Now many states want to secede from U.S.

Since WND first reported that residents in the state of Louisiana were petitioning to secede from the U.S., residents in over 20 more states have filed requests with the White House to peaceably break from the union.

Furthermore, the Louisiana petition has topped 14,000 signatures, more than halfway to the threshold needed after which the White House has pledged to respond.

And for Texas, one of the new states to join the fray, the signature count now tops 25,000.

The White House’s We the People website explains that once a petition reaches 25,000 signatures, it will be placed on a queue for response from the administration. The website also maintains a page for previous petitions that have received a White House response.

Joining Louisiana now are Arizona, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, New York, Colorado, Oregon, New Jersey, North Dakota, Montana, Indiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama and Texas.

The Louisiana petition, which has served as a pattern for many of the new states, reads as follows: “We petition the Obama administration to: Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.”

It continues, “As the Founding Fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: ‘When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.’”

The petition concludes with a further quote from the Declaration of Independence: “‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government.’”

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Fleeing taxation

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, California, New York … all of these states have one thing in common: They have high taxes that are driving out residents. The latest example is New York.

Between 2000 and 2010, New York claims that prize for the state that saw the biggest exodus of any state in the nation. During that decade, 3.4 million residents left New York. When considering the amount of folks who migrated to New York, it works out to be about a 1.3 million net loss in New York residents.

When people migrate, so does their money. The loss of these residents also represents a net tax loss of $45.6 billion.

Where are these New Yorkers fleeing? More than 600,000 of them moved to … Florida! The liberal excuse is that it is because of the weather. But then the proggies can’t explain why California (with a wonderful climate) is hemorrhaging people. One of the predominant realistic explanations is taxes. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax. It also doesn’t impose an estate tax. Where do I live? Florida.

Over a similar time period (1998 to 2007), “more than 1,100 people every day including Sundays and holidays moved from the nine highest income-tax states such as California, New Jersey, New York and Ohio and relocated mostly to the nine tax-haven states with no income tax, including Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Texas.”

There’s a message here for politicians, but they’re too hungry for power, and eager to buy the votes that preserve that power, to listen.

The Gulf Oil Spill & The Future Of U.S. Energy

Steven Rosenblum for Florida: District 89

More than 50 days after the explosion, fire and sinking of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon the oil is still flowing out of the ground, more that 5,000 feet below the sea. The finger pointing continues, as does the political posturing.

Some are using this accident as an excuse to end not just drilling in deep water, but to put an end to all offshore oil and natural gas exploration for good. Curiously, there seems to be no realization of some very basic facts:

1. The United States consumes 20 million barrels of oil a day and many who advocate ending offshore drilling also are opposed to drilling on the land.
2. Drilling in shallower water has much less risk and if there is an accident it’s much easier to turn the flow off.
3. The technology to drill in shallow water and on land has been tested over decades and has only improved.
4. If the United States does not drill for its own resources, other nations like Russia, China, Cuba and Venezuela will drill for the same oil and natural gas from just outside our territorial waters without regard for safety or our environmental concerns.
5. As matter of national security we need to stop buying oil from nations that do not like us and/or support terrorism.
6. Thousands of Americans are employed by the oil industry and the industries that support it. At a time when millions are unemployed we can ill afford to put the oil industry out of business in the U.S. and send those jobs overseas.

Even the fisherman of Louisiana who have been hit hard by the consequences of this oil spill still want drilling and exploration to continue. They recognize that the economy of the Gulf and the entire nation depend on the oil industry. All that they ask is that the drilling is done in an environmentally responsible and safe manner.

There is blame enough to go around for the accident and its aftermath. The fact that the MMS apparently failed to do proper inspections and failed to ensure that an appropriate emergency action plan was in place seems to put blame on both the Bush and Obama administrations. BP has the lion’s share of the blame as it was their rig. But it’s important to note that it was environmentalists and their Democrat allies in Congress that pushed oil and natural gas exploration into the deep water where techonology is at its limits and the risk of disaster is far greater.

As for the failure to prevent the oil from reaching shore and to contain and clean up the spill, the blame is equally on BP and the Obama administration. Many companies have offered viable plans and technologies to contain and remove the oil from the water- they have been ignored. Several foreign nations that have experience and success with cleaning up large spills have offered help and they too have not been allowed to assist.

There are ships that could have been skimming the oil from the Gulf, almost from the beginning of this disaster, that have not been allowed to and still can’t do so until President Obama temporarily suspends the Jones Act, a law that prevents ships that are not built and crewed by Americans from operating in Amercian waters. This protectionist law which dates back to 1920 was temporarily suspended by President Bush after Hurricane Katrina, but Obama has not seen fit to do the same.

There are American companies that have boom that could have protected the Louisiana marsh lands that have not been allowed to provide their products because BP has not approved it. There are other companies that have simple but effective products like hay and synthetic polymers that could remove the oil from the surface of the Gulf that likewise have not been taken up on their offers to help. These products and solutions would eliminate the use of chemical dispersants that may harm the environment.

What is the motivation of either BP or the Obama administration not to take advantage of all this help? For BP, it would seem there is no good reason not to utilize whatever it can get its hands on. For the administration it would seem they are either incompetent or are following their mantra of “never let a good crisis go to waste”. It’s no secret that the far-left is unhappy with Obama for not putting an end to offshore oil drilling. If the administration lets this disaster go far enough they may feel they’ll have the political cover they need to cater to their base. But even this doesn’t make sense, as polls show that the public is dissatisfied with Obama’s handling of this crisis and blames him almost as much as BP.

We obviously need to find alternatives to oil, such as biofuels made from crops and plants that we don’t use as food for ourselves or our livestock- such as sawgrass. We also should be building nuclear powerplants and finding ways to utilize wind, solar, tidal and ocean current generation for electricity. But you can’t drive your car on these energy sources and like it or not, for the moment our economy is dependent on petroleum.

It’s time to get cut the red tape, clean up the water and the land affected by the spill and find a way to cap the gusher. Meanwhile, we have to move our oil exploration into shallower waters and on to the land in places like Alaska. We need the oil, we have the technology and to do otherwise would only hurt Americans and put our national security in jeopardy.

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Alan Grayson Florida’s Goofy Congressman

by Jeff Dunetz

Florida Congressman Alan Grayson represents everything wrong with politics today. Even fellow Democratic Party/Progressive Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) says that Grayson has issues. Back in October, Weiner commented:

“Is this news to you that this guy’s [Grayson] one fry short of a Happy Meal?”

Grayson’s latest idiocy was to suggest that we should round up all of the people that called for “drill here, drill now” and throw them in Jail.

There is no suggestion here that Grayson really wants to throw people in jail, nor does he really believe that Dick Cheney is a Vampire, that gas would only cost a dollar per gallon if former President George W. Bush had let Saudi Prince Abdullah “get to second base” or even that federal reserve adviser Linda Robertson is a K-Street Whore.

The real issue is just because Grayson has Walt Disney World in his district he doesn’t have to act as if the United States Government is a Mickey Mouse operation. Grayson is the embodiment of the nastiness that turns off voters. He uses the same progressive style of political argument as does President Obama, the Finger-Pointer-in Chief uses; do not bring up facts, or make logical arguments, call them names or blame others.

The Florida Democrat feels his nasty comments represents the right thing to do. In fact Grayson believes he is the second coming of Harry Truman.

“I have spoken out honestly and courageously on many issues that are important to all of us, especially the fact that I want every American who is sick to be able to see a doctor, and get the care that he or she needs. The other side disagrees, and so they complain about me and attack me personally. But as Harry Truman said, “I don’t give them hell. I just tell the truth about them, and they think it’s hell.” People liked a President with guts, and they like a Congressman with guts. That’s why our polls show that if I ran in the Republican primary, not just the Democratic primary, I’d win it. That’s why a first-term Congressman like me has the largest donor base of any member of Congress. We are working hard, paying attention, and getting things done, so of course they attack us. And as Franklin Roosevelt said about his opponents, who sought to keep America mired in the Great Depression, “I welcome their hatred.”

Grayson needs to learn that there is a big difference between being a bully and being courageous like Truman. Courageous people use logic and facts to make arguments, bullies like Grayson call people names and act a bit goofy. Grayson’s type of goofy, unlike the Disney character is not a bit entertaining, he is just a sad representation of how low politicians can get.

Steven Rosenblum For Florida House: District 89

Issues:

Jobs
Florida faces an unemployment rate over 12%. Many Floridians have been out of work for a year or more. Some have given up looking for work out of frustration.

We need a combination of lower taxes and incentives to bring new businesses to Florida and to allow existing businesses to hire again. We can create jobs by developing our energy resources while also lowering the cost of energy, which in turn will also free up more dollars for businesses to grow.

We also need to examine our state university and county community college curriculums to ensure they are offering students classes that will allow them to compete in the 21st Century job market.

Lower Taxes/Smaller Government
We need to lower taxes, shrink the size of government and eliminate fraud and waste. We need to go to Zero-based budgeting, where all expenditures must be justified each new period, as opposed to only explaining the amounts requested in excess of the previous period’s funding.

In addition a full audit of all state agencies and departments is necessary to find inefficiencies, waste and fraud so that we can eliminate them and close our budget shortfall.

We need to remind Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. that the money they spend in such a cavalier manner isn’t theirs, it belongs to the taxpayers.

I will fight to greatly reduce property taxes. A small sales or consumption tax would broaden the tax base to all Floridians, as well as to tourists and illegal immigrants, who also use our public services. However, I will only support a bill that enacts the consumption tax after the property tax reduction has been instituted.

We also need to reduce corporate taxes and unnecessary regulations that prohibit businesses from expanding and hiring, and prevent new businesses from opening.

Energy Independence
I favor a use it all approach to energy. Florida has vast energy resources and energy potential. We should be drilling for oil and natural gas off our Atlantic and Gulf coasts, in an environmentally responsible way. Florida also needs to encourage the private development of efficient and economical solar, wind and tidal power generation, or other new energy sources, as well as building nuclear power plants to carry us into the next century, with clean renewable sources of electricity.

The last oil refinery completed in the United States was in 1976. Many of our nation’s existing refineries are in disrepair and do not operate at full capacity. We will bring more jobs to Florida, lower the cost of gasoline and refine more crude oil safely and efficiently when we build a new refinery here in Florida.

Florida should be a leader in energy research and production. Once in Tallahassee I’ll work to make Florida a literal powerhouse state.

Healthcare
Without question, healthcare and health insurance reform are issues that the states must address. The solutions are simple and can only be tackled by state legislatures. The federal government has usurped the rights of the states and the people with Obamacare and still hasn’t solved the problem. If elected to the State House I will work to solve the problem in ways that are practical and constitutional.

We need to cut out the mandates that contribute to the high cost of health insurance. A 45 year old woman, shouldn’t have to be covered for a prostate exam anymore than a man, of any age, should have to be covered for a pap-smear.

We should create a statewide health insurance market that allows defined contributions toward health care coverage.*

We should also use the state’s power to regulate commercial insurance to create a new hybrid insurance market for employer-sponsored coverage through plans that are individually chosen and owned by workers.*

In addition we must reform the Medicaid and SCHIP programs by redirecting these funds, for otherwise healthy recipients, to private institutions to reduce the use of emergency rooms by Medicaid and SCHIP recipients.*

Next we have to enact meaningful TORT reform measures so that good doctors won’t be driven out of business by outrageous malpractice insurance rates and frivolous lawsuits.

Finally, we must work with the other states to allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines, if they choose.

* From the Heritage Foundation’s “2010 Guide to State Healthcare Reform”

Security
Homeland Security starts with state, county and local agencies and governments. Our police, fire fighters, paramedics and all first responders are on the front lines of homeland defense. We need to ensure they have sufficient training and adequate resources to be prepared for natural disasters and terrorist attacks. We must ensure that there is proper communication and coordination between local, county, state and federal agencies in order to prevent and respond to major incidents.

Florida’s Sovereignty
The Tenth Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. The United States Constitution is a limiting document and a contract between the People, the States and the Federal government.

Washington has been overstepping its powers for decades now, under both political parties. It is past the time legislators in Tallahassee do their duty and protect the rights of the People and the State of Florida. I will honor my oath of office and not propose or vote for any bill that violates either the Florida or U.S. Constitutions.

Education
Our education system is the key to the future of our children, our state and our nation. The federal government has become far too involved in what is a state and local issue. I believe that the billions of dollars that the U.S. Department of Education squanders each year would be far better spent by disbanding that lumbering bureaucracy. The states and local communities are much more qualified to decide how to spend our education dollars and to set standards and curriculums. I will work with members of Florida’s congressional delegation to achieve that goal.

In addition, American history has been distorted and in many cases has been completely rewritten by progressives that want to create a narrative that paints the United States as an evil, colonial power that has been a destructive force in the world, rather that the great force for good and freedom that it truly is. Take a look at the history books that our schools are using to teach our children and you will see what I mean.

Science and math are obviously vital keys to success and should be stressed. But the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights should all be required parts of every child’s education as well.

I believe that we need conservatives in Tallahassee that will fight to restore our schools and work with teachers to ensure that our children will know their nation’s history. We must also strive to bring all our public schools, colleges and universities to a level that will ensure that our children will be equipped to compete in the world and in today’s competitive job market.

Parental Rights
Barring proven instances of physical abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, or other extenuating circumstances I believe that both parents in a divorce/custody case should be given equal custody of their children.

I have long thought that a mother automatically receiving primary custody of a child was wrong, and a form of reverse chauvinism. Mothers and fathers have every right to have equal access to their children regardless of whether they are married.

The current system has led to a cottage industry for lawyers, doctors, forensic experts and many more newly created layers of bureaucratic professionals. This is supposed to be about what is best for the children, not what will make money for “experts”.

I would favor legislation to give both parents equal custody assuming there are no legitimate accusations of abuse, or other pertinent extenuating circumstances. In addition, Florida must work with the other states to ensure reciprocity. We can’t have parents running to other states in an attempt to circumvent custody agreements which have been adjudicated in Florida.

Children should not be used as pawns in a divorce dispute, nor should they be deprived of the love and nurturing of both their parents without cause. I will work to ensure that our laws don’t allow them to be.

Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration is very much a state issue. It costs Florida billions of dollars and poses a threat to our state and national security. When elected I will sponsor a bill modeled on the one that Arizona’s legislature passed and their governor signed into law. It is not unconstitutional, anti-immigrant, racist or un-American to enforce our nation’s immigration laws. Our city, county and state law enforcement should enforce our existing immigration laws, since the federal government is failing in its duty to do so. No nation can be sovereign if its borders are not secure.
Second Amendment
Tallahassee has raided the firearms permit trust fund and Washington, D.C. wants to deny you your Second Amendment rights. I will fight to protect the right of every law-abiding Floridian to own and carry legally obtained firearms.

I believe our right to bear arms is something we are born with. It is not granted to us by the government, it is an unalienable right, and one that the United States Constitution guarantees to us. The Second Amendment is not open to interpretation. The founders intended for law-abiding individuals to have the right to be armed, not just for sport and hunting, but for self defense and to protect ourselves from tyranny. The founders made the right to bear arms the Second Amendment, because it is this right that ensures all of our other rights.

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