36% of Americans Have No Retirement Savings

18 Aug 2014

36% Of Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement – CBS Philadelphia

Sixty-nine percent of 18-29 year-olds haven’t saved anything, along with 33% of 30-49 year-olds, 26% of 50-64 year-olds and 14% of people 65 and older.

That number is too high.


President Obama Creating Executive Orders

18 Aug 2014

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions – NY Times

This is a red flag. I know on occasion that presidents create executive orders – in fact Obama has created less than Bush and Clinton even though he still has over two years to go, but the main problem is stated in the article…

Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.

Mr. Obama’s increasingly expansive appetite for the use of unilateral action on issues including immigration, tax policy and gay rights has emboldened activists and businesses to flock to the administration with their policy wish lists. It also has opened the president, already facing charges of executive overreach, to criticism that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, with the potential to reward political backers at the expense of other interests, including some on the losing side who are threatening to sue.

What should happen is people have Representatives and Senators that we appeal to for legislation. But now that President Obama has been creating legislation on his own… big money lobbyists and interest groups have gone straight to the White House to make their petitions.

This Program Allowed Local Police to Acquire Military Equipment

16 Aug 2014

How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense,

It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

The St. Louis County Police Department’s annual budget is around $160 million. By providing law enforcement agencies with surplus military equipment free of charge, the NDAA encourages police to employ military weapons and military tactics.

  • Watertown, CT (pop. 22,514) – purchased a mine resistant vehicle costing taxpayers $733,000 for $2,800
  • Bloomington, GA (pop. 2,713) – acquired four grenade launchers

So this 1033 program is the vehicle used to militarize local police departments.

Texas Governor Perry Indicted

15 Aug 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Perry Over Integrity Unit Veto – Texas Tribune

A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on Friday on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for the state’s anti-corruption prosecutors unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunk driving, stepped down from office.

The first count returned from a grand jury, abuse of official capacity, is a first-degree felony with a potential penalty of five to 99 years in prison. The second count, coercion of a public servant, is a third-degree felony with a penalty of two to 10 years.

Apparently the sticking point is whether Perry’s veto was politically motivated, because his actions on its own are legal. The DA got caught drunk driving (link to video) and spent 45 days in jail. Perry would not fund the department if she did not step down.  Her blood alcohol level was .23.

For those that don’t know – even though Texas is solid Republican statewide, Austin is not.

Illegal Immigrant Kids Get First Class Treatment

15 Aug 2014

Illegal immigrant children get first-class treatment at taxpayers’ expense – Washington Times

From culturally sensitive music to special meals for the lactose intolerant, the organizations the federal government is paying to house and care for the children who have surged across the border illegally are taking pains to make sure they are as comfortable as possible.

Dietitians scrutinize the menus each day to make sure they include enough whole grains but not whole milk. Counselors offer life skills classes in Spanish, and intensive English language training, including use of the Rosetta Stone program. Doctors and dentists treat the children at taxpayers’ expense — often the first medical care of the children’s lives.

The children also are guaranteed phone privileges, including the right to call back to their home countries.

Taxpayer money… we are $17 trillion plus in debt…

Where else is the money going?

  • Baptist Child & Family Services – $280 M
  • Southwest Key Programs Inc. – $122 M
  • International Educational Services Inc. – $55 M
  • Translation services and charter airlines also are making millions of dollars from contracts to transport the children around the country, and to help overcome language barriers.

We did not ask for this. Many are stretched too thin already. Charity is fine, but true charity does not burden others.

DHS Expecting An Increase of Domestic Threats to Government

15 Aug 2014

Report:  Domestic Violent Extremists Pose Increased Threat to Government Officials and Law Enforcement

Based on past events since 2010 – Alaska militia men, Waffle House plot in Georgia, FEAR militia, LAX shooting, XXX Militia Splinter Group, Bunkerville Ranch, Texas Militia plot, Las Vegas shootings – they believe there will be more anti-government activity.

Footprints for energy production… comparing wind, solar, and fracking

15 Aug 2014

Inconvenient fact: To produce the same energy, …

How would the footprint of a shale gas operation compare with the footprint of wind and solar operations to deliver the same quantity of energy over a 25 year period?

For the “land area of the whole facility,” a wind farm requires 725 times more land than a fracking site to produce the same energy (9.5 TWh)

A solar park requires 462 times more land area than a fracking site

The thing to note is there are costs and risks to all energy production.  Cleaner production of energy requires more land space and more equipment… and more money.