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The Indebted States of America (It’s worse than you think.)

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Source: http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org

By Nick Sorrentino

The Indebted States of America (It’s worse than you think.)

 

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And it’s not just New York, Illinois, and California with the spendthrift ways. Across the nation taxpayers owe a lot more local debt than they think they do because of end runs by local governments around debt restrictions.

Taxpayers owe the money, bond holders own the debt. Taxpayers in many cases won’t be able to pay and bold holders won’t be able to collect. This situation is coming and it’s all because we have long wanted something for nothing, which is impossible. There is always a cost.

Debt is a drug and Americans (really the world for the most part) is terribly addicted. Detox, which will have to happen sometime relatively soon, is going to be very difficult.

(From City-Journal.com)

Texas, like New York, amassed all this debt by pushing the limits of the law. Though taxpayers must approve most government borrowing, Texas provides an exception for localities that need to issue debt quickly: a “certificate of obligation,” borrowing that doesn’t require approval unless 5 percent or more of local voters petition to have a say on it (a rare occurrence, since most don’t even know that they have that power). Since 2005, Texas localities have issued nearly $13 billion worth of these certificates, often for dubious ends. In 2010, for instance, Fort Worth borrowed nearly $35 million through certificates of obligation to build a facility for horse shows.

Click here for the article.

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A Traditional Thanksgiving Deserves a Heritage Turkey

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Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com

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Sunday, November 18th 2012 at 5:00 am

A Traditional Thanksgiving Deserves a Heritage Turkey

Ideally, this Thanksgiving you are ordering your organic, free-range turkey from your local farmer. It doesn’t get any better than that does it? Actually, it does.

Farmers markets are now featuring “Heritage Turkeys” for those wanting an even more authentic Thanksgiving dinner.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, there are 8 varieties of Heritage Turkeys which are descended from the original birds indigenous to the Americas. The varieties are Black, Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Slate, Bourbon Red, Beltsville Small White and Royal Palm. Most non-heritage turkeys sold for Thanksgiving are the Broad Breasted White variety.

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to protect over 180 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.  Heritage breeds can be found among asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.

For a turkey to qualify as “Heritage” it must meet all of the following criteria

  • Naturally mating: The turkey must be descended from both grandparents and parents who mated the old-fashioned way.
  • Long productive outdoor lifespan: The Heritage Turkey must have a long productive lifespan. Breeding hens are commonly productive for 5-7 years and breeding toms for 3-5 years. The turkeys have to be genetically able to survive in a natural outdoor environment.
  • Slow growth rate: The Heritage Turkey must have a slow to moderate rate of growth to allow them time to mature naturally.

Most turkeys sold for Thanksgiving are mass produced and specially treated with hormones and antibiotics to bring them to market in a very short 15 weeks after birth. If you’ve seen the film Food, Inc., you’ve seen in graphic detail the results of those production methods, including crippled birds. Unlike the overwhelming majority of commercially raised turkeys, Heritage Turkeys reach a marketable weight in about 28 weeks, giving the birds time to develop their skeletal structure prior to building muscle mass.

What’s the benefit of buying a Heritage Turkey?

According to Heritage Foods USA, buying Heritage Turkeys supports “a network of independent growers, preserving endangered lines of turkey breeds that you must eat in order to save, and ensuring humane animal treatment.”

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National Constitution Lobby Organizing Webinar

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The Constitution Lobby
The national project to Institutionalize Citizen Vigilance
Constitution Lobby & State/local info: CLICK HERE!


Tuesday, June 12
7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern


Thursday, June 14
9:00pm-10:00pm Eastern

“Organizing to Defend the Constitution!” Webinar!
Give Bob Schulz and Judith Whitmore an hour
to learn about the non-political plan to permanently organize
We The People across America to hold government accountable
and restore constitutional governance. Tell a friend.
Join us.

Schulz to Judge Nap – “WHAT IF” A Massive Constitution Lobby

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Tax Freedom Day Is April 17

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Source: http://www.thenewamerican.com

by Michael Tennant

Tax Freedom Day Is April 17Because April 15 is a Sunday and April 16 is a holiday in the District of Columbia, the deadline for filing federal income-tax returns this year falls on April 17. Coincidentally, that is also Tax Freedom Dayfor 2012: the day on which the average American will have worked long enough to pay his share of all the taxes government will extract from the populace this year.

Each year the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., calculates Tax Freedom Day by dividing the total of all federal, state, and local taxes collected that year by national income, then multiplying the result by 365. For 2012 the total tax burden — $2.62 trillion in federal taxes and $1.42 trillion in state and local taxes — comes to 29.2 percent of income; thus, Americans must work 107 days to pay all their taxes. Counting from January 1 and skipping Leap Day to keep things comparable from year to year, that means Tax Freedom Day falls on April 17.

According to the Tax Foundation, Americans will have to work 40 days to pay all their income taxes, 27 days for all social insurance taxes (e.g. Social Security, Medicare), 14 days for all sales and excise taxes, 12 days for state and local property taxes, 10 days for all corporate income taxes (because, the foundation notes, “all taxes on businesses are ultimately passed on to individuals”), and 7 days for all other taxes. In fact, government costs so much that “Americans will spend more in taxes in 2012 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined,” the foundation observes.

This year’s Tax Freedom Day is four days later than last year’s and seven days later than when Barack Obama assumed the presidency. It would be an additional three days later this year had the payroll tax holiday not been extended through 2012. This is not the latest Tax Freedom Day has fallen, however; that honor goes to the year 2000, in which it fell on May 1.

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The Constitution Lobby

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 The Constitution Lobby 
The national project to Institutionalize Citizen Vigilance
Constitution Lobby & State/local info: CLICK HERE!


SATURDAY, FEB. 25
4:00pm-5:00pm Eastern


TUESDAY, FEB. 28
7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern

“Organizing to Defend the Constitution!” Webinar!
Give Bob Schulz and Judith Whitmore an hour
to learn about the non-political plan to permanently organize
We The People across America to hold government accountable
and restore constitutional governance. Tell a friend.
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Andrew Napolitano – The FBI vs Freedom

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