RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN
ADVANCING THE CONSERVATIVE CAUSE
Vol. 3 – No. 4 June 2019
MONTHLY MEETING OF THE RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
The regular meeting of the Rhea County Republican Party will be held on June 6th, at 7:00PM. A meeting of the Executive Committee will begin at 6:30 PM, at the Sheriff’s Training Center, 711 Eagle Drive, Evensville, TN. We look forward to seeing you there! (Bring a friend.
Attorney General William Barr has had his hands full lately in clearing the air about the Mueller Report. At his appearance before the Senate Judicial Committee, he endured many insults from Senate Democrats – most notably from Mazie Hirono (D-HI), who used her time to tarnish the reputation of the US Senate by outright calling AG Barr a liar, and insinuating that one of the most ethical human beings to ever inhabit Washington DC was nothing more than a lackey for President Trump. Given the tenor of the Democrats, one should perhaps not be surprised but still it is shocking to see the Democrats stooping to new lows on a daily basis. In their demanding that AG Barr release the “full and un-redacted Mueller Report, they are insisting that he break the law by disclosing classified materials.
The actions and reactions of the Democrats these days makes one thing quite obvious: They are frightened and running scared.
The Democrats have come to understand that they have no meaningful policies and platforms that can compete with the economic and diplomatic achievements that have come from the Trump presidency. Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, our economy is booming! We have the lowest unemployment figures since the 1960s, the US is the world’s number one producer of petroleum, new housing starts are at numbers not seen since the 1950s, and America’s industries are humming along like a well-oiled machine. Meanwhile American workers’ wages have risen 3.3%, the wages for blue collar workers – those “forgotten Americans” the Democrats love to speak of have risen 4.6%!
America’s status on the world stage is also being reestablished. Unlike the 0bama years, our leaders are no longer cowering in fear of what North Korea, Iran, Russia, and China might do. Our enemies and our allies have a newfound – or, perhaps, re-established – respect for the United States of America. Our depleted military is swiftly being rebuilt!
Perhaps one of the reasons why America has regained its status is because we no longer have a president who makes apologies for our country’s greatness – we have a president who doesn’t bow to every third-rate dictator on earth!
But, back to Attorney General William Barr; he has many tasks he has on his agenda. One does not have to be a legal scholar to understand that many crimes – committed by the Democrats! – have for too long gone unpunished.
We could start with the Clintons who have used their cash cow, the Clinton Foundation, to take bribes from the Russians, in exchange for having control of 25% of our nation’s uranium. We might look at their mishandling of monies they gained from their pleas for help in Haiti. We might also look at Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information on her private server, followed by her orders to destroy some 30,000 emails that had been subpoenaed. Let us not forget her decisions leading up to the terrorist attack in Benghazi – decisions to withhold increased security measures that Christopher Stevens had begged for – that led to the deaths of four Americans. Yes, 0bama was in on that debacle as well.
Speaking of 0bama, under his orders, Eric Holder ran guns to the Mexican drug cartels, some of which were used to murder Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry. Later, 0bama weaponized the IRS to attack conservative groups and his actions cost numerous Americans their reputations and fortunes.
It was 0bama who was involved in the FBI efforts to derail the Trump campaign. 0bama’s agents, Loretta Lynch and Susan Rice, were directly involved in the spying operation against then candidate Donald Trump. You still don’t believe 0bama was directly involved? Remember that text from Lisa Page, to Peter Strzok where she said “POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing?” And then, there’s James Comey. That should clear it up for you.
Let us not forget the deal 0bama and John Kerry made with Iran, to relieve the sanctions the US had place on the number one state sponsor of terrorism – that country that celebrates a national holiday known as “Death to America and Israel Day.” One of 0bama’s chief operatives in the mission was Valerie Jarrett, the daughter of a hard-core communist, who was under FBI investigation. To add insult to injury, kindly recall that 0bama also gave the instructions to send a pallet of cash – estimated to be from $400,000,000 to $1.5 billion – as a “bonus” to the Iranian government. When one reads Article III – Section 3 of the Constitution, one can only conclude that 0bama led the way in committing an act of treason!
According to the Washington Times, the 0bama regime is the most corrupt in US history. Any rational and well-informed individual can only agree.
The question that remains is whether Attorney General William Barr actually pursue investigations of the hundreds of crimes – many of which are capital crimes! – committed by 0bama, the Clintons, and the 0bama regime. If he does, we can once again say with confidence that Justice in America prevails. If he does not, then our only conclusion must be that we are living in a de facto state of anarchy.
QUESTION OF THE MONTH
A government report issued earlier this month informs us that Social Security will be bankrupt in 2035, and that Medicare will go broke in 2028. What thoughts will you convey to your representatives regarding the actions they should take to preserve and shore up Social Security and Medicare? Please share your thoughts you convey to your representatives with other readers by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you.
“[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
“For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 25
“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” – Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789
COMMENTS FROM OUR REPRESENTATIVES
[Representatives from all states are invited to share their comments with our readers. Please email them to email@example.com Thank you! – Editor]
Senator Lamar Alexander (US Senate, R-TN), offered the following comment:
“The Congressional Budget Office confirmed that, under the Democrat Medicare for All scheme, Americans will lose the insurance they receive on the job—meaning that the 181 million Americans that the Census Bureau estimates have employer sponsored coverage could not keep their health insurance plan, even if they like their health insurance plan.
“These 181 million Americans would be forced into the Medicare program that Trustees recently said will be insolvent in seven years.
CBO also warns that Medicare for All could increase wait times to see your doctor, and be slower to cover lifesaving, innovative treatments than the coverage that Americans use today.”
Congressman Mark Green (US Congress, (R-TN), offered the following comment:
“President Trump was absolutely right to back out of the Iran Deal in 2017. Technically, the Obama administration willed the JCPOA into existence. Iran never signed the deal in the first place and it was never a treaty approved by Congress. Now Iran is announcing it is pulling out of that same nuclear deal and sets an ultimatum to renegotiate terms. How do you back out of a deal never acknowledged in the first place?
“Clearly, Iran is attempting to negotiate another deal with the current administration, perhaps trying to get another $400 million delivered via cargo plane. But I don’t think the author of the Art of the Deal will fall for it like Obama did.
“The Iranian regime is despotic. They treat their own people horribly and sponsor terrorist groups like Hamas – the same group that just dropped 690 rockets into Israel and inadvertently killed a Palestinian mother and her infant child.”
US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) offered the following comment:
“I have proposed a ‘New Manhattan Project for Clean Energy,’ which is a five year project with Ten Grand Challenges to create new sources of clean, cheap energy to raise family incomes at home, strengthen our economy, and show the rest of the world how to reduce carbon emissions – because the rest of the world is where the carbon emissions problem has to be solved. If we want to do something about climate change, we should use American research and technology to provide the rest of the world with tools to create low cost energy that emits fewer greenhouse gases.
“One of my Grand Challenges is electric vehicles. Ten years ago, there were no mass produced electric cars on U.S. highways. Today, there are one million and automakers are making investments to make millions more. But, there is still work to be done and we need to lower the cost of electric vehicles, make batteries better, and increase the number of electric vehicles on the road. To help do this, I have cosponsored the Vehicle Innovation Act. This legislation increases funding for the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology Office, which conducts research and development to promote efficient automotive transportation technologies. I have also cosponsored the Driving America Forward Act, which would extend the current tax credit that purchasers of electric vehicles receive. In conjunction, these two bills will help bring down the price of electric vehicles, and incentivize the continued production and use of electric vehicles.”
Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (R-TN 4th District) issued the following statement supporting President Trump’s plan to solve the border crisis and reform U.S. immigration laws, which the President presented at the White House today:
“The President’s plan is a well-thought-out, sensible one that would end the chaos at the border and across the United States, because of weak border security, bad laws and judicial decisions. As opposed to the random lottery we have right now, we need a merit-based immigration system that attracts high-skilled workers who will not displace American citizens or become a public burden, and to close legal loopholes incentivizing dangerous illegal immigration, including migrant caravans overwhelming our facilities. The status quo is unacceptable. There is a crisis. Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress know exactly what our country must do to fix it.”
The People must always elect those representatives who embody their highest ideals and accept nothing less than exemplary service from those whom we elect to serve. When the People fail to hold their representatives to the highest possible standards, their country suffers.
COMMENTS FROM OUR READERS
[Readers from all countries and states are invited to share their comments, ideas, and opinions. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org – Editor]
Harrison Lapahie, a reader from Shiprock, NM, offers the following comment:
“California has passed Senate Bill 27, to keep President Trump’s name off their ballot in 2020. While this bill will no doubt be challenged, it reflects the mindset of the California state government.”
Betsy Gorisch, a reader from Knox County, TN, offers the following observation:
“A lot of people get upset with the American citizenry for being stupid, and for then voting accordingly. That is a valid complaint, and the education system is part of the problem in that regard and at this point.
“But I will say this in the ordinary citizenry’s defense: I suspect part of the reason the Founders set us up a republic was that they thought it would be a good way to keep the voting citizenry from having to follow every little jot-and-tittle themselves, but instead to be able to trust their representatives to do so. It has not worked out quite so well as the Founders hoped, and I think part of the reason for THAT is that the government has managed to gain power over so much that it was never supposed to be involved with in the first place.
“Voting citizens leading free and productive lives of their own should not have to follow so damned many intricate policies while watching their own backs to see whether tyranny is gaining on them at every step.”
Ann Bentley, from Corbin, KY offers the following:
“I am the quintessential cynic. I think most rational observers are also cynical. I believe our cynicism is justified and reflects many years – decades in some cases – of observations. What we’ve observed is one circus after another – investigations, hearings, and ‘probes’ convened mostly by Republicans – to ‘look into’ various questionable activities of persons who allegedly serve the American people. Contrary to the beliefs of those in government, the American people know beyond any shadow of a doubt that many elected representatives and innumerable government employees and appointees have committed many very serious crimes. Yet, after all the circuses we have seen practically none of these criminals brought to trial and justly punished for those crimes. It is for this reason that the aware among us no longer respect our government; we no longer believe the rule of law has any meaning, and; we have come to realize that we are – and have been – living in a state of de facto anarchy with a two-tiered justice system, which ultimately means there is no ‘justice’ at all. Justice is dead in America and if you cannot uphold our laws and make them equally applicable to everyone then ‘We the People’ will be forced to find another means by which we can make justice prevail.
“Necessity” is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. – William Pitt, British Prime Minister, 1759-1806.
HOT TOPIC – THE “ADVERSITY” SCORE
Public schools across America are failing to prepare students for college and other higher education. As a result, enrollment in colleges and universities is plummeting. However, those clever folks in the university’s Admissions Departments have devised a clever plan: Let’s just assign students a higher score on their entrance exams by giving them points for having a “tough life.” Paul Jacob, a writer for Common Sense magazine offered the following:
The College Board plans to assign an adversity score to every student who takes the SAT,” The Wall Street Journal reports, “to try to capture their social and economic background, jumping into the debate raging over race and class in college admissions.
This year 50 universities, including Yale, used these scores; next year, 150 will do so. Students are assessed on 15 not fully disclosed factors, things such as the level of crime and poverty in one’s high school and neighborhood, “the educational level of the parents,” and “family stability.”
“An adversity score of 50 is average,” notes the Journal. “Anything above it designates hardship, below it privilege.”
Hmmm, how to climb (or descend) the “Overall Disadvantage Index”? What sacrifices to make?
My wife and I could divorce. Coming from a single parent household would improve our daughter’s opportunities in higher education.
We won’t sink her chances by upgrading our own educations. That’s obvious.
And crime-free homeschools certainly place kids at a distinct disadvantage in being disadvantaged. I guess we could move to a more dangerous neighborhood.
Heck — what am I thinking?! — We can stay put and just commit crimes ourselves. Show some entrepreneurial initiative! Don’t be dependent on others, for heaven sake! Be the change we wish to see in our world.
On that one, though, I better check my exuberance with my wife . . . if our divorce hasn’t yet been finalized.
If the border had been secured when our government first realized we had an illegal alien problem we wouldn’t have to “Press 1 for English” now.
ON THE HOME FRONT
From the Tennessee Star by Steve Gill, Political Editor. Reprinted with permission.
Vanderbilt University regularly conducts polling of Tennessee political and cultural issues through their Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Their most recent poll has just been released and is getting a lot of media attention. Sadly, the new poll reveals the same pattern of questionable methodology, inaccuracy and political irrelevance that should actually embarrass the University.
Previous polls have focused on registered voters rather than likely votes, have been constructed with a favorable tilt towards Democrats in statewide polling despite Tennessee being a solid Republican state, and have usually polled for ridiculously long periods of time that no credible pollster would consider reasonable. For example, their last poll had a scant 7 point margin for Republicans over Democrats and was conducted over eighteen (18) days!
Accuracy? In October 2016, just a few weeks before the Presidential campaign concluded, Vanderbilt claimed Trump was leading Clinton by an 11 point margin (44-33 percent). Trump won by 26. In May 2012 Vanderbilt claimed Mitt Romney had a tiny one-point lead over incumbent President Barack Obama in Tennessee; Romney carried the state by over 20 points. In 2018, Vanderbilt said Bredesen had a one-point lead over Blackburn in their poll just two weeks before Election Day. She won by eleven. That same poll said Lee lead Dean by 11 points; Dean lost by 21. At least Vanderbilt is consistent…they miss the actual election results by double digits virtually every single time!
Yet, despite their incredibly flawed past, Vanderbilt University has outdone themselves with the newest polling of Davidson County. This time they didn’t even poll registered voters, simply “adults.” They didn’t poll over 18 days. Instead they chose to conduct their poll over almost an entire MONTH — and relied on phone calls, mail, and the internet to elicit their responses. As to the political leanings of those polled claiming to be Democrats. President Donald Trump received 34 percent of the vote in Davidson County in 2016. And Governor Bill Lee received 32 percent against former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
Ward Baker, who ran Senator Marsha Blackburn’s successful double-digit win over Phil Bredesen last year — as well as past service running winning National Republican Senatorial Committee campaigns across the country – also questions the validity of the Vanderbilt University polling.
Baker rightfully points out that the Vanderbilt “poll” is an insult to pollsters everywhere! And he provides the documented data to back that up. Even if nobody anywhere ever confuses him with Fabio, you can’t question Baker’s political experience and acumen. The same cannot be said of the Vanderbilt Political Science Department, which may be why Hollywood celebrities NEVER try to bribe their kids into the Vanderbilt Political Science Department — and why NOBODY should take their polls seriously.
MORE GOVERNMENT OVERREACH?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to issue more regulations (that’s what they do to justify their existence), but this time it seems many people think they’re going too far.
The CDC claims that backyard chickens “likely” are behind the Salmonella outbreaks in 21 states. They failed to offer any substantive evidence for their claim and neither did they reveal over what time frame these alleged cases of Salmonella occurred, but they did imply that they might have to step in and save us from ourselves! (Via new regulations and fines, of course.)
A CDC news release says most of the ill people reported having contact with chicks or ducklings, which it says were obtained through sources including hatcheries and agricultural stores. The CDC says people can get sick from touching backyard poultry or their environment. They went on to play on our worst fears by mentioning that a significant number of infected people were under the age of five.
However, later in their report, the CDC reminds us that “sick birds” may appear clean with no signs of illness. It says people should wash their hands after handling the birds and avoid touching their faces after snuggling them.
No fooling? Our government has suddenly discovered that we should wash our hands after handling chickens (or any animal for that matter) and/or their poop! Oh well, at least the CDC has verified what our parents taught us when we were young.
RHEA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Bitsy Gryder – Chairman Gary Drinkard – Vice Chairman
Laura Travis – Secretary Larry Pendergrass – Treasurer
Linda Pendergrass – Vice Treasurer
MINUTES FROM THE MAY MEETING
The minutes from the May meeting were not provided. – Editor
BOOK OF THE MONTH
Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, by William L Riordon, 1905, is a series of very plain talks on very practical politics. Presented in this small book is a masterpiece of Americana, artfully recorded by “Boswell,” the newspaperman. When this book was first published, George Washington Plunkitt (1842-1924) was ward boss of the fifteenth Assembly District of New York City, and one of the powers of Tammany Hall when Tammany was supreme. Boasting of his singular talent for getting the most out of politics through “honest graft,” Plunkitt provides in this irresistible little volume a wonderfully frank and funny analysis of the “Tammany Machine,” illustrating how to succeed in big-city politics. Both the casual reader and the student of American political mores will delight in the revelations to be found in such enlightening chapters as “Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft,” “The Curse of Civil Service Reform,” “Reformers Only Mornin’ Glories,” “Brooklynites Natural-Born Hayseeds,” “Tammany Leaders Not Bookworms,” “Tammany the only Lastin’ Democracy,” and “Bosses Preserve the Nation.”
The purpose of the legislative report is to inform the reader about legislation that is currently under consideration which may have significant impact on our lives. Readers are encouraged to analyze each bill’s content and become cognizant of what our representatives are proposing and (hopefully) become engaged in the process of offering their opinions – in support of or against – such legislation. They won’t know what you think unless you tell them! – Editor
HB 939 ESA School Voucher Bill, (Lamberth), has passed in the House and Senate, by votes of 51/46 and 19/14, respectively. As introduced, the bill extends, from 10 days to 30 days, the period of time after a local board of education orders a student’s school assignment within which a parent, guardian, or legal representative may apply to the board for a hearing to challenge the reasonableness of the student’s assignment and to request the student’s transfer to another school. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.
In Washington DC
HR 1222 Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act. (Kind, D-WI, 7 pages) To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the establishment of additional or expanded public target ranges in certain States. This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and Senate, and has been forwarded to President Trump for his consideration. [Currently, National Parks in many states provide designated areas for visitors to participate in target practice and training activities for visitors. This bill clarifies the use of such facilities and provides funding for same. Rather a surprising bill coming from a Democrat. – Editor]
HR 1876 Senior Security Act of 2019. (Gottheimer, D-NJ, 9 pages) To create an interdivisional taskforce at the Securities and Exchange Commission for senior investors. The Taskforce shall: identify challenges that senior investors encounter, including problems associated with financial exploitation and cognitive decline; identify areas in which senior investors would benefit from changes in the regulations of the Commission or the rules of self-regulatory organizations; coordinate, as appropriate, with other offices within the Commission, other taskforces that may be established within the Commission, self-regulatory organizations, and the Elder Justice Coordinating Council; and, consult, as appropriate, with State securities and law enforcement authorities, State insurance regulators, and other Federal agencies. This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Senate for consideration. [A fairly well-crafted bill that will help senior investors. – Editor]
H Res 328 Supporting the protection of elders through financial literacy. (Casten, D-IL, 5 pages) This Resolution addresses the extraordinary financial fraud perpetrated against Senior Citizens and is most likely the impetus for the introduction of HR 1876. This resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives.
H Res 327 Encouraging greater public-private sector collaboration to promote financial literacy for students and young adults. (Foster, D-IL, 4 pages) This Resolution addresses the extraordinary financial fraud perpetrated on young people and supplements H Res 328, which is designed to protect Senior Citizens from such fraud. This resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives.
H Res 329 Providing for consideration of the bill HR 9, to direct the President to develop a plan for the United States to meet its nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement [Paris Climate Accord], and for other purposes. (McGovern, D-MA, 4 pages) As the reader may be aware, the Paris Climate Accord required the United States to fund the “studies” and implementation for a majority of the agreement which stifled industrial and economic growth in the United States. President Trump withdrew the United States from this economically crippling agreement shortly after he was elected. The resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives.
HR 2157 Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019. (Lowey, D-NY, 78 pages) This bill adds an additional $3.05 billion in deficit spending to the current annual budget (currently at just over $2 Trillion), which is directed at the Department of Agriculture, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, numerous Economic Development and Assistance programs, aid for the Mariana Islands, and other spending opportunities. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Senate for consideration. The full text of the bill may be found at the following link: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2157/text
HR 2374 Stop STALLING Act. (Jefferies, D-NY, 6 pages) As introduced, this bill is entitled “Stop Significant and Time-Wasting Abuse Limiting Legitimate Innovation of New Generics Act.” This bill would enable the Federal Trade Commission to deter filing of sham citizen petitions to cover an attempt to interfere with approval of a competing generic drug or biosimilar, to foster competition and facilitate the efficient review of petitions filed in good faith to raise legitimate public health concerns, and for other purposes. [HR 2374 is a companion bill to HR 2375. – Editor]
HR 2375 Preserve Access to Affordable Generics and Biosimilars Act. (Nadler, D-NY, 20 pages) This bill would prohibit prescription drug companies from compensating other prescription drug companies to delay the entry of a generic drug, biosimilar biological product, or interchangeable biological product into the market. [HR 2375 is a companion bill to HR 2374. – Editor]
HR 986 Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019. (Kuster, D-NH, 4 pages) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – “0bamacare” – left to the discretion of the States how they would address the issues of preexisting conditions, care given to illegal aliens, administrative management, and financing of 0bamacare. This bill would nullify the rights of the State government in these matters.
HR 987 Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Cost Act. (Rochester, D-DE, 68 pages) This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct outreach and educational activities regarding federally-facilitated exchanges (i.e., health insurance exchanges that are established and operated within states by HHS). The activities must inform potential enrollees of the availability of coverage and related financial assistance under the exchanges and must be provided in culturally and linguistically appropriate formats. [Following is a comment from Representative Mark Green, MD, R-TN 7th District: “What could have been a much-needed bipartisan moment in Congress was ruined when Democrat leadership insisted on slipping partisan language to bailout failing Obamacare in a bill that would’ve lowered prescription drug prices. Even the Washington Post blamed Democrat leadership for once again putting politics ahead of good, bipartisan policy with a national consensus.” – Editor]
HR 5 The Equality Act (Cicilline, D-RI, 29 pages). It is the purpose of this Act to expand as well as clarify, confirm and create greater consistency in the protections and remedies against discrimination on the basis of all covered characteristics and to provide guidance and notice to individuals, organizations, corporations, and agencies regarding their obligations under the law. This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
[In reading the “Findings” stated in this bill (Section 2(a) and forward), one may conclude that this bill is nothing more than an overture to the “LGBT” community since discrimination is already unlawful. The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity. Of particular interest to many, according to the Daily Caller, are the provisions in the bill that allow athletes of one gender to participate in events for their opposite sex if they claim they “identify” as the other gender. However, the bill also contains language that relieves those who may claim discrimination of the burden of proof! – Editor]
HR 2397 American Manufacturing and Leadership Act. (Stevens, D-MI, 16 pages)
This bill would amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to make changes to the implementation of the network for manufacturing innovation, and for other purposes. It is clear that Ms. Stevens intent is to provide financial incentives (grants) to hand-picked businesses in order to determine winners and losers.
HR 9 Climate Action Now Act. (Castor, D-FL, 16 pages) This bill compels President Trump to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, which required the United States to not only fund a major portion of the Accord but to submit to its directives. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives on a party line vote and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
HR 1704 Championing American Business Through Diplomacy Act of 2019. (McCaul, R-TX, 12 pages) The purpose of this bill is to foster commercial relations with foreign countries and support United States economic and business interests abroad in the conduct of foreign policy, and for other purposes. It would level the playing field for American businesses in that it requires the Secretary of State to establish an Undersecretary position whose mission includes the development of: International trade and investment policy; International finance, economic development, and debt policy; Economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing; International transportation policy; Support for United States businesses; Economic policy analysis and private sector outreach; International data privacy and innovation policies, and; Such other related duties as the Secretary may from time to time designate.
HR 1912 DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2019 (Small, D-NM, 5 pages). This bill requires the Secretary of DHS to provide reports that justify expenditures on individual programs that exceed an overall outlay of $300 million. The reports for such expenditures are to be reviewed by the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, who shall have final approval on such proposed programmatic expenditures. At the discretion of the Committee, certain programs may receive a waiver.
HR 1037 Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2019. (Riggleman, R-VA, 5 pages). This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to report semiannually on financial services provided to benefit a state sponsor of terrorism or specified sanctioned persons. Treasury may waive these reporting requirements with respect to a foreign financial institution if the institution credibly assures Treasury that it will cease conducting transactions for such persons, or the waiver is important to the national interest. This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
HR 389 Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act. (Lynch, D-MA, 15 pages)
This bill establishes in the Department of the Treasury the “Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Program.” The program may provide rewards to individuals furnishing information leading to the restraining, seizure, forfeiture, or repatriation of stolen assets linked to foreign government corruption. The bill provides for the administration of the program, including reward payment and eligibility. This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Senate for consideration. [Civil Asset Forfeiture takes another step as the 4th Amendment is further eroded. – Editor]
HR 2116 Global Fragility Act (Engel, D-NY, 26 pages). This bill proposes the establishment of a “Stabilization and Prevention Fund” to be allocated $200,000,000 per year for five years that will be used to help stabilize foreign governments that have been identified as “fragile,” and thus reduce conflicts and the displacement of people due to war and internal conflicts within numerous countries around the globe. This bill was passed in the House of Representatives and has been forwarded to the Senate for consideration.
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
When I think of Memorial Day, the day when Americans honor all those who gave their lives in service to our country in times of war, my thoughts most often turn to World War II. Having had the honor of knowing some veterans who were a part of the invasion that turned the tide against the Nazis, I have been fortunate enough to listen to their firsthand accounts of those whom they served with who did not survive that day. So, for this month’s entry, I would like to provide a brief account of the history of D-Day, in hopes that this will remind everyone of the bravery and sacrifices all those who have served in the military have made, whether in war or during peacetime, during the history of our country.
The invasion of Europe by allied troops on June 6, 1944 was called “Operation Overlord.” It was – and still is – the largest amphibious military invasion in history. Some 24,000 American, British, Canadian and Free French airborne troops in gliders and with parachutes, landed behind the German lines along the coast of Normandy.
The date was chosen because it featured both a full moon to light the way for the airborne troops, and a spring high tide at daybreak to carry the landing craft as close as possible to the beach.
The weather on the 6 June was horrible; a cold front had dipped in from the Arctic and the seas were rough and choppy, but the decision was made to take the chance as the next possible invasion date was almost a month later. Postponing the invasion for another month would have created logistical problems that most likely could never have been surmounted, and it is very likely that the Germans would have figured out the plans of the allies and could have been in position to defeat the invasion.
As the allied forces began their invasion of Europe, General Eisenhower released the following message: “You are about to embark on the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”
The poor weather and clouds limited the Allied air forces from reducing as much of the German defense as they had hoped, which would make the troop landings more difficult; but the bad weather also lulled the German defenders into thinking the Allies would not invade under suboptimal conditions.
At 06:30 am (GMT+2), Operation Neptune commenced with the landing of 160,000 Allied infantry troops, tanks, guns and thousands of tons of supplies from more than 5000 ships along an 80-km (50-mile) stretch of Normandy beach to face Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defenses.
Each section of beach had a code name and troops assigned to it. From east to west they were: Sword and Gold (UK), Juno (UK & Canadian), Utah and Omaha (USA).
Heavily-fortified Omaha Beach and the steep Pointe du Hoc promontory proved to be the most difficult invasion points, with the greatest numbers of casualties and losses of materiel, but by the end of the day the Allied troops had a tenuous hold on the beach and some were proceeding inland.
By June 9th, the beachhead was fully secured and most of the original D-day objectives inland had been gained. An artificial port had been built on Gold Beach to bring in the thousands of tons of food, medical supplies, equipment, ammunition and armaments necessary to supply the huge army, and PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) was bringing millions of gallons of motor fuel from England.
By the end of June, the Allies had established a well-defended and -supplied presence all along the Normandy coast. However, Caen, with its crucial network of roads, railroads and river port, was vigorously defended (including by many crack German Panzer tank units), and did not fall completely until July 21, by which time it was mostly in ruins.
As the battle to control Caen was under way, Allied forces had begun a push along the Seine, with the liberation of Paris as their ultimate objective. They reached Paris on August 19, 1944, 2-1/2 months after D-Day.
Certainly, we now know that what lay ahead for the Allies was no less of a struggle than that which began on D-Day, but those brave souls had no way of knowing how it would all turn out. It was by their great faith, courage, determination, and sacrifice that we have assigned them the honor of being known as “The Greatest Generation.”
Alas, we have lost most of those brave souls who came before us and perhaps the greatest honor we can bestow upon them is to emulate all their noble qualities as we live out our lives in freedom.
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