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35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Autarchic 2011/02/14 13:11:53
Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?

35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

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This is an idea that we should address.

Also, and the following are an outrage.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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's about $175,000 per year + full healthcare benefits - 100% coverage for them and their spouse - FOR LIFE!), *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. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "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 ."

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  • Guru_T_... miller5... 2011/02/15 17:01:52
    Guru_T_Firefly
    +1
    Of course, that's only if the teatards you guys elected stop wasting our time and our tax dollars by trying to procure their own earmarks and actually do what needs to be done. However, I'm betting real money that they'll quickly fall into line with the typical D.C. status quo and resume the practice of lining their own pockets instead of doing anything that actually benefits "We the People".

    What have they done, so far, you might ask? Well, let's see.

    > After calling for bills to go through a regular committee process, the bill that would repeal the health care law will not go through a single committee. Despite promising a more open amendment process for bills, amendments for the health care repeal will be all but shut down. After calling for a strict committee attendance list to be posted online, Republicans backpedaled and ditched that from the rules. They promised constitutional citations for every bill but have yet to add that language to early bills.

    > Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, went so far as to suggest, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, that “the left” wanted to “cut Medicare by $500 billion to finance a corner of ObamaCare.”

    Yet just two short months after Hensarling wrote that op-ed, the National Journalreported, “House GOP members are co...

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    Of course, that's only if the teatards you guys elected stop wasting our time and our tax dollars by trying to procure their own earmarks and actually do what needs to be done. However, I'm betting real money that they'll quickly fall into line with the typical D.C. status quo and resume the practice of lining their own pockets instead of doing anything that actually benefits "We the People".

    What have they done, so far, you might ask? Well, let's see.

    > After calling for bills to go through a regular committee process, the bill that would repeal the health care law will not go through a single committee. Despite promising a more open amendment process for bills, amendments for the health care repeal will be all but shut down. After calling for a strict committee attendance list to be posted online, Republicans backpedaled and ditched that from the rules. They promised constitutional citations for every bill but have yet to add that language to early bills.

    > Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, went so far as to suggest, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, that “the left” wanted to “cut Medicare by $500 billion to finance a corner of ObamaCare.”

    Yet just two short months after Hensarling wrote that op-ed, the National Journalreported, “House GOP members are considering a measure to convert the government-backed Medicare program into a voucher system,” which would represent a drastic benefit cut for seniors in years to come.

    > When Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, the titular inspiration for the Tea Party movement, was asked if he thought it was hypocritical for members of Congress to accept government-subsidized and regulated health plans, he replied simply, “could be.”

    > Two lawmakers, incumbent Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and newcomer Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, couldn't make the swearing-in because “they were attending a fundraiser at the U.S. Capitol even though lawmakers are barred from using official resources for campaign or fundraising activities.” That's illegal, and they did it on day one!

    > Corporate sponsors generally kick in dollars for new governors' electoral balls, but some of the new Tea Party-backed governors took it to the extreme, allowing “corporations with a vested interest in policy outcomes from a friendly government to pay for their inaugural bashes.”

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) spent $3 million in funds from Florida’s business interests that have “the most at stake in his administration,” including tobacco, real estate, gambling, and drug companies seeking specific regulatory advantages for their business. Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) also received a big inaugural bash courtesy of private donations from Boeing, Duke Energy, and SCANA. Several other Republican governors are following suit. According to local reports, Govs. Rick Perry (TX), John Kasich (OH), Brian Sandoval (NV), Mary Fallin (OK), and Rick Snyder (MI), are the newest state executives to join the pay-to-play club.

    > Tennessee governor Bill Haslam may win some kind of prize for hypocrisy. On January 16, the Associated Press reported that Haslam had “stressed the themes of transparency, responsiveness and humility at his first full Cabinet meeting.” But that statement came just 24 hours after he had signed an executive order eliminating “a requirement for the governor and top aides to disclose how much they earn.”
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    Yeah, it really sounds like they're changing things for the better, doesn't it? Not.
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  • miller5... Guru_T_... 2011/02/15 17:15:48
    miller51550
    +1
    Damn... seems like the idea is to make the Democrats STAND UP and be counted by a floor vote.

    Committees ARE worthless.. that Medicare cut is a TRUE statement MADE by the Democrats, and the CBO when they were passing the Bill. How in the Hell do you think that they were FUNDING ObamaCare... On top of that the Democrats passed BEHIND closed door another 30 Billion dollars to insure that Doctors got additional pay BECAUSE of cuts in the Obamacare. Take a look at the 925 plus corporations, unions, friends of OBAMA THAT HAVE been exempted from paying ObamaCare fees this year.. (Behind closed doors AND NOT EVER voted on by the House or the Senate.

    Here is the latest on TAX INCREASE by Obama in this years BUDGET REQUEST

    $1.5 trillion tax hike in Obama's budget...
    and he's just getting started IMO.

    Tax hikes as reported by Americans for Tax Reform:
    • Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%. This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike
    • Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%
    • Raising the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million. This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike
    • Capping the value of itemize...











    Damn... seems like the idea is to make the Democrats STAND UP and be counted by a floor vote.

    Committees ARE worthless.. that Medicare cut is a TRUE statement MADE by the Democrats, and the CBO when they were passing the Bill. How in the Hell do you think that they were FUNDING ObamaCare... On top of that the Democrats passed BEHIND closed door another 30 Billion dollars to insure that Doctors got additional pay BECAUSE of cuts in the Obamacare. Take a look at the 925 plus corporations, unions, friends of OBAMA THAT HAVE been exempted from paying ObamaCare fees this year.. (Behind closed doors AND NOT EVER voted on by the House or the Senate.

    Here is the latest on TAX INCREASE by Obama in this years BUDGET REQUEST

    $1.5 trillion tax hike in Obama's budget...
    and he's just getting started IMO.

    Tax hikes as reported by Americans for Tax Reform:
    • Raising the top marginal income tax rate (at which a majority of small business profits face taxation) from 35% to 39.6%. This is a $709 billion/10 year tax hike
    • Raising the capital gains and dividends rate from 15% to 20%
    • Raising the death tax rate from 35% to 45% and lowering the death tax exemption amount from $5 million ($10 million for couples) to $3.5 million. This is a $98 billion/ten year tax hike
    • Capping the value of itemized deductions at the 28% bracket rate. This will effectively cut tax deductions for mortgage interest, charitable contributions, property taxes, state and local income or sales taxes, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and unreimbursed employee business expenses. A new means-tested phaseout of itemized deductions limits them even more. This is a $321 billion/ten year tax hike
    • New bank taxes totaling $33 billion over ten years
    • New international corporate tax hikes totaling $129 billion over ten years
    • New life insurance company taxes totaling $14 billion over ten years
    • Massive new taxes on energy, including LIFO repeal, Superfund, domestic energy manufacturing, and many others totaling $120 billion over ten years
    • Increasing unemployment payroll taxes by $15 billion over ten years
    • Taxing management capital gains in an investment partnership (“carried interest”) as ordinary income. This is a tax hike of $15 billion over ten years
    • A giveaway to the trial lawyers—not letting companies deduct the cost of punitive damages from a lawsuit settlement. This is a tax hike of $300 million over ten years
    • Increasing tax penalties, information reporting, and IRS

    If you review the BUDGET that he presented IT IS full of increases in his FAVORITE projects. and only to the tune of 1.7 Trillion dolalrs over 10 Years.

    Go back to sleep.. and only wake up when OBAMA IS KICKED out of office in 2012
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  • Guru_T_... miller5... 2011/02/15 18:50:16
    Guru_T_Firefly
    +1
    "Committees ARE worthless., that Medicare cut is a TRUE statement MADE by the Democrats."

    That's why your boys have formed so many new committees and have chosen to make those very same tax cuts and replace them with worthless Medicare vouchers, huh? Boy, I bet all of the elderly Americans are really gonna be impressed by your lack of empathy and intelligence on that one. LoL

    Please spare us. You couldn't be any more irrelevant if you tried. You now have my permission to slip back into your self-induced coma now. As if you've ever really come out of it.
  • miller5... Guru_T_... 2011/02/15 22:31:51
    miller51550
    +1
    Ah, shucks there boy... I think you take me for a Republican. one that sits on the front porch and lets those DAMN carpet baggers come take my Hound Dog away at the drop of a Hat.

    Unfortunately you would be WRONG.

    Been to college and back, made it through a War not a Conflict as the politicians liked to call it them. Much like Obummer REFUSES to recognize that we are at WAR AGAINST TERRORISM.

    Voted for EVERY democratic POTUS.. since 1971 (Back then you could e 18 and die for you country, but you could not vote until you were 21.)

    Obummer was the first Democrat for POTUS that I did not VOTE FOR.

    I support Impeachment of Obama, being tried as a traitor against the Constitution and the American People.

    I do not support illegal immigration, Gays in the military. I am beginning to not support ANY IMMIGRATION into the United States as all until we have paid off the National Debt.

    I KNOW that Unions suck. Having experience with the UAW. IUE, Steel Workers, NEA, UNITED MINE WORKERS, TEAMSTERS, and a couple of other ones that I forget about.

    And more importantly I have been sworn to by Congress and one POTUS to be a Gentleman and a Scholar.

    So you are more than welcome to go back to tending Mules..
  • Guru_T_... miller5... 2011/02/16 00:45:17
    Guru_T_Firefly
    +1
    So, where's that gentlemanly quality when dissing Obama? Calling President Obama OBummeronly makes you sound uneducated and uncouth. Maybe it's a product of personal bias or a remnant of some weird parenting errors from your distant past, I can't really tell.

    Personally, I think unions suck too, but with corporations and big business rapidly gaining power over the ordinary citizen, America appears to be returning to that point in our history where unions are becoming a necessity.

    I don't support illegal aliens either, but if you're going to impeach a president for crimes against the people, we should start with Bush43 and his merry band of war criminals before moving to lesser offenders.
  • miller5... Guru_T_... 2011/02/16 00:53:37
    miller51550
    +1
    Respect is EARNED.. just because an individual is elected into a position by hook or crook does not mean that he deserves respect as an man and as an individual ..

    As an Officer I would have to offer him respect of his Position as POTUS. But I would never offer to shake a hand of someone that I FIRMLY BELIEVE IS A TRAITOR the Constitution and the Country that I sworE and fought to uphold.

    He Sir, is a Traitor because he is NOT a NATURAL born citizen of the United States... ( Being born of two CITIZENS of the United States)

    Because he has used the lack of LAW defining the eligibility clause of the Constitution.. he is a TRAITOR.

    And I would gladly tell him to his face and watch him smile and either laugh or lie.
  • KY REDNECK miller5... 2011/02/15 02:13:22
    KY REDNECK
    +1
    I agree with you except for the marching I can't make it that far,
  • bob 2011/02/14 16:02:02
    bob
    +3
    Congress need to hold themselves to the same law as everyone else.
  • Autarchic bob 2011/02/14 16:24:05
    Autarchic
    Exactly!
  • MadAsHEck bob 2011/02/14 18:17:29
    MadAsHEck
    +2
    They have the power to give themselves pay raises, and bene increases anytime they want.

    Those on Social Security and Military Retirement, and Military Disabilaty have not had a Cost of Living Increase in 2 years now. But Congres voted themselves a Pay raise and all Government workers as well last year.

    Sure wish I could have done that when I was working for a living. Sure would have pissed off my bosses though. Too bad that Congress's bosses don't get pissed off and take them to task.
  • New Jersey Mom 2011/02/14 15:52:02 (edited)
    New Jersey Mom
    +1
    Like others who have repaid one or more student loans, I find a lifetime deferrment for Representatives and staff, in other words, people who can well afford to do so, to be nothing short of insulting. If anything, perhaps a nominal discount, which can be transferred to a type of "joint insurance fund" to be applied against balances of those who default on repayment.
  • Autarchic New Jer... 2011/02/14 15:59:34
    Autarchic
    Sounds like a good idea!
  • K.Kramer - BN-03 2011/02/14 15:37:02
    K.Kramer - BN-03
    +1
    So if they don't have to, then why should the rest of us? Or are the members of the general public supposed to carry the burden of their education costs?
  • Autarchic K.Krame... 2011/02/14 15:43:35
    Autarchic
    +1
    Question authority!
  • Kane Fernau 2011/02/14 15:32:30
    Kane Fernau
    +1
    They think of themselves as the ruling class.
  • Autarchic Kane Fe... 2011/02/14 15:34:15
    Autarchic
    +1
    Indeed!
  • Captain Sticky 2011/02/14 15:16:19
    Captain Sticky
    +1
    Why should they have to pay back the loans? Why should they have to pay for anything? They're better than us, aren't they?
  • Autarchic Captain... 2011/02/14 15:35:07 (edited)
    Autarchic
    +2
    They'd like to think that way!
  • Autarchic Captain... 2011/02/14 15:36:47
    Autarchic
    +1
    They would like to think that way!
  • MadAsHEck Autarchic 2011/02/14 18:21:23
    MadAsHEck
    They do think that way. Harry Reid made a statement to the effect that the Tour Groups through our own Capitol Building "Stink up the place" And "The people don't know whats good for them so they should sit down, shut up and let me do my job"

    Or Pelosi when asked if a particular Law might be unconstitutional said "You have to be Kidding"
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2011/02/14 15:06:29
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    +3
    The kicker is these people think they have a "right" to exempt themselves. Repub or Dem.

    Bunch of f---ing crooks.
  • Autarchic tommyg ... 2011/02/14 15:12:16
    Autarchic
    +2
    Indeed! Organized crime!
  • Steve J~PWCM~JLA 2011/02/14 14:59:50
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Another good thing is it is legal to front run legislation, since it doesn't qualify as "insider" information. So if they are putting together subsidies, for "Green Energy", that will help GE make lots of money, they can buy stock or options, pass the legislation and make a bundle when the stock goes up!!!!!!!!!!!
  • michele... Steve J... 2011/02/14 16:51:09
    micheleT BN-O
    +1
    Some people have said this isn't true. How can we make it happen? I would love for it to happen.
  • Steve J... michele... 2011/02/14 17:42:55
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Electing people that don't view "Politics" as a career.
  • Flowers 2011/02/14 14:56:27
  • Headhunter 13 2011/02/14 14:50:07
    Headhunter 13
    +1
    Thank you for posting this.
  • Noah Vaile 2011/02/14 14:37:43 (edited)
    Noah Vaile
    +3
    Congress is the most self-serving \and basically corrupt criminal organization in the country today. They pass for other people and hold themselves, officially, above the law. Every now and again one of them proves to be an embarrassment, largely because they get caught in the act.

    But don't forget. WE the People keep re-electing the same minor thugs, over and over again. It is up to us to stop doing so.

    Look at the idiots who do get elected, just btw.

    A poll taken found that 70% of the public had no respect for congress, and over 90% thought that their congressman was a good, upstanding guy. Now how the heck does THAT happen? Ignorance on the part of the electorate.

    It's not congress' fault that it is criminally corrupt.They are just people, easily tempted and find it hard to resist. It is our fault. The electorate. For rewarding them.
  • thegaln... Noah Vaile 2011/02/14 16:57:48
    thegalnextdoor
    +1
    congress WAS the most self-serving until the Obamas came along
  • Swany 2011/02/14 14:31:52
    Swany
    +2
    The founding fathers knew that most politicians do what is best for themselves not what is best for their country. Thus the safeguards in the constitution. Unfortunately, except for Jefferson, they believed there would be enough politicians with the integrity to employ the safeguards. Big oil and the banks bought both sides and we lost.
  • Pat 2011/02/14 14:18:51
    Pat
    +2
    If only half of this is fact it is too much. We need real change.
  • mrdog 2011/02/14 14:00:35
    mrdog
    +1
    This is a sandal.... nuts... good job 35 states...bark
  • Char. Limit 2011/02/14 13:57:37
    Char. Limit
    +1
    Oh, this is typical. I have to pay back scores of thousands of dollars in loans, and they don't have to pay a cent.

    I'll have you know that I simply won't stand for that, no sir.
  • thegaln... Char. L... 2011/02/14 16:58:57
    thegalnextdoor
    and I have to balance my checkbook or pay overdraft fees -- congress and Obama don't?
  • chaoskitty123 2011/02/14 13:53:28
    chaoskitty123
    +1
    This looks like an email rather than a posted story so I checked on it and it seems many have. The key here is that the 35 states are not listed anywhere. Here's one of many links where people are asking about this and none are finding any proof it is legit http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Gov...

    In it there is a link to Snopes and while some question their truthfulness, the fact is that they are correct about there being different versions of this email and about information in it being untrue actually.

    Whenever you see that information is delivered by email, always suspect a scam no matter what and investigate using Google or Bing. Some information that looks juicy to rightwingers was actually sent out by left wingers trying to make their opposition look ignorant... and vice versa as rightwingers do this to leftwingers also.

    If you believe this email is legit, please find a record of the 35 Governors and what states are involved as that would provide the proof... I couldn't find it.
  • Tom chaoski... 2011/02/14 14:01:26
    Tom
    I, too, have seen this before and some of the information is not accurate as noted in snopes. There are major problems in DC with laws not applying to Congress and how things are done - bridges to no where, continued funding for projects that do not exist, wasted funding to study the reeproductive practices of fruit flies, etc. It does not need to be exaggerated becasue it truly i bad enough.
  • הרב ריאן Rabbi Ryan 2011/02/14 13:49:43 (edited)
    הרב ריאן Rabbi Ryan
    +1
    Down with the social elite, they are robbing us from our Constitutional rights! The North American Union will destroy America, The Constitution, and all our rights as we know it, we are headed for a one world government and will completely be controlled by the social elite! I am not a Democrat or a Republican and I say that with pride, I believe they are destroying our country. The National debt is destroying our way of life, we are now in a 9 Trillion dollar debt... The Democrats and the Republicans are responsible for this debt, and what solution are they offering? Nothing!

    We do not hear one word out this debt, why? Because they are equally responsible and indefensible! They are both stealing our rights each day that passes by, we must stand up as a people and tell the government to stay out and restore all of our Constitutional Rights!





    P.S. Here is my 1239...
  • Autarchic הרב ריא... 2011/02/14 14:02:53
    Autarchic
    There is no such thing as a Constitutional Right! They are Constitutional GUARANTEED Rights. Rights do not come from any documents. We are born with them, just by being a member of mankind!
  • Swany הרב ריא... 2011/02/14 14:54:50
  • Ellen H 2011/02/14 13:46:49
    Ellen H
    +1
    I lived in a political town for too many years...all of them are vipers straight out of hell
    court fixing, judge payoffs, judge forgery, cop perjury, forgery, kidnappings, blackmail, stolen
    murder evidence (by a cop run political Funeral Home..votes from dead) murder witness's
    Marion Indiana, home of Indiana State Representative Eric Turner...this is what runs America

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