Senate Bill 2 to 13; Voter I.D, College Millage Increases, Taxes, Disasters, Sex Offenders and Telling PeTA To Back Off

Vote Oregon!

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Now we’ll look at a select few of the Arkansas Senate’s Bills. So far over 150 have been filed.

  • SB2 will be a hard fought bill.

(d)(1) Except as provided in subdivision (d)(2) and subsection (e) of this section, any person desiring to vote in this state shall:

(A) Present proof of identity to the election official when appearing to vote in person either early or at the polls on election day; or
(B) When voting by mail, submit with the ballot a copy of a current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
(2)(A) A person who is a resident of a licensed nursing home, licensed residential care facility, licensed assisted-living facility, or any licensed facility that provides long-term medical or personal care is not required to provide proof of identity before voting.
(B) A person not required to provide proof of identity under subdivision (d)(2)(A) of this section shall provide documentation from the administrator of the facility attesting that the person is a resident of the facility.

And if you don’t have ID it will be noted and you’ll be given a provisional ballot and will be counted when the voter returns to the county board of election commissioners by 12:00 p.m. on the Monday following the election and: Provides proof of identity; or executes an affidavit stating that the voter cannot provide proof of identity because the voter: is indigent; or has a religious objection to being photographed; and  the voter has not been challenged or required to vote a provisional ballot for any other reason. Now I like this idea, since I have to show an ID to buy a gun, and politicians send people to war to kill and die all the time, and coerce and threaten violence on the voter and non-voter alike. It’s not something to be taken lightly.

  • SB4 deals with special elections for millage increases, with the paperwork provided by the Board of Elections for that county and the college foots the bill for the election.
  • SB5 is short. Here:

SECTION 1. Arkansas Code § 26-61-103 is amended to read as follows:

26-61-103. Levy of tax.
There is levied on all timberlands in this state an annual tax of fifteen cents (15¢) twenty cents (20¢) per acre to be collected in the manner provided in under this chapter for deposit into the State Treasury for credit to the State Forestry Fund as special revenues to be used for the maintenance, operation, and improvement of the Arkansas Forestry Commission in its statewide program for the detection, prevention, and suppression of forest fires.

  • SB10 is now Act 4 and appropriates $10,000,000.00 for Disaster Assistance Grants.
  • SB12 prohibits Level 3 and 4 sex offenders from being around kids at the pool or playground. My question is how would you know?
  • SB13 keeps you from being investigated by PeTA or the Humane Society.5-62-128. Improper animal investigation.
    (a) A person who is not a certified law enforcement officer who knowingly conducts an investigation, including collection of evidence into alleged claims of criminal conduct involving an animal by another person or entity, or coerces a person to surrender his or her personal property through threat of criminal investigation or prosecution related to alleged claims of  criminal conduct involving an animal by another person or entity upon conviction is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    (b) A person who is convicted under this section also shall be liable for a civil penalty of five thousand dollars ($5,000) per incident as well as the loss of any state-issued license to operate.

These were the biggest Bills I wanted to highlight due to the large number of Bills filed now. The Legislature would be out of session by the time I was done.

 

SB2 AN ACT TO REQUIRE THAT A VOTER PROVIDE PROOF OF IDENTITY WHEN VOTING AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD. B. King
SB4 TO ASSIST COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN ACQUIRING FUNDING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; TO SPECIFY THE PROCEDURE FOR INSTITUTING MILLAGE ELECTIONS; TO MAKE TECHNICAL CHANGES TO CLARIFY THE LAW; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY. B. Sample
SB5 TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE ARKANSAS FORESTRY COMMISSION AND TO INCREASE THE TAX LEVIED UNDER THE FOREST FIRE PROTECTION TAX ACT OF 1969. B. Sample
SB10 AN ACT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION – DISBURSING OFFICER SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION. Joint Budget Committee
SB12 TO PROHIBIT LEVEL 3 OR LEVEL 4 SEX OFFENDERS FROM BEING AT A SWIMMING AREA OR CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND CONTAINED WITHIN AN ARKANSAS STATE PARK; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY. Irvin
SB13 PROVIDING LEGAL PROTECTION TO ANIMAL OWNERS AND THEIR ANIMALS AND TO ENSURE THAT ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES INVESTIGATE CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.   J. Hutchinson
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Arkansas House Bills 1032-1044; Unemployment, Guns, Going Green, Abortion, Fluoride, Taxes, Charter Schools, Budget, Eminent Domain and More.

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unemployment (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Last bit of looking at the House Bills. As you can see Denny Altes is a busy man. Let’s see what he’s proposing.

  • HB1032 would require anyone on unemployment to attend a meeting every two weeks to make sure they looked for work, and their plans for the next two weeks on the job hunt. I have two thoughts on this initially: it’ll cut down on abuse of the unemployment rolls and all those meetings will get expensive.
  • HB1033 is another bill on unemployment. This one will require employers to withhold 0.5% of your wages for unemployment. Right now it’s the businesses paying that particular tax.
  • HB1034 is a bit vague. Looks like it deals with lobbyists but I am unsure.
  • HB1035 I covered here last week.
  • HB1036 would force you to use either a paper bag or buy a “green” reusable bag you bring from home, after you bought it from the store.

8-9-704. Single-use carryout bag – Prohibition.

A store shall:
(1) Not provide a single-use carryout bag to a customer; and
(2) Make reusable bags available for purchase by a customer.

As you can imagine I disagree with this. While the reasoning is valid, the execution takes away the freedom of choice.

  • HB1037 takes the ban on late-term abortions and moves it up towards in the middle of the second trimester at 20 weeks. This will make for interesting committee hearings.
  • HB1038 tackles the issue of flouridiztion. It doesn’t ban it, but allows you to wait until you have money to pay for it, unless you serve a city with a population between eighty thousand (80,000) and less than one hundred thousand (100,000).
  • HB1039 exempts from sales and use taxes farms, ranches, poultry houses, etc. within the limits defined in the bill.
  • HB1040 takes oversight from the state’s Department of Education over Charter Schools and gives it to the newly formed State Public Charter School Commission. The State Public Charter School Commission is established as an independent state commission with statewide jurisdiction and authority under the Arkansas Quality Public Charter Schools Act of 2013. My question is how soon will this be politicized and charter schools become watered down?
  • HB1041 is a step in the right direction as far as the state budget is concerned.

(B) The general revenue expenditures for each fiscal year do not exceed the lesser of the following:

(i) An increase of three percent (3%) over the total  general revenue expenditures of all state agencies and institutions of higher education for the previous fiscal year; and
(ii)(a) The average rate of change of the state gross domestic product for the preceding three (3) fiscal years.

  • HB1042 deals with eminent domain by only getting private property by coercion for only government agencies, parks, utilities, pipelines and this disturbing tidbit, other common carriers. What’s that? The plus, city hall can’t take your land so a Walmart can be built there.
  • HB1043 would give a reward to someone who uncovers substantial waste that can be cut, saving the state money. Maybe they’ll let me keep more of my money since the cuts would be made? I’m not holding my breath.
  • HB1044 would reimburse anyone using their private vehicle for state business for 42¢ a mile instead of a percentage.

Whew, I’m done with the House Bills for now. Any of these disturb you?

 

HB1032 TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES TO CONDUCT REEMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWS TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.   D. Altes
HB1033 TO REQUIRE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FUND.   D. Altes
HB1034 TO AMEND THE LAW CONCERNING PERSONS REQUIRED TO FILE A STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL INTEREST.   D. Whitaker
HB1035 TO ALLOW TRAINED AND LICENSED STAFF AND FACULTY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN ON A UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.   D. Altes
HB1036 TO ENACT THE REUSABLE SHOPPING BAG ACT; TO PROHIBIT A STORE FROM PROVIDING A SINGLE-USE CARRYOUT BAG TO A CUSTOMER; AND TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF REUSABLE BAGS.   D. Altes
HB1037 AN ACT TO CREATE THE PAIN-CAPABLE UNBORN CHILD PROTECTION ACT AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.   Mayberry
HB1038 TO PROTECT CERTAIN WATER SYSTEMS AND TO EXEMPT CERTAIN CITIES FROM CHEMICAL ADDITIVE REQUIREMENTS.   D. Altes
HB1039 TO CREATE AN EXEMPTION FROM THE SALES AND USE TAX FOR UTILITIES USED BY QUALIFYING AGRICULTURAL STRUCTURES AND QUALIFYING AQUACULTURE AND HORTICULTURE EQUIPMENT.   Wardlaw
HB1040 TO CREATE THE STATE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL COMMISSION.   Biviano
HB1041 TO LIMIT THE INCREASE IN GENERAL REVENUE EXPENDITURES FROM YEAR TO YEAR; TO CREATE A NEXUS BETWEEN THE AMOUNT OF GENERAL REVENUE EXPENDITURES AND THE GROWTH OF GROSS GENERAL REVENUES; AND TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY.   Westerman
HB1042 TO AMEND THE LAWS CONCERNING EMINENT DOMAIN.   Bell
HB1043 TO AMEND ARKANSAS LAW TO PERMIT A REWARD TO A STATE EMPLOYEE WHEN A REPORT UNDER THE ARKANSAS WHISTLE-BLOWER ACT RESULTS IN A SAVINGS OF STATE FUNDS.   Bell
HB1044 TO ENACT THE “MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT FAIRNESS ACT”.   Bell

 

Cowards and Their Supporters in Washington

Past few days some Republicans have been in the news for backing out of the No-Tax Pledge. They should’ve also signed a No-Spend Pledge as well. However this is predictable, since most of them are unprincipled.

What is a tax? From Dictionary.com:

1. a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.

A sum of money demanded by a government. What does the robber or thief do? That’s right, they also demand you to give them your money, or they’ll hurt you.

How is this different from the government?

It’s not. Every Republican who wants to raise taxes, get rid of loopholes, deductions, or credits (which enable you to keep your money when certain criteria are met) is a thief. At least the Democrats are honest about being thieves. No less wrong.

If you claim to be moral and endorse taxes, you’re endorsing theft and aren’t that moral after all. I know, I know, rich people can afford it, except you’re not entitled to the money they make. You’re even more greedy than they are, at least they earned it.

I covered taxes all through the book Growls, even endorsing the Fair Tax. But now I’ve got a problem with the prebate. Government cutting a check is easily politicized and can and will be abused.

Want to avoid the “fiscal cliff”? Stop spending more than you take in. The U.S doesn’t have to save the world, nor is it required to powder your ass and tuck you in. It’s there to protect your liberty and life from foreign armies; by taking from others to take care of you is counter-intuitive to liberty.

Man up, and take care of yourself, or meet the bottom of the food chain.

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Arkansas Ballot Issue One: Higher Highway Taxes

Yesterday I covered Issue 5, the Medical Marijuana ballot issue. Today it’s the Highway Tax. It’s a ballot issue to “temporarily” raise taxes by a half-percent. I say temporary because people get used to it, and renew it.

Here is the full .pdf from the Secretary of the State’s website here

At this website you can see our gas taxes and how they compare to others around us here

At Talk Business Teresa Oelke from AFP Arkansas and Madison Murphy from the Arkansas Highway Commission have a dueling op-ed on it. You can read that here

Recently Arkansas got a online checkbook where you can track your money (taxes) so this link should take you to the Highway Dept page here if not, the home page is here

As you can see the Highway Dept. has over 454 Million dollars as of October 29, 2012. I doubt we need to pay more for gas and more government efficiency  And why am I paying for roads I don’t drive on?

I’m voting NO raising my  taxes with Issue One.

 

Candidate Profile: Rick Santorum

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

With campaign season revving up, its time to get to know the ones that want to be President. Going to look at their record if they have one, what positions they take if they don’t. Coupled with my thoughts on the said candidate.

I’m not going to list the party, because that’s just a banner politicians hide behind, look at person, not the party. To set the stage, here’s the link to his campaign website here. This has his positions, but I prefer to look at his record instead. Its a lot so instead of my commentary at the end, it will be in italics throughout.

Entitlements: Rick had been in Congress for awhile, and was part of Gingrich’s Contract. Rick drafted & managed 1994 Contract with America Welfare Reform and supports time-limits for able-bodied welfare recipients.As for his record…

He voted Yes on welfare block grants, on allowing state welfare waivers, and on welfare overhaul. Also voted for Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt, on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees, on allowing personal retirement accounts and on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes.

He voted No on eliminating block grants for food stamps.

I prefer the end of entitlements ideally however his reforms in 1994 and time limits and on moving resposibility onto the individual. 

National Security: How well does Rick do on National Security and Wars? Lets see…he voted No on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees, on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods,on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. Also voted No on restoring $565M for states’ and ports’ first responders and on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Looks like someone is a fan of indefinite detention. 

What did he vote Yes on? Lets see…reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act and extending the PATRIOT Act’s wiretap provision.Also for allowing another round of military base closures, on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels, on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. Voted for a military pay raise of 4.8%.Along with voting for prohibiting same-sex basic training and Yes on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. And voted for a chemical weapon ban.

Guess the 4th Amendment means nothing to him, so much for his Oath to Defend the Constitution. 

He voted No on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007, on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan, on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding and finally on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo.

Supports the Iraqi War no matter what the cost, crony capitalism(war profiteering) and at least he didn’t want to bomb Kosovo too. Not much of a difference. 

Rick voted Yes on ending the Bosnian arms embargo, on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan and for authorizing use of military force against Iraq.

 Foreign Policy: Lets see how his Foreign Policy stands up. He voted No on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons, limiting the President’s power to impose economic sanctions, and on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech.

He voted Yes on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion, on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe, on $17.9 billion to the IMF, and strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba.

Capping Foreign Aid? Good move. Interfering in global politics…No.

Now onto the War side of it. He voted No on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007, on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan, on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding and on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo.

He voted Yes on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan, on authorizing use of military force against Iraq to begin with. Before that he supported allowing all necessary force in Kosovo and ending the Bosnian arms embargo.

Healthcare: Lets see…he voted No on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D, increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics, negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drugs and $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. Also voted No on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada, on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages, on including prescription drugs under Medicare. Plus No votes on on increasing tobacco restrictions and on blocking medical savings accounts.

Voted no on socialized medicine but then knee-capped the free market by allowing cheap drugs from Canada. Crony Capitalist.

He voted Yes on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000, on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit, on limiting self-employment health deduction and Medicare means-testing.

Medicare means-testing is good.

 The Economy and Taxes: This is an incredibly extensive list of votes. He voted Yes on $40B in reduced federal overall spending in 2005, on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts in 2000, and on a Balanced-budget constitutional amendment in 1997.

He voted No on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore and voted Yes on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions and on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy.

Spending cuts are good, but allowing subsidies (more crony Keynesian capitalism) is bad. If he claims to be a free market capitalist, you’ll know he’s lying.

We have No votes on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR, on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%) and on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

He voted Yes on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010, on drilling ANWR on national security grounds, on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months in 2002. Also for preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling, on defunding renewable and solar energy and on approving a nuclear waste repository.

He voted Yes on free trade agreement with Oman, on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade, on establishing free trade between US & Singapore between the US and Chile, extending free trade to Andean nations, granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam, on removing common goods from national security export rules.

Is it “free trade” if it needs Government approval?

Voted Yes on permanent normal trade relations with China, on expanding trade to the third world on renewing ‘fast track’ presidential trade authority and on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market in 1995.

He voted No on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25 and on replacing farm price supports. He voted Yes on repealing Clinton’s ergonomic rules on repetitive stress, on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time.

Finally on Taxes. Voted Yes on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts, on permanently repealing the `death tax`. Voted Yes on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends, on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends, on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. Voted No on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. And Voted Yes on eliminating the ‘marriage penalty’, on across-the-board spending cut in 1999 and on requiring super-majority for raising taxes in 1998.

I particullarly like the super-majority tax vote.

Government Transparency: Lets see how well he cleans house. He voted Yes on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress, on requiring photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration, and on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (I need to do a post in line-item vetos, don’t know anything about them.)

Other than requiring photo ID, he’s a lousy janitor.

He voted No on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity, on banning “soft money” contributions and restricting issue ads, on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations, on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance and on banning more types of Congressional gifts.

Free Speech is at least important to him.

Civil Rights: He voted Yes on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration and on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage, on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. Also voted Yes on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping.

Spoke to soon, all of the above is interfering into your life and privacy and what you say.

He voted No on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes, and on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. He voted No on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women and on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business, on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation, on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds.

Hate crimes? I’m against. I don’t care about the intent, it’s the result. Any crime can be a hate crime. You don’t do it if you like the person. Also Equality to me is no special treatment based on sex or race, you have to do it all on your own. That’s true equality, not with an outside influence stacking the deck.

Now to Gun Rights. He voted Yes on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers, on more penalties for gun & drug violations, on loosening license & background checks at gun shows, on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks.

Voted No on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence, on background checks at gun shows.

Immigration: He voted Yes on building a fence along the Mexican border, on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work, on visas for skilled workers, on limited welfare for immigrants.

No fence. Its a two-edged sword. Plus with Unemployment as high as it is, how about leaving the field work for Americans. I know, “Its work We don’t wanna do.” How about this, you wanna eat, you gotta work. 

He voted No on establishing a Guest Worker program, on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security, and on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship.

My Conclusion: Cookie-cutter statist Republican. Wants to police the world, interfere with your life and tell you who to have sex with. And you better not complain because he’s listening in. Big Government is fine as long as its Republican Big Government.

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The 17 Powers of Congress, The First 3: Taxes, Debt & Commerce

What powers does the Congress have? Section 8 of Article tell us.

Section 8. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

Right off the bat, the Congress was giving the ability to tax. Also

  • Duties: Which are taxes on goods coming or going into the country.
  • Imposts: Taxes collected in Customs
  • Excises: A internal tax on certain commodities, their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country.

We have taxes to provide the common defense, which is everyone in the country’s borders should be protected by law and police and invaders. On a side note…government has failed on that. Anyway, Section 8 speaks again of the general welfare of the U.S. I explained in the very first essay on the Constitution that the word meant, and I quote…

A very contentious line in the Preamble. So let’s look at the origin and context of the time. Between 1275-1325 from the phrase wel fare. The old definition of Well is ‘in a good and satisfactory manner.’ Then we have Fare, which means ‘state of things’ in the first definition. Context is important. Together that is ‘a good and satisfactory state of things’. Not a monthly check or subsidized anything. That definition of welfare came from the church and philanthropists in the form of charity. Which is voluntarily funded.

And then that paragraph finished with all taxes being equal. Not this group pays more than that.

Then the next line gives it the ability to borrow money on the credit of the country. Boy wasn’t that power abused, especially within the last 50 years.

Then we have…the commerce clause, which has been twisted to justify almost everything. Lets look at it, with highlights…

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

Regulate, not require. The regulations were for protection of fraud and protectionism among the states. Its why goods coming across state lines aren’t taxed by state governments before they’re allowed in or out.

We are just getting started folks, more coming next week.

How Laws Are Born, and How They’re Killed; Article 1 Section 7

Let’s talk about money, and the process used to remove it from you. Section 7 of Article 1 is about taxes and votes in the Legislature.

Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Taxes are spawned in the House for the most part, and the Senate “fine-tunes” it with Amendments. The Senate can also write tax bills, and all can write bills they want to become law. Why the House to originate tax bills? My theory is this…up until 1913, the Senate was filled by a vote of State legislators. You had Vox Populi in the House, the Representatives were picked by popular vote, so the citizens had a voice. The Senate represented the State Governments, remember it used to be that State’s were Sovereign, until the War Between the States.  That’s two layers of protection against taxation and loss of liberties. People don’t want to be taxed excessively nor State governments or burdensome laws. People used to like personal responsibility.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

This part sets up Veto Power. When the Legislative Branch passes a Bill and it goes to the President to sign off on it. If he doesn’t approve of it he sends it back with a list of why he doesn’t like it. That’s a veto. Then the House and Senate reconsider, and if they pass it again as it was, with the 2/3rds majority, the bill is law. Overiding the President’s veto.

This last part is new to me, where a bill goes to the President and he doesn’t sign it within 10 days it becomes law. Unless Congress is adjourned. But it’s really smart if you think about it. Here’s a scenario:

Congress passes a unpopular bill, sends it to the President, then adjourns and leaves town, so the vetoed bill can’t be returned. Because of that last line, it keeps Congress of going around the President by simple majority.

Now the President just ignoring a bill and it becoming law anyway in 10 days, as best I can figure, is covering his ass. I don’t want to fight about this bill nor approve it. I wash my hands of it.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

Rehashing the above, anything that has an affect on the country other than leaving town, has to get the President’s opinion.

I hope I have been making this interesting for you. I’m learning along with you, as I write these. Some I know, and some I didn’t know. Next week we start looking at what powers the Congress does have, as opposed to what they’ve taken unconstitutionally.

The National Debt and Who Is To Blame

Debt…explained. The problem? Democrats. Republicans. And the idiots who voted for them.

The best way I’ve seen it explained. Now I know the tax the rich crowd will say raise taxes!And when they do that, they show they support theft. You don’t voluntarily pay taxes, they take them or if it’s on a state and local level you go to jail if you don’t pay and stuff that you have bought and paid for are also taken from you by men and women with guns.

Continued on page 115 in Growls Of A Wolf