The Election – What’s at Stake???

October 30, 2008

By Janet Walgren

I would like to share three short videos about important election issues. I hope that you will consider what is at stake before you vote. I believe that the consequences of this election are, or will become, alarming.

http://www.catholicvote.com/
Before You Vote, Consider the Issues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRpIf2F9NA
Do Unto Others as You Would Have Others Do Unto You

Obama – Yes I Can Make Us Defenseless, Just Like Dec 7, 1941
(humorously titled by a Harvard Law grad)

See link below if above doesn’t work with your browser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRGru2CPC4E


California Proposition 8

October 29, 2008

By Janet Walgren
I would like to share this video on California’s Proposition 8. If you think it doesn’t have anything to do with you, please think again.

http://www.afa.net/prop8video/index.html for English

http://www.afa.net/prop8video/index2.html for Spanish

If Proposition 8 fails, what is next??? Marry your dog, marry a child, take 5 husbands or 9 wives? If gender has no meaning in defining marriage, why should a species or a number like “one” be relevant to any discussion about marriage? Then the question is, “Who has the right to define anything that obstructs one’s own will and denies one of agency?” I ask you, “Do we really want to go there?”

The Prophet leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have asked the members of the church to support Proposition 8. Unfortunately, not all professed members have done so. Some have actually petitioned the church to change their stand on this issue. Well, either you believe that the church is run by God through his prophets or you believe that the church is run by men manipulating the saints by usurping God’s authority to push their own agendas. Either you believe in prophets or you don’t.

If you believe in prophets and you believe in God, it is stupid… utterly ridiculous to say that God has no business sticking his nose in to the personal affairs of his children. So much for parental rights.

In the Book of Mormon, during the final days of the Nephites, the prophet made a statement that applies to issues like this. He said that he wasn’t going to tell us too much about the personal lives of the Nephites because we would get emotionally involved and miss the point…which was that God gave us rules and commandments with consequences affixed.

If we break the rules there are consequences now and in eternity. When the Nephites broke the rules and rejected the God of heaven, they were wiped off the face of the earth. We have been forewarned of a similar fate. The actions of individuals, the courts and the voice of the people do and will affect us and the fate of our nation.


Who’s to Blame… Wall Street, Congress or Us?

October 25, 2008

By Janet Walgren

This week I took the opportunity to watch the Congressional hearings about the credit rating industry. As the top guns of Moody, Standard & Poor, and others were grilled by members of the United States Congress, I sat in disbelief of what I was hearing. So did the members of Congress who were asking the questions.

With all the hoop-a-la going on with campaigns, debates, news media coverage, finger pointing and the crazies that go with it, I was please to get some common sense emails this week. I would like to share them here in hopes of doing some good for our country. Enjoy!

By Charlie Reese – a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper

 

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does. You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does. You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

 

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

 

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

 

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party. What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept.

 

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

 

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

 

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Army and Marines are in IRAQ, it’s because they want them in IRAQ. If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way. They vote their own pay-raises for themselves because they want it that way.

 

There are no unsolvable government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to   regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

 

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like ‘the economy,’ ‘inflation,’ or ‘politics’ that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people and they alone, are responsible. They and they alone, have the power. They and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees. We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

October 2, 2008

By Janet Walgren

All too often we gripe, get on a soapbox, write blog posts and talk around the water cooler at work or across the fence to our neighbors, but we fail to make our voices heard in Washington D.C. In doing so, we allow Journalists with microphones and cameras, talking heads full of bias, to be the voice of America.

I encourage each of you to make your voices heard. Call your Senators and Congressional representatives. Tell them loud and clear what you are thinking. Propose reasonable alternatives to the bogus solutions that have been set before Congress by the very people who created the mess. Tell them to act with reason… the assets (homes and property) are not going to disintegrate in to thin air if we don’t rush into a bad solution by Sunday night. Heck real estate will be around a lot longer than any of us… hundreds of years from now.

Offering Americans a few nickles to put into our personal piggy banks doesn’t justify giving away the treasury. What Wall Street spends (year end bonuses in the millions) isn’t going to give you affordable housing and a secure job with a pension.

We need real solutions. We need accountability. We need to demand to be heard. We need to place blame and get rid of all culpable parties. We need those who were sidelined and laughed to scorn because of their now prophetic wisdom to be placed center stage, handed a microphone and the attention of policy makers.

Please contact your representatives in Washington and at home. It is better to call than to write. If you write, you won’t be read and your message will not be delivered. Your message will be put in one of two piles (YEA or NAY) then weighed on a scale. Call and make someone listen to you.

Click here to find contact information for your neck of the woods: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/