Unburying the Hidden News

No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While Politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.  This needs changed.

Fox news reported that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This should not be.  The House should immediately begin action to repeal this unfair perk.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law.

Why does it look like the American culture is collapsing?  My guess is that we lack vigilance.  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” http://www.therightscoop.com/open-thread-grinding-america-down/

By most standards your Pennsylvania politicians are overpaid compared to the average working person.  http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/state-legislature-is-among-nation-s-most-expensive-1.742222#ixzz1ayhxo6OZ  If I am elected I promise to introduce legislation to slash the income of professional PA politicians. It is not enough just to limit pay increases.  For the past few terms salaries have continued to climb.  It is only fair that we return to the idea that our elected politicians should be servants of the people with true servant’s wages.  Could we tie them to the salaries of local law enforcement officers? teachers? bus drivers?  If a person is looking for a high status job it should not be in government.

I would propose to pass a an amendment to the US Constitution.  This proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution will read: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

Mass media  spreads disinformation about vitamins:   http://www.naturalnews.com/033883_vitamins_mortality_risk.html

Many Dentists are against fluoride:  http://www.naturalnews.com/033845_dentists_water_fluoridation.html

Should parents have the final say in where their children attend school?  http://www.commonwealthfoundation.org/research/detail/15-school-choice-myths

2 Responses to Unburying the Hidden News

  1. drjimmbrown says:

    Who’s Rainwater is it?

    Here is another example of government intrusion into the citizen’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.–JMB

    (NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials,that rain belongs to someone else.

    As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from “diverting”waterthat falls on their ownhomesand land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads withlaw enforcementover the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use.

    Check out thisYouTube videoof a news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’sillegalin Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller Toyota, found this out the hard way.

    After constructing a large rainwatercollectionsystem at his new dealership to use for washing new cars, Miller found out that the project was actually an “unlawful diversion of rainwater.” Even though it makes logical conservation sense to collect rainwater for this type of use since rain is scarce in Utah, it’s still considered a violation of water rights which apparently belong exclusively to Utah’s variousgovernmentbodies.

    “Utah’s the second driest state in the nation. Our laws probably ought to catch up with that,” explained Miller in response to the state’s ridiculous rainwater collectionban.

    Salt Lake City officials worked out a compromise with Miller and are now permitting him to use “their” rainwater, but the fact that individuals like Miller don’t actually own the rainwater that falls on their property is a true indicator of what littlefreedomwe actually have here in the U.S. (Access to the rainwater that falls on your own property seems to be a basic right, wouldn’t you agree?)

    Outlawing rainwater collection in other states

    Utah isn’t the only state with rainwater collection bans, either. Colorado andWashingtonalso have rainwater collection restrictions that limit the free use of rainwater, but these restrictions vary among different areas of the states and legislators have passed some laws to help ease the restrictions.

    In Colorado,two new laws were recently passedthat exempt certain small-scale rainwater collection systems, like the kind people might install on their homes, from collection restrictions.

    Prior to the passage of these laws, Douglas County, Colorado,conducted a studyon how rainwater collection affects aquifer and groundwater supplies. The study revealed that letting people collect rainwater on their properties actually reduces demand from water facilities and improves conservation.

    Personally, I don’t think a study was even necessary to come to this obvious conclusion. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that using rainwater instead of tap water is a smart and useful way to conserve this valuable resource, especially in areas like the West wheredroughtis a major concern.

    Additionally, the study revealed that only about three percent of Douglas County’s precipitation ended up in the streams andriversthat are supposedly being robbed from by rainwater collectors. The other 97 percent either evaporated or seeped into the ground to be used by plants.

    This hints at why bureaucrats can’t really use the argument that collecting rainwater prevents that water from getting to where it was intended to go. So little of it actually makes it to the final destination that virtually every household could collect many rain barrels worth of rainwater and it would have practically no effect on the amount that ends up in streams and rivers.

    It’s all about control, really

    As long as people remain unaware and uninformed about important issues, the government will continue to chip away at thefreedomswe enjoy. The only reason these water restrictions are finally starting to change for the better is because people started to notice and they worked to do something to reverse the law.

    Even though these laws restricting water collection have been on the books for more than 100 years in some cases, they’re slowly being reversed thanks to efforts by citizens who have decided that enough is enough.

    Because if we can’t even freely collect the rain that falls all around us, then what, exactly, can we freely do? The rainwater issue highlights a serious overall problem inAmericatoday: diminishing freedom and increased government control.

    Today, we’ve basically been reprogrammed to think that we need permission from the government to exercise our inalienable rights, when in fact the government is supposed to derive its powerfromus. The American Republic was designed so that government would serve the People to protect and uphold freedom and liberty. But increasingly, our own government is restricting people from their rights to engage in commonsense, fundamental actions such as collecting rainwater or buying raw milk from the farmer next door.

    Today, we are living under a government that has slowly siphoned off our freedoms, only to occasionally grant us back a few limited ones under the pretense that they’re doing us a benevolent favor.

    Fight back against enslavement

    As long as people believe their rights stem from the government (and not the other way around), they will always be enslaved. And whatever rights and freedoms we think we still have will be quickly eroded by a system of bureaucratic power that seeks only to expand its control.

    Because the same argument that’s now being used to restrict rainwater collection could, of course, be used to declare thatyou have no right to the air you breathe, either. After all, governments could declare that air to be somebody else’s air, and then they could charge you an “air tax” or an “air royalty” and demand you pay money for every breath that keeps you alive.

    Think it couldn’t happen? Just give it time. The government already claims it owns your land and house, effectively. If you really think you own yourhome, just stop paying property taxes and see how long you still “own” it. Your county or city will seize it and then sell it to pay off your “tax debt.” That proves who really owns it in the first place… and it’s not you!

    How about the question of who owns yourbody? According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, U.S. corporations and universities already own 20% of your genetic code. Your own body, they claim, is partially the property of someone else.

    So if they own your land, your water and your body, how long before they claim to own your air, your mind and even your soul?

    Unless we stand up against this tyranny, it will creep upon us, day after day, until we find ourselves totally enslaved by a world of corporate-government collusion where everything of value is owned by powerful corporations — all enforced at gunpoint by local law enforcement.

    Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/029286_rainwater_collection_water.html#ixzz1gvxx7Z5f

  2. drjimmbrown says:

    Last week in the Courier-Express, editor Denny Bonavita asked the question about why legislators even get pensions. I would venture to answer him because there aren’t enough legislators willing to put the people of Pennsylvania above their own pockets. As a candidate for PA District 66 I have taken a pledge to decline enrollment in the state pension system. I will also work to remove that benefit from the package that legislators earn. In case you missed his article, I re-post it here.

    No more pensions?

    Sunday, December 18, 2011
    Why do legislators get pensions?
    Pensions are supposed to be a retirement support, in return for a lifetime of work. Nowadays, most private-sector workers no longer even get pensions.
    But state and federal legislators get pensions that would allow most of us to live like royalty if we received those amounts of money.
    Legislative service was never designed to be a lifelong sinecure. The concept was that of the citizen/legislator.
    Cap pensions where they are now; after all, a contract is a contract. But beginning with next year’s elections, eliminate all legislative pensions. Increase pay by an amount that will allow 401K (or equivalent) contributions at a level consistent with the average private-sector yearly contribution.
    De facto term limits. “Full-time” legislators devoting full time to legislating.
    Let’s do it.
    – Denny Bonavita
    http://www.thecourierexpress.com/tricountysundaytriouropinion/943560-349/no-more-pensions.html

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