments.

General Motors reported today that their August deliveries fell 25% from one year ago to 185,176 vehicles. The U.S. government used "cash for clunkers" to buy GDP growth in 2009, but that growth stole from future automobile sales. NIA believes that GM’s sales decline is a sign that the U.S. will likely see a sharp contraction in GDP beginning in the third-quarter, which will lead to the Federal Reserve implementing the mother of all quantitative easing and cause a massive sell off in the U.S. dollar.

Christina Romer, outgoing Chairwoman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, today called for more government spending and less taxes as a way to bring down unemployment. The combination of more government spending and less taxes equals massive inflation, but this represents the state of mind in Washington today. Inflation is still the last thing on their minds because they don’t see it yet.

Even though we might not see massive across the board price inflation at this time, gold and silver prices have been surging ever since NIA released its article "Gold and Silver Capitulation is Near" on July 28th. Gold is very close to breaking its all time nominal high of $1,264.90 per ounce set during June and silver is getting ready to test the critical $20-$21 per ounce resistance level.

Rising gold and silver prices indicate that the U.S. is headed for an explosion in budget deficits that will rise far beyond what it can pay for through borrowing. Leading Chinese economists are now calling Japanese debt less risky than U.S. debt and with the Japanese savings rate in decline, the U.S. will soon have nobody left to borrow from. The only option will be monetization and already the Federal Reserve is getting ready to buy $10 billion to $30 billion per month in U.S. treasuries to keep its balance sheet at inflated levels.

There are now 50 million Americans on Medicaid, with annual Medicaid costs rising 36% over the past two years to $273 billion. The recently enacted health care bill will add 16 million more Americans to Medicaid beginning in 2014, but the U.S. government will likely go bust by then. It is impossible to have an economic recovery when jobless benefits are encouraging Americans to stay unemployed. U.S. unemployment insurance spending has nearly quadrupled since 2007 to $160 billion annually. Even food stamp costs have surged 80% over the past two years to $70 billion annually.

Once Americans get used to receiving and relying on government entitlement programs, it is hard to wean them off of them. NIA has been hearing reports from members with friends who say they will only "come out of retirement" if they can find a job that pays $25 per hour or more, because with anything less it wouldn’t be worth losing their jobless and food stamp benefits. Americans expect to receive their jobless benefits forever and we are sure Obama will continue to extend them leading up to the 2012 election.

There are now countless warning signs all around us on a daily basis that the U.S. is headed for a complete societal collapse.

The Federal Reserve’s reign of economic terror is nearing an end. It has led to the loss of wealth — the dollar has lost about 95 percent of its value since 1913 — and mounting debt and those who thought they were coming out ahead by putting their money in a savings account have learned their money actually lost value due to inflation.

For the last 11 years the stock market has been stagnant, so those with retirement plans in mutual funds have not made money either. And some economists are predicting a 50 percent market crash by year’s end. (Meanwhile gold has climbed from $278 per ounce to $1,250 an ounce in the same time frame. Gold expert Jim Sinclair predicts gold to rise to $1,650 and beyond by mid-January.)

It seems the only ones making money are the elected elites, CEOs of the now mostly nationalized (through regulations that removed competition and granting of favored status gained by subsidizing the elected elites) large corporations, Wall Street fat cats, and Big Pharma. According to Philstockworld.com, about 10,000 individuals hold 30 percent of the nation’s wealth. The middle class has grown poorer and the number of people on the government dole has increased.

This discrepancy can’t continue and a major correction will have to occur. The free-spending actions of Bush and Obama have only pushed that correction down the tracks a little further. We agree with the NIA that the U.S. is headed for an economic collapse.

The question is; are you prepared? If you have bought gold and silver, stockpiled food, water, guns and ammunition and are prepared to grow your own food and barter for more food, water and guns, you are as ready as you can be.

Get ready. The ride is about to get bumpy. And who knows? Obama may yet have another surprise for us in October.

More Moderate Message, Reid’s Troubles May Help Sharron Angle In November

More moderate message, Reid's troubles may help Sharron Angle in November Many GOP members and supporters have expressed concerns about the electability of Tea Party-backed candidates who run on controversial conservative platforms such as Medicare and Social Security privatization.

One of the most prominent supporters of this approach during the primary season was Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who is also an outspoken opponent of the Democratic-sponsored healthcare reform and many Federal institutions.

Recently, the 60-year-old politician sought to allay some of the fears that her staunch fiscal and constitutional conservatism may turn off the more moderate GOP and independent voters, by saying that she will be a "mainstream Senator."

In that vein, her website now states that "as a teacher and grandmother of 10, there is no one more committed to education than Sharron Angle," although she had previously campaigned on the platform of abolishing the Department of Education.

While she may still face a tough task of convincing independent voters, Angle appears to have received an unexpected boon from the revelations by the Senate Majority Leader’s former campaign manager Don Williams, who suggested that the politician may have accepted undeclared donations from individuals involved in prostitution in Nevada.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19937993-ADNFCR

Do you believe the United States is going to experience hyperinflation?

Dear Bob,
Do you believe the United States is going to experience hyperinflation?

A: The U.S. system is on track for hyperinflation because money printing and the consequence, depreciation (inflation) of the currency, is a certain but unannounced U.S. policy.

A debt crisis is always followed by money printing which has always debauched the currency, collapsed the bond market and brought public confidence to zero. This calls for revolution and regime change. Those who have any credibility or leadership have to restore confidence by changing the system or at least deceive the population into believing that they have a new system.

So what this means to every American is that he/she is faced with possible hyperinflation followed by collapse of the social, political and economic order.

Best Wishes,
Bob

Another California Court Rules Against Military Gay Ban

Another California court rules against military gay ban In the most recent challenge to the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy, a Federal judge in Riverside, California confirmed an earlier ruling from a San Francisco court that the act violates the Fifth and First Amendments to the United States Constitution and should not be enforced.

"The sweeping reach of the restrictions on speech in the "don’t ask, don’t tell" act is far broader than is reasonably necessary to protect the substantial government interest at stake here," said U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, quoted by CNN.

The suit was formally filed against the Federal government. As such, the government is expected to ask for an injunction to prevent it from going into effect as appeals continue. Depending on the outcome, the next step will be to hear the case again in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and, possibly, in the Supreme Court, the news provider reports.

Among the opponents of the ruling, Family Research Council President and Marine veteran Tony Perkins said this was a decision for Congress to make, and added that "once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist who will aid in the advancement of their agenda."ADNFCR-1961-ID-19938594-ADNFCR