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Ron Paul beats Obama head-to-head in new poll
The next president of the US might stop things from getting worse. Would be wonderful if he’d help start things to get better. We trim, blend, and append three 2012 articles from: (1) Christian Science Monitor, Feb 28, on Ron Paul by P. Grier; (2) a frequent contributor, Feb 17, on Romney by J. Hirschhorn; and (3) DownsizeDC, Feb 24, on police by James Wilson
by Peter Grier, by Joel S. Hirschhorn, and by James Wilson
Ron Paul poll shocker: He beats Obama head-to-head
Ron Paul has sneaked up on President Obama and for the first time leads the incumbent in a head-to-head survey.
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, at the moment Representative Paul bests Mr. Obama in a head-to-head matchup by 43 to 41 percent.
The same poll has Mitt Romney tied with Obama, at 44 percent each. Rick Santorum is three points behind the president, and Newt Gingrich is 10 points behind.
In this poll Paul is outperforming all the other GOP candidates. His campaign is spinning this as evidence he’s the most electable of all.
“In order to win back the White House, Republicans must nominate a consistent candidate that offers something besides the status quo. Ron Paul is that candidate,” said national campaign chairman Jesse Benton.
To see the whole article, click here .
JJS: Nominally a Republican, Paul is actually more like a Democrat, an original Democrat, like Thomas Jefferson or Andrew Jackson, in that he promotes governing least as governing best. Today’s Democrats, on the other hand, need big government since they try to serve both insiders a lot and outsiders somewhat. While candidate Paul leads in one poll, the one who leads in most of the polls would likely expand government, as did Bush and Reagan, to enrich insiders and wage war.
Romney, Severely Awful
Mitt Romney is a shill for corporate and rich elites, the phony smiling, perfect hair poster jerk for the proverbial one percent. Yet there’s more.
Romney has been a senior, influential member of the Mormon Church, which has been roundly criticized for being an inauthentic Christian religion and for various beliefs and practices made comical in the hugely successful Broadway show The Book of Mormon.
I want Mitt Romney to proclaim to Americans whether he supports the Mormon practice known as proxy baptism. Mormons baptize a living person on behalf of someone who is dead and was not a member of the Mormon Church. The goal is to get that non-Mormon person into Mormon-defined heaven. The dead person nor anyone related to the dead person does not necessarily give permission or express any desire to be so baptized. Standing in for dead people are young Mormon men and women dressed in white robes in Mormon temple ceremonies worldwide, which is considered an honor for them.
Proxy baptism represents the invasion of one religion against all others and atheism also. Nobel-laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, a top official from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has focused on posthumously baptizing Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Despite his attempts to stop Mormons doing this and despite promises they would, the practice has continued. The Mormon Church has refused to abandon this practice. “With deepest respect to our Jewish friends, the church cannot abandon fundamental aspects of its religious doctrine and practice,” the church says on its website, “and it should not be asked to do so.”
Many millions of non-Mormons have apparently been proxy baptized, including famous people: Adolph Hitler, Christopher Columbus, most signers of the US Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere, William Shakespeare, Golda Meir, Albert Einstein, President Obama’s mother, and Irving Berlin, for example. Church attempts to limit proxy baptizing to a member’s or family member’s ancestors apparently have failed.
Those in the Hindu faith have said that Hindu feelings would naturally be hurt if their ancestors were baptized without their will. Similarly, the Catholic Church has also publicly objected to the Mormon baptism of its members. Mormons are not respecting the religious beliefs of people they are proxy baptizing.
I do not believe that even Mormons will get into their conception of heaven. But Romney does. So go ahead Mitt, tell Americans exactly what you believe about this Mormon proxy baptizing practice.
To see the whole article, click here .
JJS: Issues like religion are a huge distraction while Rome burns.
The People of Keene, NH Stand Up To Homeland Security
"Anyone can get a gun and shoot up stuff. No amount of SWAT equipment can stop that." -- Mark Randol, a former terrorism expert at the Congressional Research Service
People of Keene are protesting a "gift" from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the rest of us must pay for. Keene, New Hampshire, with a population of only 23,000, is getting an armored personnel carrier. The DHS recently issued a $285,933 grant to Keene, New Hampshire, to purchase a Bearcat, an eight-ton armored personnel vehicle. Keene has a population of just 23,000.
Over the past twenty years, the odds of dying from terrorism on U.S. soil, in any year, is about one in two million. Why is Congress spending so much to "protect" us against virtually non-existent threats? The DHS has spent $34 billion on grants to local governments to provide them with military-style equipment.
9/11 and the creation of the DHS provided another excuse to militarize the police. Present local police act not as public servants but as intimidating, occupying soldiers. They deploy unnecessary and excessive force during mundane activities like serving warrants.
The Keene Bearcat grant is pure pork. Yet, it isn't even pork that will create jobs in Keene. Instead, it will increase the profits of Pittsfield, MA-based Lenco Industries. Let’s end these DHS grant programs, and end the DHS itself. You can tell Congress using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.
To see the whole article, click here .
JJS: The powerful have a hard time resisting the temptation to abuse the less powerful. Thus a rational strategy of the less powerful would be to increase their power. And since in modern society power comes from money, the less powerful should strive to close the income gap and thereby level the political playing field. One potent tool for winning economic justice is geonomics, specifically the public recovery of public values that otherwise become private fortunes, fortunes amassed by private individuals who then go on to call the political shots in society. Thus it’d be great to hear a candidate for the the US presidency say what Frank de Jong, a former Green Party candidate for the Toronto City Council, got published in the Ottawa Citizen (Feb 18).
Community's Fair Share
Re: Group decries land value plan, Feb. 12.
I applaud Ottawa city council's plan to capture some of the land value rise resulting from re-zoning and using it to improve community facilities.
The proposed Section 37 guidelines will return to the community some of the wealth that results from new development or re-development. Quality new developments or warranted new infrastructure causes local land values to rise. Normally this "community-generated" wealth accrues to local landowners, but Section 37 will rightfully return some of it to the community.
Collecting "unearned" land value rise (which economists call economic rent) is not "yet another form" of taxation -- it is returning to the community what the community generated in the first place.
To see the letter, click here .
JJS: Frank de Jong, President of Earthsharing Canada, nailed it.
Editor Jeffery J. Smith runs the Forum on Geonomics and helped prepare a course for the UN on geonomics. To take the “Land Rights” course, click here .
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