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January 24, 1999 #119
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THE STATE OF AMERICAN SOCIALISM
The Impeached President gave his State of the Union address without a flaw, some say. And that would be true, if this were a country with a parliament and no constitution. However, we have a Congress, rather than a parliament. And we have a Constitution designed to limit the actions of the federal government.
Unfortunately, we also have a national media that is so far to the left that not one of them even recognized the pure anti-Constitutional socialism spouted to the joint session of Congress last Tuesday night. Boldly moving forward to advance the ideals of national socialism, the Impeached One proposed even more central government controls on education, health care, local policing, child care, care of the aged, fighting the terrorism we do not have, and teaching immigrants English. Not reported was the fact that the first 53 minutes of the speech concerned proposals that are not authorized to the executive branch by the Constitution. Worse yet, most of them are not even areas authorized to any branch of the federal government. Yet, there was no public comment made about that by anyone. Strange. Apparently, pure socialism is now acceptable. Maybe the American people are now ready for government to be a national nanny, a government that is designed to assume full care and control of all needs of the people. Perhaps a majority of the people are willing to trade their personal freedom for a relative sense of economic security. It's starting to appear so.
One interesting proposal pertains to government control of our savings accounts. Clinton proposed $33- billion a year to help poor and middle-class people create their own retirement savings accounts.
The President's framework will reserve 11 percent of the projected surpluses to create new Universal Savings Accounts (USAs) so all working Americans can build wealth to meet their retirement needs. To help Americans save and to strengthen our current pension system, the government will provide an equal dollar contribution for most Americans. In addition, the government will match a portion of each additional dollar an individual puts voluntarily into his/her USA account-with larger matches going to lower-income workers.
Yeah, matching funds. Free money. Sounds good. That is, until one remembers all the laws, rules and regulations that came forth soon after the central government started "helping" local schools. This "free money" would also give them a foot in the door to control everything about how we save. Scary stuff! Worse yet, the Clinton Administration proposed a back door method of controlling both the stock market and private industry. That is, Clinton wants to invest one- fourth-up to $700 billion-of the Social Security trust fund in the stock market so as "to achieve higher returns." That would be the same as every American taxpayer going out and investing $6,000 in stocks this year. Talk about inflation, that'll do it.
Even Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, was against that: "Let me just say it's not so much a trade-off of benefits versus costs. I'm frankly just hard-pressed to find any benefits there are in doing it."
Again, the amount of new laws, rules and regulations generated by such a scheme would be phenomenal. And, based on government's results in other areas, it wouldn't be long before nearly everyone in this country was broke.
It would be better if the Social Security money was invested in real, marketable, Federal Bonds. We would then own our own national debt, as it were, and keep it out of foreign hands.
House Majority Leader Dick Armey said,
A $4 trillion surplus, and not a penny for tax cuts? Government deciding what private companies are worthy of investment? Only three sentences on the Year 2000 computer problem? This simply does not match up to the expectations of the American people.
Luckily, Clinton has a big disconnect with the people and hardly anyone believes him. In fact, few people in America trust much of anything about our federal government anymore.
The Administration claims there is a $4- trillion surplus, but that is only if they keep dumping all the Social Security tax collected into the general fund. Without that money, they are still running a large deficit. Rep. Dick Armey also identified what a lot of us wanted to hear:
Like most Americans, recent news reports led me to believe that we'd hear details on the President's missile defense plan. The President's silence alarms me, especially when we live in a world where North Korea shoots missiles over Japan while India and Pakistan test nuclear weapons. Not addressing missile defense tonight sends all the wrong signals to the international community.
It is also negligence in office.
On the other hand, according to UPI, at least one Senator got something right: Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, of Mississippi, after sitting through the impeached President's State of the Union address, remarked (Tuesday) "that's got to be the worst I ever heard. The man has no shame."
"William Jefferson Clinton is not guilty of the charges that have been preferred against him. He did not commit perjury. He did not obstruct justice. He must not be removed from office," said Charles Ruff, White House counsel, opening the defense of the impeached liar. Ruff's presentation went down hill from there. Millions of Americans saw the tapes of Clinton committing perjury. There is no doubt Clinton committed perjury. Therefore, the whole of Ruff's presentation may be discounted. After all, he opened it with a lie, and anything else said is based on that foundation. Incidentally, at least 14 Senators agreed and used the time Ruff was speaking to take a little snooze. Interestingly enough, Ruff knows all about perjury and obstruction of Justice. As the Investors' Business Daily reported on October 14, 1997 about a Justice Department investigation:
In the now-famous three- day gap between the White House's discovery of the coffee videotapes and its heads-up to the Justice Department, Reno met with White House counsel Charles F.C. Ruff. Much is being made of Ruff's failure to tell Reno about the tapes -- and rightly so.
Yeah, because 18 USC 1001 states that:
Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact, or makes any false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations . . . shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Gregory Craig, defense attorney for crazed attempted presidential assassin John Hinckley, spoke to the Senate, too. This time he was defending a sociopathic president. Craig said the indictments were incorrect because they did not list, exactly, what the perjury was. The proper answer from the House Mangers should have been, "pick a few-whichever few you wish." Again, many American people saw the tapes of Clinton's testimony. We know what the perjury was. Many Senators did, too. Therefore, some also dozed through Craig's presentation.
Cheryl Mills did a little better at defending the impeached pandering prevaricator, but not much. Mills knows a lot about perjury and obstruction of justice, too-first hand. Late last year Mills was hit with charges of perjury and obstruction by a House subcommittee investigating the White House Database scandal. The Committee on Government Reform and Oversight report states that Mills:
knowingly and willfully obstructed the investigative authority of this committee by withholding documents that were plainly responsive to the committee requests for documents and information. Moreover, when this obstruction was brought to light in a hearing before the committee, Ms. Mills lied under oath about the documents and the circumstances surrounding their nonproduction.
The Justice Department still has the referral under consideration.
There's more yet, and this is really a sour point to many of us around the country. You see, back from 1970 to 1973, Bill and Hillary attended Yale Law School with Craig and Kendall. Greg Craig was the main antigovernment and antiwar organizer of the campus. But Clinton, Rodham and Kendall were also organizers. Bill Clinton, of course, even took the protest show to foreign countries. In other words, they supported the communist cause. They supported the enemy in time of war. Charles Ruff was one of the Watergate prosecutors, as was Hillary Rodham. They served on the very partisan Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee. Hillary, it should be remembered, proposed that Nixon not be allowed defense attorneys. We think turn around is fair play.
The very serious "crimes" Nixon was accused of back then were, of course, obstructing justice and encouraging others to commit perjury. However, today, these same crimes are not recognized to be serious offenses by the very same group. Convenient, isn't it. Hypocritical, too.
Winding up the Clinton defense was retired Senator Dale Bumpers. Bumpers, who spent twenty-some years in the Senate voting to approve every big-government, anti-Constitutional, socialist scheme that ever came up, suddenly found it advantageous to embrace what he purported to be the wishes of the Founding Fathers. We couldn't help but wonder how long it would be before the Chief Justice of the United States wanted to gavel Bumpers' head, as he wandered so far afield from the original intent of the Constitution.
We should note here that, by supporting Clinton before the Senate, Bumpers violated 18 USC 207(e)(1), which prohibits a Member of Congress leaving office from attempting to influence (lobby) Congress for one year. Under 18 USC 216, Bumpers can now receive up to five years in prison. http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/207.html
By Friday afternoon, the older and more decrepit of the Senators were so tired of the ordeal of being required to turn up for work for a few hours each day that they wanted the "trial" to end immediately. They have neither the mental capacity nor the energy to pay attention to this mess, yet are too craven to vote to remove Clinton. Add to that the underlying pressures brought by lobbyists and the potential of blackmail from those FBI files, and it looks like Clinton may walk.
The message the Senate sends to the American people, of course, is that the federal government is perverted. That elected officials are free to act as sexual predators; legally free to force their will upon our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters; free to destroy the lives of those who might have honor and wish to protest; and free to laugh in the face of any court action that may be brought forth as a result of their uncouth actions. By its negligence in taking the proper action, the United States Senate is allowing the malignant dishonor and deviancy of this administration to metastasize throughout the nation. By Saturday afternoon, Clinton's Senate partisan defenders learned that House Managers were privately questioning witnesses like Monica Lewinsky. "Not Fair" said communist sympathizer Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the John Conyers of the Senate. "Against our Senate rules," said Social-Democrat Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), playing the Senate equivalent of Barney Frank. And, of course, CNN-with a part-time assist from the big three networks-was covering the whole "trial," being sure to use each and every opportunity possible to aid the partisan Democrats.
And so went the defense of the Impeached Perjurer. The spectacle was little more than a steady diatribe of prevarication, obfuscation and misguiding innuendo. Still, it was a fit defense for a politician who is a master of deception and propaganda. All that was missing to make that "trial" a complete farce were the better known administration clowns and trouble makers like Sidney Blumenthal, James Carville and Larry Flynt.
Our great grandparents used horses for transportation. Anyone want to bet what type of transportation our great-grandchildren will be using to zip down the highways? And no, they will not be roaring along the highways powered by oil-based fuel ignited by spark plugs. That is not very likely at all; and the reason has absolutely nothing to do with available oil reserves.
We wrote about electric vehicles back in Issue #46 (Aug. 1, 1997) and about hybrid vehicles in Issue #60 (Nov. 23, 1997). The response was great, so here comes another update.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE),
Fuel cells are clean, fuel efficient, and fuel flexible. Any hydrogen-rich material can serve as a potential fuel source for this developing technology. Possibilities include fossil-derived fuels, such as natural gas, petroleum distillates, liquid propane, and gasified coal, or renewable fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, or hydrogen.
Better yet, fuel cells are almost here in a size, cost and efficiency to power automobiles and homes. The problem to be worked out is not necessarily the fuel cell itself, but more how to power fuel cells with readily available fuel. Fuel cells run on hydrogen, which is very efficient and clean. However, unlike gas stations, there are no hydrogen stations on any street in the nation. So, the trick-the current hold up, if you will-is to get vehicle fuel cells designed to operate on readily available gasoline.
Developing efficient ways of turning gasoline into hydrogen on the fly will take a couple more years. More attractive fuels would be methanol or ethanol. However, they are not currently available on a wide spread basis.
Nevertheless, all the automotive big-wigs were talking up hybrid vehicles and fuel cells at the International Auto Show '98.
According to The Detroit Free Press, GM executives pledged a hybrid car would be ready for production in 2001, powered by a battery-powered electric motor and a small, high-mileage gasoline engine powering the generator. An exotic car powered by a fuel cell, which emits only water vapor from the tailpipe, will be ready for production by 2004.
"One of the reasons we have made these commitments to a hybrid car in 2001 and a fuel cell car in 2004 is to set the pace on technology," Ken Baker, GM vice president for global research and development operations told the Free Press.
"Their technical well is very deep," said David Cole, director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation at the University of Michigan. "If I had to put my money on who has the leading-edge technology in the world, I'd say it's right here."
So would we. Chrysler and Ford are doing similar research on hybrids and fuel cells and will soon produce a full sized car that gets 80 miles per gallon and creates relatively no pollution.
A while back, Ballard Power Systems Inc, Ford Motor Company and Daimler-Benz joined forces to develop fuel cell technology for vehicle use. They put up $600-million to get the job done. Later, Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler.
Ballard reports that their fuel cells are clean and efficient electrochemical devices which convert a fuel into usable electricity, directly without combustion. Surrounding the fuel cell is a system which consists of a fuel processor, air supply, and control subsystems. An electric drive system consists of a traction inverter, electric motor, and transaxle which converts electricity generated from a fuel cell system or stored in batteries to tractive power for car, truck, bus or other vehicle. Busses and vans are already on the road and working well.
Ford Motor Company is also working with the Department of Energy and International Fuel Cells (IFC) on automotive fuel cell technology. DOE recently signed a cooperative agreement with IFC to design an automotive- scale, fuel-flexible fuel cell system that incorporates a fuel processor with a 50-kilowatt fuel cell stack to operate in an automobile.
Now, here's where things get very interesting. What if you could power your home, almost anywhere, with no external wires? Well, as it turns out, a company called Small-scale Fuel Cell Commercialization Group, Inc. is working on just that. Their fuel cells will run on natural gas, propane or methanol and be very competitive in price with the common generator-minus the noise and mechanical repair costs. Interestingly enough, the cost per KWH is about what we're paying power companies. So, what's not to like here?
The point is that all of this technology is beyond the dream stage. Busses, trucks, and even areas of an airport, are currently operated by power generated by fuel cells as you read this. Better yet, they are operating economically. And without noise or pollution.
For more automotive information, see the Jeep Commander at:
Toyota at: http://www.toyota.co.jp/e/green/ (click on the blue square)
For fuel cell information, visit the Fuel Cells 2000 Web site at: http://www.fuelcells.org/ ,
and for home use units, visit the Small-scale Fuel Cell page at: http://www.oge.com/sfccg/
MORE CRIMES DESERVING IMPEACHMENT
Below are some of the crimes committed by Clinton, Clinton & Gore and their minions against the people of the United States. Some were only committed a few times, others over 200 times, and still others are continuing criminal enterprises. Violation of any one of these laws should be enough to put any administration out of office.
2 USC 441e makes it
unlawful for a foreign national directly or through any other person to make any contribution of money or other thing of value, or to promise expressly or impliedly to make any such contribution, in connection with an election to any political office or in connection with any primary election, convention, or caucus held to select candidates for any political office; or for any person to solicit, accept, or receive any such contribution from a foreign national.
Yet, Al Gore, Ron Brown, Senator Chris Dodd, John Huang, a couple dozen Members of Congress, and quite a few others at the Democratic National Committee headquarters knowingly and actively solicited and accepted funds from foreign nationals. It's not just China, either. Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Paraguay, and Indonesia count too. Lobbyists representing foreign concerns regularly contribute to campaign funds and political parties. 2 USC 441f states that:
No person shall make a contribution in the name of another person or knowingly permit his name to be used to effect such a contribution, and no person shall knowingly accept a contribution made by one person in the name of another person.
That would include those fifty-some fictitious contributors whose addresses are all listed as the DNC headquarters, Gore's fund-raiser at the Buddhist Temple, all of Johnny Chung's campaign contributions, and the activities of at least 53 other Clinton campaign workers. It also brings to mind all those campaign contributions made by special interest lobbyists.
18 USC 600 states that,
Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
This would include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Harold Ickes, Senator Chris Dodd, and a whole cast of characters in the Commerce Department and the DNC. This law is unenforceable because the activity is the mainstay of campaign finance politics. Even regulatory agencies are guilty of this one. In fact, most of Washington, including the media, is guilty.
18 USC 602 states:
It shall be unlawful for . . . a person receiving any salary or compensation for services from money derived from the Treasury of the United States; to knowingly solicit any contribution within the meaning of section 301(8) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 from any other such officer, employee, or person. Any person who violates this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 3 years, or both.
Many in Congress violate that law regularly.
18 USC 603 states that:
It shall be unlawful for an officer or employee of the United States or any department or agency thereof, or a person receiving any salary or compensation for services from money derived from the Treasury of the United States, to make any contribution within the meaning of section 301(8) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to any other such officer, employee or person or to any Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress, if the person receiving such contribution is the employer or employing authority of the person making the contribution. Any person who violates this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Clinton, Clinton & Gore violated this law, as have most Members of Congress -- it's common even on the floor of the House. 18 USC 607 makes it
unlawful for any person to solicit or receive any contribution within the meaning of section 301(8) of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by any person mentioned in section 603, or in any navy yard, fort, or arsenal. Any person who violates this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
That includes Bill, Hillary and Al "dialing for dollars" from the White House as well as the nearly 200 campaign functions held there. Also Harold Ickes soliciting union money from the White House.
18 USC 1001 states that:
Whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact, or makes any false, fictitious or fraudulent statements or representations, or makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
Currently, this does not seem to apply to Congressional investigations, though. Many of the people appearing before Congressional committees lie, and nothing is ever done about it. It does seem to include the Election Commission, however. Probably the Office of the Independent Counsel, too.
18 USC 1510 states that:
Whoever willfully endeavors by means of bribery to obstruct, delay, or prevent the communication of information relating to a violation of any criminal statute of the United States by any person to a criminal investigator shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
That would include just about everyone in the White House and quite a few in Congress. In fact, the White House hired at least 35 (taxpayer paid) lawyers specifically to run interference in the campaign finance investigation, as well as the many other investigations. Bribery and intimidation are the favored tactics of the White House.
18 USC 1956 states that:
(a)(1) Whoever, knowing that the property involved in a financial transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, conducts or attempts to conduct such a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity,
(A)(i) with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity; or (ii) with intent to engage in conduct constituting a violation of section 7201 or 7206 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or (B) knowing that the transaction is designed in whole or in part - (i) to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, or the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or (ii) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law, shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.
That would include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Harold Ickes, John Huang, Chris Dodd, the leadership at the DNC, and quite a few Clinton appointees. It also includes members of the Teamsters Union and the AFL-CIO-at least three of the union perpetrators already admitted their guilt in court and agreed to help prosecutors.
18 USC 4 makes illegal the misprision of felony. This law states:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Guilty of misprision of felony are Hillary and Al; Harold Ickes and every other publicly paid lawyer in the White House; most of Congress for protecting Senator (and then DNC Chairman) Chris Dodd and other Members of Congress for involvement in and knowledge of laundering foreign campaign funds; and the FBI, CIA, NSA and Justice Department for looking the other way for over four years. Not only did the federal spook agencies and FBI know about the Red Chinese intentions years ago, they told five Members of Congress they knew. Then, they dummied up and allowed White House involvement.
18 USC 3 makes Accessory after the fact a felony:
Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact.
That one includes most of the White House and half of Congress.
18 USC 242 makes it illegal for a government official to deprive rights under color of law:
Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, . . . shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
That would include the White House causing IRS problems for detractors. It would also include the White House "secret police" investigations of Starr, Thompson, Burton, Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch, Linda Tripp, and a large number of others.
18 USC 241 makes the participation in a conspiracy to violate someone's rights a felony:
If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; . . . they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
Violating this law is common by the Clinton, Clinton & Gore team. From intimidating women during the "bimbo eruption" exercise to causing "visits" by federal agents and regulators, both 18 USC 241 and 18 USC 242 were intentionally violated hundreds of times. The popular press overflowed with occurrences, but nothing was ever done about it. Nor will it be. Many of Congress think this is the way government is supposed to be operated.
18 USC 219 states that:
Whoever, being a public official, is or acts as an agent of a foreign principal required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 or a lobbyist required to register under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 in connection with the representation of a foreign entity, as defined in section 3(6) of that Act shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both.
That includes those thousands of administration bureaucrats actively involved in imposing UN and UNESCO directives on the American public. It appears that John Huang secretly helped the administration by representing China while working at the Commerce Department. Others obviously did the same from the background. Those in government know very well that, without "special arrangements," the Department of Justice will not arrest even one public official for any of the above laws. Else, the finger pointing would start, and most of the officials in Washington could ultimately be indicted. Instead, Justice picked up a couple of the minor players and charged them with relatively lesser crimes.
More recently, because so many of the Washington elite are guilty of one or more of these felonies, Congress is discussing hearings behind closed doors-like the China connection fiasco.
A few good references:
Senate Government Affairs Committee: http://www.senate.gov/~gov_affairs/
House Government Reform Committee: http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings.htm
Judicial Watch depositions: http://www.judicialwatch.org/main.html
More JW Depositions at: Washington Weekly: http://www.federal.com/
Washington Weekly on Whitewater: http://www.federal.com/whitew.html
Washington Weekly on Chinagate: http://www.federal.com/China91.html
House Judiciary Committee Impeachment info: http://www.house.gov/judiciary/
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