Sunday, 2 June 2013

Furloughs for thousands of civilian caregivers at U.S. military hospitals





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Furloughs for thousands of civilian caregivers at U.S. military hospitals

by Dr. Eowyn

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By now, there can be no doubt that the POS hates and is determined to destroy the world's most powerful military:

Here's the latest.

ABC7/WJLA reports, May 30, 2013, that the greater D.C. region's two military hospitals -- Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir -- are furloughing more than 3,500 civilian employees who care for America's wounded warriors. 

A furlough is a temporary layoff. The furloughs at the two military hospitals stem from the automatic budget cuts from sequestration.

The impacted employees are from departments across the board at both hospitals, including members of the trauma team, physical therapists and nurses. They will be forced to take 11 unpaid furlough days starting in July.

The 3,500 employees who are furloughed comprise nearly the entire civilian staffs of the two hospitals:

  • 94% (or 2,392) of the civilian staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
  • 85% (or 1,163) of the civilian caregivers at Fort Belvoir's hospital in Virginia.

Officials promise patient care will not be compromised. Walter Reed said in a statement: "The assessment of over 2,500 civilian positions determined that 163 staff exemptions were necessary to maintain the highest levels of care for warrior inpatients and outpatients in rehabilitation and other critical areas. Fortunately, our wounded warrior census is significantly lower than experienced during the peak wartime period, yet our staffing remains consistent with peak levels."

Hospital officials refused ABC7's repeated requests for an interview. But a staffer who spoke with ABC7 said employees were told not to speak with the media.

Out of the Department of Defense's 800,000 civilian workers, about 68,000 are exempt from the furloughs. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said furloughs will save the DoD $1.8 billion.

~Eowyn

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AFDI Protest: Free Speech Battle in Tennessee, JOIN US, June 4, Obama's DoJ says anti-Muslim speech can be punished




You must stand up. Now. No one is going to do this for you. Only YOU can save you.

I strongly urge every Atlas reader, twitter and Facebook friend who can be in Tennessee to join us in a major demonstration for free speech on June 4th at 5:30pm Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd, in Manchester, Tennessee. Change your plans, get off from work -- go. Tweet it, Facebook share, get the word out.

AFDI, SIOA, and other major organizations will be rallying for free speech. On June 4th, an event titled "Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society" will be held from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd, in Manchester, Tennessee. Speakers for the event are Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the FBI special agent who runs the Knoxville office.

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 Plan on attending the meeting in Manchester. Don't think that this is just going to go away. They have declared war on our very freedoms. While we still have freedom of speech, we must use it. Bring FREE SPEECH signs. Peaceful resistance.

Obama's DOJ Sharia Offensive: Social Media posts offending Muslims violate Civil Rights

Note to the Justice Department -- we will fight you on this every step of the way. We will drag your dhimmi asses all the way to the Supreme Court. This is sharia enforcement, and we are not going to stand for it.

Feds suggest anti-Muslim speech can be punished Bryan Tau, Politico, May 31, 2013 Free black borger copy

A U.S. attorney in Tennessee is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on offensive and inflammatory speech about Islam.

Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, was quoted by the Tullahoma News this week suggesting that some inflammatory material on Islam might run afoul of federal civil rights laws.

"We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we're here, they're going to be protected," Killian told the newspaper.

Killian, along with the FBI special agent that runs the Knoxville office, are set to speak next week to a special meeting with the local Muslim community, informing them about their rights under federal law.

"This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion," Killian said about the meeting. "This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are."

Killian pointed to a recent controversy where a local Tennessee politician posted a photo of a man aiming a shotgun at the camera with the caption "How to wink at a Muslim."

"If a Muslim had posted 'How to Wink at a Christian,' could you imagine what would have happened?" Killian asked, according to the newspaper.

The Department of Justice did not respond Friday to a question about what guidelines it draws concerning offensive speech and Islam, or whether the department believes that civil rights statutes could be used to stifle criticism of Islam.

While threats directed at individuals or small groups can lead to punishment, First Amendment experts expressed doubt that the government has any power to stop offensive material about Islam from circulating.

"He's just wrong," said Floyd Abrams, one of the country's most respected First Amendment attorneys. "The government may, indeed, play a useful and entirely constitutional role in urging people not to engage in speech that amounts to religious discrimination. But it may not, under the First Amendment, prevent or punish speech even if it may be viewed as hostile to a religion."

"And what it most clearly may not do is to stifle political or social debate, however rambunctious or offensive some may think it is," Abrams said.

A conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, accused the Obama administration of using federal law to specifically protect Muslims from criticism.

"In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights," the group wrote in a blog post.

In recent years, the federal government has faced difficult questions about how to respond to material posted about Islam and the Prophet Muhammed — especially when the content causes riots or attacks abroad.

In 2010, a Christian pastor in Florida, Terry Jones, made international news when he threatened to burn 200 copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

The federal government admitted it was powerless to stop Jones, though President Barack Obama condemned the idea. Jones backed off from his September attempt, but later burned a Koran in 2012.

A similar controversy erupted when a Coptic Christian man posted the trailer for an anti-Muhammed film online — causing rioting and an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

The Obama administration condemned the attack, while blasting the filmmaker for religious intolerance.



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Re: The Rich Pay Most of the Taxes, Get Half the Tax Breaks. Democrats Are Outraged at Tax Breaks.


How is that 'fair'?
What is 'fair' about one person paying more or less than another person for the monopoly 'service' Government?

Regard$,
--MJ

"If, then, taxation is compulsory, and is therefore indistinguishable from theft, it follows that the State, which subsists on taxation, is a vast criminal organization far more formidable and successful than any "private" Mafia in history."
-- Murray Rothbard





At 05:25 PM 6/2/2013, you wrote:
That is why a flat tax with no deductions/exemptions is the only fair tax!!!

On Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM, MJ <michaelj@america.net> wrote:

The Rich Pay Most of the Taxes, Get Half the Tax Breaks. Democrats Are Outraged at Tax Breaks.
by Gary North on May 30, 2013

The liberal Washington Post ran this headline: Richest 20 percent get half the overall savings from U.S. tax breaks, CBO says. The CBO is the Congressional Budget Office.

The story began:

"The 10 largest breaks in the U.S. tax code will save taxpayers more than $900 billion this year, with a little more than half the benefits flowing to the richest 20 percent of households, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday.
And the richest 1 percent of households, those with at least $327,000 in annual income, get an especially big haul ­ about 17 percent of the total savings, according to the report by the Congressional Budget Office."

We know what's coming.

"Democrats seized on the new analysis, saying it provides fresh support for President Obama's claim that limiting tax breaks for the rich offers a more sensible path to deficit reduction than sharp cuts to agency budgets, known as the sequester. The sequester, which took effect March 1, will cut U.S. agency spending by roughly $42 billion through Oct. 1."

Obama originally promoted the sequester. Now he is pretending the Reoublicans did it. But he signed the bill into law in 2011.

"Republicans, too, welcomed the report, saying it sheds new light on potential policy choices as lawmakers in both parties consider a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code. While Democrats want to limit tax breaks to generate new revenue for the government, Republicans want to return the money to taxpayers in the form of a simpler code with lower rates for everyone."

A simpler tax code? That'll be the day!

What are these tax loopholes?

"According to the CBO, the biggest tax breaks by dollar value this fiscal year are the tax-free treatment of employer-provided health insurance (about $260 billion), preferential rates for dividends and capital gains ($160 billion) and tax-free contributions to retirement savings ($140 billion). Deductions for state and local taxes ($80 billion), mortgage interest ($70 billion) and contributions to charity ($40 billion) are also among the top 10, as is the tax-free treatment of capital gains on assets transferred at death ($50 billion)."

Do you think Congress, which wrote the tax code, will soon alienate all the PAC donors who use these exemptions? I don't think so.

Senator Snort is not going to vote to do away with the income tax deduction for mortgage interest payments.

With ObamaCare in tatters, not ready for implementation on January 1, 2014, will Congress now abolish the tax-free income associated with corporate payments for health care insurance?

The Washington Post then mentions this politically inconvenient fact: "Some argue that it might be reasonable for the rich to receive a large portion of the benefit from federal tax breaks because they pay an outsize share of federal taxes. According to the independent Tax Policy Center, the richest 20 percent of households paid nearly 70 percent of federal taxes last year." Yes, "some" do argue this. That is because it's true.

The Washington Post reporter then adds the obligatory "but."

"But the CBO noted that tax breaks are essentially equivalent to government spending, intended to encourage and subsidize various behaviors, such as buying a home, saving for retirement and giving to charities. The rich are likely to engage in those activities even without such "financial assistance," raising the question of whether that money could be better spent on other priorities."

Got that? A tax break ­ taking less of your money ­ is a government subsidy. And it surely is . . . if you begin with the presumption that the federal government owns 100% of everyone's income. Then when it lets voters keep some of their income, this is a government subsidy to you.

It's all a matter of perspective. It all begins with a view of who owns you. The CBO assumes that the federal government owns you.

Fact: all tax laws encourage and subsidize "behaviors." That is why Congress writes them. Congressmen want to encourage the behavior of getting special-interest groups to contribute to Congressional re-election campaigns. And let me assure you, this strategy works.

Then what does the phrase "other priorities" mean? It means government boondoggles.

I suggest this priority: cut taxes, thereby encouraging this "behavior." Encourage taxpayers to decide what to do with more of their own money. But this priority does not appeal to Washington Post reporters . . . or to Congress.

Continue Reading on www.washingtonpost.com

http://teapartyeconomist.com/2013/05/30/the-rich-pay-most-of-the-taxes-get-half-the-tax-breaks-democrats-are-outraged/#ixzz2V57lqQVX

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