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

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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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America’s Financial Demise

September 23, 2008

I would like to thank Connor for allowing me to post his blog post on my blog. I think this is critically important and hope that you will all help spread the word, call your congressional representatives and fight this as hard as you can. Interestingly, the same persons who cooked the books and caused the financial problems we are now facing as a nation are the financial advisors to Barack Obama.

The Laws of Wickedness and America’s Demise

By Connor Boyack

For the past several decades, America has been dying a slow death. Certain pieces of legislation, offensive military engagements, and financial policies have put one nail after another into the coffin. This week, Americans witnessed one of the final nails being put in place, though few understood the gravity of the situation.

America was once a nation governed by the rule of law. The Constitution—a written document serving to bind down those who aspire to power and wealth—was established to provide a moral framework of Republican law. Despite its early success and worldwide popularity, it was not long before evil Mahanites sought out ways to circumvent the law.

The Book of Mormon reveals the aims and methods of these people, whose successors have carried on the works of darkness in our own day:

And whosoever of those who belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their wickedness and their abominations, should be tried, not according to the laws of their country, but according to the laws of their wickedness, which had been given by Gadianton and Kishkumen.

Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government,
to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills… (Helaman 6:24, 7:5; emphasis added)

The federal government has in the past few days nationalized several major institutions in the key financial industries, proclaiming itself arbiter of what companies should and should not fail. Absent from the discussion, as always, is a declaration of their authority. No, since such scenarios are overseen by the unconstitutional Federal Reserve (a private banking company with no Congressional oversight or audits, ever), unelected men act according to their own “laws (of wickedness)” and “rule and do according to their wills.”

Despite America’s death knell this week, there is a silver lining in the dark, abysmal cloud:

The FED’s action [of bailing out AIG] amounts to the $85 billion purchase of a private company, on behalf of the federal government, using public funds – without political accountability of any kind. Outrageous as it is, this action may have the healthy, if thoroughly unintended, consequence of illustrating just who actually runs our political system and economy.

In light of such a bold power grab on the part of these unelected money-loving men, those who have been commanded to awake to such atrocities have been given another chance, one that is literally smacking them in the face (by being felt in their wallet). One might hope that more people will wake up to what’s going on. It would then be more widely known that there are evil men in (elected and unelected) office substituting their own will for the will of the people and the rule of law.

Consider the proposed bill that would allow one man, the Secretary of the Treasury, to become financial emperor of the United States. The following are a few select portions which deserve public scrutiny:

Section 2(b)
Necessary Actions.–The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including,
without limitation:

Should this bill pass, the Secretary would have the unfettered authority to institute his will in the marketplace, however he pleases. Without limitation implies just that—that the provisions that follow are not all-inclusive nor definitive, but that based on his own judgment the Secretary may act in other ways without restraint. Paulson, being the CEO-on-leave of Goldman Sachs, could buy up their bad debt at a heavily discounted rate, or sell to them certain assets at a steal. The sky’s the limit!

Section 2(b)(3)
designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Government, and they shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Government as may be required of them;

The Secretary here grants himself the unrestrained ability to nationalize companies and deputize them, designating them “financial agents of the federal government”. Who ever heard of such a thing?

Section 5(c)
Sale of Mortgage-Related Assets.–The Secretary may, at any time, upon terms and conditions and
at prices determined by the Secretary, sell, or enter into securities loans, repurchase transactions or other financial transactions in regard to, any mortgage-related asset purchased under this Act.

This authority to fix prices and arbitrarily determine the numbers is, no doubt, a power lusted after by Gadiantons seeking to steal and get gain. Ayn Rand’s most depraved antagonists would surely be jealous.

Section 6
The Secretary’s authority to purchase mortgage-related assets under this Act shall be limited to $700,000,000,000
outstanding at any one time.

This provision gives one unelected individual a $700 billion credit card with which he can purchase whatever industry or company he sees fit, at his sole discretion. Some are erroneously reporting that this will would add $700 billion to the national debt, and that is wrong. This is not a one time expense, but a line of credit, allowing the Secretary to continually make purchases so long as the total amount does not exceed the defined limit.

Section 8
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and
may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

So much for the separation of powers. So much for the rule of law.

This is what the laws of wickedness look like, ladies and gentleman. This is what happens when evil, unelected men are handed control of the nation’s money supply and interest rates. This is what happens when the Gadiantons control government and impose their fiendish will on their subjects.

This bill and recent bailouts by the federal government (and its puppeteer, the Federal Reserve) have driven one of the last nails into the coffin that holds America’s decomposed remnants. Soon its fate will be sealed with the final strike of the hammer, and it will be time to inter her remains into the Earth, there to join the two other civilizations that fell prey to the same works of darkness.

We cannot say that we were not warned.

 


Improve the World – Make a Difference

August 6, 2008

By Janet Walgren

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.”
                                                                                    ~ Anne Frank

One of the things that bothers me most about politics and election campaigns is the attitude of the voters. It seems like the only people who are considered capable of changing things for the better are the candidates.

Political debates seem to be an exercise in candidates telling us what they CAN do to fix things and telling us that their opponents ideas WON’T work. After the debate is over we are left at the mercy of political pundits who work us over until we go away thinking that NO one can do anything.

When we take the information that we have garnered into our inner circles to discuss things further, someone invariably says, “Well, (~sigh~) there’s nothing we can do to change things!”

We need a lot more Anne Franks in the world if we want our world to get better.  Just think what could happen if we all rolled up our sleeves and went to work to change things. We need to realize that we ALL count. Collectively and individually we CAN make a difference.

I challenge you to make a difference!!!


Do You Own Me?

June 8, 2008

By Janet Walgren

I heard a story once of a child who asked its parent, “Do you own me?” That’s an interesting question. So often parents do act like they own their child. While it is true that the parents have a stewardship over their children and the responsibility often entails seeing that the child does things that are often to their child’s disliking, the time comes when all children become adults, individuals responsible for thinking and making choices. Somehow, I think that this concept has gotten lost on the individuals and institutions that are primarily responsible for educating our children. Sadly, indoctrination in irrelevant topics has replaced learning how to think about relevant topics. Our children deserve better. They need to be taught foundational basics so they can become self-sufficient, contributors to society.


Stupid Criminals & the Elections

May 3, 2008

By Janet Walgren

Last week, on the evening news, I heard a “stupid criminal” story about a twenty-one year old man who stole a check from his girlfriend’s mother and tried to cash it at his local bank. The teller alerted police immediately after she was handed the check. The thing that tipped her off that something wasn’t quite right was the dollar amount. the check was filled out for $360 BILLION Dollars. Everyone who knew the perpetrator was in a state of slightly amused shock as they expressed their disbelief noting that if they actually had $360 Billion on hand, “We wouldn’ be sitting here… We would be somewhere sipping margaritas…It must be 5:00 PM somewhere around the world.”

How could he do such a stupid thing? How could he be so dumb? As I pondered these questions, I tried to come up with a logical answer, but each time I thought up a scenario, I started laughing. Not that the situation was funny, it wasn’t in the least, but it was simply beyond my comprehension how anyone old enough to get to a bank teller’s window with a check in hand could have possibly expected to cash a check for such a large amount.

It would have been nice if I had seen the “stupid criminal” news clip on a T.V. sit-com; I could have gone to bed laughing. Unfortunately, the incident was all too real and the more I pondered it, as I watched the evening news, the more I realized that there are three candidates running for president right now who are each trying to cash bigger checks than that at our teller windows. So, why don’t we see them as stupid criminals? After all isn’t voting for a candidate like cashing a check called “Campaign Promises”… And, wouldn’t it be lovely if their checks only cost the tax payers $360 Billion… ~sigh


Cents and Sensibility

March 19, 2008

By Janet Walgren
An old Marine Corp Commandant once said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that hurts you, it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” Well, I half agree and half disagree with his statement especially when it comes to money. What you don’t know about money can hurt you, and what you know about money that just ain’t so only makes matters worse. When politicians and the FED talk about money, their cents don’t add up to sensibility.

Imagine not knowing how to tread water. If you fell into a swimming pool without a life vest, you would probably drown. If you did know how to tread water, and you fell into a swimming pool, your chances for survival would improve significantly…agreed? Well it depends on whether the swimming pool was in your back yard or on the deck of the Titanic. Knowing how to tread water (or even being an Olympic swimmer) wouldn’t help you survive if you were in a pool on a sinking ship.

Knowing how to earn money, even very large amounts of money, will not make you rich if your money boat leaks. You have to stop the leaks. Our [America’s] money boat is taking on water. The bottom of our boat is riddled with holes. If we don’t immediately demand fiscal responsibility and good money management practices from our government, our collective and individual  money boats are going to sink just like the Titanic! 

The government can change laws, print money, raise taxes and sell bonds. They can issue guarantees backed by a powerful printing press and reduced interest rates on your savings, but all these measures just add more holes in the bottom of our financial boat. We need to stop treading water in the pool on the deck of a sinking ship. We need to begin the hard work of patching the holes in the bottom of our money boat before the hole takes on Titanic proportions. We need to demand fiscal responsibility from our politicians. We need to demand sensibility with our collective cents.