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Vol. 8 Is. 4

 

Happy Holidays!!!  It is official; we have elected a black man to the White House.  This is a great accomplishment for a nation torn by inequality and class struggle along racial lines.  Unfortunately, the United States will have to find another teacher to torture.  The nation, indeed the entire first world, is facing a Great Depression as the result of the cost of this ill-advised bailout.  Unemployment has sky-rocketed, stock market and real estate values have plummeted.  Although other agencies report we are already in a recession the Bureau of Economic Analysis gives us until the end of the year to decide whether the fourth quarter economic growth will be positive or negative.  Black Friday sales were up over last year, but it is unlikely that Christmas shopping will offset the massive layoffs that occurred after the federal government robbed Peter, the fascist stockbroker, to pay Paul the totalitarian banker with the overcooked ARM loan books.  We can safely assume that the USA and Europe are in a recession that shows many signs of being as severe as the Great Depression.  Whether or not the economy will recover, will primarily be a matter of debunking the economic theories of the Depression era trial and errors of John Maynard Keynes, for the benefit of the international economic rule.

 

Federal Core Curriculum? HA-15-12-08

                    

It is important that the education system be wisely governed because 25% of the U.S. population is enrolled in school.  In 2006, 79.1 million people aged 3 and older were enrolled in school.  Of the total, 8.9 million were enrolled in nursery school, preschool, or kindergarten. More than one half, 49.8 million, of the enrolled population in 2006 was enrolled in grades 1 through 12. A total of 20.5 million were enrolled in college or graduate school.  Congress, however, has legislated a Prohibition against Federal control of education in the General Educations Provisions Act of April 18, 1970 that was subsequently cited and reinforced.  Exclusion of the federal government from either direct activity or any form of control over local educational policy was a principle established quite early in American history.  Over the past five decades, conservatives in Congress softened their objections to the principle of federal aid to schools and liberals downplayed fears about the unintended consequences of increased federal involvement.  Two very serious potential consequences to repealing the prohibition arise - propaganda and toxic reaction.  However, in conclusion, the finding of this study is that, the Prohibition against Federal control of education is ‘A prohibition against expression of opinion, without any evidence that the rule is necessary to avoid substantial interference with school discipline or the rights of others, is not permissible under the First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendments’ and must be repealed. 

 

Devaluating United Nations Currency Enforcement CAP = US$ -7%, Ř -5.5%: Price of Bailouts under Rule of Law HA-13-11-08

 

In the Crash of 2008, 40 percent of stock value has vanished, almost $9 trillion. Some $5 trillion in real estate value has disappeared. A recession looms with sweeping layoffs, unemployment compensation surging, and social welfare benefits soaring.  America's first trillion-dollar deficit is at hand. In Fiscal Year 2008 the deficit was $438 billion.  The causes for the colonial financial crisis, that has not spread to emerging markets, are widespread defaults mostly in the sub-prime mortgage lending market and inflation in commodity prices led by oil prices in an atmosphere of de-regulation and outright lawlessness. After the $900 billion bailout was passed the dollar at first devaluated against the Euro, but when the EU, the only enforcer of this economic law with the USA, announced an even bigger, $1trillion Euro bailout, then instead of depreciating the dollar appreciated 18% and is predicted to increase another 5% in the near term.  To bailout the bailout, under the rule of law, the US dollar and Euro are going to need to devaluate against emerging market currencies, thereby offsetting the cost of bailouts and expanding the export trade, that comprises 2/3 of economic growth, while strengthening the purchasing power and voice of law abiding emerging market nations in the international economic system.  The equation for devaluation is quite simple.  The currency is devaluated by the size of the bailout, less value of foreign currency reserves, divided by the size of the GDP.  The results are that the US must unilaterally devaluate their dollar by 7% and the Euro by 5.5%; as the result of their ample foreign currency reserves China and South Korea do not need to devaluate their currencies.  It is hoped that by redressing this colonial financial crisis by devaluating the currencies of the two economic superpowers recession will be avoided in the developed world and the developing world will take a great leap forward towards global economic equality. 

 

The Moral Bankruptcy of FY2009 and 2010 HA-10-4-08

 

The three page $700 billion Legislative Proposal for Treasury Authority to Purchase Mortgage-Related Assets introduced on September 20, 2008 by Treasury Secretary, former Golman-Sachs CEO, Paulson quickly grew to a 109 page Emergency Economic Stabilization Act H.R. 3997 that failed to pass in the House by a vote of 205 to 228.  Following this defeat, the stock market lost $1.2 trillion in a single day, some of which was restored.  The Senate passed the measure earlier in the week on a bipartisan vote of 74-25.  On Friday October 3, 2008 the House passed a second version, titled A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes H.R. 1424, by a vote of 263 to 171, it is 451 pages.  Investor concerns regarding the U.S. budget deficit pushed the dollar down 2.3 percent in the biggest decline since creation of the euro in 1999. The dollar then strengthened to $1.4658 per euro from $1.4774.  For FY 2008, the deficit is projected to be $407 billion.  This estimate includes $117 billion from individual rebates and other effects of the enacted economic stimulus legislation, without which the deficit would have been $272 billion. As a percent of GDP, the 2008 deficit is projected to be 2.7 percent.  As a percent of GDP, the $489 billion 2009 deficit is projected to be 3.3 percent, not including the cost of mortgage assets that would drive the deficit up as high as $932 billion, a record, 6.3 percent. The $178 billion deficit is projected to fall to 1.1 percent of GDP in 2010, not including the cost of the mortgage bailout that brings it as high as $528 billion 3.4 percent, and then is expected to fall to $103 billion, 0.6 percent of GDP in 2011, and to reach balance in 2012.  The legislation Congress passed to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac boosted the limit on the national debt by $800 billion to $10.6 trillion. The new legislation will boost that debt limit to $11.315 trillion.  The economy is predicted to grow 1.5 percent this year, in real terms, and slip to just 1.1 percent growth in 2009.  Unemployment is predicted to average 6.2 percent in 2009.   Some 600,000 fewer jobs are listed on the nation's payrolls than were there last year.  Inflation was estimated a 5 percent in the first half of 2008.  Over the long run, growing budget deficits are the underlying cause of slower economic growth and financial insecurity as the economy also adopts unsustainable policies regarding debt.  Were it not for the emergency spending the federal budget deficit could be eliminated.  We must not let the unfixable deficit deter us from limiting defense spending to $400 billion.  

 

Nader-Gonzalez ’08 HA-26-08

 

On Friday, September 26, 2008 Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez spoke from 2:00-4:00 pm at the University of Southern California (USC).  Ralph Nader is an attorney, author, lecturer and political advocate who ran for President in 2000 for the Green Party, garnering 97,421 votes.  He ran again as an Independent in 2004 receiving 463,653 votes.  This 2008 he is running as an Independent again.   Let us hope that the third time is a charm.  When are we going to break the corporate grip on the two parties and elect a third party candidate?  No Democrat would be elected if they cut the defense budget.  Democrats in 2006 seized the House and Senate claiming to stop the criminals but the first thing Pelosi did was take impeachment off the table”.  Congress now enjoys a 91% disapproval rating.  How can either Democrats or Republicans fix the problem of corruption in Washington, they are the problem?  Third parties face many obstacles.  Nationally, ballot access laws are the major challenge to third party candidacies.   Ralph Nader will qualify for ballot status in 45 states.  Meeting the 5% support threshold Independent Ross Perot was included in all three of the debates with Republican George H. W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. His participation in these debates helped Perot climb from 7% before the debates to 19% on Election Day, but no electoral votes.  Perot was excluded from the 1996 debates, despite his strong showing four years prior, he won only 8% of the popular vote.  In 2000 revised debate access rules made it even harder for third party candidates to gain access by stipulating that, besides being on enough state ballots to win an Electoral College majority, debate participants must clear 15% in pre-debate opinion polls.  Ralph Nader explains, “What we are seeing is a blackout of dissenting voices.  We are going to have a parallel interview rather than a debate.  Both candidates are increasing military spending.  People want a third party candidate in the debates”.  On the bailout he says, “FDR warned about corporate power during the Depression, he said, ‘when government is controlled by private economic power that is fascism.  The $700 billion blank check is a power grab by the most corrupt.  What it amounts to is lying, cheating and stealing.  The politicians are more afraid of you than corporations.  This bailout amounts to the corporate destruction of capitalism, socialism supreme”. 

 

Motion Picture Copyright Transfer Act HA-25-9-08

 

The Screen Actor’s Guild, Writer’s Guild of America (WGA), Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and the American Federal of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) are challenged to stand up for their copyrights with an Act of Congress.  Congress made an error in the codification of section 406 of the WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act of 1998 Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 misplacing, the otherwise acceptable, Assumption of contractual obligations related to transfers of rights in motion pictures, at 28USC(180)§4001, that must be transferred to a new Chapter 14 of Title 17 Copyright at 17USC§1401.  Congress is responsible for creating a legal environment whereby the motion picture and television industry are secure in their liberty and property so that harmonious labor relations will enable the industry to entertain and educate society free of coercion, incitement to violence or propaganda.  While this law cannot be blamed for all the disunity between AMPTP and their labor unions, the strike in 1988 lasted 153 days, the statute clearly promotes unnecessary argument and industrial disharmony. The recent WGA strike against AMPTP November 5, 2007 to February 12, 2008 cost the economy more than a billion dollars and the federal government more than $250 million in lost tax revenues.  The American people were subjected to boring reruns for 100 days.  SAG has rejected the June 30th offer of AMPTP by the vote of 87.3% of their membership.  An agreement is not in sight, nor is a strike on the table.  To unite the labor and trade unions under copyright law this Act has been drafted for the ratification of the unions and sponsorship of a Congressperson.  This Act is also a Bill for $150,000 pursuant to the Hospitals & Asylums’ script that broke the Writer’s Strike with the assistance of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference on Piracy and Counterfeiting that can be cited as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers v. Writers Guild of America HA-30-11-07.  For this fee the merits of the SAG negotiations will also be analyzed.

 

CHAPTER 8 Drug Administration (DA)

 

To amend Chapter 8 Gorgas Hospital §300-320 and transfer the DEA to the DHHS.  It can be estimated that the global market for drugs is roughly $1 trillion with $600 billion in global pharmaceutical drug sales and $400 billion in illicit drug sales.  Global per capita expenditure for both pharmaceutical and illicit drugs of $150.  In the US pharmaceutical consumption is estimated at $160 billion and another $65 billion of illicit drug consumption.  Per capita expenditure on drugs can be estimated at $750.  An estimated 10 billion prescriptions are filled every year globally; 3.6 billion in the United States, nearly everyone consumes some sort of illicit, over the counter drugs, or prescription drugs.  There are an estimated 180 million consumers of illicit drugs.  Prohibition of narcotic drugs has oppressed the drug market for 75 years, drug arrests are down and it is time to free 500,000 US detainees to the substance abuse treatment community and permit the limited sale of cannabis by licensed cultivators and distributors.  Patented drugs are reported to have led to a 25 year increase of life expectancy in developed countries and there is great hope that developing countries will also have access to life saving treatment without regard for their ability to pay.  Greater than 5% of prescriptions result in adverse drug reactions of which 100,000 are fatal in the USA.  To realize higher academic achievement in the regulation of drugs, the legitimate pursuit of medicine and science, the INCB and DEA must be adopted by their health agency respectively, the WHO and DHHS.  In pursuit of the 700 year life expectancy enjoyed by Noah in the bible, Afghanistan and Columbia need National Opium Agencies (NOA) under Arts. 23 and 24 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.  

 

CHAPTER 10 Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH)

 

To incorporate the contents of Chapter 1 Navy Hospitals, Army and Navy Hospital, and Hospital Relief for Seamen and Others §1-40 in Chapter 10 Armed Forces Retirement Home §400-435. Sections 400 and 435 are original.  The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) houses an estimated 1,600 veterans at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home (USSAH) in Washington, D.C and the U.S. Naval Home (USNH) in Gulfport, Mississippi, that has been closed due to damages caused by Hurricane Katrina.  The Naval Home was established in the Naval Hospital Act of Feb. 26, 1811, by Paul Hamilton of South Carolina, secretary of the Navy under President James Madison. The charter was to provide a permanent asylum for decrepit and disabled naval officers, seamen, and Marines.  The Naval Home was officially opened in 1834 and was known as the Naval Asylum until the name was changed to the Naval Home in 1880.  The Soldiers' Home was established in 1851, as an asylum for old and disabled veterans. The armed forces retirement home is a treasured right of veterans who have laid down their arms under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. AFRH statute settled the largest war reparations in history - $20 billion of the $33 Madrid conference for the reconstruction of Iraq that needs to be repeated equally for Afghanistan whereas common Article 1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights reaffirms the right of all peoples to self_determination.

 

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