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Lawsuits and Impeachment

oldtexgal Wrote: Jul 15, 2014 8:50 AM
THANK YOU, DR. SOWELL! I well remember the Nixon/Watergate hearings, as well as the Clinton impeachment. Yes, there WERE grounds! Yes, both men lied shamefully, but neither of their transgressions rose to the level of this current administration. Both were symbolic gestures, as little changed. It is nearly impossible to hold a President or powerful politician accountable, EXCEPT at the ballot box. Obama was re-elected. (Thanks partly to Republicans who opted not to support Romney, and voted for Obama by default). Obama has two more years. It would be a nightmare to initiate impeachment proceedings, which would last for months, Political theater at is worst! Bottom line. Not only would an impeachment proceeding be pointless, it would allow Obama to portray himself as a victim. You know the press would be all over that narrative, along with the Democrats. Republicans could well insure a Clinton victory in '16, if they go down this road, and provide Obama with this huge distraction. NO IMPEACHMENT!
Am all on board for a flat tax, but the transaction or fair tax you describe would be an unmitigated disaster. It taxes goods at every transaction point from producer to consumer. The European VAT tax started out at 3%, just like the US income tax, but is approaching 20%. Sure, that sounds like less than the 30+% income tax, BUT it is exponentially higher, when transaction tax is charged repeatedly, and factored into the cost of goods. A flat tax may rise over time, but tax payers can SEE it! A transaction tax is insidious, and astronomically high. Alas, not a snowball's chance in Death Valley that Washington will pass either one. They will not relinquish the enormous power provided by the behemoth tax code and corrupt IRS. Sad.
It is absolutely in the hands of voters to vote out elected "dead wood", starting with local ISDs, City Councils, judges, right up through state and national incumbents. Stop with the Bilderbergs, and mega conspiracies. It's an excuse for not trying. There is still power in the hands of the people, if they will get up off their lazy butts, do their homework, vet candidates independently, show up at open meeting, talk to like minded citizens, compare notes, and VOTE. There IS no excuse. Having the world only a click away, is a very new power and freedom for individuals. Yes, it's tough to sift through the mountain of information. There is plenty of pure balony, but there is nowhere for the scoundrels to hide. It's the upside of "no privacy".... it is just as hard for the shadowy movers and shakers to successfully play dark, secret, and subversive games. To public unions... (a legacy from the idolized JFK). Look at how private union membership has evaporated over the past three decades. Public sector unions still have a death grip on all levels of government, but opposition grows. It will be a long slog, but it is possible to shatter the "cartel", if people will bring relentless pressure on office holders. Nothing will happen until the support for union pension reform outweighs the campaign contributions, and dues extorted from the union members.
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Killing Joy

oldtexgal Wrote: Jul 13, 2014 9:50 AM
I watched Mel Brooks classic movie, "Blazing Saddles" last week. It is STILL hilarious. Irreverently pokes fun at everyone. Thought as I watched... this film couldn't be made, today. Guess it is no small miracle that it is being shown on TV. There were frequent "blips", which protected my frail psyche from profanity or "slur". It's so silly. IMHO the Grievance Industry has already gone over the line. It encourages and perpetuates victimhood, suspicion, and divides people. Amazing, isn't it.... Blazing Saddles was released in 1974. Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder were wonderful. Brooks was a comic genius. It's only been 40 years. Yes, the thought police, the media, attorneys, and race hustlers have done a dandy job of silencing good natured, humorous, communication. Laughter defuses, disarms, and brings people closer. It's sad that these dour, sanctimonious, individuals and groups, have had such an impact.
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Illegals Walk In

oldtexgal Wrote: Jul 12, 2014 6:01 PM
Obviously, this President was amused by his own performance when he came to Texas, and didn't bother to go to the border, but he insulted Gov. Perry, the Texas delegation, each of which was elected by the people of Texas.... by extension every Texan. We're NOT amused! His flippancy and utter dishonesty was nauseating! When 80% of the border patrol agents and officers are overwhelmed, babysitting Obama's children, and our borders are less secure than ever, he scoffs at those who disagree with him, those who are asking for help, and those who know he is unfit for office. He takes zero responsibility for the disaster his unilateral executive action has caused, and blames it on any and everything else. Just like the IRS head, who lamely tried to blame the destruction of evidence on budget cuts. Obama pretends that a measley 3.7 billion dollars will do the trick, if those evil Republicans will just write him a blank check. NO to a blank check! NO to any "comprehensive" immigration reform, while this lawless president is in office! Yes to boots on the ground to secure the border. Yes to treating all illegal alien minors from all countries be treated exactly the same. Humanely, until they are transported to the appropriate embassy, or right back to their country of origin.
Yep, Obama and the Democrats can pass out Obama t-shirts, sneakers, etc, as US border partrol and Texas DPS officers supply food, shelter, healthcare,and temporary safe haven to the minor detainees, but woe to anyone of faith, who willingly helps, and dares to give credit or thanks to God.
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IMPEACH! IMPEACH! IMPEACH!

oldtexgal Wrote: Jul 12, 2014 12:09 PM
He will not be impeached or will he step down from office. Stop calling for it!!!! Concentrate on defeating sitting Democrats running in November. Reid is not up for re-election, but, if Republicans take the Senate, he will lose his "leadership" position, and will no longer be able to block much needed legislation he has not allowed to be brought to the floor. If we work really hard, and actually show up and vote, maybe a veto proof majority can be accomplished. The country does not need to go through an impeachment circus this late in his term. It is an awful, time consuming, and ultimately pointless exercise!!!!
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IMPEACH! IMPEACH! IMPEACH!

oldtexgal Wrote: Jul 12, 2014 10:01 AM
Initiating impeachment proceedings, though well deserved, would be a pointless exercise, and political disaster for Republicans. Nothing would rally supporters to victim Obama faster than an impeachment circus. I well remember both Nixon & Clinton proceedings, wall to wall media coverage, and tunnel vision focus on the investigations and trial, to the exclusion of everything else. Media is lazy, partisan, and you know darned well who would be canonized, and who would be demonized. Look, the most practical solution is for those who disapprove of Obama's Incompetence and overreach, is to give every vulnerable Democrat in the Senate, a one-way ticket home. Best case, a Republican, veto-proof, majority, but a majority of any number, will be an enormous step toward reining in Executive power, and wresting power and control of Senate agenda from the white knuckled grip of Harry Reid. There will be NO removal of Obama from office, until his term is up, but the his power certainly can be curbed for the next two years. THEN, a Republican MUST be elected, so the corrupt Departmental heads and appointees can be removed and replaced... specifically IRS, EPA, Energy, Interior, Land Management, HHS, State, etc. Folks, that means YOU! NO sitting at home in a snit on election day. Remember, Mitt Romney would be President today, if all registered Republicans had shown up and supported him! You can do it again, elect Hillary (Obama 2.0), by default. Republicans must be elected by fraud-proof majorities across the board! Get out and vote!
The election of a Republican majority in the Senate is the key. I am very wary of filing this suit, and ceding these questions, and judgments to the court, rather than in the legislative branch. It sounds good. It looks like the Speaker is "doing something", but it will be meaningless as long as Eric Holder heads the Justice Department, and Obama is in office. Impeachment, for those too young to remember, is a months and months long circus. Nixon left office voluntarily. Clinton was impeached, for perjury. He stood trial. He lost his law license (temporarily), and remained in office. There is critically important work to be done. Obama will not leave office voluntarily. If he's impeached, and is actually removed from office. Picture this.... President Joe Biden! What's the point!?!?!?! What's the gain?!?!?! Obama will be gone in two years. If Americans object to Obama's overreach and abuse of power, then elect a veto-proof majority to the Senate. We CAN take away his pen for the remainder of his term, and elect a Republican to the Presidency in 2016! Stop the nonsense, and go to work! Get behind good candidates, donate money and time. MOST importantly, VOTE!
Oh, stop it! Dems won, because too many Republicans flat stayed home, for one reason or another, and simply elected and re-elected Dems by default!. Blaming some bloc or another.. women, hispanics, blacks, etc., is little better than Dems blaming Bush, Republicans, the Tea Party for their own failures. Let Republicans and Conservatives... men, women, pretty, ugly, short, tall, etc, etc..... who sat out the elections, take some responsibility, and get to the polls! Better, yet, actually WORK for a decent candidate!
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