Thursday 10 November 2011

Dr. Jekyll & "Mr. Reid"

Some who follow me on Twitter will likely recall my explaining how it is Harry Reid who is responsible for the Bank Bailouts, that the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bill had failed in the House, but Mr. Reid figured out a way to leverage already passed legislation to get TARP through as an amendment, using the notorious Chris Dodd (i.e. “the Dodd Amendment”) http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.2.

Since that time, about the same period of time during which Harry Reid began to believe the national government no longer needs a budget, over 900 days, (though Harry Reid did make a budget when George Bush was President, one that would politicize the budget and create political heat or pressure for President Bush and Republicans, something it appears Harry Reid obviously fears will be done to President Obama), “Mr. Reid” has proven that his entire criteria for passing bills is the “kool-aid” factor. The following House bills sitting in the Senate are subject to “Dr. Jekyll” timidity in regard to pursuing their passage:

First the index page, which breaks down the bills into categories, http://www.majorityleader.gov/JobsTracker/

And now the links to the bills themselves so you can what Harry Reid has been holding on to and doing nothing about since the Debt Ceiling issue earlier this year:

H.R. 872: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 – 6 pages, passed House on March 31, 2011

Described: To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.

H.R. 910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 – 10 pages, passed House on April 7, 2011

Described: To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.

H. J. Res. 37: Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices. – 4 pages, passed House on April 8, 2011

Description is title of the House Joint Resolution.

H.R. 1230: Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act – 8 pages, passed House on May 5, 2011

Described: To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1229: Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act – 14 pages, passed House on May 11, 2011

Described: To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to facilitate the safe and timely production of American energy resources from the Gulf of Mexico, to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1231: Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act – 6 pages, passed House on May 12, 2011

Described: To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that each 5-year offshore oil and gas leasing program offer leasing in the areas with the most prospective oil and gas resources, to establish a domestic oil and natural gas production goal, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2021: Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 – 4 pages, passed House on June 22, 2011

Described: To amend the Clean Air Act regarding air pollution from Outer Continental Shelf activities.

H.R. 2018: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 – 12 pages, passed House on July 13, 2011

Described: To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State's water quality standards, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1315: Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011 – 25 pages, passed House on July 21, 2011

Described: To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, to rescind the unobligated funding for the FHA Refinance Program and to terminate the program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1938: North American-Made Energy Security Act – 6 pages, passed House on July 26, 2011

Described: To direct the President to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2587: Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act – 4 pages, passed House on September 15, 2011

Described: To prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.

H.R. 2401: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 – 22 pages, passed House on September 23, 2011

Described: To require analyses of the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2681: Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 – 8 pages, passed House on October 6, 2011

Described: To provide additional time for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue achievable standards for cement manufacturing facilities, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2433: Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 – 29 pages, passed House on October 12, 2011 [I am compelled to note that not one Democrat is a co-sponsor of this bill for our Veterans.]

Described: To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the laws relating to the employment and training of veterans, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2250: EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 – 10 pages, passed House on October 13, 2011

Described: To provide additional time for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue achievable standards for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers, process heaters, and incinerators, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2273: Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act – 24 pages, passed House on October 14, 2011

Described: To amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels.

H.R. 674: 3% Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act – 4 pages, passed House on October 27, 2011 [I am compelled to note this has 269 co-sponsors and is absolutely bipartisan.]

Described: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the imposition of 3 percent withholding on certain payments made to vendors by government entities, to modify the calculation of modified adjusted gross income for purposes of determining eligibility for certain healthcare-related programs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1070: Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011 – 8 pages, passed House on November 2, 2011

Described: To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to exempt a certain class of securities from such Act.

H.R. 1965: To amend the securities laws to establish certain thresholds for shareholder registration, and for other purposes – 6 pages, passed House on Nov 2, 2011

Description is the title of the Act.

H.R. 2930: Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act – 14 pages, passed House on November 3, 2011

Described: To amend the securities laws to provide for registration exemptions for certain crowdfunded securities, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2940: Access to Capital for Job Creators Act – 4 pages, passed House on November 3, 2011

Described: To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation as a requirement for a certain exemption under Regulation D.

Why did Toddy Littman list all these bills like this?

It is time to expose “Mr. Reid,” the kool-aid drinking Majority Leader of the Senate, who, as I noted above, but feel can't be repeated enough, is the sole person responsible for passage of the TARP bill AFTER it had failed in the House due to the American people contacting Congress and telling them not to pass it (see, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.2 for a detailed explanation of the violations of House Rules and Our Written Constitution that were done by Harry Reid to bailout the “too big to fail” banks in the United States.).

Sure George Bush foolishly followed the direction of former Goldman Sachs executive, then Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson in 2008, but the bill failed, and We the People are the reason why. But Harry Reid, a Progressive Democrat, with no respect for us or Our Written Constitution, decided that he cannot miss this opportunity for the banks to be further beholden to the National Government, to the State, for their existence, or at least that is how it appears when a Popular Democrat goes to all this trouble for a moderate Republican President.

Using the format above, let's look at TARP and the Affordable Care Act, to understand the Mr. Reid (i.e. “Mr. Hyde”) that kool-aid drinking causes to happen:

H.R. 1424: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 – 169 pages, passed House on March 5, 2008 [This passage date is misleading, please see “Described” below, and all emphasis hereafter is mine.]

Described: “A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes.

This is the Senate's October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. In October 2008, it was co-opted as the so-called "vehicle" to pass the relief bill with an amendment that rewrites the whole bill. The House's initial vehicle was H.R. 3997, but they failed to pass their amendment co-opting the bill.”

It is also worth noting, when you scroll down to the votes on this bill, it indicates there were 6 of them due to the back and forth. However, the failed vote of September 23, 2008 at 9:10 PM is not listed, nor any reference back to the initial House Bill brought to the Floor. I have contacted govtrack to get an explanation for many changes to their website that seem to be removing information that helps the government process be more transparent...Stay tuned...

H.R. 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – 906 pages, passed March 23, 2010 [Number of pages is deceiving due to the final passage being done by reconciliation, since Scott Brown had won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat (the 60th vote) and reconciliation only requires 51 votes.]

Description: “An act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

This is the Senate's health care bill. The bill started off with text regarding an unrelated matter but the Senate is co-opted this bill as a vehicle for passage of their reform and changed the text in whole to the health care bill. They do this because the Constitution requires all revenue bills to start in the House, and their health reform plan involves revenue. So they have chosen to work off of a bill that started in the House, even if that bill is unrelated.”

The description explains it all doesn't it. Anything to bypass a Constitutional mandate. To not abuse the gracious privilege of your time afforded me so far in reading this, I will not post the additional acts involved in passing the above healthcare act that brought the total pages to more than 2000.

I will note that if you scroll down to the bottom, there were 36 votes on this bill.

As you can see, Mr. Reid is “Mr. Hyde” with large doses of kool-aid regarding getting the above bills passed by both Houses and signed by the President. This mild mannered Dr. Jekyll, when the bill is clean, that set the first listing of 21 House Bills aside, almost immediately changes to an abusive, aggressive, and more than willing violator of Individual Liberty and the Constitution, a predatory legislator who seizes all opportunity to expand government at the additional financial expense of the People as well. I believe the Declaration of Independence refers to the entire line of “Mr. Reid” activities, in relation to King George as “to eat out their substance.” This is the way of frustration by abuse of power, abuse of trust, and the entire value of agitation, Progressivism, and Community Organizing.

The treatment of these 2 laws, when compared to the 21 that do not exceed 30 pages long, boggles the mind. One law We The People made sure failed by our emphatic communications to Congress not to pass it, and they actually listened, but then it was taken and passed by “Mr. Reid,” clearly not for our benefit since it was done absolutely over our objection and voice that already had been exercised by the failed vote that “killed” the bill. The second law, one that to this day most Americans want repealed, “Mr. Reid” also shoved down our throat, this time without reading the bill, and with many who voted for it openly admitting they saw this act as a stepping stone to socialist-style universal healthcare, http://changingwind.org/index/comment.php?comment.news.155.

There is no explanation for the “Dr. Jekyll” Treatment of the current 21 bills waiting for Senate action, other than, pure-partisan politics. And this appearance is consistent, as, prior to the Republicans taking over the House, Obama, Reid, & Pelosi 1) hadn't proposed a Jobs Bill, 2) hadn't proposed raising the debt ceiling, and 3) Obama, alone responsible for this, hadn't sent the trade agreements Obama had on his desk through to Congress, all of which the Democrat Party could have passed and done, without the Republicans being able to do a thing to stop it prior to January 2011!

I say to you, if you are a Democrat, please set aside your bias and embrace of fellow American Republicans & Conservatives as the enemy. The nation you live in is being torn apart, and used as a chew-toy by a pack of wolves whose concern is their power by government, using any form of agitation & manipulation that assures them greater and greater opportunity to be above the People, instead of our servant.

The Veterans bill above, H.R. 2433 should not be without democrats co-sponsoring it, unless the Democratic Party is admitting, beyond all statements to the contrary, that they do not support our Veterans, and are unpatriotic, even possibly against America and blaming the Veterans for their anti-war sentiments.

The 3% Tax Withholding Repeal Bill Above, H.R. 674, has large bipartisan support of 269 co-sponsors, more than enough to have been absolutely rightfully passed in the House, 4 pages readable in 10 minutes by even a slow reader like me, yet “Mr. Reid,” filibusters the entire 435 member House, asserting an authority in abuse of power never imagined by Our Founders, as they never imagined anyone in government would be so dishonorable, nor that the people of this nation would sit idly by while a representative public servant exercised a dictatorship of personal government as this Senate Majority Leader, denying 300+ million Americans their representative voice.

I am not saying all the bills above should be passed, but, to think that his Senate could pass in record time, bills that weren't even read, or bills the American People absolutely did not want, ignoring Our Will, purposefully violating our Constitution, laws that, so far, have resulted in the exact, outcome the American People feared; there is a reasonable certainty that now, Harry Reid can pass the bills that have passed the House, irrespective of the fact they might create jobs and thereby might shrink the dependency class, leading to cuts in illegal social spending, and losses of those government jobs. Harry Reid needs to get out of the way and let government work for the salaries they get paid, and, in the public eye, let Obama and the Congress battle in the public press for who gets the credit should the result of these laws be job creation that strengthens our economy.

Action that aids the American People in exercising their Freedom in productivity, without further unnecessary delays, particularly deriving from unacceptable personal partisanship and entirely political patronages, is what We The People require, what we demand, of Our Government, and have every right to require in a nation where the People are Free, and Our Federal Government instituted to assure such Individual Liberty is never trespassed upon.

I know this was much longer than previous posts and thank you very much for your time,

Toddy Littman

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