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Senators’ Attempt to Prevent Debate on Medicare Bill ~ A Win for Gun Owners of America?

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2009 at 12:21 am

While the Main Stream Media is a-buzz with the health care debate, Afghanistan (should we or shouldn’t we?), Phillies fever, and who knows what else, a little known bill, S. 1776, was recently saved from “cloture” by 53 U.S. Senators. First, for those who are unsure and ask, “What is cloture?” Here it is straight from the Senate’s website:

cloture – The only procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster. Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.”

Say that again, “…vote to place a time limit on consideration…” What?! Cloture in layman’s terms, let ‘s close the debate, sweep this under the carpet, and push this bill through.” The bill, S. 1776, according to Gun Owners of America is an end-around attempt by the gun grabbers to fund the gun related provisions of Obama’s health Care reform legislation. The bill titled “Medicare Physician Fairness Act of 2009 ” seeks to create a new physician medicare payment schedule. The contention of those opposed to this legislation, is that it is an attempt to fund the  $247 billion in spending removed from the health care reform bill, shift the source of funding, and reduce the face value on the health care reform proposal. See?! No deficit spending here! The chief concern is that it will open the door to the funding of certain provisions of the proposed health care reform through the Medicare system. The provisions are said to include requirements for the specific reporting by participants regarding their firearms…”Doctor,  you want to know what about my firearms?”… I don’t think so. Opt out, pay a fine. I don’t think so.   Read the GOA summary here.

According to the AMA who was in full support of cloture, “Senate leadership says S. 1776, the “Medicare Physicians Fairness Act of 2009” will serve as the Senate legislative vehicle for eliminating the SGR and laying the foundation for establishing a new Medicare physician payment update system through health system reform or other legislation. The bill would repeal the SGR permanently and set future payment updates at zero…Those who vote for patient access will support cloture, and those who would rather see chaos, physician practice closure and a lack of access for patients will be opposing cloture. Read their take on it here.

Is the AMA just another powerful lobby? Representing the interests of…who? An interesting side note, in a recent Fox News special report, Sean Hannity reported that only 17% of the nation’s doctors are  members of the AMA. And that the AMA (with a litttle help from their friend Uncle Sam) has managed to maintain a monopoly on the control and use of the CPT codes used by medical practitioners for procedure identification and billing. (Here is an article from 2001 addressing this issue) My understanding is that the AMA has revenue in the neighborhood of $300 million as a result.

Every time you try to wrap your mind around one issue you wind up further down the rabbit hole…So many pieces of legislation, so many opinions, so much information, too much spin. Maybe if our legislators in Washington, and the 50 state houses, read and then followed the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution of their respective states, then 90% of this s#!t stuff would go away! Remember, both Pennsylvania senators voted YEA in favor of cloture of S. 1776, and both are in support of a government takeover of nearly 1/5 of our economy. Not from the Keystone State? How did your senator vote? See here. Finally, regarding Gun Owners of America (GOA), a wise man once referred to them as, “the ONLY no compromise gun lobby in Washington.” I tend to agree.

Campaign For Liberty ~ Leading the Charge to Audit The Fed ~ What can YOU do?

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2009 at 6:27 pm

As the American people awaken, and the grassroots groundswell grows, many fed up Americans are finding themselves and their political ideology. Long time activists, and newbies alike, are sharpening their debating skills, and the once taboo,  “talking about politics in social settings”, is now the norm as everyone has a proverbial axe to grind. Finally! My “axe” is well honed, as I have had my nose to the grindstone, silently, for many years. I no longer have to bite my tongue.  Out of hiding, I am educating and waking as many people as I can. Many who once classified themselves as apolitical, or were arbitrarily apathetic about politics are now engaged, and in a big way. People are calling, writing, faxing, and emailing their congressmen/women, and their senators like never before in the history of this country. I am hopeful, and have personally dedicated my life to the cause of liberty.

As the fervor increases, two things remain certain for me. First, I do not debate politics, as it always breaks down to an exchange of rhetoric, falsehoods, twisted perceptions, and misconceptions (not mine of course). I prefer to stick to the TRUTH. For that, there is no dispute or debate. Second, I remind people that I am a single-issue, single-cause voter. My cause? Liberty, of course. Vote for liberty and you are the champion of all causes, all needs, and all humankind (so long as the aforementioned hypothetical “all causes” and “all needs” do not infringe on the rights of others as a means to their end.)

So what does this awakening and my trumpeting about being a single issue voter have to do with the Campaign for Liberty leading the charge to Audit the Federal Reserve? The answer, although very simple, can be very exhausting and time consuming to lay out in front of you in its entirety. I will keep it short and pray that if you, the reader, are in need of the facts or feel the need to debate you will first go down the path that myself and many others have gone. Do your homework, educate yourself and acquire an in-depth understanding and acute knowledge of the creation of “The Fed” and the power, control, influence and corruption it has, and continues to exert over our economy, our banking industry, our currency, and our government, both directly and indirectly through its multitude of affiliated and sympathetic, globalist NGOs (non-governmental organizations). Whew…

What is occurring is that the politically awake and the informed are attacking the root cause of the economic collapse, The Creature from Jekyll Island, responsible for devaluing the dollar, and stealing our wealth and the fruits of our labor through inflation since 1913. This is really a call to action for the awake. A mission to educate people about the Federal Reserve and have them, help us, pressure our representative legislature to take decisive action and demand a full GAO audit of the Federal Reserve. The vehicle, or the means to our end are two pieces of legislation HR1207 and S604, the house and Senate bills drafted to do just that.

So the simple answer, the mission, is to find allies in this endeavor. And by way of petition have them sign on to the cause. My basic spiel as it were, to anyone politically active or wiping the sleep out of their eyes is as follows:

“As I am all in for liberty, I support your cause as long as it does not infringe on my rights or the rights of others. Either way I at least support your right to pursue it. In turn, will you consider mine?….You see, one of the organizations that I work with on the grassroots level is the Campaign for Liberty, a group comprised of individuals from all over the country, and in no less than 100 countries worldwide. We are dedicated to educating our fellow citizens about the virtues of limited constitutional government, sound money, free markets, individual liberty, and a non-interventionist foreign policy. That is after all. the original vision and intent of the Founders. Pause……..

I continue, “If you look at the Campaign for Liberty mission statement which comprises the five key ideals that I just mentioned, all of those ideals have been steered off track. At the root, is the Federal Reserve System. It is (indisputably, undebatably) the driving force behind the out of control deficit spending by Congress. The recent bailouts are just a symptom of the much larger picture. The Federal Reserve in conjunction with our Treasury has more than doubled the money supply in the last year alone! There are TRILLIONS of dollars that remain unaccounted. When questioned under oath, Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has stated he has no intention of revealing the whereabouts….(all a set up for the big question) Would you like to know where trillions of dollars that we are on the hook for, has gone?”

Any answer other than “Yes.” and I am searching for the nearest AED (automated emergency defibrillator). At that point I whip out my previously concealed clipboard and ask them to sign my petitions for both HR1207 and S604 the current legislation in the House and Senate respectively to Audit the Federal Reserve. While they are signing, someone else is stuffing literature into their free hand, a constitution in their back pocket, an Audit The FED sticker on their forehead, slapping them on the backside and sending them on their way with words of encouragement, ” Go out there and save the world! Buy gold, silver, seeds, and brass. NEXT!!”

The final question, what can YOU do about it? To support the cause, fight the fight? First, you can choose to follow my model above, or you can devlop your own style. The bottom line is that 75% of Americans believe that a complete GAO audit of the private Federal Reserve System is necessary for complete transparency. As of today 285 Congressmen/women in the House have cosponsored HR1207 and 24 senators have cosponsored the companion bill in the Senate S604. That being said, here is your to do list:

  • Print 100, 200, 300…petitions.
  • Like the Avon Lady, start with family and friends.
  • Go knock on the doors in your neighborhood.
  • Are you taking a bus to DC or some other prominent location for September 12th? Get everyone’s signature on the bus!
  • Get everyone’s signature in DC (except John Tate)
  • Are you staying close to home? Find an event, a gun show, a bowling alley, a ball game and take fliers and petitions.
  • Participate in the mass action day rallies at every senator’s office coast-to-coast

Whichever path you take, enjoy the journey, but, join the rEVOLution!

For liberty,

Rob

The Rising Cost of Health Care…

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 at 1:02 am

It is no secret that our federal government rarely addresses the root cause(s) of a problem for which they claim to have the fix. The health care reform issue is no different. It seems once again that one man, stands alone, Dr. Ron Paul (our fearless leader, my president) appears to be the only one addressing the root cause(s).

In recent interviews and speeches he has suggested that government (over) regulation has created a climate prohibiting the free market, or real competition across state lines. It has also been stated on numerous occasions that we must have TORT reform. Addressing and rectifying these two vital components alone would have a dramatic affect in alleviating the current health care nightmare. Interestingly enough, I heard Ann Coulter espousing the very same, on a recent Fox interview. Hmmm, I wonder where she got those ideas?

As disciples of the Austrian School, like proteges in a karate club, all at various skill levels and stages of our training, but aspiring for the Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Tom Woods black-belt, we understand the pitfalls of government intervention and over regulation of any industry or market. As Sensei Woods would probably say, it doesn’t take a “Blockhead” to figure it out. We also know the correlation of the fiat currency system and its devaluation of the dollar a la Federal Reserve. I am sure that no one except our fearless mentors are discussing that paradigm as it relates to the rising costs associated with delivering quality health care.

Somehow left off of the table, there is another lesser known component to the government treachery, trickery or complicity, if you will, that has an incredible affect on health care premium costs. That is state mandates.  You see, we already have socialized medicine, even in the private sector. If you have a “private” health insurance plan you are paying for services that you will never need or use, by virtue of your gender, habits, physical or physiological status. In short, insurance lobbies pressure the pernicious state legislators to require funding for specific ailments, treatments, etc…in the health care policies sold in their respective states. Complicity, duplicity, whatever you would like to call it, with a you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours vote, and the stroke of a governor’s pen these mandates become law and “we the people” pay the price. I do not have a cleft palate, need HPV screening, breast reconstruction, or mammografication (my word)! But these are a few of the items that I must pay for in Pennsylvania.  In the following video Shelly Roche provides a simple yet concise explanation of this incredible extrication and redistribution of our wealth.  See a more detailed explanation, the report that she references, and the list of mandates by state here. Enjoy!

For liberty,

Rob

Swine Flu? Mandatory Vaccinations? Big Hoax and Big Win for Big Pharma.

In News Stories on July 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

There has been a lot of chatter for months now about the swine flu. Epidemic, pandemic, whatever you want to call it. Researches have shown this to be a man-made virus, with many of the same characteristics of the engineered virus deployed during WWI. As the pandemic spreads, so does the pandemonium, fueled by the evil WHO, the corrupt CFR owned U.S. government and the CFR owned mainstream media. Believe it, or not, whether actual (as in engineered and real), or  hoax (as in a lie, “here take this shot in the arm”) it is coming our way.

One of the most prolific generators of truthful and alternative viewpoint news reports is Russia Today. While I am sure that RT has its own agenda, more often than not, they provide  the other side of the story, much needed and much appreciated. Here is their latest piece on the swine flu and the prospect of compulsory or forced vaccinations in the U.S.

Liberty is…

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Many of us talk about liberty, about freedom. But beyond the abstract do we ever truly define what it means? What does it mean to us as a nation? As individuals? As inhabitants of America, the land that our founders mutually pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor so we may live free?

I started an experiment a few days ago, a web site, posing the question of what does liberty mean to you? The site received several hundred hits and many comments in the first 48 hours. I am still reaching out, as the project is still very much alive. I am asking you, what does liberty mean to you? Please follow the link “Liberty is…” and in one sentence or less tell the world what liberty means to you.

“Liberty is…” an experiment in free expression.

Liberty Rider Michael Maresco and C4L Picnic Slideshow on Freedom Watch!

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Campaign for Liberty’s infamous “Ron Paul Rider” turned “Liberty Rider”, Michael Maresco on Fox’s Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano. The segment features a slide show of photos taken at the Southeastern Pennsylvania C4L’s Memorial Day Cookout and video that I took while riding with Michael on Memorial Day. Special thanks to our favorite photographer and friend of Michael’s, Joe Graziano for taking such stellar photos!

Taking it to the Streets with the Liberty Rider!!


Please support Michael in his quest to spread the message of liberty!!

Your friend in liberty and restoration of the Constitution,

Rob

Spreading the Message of Freedom – One Sheriff at a Time

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Liberty Rider, Michael Maresco, on his historic “Ride For Honesty” coast-to-coast bicycle journey, made his way through Southeastern Pennsylvania on Memorial Day. Michael is a man on a mission. Concerned about our nation’s obvious departure from the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, he has set out to educate, awaken, and touch the hearts and minds of as many people as he can. As he traverses this great nation of ours, his message is simple, and clear, our Federal government has grown too big, and too powerful. Continually and ever increasingly, intruding on, and usurping the rights of individuals; and overriding and undermining the power and authority delegated to the states. Michael is not alone in his belief, now, no less than 35 states have introduced state sovereignty legislation invoking the 10th amendment.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. — U.S. Constitution, Tenth Amendment

Pedaling from county to county, he is reaching out to the highest elected Constitutional authority in the county, the County Sheriff. In all 94 counties that he passes through, the Liberty Rider will be gifting each Sheriff with Sheriff Richard Mack’s book, “The County Sheriff – America’s Last Hope“, as well as, other educational material detailing our country’s plight, and what must be done to re-chart our course and restore limited Constitutional government.

I had the brief, but unique pleasure, of riding about 20 miles with Michael as he set out on Monday morning. Our first stop was a photo-op at the State House in Trenton, then on to PA. We had beautiful weather and spirited conversation as we made our way northwest towards our destination, Warwick County Park, in Chester County, PA.

The day’s ride culminated in a cookout sponsored by the Campaign For Liberty’s members from central and southeastern Pennsylvania. The Campaign for Liberty is a grass roots organization dedicated to restoring limited Constitutional governement, through educational and political activity.

Our guest of honor, Michael Maresco was greeted at the picnic by Chester County Sheriff, Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the only female sheriff in the commonwealth. Sheriff Welsh and her Deputy,  Harry McKinney, accepted  Michael’ s educational materials and discussed his historic trek. They candidly shared their concerns that echo ours, regarding the  dangers from within, that confront us as a nation. There is an urgent need for people to understand the role, and scope of authority of the County Sheriff; the true intent of the founders; the meaning of the Constitution; and the privileges and power that “We the People” have granted to the federal government, not the other way around.

To all that participated (especially my wife, Eileen), thank you and God bless. Read your Constitutions. And when you are feeling like the chips are down, and that the cards are stacked against you, remember Michael’s mantra “pedal, pedal”…Good luck and God speed.

Ride For Honesty…Begins Sunday, May 24th

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2009 at 4:05 am

In approximately 10 hours, Liberty Rider, Michael Maresco will begin the start of another historic journey. Riding for honesty, he will traverse these great United States, spreading the message of freedom.

While the preparation began months ago, Michael will mount his trusty stead, aka Wal-Mart Schwinn bicycle, outfitted with many modern conveniences, on May 24th, 2009. After taking the Ferry to see Lady Liberty, he will return to terra-firma and start his sixty three day trek. I will have the pleasure (and pain) of joining him for a portion of the South Eastern Pennsylvania leg of this journey on Monday, the 25th, Memorial Day.

Our day will culminate with a good old fashion Memorial Day cookout, sponsored by the local C4L. In addition to Michael being our guest of honor, we will be met by Chester County Sheriff, Carolyn Bunny Welsh. Bunny is the only female sheriff in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She will join us for the festivities, and speak to our Liberty Rider regarding the Sheriffs’ role as the highest elected constitutional authority in the county.

We hope you can join us!!

The Time For Talking is Growing Short…

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm

The time has come, it is now, or maybe, never. It is time for you, and me, for all of us, to wake up. The time for talk is growing short.

Those words keep echoing in my head, “The time for talking is growing short.” I said it yesterday, but what does it really mean? I read an article yesterday. I find that with so much information to ingest, digest, ruminate, regurgitate and disseminate, I have adapted a quasi “Evelyn Wood” style of reading. The article was related to legislation being pushed by the communists, yes communists, in congress that will usher in further erosion of our National and individual sovereignty. Barbara Boxer of the Socialist State of California (SSC) is pushing for the ratification of the United Nations “Convention on the Rights of the Child”, otherwise affectionately know as the CRC TreatyClick here to read about it.

The second issue that got under my skin was a video segment that I watched from the Lou Dobbs show. Again, regarding U.N. encroachment on our sovereignty. The sad truth is that most Americans think the U.N. is a good thing, and that their international laws, are good for mankind. Wake up. The U.N. is an organization founded by the same global elite that gave us the failed League of Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the immoral, corrupt and unconstitutional Federal Reserve. It is an institution founded for the sole purpose of destroying the sovereignty of all nations, especially the U.S.A.. And forcing us under the rule of an international body, a one world socialist state, or as its proponents refer to it, New World Order.

The question is do you want this for your children? Do you want to leave them an Orwellian world controlled by Oligarchs and dictators? Not me. I will leave them in a world that’s free. But the time for talking is growing short…Join the rEVOLution.

Are we free yet? Reasserting our sovereignty under the 10th Amendment…

In Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 at 6:07 am

We are not alone…As the world economy collapses, discontent rises. People around the world are rapidly becoming aware the truth behind the worldwide  decline. The nation states are swindling their citizens at an alarming rate. Bubbles have burst , and more are on the horizon, the decline in real estate values, record job loses, the evaporation of the wealth of the average working men and women, the steadily increasing power of the “state”, the erosion of civil liberties, and the progressive disarmament of societies around the globe.

Who is to blame? …We are. We the people have allowed the governments of the world , directly under the control of the international banking elite,  to hijack our monetary systems. The move is on now to pull off the ultimate coup, a final consolidation of the world economic powers. Much to the chagrin of all of the people of the world, yearning to be free. Civil unrest is spreading like wildfire, as people in scores of nations take to the streets protesting their government’s collusion with the international banksters.

For the United states of America, the boom and bust cycles that we have experienced over the last 95 years are a direct result of the economic policies of the privately owned Federal Reserve System. With their Fabian Socialist tendencies, Keynesian monetary policy, oppressive taxation, interventionist foreign policy, and over regulation and manipulation of the markets, they have systematically deprived and separated the American people from their wealth. As the final stages of the life of our fiat monetary system quick approaches, the CFR controlled legislature in Washington has pulled off a coup of their own, pushing through, in an unprecedented manner, the largest spending bill and socialist power grab in the history of this great nation. Confidence dwindles as we bear witness to our unraveling, the decline of our standard of living, and significant challenges to our personal liberties.

Ron Paul is noted for saying, “Freedom is popular”. It is in the spirit of this simple statement that another movement is sweeping the nation. As it does, the eyes of the world are upon us, America, the land of the free. What is happening? The people, disgusted with the lack of representation in Washington, and feeling left without a voice, have turned to their individual states, once sovereign, to set things right. The numbers are growing weekly. The estimate that I heard this week was that 25 states now have  introduced to the state legislature, or are considering, “sovereignty legislation”. These resolutions or bills are generally very short, 1 to 3 pages in length. The message is clear.

We the people, are reasserting our sovereignty under the rights protected by the 10th amendment to the Constitution, breaking the stranglehold of the oppressive federal government. The brave, patriotic members of the state legislatures are experiencing a ground swell of support from the disenfranchised from both sides of the political aisle, and all point in between. One such patriot is Republican Sam Rohrer of the 128th state congressional district in Pennsylvania. Like his counterparts in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Washington, Missouri., etc…he is leading the charge in his state with this simple, yet concise resolution.

Contact your state representative and state senator. Ask them where they stand on “State sovereignty legislation”? Are they aware  of the legislation in your state? Are they willing to take a stand, and uphold and defend the Constitution? Will they sponsor or co-sponsor the legislation?

Remember, the message is clear “Freedom is Popular”. If you want it, you must do your part.

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