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purpose of bantering may at first appear to be an offensive affront to the
other person. However, people engaging in such a conversation are often
signaling that they are comfortable enough in each others' company to be
able to say such things without causing any offense while they are attempting to educate or
good-naturedly challenge a friend's beliefs and understanding.
For thousands of years most people have accepted
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their parents; most people also follow in the political footsteps of
their parents; and they associate with, vote and base their beliefs
on the community within which they live, and they are convinced that
the country of their birth is the greatest or the worst country in History.
Problem:~ as long as they do so - progress and advancement dies.
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Achievements of the 111th Congress
Beverly Hills, December 31st, 2013
pleased to report that the
of the United States of America has, in my opinion, achieved more in
the first twelve months of its term than any Congress since the
1st Congress of 1789 . And, after the horrifying failures
111th Congress which plunged the country into the worst
recession since the 1930's, the achievements of our Government in
2011 are all the more miraculous. Good show all!
Judicial Reform Act may finally remove the blindfold from the
Lady of Justice.
I particularly like the clause that demands that all United States
Judges shall take an examination proving that they know and
understand the Laws that they will be enforcing before they are
allowed to take office in our Courts. The clause requiring
that every Judge shall take an oath "to fairly, faithfully and
fully" hear all available evidence and witnesses may mean that we
shall have to quadruple the number of Judges serving on the bench,
which will be expensive now that we are paying the same salary
to Judges as we pay to Senators serving in the Congress. The
clause preventing Judges from serving within a hundred miles of any
place where they have practiced as an attorney will be controversial
for many years to come, but it does provide a check on the old
friends problem. I particularly like the clause that prevents
any Judge from hearing a case where one of their contributors is
involved . . . and I love the clause that says that in Civil Courts "the loser
pays the costs" with the attorneys of the loser contributing
Prison Reform Act I feel is possibly the most important passed
during 2011 for
rehabilitating America's reputation on the International stage as a
truly civilized nation,
especially as long as with only 5% of the world's population the
United States continues to lead the world in incarcerated citizens,
with 25% of the world's prison population. The clause that dictates
that the system shall in future be segregated into three branches; one set of
prison facilities for violent criminals, one for non-violent criminals and one
for the mentally ill is one that I particularly support. The
fact that non-violent prisoners shall be put to work building the
new facilities at minimum wage (less the cost of their keep) is, I
think, absolutely brilliant; for it means that when they are released they will
have a small nest egg which may well reduce their need to go back to
criminality to be able to support themselves until they can find
employment within the civilian community. The clause stating that after they
complete the prisons they will first be set to building a forty foot
high wall to defend our southern borders from illegal activity by human traffickers and drug
leaders is very timely; and when that is complete to building housing for the
homeless and those living in poverty in the United States I fully
applaud and welcome.
Immigration Reform Act in my opinion may need to be further reformed
or tweaked from its present form of only allowing immigrants based
upon family reunification or on expertise requests from American
Industry, even so it is nevertheless far fairer than anything that has ever
existed in the past. The concept of applying the terms of fair
Affirmative Action based upon the present makeup of race and
religion is the United States to the Law may also need further legislation in
the years to come.
Baja Peninsula Purchase Act probably qualifies as the greatest legal
land acquisition by the United States since the Louisiana Purchase
by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803. However the concept of
turning the whole peninsula into an international vacation resort
and art colony perhaps needs some more thought.
High Speed Train Project Act which provides the funds to buy the
right-of-way and build a
high speed rail link between the tip of the Baja Peninsula to
Anchorage Alaska can be defended as necessary, but the fact that we
will need to employ Chinese engineers and corporations to build it
peeves me almost as much as our recent need to contract out our
placing of communication satellites into orbit and supporting the
Space Station to the Russian Federation.
all the reforms passed in 2011, I particularly praise the courage of
Congress in passing the Fairness in Taxation Act. It can
honestly be claimed that Americans today finally understand their
tax laws. Had you asked me on New Year's Eve in 2010 I would
have said there was absolutely no chance of it passing, but today it
exists and we can only benefit from the foresight of our elected
Government. I ask you, if you could go back to December 31st,
2010 how many of your friends or family would have thought that
the Fairness in Taxation Act could have gained the bipartisan
support that it did to achieve the following clauses we
now look forward to in the coming year.
There shall be no excise, value added, or usage tax paid by any
American on any product or service produced within the United
States of America.
All tax exemptions shall be cancelled as of January 1st 2012.
State Taxes shall be limited to a compulsory tax of 5% of every citizen's income
over $20,000. States shall divide 75% of its income from
these taxes amongst the counties within the State (25% of taxes
collected to each
county and 75% of taxes collected to counties based upon the legal population
within the county).
Federal Taxes shall be limited to 10% of every citizen's income
of every citizen's income over $20,000 shall be used to provide
Universal Health Care on an equal basis for every citizen. The
President and his family may now look forward to the same
coverage as the lowliest citizen in society.
of every citizen's income over $20,000 shall be used to provide
a pension of $50,000 per annum to every citizen at age 60 provided that
they vote at every National Election from age 18 ($25,000
if they do not vote) inflation adjusted every year ensuring the
citizens get the same treatment as their rulers. I understand
that many union members and government employees are unhappy
that all existing pension plans have been cancelled, but the
repayment of contributions may well boost the economy even more
than our elected representatives have promised. The idea of
every citizen getting the same pension (Senator, Police Chief
and Street Cleaner) to bolster their savings in the autumn of
their lives will finally give every member of the aged of
America his or her dignity in their old age.
of every citizen's net worth on the 31st of December each year
will be collected by the government to finance "free education" for every American from
age 4 through age 25 and provide six months "learning
experience" in any country of their choice after they
graduate from college (along the lines of a
foreign scholarship or the Peace Corps). I am not sure I believe
that the Government can enforce the celibacy abroad clause. This
clause was well thought out for it will provide employment for
the army of lawyers and CPA's once employed to help the rich
avoid paying taxes.
After the Fairness
in Taxation Act possibly the most advantageous new law for consumers
is the Usury Reform Act whereby every retailer and provider of
services to the American Consumer must from January 1st, 2012 be
restricted from offering "teaser rates or payments". In future the
total per month cost calculated over five years is the only price
they may publish. I like this piece of legislation as it will
protect the uneducated from themselves. And the idea of the
Government creating a TV Channel devoted to exposing people,
lawyers, governments and corporations charging in excess of 10%
simple interest to anyone whose net worth is less than theirs I
believe is brilliant and that it will soon be the most popular Cable
Channel on TV.
achieved all of this in 2011 we can now look forward to the Drug
Rehabilitation & Prevention of Disease Transmission Act which comes up for a vote (we hope) in February
2012 which will dismantle the USAID program presently sending our
tax money to other nations and devote its total budget to
building and staffing Drug Rehabilitation Centers and Contagious
Disease Isolation Centers throughout the
United States to offer free of charge rehabilitation counseling and
medical services to addicts and state-of-the-art medicine and care
to patients with long term contagious disease. (Built by the non-violent
US Convict Corps.)
I have been so impressed by the work of the 111th Congress in their
first year of office that yesterday I decided to contribute $100 of
my hard earned income this year to the organization caring to
"ex-Politicians Living in Poverty in the United States of America".
I truly hope you will do the same.
you and yours a Happy, Freedom Enjoying and Prosperous 2012
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