Issues

The Issues Page will be used to post articles on issues that are important to us all.  The Republican Club does not endorse or necessarily agree or disagree with views expressed in the artilcles below.  The articles are intended to be a resource to learn more about important issues. They will cover topics ranging from Healthcare and Social Security to Immigration and National Security.

The articles are not  intended to be comprehensive or balanced.  The issues are listed
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2nd  Amendment

STOP THE U.N. GUN GRAB
February 11, 2011
California

I used to feel sorry for Californians, myself included. I felt sorry for them because, with the exception of a couple of years in the early eighties, our beautiful state had been hijacked by the brain-dead Democrats who had been running things in Sacramento for more than four decades. These otherwise unemployables have been uniformly choosing the wrong tax and spend and governance and regulatory policies for even longer than I've lived here (34 years).

By Rretta

 When the governments fear the people, there is liberty.  When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.  The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government   Thomas Jefferson

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, announced that the Obama Administration will be working hand-in-glove with the United Nations to pass a new Small Arms Treaty.  Disguised as an International Arms Control Treaty to fight against terrorism, insurgency and international crime syndicates, the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is a massive Global Gun Control Scheme.

Former U.S.  Ambassador to the U.N., John R. Bolton warms that “the [Obama] Administration knows it cannot obtain this kind of legislation purely in a domestic context. . .They will use an international agreement as an excuse to get domestically what they couldn’t otherwise.”

 

The new treaty wording is not being made public but if it follows previous attempts it will:

  • Enact tougher licensing requirements for law abiding Americans to own a firearm legally
  • Confiscate and Destroy all “unauthorized civilian firearms
  • Ban the trade, sale, and private ownership of all semi-automatic weapons
  • Create an international gun registry

Since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has done all that it could to bring the United States to its knees.  Up to now, we have had a government that provided defense. Now we have a government operating in collusion with the Socialists and petty dictators at the U.N.    The United States is an affront to their grand design for the global community.  As long as America remains free they will never be able to seize worldpower.

It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government.  Thomas Paine

The fastest way to destroy a country is to disarm its citizens. 

With Obama throwing his support behind the United Nation’s treaty and Hillary’s willingness to sell us out, our only hope  in derailing the Small Arms Treaty is during the ratification process.   And that can be a problem because we do not have a majority of Senators willing to stand up for our Second Amendment Rights.

As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not worthy of trust.  Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant of the people.    Jeff Snyder

If you believe that the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are the supreme law of the land and any attempt by the Socialists at the United Nations and in our own government must be stopped then I urge you to contact your Senators today and let them know that we are against any attempt by the United Nations and the U.S. government to take away our Second Amendment Rights and when this treaty is presented for ratification we expect them to defeat it.   Go to “Stop The Global Gun Grab” and sign Senator Rand Paul’s petition.

One of the ordinary modes, by which tyrants accomplish their purpose without resistance is by disarming the people and making it an offense to keep arms.    Justice Joseph Story

They have taken the best public educational system and trashed it. From what was on a par with any university education in America just a generation ago, we have to now feel lucky there's a Louisiana , a Mississippi and an Alabama or California would rank last out of the 50 states.
Every survey of business leaders over the past several years ranks California in the bottom two or three states in terms of friendliness to business formation and operation. Maybe that's why so few choose to now relocate or open branch operations here.

Our income taxes are the third-highest in America. Our sales taxes are fourth highest in the nation. Public employee and police and fire unions are so gargantuan they're strangling our cities and our state with an unfunded pension bomb that's ready to explode in our collective faces. It's to the point that we now work for them, not the other way around. How was that allowed to happen?

Our roads and bridges infrastructure is decaying before our very eyes. Our once-vaunted Central Valley agriculture, which has produced more than 10% of all fruits and veggies in the nation for decades, is now a depression-era dustbowl because some commie pinko weenie in a black robe shut off their water in favor of the Delta Smelt. What's that, you ask? It's a little Anchovy-sized fish that this judge preferred over suffering, drought-stricken, jobless people. So it lives and the people die.

So why do I no longer feel sorry for Californians? Because they absolutely refuse to change it. The election just concluded gave Golden Staters one more chance to fix some of our problems and prevent a few others. And what did you do, California? You blew it, big time. You reelected Jerry Brown, a guy who earned the moniker "Moonbeam" when he was the Guv in the seventies. He appointed Rose Bird as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court. She overturned 62 death penalty cases, every single one that came before her, including the Manson Family killers. He signed the legislation that permitted collective bargaining for public employee unions, which now threatens our State's very economic existence. He vehemently opposed Proposition 13 until it passed, at which time he decided to support it. Flip-Flopper? You decide. After he termed out he ran for and was elected Mayor of Oakland. He was so successful in this job the state was forced to take over their school system. And, he managed to also double their murder rate (one could argue he might have been even more successful if he'd have tripled it!)

Then, as our illustrious Attorney General, he refused to defend Proposition 8 in the courts even though he was obligated by law and his oath to do so. And I don't care what you think about gay marriages. Prop. 8 made it illegal and good old 'Jer had a duty to defend us, the citizens of California against it, despite his personal views on the subject. The Attorney General, nor any sworn official, does not have the right to pick and choose the laws they wish to support. A pox on his house. And now, Jerry Brown will now likely live out his life without ever having had a private-sector job.

Imagine. You get kicked out of the Jesuit seminary and then feed at the public trough for the rest of your liberal little, otherwise unprepossessing life. Astounding.

Then there's Barbara Boxer. You reelected her, too. After three terms in Washington, during which she earned the lowest possible rankings as to effectiveness, you sent her back for another six years. She's never had a real job either. Never met a payroll. Never signed a check on its face. Knows nothing about job creation. What she does know is that partial birth abortion is the preferred method of birth control. Oh, and she knows how to spend our money. She voted for tax increases 258 times during her ho-hum tenure. Even her home-town newspaper refused to endorse her, saying she was an ineffective and ineffectual senator and should be put out to pasture. And you decided to send her back.

Either of Jerry 's or Bab's opponents would have been preferable to these preening elite losers but you decided differently.

Now let's talk the measures. You failed to pass Prop. 19, the pot legalization measure. That was surprising to me because I assumed everyone here had to be high on weed to have voted the way they did.

You voted down Prop. 23, our last and best hope to derail AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, which Schwarzenwhoozits signed into law in 2006. That's the one whereby California decided to fix the world's climate problem all by itself, by rolling back greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, representing a 40% reduction. Of course, the experts say doing that would be impossible without taking every single car and truck off the road, but hey, nothing appears impossible to those nice folks in Sacto. And maybe the commute will get shorter once all the cars and trucks are gone. So, AB32 kicks in on January 1, 2011, and the next sound you'll hear will be the doors slamming shut on U-Haul trucks as businesses prepare to vacate Caleeeforneea. And they'll take at least 1,000,000 jobs with them.

And your electric bill will double or triple after they go. The only ones left will be Starbucks baristas selling lattes to sign twirlers. I've said before and I say again, if you believe that carbon dioxide, that stuff plants breathe and you exhale, is a greenhouse gas, please stop exhaling.

And Prop. 25? Yep, it passed. That's the one that lets those Sacto lifers pass a budget with a vote of 50% plus one. No more 2/3rds supermajority needed. So the Dems can now pass a budget without a single Republican vote. You think taxes may go up? I do. And often. Why, I ask, do we even need a Republican party anymore? Truth is, we don't. That single-party parliamentary-style deal has worked so well in other countries, we should now formalize it for California. You know, like Cuba, North Korea, China and Russia. We're well on our way.

So, California, I no longer feel sorry for you. You did it to yourselves. You have turned our California into Greece and now you've wasted your last, best chance to correct it before our Ship of State hits the rocks. We've finally reached the tipping point. That's where the statist, big government-loving weenies and the hand-out welfare crowd are able to vote themselves stuff at the expense of those few remaining folks who actually produce in our society. I still feel sorry for myself, for my family and for my friends but I don't feel sorry for the rest of you who made this sorry likelihood possible. I hope you're happy with yourselves.

By the way, if you take a look at the red-blue map after it was updated following the election, which shows a sliver of blue along each coast and most of the remainder of our country in a bright, all-American victory red, you'll have to ask; maybe it's the salt air that causes all this liberal craziness?

Written by:  Just another observant California resident… telling you the truth about your election

Economy

Are you better off today than you were two years ago? Numbers don't lie, and here is the data.

 

January 2009

TODAY

% chg

Source

Avg. retail price/gallon gas in U.S.

$1.83

$3.104

69.6%

1

Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)

$43.48

$99.02

127.7%

2

Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)

$38.74

$91.38

135.9%

2

Gold: London (per troy oz.)

$853.25

$1,369.50

60.5%

2

Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL

$3.56

$6.33

78.1%

2

Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL

$9.66

$13.75

42.3%

2

Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. fob

$13.37

$35.39

164.7%

2

Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall

7.6%

9.4%

23.7%

3

Unemployment rate, blacks

12.6%

15.8%

25.4%

3

Number of unemployed

11,616,000

14,485,000

24.7%

3

Number of fed. employees, ex. military (curr = 12/10 prelim)

2,779,000

2,840,000

2.2%

3

Real median household income (2008 v 2009)

$50,112

$49,777

-0.7%

4

Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)

31,983,716

43,200,878

35.1%

5

Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)

7,526,598

9,193,838

22.2%

6

Number of long-term unemployed

2,600,000

6,400,000

146.2%

3

Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)

13.2%

14.3%

8.3%

4

People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)

39,800,000

43,600,000

9.5%

4

U.S. rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings

5

9

n/a

10

Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)

29.9

23.5

-21.4%

11

Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)

140

164

17.1%

12

U.S. dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate

89.76

82.03

-8.6%

2

U.S. money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

1,575.1

1,865.7

18.4%

13

U.S. money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

8,310.9

8,852.3

6.5%

13

National debt, in trillions

$10.627

$14.052

32.2%

14

Just take this last item:  In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation's history.  Over 27 times as fast!  Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . it would be doing 1,755 MPH!  This is a disaster!

Sources:

(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury

 

Heathcare

Every Awful Thing You Need to Know About Obamacare By Alan Caruba, October 14, 2010 There’s something faintly obscene in the term “Obamacare” because this is legislation that demonstrates how little Barack Obama really cares about Americans who reach the age where they can qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. In so many ways, it destroys Medicare and, indeed, health care in America! Recently The Heartland Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization headquartered in Chicago, published a guide, aptly titled “The Obamacare Disaster” by Peter Ferrara. You can download it for free and it will not require that you spend a lot of time reading it. Ferrara has been involved in health care and entitlement issues for three decades. He was a staff member in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Ronald Reagan and was an associate deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush. He’s been an associate professor of law at George Mason University School of law and received an undergraduate degree in economics magna cum laude from Harvard College and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School. Because we live busy lives, here’s a brief synopsis. 1. Obamacare is a government takeover of health care in the nation. It creates more than 150 new bureaucracies, agencies, boards, commissions, and programs that will authorize bureaucrats to tell doctors and hospitals what is quality care and what is not. It mandates exactly what health insurance workers and employers must buy, what benefits they will get, and imposes a fine on anyway if they do not comply. It is the antithesis of freedom. 2. It will cause health care costs, not just to rise, but to soar. This is why more than a hundred U.S. companies that already offer low cost health care insurance to their employees have already requested waivers. If Obamacare’s intent was to destroy the health care insurance business—and it is—it has succeeded. 3. In an effort to anticipate and prevent rising health care costs, it institute a system of rationing. It does this in part by cutting $3 trillion in Medicare cuts over the first 20 years. In practical terms, this will kill people forced to wait for services. 4. Obamacare discourages private investment in the development of medical technologies and drugs. This is the very reason U.S. health care is the envy of the world and why it will be effectively undermined. 5. Obamacare imposes new taxes and increase tax rates starting in 2011, adding up to $500 billion over the first ten years. This, of course, contradicts Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000. 6. Medicare and Medicaid are already famous for the billions in fraud in these two programs. Obamacare sharply expands Medicaid. The Congressional Budget Office reports the Act will increase federal spending by almost $1 trillion over the first ten years. With full implementation, starting in 2014, it will increase spending by $2.4 trillion, making it the most expensive legislation ever approved by Congress and signed by a president. 7. Obamacare will ensure higher deficits as far as the eye can see, adding $2-to-$3 trillion over the next twenty years. 8. Obamacare inflicts lower quality health care on Americans, particularly for the most vulnerable such as premature babies and the elderly, and those suffering from cancer and heart disease. 9. It will negatively impact jobs, wages, and economic growth. It effectively punishes creating new jobs or paying higher wages. It will double that marginal tax rates in the income tax code for low, moderate, and middle-income workers. At a meeting of the National Association of Counties on March 9, 2010, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” This is the same person who thinks that Food Stamps are good for the economy. And now you know why Peter Ferrara calls it a disaster. You can read his complete study here:

Obamacare Study

If you care about your country, we must spread the word about this disaster!! Please pass this message along!

United Nations

AAA  Jan. 25, 2011 3:18 AM ET
Republican lawmakers taking aim at UN
DESMOND BUTLERDESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press  

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered Republican lawmakers are taking their first shots at the United Nations, depicting it as bloated and ineffective as they seek to cut government funding for it.

On Tuesday, a House of Representatives panel will air criticisms of the organization in a briefing that will prescribe congressional action.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will preside over the briefing as chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is seeking cuts and has introduced a bill intended to pressure the United Nations to change the way it operates and to make dues voluntary. She also is promising investigations into possible corruption and mismanagement.

"The fact that the U.S. continues to contribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to an unaccountable, unreformed U.N. is no laughing matter," Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said in a statement Friday.

Congress at various times has withheld funding from the world organization, but last year, under Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate, the United States paid its dues in full as well as some back dues.

The United States is the largest single contributor to the U.N., responsible for 22 percent of its regular budget and 27 percent of its peacekeeping operations.

Tuesday's briefing comes as Republicans are pressing for broad spending cuts as they seek to balance the budget. Where cuts should be made will be a major issue as President Barack Obama appears before Congress several hours later to deliver his annual State of the Union address.

The United Nations has long been a target for conservative lawmakers. Investigations by Republican-led congressional panels in the last decade helped spur an independent investigation into the U.N.-run oil-for-food program in Iraq.

Peter Yeo, executive director of the Better World Campaign, which advocates U.S. support for the United Nations, said he expects Tuesday's briefing will be the "beginning of a long examination" by congressional Republicans. But Yeo, who will appear before the panel, said he hopes to convince lawmakers that the United Nations is a good bargain for the United States.

"The U.N. serves our interest in a cost-effective way to promote global security," he said.

He also pointed to U.N. changes already carried out, including creation of an ethics office in 2006.

It is unclear whether the Republican critiques will lead to cuts in the U.S. contribution. Ros-Lehtinen's bill probably would face resistance in the Democrat-controlled Senate and from the Obama administration.

U.N. dues must be financed through annual spending plans that are subject to approval by both the House and Senate.