2013-09-20 Need to know
ACH Study Groups
Ben & Fran Gilmore – Cofounders
7659 Gingerblossom Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
September 20, 2013
This is a letter to our friends –
Need to know
Good people across the nation routinely “glaze over” when the news shifts to “government.” It is NOT because they aren’t interested and don’t sense responsibility. It is, I believe, because they do not understand, and see no purpose investing time in confusion and futility. They can’t do anything to change it anyway.
The next few days’ events will significantly change your family life-style, for good or bad, well into the future. You need to know! This post is to help you understand.
There is a set of rules of action, (laws) in place to govern everything that exists. Families, churches and nations are all governed (directed, regulated, controlled, restrained) by sets of laws.
In America, the laws are made by men and women “We the people” send to Washington, D.C. Lawmakers are called legislators. They are divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives called the “House”. (Senators & Representatives) Both groups MUST sign off on a law (bill) before it goes to the President who signs it into law, or rejects it.
Comment – I have found many who do not know these basics. Please stay with me.
The law says that all spending bills MUST ORIGINATE in the House. Then the Senate must either agree, or send an alternative bill back to the House and they designate a conference of both groups to iron out the differences until both bodies can signoff and send it to the President. A key point- Not a dime of government money can be spent without a law that begins in the House. No House authorization – No spending!
For a long time now, there has not been an annual budget bill authorizing any government spending! The law requires one each year. The Senate has refused to send an alternative budget back to the House to iron out differences! I suspect, because the Senators do not want to have to vote to cut spending and lose the votes they “buy” with government money.
Each year they wait until the very last minute, then pile all the proposed spending bills into a gigantic continuing resolution (a “CR”) that “authorizes the government to keep on doing what it is doing without a budget bill! They say, “If we don’t pass the CR and sign it into law, the government can’t write checks. The sky will fall! Babies will starve!”
Politicians are frightened of “starving babies”. Rather than do what they were hired by the people to do, i.e. debate and make the hard decisions (as we do in our families) they put off the hard choices. In this way, they have kept the voting groups happy and bankrupted our great nation.
Two days ago, having been bombarded with calls and letters from, “We the people”, the Republican Representatives met in a closed meeting and demanded that the Speaker of The House, John Boehner (R-TN) [i.e. Republican from a district in Tennessee], put the issue to a vote. The Republicans have a majority of the seats in the House.
They passed a CR spending bill that authorized everything except funds for Obamacare. Obama care is a disaster. It is a blatant effort to socialize the American medical industry, doctor and hospital services. If allowed to begin next month, it will create chaos. It was passed a while back without being read! They said, “Pass it so we can read it and see what it says!”
The Democrats control the Senate. News today will carry stories of efforts to get the Senators to agree and send the House version CR to the President. I doubt they will.
Next, the Senate will likely put Obamacare funding back into the CR and a conference of both houses will try and iron out the ONLY difference – Obamacare funding. If the House Republicans stand firm, there will be no CR sent to the President – UNLESS – the Senate bends and allows defunding of Obamacare.
Senators have a big problem. 1/3 of them are up for election in 2014! How they vote on Obamacare will be the first question voters will want to know!
The Democrats and the President will begin shouting demagoguery (A demagogue – or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the less-educated …).
They are saying the House CR has no chance of passing. They are saying the nasty Republicans are shutting down the government. (No mention that the Senate has refused for years to pass a budget bill!) On the contrary the House CR keeps the government open EXCEPT for Obamacare, which “We the people” do not want!
Both sides – those wanting limited government under Constitutional law – those wanting ever bigger government control over everything we do – are in a great struggle. How it turns out depends upon the resolve of just under 600 politicians making up the Senate and the House.
Some of them are men and women of principle. Others are swept along by the forces around them. They need to hear from you NOW, this weekend. PLEASE Flood the e-mails, phones, mails with encouragement to do what is right because it is right and let the chips fall as they may!
Simple Google searches will locate your Senator and your Representative. If you have never contacted those who represent you in Washington, there has rarely been a better time to begin!