Marilyn M. Barnewall
January 29, 2012
Designed to divide and conquer
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of paying for President Obama’s campaign speeches. Let him begin spending some of the billion dollars he’s got stashed away for campaign funds. I’m tired of paying for hugely expensive aircraft so Michelle can come and go as she pleases when they take vacations, too… why are taxpayers responsible for her travel? She’s not the President. Let her and her hand servants fly United on their own dime.
One thing became clear to me after the State of the Union speech – which, since I didn’t hear anything factual about the State of the Union (SOTU), turned out to be just another campaign speech paid for by the American taxpayer. The purpose of the SOTU is to inform the people about the state of our nation, not about the hopes, dreams and imaginative campaign promises of a presidential candidate.
What became clear to me is that it’s far less important who is elected President than it is for conservative Republicans to maintain control of the House of Representatives and gain control of the Senate. All of the hoop-la over the presidential race – all of the cannibalistic Republican debates – is being used to divert our attention. No matter which Party wins or loses, we need a Congress strong enough to keep a tight rein on the Executive Branch. Since the precedent of dictating by Executive Order has been established, it becomes imperative for us to be protected from a dictatorial president from any political party.
The Democrats – especially Obama -- portray Republicans as uncooperative and as not doing anything to stimulate jobs or heal the economy. The mainstream media aids them in this false portrayal, not publishing facts regarding legislation that has been passed by the Republican-controlled House but ignored by Harry Reid’s Democrat-controlled Senate.
For the record, the following action – or lack thereof – has been taken regarding House Bills that have been passed on to the Senate:
of Federal Regulations
H.Res. 72 - Passed by the House (391-28) on February 11, 2011 (languishing in Senate)
Regulatory Burdens Act
H.R. 872 - Senate has taken no action to date
Tax Prevention Act
H.R. 910 - Senate has taken no action to date
of FCC's Net Neutrality Regulations
H.J.Res. 37 - Senate has blocked a companion measure by a vote of 46-52
Water Cooperative Federalism Act
H.R. 2018 - Senate has taken no action to date
Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act
H.R. 1315 - Senate has taken no action to date
Jobs from Government Interference Act
H.R. 2587 - Senate has taken no action to date
in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on The Nation
H.R. 2401 - Senate has taken no action to date
Sector Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2681 - Senate has taken no action to date
Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2250 - Senate has taken no action to date
Residuals Reuse and Management Act
H.R. 2273 - Senate has taken no action to date
Democracy and Fairness Act
H.R. 3094 - Senate has taken no action to date
H.R. 3010 - Senate has taken no action to date
Flexibility Improvements Act
H.R. 527 - Senate has taken no action to date
H.R. 10 - Senate has taken no action to date
Dust Regulation Prevention Act
H.R. 1633 - Senate has taken no action to date
Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act
H.R. 4 - Signed into law by the President on April 14, 2011
Withholding Rule Repeal
H.R. 674 - Signed into law by the President on November 21, 2011
Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act
H.R. 3630 - Senate has taken no action to date
Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
H.R. 3078 - Signed by the President on October 21, 2011
Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
H.R. 3079 - Signed by the Preisdent on October 21, 2011
Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
H.R. 3080 - Signed by the Preisdent on October 21, 2011
Arizona Resource Utilization & Conservation Act
H.R. 1904 - Senate has taken no action to date
America Invents Act
H.R. 1249 - Signed into law by the President on September 16, 2011
Opportunity to Work Act
H.R. 2433 - Signed into law by the President on November 21, 2011
Company Capital Formation Act
H.R. 1070 - Senate has taken no action to date
Banks' Access to Capital Act
H.R. 1965 - Senate has taken no action to date
Access to Capital Act
H.R. 2930 - Senate has taken no action to date
to Capital for Job Creators Act
H.R. 2940 - Senate has taken no action to date
for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
H.R. 3012 - Senate has taken no action to date
American Offshore Leasing Now Act
H.R. 1230 - Senate has taken no action to date
the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
H.R. 1229 - Senate has taken no action to date
President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act
H.R. 1231 - Senate has taken no action to date
and Energy Permitting Act of 2011
H.R. 2021 - Senate has taken no action to date
American-Made Energy Security Act
H.R. 1938 - Senate has taken no action to date
for Fiscal Year 2012
H.Con.Res. 34 - Senate has not yet considered a budget of its own
I strongly believe the fewer laws passed the better. That, however, isn’t the point. The point is the dishonesty of the political posturing that goes on in Washington – the innuendos and outright lies uttered by Democrats holding the tar brush in one hand and a bucket of feathers in the other while claiming House Republicans do nothing.
No matter who is elected to the Presidency this particular year, without a strong and conservative Congress we will continue to live by Executive Order dictatorship. A precedent has been set. Don’t let the circus surrounding the Presidential race take your eyes off of the importance of conservative control of the Congress!
America has survived just about any kind of disaster, including near economic cataclysm. There are some things that simply cannot be overlooked, however. For example, for the first time in the history of our country, debt exceeds gross domestic product (GDP). In case you don’t recognize what that means, welcome to Greece.
For every dollar of revenue taken in, we spend $1.50. That makes our nearly $16 trillion of debt non-payable. For every dollar printed to pay the debt, we go $1.50 into more debt. Do you see the game being played?
When political candidates talk about paying down our debt (or paying it off), either question their intelligence or their objectives. There is only one way it can be done and it will take a long, long time: Limit spending to revenues received and let the economy grow its way out of debt.
You’re going to hear much about how the philosophy of capitalism has failed. How can they lead you to the trough of socialism/communism without first convincing you that the best economic system ever conceived by human beings – capitalism – has failed? They cannot. Capitalism has been abused in every possible way… raped, drugged, litigated, regulated and tortured to behave in ways that are not part of capitalist philosophy. It has resulted in what I have for years called “debt capitalism.”
Capitalism hasn’t failed (unless you define it as politicians do: The success or failure of multi-national companies which have not one grain of loyalty to any sovereign nation, anywhere). Capitalism is Main Street independent businesses, not General Motors (or Solyndra).
Here are some recommendations for the four Republican candidates to consider. They are designed to create jobs without adding to the already bloated Goliath in Washington. There is a key to finding solutions supportive of regaining our capitalist-driven Republic: De-centralize the too-centralized power base of Washington.
1. Support the implementation of state banks to help de-centralize the power of the Federal Reserve System. A copy of the Colorado State Bank Resolution currently being submitted, approved, and signed to be part of County Republican Platforms in the State of Colorado can be found here. Use it and start the process of getting your own State Bank. The Resolution explains how and why state banks work.
2. Put a floor under the real estate market by stopping unlawful foreclosures. Of all of the homes on which foreclosure notices have been filed, it is (pretty accurately) estimated that 46 percent are unlawful. I will write an article soon explaining why this is true, but for now please accept that what I’m saying is true. Every state needs to pass the following law: “Before any Judge in the State of (your State) sends a Notice of Foreclosure to the County Sheriff for Service, that Judge must verify that the foreclosing party lawfully owns and controls the Deed of Trust, a separate document from the signed loan which assigns to Deed of Trust as collateral to a specific lending institution and which gives standing only to that specific lending institution.”
Most of the unlawful foreclosures occurring around the country are filed by a lending institution that no longer has in its possession the Deed of Trust on the property for which it seeks foreclosure. That is an unlawful foreclosure and this very simple law can put a stop to such nonsense! Eliminating bargain priced foreclosures (which are unlawful) will help solidify real estate values.
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3. While liberals shout about raising the capital gains tax (class envy/class warfare used to “divide and conquer,”) conservatives can use capital gains to create jobs in the private sector and do so without adding to the federal bureaucracy. Congress should pass a law stating that investors in any publicly-traded multi-national company that creates more jobs in the United States than it creates in foreign locales will pay no capital gains taxes on their purchase or sale of this stock the year following the year the jobs are created. This will cause investment capital to flow to multi-national companies that create large numbers of jobs in America.
Find solutions to too much centralized power and use them to de-centralize it. The most important thing you can do between now and next November: Keep your eyes on the hugely important Congressional races. Find good House and Senate candidates and vote them into office! And remember, the much-maligned Republican House is only half of one of three branches of the federal government. As such, it cannot perform miracles!
� 2012 Marilyn M. Barnewall - All Rights Reserved
Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, was U.S. Consulting Editor for Private Banker International (London/Dublin), and other major banking industry publications. She has written seven non-fiction books about banking and taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and two works of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community.
Barnewall is the former editor of The National Peace Officer Magazine and as a journalist has written guest editorials for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Newsweek, among others. On the Internet, she has written for News With Views, World Net Daily, Canada Free Press, Christian Business Daily, Business Reform, and others. She has been quoted in Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other national and international publications. She can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and Who's Who in the World.
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