Elections Have Consequences!
The great mystery of the Great Depression was why it lasted for 14 long years. UCLA economists Harold Cole and Lee Ohanian spent four years pouring over the data from the Great Depression. "The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required..."said Cole. "Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened."
Their report estimates that millions of Americans needlessly stood on breadlines, watered down milk to feed their families and lived in tatters for an additional seven years thanks to FDR's misguided stimulus policies. Most were so grateful for anything, they never realized the president was the cause of their extended suffering.
There's One Born Every Minute!
FDR won his first two terms by attacking the wealthy and pitting them against poor Americans. In 1932 he promised to "cut government operations by 25% and lower taxes", but did neither.
In 1936, he overwhelmingly won by raising taxes on the rich then redistributing the money to larger voting blocks in swing states using the WPA, Silver Purchase Act and the Agricultural Act.
By 1940, needing businesspeople to win the war, he called for unity among the same people he divided and won another decisive victory.
In 1944, FDR sidestepped laws prohibiting union money in elections by forming the nation's first Political Action Committee. This provided urban labor support. Fearing a backlash by Japanese prisoners if released from internment camps, he created an executive order to keep them imprisoned until 3 days after the elections. To gain the Polish American vote, FDR promised special treatment for Poland after the war. He won nearly 90% of their vote, and then betrayed the group by failing to offer the promised "self-determination" for Poland at the Yalta conference. Still, he won a fourth slim victory.
Upon his death, the NYT wrote, "Men will thank God on their knees 100 years from now FDR was in the White House."!
The President's $8 Billion Coincidence
Between budget battles and elections, politicians and media supporters spin wildly to advance their own positions, leaving the public misinformed. In this column we will attempt to unravel some of the worst spins.
Worst Economy, I think!
In 2008, now Pres. Obama said "we are in the worst economy since the Great Depression."
During the Healthcare Summit and his 2010 State of the Union message, Pres. Obama declared the healthcare bill would cut the federal deficit.
Are NJ Judges Trampling Federal Rules?
In a highly charged, 15 count case against the Healthcare Law, two New Jersey citizens maintain 3rd Circuit Court Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie has on 8 separate occasions violated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by ignoring properly filed motions and requests. In one case, Judge Vanaskie denied a simple request to know who sat on the judge's panel.
Complainants Nick Purpura and Don Laster filed the compelling lawsuit against Kathleen Sibelius, Timothy Geithner and others. The justice department has been frustrated in its attempts to trivialize the suit as it raises legitimate issues not addressed in any other case.
Count One claims the ACA was written in the Senate, a violation of Article 1 of the Constitution, which clearly states that revenue-raising bills, such as the healthcare law, must originate in the House of Representatives. The two document the birthing of the bill and appear to have a sound argument. So far, the justice department has failed to respond to this argument and the court has not addressed their failure to reply. The plaintiffs cite further instances where they believe the court has acted "in connivance" with the justice department to avoid answering the charges.
Nick and Don's suit continues. Article 1 of the Constitution states, "No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state." In seeming defiance, the ACA imposes taxes on medical devices manufactured in one state and shipped to another. The duo further argues that the government strips citizens of their "due process" rights when they seize money from private bank accounts for failure to purchase a qualified health plan.
Since the original filing of their brief in September 2010, the justice department's response has been to dodge the issues with legal maneuvers raising the question, "Why not just answer them and be done with it?"
The stakes are high. These are serious charges and, if decided in their favor, a single count would nullify the entire law.
While Federal judges have broad discretion to interpret cases, they are bound to follow the rules of judicial conduct contained in the FRCP. Judge Vanaskie does not appear hampered by such restraints. Regardless of how this case is decided, the behavior of the 3rd Circuit Court in Trenton is tarnishing the reputation of the entire Federal judiciary.
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