If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98.
If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98.
Three individuals, Baxter Henderson from Melbourne Australia, Ron Jenkins who lives in San Antonio TX and myself have been friends for over 20 years. I met Baxter in Australia in 1995. Ron and Baxter were friends when Ron was General Manager for the Lottery Commission. Ron is a retired Air Force Officer. Baxter was a Manager for GTech, the company who managed the lottery and one of my consulting and training customers for many years. I established this explanation so you can understand and hopefully appreciate the following exchange between Ron and Baxter that might help you understand what is happening on several issues we are watching with a new face in the White House. I try to learn something every day. Ron’s responses provided me with new knowledge today. I hope you enjoy the exchange. C Brewer
Baxter, I have many questions for you; first:
1. How is a court in Washington State able to stop a national order and not just within its state?
Ron: It is a Federal, District Court. The rulings apply in all US federal government jurisdictions. FYI, The US judiciary is divided into 12 regional circuits and further into 94 Federal Districts, which are subordinate to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The next court down the chain is the 9th Federal Court of Appeals and includes federal courts in the nine western US States, plus Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and the Mariana Islands. The Federal Court that the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued from was a Federal District Court (Judge Robard presiding). The US Justice Department, at the behest of President Trump, had to appeal judge Robard’s ruling to the 9th Federal Court of Appeals. BTW, ruling’s by the 9th are the most overturned court decisions in the country because it is packed with Liberal Judge Appointees who believe the US Constitution is out dated and should be more active in interpreting the law in this era.
2..(Baxter) They (the plaintiffs) are from Washington and Minnesota) said it was a civil rights issue.
(Ron): Not exactly. The TRO was issued by Judge Robard’s based upon his interpretation of the US Constitution, specifically the “establishment Clause” and the right of “due process”. The issue of “legal standing” was glossed over in his ruling.
(Baxter) How does an order which is only effective outside the USA become a civil rights issue within the USA?
(Ron): This court was chosen by the plaintiff’s because the judge is a Left leaning Liberal, activist, judge. He was sympathetic to the argument that Non-citizen’s (i.e., Green Card holder’s and Visitor’s Visa holder’s) are included in the protections and constitutional rights afforded to legal US citizens. I don’t believe that is true and will be the reason why SCOTUS will take up the case. (only about 2 % of the eight thousand plus cases annually heard by the Federal Appeals Court are accepted for hearing by SCOTUS.)
3.(Baxter) I would have thought that USA courts could only deal with issues that would affect people within the USA.
(Ron). That issue will probably be the reason that this case will be elevated to the SCOTUS ASAP. We Conservative’s believe a refugee from Syria or immigrant from Somalia, does not have the same legal rights, under the US Constitution, as a legal US citizen; the Left believes otherwise.
4.(Baxter) If this is allowed to stand is this the end of U.S. democracy?
(Ron). NO. Our three branches of government (Executive, Judicial and Legislative) are independent and have certain powers that provide the “checks and balances” that are designed to keep the country on the right path, according to the will of our Representative Republic’s electorate.
5. (Baxter) From now on what will stop any court in any State (or District), from doing what Washington has done?
6.(Baxter) Then every one of Trump’s executive orders will be denied until it goes to the Supreme Court.
(Ron). The worst case scenario would be a legal challenge to any and all Executive Orders. While that is possible, at some point, the courts will refuse to hear every case or the electorate will rebel against the “not so loyal opposition” and vote their members out of office and out of power, ala the TEA Party’s rise during the 2007 campaign.
7.(Baxter) The office of President will be effectively dead.
(Ron). Again, I hope that won’t happen, although, in recent years the President has, in some eyes, usurped more power than some believe is within his authority, based upon the limitations of his position, based upon the Constitution and it’s system of checks and balances.
8.(Baxter) All of the talking heads are only spending time on this immigration issue.
(Ron) Yep, that is their role. To me it goes much further. Regardless of the merits of the case, the Democrats could just get one of the District courts to declare an order to be illegal and the whole country will come to a stop.
(Baxter) I don’t hear any of them talking about that.
(Ron) So far, I am totally un-effected; the trains are still running, the economy is humming along and the prep school antics of the Democrat’s will ultimately fail. The current case has many options from cancelling the contentious E/O and issuing a revised version that is narrower and Specifically exempts the issue of the religion of Islam from any new Executive Order (E.O).
(Baxter) I am afraid for your country Ron.
(Ron). Things have been much worse in past eras. The Civil Rights and Viet Nam eras were more contentious, more violent and had more civil unrest. We survived and some vital lessons were learned. To wit, never compromise on your core beliefs and or give in to threats. That being said, we have numerous international as well as domestic challenges facing this Administration. Thank goodness, we have a strong and resolute leader and he has or soon will have, a senior staff of highly experienced men and women to advise and guide him down a treacherous road, despite the sniping from opponents in his party and by Democrats.
The print and all other forms of media will continue to lean Left because that is their background and training. The only exception is FOX News. Every other Television Network and News outlet is overwhelmingly Liberal and their bias is palpable in every report, every story concerning Trump or any Conservative idea. FOX News is emphasizing the decision by the three judge appellate court didn’t even comment on the statutory authority, in the US Code, that the President cited as his authority to issue the E/O in question. His two major choices are to rescind and re-issue a new E/O that is crafted in better legalese or merely let it go to the SCOTUS, after his nominee (Neil Gorsuch) is confirmed and balances out the court to a 4-1-4 position. Ron
I hope everyone that reads this enjoys it as much as I have. As always if you disagree or wish to add or comment on this article please do it on the blog so I can hopefully respond. This provides commentary, disagreement, questions etc. This way everyone can follow the discussion. C Brewer
My great friend on Jenkins sent this and I think I published it in the past. Apparently, if I did it was by a different title. This is so very important as we enter a new era with Donald Trump I will post it again. Our schools ,especially under Demoncratic leadership, have been systematically eliminating basic education to hide the brilliance of our founding fathers.
The latest dumbass deletion from our education systems is cursive writing. I suppose we need to assign another number for every new born American like the Social Security Number so they can sign their name. I suggest that they start with “X”-1 and proceed to “X”-300,000,000 so no one would have the same signature
Ron added, It is too bad the schools aren’t teaching the way our country was started. This is very thought provoking if you really read it and then think about it. We are becoming just what our forefathers left England to get away from.
NOW LEARN SOMETHING TODAY.
Jefferson’s Portrait is on the Two Dollar Bill. How many Americans knew this?
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. He also could write in Greek with one hand while writing the same in Latin with the other.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” And retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 44, collaborated in writing the proposed Constitution of the United States, which was ratified two years later, in 1789.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Democratic-Republican Party (which opposed the Federalist Party).
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States, serving two terms (from 1800 to 1808).
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello.
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on July 4th,1826, the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. I doubt any President in my life time knew all of this so far. For sure “Obummer” and Hillary the Witch would have failed.
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.” Thomas Jefferson
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” Thomas Jefferson
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Thomas Jefferson
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” I wish someone had listened. Read my articles about the Federal Reserve System of Secrecy. CB
Can you help Ron and I get this out to every American!
My great friend, Ron Jenkins shared the following scenario which I found interesting and hope you do also. It will be a blast watching a new political neophyte make a bunch of political hacks jump through hoops and run like rabbits. Listening to the new Senate minority leader, Chuckie Schumer, brag how tough the Demoncrats will be will be easy for the Donald. He has the ability and the surgical tools to make these “mossbacks” look like fools. C Brewer
Absorb Ron’s Story
On Nov. 8 at around 1700 hours, Hillary and 400+ Hillary Clinton loyalists gathered with 100+ cases of champagne, a Two-Million-Dollar massive fireworks display in downtown New York. They had a custom-built dome symbolizing the mythical “glass ceiling” and HRC, (or, as her Secret Service call sign reflects, “Broomstick One”) readied to celebrate her victory over Trump.
Celebrating the first female President of the United States had the inner-city welfare army dancing in the streets. They were now certain their welfare checks were going to continue to increase.
Mexico was happy as they could continue to look the other way as gang members and ex-cons illegally entered America.
Isis was happy as they could continue to infiltrate America with innocent Muslim’s and radicalize them in Mosque’s, protected by US law.
Newsweek had already published and shipped the next issue with the cover “Madam President” and a detailed analysis of precisely how the Clinton political machine had captured the Electoral College with a whopping 324 votes. They had her acceptance speech in an article gracefully calling for all Americans to join with her and move forward in Utopian, Progressive Socialism.
Among the 400+ giddy followers were those who had already received confirmation of their future assignments & high paid government jobs in the White House, FBI, Department of Labor, and the list goes on.
Everyone as assured of at least four (4) and probably eight (8) years of lucrative jobs that they had dedicated over 3 years of their lives to achieve. They had all rented or bought housing in D.C. or nearby in Georgetown. Reservations had been made at the Hilton and other five star hotels in New York City for the PARTY.
They knew the fix was in: every poll and every media outlet except Fox News, (Eric Bolling specifically) and Drudge was in the tank for Hillary and against Trump. At a rate of 45 to 1 Department of Justice employees had contributed to the campaign over Trump. CNN, NBC, CBS had all supplied Hillary with the debate questions, well in advance. The fix was in over all the scandals and the Wiki Leaks was all the fault of the Russians, who had even changed the language in the emails. The Department of Justice and FBI had cleared Hillary of any criminal conduct.
Almost every media pundit and all of the polls except the LA Times and one other had Hillary with a 1 to 8 point lead. The odds in Las Vegas were 200 to 1 and by election time were still 5 to 1.
The early exit polls were 100% in the Democrat’s favor and the path to victory was clear.
Then, within 5 short hours, it all came crashing down.
Hillary went ballistic; cursing and wailing like a banshee. They were all stunned; told to go home and go home they did, so they could organize riots and proclaim to the world that Trump was not their President.
Imagine the abject depression as the shock that set in. One more political dynasty bites the dust.
“Congrats to All Patriotic Americans that love their Republic, great job!”
One more thing, if California wants to secede, we should let them and let them take their 5+ million Democrat votes with them. That alone would mean a Conservative, Republican, federal government for the next few decades.
Now will come the divisiveness of the Democrat minority, in the Senate, where they will try to derail Mr. Trump’s nominees for his Cabinet and any and all political appointments within his control. Let’s just see how cohesive the Democrats can be over the next 60 days and four years.
Let’s see how they try to block Mr. Trump’s nominee for the current Supreme Court vacancy and the replacements for Ginsberg and Breyer, when they announce their retirements, sometime in the next 4 to 8 years. The court is now four to three, Liberal vs Conservative, with Justice Kennedy usually siding with the Liberal women. The replacement for Conservative Justice Scalia will bring it back to where it was, at 4 to 4, with Kennedy as the tie breaker.
When Ginsberg retires as she said she would and Trump appoints a Conservative, the balance will shift once again and it could stay that way for quite a while.
I hope he appoints Ted Cruz to take Ginsberg’s place and let us enjoy watching a real “Donkey BBQ.
Op-Ed from O.R. Pimentel, March 6th, 2016.
My good friend Ron Jenkins, a guest writer infrequently posted on my Blog, shared his discern with what appears to be another paid “Hatchet Job”. Hopefully you read my similar, article on Mitt Romney’s diatribe on Donald Trump. It appears to me to be a contest between Republicans and Demoncrats regarding who hates Trump the most? In my opinion the GOP itself is or will be the winner. Individually and especially if Trump gets killed or disappears, it will be a wild race for which American journalist, power broker or politician to claim all of the credit for his killing or his Jimmy Hoffa like dis-appearance. C Brewer
Mr. O.R. Pimentel
As I read your opinion piece today, it struck me how little evidence you offered to back-up your assertions, that “the damage, Mr. Trump will inflict, across a broad range, would not be trifling!”
Apparently, you are content to parrot the words of a failed GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. But, please tell me, how does your name calling convince a non-emotional or a non-ideologue that Mr. Trump is, as you claim, an “opportunistic provocateur”?
Your use of the “race card” so frequently, ultimately dilutes its value and impact. When Mr. Trump called for “the temporary suspension of foreign immigration by people from countries with a history of violent Jihad against the United States”, as the United States Code encourages and, as it has been employed by Democrat Presidents in the past (Roosevelt and Carter), for example; his words were mocked by those ignorant of the law. His reference to “illegal aliens” or “undocumented immigrants” are not “racist” terms.
How do you think they should be referred to: as “unofficial guests, “queue jumpers”, “uninvited visitors”?
When a statistically disproportional number of youngish males, from South of our border with Mexico, have been arrested and convicted of rape, robbery and murder, sent back to their home countries, returned, time and again, he wasn’t wrong in citing their crimes, as further proof, that our borders must be secured, before any serious talk on, so called, comprehensive Immigration legislation, is contemplated.
A significant portion of Conservative Republican and Independent voters are “mad as heck and they’re not going to take it anymore.” The TEA Party and staunch Conservatives who elected Senator Cruz and Rubio, see Mr. Trump as someone who will do what those elected to office in the Republican landslide in 2011 have failed to accomplish, in these last four years. And, maybe, because “the Donald” has not been a professional politician, his language and public pronouncements are not always “Politically correct!”
Of course, that may be part of his allure to millions of new and revitalized voters. If you must be so partisan, could you, at least try to provide evidence to back up and justify your passionate sentiments, to those of us who try to make logical and reasoned election decisions?
San Antonio, TX,
Thanks again Ron, C Brewer 3-6-16
Our Justice Departments position challenging State laws that require picture ID to vote are beyond bias and stupidity. Actions like this clearly show how common sense is has disappeared from every government agency in America and ignoring the laws is encouraged by our hate filled President.
The purpose is quite clear that this common sense identification requirement will absolutely prevent the Progressive-Liberal-Democrats from allowing anyone dead, comic book characters and illegal aliens from voting.
My good friend, Ron Jenkins, lives in the San Antonio Texas area where stuffing ballot boxes, dead people voting, allowing the illegals and people like Poncho Villa, Mickey Mouse, the Pope to vote was invented. Lyndon Johnson who created more wasteful government welfare programs than anyone but President Obama, won his Senate seat with stuffed ballot boxes that recorded more votes than existed in several counties. I feel certain that Illinois was the original State that created most illegal voting methods in use today in far too many States.
Ron is and has been an election judge for several years in Bexar County and he just sent a letter to the local newspaper that does an outstanding job of detailing the stupidity of not requiring adequate voter identification and he allowed me to include it in this article.
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2015 3:09 PM
Subject: ID Bias Everywhere (ltrs to Editor)
Your paper continues to print letters from individuals who appear to have no understanding of the purpose, and justification for the requirement for to show a photo ID when seeking to vote.
To re-state the obvious, the purpose is to prevent persons from voting who are ineligible to do so. Non US citizens, convicted felons and people who have already voted are among those who are ineligible.
Poor and minority voters, US citizen voters and non-felons, are not included in those categories.
An Election Identification Certificate (EIC) is free for the asking and is accepted at any and all polling places. It is obtained at any Texas DPS, drivers licensing facility, without charge.
How many minority voters don’t have or can’t get one of the myriad of forms of acceptable photo ID’s? ID’s such as: a Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, a US Passport or Passport Card; and any Department of Defense Common Access Card, all US active duty, retired military & civilian ID cards.
The most common photo ID is a Texas drivers license (and to a lesser extent, a Concealed Handgun license).
And, finally, anyone who has applied to the Social Security Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs and has been granted an exception to the photo ID requirement, because they have at least a 50% disability rating.
So, who can’t legally obtain one or more of these forms of photo ID? Probably someone who isn’t eligible. Critic’s point to the lack of documentation for the numbers of individuals who have voted illegally.The main reason for the lack of that proof is simple. There is no mechanism to record failed attempts to vote. Individuals who can’t prove eligibility, simply walk away and may try again at some other polling place. That would occur in precincts that require some sort of proof of a voters current residence.
AS of today his letter has not been published and probably never will appear as the majority of newspapers left in Texas are either Progressive-Liberal or 100& owned by Demoncrats. The only daily newspaper where I live is the Beaumont Enterprise that is so liberal it makes me sick. We do have a local weekly newspaper, The Sabine County Reporter, that is so afraid of losing advertising any political letters must be bought Ad’s. This is one of the reasons I started this blog is to share my politically Conservative positions without the expense of advertising. I do not charge for the nearly 900 articles I have written and/or published.
We do have a new on-line newspaper, “dailynewsandmore”, that has ask permission to publish any of my articles they choose.
It is time to make sure that of all rights we have, voting, must be done with 100% integrity. C Brewer