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Sen Bernie Sanders says GOP plan is “Totally absurd”

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I think that Sen Sanders is one of our legislators who is actually saying it like it is. Senator Reid, President Obama and the rest of the Democratic Party need to stand up to the Tealiban. I thought this country had a policy of not negotiating with terrorists! That is exactly what Sen Boehner and the Tealiban act like. They are holding our Country hostage, in 2012 “We the People” will take charge and vote them out.

A letter to American Protesters from a Aussie Conservative.

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Fellow Activists,

What follows is a letter from a person on FaceBook. After you have read it you might want to contact him at his FB_Page. I thank him for telling me what others think of our actions. It is obvious that our voices are being heard so keep up that great work.

Dear Protesters,

your thinly veiled disguise as political motivationists is a blatant sham, made evident by your consistent use of force, blatant and unmitigated destruction of property and vandalism, and almost total ignorance of the issues typically at hand. You are an utter disgrace to both the concept of protest and the country you inhabit.   It becomes very clear when the issue you feign interest in falls by the wayside to smashing up banks and other representations of “The institution”.  It is there that all of your supposed interest in “The facts” and “The issues” drop like the proverbial sheet over the eyes, revealing your true nature.  Middle class, idiot youth whose only wish is to throw a brick or two, only to be seen doing so and for those onlookers think you stand for something.  The irony is, you stand for nothing, and possibly never have.  You need to be well read and intelligent to stand for something.  You are neither.  You want all the contention and attention, without doing the hard work and finding out what the fuck you are talking about.  You don’t read books, you don’t investigate claims, you hear one hippie say “The man is bad, man” and that’s all you need to hear.  To steal and slightly modify a line from the film “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang”, do you know what you’d see if you were to look up ‘cretin’ in the dictionary?  The definition of the word ‘cretin’, which you fucking are.

By all rights you should be made to clean up every inch of paint, pay for all costs to windows smashed and cars scratched, and then have the actual shit beaten out of you. Don’t even dare pretend you have some moral high ground, as your compass on morality has been due south since the early 90’s.  You are merely a new face for anarchism, only with added naivety.  I hope the police smack you about as harshly as they’ve done to the people who didn’t deserve it, back when protest was actually a method of free speech and stood for something.  It’s possibly the only way cowards like you will get the fucking message.

Sincerely,

Dave R Gallacher.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011 Revised

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Early this year I received a spam email about “The Congressional Reform Act of 2011.” I looked at it and thought that most of it sounded like good suggestions to me, but what were the facts. After a bit of research I found out that FactCheck.org had vetted the email pretty throughly and had done a good job of showing where the original person, who started the email, was uninformed on parts of their Act. While I make no claim to know much about politics, I was interested and decided to look into the parts of the “Act” that FactCheck did not make specific comments about. Specifically Term Limits, Pay Raises and Health Care. What follows are my suggestions from the viewpoint of a past government employee. -U.S Army Infantry, Sniper.

The first part of the Act covers Term Limits. In the Federalist Papers #57 either Alexander Hamilton or James Madison wrote. (the Federalist Papers were all signed “PUBLIUS” so we cannot be positive of the authorship)
“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust. The elective mode of obtaining rulers is the characteristic policy of republican government. The means relied on in this form of government for preventing their degeneracy are numerous and various. The most effectual one, is such a limitation of the term of appointments as will maintain a proper responsibility to the people.” You can read here that when our great Nation was newly formed it was understood that if you allowed individuals to stay in government for an extended period the would most likely become disconnected with the populous and start to favor the “elevation of the few on the ruins of the many.”
The next three sections are self explanatory as I added the comments to the individual sections for the sake of brevity.
  1. Term Limits.
    12 years only, one of the possible options below..
    A. Two Six-year Senate terms
    B. Six Two-year House terms
    C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
  2. No Tenure / No Pension.
    A legislator collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. They currently can receive up to 80% of their salary after one term, how much they receive depends on many factors. A soldier who serves less than 20 years and does not get injured gets no pension why should our legislatures get better consideration?
  3. Pay Raises -Currently they get an automatic raise to match COLA, unless they vote against it.
    Our legislators  will no longer get a COLA (Cost Of Living Allowance) adjustment if the Country in is debt. If Social Security, Armed Forces, and Disabled Veterans do not get it why should they?
  4. Our legislators should participate in the same health system as the Military and Veterans since they all work for the same government it only makes sense. Also, this might improve the quality of care and treatment of Veterans in the VA hospitals.

I feel that we need to overhaul the system. For me it was an honor to serve in the U.S Army and so serving in Congress should be an honor. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

How do we decide on WHO should represent “We the People” for that I close with a quote from the Federalist Papers #57

Who are to be the electors of the federal representatives? Not the rich, more than the poor; not the learned, more than the ignorant; not the haughty heirs of distinguished names, more than the humble sons of obscurity and unpropitious fortune. The electors are to be the great body of the people of the United States.

sources:
http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fedindex.htm
http://factcheck.org/2011/03/congressional-reform-act/
http://www.snopes.com/politics/socialsecurity/pensions.asp

Full Speech from Jobs with Justice and US UnCut Rally with Montage.

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April’s “First Friday” Jobs with Justice and US UnCut Video

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Video of the Jobs with Justice and US UnCut “First Friday” There are four speakers but the video is only 3 minutes. Take those few minutes to learn about Jobs with Justice and US Uncut. I start at 1:30 into it.

US UnCut Chicago’s Bank of America on April 2nd Photo’s

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Today US UnCut Chicago went to voice its displeasure with Bank of America the tax dodgers. Next week we will team up with AFL-CIO, Jobs With Justice for a nationwide protest. In Chicago, statewide events and mobilizations will culminate in a “We Are One” rally on **Saturday, April 9th at 1 PM in Daley Plaza, 118 N. Clark St.

Please plan to join this rally with “thousands” of your brothers and sisters from community and labor organizations.*

The Illinois AFL-CIO and the Chicago Federation and allies across the state will be gathering for this statewide massive rally in support of workers and workers’ rights! Following the events in Madison and in response to copycat legislation being introduced in other states, we are mobilizing to let our elected officials know that here in Illinois support workers’ rights and organized labor!

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“First Friday” Rally Photo’s

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Photo’s from Aprils “First Friday” Rally.

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April 1st “First Friday” Rally: “Jobs with Justice” and “US UnCut Chicago”

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This week I was asked to speak on behalf of US UnCut at the Jobs with Justice monthly rally at the James R Thompson Center in Chicago. There were four speakers including Susan Hurley of Jobs with Justice. After the speeches we marched up Lasalle Ave, in a noisy but orderly fashion to the Bank of America where we protested outside the bank for while. Please come out and see us next “First Friday” May 26th 2011.

  • What is “First Friday?”

“First Friday” is the first Friday of the month when a number of people give up part of their lunchtime to come downtown, show public solidarity with the nation’s unemployed and underemployed workers.

  • Why “First Friday?”

We take action on the “First Friday” of every month because that’s the day the Labor Department releases its report on the previous months’ job creation (or lack thereof). Not to mention it’s fair, practical and just the right thing to do!

  • What happens on “First Friday?”

We gather to demand the following: a federal jobs program, jobless benefits (including health care) for ALL of the unemployed, and making Wall Street pay for it!

  • How can I get involved?

Next month come out and be seen engaging the public discussing the kind of jobs program the country needs. Comment for Internet TV and radio. Exchange experiences related to job finding and job improvement, and housing, food, and health care issues. Petition lawmakers. Sign up to receive information about future actions. Pick up a sign. Come early, spend some time. Take a stand with our unemployed activists and allies for a federal jobs program so all of our loved ones, friends and neighbors who struggling can get back to work!

Please join us to help make common sense more common!

For more information, call (312) 738-6161 or send an email to susanh@jwj.org. Also visit the Chicago Job With Justice website to learn more.

The Nation’s Allison Kilkenny reports on US UnCut’s Actions!

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On March 26th US UnCut held an international day of action. In the UK 400,000 people walked the streets of London in protest. All over the States in places like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle people got out and held actions in Bank of America. Please take a moment to visit the Nation’s Website. For photo’s from Chicago’s action Photo’s and Video click the corresponding link

Yours truly was interviewed by Ms. Kilkenny for her report. Below is the quote from me that was published. I thank Ms. Kilkenny for speaking with me and I felt proud to be able to add my voice to the voice of the people.

Chicago’s William Shehan, a US Army veteran, explained that he feels it’s his duty to protest this practice of corporate tax evasion. “As a Veteran I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Shehan’s written statement says. “The behavior of the corporations and elected officials has made it necessary for ‘We the People’ to alter or abolish our relationship with the aforementioned organizations, replace the elected officials, repeal unjust laws and to put in place safeguards to insure a secure future.

US UnCut Chicago Bank of America Action (Video)

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This past weekend US UnCut Chicago went toe to toe with Bank of America.